For some reason as the darker days of Januray draw out into the lighter afternoons of February. I feel that urgency of still wanting to hibernate so that I can nest indoors with lots of crafts with a steaming mug of tea nearby. I came across Merchant & Mills when I was pregnant with my second child as I fell in love with their simple yet elegant patterns that could be easily adpated for my growing bump over the summer months. My dear Mum who is an amazing seamstress helped me get to grips with using a pattern again after watching her so many times as a young child pin them to the fabric, and cut them out with what seemed like giant scissors! All credit to her as she ended up making me a gorgeous dress in denim blue. Just seeing their packaged items is a gift in itself, such attention to detail with an old fashioned yet modern twist!

For some reason as the darker days of Januray draw out into the lighter afternoons of February. I feel that urgency of still wanting to hibernate so that I can nest indoors with lots of crafts with a steaming mug of tea nearby. I came across Merchant & Mills when I was pregnant with my second child as I fell in love with their simple yet elegant patterns that could be easily adpated for my growing bump over the summer months. My dear Mum who is an amazing seamstress helped me get to grips with using a pattern again after watching her so many times as a young child pin them to the fabric, and cut them out with what seemed like giant scissors! All credit to her as she ended up making me a gorgeous dress in denim blue. Just seeing their packaged items is a gift in itself, such attention to detail with an old fashioned yet modern twist!

 I came across this beautiful book in an 'Oxfam' charity bookshop recently which prompted me to think about attempting making a dress for the summer. See above image. It was so delicate to look at and read, but sadly no longer had any patterns in the pouch at the back, but the book itself its colours and images bring me joy to look at and inspire me.

I came across this beautiful book in an ‘Oxfam’ charity bookshop recently which prompted me to think about attempting making a dress for the summer. See above image. It was so delicate to look at and read, but sadly no longer had any patterns in the pouch at the back, but the book itself its colours and images bring me joy to look at and inspire me.

 I do enjoy an easy craft activity that I can do with my youngest, and holidays and half term's are just perfect for this. In the recess of my mind I recall someone making coasters with a mountain scene. Which of course tied in nicely with our vacation plans so I bought some felt and cork, cut them into sizes and hope the end article looks good enough to pop a mug of tea on! and to show you.

I do enjoy an easy craft activity that I can do with my youngest, and holidays and half term’s are just perfect for this. In the recess of my mind I recall someone making coasters with a mountain scene. Which of course tied in nicely with our vacation plans so I bought some felt and cork, cut them into sizes and hope the end article looks good enough to pop a mug of tea on! and to show you.

 Wool glorious wool! Nothing warms my winter heart than the sight of a basket full of bundles of wool. I have to admit that I cannot do anything technical beyond scarves and snoods and wrist warmers.

Wool glorious wool! Nothing warms my winter heart than the sight of a basket full of bundles of wool. I have to admit that I cannot do anything technical beyond scarves and snoods and wrist warmers.

 Finally I spotted that some stores were already stocking up generously for Easter and despite it being a long way off, I just couldn't resist these adorable ceramic egg bunnies and their pretty nest of flowers.

Finally I spotted that some stores were ¬†already stocking up generously for Easter and despite it being a long way off, I just couldn’t resist these adorable ceramic egg bunnies and their pretty nest of flowers.

I feel like this week has a definitive craft feel to it and hope that it inspires you to make the most of the late winter days to craft away before the blossoming gardens and warmer days beckon us outside.

Have a wonderful week!

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