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Glastonbury baby!

This weekend saw my husband and I’s annual (apart from last year) pilgrimage to Glastonbury festival. Last year was a fallow year (the festival takes a year out every 4 years) so this year was hugely anticipated and thankfully lived up to all out expectations!
The journey started with cramming all of our belongings into our car and hitting the road for the 250 mile journey. The festival didn’t officially open until 8am on the Wednesday but car parks open on the Tuesday at 9pm. We decided to head to the festival site when the car parks opened to start queueing as we wanted to camp in a certain field close to the main parts and the field can fill up pretty quick.

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Thank fully the festival opened slightly early and we were in and camped up by 8am…. 11 hours after we arrived! I won’t go into too much details about our time there but I will give you a run down of some of my favourite things and places! One other thing to mention is that whilst the festival has a lot to do with music, there is a whole lot of other things to do, one being the craft field where I spent a bit of time!
My first day there I spotted a lady offering needle felt workshops. It’s a craft I’ve been meaning to try for a while so I thought I’d sign myself up. Plus she has a HUGE needle felted hare outside her stall which looked brilliant! I managed to make a polar bear head which I was proud of!

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My other make of the festival was some bunting on the cutest stall with singer sewing machines! The bunting is now hanging up in my sewing room which will remind me of my sunny hour sitting at the stall in one of my favourite places!

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I also bought some bamboo crochet hooks from a lovely little stall called sorazora selling lots of natural yarns, clothes and crafty bits!

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Here’s some of my other favourite pics from the festival

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Fabulous food

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I even managed some happy mail!

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Craft fields

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My favourite breakfast place for honey on toast – yum!

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My Brother and Husband at the Park Stage

Lastly to mention, my husband started growing his beard especially for the festival. I think he done pretty well πŸ™‚

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Charlotte x

Holidays in Beatrix Potter land

This past week I’ve been fortunate to spend a week with my family in one of my favourite places, the Lake District. My husband and I joined my mum, Dad, Sister Emma and her fiancΓ© Rew, my niece Amelia and my Brother Sam – a real family affair! We stayed in a lovely little village called Coniston.

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(View from our bedroom window)

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(All the family minus Emma who took the photo!)

This was the first time Ian and I had stayed in Coniston whereas my Mum and Dad try and stay as often as possible and try and go on plenty of walks when they are here. We managed to squeeze in a ten mile trip through Tarn Hows to Langdale and back again. We managed to stay pretty clean apart from my Mum who fell in some mud hence the dirty boots! We were really lucky to be blessed with warm sunny weather all week which gave us the opportunity to spend lots of time in the sun. Ian, Sam and my Dad walked Old Man Coniston (a big mountain!!) and Amelia walked up her first (mini) mountain and all were presented with badges that they had completed their challenges!

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(Views across Tarn Hows)

(Happy Ramblers stopping off for a half way pint!)

(Spot the dirty boots!)

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(Amelia with her ‘I climbed a mountain badge)

We also visited a country fair whilst we were there which had a craft and vintage tent (my fav’s!) along with animal tents and lots of food and fun things to do! I managed to pick up some vintage embroidery patterns, a victorian pin dish and a floral broach! My niece managed to pick up a lamb!

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(Amelia and Lammy!)

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(Country fair vintage finds)

Some of my favourite holiday memories will be sunny chill out days with the husband and books, spending time with my family and hearing my adorable niece wake me up with a ‘Good morning!) every day πŸ™‚

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(Sunbathing with the hubby at Lake Coniston)

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(Good morning!!)

(Pooh sticks with Grandad at the bottom of the cottage garden)

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(My Mum, Brother and I on our ramble)

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(Hubby just chillin’)

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(Hubby and I overlooking Coniston village)

Lastly I was able to pick some more crafty bits up on my way home. We found a lovely shop in Windermere called Scarlett Ribbon which stocked clothing, jewelley, furniture and my purchase, Annie Sloan furniture paint and wax.
A little bit further down the motorway the hubby stopped off at Standfast Fabric Factory and picked up some liberty and John Lewis fabric. I also came home to my Miss Maggie Rabbit Kit so have plenty to keep me busy πŸ™‚

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(Some of my goodies πŸ™‚ )

Charlotte x x

Bags and purses

For a little while I have been working on crating my own clutch bag. It started out as a wool tapestry from a floral Cath Kidston pattern which took me a couple of weeks to complete. Using some navy suede material for the outer and a blue and white polka dot pattern for the lining, the bag way created and the tapestry was used to make the flap. I’m really pleased with how it looks though now I may be too worried to use it in case it gets lost!!

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I’ve also been crocheting some purses! They are really quick and easy to make and look really cute when finished!

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Today, being a bank holiday, I am hoping to finish a skirt I have started. Fingers crossed I manage to finish it today!

Charlotte x

Happy birthday to me!

This time last week I turned the grand old age of 27. I have to admit every year I get older, birthdays become less and less exciting to celebrate! This one however turned out to be lots of fun! First we had pre-birthday cake – just because we could!

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If that isn’t fun enough, I got to spend my actual birthday with the family at Carluccios in the met Quarter in Liverpool.

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I was lucky enough to get some lovely liberty fabric from my husband as well as some fabulous Liz Earle skin products!

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My lovely brother gave me the new Cath kidston book – already read from cover to cover!

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I also picked up this fab dress from Warehouse with some birthday vouchers

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My sister and niece kindly chose this necklace for me, a combination of my birthstone, initial and a little birdie

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All in all a very spoilt lady πŸ™‚

Charlotte x

Sewing buzz!

This month seems to be shaping up as a really crafty month. I’m not sure if it has something to do with the buzz creates by the bbc programme ‘Great British Sewing Bee’ but my twitter feed is full of crafty loveliness!
I have definitely been inspired by the BBC programme and have enjoyed my Tuesday evenings with a cup of tea and the programme!
This month (so far!) I had signed up to two crafty workshops. The first was the Cath Kidston lampshade event. I had originally signed up to the Liverpool store event however due to work commitments, found myself in Leeds (their store has TWO floors!!!!!) After choosing my fabric (the most Cath Kidston-y, it would be rude not too!) we were shown how to crate the lampshade. It was pretty easy and lots of fun!

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My next craft course was through craft creatives and was tutored by Natalie Bosworth who’s blog can be found Here
The course was a liberty purse workshop. Again it was really enjoyable. Both my Mum and I had a really good time.

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At the moment I don’t have any other crafty courses planned however I do have my eye on some workshops at Lauren from GBSB’s shop ………..
πŸ™‚

Charlotte x

April!

March seems to have flown by and we are now into April, it seems to have passed by so quick!
In the past few weeks whilst it had been too frosty to start planting anything on the allotment, we have been giving it a bit of a tidy up, building a new fence around the perimeter and gaining a new shed (which will be our ‘tea making comfort shed’) thanks to our plot neighbour!

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Our ‘before’ shed when we collected it

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Our ‘after’ shed makeover!

At the moment it’s too cold and frosty to plant out so I have been starting off some sweet corn, leeks and marrow on my sewing room window ledge!

I’ve also recently signed up to postcircle, a letter writing group! To find out how it works you can look at Miss Beatrix’s blog Here for all the info on what it is and how to join. I have been sending out my first few letters over the past couple of weeks to the people assigned to my postcircle group and received my first letter today!

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As you can see I also spied a new crafts magazine today called crafty. I’m yet to start ready but it look good from my initial flicking!

My latest started project is a Cath kidston spray clutch bag pattern. I’ve never completed a project using wool before but I am really enjoying it. Here’s my progress so far…

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I’m hoping to finish it so I can at least use it over the summer! ..well when summer arrives anyway!

Charlotte x

Bags!

At the end of last year I bought some plain Eco shopping bags from eBay with the intention of personalising them and using as gift bags. Needless to say that this didn’t happen and they gave sat in my sewing room since. It was only when digging around la bing a Mother’s Day craft gift that I remembered the bags and thought to give my ideas a try.
The bag didn’t rally take that long, just a bit of drawing and embroidery and some floral inspiration from one of my favourite blogs, one sheepish girl and the bag was complete ready to be filled with gifts for Mother’s Day!

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This Friday night I also had the pleasure of my niece sleeping over. She has recently developed an interest in what she calls my ‘making room’ aka the sewing room and requested that this Friday, she would also like a new bag and it had to be decorated with a lion. I did try and convince her a bunny or flower would be easier however this 3 year old knows what she wants! So a couple of hours cutting lion shapes put and here is the finished bag.

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So that’s that, two bags complete!
This week I have also found a couple of new blogs to follow, one of which has reminded me of my love for a little bunny named Peter. So much so I have search the house and finally found my book of walks in Beatrix Potter land for my next visit to the Lakes!

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So if your a Potter fan, follow this lady’s blog miss beatrix but beware, you may end up hunting around for your Peter Rabbit books!

Charlotte x

Bunny’s, sewing machines and dresses!

The past few weeks seem to have been quite crafty. Firstly I scampered the ‘not so Easter’ bunny (as my niece pinched it as soon as it was finished).

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Snowball?!

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Starting to look bunny shaped!

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Bunny with his new friend

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On his way to his new home! Bunny success!

My wonderful husband also treated me to a new sewing machine. Though I have two, neither seem practical for quick little projects and tend to take me more time to figure how to use them once again rather than sewing so meet my new pal…

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My first project on the new sewing machine was something I had been intending to do for some time. A little while ago I can across this blog and was inspired to make my own dresses to add to the project. Using this guide I tested out my new machine and was quite pleased with the result!

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I have a few more donated pillowcases to turn to dresses so hopefully I will have more to show soon!
My crafty plans for the next few weeks include something for Mothers Day for my Mum though what exactly I’m not too sure!!

Charlotte x