Friday, 30 January 2015

The Teeny Tiniest Cutest Thing & My Bedside Posy :: January

Hello my friends

Here's my January bedside posy
it's SO pretty

Just two things 
and a hellebore bud

~ P R E T T Y ~

My first garden picked flowers of twenty fifteen
that fills me with excitement for the many many more that will be picked
through all the seasons

I'm almost jumping up and down in my chair here
excited to draw your attention to the little jug
it is the teensiest tiniest little jug
just 7cm tall
It was my Christmas gift from Sweet B
(she knows me too well!)
It's from Jane Hogben
look at the cute Percy Pecker!
Oh my days.
I LOVE it SO much

Hello snowdrops you've been missed

If you'd like to play along 
I'd  E  that
Please be sure to send me the link to your post though
that way we can enjoy each other posies

You can find my previous bedside posies below

I shall be throwing open the doors to my shops on Monday
I've had a good long break
I'm (tentatively) itching to get back to it
my head is a buzz with ideas
(let's see if I can keep my balance?! I'm going to try VERY hard)
I'll be cleaning my sewing room this afternoon in anticipation!

I have SO many things to share with you
It's been a very creative January
be ready for lots of posts!

I just had to sneak these two photos in
I love the waterlogue app.

BTW ..... you guys are so sweet
I've been loving  LOVING  LOVING your comments
Thank you

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Pear Bear .....

Help ..... I can't stop with the pears!
make me stop.

It was pretty much unanimous ..... Bunny my Honey did need a friend
so here is

Pear Bear

and although Pear Bear is a little grumpy
he and Honey my Bunny are great friends already!

The pattern is by this clever lady and can be found in Mollie Makes issue 44
and also in this book which is in french (!)

Thanks for popping by my friends

Back soon

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Oh Bunny My Honey .....

..... you do make me happy

(The pear addiction continues .....)

I tried a nose ..... it didn't work
for some reason it made her look very annoyed
so out it came!

Do you think she needs a friend?

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

The pattern is by this clever lady and can be found in Mollie Makes issue 44
and also in this book which is in french (!)

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Pretty Label Tutorial .....

Hello my friends

I posted this photo on Instagram last week

I'd just pimped up some old drawers for my sewing room
(btw ..... I post on Instagram most days, I'm @thesweetviolet)
I had a few ladies ask me how I made them
so I thought I'd write a quick tutorial
they're Easy~Peasy
and just think of all the things that could be labeled!

I used some of my precious Liberty of London scraps
as they make my heart sing with joy
(and I am obsessed)
but you can use any pretty fabric scraps you have to hand

 ~ Youll need ~

Small scrap of patterned fabric (at least 13 cm x 4 cm)
Small piece of white felt (at least 13 cm x 4 cm)
Small piece of bondaweb (at least 13 cm x 4 cm)
Small length of cotton twill webbing tape 1.5 cm wide (or any plain cotton ribbon)
Pretty colour thread
Clear small letter stamps (mine are Stampendous ~ Small typewriter alphabet)
(there are lots of these on eBay)
Acrylic stamping block
StazOn black ink pad (or other fabric ink pad)
Masking tape
Double sided tape
Cutting mat
Steel edge ruler
Rotary cutter

1. Iron the bondaweb to the felt, remove paper backing from the bondaweb and place the patterned fabric on top and iron.

2.     Trim this fabric sandwich to 12 cm x 3.5 cm with your rotary cutter.

3.     Line up your desired letter stamps, printing side down, on a piece of lined paper as a guide, this is a bit fiddly, I sometimes use a wooden kebab stick for help, but remember, they dont have to be perfectly straight, a little higgledy piggledy looks lovely
Press your acrylic block firmly over the top to pick up the letters.

4.     Using masking tape, tape the twill tape to the work surface to secure it and to make it nice and flat.

5.     Lay your acrylic block on a flat surface, letters facing up and Ink the letters with the stazOn ink using gentle pats, making sure that you cover the letters thoroughly.
Stamp firmly onto the twill tape, holding it there for a couple of seconds, pressing firmly down without moving it.

TIP :: Have a practice on a piece of scrap tape or fabric first.

6.     Using scissors, trim the ends of the twill tape ½ cm or so from the letters, attach centrally to your patterned fabric piece with a little double sided tape, but just a small amount so that your sewing machine needle wont have to stitch through it and get all gooey!

7.     Using your sewing machine stitch all the way around the label, twice, a few millimetres from the edges, pull the thread ends through to the back and tie.

8.     And there you have it ..... one pretty label! I attached mine to my drawers (wooden ones not under garment ones ..... although theres an idea!) with extra strong double sided tape but you could just as easily use glue.

Well I hope that all makes sense ..... let me know if you have any problems

I'll add this tutorial to my 'Tutorial' section on the sidebar
I hope to do lots more

Back soon

BIG love 
x Jooles x

P.S If you make some I'd LOVE to see them ..... it would make my day!
You could either send me a link or if you post on Instagram
tag your photos


Friday, 23 January 2015

Bedside Posy :: December

..... better late than never!

I bought these cute little candles when we got our Christmas tree
I just knew they'd come in handy
and they did!
How cosy it was to be reading by candle light
bed~time reading has never been so snug and enjoyable
I miss this posy
(can I really call this a posy? ..... I think I can just about get away with it!)

Not very floral for once but VERY festive

 ~ Three things ~

deep green ivy leaves

all from the garden

You can find my previous bedside posies below

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post
I'm so lucky

Wishing you all a WONDROUS weekend

BIG love
x Jooles x

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A Teeny Tiny Bee Pouch For My Sanity .....

Hello my lovelies
I almost forgot to show you the teeny 'Supplies' pouch
that I made for my Sweet B this Christmas

The story goes like this .....
I always ALWAYS keep a lip balm and tiny hand cream in my dressing gown pocket
because I would be in a panic if those two things were not close by at ALL times
I am addicted to cream things.

Now ..... I would get myself all comfy~cosy
with my Knitting. Sewing. Crocheting. Cross~Stitch
 all sorted and laid out .....
and then
Always. ALWAYS. Every. EVERY single evening
with~out fail
and often more than once
would come .....
'Mum, can I use your hand cream please?'
'Do you have your lip balm?'
'Hand cream?'
In the end it was just a look that she gave!
(this cream thing addiction is in her genes.)

So I made her this.
A teeny little drawstring pouch
(of course with a bumble bee on!)
just big enough to fit her very own evening supplies in
and pop in her own dressing gown pocket
No more rootling around in my pockets
crafts being put aside ~ Loosing the needle. Tangling the thread. Loosing count .....
Ah Sweet Joy.

BTW ..... I wrote a tutorial, last year, on how to stitch on non~even weave fabrics
it's here if you fancy having a go.

Whilst I'm here I thought it'd be fun to make a mosaic of some of last years makes
just personal, for fun things
not my shop makes
it seemed in my mind that I didn't create much last year
with everything going on
but a wander back showed me otherwise

From top left to right .....

Thank you for popping by

BIG love
x Jooles x

Monday, 19 January 2015

How Could I resist? .....

Hello my dear friends
Happy new week to you all

We actually have some sunshine here right now, at this very second
how blissful that is .....

Now ..... Please say 'Hello' to 


made for my dearest you~know~who of course!

Having had pears and bees on my mind for sometime now ..... this was inevitable!

I gave him some 'leaf~wings' so that he could buzz around merrily

 He makes me smile
and of course Sweet Bee like him a LOT.

 The pattern is by this clever lady and can be found in Mollie Makes issue 44
and also in this book which is in french (!)
but I have ordered it anyway as I am in LOVE

I had such a heartwarming moment last week
which lifted me up to cloud nine
thank you dear Vanessa
you are an angel

 I'm still (mostly) maintaining my 'Balance'
It's working pretty well
so I'm sticking with it.

I have been loving loving loving your comments SO much
you are wonderful
thanks for popping by
..... and before I say 'Toodle~oo' for today
I'd love to say a BIG GINORMOUS
to all my new followers
It's so lovely to meet you

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x