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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, 16 December 2015

WOYWW - Chubby and plump, a right old elf!

Yes, dear reader, a line from my favourite poem 'T'was the Night Before Christmas'. I thought it an appropriate verse to accompany my workdesk photo this week...

You'll see up front my latest make. Last year I made Ben a sack for his first Christmas and added to it a little felt Rudolph decoration with 'Ben's first Christmas 2014' on the back. This Christmas I have stitched a Father Christmas and so the fun will continue year on year (or at least until he twigs that Mrs Claus's stitching is uncannily similar to his mummy's!)

Now that Twiglet's sewing room is finally tidied, we managed to share half an hour of sewing time this week while the boy was asleep...

What fun! Good job I'm better at sewing than I am at taking selfies!

Also this week our tree went up. I had feared all sorts of mishaps would occur when toddler met tree, but we've been lucky and Ben hasn't been nearly as curious/destructive as I'd feared.

He has taken a shine to all the handmade goodies that mum (twiglet) has made for my tree over the years so I thought I'd share them here so you can enjoy them too...

My final share of the week is a collection of fab photos that my dad has taken of my work. I've been grumbling about how I need to have better photos of my work to improve my Etsy listings and so dad, a professional photographer, set up the studio for me and took these fab pics! He even got round the problem of reflections on the glass in my box frames!

That's all for today folks! Hope you've enjoyed visiting and reading my blog. I'm off to visit some other fab bloggers' workdesks on What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday so why don't you join me too!

Happy crafting x


  1. Love the pics of your work.....good luck with sales. Enjoy the magic of Christmas with your little man.
    Annie x

  2. I am starting to see that everyone in your family is incredibly talented and creative. Love the pic of Ben looking at the tree in awe and wonder.
    sandra de @24

  3. I love the felt Christmas decoration you made!

    P.S.: don't forget to enter my giveaway to win a bracelet and earrings jewelry set!

    Greetings, Sofie # 31

  4. Love the idea of the Christmas felts - I have searched and searched for a 'First Christmas' bauble, never thought of MAKING one!! duh!! You have some brilliant ideas.
    Thank you for sharing

    Have a good week

    Bishopsmate #36

  5. How fantastic that your dad did the photos! A great present really on his part. And it will really help your sales if you have decent photos.
    I love the little things in the tree, especially the angel.
    Ben will be a bit more conscious of Christmas this time round. He will enjoy it much more.
    Have a great week and don't get too stressed,

  6. A lovely blog post - don't we have a lot to be thankful for. x

  7. Beautiful handmade decorations - that Santa is so cute! Lovely photos too - it's always best to keep things in the family and it helps if one's dad is a professional photographer! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #35

  8. Love the idea of a new handmade ornament they are beautiful. Mom's stitching would even be more important to save year after year. Your new photos are AWESOME.
    Marnie #41

  9. The decorations are beautiful, both yours and Twiglets - and so lovely to have special memories on the tree and add to them each year. I love the professional photo of your work - how lucky to have a dad who is a photographer - reflections are a real pain!! Thanks for stopping by earlier, I hope you have a great week,
    Diana #29

  10. Love the plump Santa! Mom's decorations are fab and dad's photo's of your great work are also great. What a talented family you are!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tertia #8

  11. Wonderful photos, they really show off your work beautifully. I love the father Christmas and the idea of one every year...will be safe and watertight till some blabgob at school instills doubt...then there are other tactics! Lovely to see you and that Twiglet enjoying time.

  12. the photos look great - good luck with Etsy. The tree looks amazing with Twiglets gorgeous handmade goodies, and so does your annual father Christmas! great idea, and some lovely keepsakes for Ben. Helen 4

  13. I think the selfie was brilliant...two gorgeous gals having fun! The keepsake Christmas ornaments are so beautiful...creating wonderful family memories :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 12 xxx

  14. What a talented family you are!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday
    Bubbles #38

  15. I would have been by sooner, but my life took a major meltdown today when my washing machine hose broke. After I got all the water and mess cleaned up, I was off to buy a new hose and install it.

    It was great seeing you with your mother, as well as your beautiful tree and the lovely ornaments your talented mother has made for you over the years. Traditions are special, unique, and important.

    Happy belated WOYWW from #1.