Put your feet up and relax. Or, more likely, take the dogs for a walk and relax. My other main method of relaxation is sewing, during which I become immersed in the task in hand. 

It’s not this time of year without 

Whilst I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving (though have appreciated the Black Friday sales) I do enjoy the run up to the festive season. 

For me, it’s not this time of year without: 

Christmas crafts – I’m hoping to give more handmade gifts this year. 

And also warming winter beverages, especially when it’s icy outside. 

The J Dress

So it’s (past) mid November and I am sooo behind in terms of sewing, blogging and generally being organised. I’ve decided to blog my J Dress without photos of it being worn, mainly because the wintry weather (it snowed – or at least sleeted – yesterday) means I won’t be wearing this summery make again for quite some time. 

The J Dress is Le Jardin dress. I purchased the fabric from Holm Sewn at Easter, and just loved the print and vibrant colours. The pattern was yet another Cynthia Rowley 1873, with a self-lined bodice. The only difference with this pattern was the silky fabric meant I tried a rolled hem – with varying success in different sections. Alas, no close up photos of this. I wore this dress on the last day of term before the summer holidays, to go out for a meal with my mum and dad, but I didn’t take photos as I was too tired and ready for the hols. 

I’ve included this last photo because, although this is the dress pre-zip insertion, which is why it looks oversized and shapeless, at least you can get a better look at the fabric. 

Now I’m off to trawl through my photos to try and work out which one my K Dress was…


The prompt for this week’s photo challenge is magic. 

The first photo I’ve chosen was taken a couple of weeks ago during a school visit to Sherwood Pines. To me these chairs had a definite air of wizardry and magic. 

I’ve chosen this second one because of the magic that’s intrinsic to the subject – that the bee + poppy (eventually) = honey. Even as an adult I’m left with a sense of awe and wonder. 


The theme for this week’s photo challenge is Tiny, and the delicate detail of the feet of this robin, captured last month at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, came to mind immediately. 


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A brilliant after school Christmas craft family blogging event took place on our bus tonight. There was even a beautiful sunset. 
#bus #blog #blogging #crafts #christmas #family #playground #sunset #december Early morning Christmas crafting . 
I'm up early making little gifts for the children in my class 🎁
#morning #sunday #december #craft #crafts #sewing #handmade #homemade #gifts My mum and me caught this stunning sunset at the end of the #knittingandstitchingshow yesterday. The colours literally disappeared before our eyes as we waited to cross the road and get a better picture. So fleeting, so pretty. 
#harrogate #sky #redsky #orangesky #stunning #clouds #winter #evening #dusk Sshhh! Yesterday I faced my fears and sewed up a Coco! Not exactly sure on the fabric but it's a knit that I bought as a cheap off cut a while back. I'm so pleased with how it turned out that I debuted it for work today 😊 Definitely seeing more of these in the near future @tillybuttons _____________________________________
#coco #sewingcoco #knits #floral #roses #memade #dressmaking #funnelneck #success A wintry walk through my favourite woods 
#dogwalk #dailydog #dailydogwalk #winter #wintry #leaves #fall #november #weekend Trying something new: a gin that doesn't taste like gin, very fruity and with a strong but not unpleasant minty undertone. Somehow feel like this would go better with something other than tonic 🤔
#gin #ginstagram #strawberry #mint

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