This week has been a busy one, mainly in a ace way. I took a day off work on Friday and spent most of it hanging out with Kate, bouncing creative ideas around and drooling on her new fabrics when she wasn't looking. Kate had been planning some new 'tape measure' accessories for a while, and it was great to be there to help her with her first few broaches. Want a sneak peek? Oh go on then......
On Saturday we went to Sheffield to the Reetsweet fair. It was held in the Millennium Gallery in the city centre, which is a pretty perfect venue for this event. The fair was, as expected, full of an amazing amount of talent, and it was great to wander round taking in the range of handmade goods there. I know it's not nice to have a favourite but I did, so there; Molly's Mum 's stall was packed with the cutest textiles, all of an amazing quality and cuteness. Their website has the cutest waving bear too - go have a look!
After the fair we made out way to Meadowhall and, after a lovely dinner, spent an indecent amount of time in Paperchase. Cee pea and I are used to being persuaded, bribed and eventually dragged out of that shop, but as Kate loves it just as much as we do we were allowed to ooh and ahh at everything; and ended up leaving with big bags of happiness!
Today has been spent mainly not doing the must do things on my to-do list, which I already know will result in chaos in the morning - c'est la vie! Instead of doing sensible things I spent time playing with the amazing map print paper I picked up yesterday.
I saw this paper on my last trip to Paperchase a few months ago, but as much as I loved it I really had no reason to buy it. Then a couple of lovely work colleagues picked this mini shelf unit (on the right) up for me from a charity stall at work, and I just knew how I wanted to decorate them. The shelves on the left with the little drawers I've had for a few years, and I think they were ready for a makeover. I've no idea what either of these are going to be used for as they are both pretty small, but I'm happy with the way they've turned out and I really enjoyed spending time doing them.
I've ordered these cute red and white Scandinavian print fabrics for a quilt I want to make for my friends baby who is due in a couple of months. I found some gorgeous pale aqua cotton to go with them while I was out on Friday, which I hope will be a nice contrast. I had underestimated how hard it is choosing colours when you don't know the sex of the baby, but I'm definitely not complaining as I love the surprise!
And last but not least...I've joined my first swap!!! NoodleBubble is hosting a button swap and I jumped at the chance to join as soon as I read about it. My button addiction is getting harder to hide...most people have fires in their fireplaces, but I have...
...some* of my button collection!
* I don't want to confess to how many more I have in case I'm declared insane and forced to attend weekly meetings in a bid to stop the madness.
I'm really pleased to have signed up to this swap, as it means I can send some of my most loved buttons to someone who will hopefully love them too! You can sign up to the swap until 14th March, so come sign up too!