Thursday, 3 September 2015

New Blog!

Hi everyone! So I realized earlier today that it will be a year tomorrow since my last blog post! Yikes! Long time eh?

I just thought I'd let you know that I am still alive and all is well, I've simply just been too busy with things like uni etc to find time to blog...I'm sorry!

I've also decided to set up a new blog. My new one is a little different to this because it is slightly more of a lifestyle/general day to day random blog about what I get up to. I will still be including posts about what I'm sewing and making so if you would like to take a look then follow the link here.
I know my new blog might not be everybody's cup of tea but I just thought I'd share it in case anyone is interested :)
My first post is about my favourite place which includes pictures like this... please go have a wee look :)

I hope you are all keeping well!
-Shannon xo

New blog:

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Too many pinwheels!

Well I think I have had my full fill of pinwheels this week to last me a lifetime! Just Jude's prairie points and pinwheels quilt class starts tonight so I've been busy trying to test the pattern for two different sizes: a cot quilt and a single bed sized quilt. I only have the quilt tops finished because they needed to be ready to display in class tonight...
Above is the cot sized quilt in boyish reds and blues.

Apologies for the bad was quite breezy outside so this was the best I could get.
As you can see this quilt is a lot bigger than the blue and red quilt. It has 30 blocks! 30 BLOCKS! The first one only had 12! I'm so flippin' glad to have finished haha...I do love the result though! The bright colours with the denim are just so me...unfortunately I don't think I can sneak another quilt away with me to uni ;(

Thanks for stopping by :)
-Shannon xo

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Thank-you brooches

So yesterday I got a fab surprise from two lovely ladies who go to Just Jude's sewing classes. As a thank you for carrying their machines down to the basement (where classes are held) each week they gave me some lovely goodies for uni!
There's a weekly organizer, flask, storage box and a gorgeous handmade card! To say thank you I wanted to make them something so decided on some brooches!
One of the ladies loves browns and the other often wears blues so it was quite easy working out what colours to use..
The buttons are fabric covered buttons that I made myself...Just Jude will be doing a post on them soon and where you can buy the little kits!
I absolutely love the shape and size of these brooches and am now imagining them in some bright Amy Butler fabrics...mmmm...maybe one day haha!

Thanks for stopping by :)
-Shannon xo

Monday, 1 September 2014

Sailing Ships

Today in between other projects I decided to make a couple of Bee Blessed blocks just for funzies.
This adorable little ship block is the bee block for this term and it was actually surprisingly easy to make! If you would like to make one and donate it to Bee Blessed you can find the tutorial here.
You can pretty much make them how you please as long as the background is plain white and the sea is blue...If you want a little more info you can head to over to Just Jude's blog!

Thanks for stopping by :)
-Shannon xo

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Lunch anyone?

Sooooo I have been pattern testing for Just Jude again and this time I've been making lunchbags! 
I actually made two (both with different features) but I really don't like the second one...I think it's because I made the same mistake two or three times from the get-go and from then on I just kind of hated it...I didn't even want to photograph has been banished to a dark corner of my room. I would give it to someone but it's not even well made...there are seams showing where there aren't supposed to be seams showing because I had to do a bit of Frankenstein type work on it...oh well...c'est la vie!
At least I have the first one that I made and I really do love it!
For the bottom half I used some fabric from my fabric sample book that I talked a little about in my zippy pouch post. I paired it with some linen and I love the little vintagey vibe that it has!
On the inside I used wipeable fabric for the lining and little poppers as the closures. And just in case you're wondering I don't actually have any dividers/pockets in the's just a piece of kitchen roll haha.

I hope you're having a nice weekend!

-Shannon xo

Friday, 29 August 2014

Mount Stewart!

Well, the sun was out in full shine yesterday here in Northern Ireland so to top up our vitamin D supplies we decided to spend the afternoon at Mount Stewart...
Mount Stewart belongs to the National Trust so as with most National Trust places there is a lovely big house, with lovely big gardens, a lovely big lake and lots of general loveliness really!
They even have a mermaid!
You really get a feel for how old the place is when you see the trees...some of them are huge! 
This one just went up and up and up...I don't think I could even see the top...
Even though the weather has started to get colder here we did still manage to spot a few butterflies...
They're so pretty just like every other part of this place...
...including my mama (even though she's not really an official part of Mount Stewart!)

I will hopefully be back tomorrow with some more sewy goodness so don't forget to stop by :)
-Shannon xo

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Family day out!

Despite the weather being quite windy and cold today we decided to meet up with some of our family in Newcastle (Northern Ireland)! Thankfully it didn't rain even though the clouds looked quite threatening at times...

Just in case you were wondering, those people in the photo below are my family...I'm not a stalker or anything! Although I did kind of feel like their paparazzi!

We all had great fun at the amusements although there were some minor injuries...dodgems are more dangerous than you may think!

One of my favourite parts of the day was when we visited a little vintage shop on the highstreet. It was like a cute treasure trove full of pretty knick-knacks, vintage clothes, toys and so much more...
They even had a huge vintage hand-pieced hexie quilt!
I can't even imagine the amount of time that must have gone into that! The hexies are so small too! A couple of months ago I probably wouldn't have batted an eyelid at it but now that I am more into sewing and have hand-pieced things myself I really do have such a deeper appreciation for things like this and can marvel at their beauty (I know that sounds cheesy but it's true)!

Overall it was a fab day out despite the fact the we were quite weather-beaten when we got home :)
-Shannon xo