Sunday 24 October 2010


New to my blondedesign shops, fully lined 20" x 14" shopping totes, with an added bit of love!
Happy Weekend.

Monday 18 October 2010

Dear nephew Thomas I'm a bad Auntie

Dearest Thomas

I know quite a while ago, (2 years....) I started to make your name in felt to spell THOMAS, I made the T and M in blue felt, and then I made the O and S in lime green felt, and finally should have made the yellow H and A to finish your name. So for now we will have to call you TOMS.

I got an email message from a buyer on folksy asking if I did felt letters as they were missing a couple as their supplier had let them down, and could I do them quick as they had been waiting a while for them.

Thomas as you know I am blonde, (with a little help from a bottle), but blonde all the same. I replied saying, of course I could, just let me know the sizes and colours and if you have a picture of the other letters I could them match them up. (At this point I would like to let to let everybody know, I did not have a clue this was sis-inlaw and my cute nephew wondering if he will ever get his letters before his 10th or even 18th birthday!).

And then the picture arrived....

So Thomas, I promise tomorrow night I WILL be making your missing felt letters. And you will recieve them before the week is out. And when I see you you will get a big sloppy kiss, even if you don't want one, and I have to chase you around the garden.

With lots and lots of love (and a massive SORRY)

Auntie Karen xxxxxxxxxxx

Friday 8 October 2010


 Feel like I have been making this quilt for ever, but now I have the bug!
Laura Ashley and a bit of vintage floral thrown in (same as my FQ floral bundles I sell.)
 Pre-washed, to pucker the fabric giving it a vintage feel.
 Free hand stitching on the gingham.
I machine bound the front of the binding and hand stiched the back.


Sunday 3 October 2010


 Where does the week go! I didn't feel like sewing all week, I think it was the weather change, going to work in the dark at 6.30am and arriving home in the dark at 6.30pm, think I was going through a week of SAD syndrome, or it could have been to do with taking my calorie intake down to around 1000 and having no energy to do anything. But I feel great now and have lost 6lb in the week, so I am going to up the intake just a little so I can lose less next week a max of 3lb.
 These are a few tissue cases I have made today, I am liking the 'clashing colours'
 This is new in a wonderful blue no fold 1 inch bias binding, for sale in blondesbackyard for only 30p per metre. This will make great ruffles along the bottom of a skirt or even down the front of top, on cuffs, or to jazz up a tote bag.
This baby pink single bias binding 1 inch folds to 1/2 inch, is perfect for binding the edge of baby quilts, this colour also goes great with grey, and I have some grey linen coming in, so I will be attempting cute bound purses in this with the grey linen. this is 45p a metre in blondesbackyard.

Have a great weekend, and I forgot to do the wool FQ giveaway, so i will be uploading tomorrow, and do the draw later in the week.