Sunday, 22 September 2013

And the winner is...

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Creative Crafting blog tour, visiting and sharing fellow crafters' blogs and leaving your lovely comments. I do hope you'll all be back for Christmas CRAFTfest when we can do it all again!

And congratulations to the lovely Joy from Beaded Bazaar who has won her very own little retro rosebud cushion cover from my giveaway.

It'll be winging it's way to you in the post tomorrow Joy, so drop me a line at with your address. Enjoy!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Thursday, 15 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - psst...did someone say Christmas?...

Yes, you heard it right. The C word has been mentioned.


It'll be here before we know it. So here's a super little tutorial for making a Scandi style Christmas elf from Lilly My Cat.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - a drawing masterclass

Stunning work from Kristin at Pastelesta sharing her technique for her amazingly lifelike animal drawings. Pop over now and leave a comment for a chance to win some lovely notecards.

Click here to visit Pastelesta blog

Cat and dog notecards

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - a crochet we will go

Some gorgeous makes from Lilian at Berry Bakewell today with a step by step guide to make a beautiful crochet bookmark and gift envelope. Ooh, and another super giveaway...

Click here to visit Berry Bakewell blog

Monday, 12 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - an abundance of beads

A visit to Beaded Bazaar today to meet Joy and find pout about her lovely new jewellery range. There's a giveaway too, so don't forget to leave a comment!

Click here to visit Beaded Bazaar blog


Friday, 9 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - an app a day...

What a brilliant idea - a crafters' app, being created by Arlene and her son showing how to create beautiful embroidery stitches. So clever!

Click here to visit Arlene's Crafts blog

Thursday, 8 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - stunning glasswork

Some stunning glasswork today from the studio of Glasspirations, and another chance to win something beautiful.

Click here to visit Glasspirations blog spot

Welcome Blog Tourists!

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to my blog. I hope you are all enjoying the Blog Tour and picking up loads of ideas, freebies and discounts along the way. My blog is all about my creative passions of cooking, baking and sewing. So for today's tour stop, I'm giving you a little bit of everything, a 10% discount for any purchases from my website and the chance to win a little something!

Make of the week
Inspired by the hot weather I've been making picnic accessories this week...

My cutlery roll has space enough for 12 pieces of cutlery. Perfect to pop into your cool bag or hamper. I've used Designers Guild Miami fabric here. It's a thick loose weave cotton in crisp white with a vibrant geometric print in blue, red, orange and green. I'm busy working on a matching bag, which would be finished if my pesky daughter would return my toolbox...

You'll find my cutlery roll in Homewares on my website.

Today's recipe

Just in case the weather isn't holding up, here's a lovely summery recipe to enjoy at home indoors!

This fresh fruit tart is delicious and so easy to make. You can use whichever soft fruit you like - strawberries, raspberries and blueberries would be brilliant here.

Nectarine Tart
  • 1 x 18cm sweet shortcrust pastry case - either make your own or buy ready baked
  • 1 large egg
  • 25g sugar
  • 200ml whole milk
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
  • 2 ripe nectarines sliced, or whichever soft fruit you like (you can leave small fruits and berries whole)

  1. Begin with the pastry case. If you're using ready made then you're done! If you're making your own, use a sweetened shortcrust recipe and bake blind until golden and crisp. Leave to cool.
  2. Next make the pastry cream. Put the milk in a small saucepan and heat gently. Meanwhile, whisk the egg and sugar until thick and creamy. Add the flour and whisk thoroughly. When the milk comes up to boil, pour it into the egg mixture and whisk together. Return the mixture to the pan and heat gently whisking vigorously until it becomes very thick. Remove from the heat and place in a clean bowl. Whisk in the vanilla, then cover with cling film to prevent a skin forming. Leave to cool a little then place in the fridge until completely cold.
  3. Assemble the tart by spreading the pastry cream over the pastry case and top with your chosen fruit. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.

Don't forget to make time for Creative Crafting magazine where you'll find more of my recipes

Grab some goodies!
As a special thank you for visiting my blog, leave a comment and share my blog for a chance to win this rosebud cushion cover with fabric covered buttons.

And if you'd like to buy anything from my site or place a bespoke order click here to email and quote "Blog Tour" to get 10% off your order. Visit my website Personal Space Interiors for details of my ready to buy items and bespoke services.

Thanks for visiting everyone, it's been lovely having you. Please call again soon :)

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - a fantastic giveaway

An amazing blog today from Stitchers Anon with a fantastically generous giveaway. Everything you could ever wish for as a crafter, whether you sew, knit or crochet.

 Click here to visit Stitchers Anon blog

 Stitchers  Anon

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - recycle that shirt!

A great stop today from Vicky Myers Creations with a tutorial on how to recycle a shirt into a swimming bag and lots of other bits and pieces.

Click here to visit Vicky Myers Creations blog


Sunday, 4 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - we're stopping off at Loopy's Place

A lovely tutorial today from Jane at Loopy's Place. How to make bag with brilliant pics and step by step instructions. Your chance to win a freebie too.

Cick here for Loopy's Place blog

Saturday, 3 August 2013

All aboard the bog tour - first stop The Old Button

The Creative Crafting bog tour has started.

First stop the lovely Sharon from The Old Button with a great idea for a crafty swap.

The Old Button Blog

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Hi Baby Bunting!

It's been a busy few weeks, hence my being MIA for a while. Between job hunting and helping my daughter move house there's been little time for making. So I'm squeezing in little and often bursts of energy at the sewing machine this week and attacking the stash.

Tis the season for celebration and all things outdoors which naturally makes me think of afternoon tea and bountiful bunting strewn across the scaffolds of drafty marquees. What if you want to recreate the look and feel, but have limited space? My mini bunting garland is the answer!

A great way to use of a fabric stash, bunting makes a fantastic finishing touch to a vintage style tea party or wedding.

Here is my retro floral bunting in cream and jam colourway. The background is ivory with a rosebud print in soft red and pink with little touches of yellow and powder blue. Hung on natural cream bias binding. Gorgeous!

And if you're a stickler for the genuine article, my vintage bunting is just the thing.

This mini bunting garland is made from vintage 1960s Burgess Ledward Frome fabric upcycled from curtains. The fabric is a light cotton in white with a fantastic floral print in chartreuse, mint and grey. Hung on crisp white bias binding.

My mini bunting makes a beautiful addition to your home too. As the flags are small, they add a welcome splash of colour and texture without being overbearing.

This luxury  bunting is made from a range of vintage and retro fabrics; Toile de Jouy, linens and florals. Instead of the usual bias binding, this bunting is made with Broderie Anglaise trim making it extra special and perfect for a shabby chic bedroom. My bedroom in fact!

I've teamed it here with a padded screen I made and covered with vintage floral cotton, a chair made by my partner's company Collingwood Sofas, and my favourite French ticking and crochet cushions.

I've also found space in my kitchen diner for a little bit of bunting!

This soft red stripe fabric brightens up my bookcase, adding interest and a touch of softness.

It's a great way to bring a scheme together.

Bunting is available ready made on (you guessed it) the Bunting page or why not have your own bespoke bunting made up? You can send me your fabric scraps or use from my fabric stash. Prices start from only 50p per flag. Click here to email for more details or to place an order.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Creative Crafting Blog Tour - Have you got your ticket?

Do you write a blog?
Would you like more followers?
How about taking part in the first Creative Crafting Blog Tour?

This Summer we will be boarding our Crafty Bus and taking our readers on a magical mystery tour of everything creative!What does this have to do with me I hear you say! Well …

A bus tour needs stops! And we don’t just have bus stops, we have BLOG STOPS!
Join us as a stop for this event and lay on something special for your guests when they arrive. You will know which day we are all coming so don’t worry we won’t turn up and catch you in your pj’s! If you are super keen you can even schedule your post ready to welcome everyone without you even having to be there. It is up to you what you do:
  • A giveaway
  • A competition
  • A project
  • An interesting feature
  • A funny story
Don’t forget that the more interesting your item is, the more likely the visitors are to return to your blog over and over again. So have a think and look out for more information on how to grab your stop spot!

A full list of our stops will be published in the next issue of Creative Crafting, on the blog and on the website. There will be lots of publicity on our social networks and apps so don’t miss out and let’s have some fun! You will also receive a colourful BLOG STOP badge for your blog.
For more information and to apply to be a blog stop please visit the Creative Crafting site here

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

A website re-vamp for the new season

I've been a busy bee again following my post-CRAFTfest break. I felt the website needed a refresh so I've changed the theme and added content to the home page.

Now, time for me to concentrate on making new stock for the new season. I have an ever growing fabric stash which is in desperate need of some attention. So off to the sewing machine I go. If only I could escape this incessant heat, I'm sure I'd be far more productive. Oh for the joy of air conditioning!

Friday, 28 June 2013

CRAFTfest is here again!

Yes it's sofa shopping time again - CRAFTfest is open for business from now until 6th July.

There are gorgeous goodies galore with over 100 stalls showcasing everything from homewares to pet goods, bath & beauty to baby clothes. So while you're having your morning coffee, here's a peek at what's on offer from our lovely team leaders.  

The fabulous Scent Cosmetics have taken the world of soap to another level with their stunning soap art.

Find more photos like this on Creative Connections

Exquisite lampwork beads and buttons from The Bead Bounty

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Bright and beautiful beaded jewellery and gifts from Beaded Bazaar
Find more photos like this on Creative Connections

Tea cup candles, coasters and gifts from Cola Creations

Find more photos like this on Creative Connections

And for fellow online business owners, why not update your look with branding from  AvAnna Designs

Find more photos like this on Creative Connections

Visit CRAFTfest at Creative Connections all day, all night, all week 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

It's freebie magazine time!

Oops I forgot to share this month's issue of Creative Crafting magazine. Here you go...

In this months' issue I have some great recipes for penny pinching, making an Indian feast from store cupboard basics and a few bits and pieces lurking in the fridge. Enjoy!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

A new venture for the weekend - dressmaking...

What do you do on a rainy Saturday when you haven't made any plans, you don't need to be anywhere and you've got the day to yourself? Well I thought I'd give myself a challenge this weekend and try my hand at dressmaking.

This is a brand new venture for me. I've made all sorts of home furnishings and artwork but I've never tried my hand at making clothes, apart from knitting. So with my birthday gift voucher in hand, off I went to John Lewis to buy a pattern. I decided on a 1960s vintage dress pattern (well I would, wouldn't I?) as I had some of my gorgeous vintage linen rose fabric left over.And I must say, I'm really pleased with the results.

The best thing is knowing I have created something unique. I fiddled with the pattern to change the neckline so it really is my own. And it fits perfectly, unlike anything off the peg. I think I may have found a new obesession...

So to all of you potential crafters out there, follow my lead and try something new. You might just surprise yourself!

Monday, 10 June 2013

One week to closing - time to grab your place at CRAFTfest!

There's only one week left to book your stall at summer CRAFTfest. Click on the image below to go to the CRAFTfest website.

Just in case you've been hiding for a while and wondering what CRAFTfest is, here's a quick guide:

  • CRAFTfest is a virtual craft fair hosted online at Creative Connections
  • It's for crafters of all types, making and selling their own handcrafted goods
  • The fair is online 24/7 from 29th June until 6th July
  • Stalls cost just £5.00 for the whole week if you set up yourself. There are other options available if you would like us to set up for you.
  • CRAFTfest is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work, with promotion activities taking place all week
  • It's a great place to meet fellow crafters, share experiences and learn new skills.
Why not take the plunge and give it a go? You only need to have four items or more available to sell to take part so it's a great starting point if you've only just been bitten by the crafting bug. If you'd like to find out more visit the CRAFTfest website or pop onto Creative Connections, join the community and meet us in the chat room to say hi. We'd love to see you there!

Monday, 3 June 2013

My website's moving - Weebly here I come!

Times are hard at the moment aren't they and I'm sure we're all looking for ways to save money wherever we can. So you can imagine my reaction when I got a lovely automated email the other day telling me that my website hosting was up for renewal for the tidy sum of £221.00! Not a hope in hell at the moment. So please bear with me while I create a new website for free on Weebly.

The address for my website is still the same:

But for the time being you may encounter a few glitches here and there until I'm completely transferred to my new host. On the positive side, apart from being free, it gives me the chance to streamline everything and make my site easier to use. It'll all be worth it in the end I'm sure. Meanwhile, here's a sneaky peak of the new look...

I think it looks nice and fresh so I'm pretty pleased with it. Let me know what you think...

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Meet Peggy, my latest creation...

I felt an urge to do something with the scrap bag as a means of escape from the laptop and here's what I came up with. Meet Peggy, my cute as a button peg bag.

Peggy is made from a mix of vintage and new fabrics left over from cushions I made. I just knew those strips of fabric would come in useful one day. She's practical and strong and holds oodles of pegs. If you'd like a Peggy of your own, I have an abundance of fabrics just waiting to be made up. Peggy is £9.99 including UK postage and packing. Contact me for details.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Collingwood Sofas showroom has arrived!

A shout out today for my partner Peter's business. His company Collingwood Sofas designs and makes fantastic quality sofas, suites and chairs at their factory in Newcastle upon Tyne. And they've just opened their new factory showroom.

There are lots of styles and hundreds of fabrics to choose from. You'll find everything from a tub chair to a sprawling corner group. And as you're buying direct from the manufacturer there are huge savings. You'll be amazed at the prices for handcrafted furniture of such excellent quality. Click here to visit the Collingwood Sofas website.

You'll find Collingwood Sofas at Unit 99/1 North Tyne Industrial Estate, Whitley Road, NE12 9SZ. The industrial estate is opposite the large Asda supermarket on Whitley Road (A191).

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Get fit with flyers!

We're all struggling with sales at the moment, and I think it's time for some aggressive marketing. Craft fairs just don't seem to work for interiors up here in the North East. If it isn't food or jewellery, it just doesn't sell. So, I'm going to get my walking boots on and pound the streets with some direct advertising.

Quite pleased with my little flyers I've pulled together this week

Let's just see what they look like in the flesh, so to speak. I'm just hoping I get some decent weather. I don't fancy wandering in the wind and driving rain we've been having lately. I'm sure it's supposed to be Spring, isn't it? Anyway, anything that gets me up and about and out in the fresh air has to be good. Far too much time spent attached to my laptop these days, which I'm sure is why I've had so many bugs lately.

So watch out North East - I'm on a mission. I'll be visiting your letterboxes very soon...

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Bank Holiday at Beautiful Belsay

Bank Holidays are always wet, windy and a bit of a let down it seems. But wait a minute...something very peculiar happened yesterday. As I opened the curtains expecting to see the usual gloom and drizzle I was greeted by brilliant sunshine and skies of azure. This is England, right?

So what to do when presented with such good fortune?  We decided on a trip to beautiful Belsay Hall  in Northumberland with it's castle, grounds and mansion hall.

I've always loved the gardens here, beautifully kept but not overly coiffured. A stroll towards the croquet lawn greeted us with a gorgeous heady perfume, very reminiscent of jasmine and stephanotis. As we turned the corner we discovered the source of the scent. Just look at the glorious sight of the hyacinth beds in full fragrant bloom. I could happily have gazed at them all day.

There was a fabulous exhibition of quilting in the hall; some stunning work, so intricate and colourful. And coming soon my love of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice will be indulged with a display of costumes from the ever popular BBC adaptation (you know the one, Colin Firth in the lake...need I say more?). I feel a return visit coming on already.

Belsay Hall is supported by English Heritage. Click here for details of how to get to Belsay Hall and what's on this summer.