#stitchingsanta reveal

As usual I hinted heavily to my nearest and dearest about finding some sewing items under the tree on Christmas morning. But as usual there were none to be had (they were some pretty heavy-handed hints too). So thank heavens for Sheila from Sewchet organising an online event 🙂

The first gift I unwrapped was this lovely, indigo-dyed, cotton fabric in my favourite colours. This will make a lovely top or blouse for Spring. Thimberlina recommended the SBCC website for petite friendly patterns some time ago. I think their Mimosa blouse pattern would look great made up in this. The second piece of fabric was some cream / off-white, lace knit which is also very me 🙂 I seem to remember a cardigan/shrug featured in a recent issue of Seamworks which might work well with this.

I love how much thought and effort has been put into this gift. My Stitching Santa had clearly had a good look through my previous posts to find out that a petite pattern would work best for me. This shirt dress pattern will also give me chance to put those recent, shirt-making skills to more practice.

Lastly I received a fab diary, perfect for getting organised at this time of year, covered in a hand screen printed insects fabric. This is so pretty, thank you!

I love how colour-coordinated the contents of my Stitching Santa parcel are. Kate from Fabrickated got me spot on! Even the design on her card, she noted, made a good match for the floral jacket I blogged about over the Summer.

Thank you Kate, I’m delighted with all of my gifts. They gave me a much-needed cheering up in their lovely, lighter Spring-like colours and weights. I’ll be looking forward to working with these as the days gradually get a little longer. Your presents were incredibly thoughtful, thank you 🙂

And of course thank you to Sheila for all her patience and hard work in organising the event. I was secretly pleased to get Sheila as my nominated name, as it gave me a chance to thank her directly, although I was also anxious to get it right for her. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event 🙂



Christmas Holidays #sundaysevens


Happy Christmas holidays everyone! Hope everyone enjoyed a lovely festive couple of days, without too much of a mince pie or mulled wine- induced hangover…

Whilst I think I’d find it impossible to keep up with a weekly #sundaysevens, I always enjoy joining in every school holiday. Head over to Nat’s site at Threads and Bobbins to find out more about Sunday sevens, a weekly, photo diary celebrating the smaller things in life 🙂

On Sunday I enjoyed some Christmas crafting with the monkies. My daughter particularly enjoyed making this Santa from an old kit that came free with a magazine some time ago. Nice to see him finally come to life. On Monday I nipped out to the local supermarket for a few bits and pieces, and couldn’t resist these festive tights for her either.

Both monkies enjoyed a little more Christmas crafting on Tuesday, making one of these mobiles each (a bargain at just £1 each from Book Sale) as well as some paper garlands to decorate our kitchen. By Wednesday I was itching to get a bit of sewing done, so embarked on these simple, lavender bags to include in some family presents.

On Christmas Eve the monkies and I escaped the mayhem (leaving husband to wrap up the presents and to enjoy a rare bit of peace and quiet) to see a fantastic production of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart at the relatively new theatre and arts centre Home in Manchester. A copy of said book might have found its way into my son’s stocking.

And no prizes for which present I might have reached for first from under the tree on Christmas morning … 😉 Will post about later in the week, but suffice to say it was worth the wait. Thank you #stitchingsanta!


Boxing Day left us desperate for some fresh air, so we headed off to a local park. Although we luckily escaped any flooding here in South Manchester, there were plenty of puddles for the monkies to jump over on the way. The factory where my husband works over Bolton-way hasn’t quite come off so luckily: it’s currently under two foot of water! My thoughts and best wishes go out to anyone else who’s in the painful process of clearing up, yet again.






Thank you! #stitchingsanta


Just a quickie to let my lovely Stitching Santa know that my parcel has been delivered safely and in good time. I’ve opened the card, so have some idea of the contents 🙂 but will leave the actual unwrapping until the day itself. My children are almost as excited as me to reveal its contents…

Many thanks! I look forward to doing some sleuthing later to discover your identity…