Friday, 30 May 2014

Christmas in May

Over the last day or two I've had the job of making a christmas stocking as a sample for mum's new class program that is due to come out soon...I received a few strange looks when I was sitting sewing it up in class last night as it is of course nowhere near Christmas!! However, I used Riley Blake fabrics which made it a little more fun and almost summery looking and I managed to avoid that hateful 'too-early-for-christmas' feeling.
I love how simple and easy it was to make and how quick as that'll be Christmas presents for uni friends in December sorted I think haha! (If you didn't already know, I will be going to Derby University in September to study Creative Expressive therapies with Art...Grades all being well of course!)

I also did some baking this week too. I tried my hand at red velvet cheesecake brownies and although they didn't turn out very red they still tasted delicious. The recipe that I used can be found here.
They're not too cakey yet not too fudgey with a cheesecake-like topping
After I finished photographing the brownies I turned around to see this hopeful little face! None for you popsidoodles!
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a lovely weekend!
-Shannon xo

Monday, 26 May 2014

Addicted to Applique

Hi all, so recently I have ventured into the art of applique and I must say...I think I'm in love! The freedom of free motion sewing excites me yet terrifies me at the same time - even so much as blinking at the wrong moment could lead to veering off in the wrong direction, however I have managed thus far to keep control and I think with practice my technique will improve.

For some reason I took a notion to make a first aid pouch first...maybe it's because rotary cutters and I have a love hate relationship and often I'm the one left wounded. I just thought it appropriate to be prepared.
I then made a little coin pouch for my youngest sister's birthday coming up in June. I stitched a cow onto the front and then her name on the back. Fingers crossed she'll like it!

Thanks for taking a look!
-Shannon xo

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Tomar un descanso

'Tomar un descanso' means 'to take a break' in Spanish and that is exactly what I've done this afternoon. I had my spanish oral exam this morning so that means I only have one exam left (yipeee) and I decided to just take it easy this afternoon. Revision can wait until tomorrow!

After eating those delicious cupcakes at Bee Blessed on Saturday I decided to make my own...they obviously don't look as fancy but simple can be just as good in my opinion.
Vanilla cupcakes with buttercream, sprinkles and edible glitter
I have also recently made myself a bag-for-life as the price of plastic bags is extortionate these days!
(I'm just kidding of course, I didn't mind paying a couple of pence for bags but mum thought it better that I have one.) I used the pattern by Burdastyle that can be found here.
I love that I can just roll it up and pop it into my bag
Another thing that I needed was a pin-cushion so I had a wee look on pinterest and found a tutorial for one shaped like a teapot. The tutorial is by 'Join the mood' and can be found here.
Time for a cup of tea now I think! Thanks for stopping by!
-Shannon xo

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Cupcakes and sewing

Pattern testing has recently become part of the job of being my mum's assistant so I had great fun testing the pattern for this sewing/storage pouch:
I'm using the pouch instead for my art supplies
I then decided to actually make a sewing pouch so here is my attempt below:
I also had a lovely afternoon at Bee Blessed today sewing together a quilt top and eating delicious cupcakes!
Cupcakes from Jbird Bakery given as a present from someone as a thank-you to Bee Blessed
Hope you had a lovely Saturday...Thanks for reading! 
-Shannon xo

Friday, 16 May 2014

It's me again!

Well hello there, here I am! Again! For those of you who don’t know me my name is Shannon and during the summer of 2012 I started a blog - ‘The crafty Teen’.  Sounds cheesy right? It was all about the creations that I made with polymer clay that I also sold in my etsy shop but over time that came to an end as I just became too busy with schoolwork and other young adult drama.
Recently though I have been bitten by the sewing bug! After becoming my mum's (Just Jude's) PA a week or so ago I have been sewing lots of nice things in between revision sessions. (I am currently sitting my A-levels!) 
Here are just some photos of a few of my creations:

Laptop sleeve made with Ikea fabrics and modeled by my lovely helper Poppy

'Quilt-as-you-go' bag and matching pouch made with fabrics from my generous mum's stash
I have made mistakes in everything that I've made so far but I'm still learning and I think perfection is simply overrated anyway! I'm *'yolo-ing' it as they say! 
Thanks for taking a look at my first post, I hope you enjoyed it :)

*Yolo - You Only Live Once

-Shannon xo