This tote resembles exactly how I’ve felt this past week and ‘Happy’
I love this tote I think the fact it has a touch of colour rather than the plain cotton or canvas just makes my day and what girl doesn’t love a good fluffy cloud or two.

This tote comes from ‘SecretGardenTwo‘ where all the lovely gifts are handmade and print with beautiful photography. Her photography is just beautiful with an added feeling of nostalgia. All these bags are available in three sizes  13×13, 16×16 and 18×18″ it’s nice to have a variety and over at secret gardens they have that with plenty of great images and little slogans.

Go over there and make yourself a bit happier!

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Given the old girl a clean up!

I’m finally attempting a new craft! One I haven’t tried out since I was a young en’ at school in technology classes. I’ve had a sewing machine for a good four years now and was really happy when I got it as a present but I’ve been a bad crafter and I’ve let it collect dust. I have a love of vintage clothing and I read a good few sewing blogs and read in admiration when I see the beautiful wears these ladies make on a daily basis. I’ve always feared spending all that money on beautiful fabric and find I make a mess of it. However practice makes perfect right?!?

So putting that into perspective I rummaged through the remnants of fabric at one of our local stores and picked up a good couple of sized pieces. I found some plain white poly cotton and some nice flowered vintage looking fabric that had a white background so they went perfectly together.

They are a good combination for a learner as it’s not too complicated that I have to think of joining the pattern but it will give my plain tee a bit of interest and excitement.

I’m also not going into my first pattern and keeping it standard. That’s right I’m working on a Vintage 1982 Style pattern 3828 bat wing or standard tee with turn back cuffs, being daring I’m adapting it slightly by making the body under the armhole in the flowery fabric and using the white poly cotton for the above armhole. The only question I’m slightly needing answering is the fact that the white poly cotton is slightly thin and so when doing my neckline I have to turn fabric to the inside and you would be able to see it from the outside when wearing. What to do? If you have any ideas It would be super grateful the thought had crossed my mind to double up the fabric but that just adds to more questions for me.

Either way I’m looking forward to learning a new craft and finding a joy in something new that I think I’ll be able to execute well.

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Sculpture’s Daughter by Tove Jannson
Sculpture’s Daughter was given to me in February as a birthday gift and even though I had plenty of books on the go I started reading it anyway. The book is written by Tove Jannson the creator of The Moomins. Either way I put the book down after a a bit for my knitting and picked it back up to finish it.

Such a beautifully written book the stories are written as Tove as a child with innocence and naïveté. She describes much loved memories of her childhood but also shows a gaining of knowledge, understanding and questioning the world around her. The book is quite reminiscent of The Moomins as she goes on her little adventures. It is a great read and was so happy to receive it as a birthday gift. :) x

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Welcome to my happy New Feature ‘Project Bag of the Week’. A bit of regular material for my lovely knitterly audience or just general love of crafts and shopping. Project Bag of the Week is intended to perk up your craft storage and carrying with style and quirkiness.
I recently went on a hunt for a new project bag as my previous tote is old and has become a whole new grim shade of beige around the bottom. Whilst on my search I found so many beautiful ones that I would love to share, so I decided I’d update you with a new project bag each week.
First up….

CERIDWEN HAZELCHILD DESIGN

Ceridwen Hazelchild Designs is a great ‘Project Bag of the Week’ to start with due to her fabulous and warming Illustrations literally all the tote bags available in her shop are just astounding. There is a tote for everyone whether you love tea, knitting, flowers, buttons or gnomes. You will also find Ceridwen products to be very environmentally friendly which I definitely like to see with there 100% fair trade cotton or 100% natural canvas if preferred. The illustrations are all her very own and brighten up the day or your shoulder!  If I’ve made you curious of her work I highly recommend you nip over to ceridwenDESIGNS.

I’ve got one of these totes now on my wish list and I think you should add it to yours.

Also if your a designer/seller of handmade project bags/cases or totes and would love to showcase your work please get in touch I’d love to hear from you. x

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I’ve been joining in on the #craftyaugust Instagram posts and so here’s my update for the first few days of Week one.

Want to follow and watch my crafty month more up close follow my instagram link below or join in all you have to do is use the prompts for each day and tag it with #craftyaugust

Day One ‘Say Hello’

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Day Two ‘ Favourite Material’

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Day Three ‘Workspace’

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The wedding Day First important event of July was my boyfriends mums wedding to her now husband Tony. Beautiful day!

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Two of Wakefield Local Outside Music Events were held, Top:- Sticky Shoes Held by The Orangery and Bottom:- Clarence Park Festival held by Wakefield Music Collective

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I haven’t talked about my knitting much recently but this month I got this fellow completed for my little brother he’s a robot named R.O.B from the old Nintendo games the toys are quite rare and so I promised him I’d design and knit a version for him. He was super surprised I had it finished and loves him.

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Whitby Our trip to the seaside.

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Acid Wash Nail Tutorial Posted my first of many to come DIY’s for you all to enjoy.

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So a few weekends ago some of you may have noticed me and my boyfriend skipped the city life for a bit of seaside breeze and quality time together.
I’ve been working in the office hard to meet deadlines which are due to be complete roughly around the end of August, we are literally rushed off our feet and doing everything we can to get work done on time. So as you can probably understand I’ve been needing a break away.
We can’t always afford trips away but we budgeted extra well this month to just make sure we could throw some petrol in the car and make our escape for our favourite seaside ‘Whitby’.
If you were in Britain that weekend you will probably have known about all the stormy weather that hit the country so we were being risky and due to the online Whitby webcams showing a dry morning we set off anyway from the rainy weather of Wakefield hoping that we’d not collide too long with a rain or thunderstorms whilst there.

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Our journey was beautiful as we went over North Yorkshire Moors and Will took me on a spontaneous detour to the small village of Goathland, I’ve never been before but the village is something quite special it was the filming location for ‘Heartbeat‘. I was brought up on watching Heartbeat on a Sunday evenings with my parents and so it was beautiful travelling through the countryside, past the local old styled railway station and into the small village. To my amazement I’ve literally never seen so many free to roam sheep in my life they were every where.
We then continued on our travels to the seaside and Will won the ‘Who can see the sea first’ game. Although it was hard to tell the mist and sea had become one so I let him have it!
We parked up at about 10:00am and set off for our walk to town and spent the first part of the day visiting the shops and walking the front of the harbour. We had a small nibble of sea food for our lunch and saved the Fish and Chips for tea. My boyfriend treated me to a lovely glass deer from The Whitby Glassworks and I stayed very restraint at ‘The Bobbins’ Wool Shop. We did climb the 199 steps to the top where the Whitby Abbey is but didn’t venture inside I’ve visited it before. Even got ourselves a friendship bracelet  each on the market to show our love.

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By the time 3 pm hit we took ourselves over to the Pavilion on the sea front, I’d spotted The Seaside Vintage Fair 2014 was on from my ‘Vintage Life’ magazine and went for a nosey before it closed for the day.
Whilst looking over the tables there were some lovely items but one little one in particular caught my eye. A little cat ornament only priced at £3, not just any cat ornament I had one of the same kind at home in a different pose. I’d randomly bought at a local charity shop a few years back never thinking I’d find another like him. I didn’t even hesitate whether to get him or not I feel in love with him like I feel in love with the first!
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It was a lovely Vintage Fair and is due on again October if any of you are nearby or passing Whitby.

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After the fair we went back to the car to take our purchases back to the car and the heavens opened so we kept quite content in the warm of the car watching the weather pass by as it threw it down. Thankfully we weren’t waiting too long and we set back out on our journey for the fish and chippie tea. Once I’d attacked by two seagulls for my fish and got out ice cream deserts we had one last wonder before we headed off on our trip home.
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It didn’t all quite end there though we drove through a few coastal towns such as robin hood bay and Scarborough to soak in all the other local seaside atmosphere. Can’t wait for our next day trip away they are always very special too us.

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