Wednesday, 1 July 2015


I am not used to hot weather and therefore can not function properly at the moment. Doing anything feels like an effort. So tonight we will be doing this:

Should you be shopping online, rather than melting, you might want to check these out:

The Fat Quarter Shop just got the new Cotton and Steel ranges in, I'm LOVING Lucky Strike!

Pink Castle Fabrics have started giving away Golden Tickets with every $50 spent, everyone wins and there are AMAZING prizes! You can read all the details on their blog :)

 I'm off to stick my head in the fridge!!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

stash happy

This week I received some fabulous exclusive Fat Quarter Shop Aurifil Thread Boxes from the Fat Quarter Shop. I always use 50 weight Aurifil for piecing and love the 12 weight for hand quilting. I haven't tried the AuriFloss yet so I'm excited to use it! The boxes are a great way to get a variety of colours, there are four colourways: Macaroon and Tart are gorgeous and have really pretty colours, Biscotti has lovely warm neutrals and browns, while Scone has a deliciously rich selection. Tough to chose between them for a favourite!

Family life has taken priority and I haven't had as much time to sew this week but I know these will get my sewjo going once I get a chance!

Today I went to visit my Nan and I admired this lovely vintage basket, in total grandmother fashion she insisted I took it home with me and I didn't argue! I love it and will probably fill it with fabric :)

Digging the plastic yellow weaving!

Molli Sparkles

Thursday, 25 June 2015

own your own crazy

Sometimes the best thing to do is listen to music. I don't do it enough. When I listen to songs I love it makes me so happy.

I just can't get enough of this Kacey Musgraves song...I'm probably playing it way too many times every day!! And as if the lyrics, light up suits and gingham aren't just amazing enough, there's a Muppet towards the end of the video!

And if this isn't your thing go and play your favourite song now... go play it and smile :)
Live A Colorful Life

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

doing everything and nothing

I seem to have spent this past week flitting about, organising things in my mind (ha!) and trying to keep on top of the housework and general life stuff. It's been hard for me to stay focused though and so I'm still working on my Bee A Brit Stingy row, part of it is finished but I'm waiting until it's done to show everyone:

Voting has started for the Sewing Bee we had at Black Sheep Wools, I made this appliqué cushion. I would be so happy if you could go and vote for me! 

Simply like the photo on the Black Sheep Wools Facebook or Instagram, if you're on Pinterest you can favourite it or repin too - those links will take you to my entry but please do check out the other entries too. Thank you!

If you're looking to get some fabric there are some great deals on right now:

★ Until 9pm tomorrow (25/6/15) you can get 15% off everything at Black Sheep Wools with code: BSW15.

★ If you are very quick you can get 30% off yardage, bundles and notions at Pink Castle Fabrics with code: SUMMER30
(coupon codes are not applicable on Glamp Stitchalot tickets, Janome products, gift certificates, and pre-sale orders).

★ There are a few more days left of the Fat Quarter Shop Birthday Bash - check it out for some great 24hr flash sales.

Green Fairy Quilts have lots of lovely new precuts (including some perfect ones for anyone already getting ready for Christmas) and great deals on the adorable new Moda Frivols (love those tins!).

Hope you're all having a great week! I think I'm going to collapse on the sofa for the rest of the night, how is it only Wednesday?!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Thursday, 18 June 2015

put on a happy face

We had a really nice time this past weekend and went into town to visit the Manchester Art Gallery. They have a beautiful exhibition called Cotton Couture, which features designer dresses and suits commissioned by the Manchester-based Cotton Board to promote the use of cotton in fashion during the 1950s. Some of the outfits took my breath away. It was so fascinating to see pieces of history created by British and Parisian couturiers using simple cotton. If you are able I recommend going to see it!

There is also a fabulous area for the kids to be creative, the Clore Art Studio:

All those shapes on the wall can be moved and hung on the hooks, I could do that for hours. They also had fun big blocks under a projection light that kept changing pattern and a colouring table with an inspiration board, which also focused on pattern - I loved that too!!

I love living in Manchester and it's so wonderful that we have such amazing galleries and museums that are free and child friendly. Do you visit galleries or exhibitions where you live?

I planned out a project this week, I quite often do that on my floor:

I'm a natural optimist, I practice gratitude and appreciate those small details that make life wonderful. I have also, however, had depression (twice) so I do work hard to keep positive. I saw this on instagram and it made me laugh:

On the same note the kids and I have been really enjoying this song (Lois does the best little version, I will try to video it if I can!) - watch both versions if you need something to make you smile! My kids giggled through both and want to watch them over and over!

Live A Colorful Life

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

back to it

Now that my thumb is healing nicely (so everyone tells me but it still looks and feels horrible to me!) I decided to get motivated and do some sewing.

I've been working on a Bee A Brit Stingy row for Di:

I am loving her garden themed row on row and hope to get this finished in the next couple of days.

There are a couple of other things I'm trying to get finished up and I'm enjoying the process. While I've been sewing I've been watching the Fat Quarter Shop videos on YouTube. Have you seen them? I've been catching up and really enjoyed the ones they did with Jen Kingwell. You can search their channel to find specific things or just watch great tutorials and interviews! Click here to check it out! I find it really inspiring.

And a heads up if you haven't heard already, the Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their 12th Birthday and are having a Birthday Bash sale. Happy Birthday!

The Birthday Bash will last for twelve days and began on Monday, June 15th, at 10 am CST. So be sure to check back on their website to unwrap new deals daily!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced