Getting organised

I have to confess that I’m more than a little ditzy and probably the most un-organised person in the world (maybe even the universe!)

I’m not sure whether it’s the on-set of the season of the spring clean or more to do with me spending more time at home now, but I have a desire to get structured, streamlined and more efficient.

Just the other day I discovered an amazing selection of blog posts about cleaning and organising your home by the lovely Sandra over at Cherry Heart.  The posts are broken down into bite sized little articles of inspiration.  Each one covering a different task or goal.  They really are a delightful read and immediately inspired me to get stuck in and organise both myself and our home.

Feeling motivated, I decided to begin by bringing some order to my crafty life. So last night I pulled together a few of my favourite crochet and stitch books and magazines and began marking some items which I’ve want to make but have never found the time or motivation to get things started.

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I was going to number each label then work through them in numerical order but I decided ‘one baby step at a time.’  Lets not make life too regimented.  So, I’m going to make a start on one of these exciting chosen projects this weekend, then as soon as its finished (YAY! I will finally be able to do a ‘Ta Dah’ post,) I shall select another, then another, until all the pretty pink tags are removed and replaced by pretty, colourful, handmade goodies.

Then today, striking while the iron was hot – I nipped out and bought myself a cute little planner pad.
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Each Sunday evening I’m going to spend 15 minutes noting down tasks and goals for the week and I’m going to start creating a meal plan and a shopping list.

So, lets re-cap – I have my pretty planner and pen, I have my funky pink page markers and I have my meal plans and shopping lists!  Now all I need is lots and lots of discipline and focus.

I think its a good start to a big and on-going job!  Grandma May will be so proud!

Sarah x

 

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Beautiful Blogs

Happy Easter Everyone!

I would have liked this post to have been a ‘Ta Dah’ post, featuring a beautiful finished piece of sewing or crochet.  But alas, it wasn’t to be – I have many projects on the go but they are all rather large and are taking quite some time to complete.  My problem is exactly that – I have ‘many’ projects, flitting between them means that none are really moving along at any speed.

So seeing as I can’t share any of my own crafty goodness with you I thought I would share some wonderful blogs that I have recently un-earthed…

IHeart Organizing – If like me you need a little guidance and direction with the organisation and planning of your home and work life then this is the place to go.  Great for tips, advice and general motivation to get things in order.

Crafts from the Cwtch – Pop over and meet Sarah (Daughter of the lovely Linda from this years Great British Sewing Bee.)  An avid knitter and lover of all things yarn her blog is packed with great tips, tutorials and patterns.

All About Ami – All about crochet and amigurumi.  The beautiful Stephanie introduces us to the magical world of cute crochet pieces to make and adore.

Pretty by Hand – Gorgeous sewing tutorials and stunning snippets of inspiration.

Do What You Love – Feeling a bit lost?  Need some life direction?  Have a feeling you have the answer to your life path tucked away somewhere deep inside?  Then this is the place to go.

Guthrie & Ghani – Sewing inspiration and stunning fabric and haberdashery to boot.  What more can we crafters need?

Selina Lake – As you probably know I love her books.  Her blog is equally as wonderful for home and garden design and inspiration.

LoobyLou Creations – Hayley is a knitter and creator of wonderful felt pieces.  Grab a cuppa and nip over for some great crafty chatter and inspiration.

These are just a few of the blogs I love to browse whilst slurping tea and munching biscuits. You can find more of my blog-faves here – And should you have found any beautiful blogs that I haven’t yet un-earthed then please do let me know!

Now, I do believe that is the kettle I hear boiling…

Have a great bank holiday weekend one and all.

Sarah x

 

 

At a junction without a compass or map

Monday 24th March was my birthday.  It was an incredibly beautiful day full of flowers, cakes, cards, gifts and most importantly family and lots and lots of love.

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Since then I’ve been feeling lost… It’s like, I’m deep in the woods and I’ve come to a junction. There is a dusty circle in the ground which has many possible pathways but no clear signage indicating which way is the right way to go. My internal compass is spinning one way and then the other. And although each route is lit with sunshine the central point where I stand is clouded with a thick fog, commonly known as ‘indecision’

Last night I had a break through when I remembered a blog post I was reading from the superb ‘Tilly and the buttons‘ blog which was following a day in the life of Lauren from Guthrie and Ghani.  In the post Lauren mentioned that she had lost her way for a while but managed to unearth her life path through an online course, ‘Do what you Love.’

After another wasted day involving me bumbling around, not achieving very much, I decided to have a look on the link.  A quick read established that this could be exactly what I was looking for.  Small bite sized pieces, all aimed to get me pointing in the right direction, with the right mind set and a clear view of how and where I want to be.  The Do What You Love course is due to start at the end of April, giving me plenty of time to get my diary sorted and allocate myself some ‘me time’.

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After answering just a few questions I was beginning to see my true self.  I was awakened to the fact that I care too much about what everyone else thinks.  I concern myself with other peoples opinions, therefore I’m living my life for everyone else.  I’m not listening to my heart or the music of my soul.

Maybe, just maybe this could be the answer… I can’t see the right path because I’m letting too many trees cover the way!

Today, after completing the questions and tasks, I woke up feeling motivated and determined.  I’ve printed my New Years Resolution answers out and pinned them on wall where I can see it every day.  Keeping me motivated and focused on moving forward to the place I want to be.

Life is a very spiritual journey!   If we don’t stop and listen to our heart and soul on a regular basis we lose sight of our true purpose.  Before you know it your soul music has ended and you are dancing to everyone else beat.  Bringing your orchestra back together is no easy task but in the end, the reward will be truly magnificent, not only for you, but for those who you share your life with too.

Thank you for stopping by,
Sarah x

A book review

This will be my first ever book review… How exciting!

Over the last three months, due to illness,  I haven’t done much worth blogging about.  However, I have done a fair amount of reading and browsing though magazines.  One book which I’ve practically worn out the stunning pages of is Homespun Style by the incredibly talented Selina Lake.

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As I’ve previously mentioned, we are very slowly renovating.  These renovations were my original motivation to learn to sew and crochet.  I want to fill our home with unique handmade pieces which can be admired and cherished for many years to come.

Homespun Style is the perfect book to inspire and encourage people to do exactly that.  Every page is graced with beautiful images and wonderful snippets of crafty inspiration.

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As I browse the eclectic mix of images I feel as though Selina and her team have crept inside my mind and created a book of my very own handmade thoughts and ideas.

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Every page feel exciting and inspiring.

Selina’s book covers a wide range of homespun pieces.  Each page gives ‘light bulbs’ of inspiration, no matter what your craft or hobby.  From sewing, crochet and knitting to collectables and up-cycling.

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The book kindles desires and plans to get out there and visit both flea markets and your parents or grandparents attic to hunt for classic treasures and recyclable goodies.  Allowing you to create homely rooms which are both personal and unique.

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If like me, you are renovating on a tight budget Homespun Style is a real treat as its jam-packed with innovative and attainable ideas for both the inside and outside of your home.

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This isn’t my only Selina Lake book…  I have quite a collection building!  And I have to say each one of her books is equally as delicious as the other.

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And…  The 27th March 2014 will see her newest publication, Outdoor Living, hitting the shelves.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the Mothers Day fairy will see this post and bring me a copy…

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I need to point out that all the images used on this post are taken from Selina Lake’s Homespun Style published by Ryland, Peters and Small and that I sincerely apologise for the quality of my photographs, the light was atrocious!

Sarah

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Time

Hi all,

I guess I should start with a ‘Happy New Year to you all’ and a ‘Welcome to the new look Tea with May’

This is something I planned to do on the 1st January but it seems ‘life’ had other plans for me.

We may only be a quarter of the way into 2014 but a lot has already happened in the Tea with May household.  The impact of ill health has swept through and touched each of us in a huge way.  I am hoping that the change of season is going to bring a change of luck and a new happy and healthy karma to our home and lives.

Now, I may have been quiet on the blogging front but I do have a few little projects on the go which I have been flitting between, depending on mood and feeling on the day.

Here are a few little sneaky glimpses…

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Chevrons – Which will eventually become a cute little cushion.

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A granny square – Which is gradually becoming a project bag.

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And last, but by no means least, a little present for Mothers Day which has to be kept under wraps until after the 30th March so SHHHHHHHHHH!

The plan is to do a post for each of these little project individually once they are complete, which at the speed I’m going at, could be sometime away!

Now I need to go and get some chores done… I still have Christmas presents to post out and many many catch up phone calls to make and emails to write.

Sarah and May

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Surprises

Hello all,

When I began blogging I was unsure what to expect.  I love reading blogs but would I enjoy writing my own? Would I get be able to handle any feedback (either good or bad)?  Would people even read what I’ve written?

One thought that never entered my head was – Would I make friends?

Yet here I am, 11 posts in and already I’ve made contact with people whom I’m genuinely beginning to care about.  These are people I’ve never met face to face, I wouldn’t know them if I passed them in the street, yet over a very short space of time they’ve nestled themselves a place within my heart.

When I think about this strange (to me) revelation it makes me feel warm inside.  It makes me see that all this is so much more than just words on-screen, crafty projects and cyber chatter.  This is where over tea and cakes we can make friends, grow relationships and together make this huge place we call home seem a tiny bit smaller.

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A swap, a gift from an incredibly talented lady who I am extremely pleased to have met 🙂

Take care for now everyone and thank you for dropping by,

Sarah (and of course May)

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A catch up

Hello everyone,

I hope this post is finding you in good health and that you are all getting into the festive spirit… 🙂

I will begin with an apology for my month long absence.  Life just, very suddenly, got busy.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining, it has been a good busy with career changes and craft fairs, studying and well, family life.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words therefore I am going to use photographs to tell my ‘month away’ story.

Most of my time has been taken up with making little bits and pieces to sell at a few craft fairs with Pompom in the Attic.

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I also took the plunge and had a go at creating my very own pattern for some little festive stockings, (this process included lots of head scratching, unravelling, cursing and general grumpiness.)

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Now, you may remember me mentioning in a previous post that after discovering and falling in love with Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine I had decided to book myself onto a beginners quilting course at my local wool and fabric shop, The Skep.

Well, I have now been on that course… Nerves prevented me getting a wink of sleep the night before, which was ridiculous as all the ladies in the group we’re lovely and our teacher, Brioni Greenberg was an absolute treasure, so helpful and patient.

The course was over two Sundays, by the end of the first day I was WAY behind so had to take my quilt home to play catch up, which comprised of many tight shouldered and frowny-faced hours on my own, at the dining room table with just Stan for company (everyone else deserted ship, apparently I was grumpy!).

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My beautiful fabric pack.

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Cutting, cutting and more cutting and then stitch, stitch, stitching…

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Placing, rearranging, replacing, umming, ahhhhing all followed by more frowning.

BUT… Two Sunday and 4 extra hours at home, I did it!

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Ta Dah!!!  I’m so proud and Stan loves her too (yes she is so loved, she has a gender!)

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Okay so not quite finished. I still need to hand stitch the binding in place but I am on with it and loving every second.  Plans for quilt number 2, 3, 4 and 5 are already in the pipeline 🙂

My final little adventure of the month came when the owner of a beautiful, traditional fruit and veg shop asked me if I could make her some christmas bunting and christmas stockings to trim the shop.  I have never made either item before but I decided, that while I was on a roll, I needed to be brave.

I skipped off to the Skep and purchased bundles of beautiful festive material

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Then I sketched and re-sketched and measured and re-measured and re-measured again (just to be sure).

“Measure twice, cut once”

Brioni Greenberg November 2013

(heard once, never forgotten!)

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The results of which are…

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I made the bunting double-sided so it could be enjoyed both inside and outside of the shop.

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One side of each stocking is patchwork.

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The other is plain.  All made using the same fabric as the bunting, tying it all in nicely.

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I couldn’t resist adding a little touch to their beautiful tree 🙂

And there was have it…  My November in pictures.

From now going forward I shall be more attentive with my posting and catching up with comments.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to follow and comment on my blog to date, I’m humbled that you have chosen to join me on my crafty little journey.

And now, it is time for tea,

Sarah x

Craft Fair

Afternoon all,

Last Saturday I dragged myself out of my comfort zone and into Morley Town Hall, Leeds with PomPom in the Attic to do my very first craft fair.

The foot fall was a little lower than we expected, no doubt the constant rain and sudden drop in temperature didn’t help.

But, despite the weather outside our stall had a wonderful homely feel too it.

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Between us we covered a good range of crafts from crochet and stitch to clay and paper.

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Although the day was generally quiet we met lots of lovely people and received plenty of heart warming compliments.  Slowly but surely sales were made and items were bagged up and sent with love to new homes around the world… (A set of my coasters will currently be on their way to beautiful Belgium)

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The day made me feel excited about the future.  It lit a spark within me to get organised and get some ideas from head to fabric and hook.

So together, let us raise our tea cups to a happy and inspirational handmade future 😉

Sarah x

Love Patchwork & Quilting

You may or may not have read my about me page.  If you have you will know that ‘quilting’ is not on my learning curve list.  However that is all about to change.  Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine has created an itch which is not going to disappear anytime soon…

Now quilting is something which has never really appealed to me.  My Auntie creates beautiful patchwork and quilted items which make me drool in envy and awe at the meticulous perfection.

This is a project bag she made for me.  Where I go, my adorable little bag doth go too!

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I was looking for a magazine to take away with me on our seaside break.  None of the crochet magazines on the stand appealed to my tastes (I already had Simply Crochet stashed away at home) and so I decided to go with the eye-catching front cover of Love Patchwork & Quilting.

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Saturday afternoon I managed to grab an hour of me time, so while the rain hammered down and the wind whipped up a storm around us  I took up my magazine and sat snug and warm in our little caravan, with tea in hand and a blanket on my legs.

As someone with a hell of a lot to learn in the sewing department I have often felt intimidated and overwhelmed by quilting.  To me, it always looks intricate, confusing and complex – I have to confess that these are not words which sit well in the mind of a perfectionist (I can only imagine how many times the seam ripper will be out on this little adventure!)

Saying that, Love Patchwork got me interested.  It didn’t scare or frighten me.

It made me want to be bold with neon brights

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I didn’t shudder at the complexity of quilted cushions.  Instead I sat and pondered what colours and patterns I would incorporate into my rail fence cushion.

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It lead me to blogs which inspired, impressed and encouraged me to try something new (additions to my ‘inspiring blogs’ list coming very soon!)

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Towards the back of the magazine there is a section called ‘the guide’ this takes you through the basics and gives you everything you need to get started.  It is full of informative yet digestible snippets of information which don’t overwhelm or scare but instead coax and nurture us newcomers into giving this quilting game a dam good try.

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From front to back Love Patchwork & Quilting is an unexpected pleasure – Packed with ideas, inspirations, must-have-a-go projects, techniques and how-to’s which I immediately fell in love with.  Even Stan had a quick read…

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When I say this magazine created an itch I was not kidding.  As soon as I arrived back home I did this

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And the money I saved with the fab offer went towards the beginners quilting course I booked myself on.

They say a picture speaks a 1,000 words so I’m going to end todays post with this…

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Sarah x