Monday, 3 August 2015

treat yourself {discount code}

A while ago I did just that and got myself some sweet earrings with a very unique back, it's been a couple of months and I can tell you I only love them more! 

JewelleryBox carry these fabulous studs that have an Andralok closure. It's so ingenious, making it incredible easy to put the earrings in and they stay put. I find the normal butterfly backs fiddly but the thing that annoys me most is I always seem to catch them and pull them out. The Andralok fastening makes the earrings so comfortable, I even sleep with them in and don't feel a thing.

With prices starting at £5 they are so reasonable priced. I honestly can't recommend them highly enough. You also get free UK postage with orders over £10! It all comes so cutely packaged too:

JewelleryBox also has more than just these fabulous earrings, I got this adorable Sterling Silver Origami Crane Pendant Necklace:

It was hard to take a picture of and it's SO pretty in real life, to do it justice here is the website photo too. The necklace is £7.50 - £9 depending on the length of chain you want. Yes, that's right, you get a choice! JewelleryBox know how to do it right!

Here are some more things that take my fancy from JewelleryBox:

I'm thrilled to be able share a discount code with you. JewelleryBox know I love their products and hope you do too, so they are giving you all a 10% discount with the code charmaboutyou - just enter it at the checkout! The code is valid until the end of August 2015.

Go ahead and treat yourself :)

Sunday, 2 August 2015

what a day

We went to North Wales today, a fun filled trip to the seaside. Only once we actually got there the tide was in and it was pouring with rain. The kids were not best pleased but thankfully there's a great play area in Prestatyn so they were able to do a bit of climbing and swinging until the rain got too much and it all started to get a bit hazardous.

Rather than give up we drove down the road a bit and went to Gronant Dunes, which was really beautiful and the weather very obligingly cleared up :)

The pebble beach was thoroughly enjoyed by us all and we loved looking at all the different colours and patterns of the rocks and pebbles.

Unfortunately the journey home was really long, after an accident somewhere on the motorway, but we played those annoying family car games and made it back without too much chaos!

This week I enjoyed a couple of nice quilty treats...

I got some of this fabric from Patchfinders, I seem to be oddly drawn to brown at the moment! I think it gives brighter colours a nice base and it's such a warm colour, I'm started to think it's underrated. Also this print is just cute.

These gorgeous papers arrived from Sew & Quilt:

I can't wait to sew up this pincushion kit, Jessie stocks the most gorgeous quilting fabric and she has great taste!

I'm thrilled to be able to get papers in the UK and Sew & Quilt have a great range, including new curved shapes:

I also got my copy of Simply Moderne this week. It is the perfect combination of really inspirational quilts, fabulous patterns and genuinely interesting well written articles and interviews. I know that I will be referring back to it and expect to see it influencing my sewing too! You can see more and get your copy here. Congratulations to the wonderfully talented Rachael for the amazing Bubbles quilt cover!

and now I'm going to go and conk out!!

Molli Sparkles

Friday, 31 July 2015

breezy summer cushion ~ Rodgers of York #MyHomeMade series

Today I am making up a simple cushion, perfect for a quick make to help brighten up your space! This is a basic tutorial suitable for beginners and there are useful tips for everyone to ensure a great finish.

2 x square pieces of fabric measuring 50cm x 50cm
30cm zip
sewing kit
cushion inner

I used my sewing machine for a fast finish but you could hand stitch if you don't have access to a machine.


Firstly you need to decide which direction your fabric is going, if it's stripes do you want them vertical or horizontal? Does your fabric have a pattern that needs to be the right way round? It is important you look at both pieces and make sure you attach the zip to the bottom edge!

1. Start with the fabric right side facing down, fold over the bottom edge of the fabric by 1.5cm and give it a good press with your iron, repeat with the second square.

2. Take one square and centre the zip in the middle of the folded edge. The zip needs to be face down (so the teeth of the zip are facing down) and line the edge up with the open edge of the fold.

3. Sew the zip to the fabric. You will need to move the zip head out of the way to get a straight line. To do this, as you are sewing before you approach the zip head, leave your needle down and lift the foot. Pivot the fabric around so you can move the zip head behind the needle. Move the fabric back to the original postion, put your foot down and continue sewing.

4. Place the two squares right sides together, it's important to check you have the bottom edges together! You can mark the position of the zip if it helps and then sew the zip to the other square.

5.  Open up the zip to the middle. Sew around the all sides of the cushion using a 1.5cm seam allowance. Sew as close to the ends of the zip as you can but don't worry too much as we will finish this by hand.

6. Once you have sewn all the edges you can finish them by using a zig zag stitch over the edges or you can use pinking shears to prevent fraying. Clip the corners diagonally (not too close to the stitches). Turn the cushion right side out and poke out the corners.

7. Using a needle and thread finish the ends of the zip to close any gaps. I use a ladder stitch to hide the stitches.

You are done! Enjoy your new cushion :)

The fabric was supplied by Rodgers of York, check out their beautiful soft furnishing fabric to make your own cushion or other home accessories!

linking up to TGIFF at From Bolt to Beauty and finish it up friday at crazymomquilts.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

it's all good in the sewing department

Seems like having a deadline is working for me. I finished, quilted and bound my epp project. The reveal will be when my class is scheduled :)

I also finishing piecing another top for teaching, which I have now quilted in Aurifil 12wt. (with 50 wt. in the bobbin). I LOVE how this looks! I just have to finish burying all the threads, I use a self threading needle for that job and it makes it so easy.

As a reward for my progress I picked up my green tea and sweet beans and started on this basket block:

It's normal to reward good sewing with more sewing right?!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, 26 July 2015


I have been collecting selvedges (the edge strip of fabric that has the designer/manufacturer info on it) for a while, with the plan to one day do something with them... what that is I still don't know. Any suggestions welcome!

I store them in this coca cola tin, which is very hard to close so I will need to find something bigger to keep them in unless I use them soon.

Selvedges can be so fun, I love ones with little pictures and nice text on. 

So I will keep on collecting them until I decide what to do with them!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

little random

This poster is outside a church near me, they always have the best posters and this one makes me smile every time I go past (for those not familiar those sweets pictured are called liquorice allsorts!)

Our summer holidays started with us hanging around in our pyjamas and having tea parties :)

I played around with this fun site chanrio maker to make a little Sanrio version of myself. There was no sewing machine so I chose a wand to help me have super quilting powers!

It kind of worked because I've finished my EPP quilt top, completed half a machine sewn quilt top today and am feeling positive about getting them finished very soon!

Happy Thursday everyone x

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