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Wednesday, 14 March 2018


It was a bit of an Orla Kiely stem print kind of week. 

and a little bit of bird print too. 

Love this french banana fabric, has a bit of a pop art feel. 

Just when we thought Spring was on it's was along comes storm Emma, hitting the South West with strong winds and snow.

What a treat, thick snow. School was closed for two days. We  bought a sledge and headed into town, meeting up with friends and enjoying the snow. 

First milestone this week was my 50th birthday. Very happy to have reached 50. On reflection I've had a great 50 years, I've lived at 21 addresses in 11 different towns and cities, visited 13 countries, had 6 jobs, started my own business, married a wonderful man, had two beautiful daughters, lucky enough to have lots of amazing friends, and beat cancer twice. So, I'm really very happy to be 50

The second was finishing my cancer maintenance treatment. I've had 12 further Herceptin treatments since finishing my 6 initial chemotherapy sessions.  So after visiting this unit regularly for a year it was goodbye. Mixed emotions as I left, saying goodbye to the amazing, dedicated staff, but also hoping that I never have to come back through these doors. 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Really enjoying making these paper garlands and bunting.  Always thinking of little pick up items to brighten up my stall, even bought a vintage suitcase to display them in 

95% of the fabrics I use are recycled. So when the dresses are made, and there are still little pieces left I use them up by making other little items, like this bunting or our doggy bandanas and bags. 

When I've made babies dribble bibs in the past, I was constantly being asked whether they were dog bandanas.....so I've made some M and L £5 My friends dog Casper seen in the photo proudly modelling one on the beach.

New Year dress making in full swing with some great new up cycled fabrics

Love this circus fabric. Tied in nicely with the film The Greatest Showman, which we recently went to see at the cinema, really enjoyed it!

And a new collection of big Orla Kiely using left of pieces of fabric.

and a range of up cycled Orla Kiely dresses 

the half term was a pretty quiet affair, lots of family time and walks on the beach. An afternoon spent watching Bella take part in the Exeter Dance Festival.  Now she is a teenager it is becoming more and more difficult to get her to pose for photo's so I have to capture her mostly while she's not looking.

lovely misty walk on the beach the fog was so thick and the air so calm it was very surreal. Good time to wear your orange coat Mabel.

Sun out and Spring in the air (maybe)

Friday, 26 January 2018


Happy New Year everyone, and let's hope it's slightly better than last year. We recently went to London for a couple of days on our own after the Christmas madness. Almost a year to the day, we arrived in London having just found out that I would have to have chemotherapy for breast cancer, the trip had been booked and under much deliberation on my part we decided to go.  One year on, and all done with the cancer thing we had a very much more relaxed and enjoyable time.

We stayed in the The Hub (part of the Premier Inn Group) - they're cheap, small but clean and in really central locations, we stayed in Brick Lane - I would highly recommend them.

Admiring the East London street art.

Found a great place for breakfast  The Breakfast Club in Artillery Lane, loved the food and the atmosphere, a mix of city workers and builders, in a retro setting.  The first evening we met up with friends and had dinner at The Flat Iron in Curtain Road, amazing steak, dripping chips, and creamed spinach, followed by caramel mousse and sea salt. The next day, a little bit of shopping, a visit to the National Portrait Gallery and then more dining with friends at The Bike Shed in Old Street. Home for a rest!

And because life's not all about gadding around cities (unfortunately) I've also been hard at work starting on a new range of dresses and bags.

And using up all that spare fabric I've been making some big tote bags for ladies.

Thursday, 11 January 2018


Just a little bit late with the last post of the year, and Christmas feels like a bit of a distant memory. I could have left it, and started afresh in 2018, but I think I really needed to close this year properly, as it's been a very poignant year for me and my family. It's a year I'm glad to see the back of, but I leave it feeling, a stronger and better person. I also leave it feeling a very, very lucky person.

The lead up to Christmas included dinner with friends, school carol concerts, a jewellery workshop with friends, the arrival of Harry's brother from London, and lots of shopping, eating, drinking, laughing and dancing. 

A great afternoon with friends, at our friends jewellery workshop. Kate makes amazing jewellery using ethically sourced gold, silver, diamonds and pieces of sea glass found on local beaches Glasswing Jewellery I had no idea about jewellery making, but with Kate's help I managed to make a lovely silver ring stamped with 2017. I absolutely love it.

Christmas Eve we met up for a few glasses of mulled cider at the Blue Anchor 

Christmas dinner for 9

We started New Years Eve in the pub, and then back to our house to say goodbye to 2017 with friends and the in laws. Later we set off to a friends party, where we danced until 3am. Needless to say New Years Day started with a hangover.


Sunday, 24 December 2017


We started our Christmas shopping in Exeter and combined it with a visit to the RAMM to see the National Portrait Awards. These are a few of my favourites.

 Then off to the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market, to wander the lovely stalls and sample the mulled gin in the bar tent, where Harry met the chaplin of Exeter Cathedral. We did get a little bit of shopping done, before stopping for lunch at Compotoir Libinais

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without one of the girls performing or singing in a show.  This year we were watching Bella perform ballet in Alice's Adventures at the Palace Theatre in Torquay

Christmas decorations out of the cupboard 

and all in place

Mabels 9th birthday was celebrated in fine style with a family meal 

and a disco party

No new makes at this time of the year, but everything has been reduced on the website

Friday, 1 December 2017


Much awaited break with friends to Bath. Love Bath, apart from being a beautiful city, it's also so easy to get around, with great architecture, bars and restaurants.

Gin lovers we all are. We found a great bar to taste, among others Bath Gin.

I only have two fairs this Christmas, so I've being thinking of little bits to add to my stall. Inspired by Mabel's obsession with dogs (especially sausage dogs) I made her one of these and then continued to make a whole family.

And for the cat lovers .....

New makes

Still enjoying the beach, but the weather is getting a lot colder, luckily there's a hot chocolate stop at the end to warm us up for the walk home.