Friday, 18 January 2013

Pinterest inspiration for my craft room

Spring will be here soon and I am itching to spruce up my craft room/office. Although it is not that bad in there at the moment it is over 7 years since it was decorated and is looking a little tired around the edges.

I love the natural feel in this photo. Planks of wood for a desk, great idea. I could just attach these to the top of my existing table tops with the bonus of making them slightly larger than they are now. Hmm, something to investigate with my local timber merchants me thinks.


Stunning colour! Quite fancy recovering my dark grey office chair in this colour. Could be a bit of a challenge thought!


Very organised and very pretty with pastel pink accents. Possible alternative to the blue.

My idea of storage heaven! Clean and relaxing, I just feel so much calmer when everything has a place and it is white.

Aren't these just divine! Beautiful blog and a kind lady has posted the crochet pattern in English in a comment. Thank you am definitely gonna try with some twine.

All of these photos can be seen on my Pinterest account where you can visit the lovely sites that they came from. To follow me on Pinterest click my button on my sidebar.

I am now off to do some day dreaming in my craft room and maybe come up with a plan of action.

Thank you for popping by.

Lolo xxxx




Monday, 14 January 2013

My first foof for my iPad

I needed a project to test the two machines I had over Xmas so came up with my own version of the "Foof".  There are loads of lovely ones on the internet but I wanted to use a fabric of my choice.  So using my iPad as my template I cut out a long piece of grey felt, long enough to go around the iPad 4 times.  I then cut a piece of the interfacing half the length of the grey felt.  Now it would have been good if I took some photos of the process but I wasn't that organised so apologies.

Laying the grey felt out flat and then laying the interfacing on top in the middle you then fold over the ends of the grey felt to meet in the middle and encase the interfacing.  Hope this is making sense.  I then stitched the top of the felt to the interfacing where they joined in the middle taking care not to stitch to the felt underneath.  

Choosing one of the decorative stitches I sewed these along the top edeges of the foof and finished it all off by sewing the sides together using a zig zag stitch.
Not the neatest of finishes but my iPad fits great inside it and it is lovely and soft and cuddly.  I will find a nicer piece of ribbon to go round the middle but for now it will have to make do with this scrap of interfacing.

Going to make one for my iTouch next, it'll be a little mini me!


Lolo xx

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Janome Sewing Machines

I've decided to upgrade my current Brother sewing machine which has served me well for the past 8 years but I want something more than just the basic stitches.  I was lucky enough to test a couple of machines out over Xmas which were computerised models.  The main things that I now can't do without are the speed control, needle up/down and the stop/start button so you don't even have to use the foot pedal.

Janome machines seem to be very popular and their stitch quality is excellent and searching online I've found this machine currently on sale at John Lewis for £369.  Not cheap considering my old Brother was a mere £90 but I figure this will last me a very long time as there are lots of decorative stitches and an alphabet too.

It would be a really great help if anybody reading this has a Janome machine or do you have a machine to recommend with these sort of features.  This is a considered purchase for me so any advice will be greatly welcomed.

For info the two machines I tested were the Janome 30 stitch computerised machine and the Silver 200+ stitch computerised machine.  The Janome knocked socks off the Silver in both build quality and stitch quality, but the Silver machine spoilt me with all the choice of stitches making the Janome selection seem very limited and basic.  Hence the searching for a Janome with more stitch choice.

Lolo xx

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Cat Box

So true, and so funny.  I'm pretty sure all owners of cats can relate to this post.  Buy them a bed, not interested.  Unpack a box, that'll do nicely thank you, oh and now you have to keep said box in the middle of the room for weeks as you don't have the heart to take it away from them!  

Lolo xx

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Mr Selfridge

Can't wait to watch this tonight can you.  One of my favourite London stores, Liberty's being the other.  Starts at 9pm on ITV1.

Before that I have Dancing on Ice so nothing much getting done round here tonight then!


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Goodbye Christmas...Hello New Year!!

It came upon us so quick and then went by in a flash, can't believe it was only a week ago today we were all sat feasting at my kitchen table.  Red and white was the theme inspired by a trip to Ikea, I even upcycled a load of toilet roll tubes to make my advent calendar.  Covered in dotty wrapping paper from Primark you would never know their previous life.

Last minute batch cards made for the office.  Nothing fancy, just some stamps from Docrafts Home Spun range and bit of twine.  I actually enjoyed making these and am planning to do more stamped cards.

Now it is onto the new year ahead and I for one am itching to declutter and clean which I think hits most of us after all the excesses of the season. There is also the return to the day job.................urrgh!  One thing I am not looking forward to, I want to stay at home and play all day!  Of course I will be fine when I get there and after a few hours be right back in the swing as if we were never away.

I wish you all a VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR and look forward to lots of crafty projects shared over the coming months.

Lolo xxxxx