December on Instagram

 

1. Crisp air and blue skies  2. Me in my favourite fluffy coat on a walk in a village near my hometown 3. Some lovely recently purchased vintage sewing goodies 4. My favourite new cat earrings from Catkin Boutique 5. A pretty pink sky 6. A vintage milk jug used to serve the gravy on Christmas Day 7. My Christmas Day table 8. A pre-Christmas hot chocolate and Baileys at the market 9. The latest additions to my fabric stash – leopard print chiffon and flower-embossed scuba

I’ve arrived fashionably late to the Instagram party – some might say too late – having only just got myself a phone with the capability to get involved in it (I know, I’m way behind, especially for a blogger). This will be the first of no doubt many monthly Instagram round-ups. December started off in a blur of Christmas shopping (with a bit of fabric buying thrown in for good measure, naturally) and finished on a rather calm note, with lots of good food, a bit of sewing and a few country walks. Here’s to more of the same in 2015.

Donna Wilson’s New Fabric Collection

Donna WilsonI’ve long admired designer Donna Wilson’s quirky homewares, so I couldn’t wait to take a peek at her new collection of ten fabrics. Titled Forest and Friends, the designer’s first ever fabric collection features her signature nature-inspired illustrations. Clouds, trees and raindrops are regular motifs, which is no surprise really considering that Donna grew up on a farm in Aberdeenshire in the north-east of Scotland, where there was no doubt an abundance of all three. Continue reading “Donna Wilson’s New Fabric Collection”

Paisley Taffy Blouse

 

Paisley is most associated – and not always favourably – with the hippies of the 60s and 70s and, I’ll be honest, it’s not really a pattern I’m usually drawn to. However, there was something about this fabric – I just couldn’t leave the shop without it. I think it might be the touches of neon green. Because it’s such a bright print, it’s been in my stash since I bought it in December, but as we’ve had a few sunny spells I thought it was time to start some summer sewing. Continue reading “Paisley Taffy Blouse”