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  1. My new sewing gadets!

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    Those of you who follow the Bumble Bees Facebook page may have seen my overexcitement about a couple of recent sewing related purchases! First of all, a ‘Stack n Store’ bobbin storage tower, and then some rainbow ‘Wonder Clips’. It turns out that they are both made by Clover, so my next job is definitely going to be to find out what other fabulous gadgety things they make!

    From the responses on my page I can see that a lot of you share my love for sewing related fabulousness, particularly when it’s something which makes working just a little bit easier AND comes in lovely bright colours.

    21615_793968194048456_3447258675914874973_nI’m loving using my bobbin tower. Previously, I kept my bobbins on the little holder thingies in the storage compartments in my sewing machines. This is fine if you are working on one project at a time or if you only need a few colours. But, as you can imagine, as sewing is my job, I had about 3298374 bobbins from 2 different machines in 7642678 different colours. Which meant a mix of bobbins chucked in random boxes with threads unravelling everywhere. Now I have them all neatly stored and easily accessible with the loose ends kept under control, Elna machine bobbins in the pale green and Bernina on the dark green, AND I had an awful lot of fun taking the stack n store apart and rearranging the two different greens in different ways! One or two of you thought my overexcitement over bobbin storage was a bit excessive, but HA! Look who’s laughing now!

    wonder clips second star fabric unicornsWonder clips were, I think, originally invented for using instead of pins when quilting. They have one flat side, a wide mouth, and even have seam allowance markings. They seem to be being used more and more outside of the quilting world now though; I decided to get them as I work with quite a few fabrics which are not always easy to pin. Waterproof PUL fabric can’t be pinned anywhere except in the seam allowance as you obviously don’t want holes in it, and jersey fabrics and some velours really don’t like being pinned and pulled around much.  Wonder clips are heavier than pins, which can be a little irritating when working on small projects, but I’ll forgive them that as they are so pretty with all their rainboweyness. Plus, an unexpected benefit of these things has been the reduction in shouty swearing from stabbing myself in the finger or having to find a dropped pin!

    Do you have a favourite sewing gadget? What should I buy next?!

  2. New Year's Resolution: buy ALL the things!

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    One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to buy more handmade loveliness from fellow work at home mums (WAHMs). I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a wonderfully supportive group of WAHMs who have not only provided fantastic business advice, product photography advice, personal support and friendship, but also a LOT of opportunities to buy and swap ALL the gorgeous handmade things! So here are a few of my favourites…

    12065610_648065285335389_8696888657807475374_nFrom Crafty Thing I have one of these very handy key fobs; big enough to slip over my wrist when battling to get children in the car, soft enough to not be a nuisance in my pocket or hand bag, and made of wrap scrap fabric which is a lovely reminder of my baby wearing days! I was also asked to test out one of her CSP wallets, which I would definitely recommend as they are so useful, and beautifully made too.

    12088298_966509370073840_8263171448637373817_nMrs Billy Bums is a good friend and often sends me pants, amongst other things! These are my particular favourites, simply because the fabric makes me giggle as I can’t decide whether it’s amazing or dreadful. Quite possibly both at the same time; is that possible? Billy Bums also makes wonderfully bright and colourful clothing and undies for children and adults (most of which do not have cats on!). My youngest daughter has 2 play dresses from her and they are so comfy, which is so important for little ones I think. Billy Bums’ tag line is ‘clothing to make you stand out from the crowd’ and it certainly lives up to that!

    lgn blog cropped maisie and the bear picMy youngest daughter also has a play dress from Maisie and the Bear, made from one of my favourite fabrics ever! That dress has been up trees, down slides, through woods, and in muddy puddles and still survives to tell the tale.

    untitled designThis is my eldest daughter’s cat. He’s called Ozzy, and he’s a grumpy thing, but she adores him! We were lucky enough to win this amazing custom made collar from Indi-Dog. Ozzy doesn’t seem particularly bothered about the rainbow-ey gorgeousness he has round his neck, but we think he looks very smart! What do you think?

    If you are on Facebook and would like to see some of the amazing work these WAHMs and many more produce, there is a wonderful WAHM list which you can visit and follow. And if you have any favourite WAHMs, let me know in the comments below!