Monthly Archives: April 2015

Farm Girl Vintage and a Sew Along!

If you haven’t checked out Lori Holt’s blog, Bee in my Bonnet, recently you might have missed that her third book Farm Girl Vintage has just been released! I have long been a fan of Loris first book Quilty Fun and after spotting various sneak peeks popping up on Lori’s instagram feed I knew this was another book I would have to get!

Farm Girl Vintage Book

Farm Girl Vintage is similar to Quilty Fun but with a Vintage, Country, Farm Girl theme. If you want to pre-order Farm Girl Vintage we will be getting a delivery next week and shipping them out for the weekend.

You can see below some of the 45 traditional and cute farm themed blocks that Lori has bought to life in the book.

Farm Girl Potholders

Each sampler block can be made in both 6 inch and 12 inch sizes and there are detailed instructions to make 10 quilts, 2 table runners, a table topper and a pot holder!

Farm Girl Sampler-Quilt

Sew Along

I was incredibly excited to hear Lori is going to be leading a Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along over on her blog and on Instagram. It starts on Friday 1st May and will continue until mid-October, each Friday Lori will be sewing 2 blocks from the book with 45 blocks being sewn in total!

I took part in Lori’s  Quilty Fun Christmas Sew Along  in November and finished my quilt in January (its so cute I will share it here soon!), needless to say I cannot wait to start the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along!

If you fancy joining in you will need a copy of Farm Girl Vintage which you can pre-order here.  I have also pulled together a couple of Farm Girl inspired fabric bundles if you fancy sewing along.

Fabulous Farm Girl Bundle

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First up is the Fabulous Farm Girl bundle this bumper bundle contains 30 fat quarters inspired by Lori in her go to colour palette of Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Aqua and Blue along with some of those oh so useful low volume prints.

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Skinny Farm Girl Bundle

If you are thinking of using some of your own stash but want a bundle to get started with have a look at our Skinny Farm Girl bundle which is a paired down version of the Fabulous bundle and contains 14 fat quarters.

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Low Volume Farm Girl

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If you want to add some Low Volume fabrics to your stash our Low Volume Farm Girl Bundle contains 8 fat quarters to co-ordinate with Lori’s of Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Aqua and Blue colour palette.

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Background Fabrics

Throughout the sew-a-long Lori has recommended low volume polka dots on white for background fabrics. We have pulled together our Sevenberry dots on a white background in pink, blue and beige if you are looking for a Swiss dot.

Pick & Mix Farm Girl

If you fancy choosing your own fabrics for the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along I have set up a Farm Girl Fabric category on the website where you can pick and mix your Farm Girl inspired fabrics, there is even a feature on there that you can view them by colour!

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I hope you will join me on the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along, I will be sharing my progress here on the blog and over on Instagram, I can’t wait to have a quilty kind of summer!

Happy Sewing

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Crochet Colour Palette: Blossom & Blue Skies

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

Recently I picked up a copy of the new Knitting magazine Simply Stylish Knitting, the idea behind the magazine is that week by week you learn to knit a blanket made up of small squares featuring different knitting stitches. I wasn’t a huge fan of the quality of the yarn provided with the magazine so I swapped it for some of my favourite shades of Rico Essentials Merino DK. This weeks Crochet Colour Palette (or knitted colour palette!) features my very favourite shades of Rico Essentials Merino DK which I have also paired with a lovely soft cream. Now to get my knit on, this blanket won’t knit itself!

 

Blossom & Blue Skies Crochet Colour Palette

This weeks Blossom & Blue Skies inspired Crochet Colour Palette uses pretty pinks paired with blue, lemon & mint from Rico Essentials Merino DK ,  a scrumptiously soft virgin wool.

Light Blue Light Blue (34),  Blue Jeans (27), Mint Light Mint (33), Lemon Light Yellow (63), Pink Magenta (10), Light Pink Pink (02)

You can find the whole Blossom & Blue Skies yarn pack with 10% off  all this week here

How to make planner dividers for your Filofax or Kikki K

DIY Planner DividersAt the start of the year one of my (many!) new years resolution was to get organised! Out went the multiple post it notes, scraps of paper, notebooks and iphone lists and in came a pretty pink A5 Kikki K personal planner. Finally I had my calendar, to-do lists, ideas and everything else I needed to stay on top of work and life in one place!

Being a creative type I have embraced decorating my planner with pretty washi tapes and making my own customised planner dividers and inserts. When I was at the Trade Show back in February I spotted some A4 paper pads that contain a combination of 15 sheets of 120gsm paper and 15 sheets of 270gsm cardstock. One of the paper pads, Romantic Flowers caught my eye so as soon as it arrived on Friday I grabbed a pad to make a new set of A5 dividers for my Kikki K.

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If you fancy having a go at making your own dividers you will need:

A set of dividers from your current planner
Scissors/Paper Trimmer
Romantic Flowers Paper Pad
Laminator & Laminating pouches 
Pen to label your tabs, I used a Dymo Label maker and the black on transparent Dymo tape
Hole Punch – I used a Rapesco one

How to:

1. Select your papers, I was making 7 dividers so I selected my 7 favourite card stock prints from the Romantic Flower Paperpad.

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2. Using your existing dividers, cut your cardstock to size. P1018320

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3. Label each of your tabs. I have a fab Dymo label maker which will print any font you choose onto a label 7mm thick which makes it perfect for labelling planner dividers. I used the free font KG Somebody That I Used to Know

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4. Next put each divider into a laminating pouch and run it through your laminator (laminators are really cheap you can pick one up for about £15)

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5. Once all your dividers are laminated use your trimmer/scissors to cut around each divider.

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6. Using a punched piece of paper as a guide, punch holes in each of your dividers so they are ready to go in your planner.

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7. Pop your new dividers in your planner and admire your customised dividers!

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I used the Romantic Flowers Paper Pad to make my dividers but I’m very tempted to make a second set with the Patisserie Paper Pad. If you fancy having a look at papers in each of the new paper pads along with the new washi tapes and stamps take a look at our YouTube video here

Happy Crafting!

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Ps. Find our planner goodies in the shop here

Crochet Colour Palette: Bella Coco

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by one of our lovely customers, Sarah-Jayne from the blog Bella Coco who was celebrating reaching an incredible 30,000 subscribers on her crochet and lifestyle YouTube channel!  Sarah- Jaynes bright colourful crochet videos are such an inspiration so I popped together a spring time yarn pack for her to giveaway using the gorgeous Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran

Bella Coco Crochet Colour Palette

This weeks Bella Coco Crochet Colour Palette uses spring time shades of yarn from Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran, a soft and cosy merino aran.

Blue Light Blue (33), Pink Orchid (12), Ivory Natural (60), Teal Petrol (25), Yellow Lemon (63)

You can find the whole Bella Coco yarn pack with 10% off all this week here or if you would like to win this yarn pack from Bella Coco head over to her youtube channel before Sunday 12th April to find out more!