Sew Pretty Homestyle

I still remember the very first time I flicked through a ‘Tilda’ book. It was Sew Pretty Homestyle, which I think may have been Tone Finnangers first Tilda book. One of my students, a gorgeous English lass that was new to the class, brought the Tilda book to art class with her one night. … [Read more...]

From shabby scraps to shabbilicious garland

You know all those tiny scraps and off-cuts of pretty papers you have left over from craft projects… Don’t throw them out!! I have storage bags specifically for scraps… both paper and fabric.     It’s amazing what you can make using pretty leftovers. When I store the scraps I don’t … [Read more...]

How to make altered vintage aprons

Today we are going all granny chic… Although my inspiration for apron wearing comes from my grandmother, I’m pretty sure her aprons never looked anything like mine. My nan’s aprons were more the basic gingham variety with maybe a little simple pocket embroidery. Aprons of that era were generally … [Read more...]

My Grandmother’s Apron

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll know of my love for the humble apron. My affection for aprons started young… way before it was even an ‘in thing’ to wear aprons and certainly at an age when my friends were not sharing the same devotion for such outer attire. I’m sure this … [Read more...]

Sewing Matchbook Needle Keepers

I’m travelling again this week… and even though my frequent travels make life incredibly busy, there is an upside. Waiting in airports and sitting on planes means I have spare time up my sleeve and I’m never one to waste any ‘ME’ time. I’ve been reading and sewing and happily finishing off … [Read more...]

Shabby love is… 3 free quilt patterns!

Hello there, I know that like me, many of you are big, big Tilda fans. Some of my lovely readers first heard of the beautiful world of Tilda through Shabby Art Boutique and I’m thrilled that I was able to share that with you. Soooo…. I’m especially excited to share some fabulous Tilda news with … [Read more...]

DIY faux patchwork needle keeper

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve put together a quick and easy handmade project that’s perfect for crafters and sewers. I’ve made a few needle books over the years, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen a needle keeper quite like this one. It’s perfect to hang beside your sewing area, … [Read more...]

Finding JOY in the JOURNEY

Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty… Splatter some paint around, Create with absolute abandonment, And trust the process…. to find the right path!     I started work on this canvas quite some time ago. I had an idea of where I was intending to go with it. I knew it was a … [Read more...]

March – Book of the Month

My book of the month for March is one I know my crafty friends will love. It’s the latest book from well known Norweigan artist, Tone Finnanger.   [Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links to Book Depository] ‘Tilda’s Toy Box’ is filled with a magical world of soft toys and sewn … [Read more...]

Tilda… back in stock!

I’m thrilled to announce that Tilda is back in stock in my Boutique. I had a lot of orders to fill before I could list the items… and there is not a huge amount left, so if you see something you like…. grab it quickly!     I only have one of these gorgeous wooden ribbon holders left… … [Read more...]