Thursday, 17 May 2012

Zips, Purses and more!

Well this week I have been busy doing what I love best - crafting! I wanted to make up some coin purses as I find them extermely useful for keeping little things in around the house. I also wanted to make up some stock for my shop on Folksy which can be found here.

I've had a go adding zips to purses in the past but I wasn't happy with how the corners turned out. I never seemed to end up with square corners at each end of the zip.

Corners not very neat

I decided to try using zip covers as a way to sew up these purses to see if it made any difference

Zip covers attached


After hours and hours of practice I finally got it right and ended up making these cute little coin purses.

Neat corners!

More purses

I love making zipped purses now! I've ordered more zips as I used up all what I had in my stash so just waiting for them to arrive now. I really enjoyed making the strawberry keyrings. They are available to buy in my Folsky shop.

I also had time to make up cases for mobile phones. I chose some bright flower material and used wadding to add extra protection for the phone.

I've been asked to create a make up brush roll, so I'm looking forward to adding a zip to it! I've already chosen some nice fabrics for it and made a rough design on paper. If my zips arrive soon I might be able to show you in my next post.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

My Holiday in St Ives

St Ives, Cornwall

I've just come back from a lovely week away in St Ives, Cornwall. I've been going since I was 14 and it's one of my favourite places. So many things to see and do, a week is never long enough! I planned on spending most of the evenings crafting but as the nights are lighter and the weather was surprisingly mild, I spent the time on the beach with my dogs instead.

I certaintly made the most of having shops right on my doorstep. To get to any shops when I am at home, I have to drive into the nearest town so this was a great novelty to have a wonder several times a day!

I was a regular visitor here!

Of course I was very eager to visit the Cath Kidston shop and have a browse and maybe purchase something. I love all the Cath Kidston designs and could have and probably did spend hours browsing at all the products. On our first day in St Ives, my lovely fiance bought me a bracelet I had wanted for a while.

My lovely bracelet

I also bought a few little treats for myself. I couldn't resist!

My goodies!

The top two photographs are of my make up brush roll. The brushes are made from goat hair and are so soft. The bottom left is a pack of pocket tissues and the bottom right is my new plastic picnic wine glass, although I have been using it today in the house.

I discovered a little shop that sold St Ives fabric. I just had to buy some;

I did find a bit of time to make up some jewellery. I had planned on making more but got distracted with other things!

The week went by so quickly and before I knew it I was back at home! I have some plans next week to spend some time at the sewing machine with my new fabric.

My dog really enjoyed the beaches and spent many hours playing with his ball in the sand. Dog's are not allowed on certain beaches between 8am and 7pm, so every morning we'd be on the beach from 6am. The one beach that does allow dogs all day was entirely covered by sea for most of the day but as soon as the tide turned we were back on it!

I was approached by several dog owners during my week away, concerned and wanting support over the possible dog ban 365 days a year, 24 hours a day on all the beaches in St Ives. Even though I am a dog owner myself, I can see the point of view from both sides. Not every dog owner is responsible enough to clear up after their pets. I always make sure I carry dog bags with me. It only takes seconds to clear up and very little effort. I do hope they leave one beach free for the dogs as Shadow loves the beach and so do I and I would love to return to St Ives!

It was a lovely week away and I created some lovely memories (and bought some nice things too) but now its time to get back crafting and enjoy myself some more!