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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Blimey, it's true what they say about rabbits. I've got loads of them now!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Yes, this is my favourite bunting as it is my latest one!

It has gone on a trip to Llanberis so I have packed a tuck box for the journey. There is a chocolate cake wrapped in brown paper, jam sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer - so it should arrive at its destination in jolly good form.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

At last, a daffodil in the garden.

I was beginning to feel decidedly un-Welsh!

Friday, 26 March 2010


I ain't gonna lie to you. You da look crackin' in your HoffiCoffi handmade apron!

Thursday, 25 March 2010


Every time I make some bunting it is always my favourite one!

I think that's a good thing though - if I didn't find it hard to give them away then I would think that I haven't done my best on them.

Hope they make you smile.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010


As Easter is almost upon us my children have been the creative ones. They are entering the 'Decorate an Egg' competition in their school.

They both came up with their own ideas and I am delighted to introduce to you...

Egg Iggle Piggle...
And Egg Harry Hill!

As I say, nothing to do with me!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Homemade chocolate cake and new fabric! I'm in heaven.

The fabric was in the reduced section of an Internet fabric store. I can't think why - doesn't psychedelic mushrooms on an orange background go with everything?!

Sunday, 21 March 2010


I love colour. In fact I think it is my favourite aspect of creating things. I love seeing what goes together and how seemingly ugly fabrics can sing when placed next to their right partners.

It's often said in a quilter's defence that we cannot mix our palate like a painter. We need every conceivable tone and shade of every conceivable colour in our stash of fabrics - which is why we buy so much and is why I cannot use my airing cupboard for anything else!

I have even heard of quilters specifying who will get their stash of fabrics in their will. Remember Hoffi Coffi - I will love and take care of them!

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

I'm sometimes accused of having too much time on my hands.

And it's a fair point. When I think of the time my grandmother and her mother before her would have been able to spend at their leisure I know I am very lucky to be living here and now. But I also think that doing something creative that makes me smile doesn't have to take much time at all.

Take the photo below. I'm guessing people wouldn't see the heart shaped buttons I sewed onto a cheap pair of plain socks. It's not something that would attract admiring glances, but I know they are there, and they make me smile.

So I think it's time well spent.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

I love my Mum.

This is a handmade card which has simple stamping on pre-cut pastel squares which are then placed onto textured paper.

I hope that my card gives my mum the same joy as I felt when my children gave their handmade cards to me this morning. (Of course, I am also being allowed to eat much chocolate cake today as well which is also special!)

Saturday, 13 March 2010

These are my latest bunting makes!

I love playing with colours and decided to give these a retro feel with some lovely old school floral fabrics.

For the non welsh speakers out there the bunting reads 'Penblwydd Hapus' which is 'Happy Birthday' in Welsh. And no, the double D pennant isn't a mistake, 'dd' is one letter in Welsh so I don't like to separate it, I don't think it would like to be apart!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Bunny Rabbit

One of my favourite childhood books was The Elves and The Shoemaker. The illustrations were a big part of this love and the best of these showed the cut out pieces of leather the shoemaker would leave placed out on his workbench overnight for the elves to creep in and sew.

A bit like this...

Unfortunately, these pieces were in exactly the same place when I woke up the next morning. I was a bit miffed at the non-appearance of the elves and reluctantly sewed a bunny myself.

But never mind, the shoemaker felt he had to sew new clothes for the Elves to thank them for their hard work. As they didn't appear for me they have lost out - I dressed the bunny instead!

And then we all lived happily ever after.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Had fun trying to take photos of embroidered napkins I have made for Etsy.

Problem is that my subtle colour scheme doesn't seem to be standing out enough in the photos. May have to try and do some very bright embroidery to compensate for my bad photography!

Saturday, 6 March 2010

It was never really romantic to travel by train was it? I try to conjure up thoughts of the comfy chairs and coal fires of the past whilst I try and look wistful in our modern day beat-up waiting room.

The top I am wearing is a charity shop buy that was a rather tired cream colour when I bought it. I dyed it amazonian green and the sequin detail really shone out.

I made the little butterfly on the coat. It is made of felt and some gold organza that was used to wrap a gift my daughter received and this gives it a shimmery wings effect.

A grand day out was had by all, despite the chilly waiting room!

Friday, 5 March 2010

I love the sunshine! This is a simple dress made from a Prima magazine pattern and using bargain fabric. It's a viscose dress fabric I managed to get for just £2.50 a metre and I love its light, soft drape. It had such a 1940's feel that I couldn't help but accessorise with retro hair and shoes. So wish me luck as you wave me goodbye as I'm out to enjoy the sunshine again.