A CORNUCOPIA OF CREATIVITY!

Last weekend was positively overflowing with creativity!

I spent a fabulous day at BTHQ on Saturday making a rather, if I do say do myself, lush roman blind. The day was filled, as ever, with Claire’s professional yet relaxed teaching and some excellent company from some fellow Beautiful Things regulars.

My Blind

Then, on Sunday, I had the immense pleasure of joining Claire and her lovely Mother in Law, Christine, on a road trip (well, technically, a train trip) up to that, there, big London to attend the School for Creative StartupsMakegood Festival. What a treat!

I had seen the event advertised but as I don’t have a product or, still, a clear idea/plan for my blog, I hadn’t considered that I might find it a) useful at this time and b) interesting. Well! Thank goodness my Crafting Guru, Claire, messaged me after reading my guest post on The Sewing Directory and suggested I join them as “it would be good for you and your blog!”

Makegood sign & me!

So, with my newly made top (aka tried to make one top, turned into something else entirely, still needs some adjustments!) and even newer BTHQ fan brooch I headed out early Sunday morning for a day of creative fun.  What we encountered was AMAZING!

Makegood memories

My favourite makegood companies…oh and a little bit of Liberty too!

Based in the Old Selfridges Hotel, the festival was bursting with creative people who were buzzing with enthusiasm, excitement and the abundant promise of what was to come! We stopped and talked to lots of people, some who had launched, some who where launching that weekend and some who were due to launch later in the year.  I loved meeting the individuals who created the products and learning the story behind their creative businesses.

Crafting Guru about to meet one of her Crafting Heroes, Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons

Three crazy ladies in The Vintage Photobooth Company’s fabulous booth!

Tasting Sweet Victory’s yummy cakes made with her historically inspired baking kits

I was SO happy to finally meet the lovely Inma from The Old School Club

Nancy Nicholson

Nancy Nicholson

Amongst the many people I spoke to, I had a fabulous chat with Nancy Nicholson who designs and creates some beautiful embroidery kits. I am looking forward to having some thread-tastic fun with the kits I bought (yes, yes, I know I bought them for D but I know she will be happy to share!) and have promised my Crafting Guru/Motivational Mentor that I will write a blog all about it!

The whole experience has left me feeling motivated, inspired and excited about the future for More Miriam, so watch this space!

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GUEST BLOG…NUMBER 3!

I am SO very proud to be featured on The Sewing Directory today!

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I was extremely surprised and pleased and terrified when the lovely Fiona chose my project to be one of two she would use to showcase the glorious Oakshott fabric.

I really hope you enjoy reading the tutorial and, hopefully making, my striped tie. If you do, make sure to comment and post photos – I’d love to see them.

To see the tutorial, click HERE

GETTING MY ‘CHINELO BALLY’ ON!

Yesterday I decided to get my Chinelo Bally on and here is the result – ta dah!

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My lovely friend Nicky, of Shrinking Violet fame, kindly said I could have a go at making a dress for her and gave me one of her favourites to copy.

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As I was too nervous to unpick her dress incase I killed it, I decided to roughly cut around the outline of her dress and free hand (hence getting my Chinelo Bally on!) the darts, hems and seams.

Nicky was really flexible about fabric and colour but she did make one request, that I add some buttons to the back. I considered raiding my button stash but decided that I’d keep it simple and stylish, so covered three buttons in the same dress fabric and use a the same colour ribbon to create button loops.

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I’m quite pleased with the overall result and having just received a HUGE hug from Nicky, I think she is too!

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