Featured in Wedding Magazine

What seems like ages ago now, our wedding photographer, Dominique Bader, emailed me to tell me that she has submitted our wedding photos to Wedding Magazine and we had been accepted!

I filled out a little questionnaire that they send me asking about details of the wedding including inspiration, outfits, flowers, favourite moment..it was pretty difficult to keep it brief, in fact I think they still had to cut bits out!

A few months later having forgotten all about it, the issue in which we feature as one of their ‘real weddings’, a DIY one at that, the February/March was published…how exciting! The lovely people at Wedding Magazine posted me a free issue for us to keep.

The best thing about featuring though was being able to list names and web addresses of the people that helped us make our wedding, such as the lovely Dominique Bader, Rose Mountague, and Leafy Couture. I hope they get lots of interest from it…they certainly deserve it.

You can see more of Dominique photo’s of our wedding on her blog.


And so continues my upcycling…(and some new things).

So I haven’t posted anything for a while – last week I took a bit of time off from the sewing machine, allowing us to have a rest after the wedding fair. However, with my first weekend free in I-can’t-remember-how-long, I got back on it; only this time making a few little bits and bobs as gifts…

The first of those being a little purse for my friend Rose after she liked one ‘I made earlier’ that I posted previously in ‘Lots of little purses’.

I made this one a little more personal to Rose though as I used, for the lining, a duvet cover that she kindly donated to me a little while back; it was an old-school duvet cover (complete with retro St. Michael’s label!) that she liked the print off but was a bit too ’70s to use for real, and had no other use for.

And so continues my upcycling: from shirt to pants, skirt to purse, now duvet to purse (I feel a theme forming…). Plus there is also still plenty of material left to make more items…coming your way Rose! I also made it as a little thank you as she has done a lot of design work for me of late. Take a look at her fab work at www.rosemountague.co.uk.

My second gift item was another little Patchwork Panda for a little 1 year old lady. I’ve made a few of these now and they seen to go down pretty well with the little ones, personally I think this is my favourite.

The fabric I used for the arms, legs and ears is a super cute print called Teeny Tiny Zoo – I got mine from one of my favourite online shops: Fabric Rehab. The pattern was from Sew Hip magazine which, on receiving through the door, is the highlight of my month (probably should get out more!).


I embroidered the birthday girl's name on his foot - he definitely belongs to her now.


Still on the ‘to do’ list is more baby items, bunting for an online boutique (woo! All to be revealed soon), more purses and bags, pjs, and more! Will post once done…but for now back to focusing on the wedding fair coming Sunday x


Reporting on my first wedding fair.

Before I collapse into bed I wanted to pop up a little post about today – after weeks of worry I have made it through my first wedding fair, the first of any type of fair in fact…yeahy!

Way back in what seems like week’s ago now, I was asked by the ladies at Save the Date Magazine if I wanted to exhibit my wedding related fabric crafts at the Wedding Event with a Difference in Derby…..errr, yes!

I got cracking with lots of lovely fabric buying (again!) and spent many more late nights (kind of becoming the norm these days) at the sewing machine crafting up some bits and bobs for my display, thinking up items people like to decorate their weddings. This included: bunting (obv.), placemats, napkins, napkin rings, various garlands, gift bags, little lavender bags, fabric hearts and birds, and even a few extras such as the little purses, i’ve previously posted about, and garters.

A dark 5am start this morning, saw us (yes I dragged Pete along for moral and physical support) arrive in our packed up car at the beautiful Roundhouse venue in Derby. We were placed in the Creative Corner of the fair which housed lots of other crafty exhibitors and, on setting up, started to get pretty stressed at the sheer gorgeousness of their items, some stationery, some wearable accessorise and more; all very different, but each amazing. Needless to say I felt out my depth!

Anywho, once we got set up and I started chatting to the other exhibitors, I soon felt more relaxed as everyone was so lovely, and visitors to the fair came by, some who I had nice chats with about weddings and took away my little promo cards (which also got lovely comments regarding the design – thank you Rose Mountague). My lovely friends also came along all the way from Leeds to show their support!

So, all in all, it was a very nice day and I don’t think I did too bad for a first attempt. I felt very privileged to be at a great event amongst such amazing talent. I especially want to direct others to have a look at the works of: Chloe of Adore by Chloe, a wedding blogger and sponsor of the Creative Corner, Sheena Holland who makes the most gorgeous headpieces; Jenna of Wren’s Tea Party – a super lovely lady, with support from her hubby also, who got married around the same time as we did and decided to set up her own little business hiring vintage accessories, and finally Gemma Nemer of The Button Tin, who frankly I’m just plain jealous of – what a talent; one I can only aspire too!

Me and my stand...hello!


Lovely lavender.

The lovely ladies over at Leafy Couture (who provided the flowers for our wedding) have not only invited me to their birthday party/wedding showcase as one of their past brides, but they’ve also very kindly asked if I wanted to put anything in their goody bags, promoting my little craft business! I’ve [obviously] jumped at the chance!

My ‘Emily Carlill’ postcards are currently being printed (designed again by the lovely Rose) which will be goody bag perfect. I also, however, wanted to make something for each of the brides to be at the party, but with under two weeks to the event and not much budget, needed to think of something nice but within these limits. I decided on lavender bags, all different in fabric colour and pattern – just a little something but pretty cute and, if nothing else, make your undies draw smell lovely!

The Wedding Showcase Evening, hosted by Leafy Couture, is taking place on Thursday 6th October at Harewood House.


As of today I am an official exhibitor at my first ever wedding event.

Not only did I receive lots of lovely comments and questions last week after our wedding was featured on Rock My Wedding, I was also asked if I wanted to exhibit my crafts and promote my crafting business at the ‘Wedding Event with a Difference‘ on Sunday 16th October by the lovely ladies from Save the Date Magazine.

A little questionnaire and booking form later and…taa daa…I feature on their website’s ‘Exhibitors Exposed‘ section. I shall be exhibiting in the event’s Creative Corner. How exciting! And equally terrifying as my name appears in a list of some pretty talented people. Looking forward to meeting some brides to be though and chatting weddings.

I have a couple of ideas so far for my display but these have yet to be developed. However, as a starting point, we have taken a trip to B&Q to get some wood for Pete to make me a display board – all very in keeping with the handmade theme of course!

It’s a good job my lovely business cards arrived too…

Designed by the lovely Rose Mountague

Scraps are definitely not scrap!

With the launch of my new branding, it’s been a far too exciting week to get anything else done…

Not really! While I am still massively excited about the designs my friend Rose has done for me, I actually don’t think I could go a week without using the sewing machine – besides I have lots on the ‘to do’ list. So, this week I have crossed off…

Is it just me or does every sewer seem to have the same tomato pin cushion?

Oven gloves from my Aunty’s birthday. I used the trusty old Cath Kidston ‘Sew’ book again for the pattern and some nice doggie fabric – she likes dogs.

Also this week, I got my first order for a bespoke item…woo hoo! However, it was just from my mum – not sure if this officially counts. On seeing her glasses case last week (not so much of a surprise birthday pressy then!) my mum has requested another for my cousin’s birthday to put some money in for her jollies. However, I thought I could come up with something more appropriate than a glasses case! I had a browse through my mags and came across a nice little simple project for a wallet that doubled as a passport holder. Bonus! I used strips of different fabrics so perfect for using up little scraps.

Actually, I just remembered, my cousin’s wallet was not my first order – the bunting for Cats, my work’s card and gift shop, was the first order – two times 7.5 meters of lovely bunting. And here it is, ready for construction…

Ahhh bunting, lovely bunting.

Made with Love.


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