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Monday, 15 December 2014

Zandra Rhodes Handbags - SALE TIME

There are some fabulous bargains to be had at zandrarhodeshandbags.co.uk  I've bought some Christmas presents there - purses (ie: pocketbooks, or something to put your money in for American readers!) and a handbag for me.  I chose this blue one with the iconic Zandra Rhodes squiggle on it.  It's super quality and I'm really pleased with it.  It comes in its own black storage bag stamped in gold writing.  I think I'm getting another bag from another quarter too ... but I won't know until Christmas!  Anyway, the website is well worth checking out if you're looking for some last minute bargains and regular postage and packing is free in the UK.


Sunday, 14 December 2014

'Tis the season ...

To eat, drink and be merry!  Christmas dinner No.3 ...  At Sandringham Country Park in my C&G Sweater


The Gingerbread House decorating the restaurant this year was even more spectactular this time


and I love the decorations ...


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Marsala - Pantone Colour of the Year

Looking around the web, it seems that 'Marsala' is causing a stir, and the vibes are not wholeheartedly positive ... While last year’s Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid, “encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. Its subdued nature does take some getting used to and while I am a fan of natural hues, I much preferred the warmth and glow of Radiant Orchid ... What do you think?

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Craftsy Sale Time ...

I didn't really take much notice of 'Black Friday' or 'Cyber Monday' except for the fact that Craftsy had their sale on!  So I bought 3 classes for what would have been the price of 1 - could have easily gone further as there were some great bargains on there in terms of supplies as well as classes, but I really need to de-stash a bit in the New Year.

My leaning is still towards knitting at the moment, so I bought classes in pattern writing, lace shawl designing and finally, sewing an iconic tweed jacket ... really can't wait to do a bit of sewing in the New Year ...

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Friday, 14 November 2014

More Patterns ...

I went back to that shop (see below) to have another trawl through their pattern stash.  Sadly, most of them had gone ... but while I was looking, the shop lady said she had another box full in the back and did I want a look ...  Did I want a look!!!  Came out with these - I love the crossover back top and trouser combination on the far right ...
Commercial patterns still give me a thrill, even though I have the skills to start from scratch now ...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Pattern Haul

Oh, I'm itching to sew something but absolutely can't yet until next February!  Went for a walk into town last week and thought I'd pop in one of my favourite charity shops, just to see if they had anything and bingo!  All of these patterns are uncut and in my size.  There were tons more but in smaller sizes - I should have bought a few for swaps really, as they were all only 95p each.  Anyway, this little lot are all the kinds of look I love - they must have been brought in by the same person with the same sense of style ... I'm dying to make that patchwork skirt and that sundress for next summer ... even a hat!