You know I’ve mentioned Spoonflower before and I’ve wondered why there isn’t a UK version? Well Janet at had the same thought but then actually went on to do something about it!

She is currently setting up an online fabric printing service where you can upload your design, preview it in different pattern repeats and then get it printed and sent to you without the hassle of customs or transatlantic shipping delays.

To celebrate the imminent launch of the site Janet and her team are looking for a name for the printer. Not only might you end up with 660kg of fabric printing metal magic named after you but you’ll also get a copy of my book Little Sew and Sew. Which is nice. To get inspiration on whether the printer is more of a Helga or a Doris visit Janets blog here, enter the competition here, and find out more about Printmepretty here.

good luck

So, this was a fun way to spend an afternoon, a virtual shopping spree through all the lovely homeware goodies on the Marks and Spencer website.

easter table

Why was I doing this? Well, I spotted a competition being run by Jen at lovechicliving and Jenny at thetreasurehunter asking bloggers to create a dream dining scheme for a special occasion and I just had to have a go at entering it (you never know I might win £200 of M&S vouchers!). As Christmas is well and truly over I thought I’d plan a scheme for the next big feasting occasion: an Easter breakfast (I basically love the Cow creamer so based my scheme round her). Having started the scheme with the creamer I felt that the Sketch range of china and teatowels complemented her slightly quirky feel as did the mix and matchiness of the plates and bowls. The bright pops of colour from the Andante range and the fake alliums and hydrangas give the table a nice spring feeling and the little accents of gold on the mugs and coasters add a touch of sophistication.

Here’s everything I used for my scheme.

Colour Hit Tumblers £3.00
Andante Dinner Plates £3.00
Spot Mugs £7.50
Sketch Hen Side Plate £7.50
Deco Geometric Cereal Bowl £9.50
Lombard Cereal Bowl £4
Sketch Hen Egg Cup £6
Ceramic Glaze Coasters £12.50
Maxim Cow Creamer £5
Sketch Tea Towel £7.50
16 Piece Cutlery Set £29.50
Ercol Dining Chairs £439.20
Eva Jacquard Cushion £35
Wexford Dining Table £399
Chevron Tealight Holders £7.50
Carafe £7.50
Tribal Zig Zag Vase £15
Artificial Allium £7.50
Hammered Votive Tealight Holder £12
Trifle bowl £19.50
Artificial Hydrangea £7.50
Two Toned Filled Candle £15

(If you’re a blogger why not have a go at entering the competition yourself and if I win I’ll send you all a Percy Pig*)

*subject to availability*

*If I ever remember to buy some.

new books

Just a quick note to say …  Hurrah for all your lovely competition entries. You really are a crafty lot and it seems even when things go wrong you can still laugh about it which is the best way to be! I’m going to have a good read through and announce the winner next Monday.

Ps: did you notice the two new books in the photo above? They are the next two in Quadrille Publishings Simple Makes series: Scissors, Paper, Craft by lil’ old me and Hook, Yarn and Crochet by the very talented Ros Badger. They’re out on the 15th of August and they are awesome!


book sigining 2

I’ve just been at the publishers busy signing copies of my books. We had a nice little production line set up and all was going well until I tried to make conversation and sign at the same time then I ended up writing not my name but whatever it was that I was chatting about. Fool.

Anyway I’ve got two of my books (signed correctly and all the words spelt right) to give away to two lucky people. To be in with a chance of winning follow my blog and post a comment below telling me of either your greatest crafting triumph or failure or just say hello! I’ll pick two winners on the 12th of July. Good Luck

books for  comp

To see more about the books go here and to read some completely impartial and lovely reviews check out these blogs craftitbakeit and ideasandinspirations

book signing