Friday, 24 April 2015

Beautiful Bag Swap

This is my latest finish. 
It was for a Tote Bag Swap organised by the wonderful Lia from Lia's Handmades. I love doing this swap, as I don't make bags very often.
The pattern I used was a free one by Amy @ My 3 Monsters. It's different to any other bag I've made and I was quite reluctant to part with it, but I did :(  On the bright side my partner loved it so thats all good :) 
I was lucky enough to receive this wonderful bag from Rose Along with lots of other goodies she sent 2 alternative belts for around the middle. I haven't stopped using it since it arrived. I was truly spoiled. Thank you very much Rose.
I've also started to crochet a throw for the chair in my bedroom. I chose these fabulous summery colours from the WI range at Hobbycraft. It's not too big so it shouldn't take too long to finish. I'm not looking forward to weaving all the ends in, it's not my favourite job.
I had a visitor in my sewing room yesterday. This beautiful Peacock butterfly fluttered in and landed not far from my work. 
It's nice to see that summer is on it's way and the weather this week has been lovely. I'm not sure if it's going to last, but we can hope.

Have a lovely weekend!

Melanie xxx

Friday, 17 April 2015

A Spring Bloggy Meet Up

Last Saturday was the wonderful gathering of bloggers from as far as Dorset and Derbyshire.

Gilly from Gilly Makes organised an amazing day out for us in Stratford-upon-Avon.

It was a fabulous day and the sun was shining by the time we all arrived.

We did a little retail therapy in Sew Me Something
We were warmly welcomed by Jules and her team we all had a good shop.
 Then a walk down to the river with the girls 

Front row:
Jo - Three Stories High
Gilly our host 
Mel - Mellie Moo (Instagram), 
Amy-Love Made My Home
Back row:
Mel - Mel Makes
Nicky-Sunshine Reflections
Sarah - Perfect Sarah (Instagram)
Jane - Plain Jane

Ashley - Lazy Daisy Jones met up with us later at the tea rooms.
Folowed by afternoon tea at Fourteas a 1940's themed tea rooms
 The waitresses looked amazing in her outfit and the menus were Ration books.
My delicious Cream Tea.
 Gifts made for me by some of those talented girls.
What an amazing day!

Thanks again Gilly organising.

Hugs Melanie xxx

Saturday, 4 April 2015


I joined Cheryll and the other girls last night for her monthly Friday Night With Friends.
Last week I decided to pull one of my UFO's out. I've had it on the go for years. Kim Diehl's Bunny Table runner.
I looked at it and decided that the Suffolk puffs that I had sewn on were a bit much. So in the week they were the first thing to come off. I did a bit of rearranging of the ones around the edge and I'm now a lot happier with how it looks. 
Last night the binding went on so it's all finished now and will have pride of place on the table on Easter Sunday, all ready for our family get together. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and don't over indulge too much with the goodies the Easter Bunny leaves.

Melanie xxx