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I am a lifelong fabric artist who loves bringing a home to life with quirky, unique and sumptuous pieces of textile art. I learnt my craft from sharing many a happy hour sewing with my talented mother. I particularly like collage, free-machining, needle-felting and creating home furnishings using a combination of machine and hand sewing. I love incorporating vintage and reclaimed fabrics, buttons, beads, jewellery and other items in my work to give them a second chance at being beautiful.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

WOYWW - birthday girls!

It's another What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and this week...not a busy book in sight! I've still been busy with the project this week but just the boring bits like ironing huge lengths of bias binding.

This week has been all about birthdays. Ben's besties are all nearly one so I've been busy making very special first birthday cards. But that's not the only birthday activity this week and Ben has got in on the act helping me to make a birthday card for his Daddy.

So here's my workdesk...

The cards in the foreground are my hand embroidered cards for Gracie and Ligeia, two of Ben's favourite girls. I wanted to make something that their mums will like to keep as a memento of their first babies' first birthdays.

Having been a life-long loather of hand-embroidery, I've only recently found the love. I've used a variety of stitches in this design.

Those of you who are familiar with my previous WOYWW posts might recognise the butterfly as the twin of one I have embroidered in Ben's busy book. I loved it so much and it was the thing that inspired these cards in the first place.

Also on my workdesk is the birthday card we made for my husband. We love daddy very much. He's a hard worker and our super hero. It's just a bit of fun and I thought that any papercrafters reading this might have a giggle at its juvenile charm!! ;-)

If you've landed on this page wondering what in the world WOYWW is all about, hop on over to Julia's Stamping Ground to find out and catch up with a whole gang of fab crafters!

I'll drop in to as many desks as I can, thanks for stopping by!

Happy crafting :-)


  1. A fabulous group of cards, love the Super Hero Daddy!! have a great week. Helen 5

  2. What sweet cards, and the Superhero one! !Fab!!

  3. Lovely cards you've made. I really like your busy book from previous posts too. Something to be treasured I'm sure.
    have a happy week
    Lynda B 19

  4. You have such a good eye and clever ideas :-). I love those hand embroidered cards...your friends will treasure them. I would!! And that Superhero dad card is just perfect..the individual letters are brilliant, love it!!
    Hugs, LLJ 16 xxx

  5. Super cards, all three of them. Love the 'daddy one' and it is rather special in that one baby son had a hand in its production.
    Yes, the butterfly, it is so cute that you could not fail to use it and what a treasure these cards will be.
    Hugs, Neet 25 xx

  6. Gorgeous cards all of them - definately something to treasure. Have a great weekx Soojay 27

  7. I really love the new card range - I think there might be a market for such lovelies! x

  8. Beautiful work as always ... There first birthday cards are truly special. I too like embroidery but hardly ever do these days except for some mending,.
    Shaz in Ozx.

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  9. Those first birthday cards are very special. I'm sure they'll want to keep those. Your stitching is amazing. I like the 'font' of the embroidered names.
    The card for daddy is great! Made with hands and feet! He'll treasure that.
    have a good week,

  10. Hi Tilly, what gorgeous little keepsake cards! And you are not the only one suffering with a mass of birthdays at this time of the year! From tomorrow,(my eldest son starts the run) to the 23rd August we have no less than 28 birthdays- family and friends. In the week that includes our own, we have 13 alone! The attraction of being born a Leo, I assume, lol. The card for your Hubby is super sweet! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #7 xx

  11. Gorgeous cards, they will be treasured keepsakes I'm sure. The daddy card is so cool - I love the way you used the hand and foot print - another special keepsake! Hope you have a great week,
    Diana #49

  12. Gorgeous cards, so sweet. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 29

  13. What fab creations! Bet all the recipients loved them.
    Happy WOYWW.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Catherine #55

  14. lovely cards
    happy woyww
    charlie :) #20

  15. Oh, Ben's Daddy is going to love that card, what a SUPER idea!
    I love the girls' cards too...you really do impress me with your time management skills!