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A Day Out to Mittagong & Bowral

Hello there! Yesterday Tilly & I had a lovely day out with my parents to Mittagong & Bowral. We headed along to the Southern Highlands Quilters Guild Biennial Quilt & Craft Show. The quilt show was quite extensive with many quilts on display. However it was very busy & the aisles weren’t quite wide enough to cope with the masses of woman who liked to stand and chat in front of the quilts. In all honesty I felt a bit under-whelmed with the quality of quilts on display. There were a few stand out pieces I liked, but unfortunately I had a small child who insisted on being carried throughout the entire show & so I had no free hands to take any photos. Sometimes Tilly chooses the worst times to be clingy! There were many stall holders there, but I was very good and didn’t purchase a single piece of fabric. Also carrying a toddler makes it very easy to inhibit ones access to the wallet.

https://www.southernhighlandsquilters.com/

After we finished at the show we continued on to Bowral. This country town is one of my most favourite places to visit. Not only are there fantastic shops & cafes, gorgeous country surrounds & gardens, but it will always have a special place in my heart as it is where Tim & I got married.

I had read in a recent Country Style magazine about a Tea Room & Nursery that I hadn’t yet discovered in Bowral, and so we were lead to Dirty Janes a Vintage & Antique shop, although in reality it is more like a warehouse! The place is massive & an absolute treasure trove of vintage antiques, as well as a couple of more modern décor stall holders. There was even a little yarn shop stall in there! Once again, I was unable to take any photos as the only way I could walk around in peace & look was by giving my phone to Tilly in the pram to watch Nursery Rhymes. So here are a few I found on the website with links to where I found them. I purchased a little pink ceramic dish & a small vintage blue milk jug.

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Image from http://dirtyjanes.com/the-blog/

Inside Dirty Janes is The Tea Salon where we had a delightful Brunch. I had the most delicious tea called Queen of Hearts, a blend of white tea, pineapple, rosehips, cranberries, lemongrass, pomegranate & cornflowers. It was so lovely my Dad bought me a packet to take home. I also enjoyed Lavender scones with Lemon Curd & Chantilly cream. Mum had apricot scones with ricotta & honey, & Dad had the Rose scones with rose cream & raspberry jam. They were all absolutely delicious!

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My Lavender scones & Queen of Hearts Tea

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Dad’s Rose Scones

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Image from http://dirtyjanes.com/the-blog/

Dirty Janes is next to Green Lane which is a little alfresco hub that contains The Potting Shed, Green Lane Kitchen, Harry’s Wine Bar, The Orangery, The Cook & The Gardener & Suzie Anderson Home. Again, I was unable to take many photos myself, but I have found some online & provided links for you to check these places out.

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Image from: http://dirtyjanes.com/the-blog/

Suzie Anderson Home is packed full of lovely modern country style homewares, furniture & soft furnishings. I could spend an absolute fortune in there, but I was quite restrained & just came away with a little ceramic dish.

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Image from http://dirtyjanes.com/the-blog/

The Potting shed is an indoor plant enthusiast haven with many specimens to choose from as well as a range of cottage plants for the garden. I took home a small fern for my bathroom & a little ficus bonsai to live in my Dining Room.

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I could literally have spent an entire day pottering around this little hub in Bowral. I think next time I go I might need to leave Tilly at home so that I can really look at all the treasure in Dirty Janes. Next time I’d love to have a meal at Harry’s and sit amongst the amazing décor of books, plants & vintage style furniture.

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Image from https://harryswinebarbowral.com/gallery/

We took the scenic way home through Thirlmere, The Oaks & Silverdale. We stopped at Hill Top at the Belle Fleur Lavender so I could grab some of the Hand Cream I got from there on our last visit. I really like this hand cream. I suffer from a bit of eczema on my hands & fingers & since I started using this every night I have had no flare ups.

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My goodies collected.

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Tilly Enjoying a roadside ice-cream!

A lovely day out all in all & I look forward to heading back again for more exploring around Bowral.

Enjoy the week ahead,

Miss Leela

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My Make Nine 2018 for Tilly

My Make Nine 2018 for Tilly

Hello there! Hope you are having a lovely day. Last time we met I shared with you my Make Nine for Me for 2018. Today I’m back to share with you nine makes I have picked out to make for Matilda aka Tilly my daughter. It’s rather ambitious of me to in essence have 18 projects to try & make in one year, but I’ve never been one to make life easy for myself & setting outrageous goals just seems to be the way that I roll! And besides, my makes for Tilly are all small things so surely they won’t take too long, right?!

So here they are, my Make Nine for Tilly…

Amigurumi Duck by One & Two Company

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Tilly loves ducks, in fact it was one of the first words I think she learnt, after Dad, Nan & Mum. She loves playing a 5 Little Ducks game I have on my phone, & for a long time declared that any bird she saw was a ‘Duck!’ I will be making this duck softie for her 2nd Birthday in May.

Chantilly Lace Sundress by Mon Petit Violon

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When I was pregnant with Tilly & we found out we would be having a girl, I immediately hit Pinterest & Etsy saving all manner of gorgeous crochet dresses. Of course I never found the time to make any of them, so I knew I wanted to include a dress in my make nine for Tilly. I chose this one as I think it would be gorgeous in summer, but also good in the autumn to wear over tights & a t-shirt or long sleeve top.

Joy of Dance Leg Warmers by Salena Baca

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I think leg warmers are just the coolest things & I think little girls & bubs look so sweet in them. Perfect for a bit of extra warmth over tights or leggings in Autumn/Winter.

La Vie en Rose Earflap Hat by Kirsten Holloway

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I love this hat & think Tilly will look super cute in it. She looks good in just about any style hat. I love the combination of stitches in this pattern, & who could resist it with that giant pom pom on top!

Little Doily Bag by The Green Dragonfly

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Girls with little bags to carry their treasures in, it’s the sweetest thing isn’t it? Tilly’s not quite at that stage yet but I’d love to make her a special bag from Mum.

The Adanya Warmer & The Braelyn Warmer by Velvet Acorn

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Are these not the sweetest little girl head warmers/cowels! I love that they can be worn both ways, so versatile. It’s a great struggle to keep Tilly’s hair out of her face so a head warmer is perfect, so long as she keeps it on. I like the idea of a cowel rather than a scarf for Winter as less of a chance of strangling herself! I think I’ll make the Adayna out of cotton thread so it’s a bit cooler to wear in summer.

Motif Cardigan/Poncho by Patons

I bought this pattern book when pregnant with Tilly, I also bought the yarn & started to make the crochet squares, then I lost my making mojo big time until about half way through my second trimester & so never finished it. Tilly has a huge amount of lovely hand knit & crochet cardigans my mum has made her, so I have decided to use the square motif from the pattern & make a poncho with tassels instead.

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Starlight Toddler Slippers by My Hobby is Crochet

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When Tilly was a baby I had the hardest time keeping crochet booties on her feet & I’ve never been able to get her to keep slippers on either. I’m hoping I’ll have more success with these!

I have lots of other things I want to make for Tilly, toys, clothes etc. The first thing I make for her this year is actually not on this list, it will be this Amigurumi Lamb by Anatillea. I’m making this as an Easter present for Tilly. Then of course there’s Christmas makes & decoration makes for her room.

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Oh if only there were more hours in the day, or if only I didn’t need to sleep!

Do you have a Make Nine for 2018? Tell me all about it, I’d love to see!

Happy Making.

Love,

Miss Leela x

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My Make Nine 2018

Hello! I hope you are all having a lovely day. Today I’m going to share with you my #makenine2018 crochet projects. I wasn’t going to get involved with this phenomenon that has swept through the craft community on Instagram, mostly because it felt like a lot of pressure to actually complete 9 specific projects. I’ve never really been one to plan out my makes, I just tend to make what I feel like making. Mind you, that didn’t really happen last year as most of the things I was making were to sell at markets, and that is definitely something that won’t be happening this year, at least not initially.

So I thought to myself this year I would really like to get back in to making things for the pure enjoyment of it. Last year making became a bit more of a chore & I lost my passion for some of the things I was doing (most notably the crochet amigurumi toys). Also I have never actually crocheted anything for myself, at least nothing that is wearable. And so I decided that a little focus would be good & I hit my Pinterest boards to find items to make, & boy was that a task & a half! Do you ever feel overwhelmed looking on Pinterest? I sure do! The moment I start looking through my boards a feeling of sheer in-decision sweeps over me & my mind boggles at all the potential things I could make. It took me Tilly’s entire nap time, around 2 hours to decide what I wanted to make!

So without further ado, in no particular ‘making’ order, here is my Crochet Make Nine 2018 for ME!

 

Chunky Criss Cross Headband by Hopeful Honey

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I really like the look of this as the stitch used looks quite interesting. I have some bulky soft Aqua yarn in my stash destined for this.

The Every Girl Slouch Hat by Croyden Crochet

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I have long wanted to make myself a hat & this one doesn’t look overly difficult. I have a potential bulky weight yarn for this in variegated tones of peachy pinks, however I do just like the use of ivory as it can then go with just about anything.

Just Peachy Cowl by Hooked on Handmade

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This was the easiest thing to decide on & the first item I picked to be in my make nine. I love the colour combination & plan to un-ashamedly copy it!

Manhattan Crochet Tote – Mama in a Stitch

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I knew I wanted to include a bag in my make nine & choosing which bag was super hard. There are so many great bag patterns but in the end I settled on this & can’t wait to get started on it.

Shin-Yu Infinity Scarf by Chichi Allen

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So I wanted to include a scarf pattern in my make 9 as well as a cowl & shawl. I’m aware that this doesn’t look overly scarf like & more like a shawl cowl combination, but I was really drawn to it, probably mostly by the colours which I love, but also the lacy pattern. Shin-Yu means True Friends in Japanese.

Ski Sunday Sweater by Fran Morgan

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I spied this in issue 66 of Simply Crochet Magazine & fell in love with it. I love the colour work which is something I haven’t done before so I’m looking forward to learning a new skill with this one.

Soul Soothing Mitts – Sandra Paul, Cherry Heart

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It was hard to pick a wrist warmer pattern. I wasn’t being drawn to any of the ones I had pinned, then I remembered that Sandra had recently podcasted about a pair she had designed with a rather interesting stitch pattern. So here they are on my list!

Spring Rainbow Shawl by Katia Yarns

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Last year mum & I both bought a cake of Katia Spring Rainbow yarn (I got colour 54) which came with this free pattern. Mum has already made hers, but as I can’t yet read graph patterns, I’m waiting on mum to write it out for me so I can start!

Winter Wonder Socks by Vicki Brown

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Whilst my goal this year is to learn how to knit socks, I thought I would also try to crochet a pair. I chose this pattern as it looks fairly simple but has a touch of interest to the design at the cuff.

So there they are, my crochet goals. Of course I also have my sock knitting goal, as well as items I’d like to crochet & sew for the home. Plus there are all of my un-finished mini quilts, & of course new ideas for Mini EPP patchwork. Oh & today I finished making a Crochet Make Nine for Matilda (I’ll do a separate post for that)

I am going to be super busy this year!

Love,

Miss Leela x

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Show Notes – Miss Leela Podcast Episode 4

Hello! Hope you are having a lovely day. Please find below show notes to my latest Podcast which you can find Here! 

Magic Knot Bag

You can find the tutorial I used for the magic knot Here.

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Scallops of the Sea Mandal Cushion – Crochet

Book: Mandala’s to Crochet by Haafner Linssen.

Wool: Moda Vera Pure Wool 8 Ply, Colours 13 (Yellow), 08 (Ivory), 59 ( Pink)

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Geometric Quilt

Inspired by Triangle Jitters Quilt Pattern by Suzy Quilts. Pattern can be purchased Here.

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Wool Dying Experiments

I purchased the Ashford Niddy Noddy in the Standard & Sampler sizes from Aunty Jenny.

I bought the Synthrapol Wool wash from Silksational

I bought the Eucalan Wool Wash in Grapefruit from The Yarn Bar.

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New Yarn Acquisitions

Jazzy Makes : 100% NZ Polworth Superwash, 4 Ply Fingering in colour Berry Sorbet

The House of Wool: 75% BFL/25% Nylon Sock Yarn in colour Primula/Rye/Tasman/Ivy

Christmas Present Goodies!

Project bag from Seaworthy Knots

Enamel pins from Ric Rac Sews

Books

On the Loom, A Modern Weaver’s Guide by Maryanne Moodie

Beetles, Bugs & Butterflies by Laly Lala

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What I’m Reading

Mindful Living Magazines

Project Calm & In the Moment

Breath

Whilst looking on the website I found the Breathe List Journal & ordered one for myself!

Book: The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

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Podcasts & Vlogmas:

Brooklyn Knit Folk   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl_o_ptXlmrnhUR4J0f2aWQ

Loop & Bar   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiEGPxfbefEo6RE030Ed_Bg

Skein Studio   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO2D42KTJejmRVck4L80wQw

By the Lakeside  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf02Pxr-ClYXI9xQwV4nNzw

A Homespun House   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKBneIa3Vm16E-g2_y5m1NQ

Makers Haven   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpWO7eO452rBo2T3Qo2gqKA

Sew Sweet Violet   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVJbayjIJpMKK7vvMZ9JYhA

Little Tailoress   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU-ncF_kQ52d9JBGBLky0Bg

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Thanks for watching & reading, until next time Happy Making!

Miss Leela xo

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An Introduction

 

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Hello, welcome to my blog, a place where I plan to document & share with you my creative life. Thank you for finding your way to my little corner of the inter-world. I will be sharing with you my making, gardening, styling, adventures & explorations, as well as snippets of family life. So settle in with a nice cup of something & take a peek in to my creative world…

I thought I would start this blog with a bit of a ‘get to me’ post. I tried to cheat & did a google search on creative person questionnaires, but I couldn’t really find anything that wasn’t written in a deep psychological manner, so I guess I’ll make the questions up as I go!

Where do you call home?

I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia. I love living in the mountains & being close to the bush. We have such a stunning landscape up here. Even though I’ve lived here my whole life (30 something years), there is still so much of the Mountains that I’m yet to explore.

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Who do you share you Creative Life with?

I share my life with my Husband Tim, our daughter Matilda (Tilly, 19months old) & our Fur Children, a cat called Tink & a miniature dachshund called Indie. We are really fortunate to have a lot of our family living close by, including both our parents who live just in the next town over (perfectly convenient for babysitting!).

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What creative crafts do you pursue?

My main craft is patchwork & I particular enjoy English Paper Piecing. I enjoy doing a lot of miniature patchwork using this method. I also enjoy crochet. I have mostly been making amigurumi toys, with a few blanket projects here & there.

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Of the crafts you do what is your favourite & why?

English Paper Piecing is defiantly my favourite. I have been sewing using this historic method since my early twenties. Once I started using ¼” hexagons my passion for creating miniature quilts was ignited! I love the slow, steady nature of hand sewing that EPP (English Paper Piecing) provides. I find it incredibly therapeutic, & I find I want to do nothing more than pick up my needle & thread at the end of a day’s work. I get major withdrawals if I go more than two days without hand sewing! I also love how portable EPP is, especially my miniature projects. They don’t take up much room & can easily be packed up & taken away on holidays, or just as easily be worked on sitting on the lounge watching TV.

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What other crafts would you like to try?

I would really like to learn how to knit. My mum taught me ages ago & I made a very simple scarf, but I would love to knit myself some socks! I have been watching so many wonderful Knitting podcasts & seeing all the beautiful projects being made that I’m now desperate to join the Knitting Revolution!

There are more things I’d like to learn with Crochet, in particular I’d like to try Tunisian Crochet, & also garment making with Crochet. I’d also like to try weaving & I have started Yarn Dying & have plans to dye & print fabric also.

What other crafts have you tried, what was the first?

I think the first thing I ever learnt was how to Cross Stitch when I was in primary school. I also tried my hand at long-stitch, latch-hooking & Quilling as a young child. In my teen years I was mostly in to sketching & drawing & enjoyed working with chalk pastels. Aside from that I’ve dabbled in a bit of scrap booking but never really got in to, I prefer a more digital way to record photos & memories.

Who taught you your craft?

I learnt everything from my wonderfully talented & crafty mother. And I mean everything. She taught me how to cross stitch, use a sewing machine, everything she knows about patchwork I know about patchwork. She taught me how to crochet & has taught me once before how to knit, but I need some new lessons! When she isn’t around or available to answer my crafty questions, I turn to Google or YouTube tutorials to find the answers to my questions

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Who are your Crafty Role Models?

Definitely my Mum! Not only has she taught me so much, but we love sharing our crafty endeavours with each other. We enjoy spending time making together, as well as going on crafty expeditions to quilt shows, patchwork & wool shops. My Dad is also creative in the field of photography & so I call on him for opinions on that & other things. You are always guarded to get an honest opinion from him, whether you agree with it or not!

Aside from my parents there are many women in the making world I look to as Role Models. Amy Butler is a big one & I have admired her work since I first discovered her when I was getting in to patchwork quilting. Recently I have found new Crafty Role Models in the likes of Jooles from Sew Sweet Violet, Sandra form Cherry Heart, Melody from B Mandarines, Danni from Little Bobbin Knits & Molly from Homespun House. And really I could go on naming so many more!

Where do you get inspiration from?

I find inspiration from so many places. Of course there is the obvious Instagram, Pinterest & Podcasts, as well as books & magazines. But I also get a lot of inspiration from my surroundings & travels. Be it from my local bush surrounds, a trip to the coast or a trip out in the country. Being in these places not only inspires me but rejuvenates me. I also find inspiration from simple things such as flowers, going in to a craft or homewares shop, & also from fabrics & yarn.

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Tell us about your Crafty Business.

My business Miss Leela Handmade took many years to get off the ground. I held myself back from launching it for so long from a lack of confidence & feeling like I wasn’t ready. I also wanted everything to be perfect from the get go, my branding, my products etc. Finally I got the courage up & decided I was ready. I opened my Etsy shop on the night of my First Wedding Anniversary, October 13, 2013, so now I get to celebrate two awesome things on that date!

In my shop I sell my miniature patchwork wall hangings, as well as patchwork quilts, crochet amigurumi & décor items. I also in recent years developed my own range of cut paper pieces for miniature patchwork & I sell packets of these in my shop.

In 2016 I took Miss Leela Handmade out of the studio & did my first ever market, the Etsy Made Local Blue Mountains Artisan Market. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience which I shared with my Best Friend Rachael who kindly helped me out on the day. I also took part in last year’s Etsy Made Local event, both as a stallholder & organiser. I did a few other markets last year, & whilst it’s lovely to meet people out at markets, it’s bloody hard work! This year I’m not planning on doing too many markets & instead will be focussing more on my online Etsy shop.

What are you Making/Creative Dreams?

My big number one creative dream is to move to the countryside on a big rural property, with a lovely Australian country house & enough space to build a large studio & run a Making Retreat, where guest can partake in all manner of different creative crafts & stay in glamped up Yurts.

Other making dreams include writing my own patterns for EPP, writing a book, & to develop my own range of fabrics & yarns.

Aside from craft, what other creative pursuits do you have?

I have worked as an interior designer for the past 12 years. This has led me in to pursuing styling & photography. In particular I love styling crafty bits & bobs, & handmade items. I do also enjoy a bit of home interior styling. Last year I tentatively launched my own Styling Business, Miss Leela Styling. I am currently building up my portfolio & nutting out what my particular styling/photography ‘style & technique” is.

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When you’re not making, what else do you enjoy doing?

Reading, colouring in, working in the garden & watching a good movie or TV series. I enjoy spending time with Tim & Tilly, as well as catching up with Family & Friends. Going out & exploring new places is also something I like to do.

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What are some of your favourite things?

Tea! I love tea, pretty much any flavour tea except for anything liquorice flavoured, chai or green tea. One of my most favourite simple pleasures is making myself a pot of tea in one of my china cups. Also chocolate! Basically I need this to survive. Rarely is there a day that goes by when I don’t eat chocolate!

I love homewares & soft furnishings. I also like to collect things. So far my collections extend to cut glass vases, china tea cups & saucers, owl figurines, fabric & yarn (of course!), vintage sewing baskets, & vases of all different shapes & makes.

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Well I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about me. I would love to connect with you so please don’t be shy in leaving me a comment below, or connecting with me on Instagram or Facebook.

I hope to be back really soon with more from my Creative Making Life.

Miss Leela xo