Wednesday, 16 June 2010

I Have Won A Prize....

I thought a week or so ago it would be nice to enter a competition. The competition was held by the lovely people over at the Make It And Mend It website. The competition was to write a couple of sentences  describing the homemade project you’re most proud of – and to send a photograph of it in. Well for me there was no contest, and it had to be the wonderful project I handmade and that I posted about here The beautiful patchwork quilt that I made with the encouragement from this lovely lady. It was for Miss. Poppins' bed and was to be made from all her old baby dresses. I had such fun making it, well over a year ago now, and it is still going strong, been washed many times and used for picnics, holidays away and is definately a much loved handmade item of mine.

Anyway here is the photograph I sent in and what I said about my enjoyment at making it.

“The homemade project I am most proud of has to be a beautiful patchwork quilt I handmade for my 8 year old daughter, using fabric from all her old baby dresses. Even though the first dress I cut into I shed a little sentimental tear, it got much easier as I went on and cut into more dresses. I am so proud that I made something so special to me and my family. It was my first attempt at quilting and indeed produced a passion in me for crafting, especially using pre loved fabric, and the quilt shall hopefully hold special memories for my own daughters children one day.”

Well the winners were announced after the closing date and guess what, I was one of them :0) I have to say I was quite proud as there really is a bunch of love wrapped up in that quilt and to find that somebody thought it was worthy of me winning a lovely prize made my heart sing. Here is what the judges said,

We were really touched by the way Mary described this project and all the love that went into it. And what’s not to love about the end result! WINNER.

And as for the lovely prize, I won a brand new copy of The Homemade Home. A wonderful book for Make and Menders. Sania Pell has written tutorials for some wonderful ideas and projects that are easy to do as well as pretty and creative. Sania is a stylist and designer with a background in textile design, who is very passionate about making and mending. The projects in the book are all a clever, fun way of cheering up your home whilst saving money too. I have really enjoyed winning this superb book, and look forward to having a go myself, at some of the projects for my own Homemade Home.

I love the idea of framing special clothing.

Appliqued table linen.

And I adore these butterfly curtains.

So a lovely book for me to be inspired by.

What else I am being inspired by is a lovely ribbon and trimming swap I did with Sue from Vintage From The Village We realised we both have a thing for pretty ribbon, trimmings, lace, fabrics, lavender, well lots really, so did a little swap. Here are the delights I received from the very lovely Sue.

As well as these gorgeous note cards

Sue sent a fairy box full of treasure

Lovely handmade lavender sachets

Oh so pretty notebook and ribbon flowers

Thank you so much Sue, I was so touched by the beautiful and pretty treasure you sent and shall have fun making pretties using the lovely array of ribbon, buttons, trims and lace.

Here is what I sent to Sue. Some lovely Rosali fabric and pretty stationary.

And here is the treasure I sent.

I chose some very pretty buttons to send to the lovely Sue.

Thank you Sue, I really enjoyed our little swap.  

Well I have had a busy couple of days making at the Poppins home. I have been fortunate enough to have had some very lovely sales in my Folksy shop, and as many of my sales have been handmade to order items it has kept me close to my chine. Here is what I have been making for some very lovely people.

For a special birthday boy.

A mummy who wanted one of these for a girl and boy in time for Fathers Day.

For a very special and cool little boy.

And for a special little girl.

After a little break from the button sewing, I have got back into the swing of them again.

I have even managed to list a couple of new pretties too.

And the back, which I have kept nice and neutral.

And keeping with the cowboy, some bunting perfect for a cowboy loving boy (or girl) :0)

So making something, hopefully, every day is certainly keeping me motivated and the mojo for now, is well and truly here. 

And saying that I shouldn't be here, but in here

Everyone is waiting for me to get out in the garden and camp out for the night, Yes I know, all this fun and frolicks, and on a school night,  norty Mary P ;0)


  1. Congratulations on winning the prize book. You deserve it. Your work is lovely and inspiring. Look where your first bit of quilting has taken you already!
    Have fun.

  2. that is an amazing idea to do with dresses!

    a gorgeous memory to treasure.

  3. well done on winning, the quilt is just lovely, a great idea.
    the swaps items look lovely.
    good news about sales in your Folksy shop, sales in my folksy shop has been a bit slow this year.

    Josie x

  4. Congrats on winning, your quilt is lovely!
    My friend is doing the same with her daughters baby clothes...but her daughter will be 21 this year,its taken her forever to make, but she's determined to have it finished by her daughters 21st.
    I love the framed clothing especially those red spotty knickers
    Em xx

  5. Congratulations on your win! Well deserved too, that quilt is beautiful and something to cherish for years to come..

  6. congratulations winner! I think your quilt is very special and a wonderful heirloom idea, no wonder you won! very deserving.

  7. We have a tent and I am looking camping with the minimads. Congratulations

  8. Wow, what a full post of loveliness! Congratulations on winning the book - how wonderful - that quilt is so special I'm sure Miss Poppins will treasure it forever.

    Your blog seems to have changed colour again from yesterday - is it my 'puter or have you been 'playing'? ;-)

    You certainly have been extremely busy with all your wonderful sewing.

  9. Wow - congratulations! Your quilt is simply beautiful - I can see why it was chosen to win! xxx

  10. I love your quilt and the material you used for it, how precious! What a wonderful prize and also lovely stash from your ribbon swap - gorgeous! I recently framed my little sweetpeas shoes which I love, must blog about it. You can buy those box frames in Ikea and they are great for framing little pretties in.

  11. you've been a busy lady Mary!

    Congrats on the comp win.

    I love the swap goodies - sent and recieved and your tees and cushions are fab-----your doing so well!! ((Mary)) xx

  12. Congratulations!!!!
    Your quilt is lovely - so pretty. Having not done sewing since school I have just enrolled on a quilting course for beginners - starting in July. I am so excited and if I can produce something half as beautiful as yours I will be very proud.
    Thank you so much for showing Jude's PE bag - it arrived today and is absolutely beautiful.

    Kerry xxxx

  13. Wow my first time by your blog and what a delight. You are very talented, I love all your sewing, just gorgeous and you really did deserve to win with that gorgeous quilt.
    Funny I framed a couple of my little boys 1st clothes in his room as I was too sad to pass with them x

  14. What a wonderful, clever idea about the dresses! I'd love to do that one day!

    Congratulations on winning the comp!!! I'd be really proud!

    Sheila x

  15. So many things in just one post, Mary! Huge congrats on winning with your pretty quilt. And your swap goodies are just beautiful.

    I've just read your biography text - you were on bargain hunt?! I bet I watched that as I was on sick leave from work in October and watched it every day - what did you buy? Did you make any money? How did you do?? Wish I'd been blogging then as I could have stalked you on Bargain Hunt!

    Wonderful makes as ever - I love your stuff, L xox
    PS I've had to change my blog address from beach hut to
    Think you have to stop following then start following again - hope that's okay x

  16. Hi I am quite new to blogging and love the idea of swaps ... can you tell me of any going at the moment and how do you find them?
    You have a most gorgeous blog full of prettiness ... something to aspire to and something that is very inspiring making me want to go and play with my fabrics! Thank you!
    Heather ~ The Patchwork Heart ♥


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