First of all, apologies to those readers who have been awaiting the latest instalment after what was a phenomenally busy end of 2012. It being the year that everything broke, the Harvey household was more than happy to wave goodbye to that year (and the expenses that ensued) and welcome in the New Year.
What have we/I been up to I hear you ask? Well, the kitchen revamp finally went ahead with the wallpaper and old white tiles coming off and the lovely olive green paint and cream tiles with olive stripe going on. We can’t get over what a £400 facelift has done to the kitchen which definitely didn’t need new units or work surfaces. Of course I must share with you our frugal tip on the kitchen- Tesco Clubcard points tripled up to rewards vouchers with Topps Tiles. Boy am I glad we spotted that one before we threw away another £150. They all but paid for the tiles 🙂
Another thing that kept me busy was the Brockholes Craft weekender on 15th/16th December. It was a fab time with lots of demos on flower frills for the girls and I sold FOUR of my dresses! The Christmas spirit was certainly present that weekend. I also met loads of great people, other crafters and even other bloggers. One of the best tips of the weekend was from the Pendle Crafters on the stall next to me who whilst sharing fabric bargain tips, they told me about a little secret called Immanuel Fabrics in Burnley. Only open Monday’s and Thursdays, and having a friend for whom we were about to purchase curtain fabric for, we went on a morning beano there on the Thursday before Christmas. Boy oh boy oh boy! Let’s just say it’s a good job they take cash only and I had only taken £50 with me, because £42 and a bin-bag of fabric later I left a very excited little bunny! All fabrics in there were either £1, £2 or £3 a metre so you can understand my predicament. Suffice to say there are some great fabrics to continue my foray in to 50’s and 60’s style recreation dresses (as they take about 5m each) and I will be posting some photos on here very soon of ones I have been working on. I have two nearly finished and a third to be made having seen the following photo of Naomi Watts in a magazine
Yes I have that exact colour duchesse satin from Immanuel Fabrics at only £3 a metre. Form an orderly queue please ladies!
I must also give a shout out to a new blogging friend Peach Nia, who I met at the Brockholes weekender, over at http://alovelylittledeer.blogspot.co.uk. She is another crafter in to various things such as baking and sewn crafts. I love her interviews with other vintage/crafting peeps as well.
Major project of the New Year has to be my Up-cycling craft classes which start tomorrow night at the local community centre. I can’t wait as there has been quite a bit of interest from adults at the kids demo sessions at the Vintage fairs so thought it was about time I got us ladies together for some kid free time. The Christmas present food mixer has come out again to bake some yummy cupcakes for the occasion (oooh how did I manage without one, the buttercream from it is the best EVER!), to sustain us crafters through the lesson 😉 Of course not wanting to miss my lovely readers out, I promise that when we get to about week 4 or 5 of the classes (hoping that we do!) then I will post a how to on the flower decorated cushion cover from shrunken wool jumpers.
So, I must leave you with that for now as otherwise the family will starve, and I really need to get all the kit together ready for tomorrow night! Promise it won’t be so long next time.