Friday, 14 November 2014

Butterflies, A Crochet Scarf For Sweet B and a Teeny Bit More .....

HaPpY Friday my friends!

Please let me introduce you to my

~ Liberty of London butterfly hair grips ~

I just love the way it looks like a beautiful butterfly was fluttering past
and has just landed prettily on a little head

Goodness ~ I LOVE making these

Liberty fabric is SO deelicious
that whatever is made with it
it can't fail to be

I think these fluttery little hair grips make perfect stocking fillers
maybe even a Christmas cracker gift
to pop into an advent calendar

I have packaged them in twos 

Yellow & Peach

Blue & Green

Double Pink

You can find them in both of my shops
with free UK postage!

I feel like I've had supersonic powers this week
ha ha I wish!
but I have finished Sweet B's Rainbow scarf

We are both thrilled with it
You can read about it's beginnings here if you fancy

It's been a joy to work on in the evenings
I still consider myself very much a crochet novice
so this was perfect for me
super simple and once I got going, no brain power was required
which is exactly what I need by the time evening arrives at the moment.

I have to thank the amazing Lucy
over at Attic24
her tutorials are always fail~safe
she is to crochet
what Delia is to cooking
and she's is so generous with her time and patterns

using a chain of 42
and I used Drops cotton merino

I tried a LOT of borders.
I unpicked a LOT of borders.
For a while I hated borders.
I considered no borders.
It's just that I had this idea in my head
A scarf all neatly edged with a lovely border that I would be proud of
I would not be beaten.
I googled.
Then I thought "Lucy!"
(Duh .....)
I came across this beautiful shell edged bag
I wasn't sure if it would work on my scarf
but with some jiggling it did!

I think that's my favourite bit.

This was most definitely NOT my favourite bit.

I've now started another one
with a grey background this time
I can't say who it's for as it's a Christmas gift
I'll show you when I can.

Oh and I made a toadstool

Bye for now!

Wishing you a wonderful and crafty weekend

BIG love
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Sweetie Every Few Weekies :: Panforte & A Winner!

Hello my lovelies

It seems that
~ A Sweetie A Weekie ~
is easily turning into
~ A Sweetie Every Few Weekies ~
so that's its new name
..... both make me smile every time I tap the letters out on my keyboard

It's week edition three

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Thank you Gino D'Acampo
this was DIVINE
(and you're not too shabby either)

It was SO easy
and filled with everything Sweet B & I LOVE
Mmmmmmmm ..... I wish there was still some left.

Here is the recipe if you fancy making it
and you really should!
It's incredible with coffee
Be warned.
This stuff is truly addictive!

We'll definitely be making this again and again and again .....

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And now .....

Thank you SO much for all of your very kind comments on my pinny
It was really fun to come up with and to make
so I'm thrilled you like it.

Now are you ready?

(Please imagine a rum roll here * * * * * * *)

The winner is .....

The very lovely Jane from FlowerHouse blog

Congratulations Jane!
I'll be in contact for your details
and this gorgeous book will be on it's way to you very soon.

My work~life balance feels quite out of control at the moment
my life feels messy ..... disorganised
even though I am constantly working through my seemingly endless lists
each day is the same battle ..... too much to do & not enough time to do it in
it makes me uneasy and Oh So Tired
my mind is too busy
I don't like it One. Little. Bit.

I've been squirrelling away developing new things for my shops
(pretty & lovely new things)
trying to keep on top my orders
struggling to keep home
and so on .....

I've decided that I HAVE to save my sanity
new things will need to wait in line
New Year ~ New Things
There now, I feel calmer already
why I EVER thought that the Christmas rush was a good time to design new things
I shall never know!

I'm rather addicted to making these pretties though
SOooo many possibilities fluttering through my mind.

I've also added two new colour~ways to my
Sewing Pocket Organisers
both Liberty of London
They've been so popular that I completely ran out of the original fabric
I think these are super~pretty replacements
and a perfect gift for a lover of sewing
somewhere lovely to keep sewing notions close to hand

Thanks for popping by my lovelies
Wishing you a very lovely rest of the week

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Monday, 3 November 2014

Mollie Makes Patchwork & Quilting Book Giveaway .....

Hello my lovely friends


I'm here with the giveaway I promised last time!

Gosh, it all seemed such a long time ago now .....
 when I was asked to contribute a project to a new
Mollie Makes book
~ Patchwork & Quilting ~

SO VERY exciting!
I love both so when I was approached I eagerly said
"Yes Please"

My project was a
Mini Hexies Apron
and here it is .....

I loved making it
gathering up all my pretty scraps to make the hexie border
a little relaxing hand stitching
and over~all a very quick make
It'd make fabulous Christmas gift I think too


It is truly such an honour to be asked
I am over~the~moon
You'll find my project pages nestled between the most wonderful designers
creators of beautiful quilts, cushions, wall hangings, bags .....
It feels slightly unreal. Still

 Would you like to win your very own copy of Mollie Makes Patchwork & Quilting?
Yes? ..... Well, that is good because there is one up for grabs
from the very kind people at Pavilion books
All you need to do to be in with a chance 
is to leave a comment on this post
(please make sure I can contact you though)

 The giveaway will be open until Monday 10th November 2014
 UK only though I'm afraid
The book will posted directly from Mollie Makes HQ

PLEASE NOTE :: This giveaway is now closed.
Thank you for all the entries

Just to let you know that I moderate comments
so they won't show up straight away


Oh and BTW .....
If you're on Instagram and fancy another chance of winning this fab book 
come and enter my giveaway on there too
You can find me here

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Three Things .....

..... making me happy

One ::  This

This is making me very happy. Indeed.
A sneaky peek at something new
I've been working on whole range of Liberty of London butterfly delights.
(I first talked about them way back ..... here)
At last I am getting a wiggle on with them
don't really know how ..... it has been bonkers busy here lately
work~wise and home~wise
It's strange how the busier I am the more I get done
this happen to anyone else?
There will be lots of lush new butterfly themed things in my shops
not sure how soon this will happen though
my Christmas rush has definitely started this week!

Oh and by the way, talking of Christmas ..... a little heads up .....
I've been busy adding to my stocks of
Master Percy Pecker and his dear little friends
(YES it's that time again!)
Miss Posie Pecker
Miss Penelope Pecker
Master Pippin Pecker
Miss Poppie Pecker

I had a huge stock but already 
Percy & Posie are in short supply
so if you'd like one please don't dilly dally
You can find them in

but I digress .....

Two :: My new and freshly painted pantry doors

I LOVE them
I really do
My brother~in~law made them for me
he listened extremely well ..... top marks!
I'd seen some similar doors on Pinterest way back
and that little heart just stuck in my mind and my heart

Three :: Crocheting my Sweet B a Rainbow scarf

We'd seen this one in Cath Kidston
she loved it
I said I'd make her one
I like mine better ..... Shhhh don't tell Cath

Well I'd best get on
my list is ginormous today

I have something Jolly exciting to share with you next time
it includes a giveaway!!
See you next week my lovelies

BIG love
x Jooles x

Monday, 27 October 2014

A Pretty Bird In A Blue Swim Cap & A BIG Sale .....

Hello my Sweets

Here is my .....

Bedside Posie :: October

One  BEAUTIFUL  Hydrangea

I found this dear little jug in Anthropology
A little bird with shiny gold eye lashes
a blue cable sweater
and gold wellington boots
who could resist?
not me.

She's stylishly sporting a vintage style flower swim cap
and carrying it off very nicely in my mind

I've been loving waking up to her each morning
she makes me smile

You can find my previous bedside posies below

I wonder what I'll find for my November Posie .....
the garden is quite bare now.

I was curious so did a quick google
 and found that you can still buy those amazing swim caps
Oh happy days ..... look at all of the colourways!
I think I'd like one
If I liked swimming more I would definitely buy one. Maybe.
pretty huh?

In other news .....
I'm having a BIG sale in my Etsy shop
All lovely things and some of my all time favourites
EVERYTHING in it has a whopping 40% off
(deep breath .....)

There's only one of each item and once they're gone they're gone.

You can find my sale section right here

I'm making space for exciting new things that are still partially in my head
but will soon hopefully be real
I hope there's something that takes your fancy!

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Thursday, 23 October 2014

My Cross Stitch Challenge :: September & October

Hey ..... lovely friends
guess what?

(well you can probably guess from the title of this post TBH!)

I've finally caught up on my cross stitch challenge
Wooop Wooop
I had ben feeling like I was chasing my tail for so long with this.
It's not even the end of October
and my October patch is DONE.
Happy Days

Firstly here is September .....

Those little hedgehogs are cute I must say
I LOVE the breezy white swirls on this one too
I did change the colours a fair bit

..... and October

Sweet isn't he?

It has felt comforting stitching away during these colder autumn evenings
cosy in my corner of the sitting room
nightie, warm socks and fluffy dressing gown
and a cup of night~time tea ..... Oh I know how to live ;o)


I still can't believe that I have actually caught up!

As always you can read about my other cross stitch months below

Thank you for all of your lovely comments on my last post
you are all so kind
I truly feel honoured that you visit me

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Monday, 20 October 2014

Six Things .....

..... making me happy

One  ::  A Rainbow on our bedroom wall

Two  ::  A new Blackberry mug for my collection

Three  ::  A woolly Rainbow ready for a new project

Four  ::  Coffee & CAKE

Five  ::  Sewing & Packaging

Six  ::  Stitching Autumy colours

What's making you happy?

Back soon

BIG love 
x Jooles x