What else can you do on a long bank holiday weekend but shop? I wanted to go to Witney as I’ve never been there before, it’s local and I’ve heard lots of good things about it.
On the way we stopped off at Aston Pottery. I follow them on Twitter & I love pottery so we headed there. They have plenty of pottery for you to choose from, as well as other little gifts. We didn’t venture to the cafe this time as we’d not long had brunch but I will be going back soon to try out their tea!
We then headed to Witney & after a mooch about the high street, we found the knitting shop. Unfortunately it was closed but next to it was The Old Pill Factory & they weren’t closed! I think I’ve found my new favourite shop! I really like antique/vintage shops and this one didn’t disappoint. I could have spent all day here. They had loads of vintage bits & pieces for your home and tons of vintage fabrics. I couldn’t leave without a Mason jar & some lovely vintage green buttons. I’d never seen one of the blue Mason jars before, except on Pinterest! I’m so chuffed to have my own. It’s currently on my windowsill until I can find a better home for it.
It was the perfect start to the weekend. The only downside was my lunch at Hacketts. It was a very bland and tasteless mushroom risotto. None of my party was overwhelmed by theirs either. Easter Sunday lunch at The Flowing Well more than made up for this, however, as it was amazing!
How did you spend your long weekend? Hope you dodged the rain and ate plenty of chocolate! x
One of my crafty resolutions was to make all the free projects that I get every month with my Mollie Makes magazine. Well, I haven’t finished them all, but I did think to myself that I should aim to do one every Sunday afternoon. I even wrote it in my Filofax!
I wasn’t sure which one to start with as I’ve only made the smart phone cover up to now. I wanted something that I could make quite quickly & on the sofa watching Borgen on iPlayer with my OH. So I opted for the buttons from issue 7.
I’m not the best sewer. I’m not very tidy & I’m not very familiar with the different stitches. This project seemed like quite a good little one to do & I want the buttons to go on a woolly hat that I hope to knit quite soon.
I was a bit disappointed that the whole image wouldn’t appear on the button. I’m sure if I was better at sewing I could’ve altered the pattern so that you could see the whole image but I’m not!
There were so many images to choose from in Mollie Makes so I went with the ones that would make me smile – A bird on a flower, a snowman and then I went a bit freestyle & used the umbrella from one of the other images.
It was quite difficult to put an accurate copy of the image onto the material provided. But I think that’s because I’m not a very confident at drawing & wanted to sketches to be perfect to help with my sewing!
Once I’d finished sewing my first image, I cut around it ready to put it on the button. However, I’d cut it too small & so it doesn’t cover the button completely. I’m gutted as the bird one is my favourite images. I think this one might have to stay on my notice board in my study!
By the time I’d completed all three, both my sewing & cutting had improved. I think I’ll use the umbrella on my hat as the snowman is so big that you can barely tell what it is! One down! x
I have been inspired by my Cath Kidston Craft Night! I am pretty much addicted to makeing suffolk puff brooches. Not that this has helped me finish cushion cover!
It all started a week or so ago. I needed a present for a friend’s birthday. But I don’t have much money to spend on gifts. Then I decided that I would have a go at using my new skill to make a brooch for her. I used the same green material that’s in the picture below. I think I bought it from Lexi Loves in Cirencester ages ago. I’m not sure where the red fabric came from.
I’m thinking about putting some for sale on my Folksy shop. What do you think?
I have loved cutting and sticking for as long as I can remember. So I guess it was only a matter of time before I put this love into a Folksy listing!
Not only that but I’ve found a way to use some of the many, many buttons that I’ve been given from family and friends.
So if you need a card or you want something to go in an old frame, pop on over to my old Folksy shop & get buying! x