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My name's Alison but for reasons too long to go into I'm known as Cockney Blonde or CB for short. I've been rubber stamping for several years but now spend most of my time either knitting or crocheting. However, with the advent of a New Year I have bitten the bullet and am tackling my usually hated pastime of sewing. I've even bought 'Sewing for Dummies' to guide me on my way. I've been with my hubby Dave for 24 years and between us we have 4 kids and 5 grandkids. We also have 2 cats and a dog, the latter features as my 'photo' image. I used to be able to blog daily but these days I struggle to blog weekly. Hopefully now we are settled into our new home in the country, I can get back to a daily (well almost) update from the room I now have to share with hubby. No more personal crafting space for me!!! Thanks to all the blogs and sites I follow for all your brilliant inspiration, and thank you to everyone who finds the time to comment on my blog.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Sewing in a Caravan

Evening Peeps, I said I would be back. This time with some more sewing projects completed over the weekend. It was so much easier to take some material, cottons, needle and scissors away in the caravan rather than all the papercrafting stuff I usually cart around. As you can see above, I've made some more lavender pomanders for the Christmas Fair, although the middle one I'm going to wrap as part of Mum's Christmas pressie. It will freshen up her bedroom if I hang it on the bed. It's actually made from an old serviette that she embroidered over 60 years ago. I wonder if she'll remember.

Here's another of my designed cushions. This time in really vibrant colours. Again with the pocket on the front and the hand-stitching up the centre to divide it into 2 smaller pockets. I added a couple of buttons for interest. I've decided to call these CB's Cuddly Cushions on the basis that a small cuddly toy can be housed in the pocket. See below. I'm going to pop this one on my new Folksy Store. If you want to take a peek just click on the piccie in my side bar.
Here's a close-up of Casey's little hippo keeping snug and warm.

This sewing malarkey is getting a bit out of hand now.....the sewing machine has ventured out of its cupboard.... I also have to admit to clacking away on the old knitting needles over the weekend, again making bits for the Christmas Fair. So far I've made 6 mug cosies. I'll upload these very soon. Again, another easy peasy thing to take caravanning.

As for the caravanning weekend. We had a lovely weekend on the Chatsworth Estate once a few minor problems had been sorted out. Firstly I didn't pitch the caravan correctly, so after picking hubby up from the station we had to hitch back up and manoeuvre it so that we could put the awning up in the correct place. This we left until the morning as by now it was dark and the light on the pitch bollard was out. I also managed to damage the electric cable although I've temporarily fixed it with some electrical tape, and finally 3 blinking lights blew on the car so that was the first job on Friday morning.

Friday we drove into Bakewell. I've never been before and it is a lovely town and we enjoyed a simple lunch after I'd got the car sorted out. Saturday we woke up to glorious sunshine and were able to walk to the Christmas Market at Chatsworth House (about 20 minutes). I must say we had far too many layers on as it got hotter and hotter. The dogs enjoyed the walk and Joss enjoyed hoovering up the bits of food that people managed to drop. Some mulled wine and several carrier bags of goodies later we walked back to the van to pick up the car and drove into the local village for lunch and some more Christmas shopping. We couldn't get over how beautiful the weather was for November. Of course, when we came to travel home yesterday it was foggy for the whole journey.

That's about it for now folks. So I hope you too had a good weekend and I'll see you all tomorrow, x


  1. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend, Alison. And it just wouldn't be the same if everything went to plan. lol

    I love your pomanders and it is so lovely to know that one is made from something your Mum embroidered all those years ago.

  2. By heck you getting right into that sewing Alison, you have made some lovely things

  3. Sounds like you had a great time Alison, minor problems apart and so much sewing. Love, love your cuddly cushion and a great idea to re-use the serviette as part of your Mum's Christmas present - she will be thrilled.

  4. I'm loving all your sewing and can't wait to see your knitting. I have a cousin who is currently knitting tea cosies for a Christmas sale in a variety of odd designs.
    And I am so jealous of your trips in the caravan, especially this latest one. xx

  5. That sounds like a perfect weekend to me (apart from the bits that went haywire). Nice crisp weather with sunshine and a Christmas Market.
    Love the things you have been making - you have such a hidden talent.
    See you soon - Hugs, Neet x


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