Sunday, 13 April 2014

~New Look 6895 Ta-Da~

Sorry for the delay in finishing my top I started to sew last week here
I get easily distracted with my 'to do' list and have undercoated and glossed the spindles and handrails in the hall and landing as well as making a roman blind for Jack's room. Now I have a stinking head cold just in time for going away for a couple of days!
I had sewing machine issues too, bunching and breaking of thread and noisy sewing...Got my manual out, laid it on it's side and cleared the feed dogs of packed lint with a paperclip, needle change, tension adjustment...Running like a dream now - I felt like a mechanic and very pleased with myself!!
Here is the finished top...

I'm pleased with it though I made this one with the scoopier neck and I actually prefer the higher-neck version.

I left out the gathered sleeve band too and make straight capped sleeves. This photo gives a truer pic of the lovely fabric too...
 
And to finish off; a vintage button with a handsewn button loop.
It looks lovely with this White Stuff blazer I treated myself to with my Birthday money...
So tomorrow (with my Lemsip and tissues) I will be trotting off with Jack on a road trip to Bath.  As a big Jane Austen fan, or Jane-ite as my English teacher used to say, I am very excited. Not sure my son is, but we will have fun!
See you soon x
 
 


Saturday, 12 April 2014

~Helmsley visit~

We had a lovely day trip on Friday to Helmsley, North Yorkshire on what was the warmest day of the year so far!  Helmsley is a traditional and quaint market town on the River Rye, and has the ruins of a 12th century castle which is open to visit with an English Heritage visitor centre. Here are a few photos of the day...


 ...it was market day and this statue in the centre of market square is apparently of Lord Feversham.   Great selection of stalls - fruit and veg, collectables, haberdashery etc...
Daffodils still in bloom...
 
 
Plenty of independent food, craft and antique shops...

 
as well as a few charity shops.  The Oxfam was particularly well-stocked and well-priced.  This 2m x 1.5m piece of Sanderson vintage roses fabric was £1.99
 

And of course the castle and the English Heritage visitor centre.



 - you may also notice I'm a bit obsessed with period doors and doorways...

 
On my travels I usually come across a little café I would like to run, and this one was no exception...
 
We sat outside CottonHouse, in Barker's Yard for an Earl Grey and a Mocha.
This sunny courtyard of shops were converted from the stables.  As well as being a coffee shop, they also have this lovely haberdashery
 and sell locally handmade crafts...crochet, cards, appliqued t-shirts, bunnies...

excuse my reflection in the window!
 
A lovely day out in a beautiful part of Yorkshire. Enough to do and see to warrant a weekend break.
Have a good weekend x 
 
 

Monday, 7 April 2014

~Thrifty Jam Label Kit~

Thrifty tip of the day for all you jammers and preservers...
Kirstie Allsopp has a new preserving and baking range (fingers in every pie it seems) in Lakeland, and this kit, featured in this month's Prima is a hefty £9.99...

From Lakeland see http://www.lakeland.co.uk/18053/Kirstie-Allsopp-Jam-Pot-Labels
However, why pay more than 99p, yes 99p? This lovely kit is from Home Bargains (store locator here)