6 May 2011

Ffefrynau Friday { 06.06.11 }

I'm baaaaaack! Not that I've actually been anywhere but, wow, I can't believe how long it's been! I take a little time off to spend with family and then all of a sudden it's been over a month! There's been a lot of stuff happening here but nothing particularly blog worthy and I got to the point where I felt I literally had nothing to blog about. I didn't think people wanted to read about my epic reading stints (not books, work stuff) so decided to keep schtum but perhaps I took that concept and ran a little too far with it.

Familial visits were great, aided in part by the early Summer. And over the long Bank Holidays I found my focus shifted towards the house and away from sewing and the blog. The longer I left it the harder it felt to get back in to the swing of things. So I'm introducing some changes around here based on things I've seen on other blogs that I've liked, that will offer me structured posting topics and a more regular prompt to post.

First, I have to introduce you to Philippe who, with a little plop, appeared from under a book shelf. Puck has been outdoing himself over the last few days and all sorts of dead birds have been appearing in my living room. He has a bell but unfortunately he also appears to have an endless supply of patience and an uncanny ability to hide in plain sight. There's a slim possibility Phillippe is the same frog I had to rescue from the utility room several times last year and, on one never to be forgotten day, from the washing machine after a full wash cycle and spin (yes, remarkably, he survived that).

  •  An excellent Photoshop tutorial from Cassie (whom I've also stolen Sunday's post ideas from so you should really check out the rest of her blog because it's awesome) can be found here.
  •  I'm a little late to this party but I recently discovered Sienna and Savannah Millers' clothing label Twenty8Twelve and really liked it.
  • Sunni is running the Ginger Sew-a-long, Colette Patterns' newest offering. It's a great pattern and excellent for beginners. Sunni writes easy to follow and comprehensive tutorials and always does her best to answer every question asked, I highly recommend joining in if you're after a fab A-Line skirt, details here. Sarai of Colette Patterns is offering a discount on the pattern, the code is available from Sunni's blog but expires on May 16th.
  •  Dreamy Whites posted a picture of a French fruit crate that I'm sure could be crafted using bits of a pallet and some chicken wire. I need to try my hand at building stuff so I might end up giving this a go.
  •  Talking of crafting, this tutorial at Redberry Barn for a great lamp made out of a jar and an old shade is just perfect and going on to my to-do list.

I haven't just been working on bits and pieces around the house for the last mumblemumble, I've also been completely addicted to Pinterest. If you haven't heard of Pinterest, where have you been? If you're not already a member but would like to become so, I believe it's still by invite only so drop me a message using the contact form on the blog with your email address included and I'll send you an invite out. Word of warning, expect to lose days. Here's some of my favourites from this week:

1. a great casual style 2. perfume locket tutorial 3. pretty lace shirt
4. magnetic pinboard mirror tutorial 5. ruffled shower curtain 6. kitchen inspiration
7. kitchen inspiration 8. gorgeous dining room shelving 9. picture wall inspiration

Is anyone else on Pinterest already? What do you guys think of it?

Thanks for stopping by,


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