This is a new regular feature for the blog.  Every Friday you will see 10 Foto’s that inspire me in some way.  

I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I do!

Fortune Cookie Wisdom

I Ride With Rainbows - explored

Binalong Bay no.2 [ explore ]
Rio Azul Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Aurora Borealis at Mývatn, North Iceland

grit only

Exotic pink (Explored)

Colorful World *** Explored

Winter Palette

Lycaena heteronea Blue Copper (female)


Quick jewellery make

I’ve been absent for a while I know. Christmas present making and organising kinda took my time up. And I know I should have taken done piccies of things I made but I didn’t manage everything. So, I am starting this year afresh with projects. I have decided to tackle my UFO stash and so, today, made a start with my beading stash. I feel very productive today.

I have recently finished a necklace that has been sitting there for a while. I got the pendant about 3 years ago from a very talented glassy lady and beaded around it about 18 months ago but hadn’t got round to doing the rope. And now it’s finished – a pretty asymmetrical piece. What do you think?

Also today I finished some earrings that I have been meaning to do since I saw these very cute fimo beads in an amazing package I got from another jewellery blog. Let me tell you about this blog……Operation Tackle That Bead Stash! It’s probably one of the reasons my stash has actually grown rather than diminished. And my tutorial stash has got huge. There are so many talented jewellery designers on there and you just have to make everything.




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Bias binding epiphany

So, I needed some binding to put on my refashion men’s jumper. I had the perfect fabric – a zany, eclectic, psychedelic, very 60’s looking fabric. It would look perfect against the grey knit material.

So I looked into making my own and came across a continuous strip method – I would get so bored so quickly sewing all those itty bits together – I looked at several different youtube videos and just couldn’t understand how you sewed the thing together. Then I came upon this YouTube video by Iona. This seems like a much easier way of cutting longer strips and therefore less stitching. So I gave it a go and it worked. yay

I have a 1″ bias strip maker and in my fabric went. I cant remember what this fabric is but it had a massive resistance to the iron. It took ages to crease up nicely – which is great if you’re wearing a garment I guess but no so great when you’re making tape.

Anyway, here is the finished product.

Now to attach it to my jumper.

I can’t believe I have a whole world of creativity at my hands in this gorgeous tape. I wanna bias bind everything now!

Sewing for christmas

Well, I have been a busy bee today! I have used some of my Christmas stash to make some circular napkins for the Christmas table.

I admit to being very nervous – I can barely sew in a straight line let alone a circle!!!!!! But I have procrastinated for too long on this thought and so on with it I got!

I started by making the circular template – I needed it to be 17″ in diameter so had to use a string and a pin!!!!!! I made it 19″” so I could sew a larger seam *just in case*

I needed 8 napkins – double sided so I cut out 16 circles! That was a lot of cutting and I was a bit bored of it after that. Soooooo, then I pinned them right sides together and marked a 1″ seam line with my tailors chalk.

Measuring circular Christmas napkins

And sewed them together leaving a 3″ gap for turning.  I needed to adjust the tension too and also the stitch length  for more security.

Then, after I ironed the seam in of course, I cut both seams individually and in opposite places to limit bulk and turned them pushing out the curve with my card folding presser thing I have had for yonks!! Its the perfect tool.

Once again I pressed 😉 (I LOVE Pressing – Luckily)

Tucked the opening in…………and top stitched to close.

Now, they aren’t perfect are each unique and I am so so pleased with them especially considering I can’t sew straight!!!!!

And here they are folded as they will be on the Christmas table along with my handmade tablecloth. 🙂

So, totally stoked with these – I think they will look great on my Christmas Table.  If I remember I will try and take a pic – I’m usually a bit pickled by dinner time 😉

Till next time

Faye xx

What did I buy at The Knitting & Stitching show?

Ok. I realise I haven’t shown you what I bought yet. I know it’s rude of me but I have been so busy battling with tonnes of fabric to make a tablecloth for Christmas.

I wanted to find some fabric at the show for said tablecloth as my table is so big when extended that they are extortionate in price. They can’t be difficult to make thought I. They are simply straight hems!!!!!!!

Well, it was more awkward than difficult I have to say. I dont have a small space to work in but it sure felt like it. I wanted an elegant feel to the table so opted for an overhang of 50cm per side. This put the fabric I would need at 3m by 2m.

So, without further ado…….here is the fabric……

And this is what I fought with it for……


I apologise for the terrible piccies. The weather here today is so dark and autumnal it’s lights all the way.

I guess you wanna know what else I bought right?

For Christmas napkins

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These are for for a Christmas wreath and a tree skirt 😉

The fabric on the right is for a bag I want to make by Lisa Kan. The other fabrics – well I just loved them.

And a bright zesty jelly roll


I best start making my Christmas napkins. See ya later ☺. Faye x

Ally Pally – The knitting & Stitching Show

Today was the day I went to Ally Pally. How excited was I? I’ve never been before and a friend suggested it – who was I to turn it down?!?!?

When I arrived in North London I couldn’t believe how beautiful the grounds of Alexandra Palace were. The sun was shining and lighting up the wonderful backdrop of London city. I could even see the shard!!!!!!!

I didn’t realise but back in the day the BBC broadcasted from here because it was such a high point in the city and the television Arial is still on the roof of Ally Pally. I couldn’t believe how high it was

Here is my friend, Michelle, who made me spend a fortune!!!!! And she will kill me for putting this on here but I luv her cos this was my birthday pressie

And look at this amazing window!

It was intensely busy and my pointy elbows came in very handy 😉 but we battled on and bought lots of goodies. I will show you these in the next post. I thought they were all justified as I have plans for all of it :). How good am I?

Eventually we sat down and had afternoon tea. I was so thirsty and famished I must have drank a gallon of tea. But I was tired out and wanted to go and play with my goodies.

We went back in to the show for an hour and I bought a lovely bright, zesty Rowan fabric jelly roll for a chevron table runner I think 😉 and then we went back to the coach. We were the last on and the day was fun but…….boy was I glad to get home!

Have you been to The Knitting & Stitching show this year? What did you think and what did you buy?

Happy birthday to my dear beloved hubby

At the last minute I decided to make my dear husband a birthday cake rather than buy one. They all taste the same and very often are dry and crumbly. Besides this, everyone seems to get them from Tesco or the like and everyone has had them all so there’s never any surprise.

Oh, and I like watching people enjoy something I have made ☺

So out came the cookbooks and as hubby is a fussy one it had to be something plain but with a subtle twist! I pulled from my bookcase a few books,

Nigella – how to be a domestic goddess
Pru Leith’s baking bible and
The Hummingbird bakery

The latter was a bit fussy for his tastes 😳
Nigella too.

So back to the old faithful – Pru has every type of cake in this bible and I decided to try a whisked cake – a chocolate one – with a coffee twist 😉

Here are some progress pics
The whisking of the eggs and sugar


Gently turning in the flours and cocoa
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The coffee syrup – used to flavour the sponges before the ganache is added20121007-174911.jpg

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The sponge cooling off and brushed with the coffee syrup. 20121007-174932.jpg
And here is the finished article.