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I’ve spent a lot of time lately making super fun things that I don’t really need to make, but any excuse eh?  I made a pop-up dinosaur card for my nephew who has just started school….

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….and….and I can’t quite believe I’m saying this, but I’m going to a cats’ birthday party this afternoon.  Yes I know.  But as my sister pointed out, it’s like a baby’s birthday party – they don’t really know it’s going on, but it’s fun for the adults.  So anyway, as I’m going anyway, I made birthday hats and party ruffs for the cats.  I’m hoping later to be able to get a picture of the wearing them….

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So, as you know, I’ve recently made a move half way across the country from the South coast to the East midlands, and I’m loving living up here.  Having moved from a very light and bright and spacious flat with huge windows and rooms, I’m now living in a classic little Victorian terrace.  It’s adorable and I have the most beautiful garden as well as a big bright studio and lots of downstairs living space.  However, a lot of my old furniture just didn’t fit in here, and by fit in here, I mean ‘fit’ in here, and I’ve had to rethink my style a lot.  Some of it was simply too big for the little old rooms, and some of it just didn’t feel right in this cosy little space.  One of the things that just had to go, was my lovely old Mid Century sideboard…..

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I’ve lugged this around with me around the country into five different houses and I was really really reluctant to get rid of it but it was too big for the new house and was starting to look a bit scruffy and one of the legs had nearly come off.  So…. I had a little thought…. it’s too big for the house, but it’s not too big for the garden!  Look at it now…..

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It was ever so easy to do too.  I took off all the fittings and doors, sanded it down, used a jigsaw to cut the hole in the top and to make the third and fourth drawers into one big drawer.  I then painted it using specialist outdoor paint and put it all back together.  I’m so pleased with it and makes the garden feel like an extension of the house, like a little outdoor dining room.  The dahlias have been a huge success and are still flowering like mad, but the sweetpeas never really got started.  I think they need deeper soil, so I may try something else next year.  Anyway, there it is!

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So how excited was I to be asked by Style at Home to be in their October edition cushion special!  I’m their cushion hero!  I’m thinking of getting a cape and wearing my knickers on the outside….

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I’m really happily working on some new papercuts at the moment.  I’ve got three different designs which can be personalised for a wedding or anniversary, and three different designs that can be personalised for a new baby.  I can’t quite do the big reveal yet, but here’s a glimpse of one of the new baby ones….

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I mentioned last week that I was Craftseller’s Blogger of the month, and very excited I was about it too!  As well as the article in the magazine I also provided them with a copyright free papercutting project which can be found here….  I’d love to see people’s attempts at it!

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Craft Seller article…

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I was so excited to be approached by Craft Seller magazine recently to be their guest blogger of the month!  The magazine’s not out yet, more to follow, but for now you can take a peak at my article on their website

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Well, yet again, I’ve gone too long without blogging, but when you hear why you’ll forgive me.  CecilyMae has relocated and is absolutely loving living in Leicester!  Yes, Leicester.  It’s so much fun up here with loads of arty crafty things going on and I have the studio I’ve always wanted…..

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The first finished item out of the blocks was a quilt and book cushion commission for a very lucky little girl’s new nursery….

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CecilyMae has also gone international this week with an article in Germany’s Landhaus Living magazine!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo that’s it for now…. promise to keep you updated more often.  Hope the sun is as sunny wherever you are is it is here in lovely Leicester.  I’m off to sit in the garden and enjoy the weather with the cats and a coffee…..

 

 

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This seems to have happened very quickly.  This was last week…

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….and this was today…

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 It was glorious.  Stanley and I sat and read in the sun aaaaaalllllllllll afternoon, until the sun went behind the neighbour’s tree and our feet and paws got a little bit nippy….

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Let’s hope it stays for a bit.  In other news, I built a boat.  Well, sort of.  It’s a land-going boat, but good enough for a 6 year old and a 3 year old who have their eye patches and cutlasses at the ready….

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Chesil Beach has taken a huge battering in the storms we’ve had this week.  It’s always fairly rough down at West Bay and Burton Bradstock, but I’ve never seen it like this….

I was really proud to be asked to contribute to the Raising For Rana charity event happening in April as part of Fashion Revolution Day.  It commemorates one year since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh and the event aims to raise awareness and demand change and transparency in the fashion industry.  Have a look at their website or donations can be made via this site….

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