The blog is moving!!

I’m moving the blog! Exciting stuff!

A little while ago I bought my own domain name from go daddy for like £3.50, but I’ve been putting off using it for a WordPress site. I understand that this is a free service and they try to limit posting ads on people blogs which is why they charge extra for more than the basic bits and bobs. But I don’t mind having ads and I can’t justify spending ££ a year to use my own domain name or ££ to have a theme I’m happy with or ££ just so I change the colour and size of my font. I love so many things about WordPress, but at the moment it just not a great fit for me. So I’m switching platform to one which I know some people (most people!)  think is actually a step down from WordPress, but since I can have more control over the simple changes I want to make to the blog’s design and use my own URL for free that’s all good with me.

My new URL is www.ideasandinspirations.co.uk and I hope you will all continue to follow me on the new site, using Facebook, twitter or instagram. However if you follow via email I’m afraid you’ll have to sign up again via the box on my new site and if you follow through the WordPress reader you can easily add my new blog too. All you have to do is go to your reader, on the left hand side you’ll see blogs/follow and then edit. Click on edit then just add www.ideasandinspirations.co.uk to the box at the top of the page and click follow. Also if you follow via bloglovin you’ll have to follow the new blog again here.

What do sewing bloggers do with all the clothes they make??

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This is a question I’ve been pondering for a long time, most of the blogs I read make an average of two pieces of clothing a month, that’s 24 a year so if you’ve been blogging for say 3 years that’s 72 items of clothing!!!! I’ve found that I don’t keep all the things I make, I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this on here before, but I’m almost the opposite of a hoarder. If it’s not being used, isn’t greatly sentimental and wasn’t a gift then I just don’t feel the need to keep it any more. This goes for clothes, books, cosmetics, well everything really.

When I make something I don’t end up wearing I either give it to charity or sell it on eBay to try and recoup some of the fabric costs. Of course there are also loads of pieces I’ve made that I love and wear regularly. Anyway I thought I’d pose this question to some of my favourite sewing bloggers to find out what they do. I’m so grateful to all the lovely ladies who got back to me with such thoughtful and helpful replies. Here are the blogs I got in touch with, if you don’t follow them already, do it now as they’re all amazing!

Dreaming of Avalon
Handmade Jane
What Katie Sews
Buttons and Birdcadges
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I’ve been mulling over the best way to share all the helpful tips, somehow copying bits of the messages seems a bit creepy? So I decided to just make a quick list with the key answers:

  • Refashion –  Where possible try and fix what you don’t like about a garment or re-use the fabric.
  • Giving to charity – This is a popular option because you don’t really have to worry about the quality of your sewing, however it can be quite heartbreaking when you’ve spent hours and a serious amount of money on fabric making something to just give it away without knowing how it’ll end up.
  • Giving to friends/hosting a give away – I remember reading Handmade Jane’s post where she gave away some of her handmade wardrobe (If I was smaller I totally would have entered too!) and it was a real success.  Jane mentioned in her reply how nice it was to give them to other sewers who could appreciate the amount of work that went into making each individual garment. I also love the idea of giving to friends and family. However there is a flip side, I remember reading a post on a sewing blog a few months back (I’ve searched and searched but I just can’t seem to find the original post) where they listed all the pitfalls of sewing for family & friends.
  • Selling on Etsy/Ebay – A good way to recoup your costs, but it can be a struggle to make enough money to cover the time you spent making the garment.
  • Keep them – If you have the space, then this is a good option because personal style can evolve so in time you might fall in love with something your just not that keen on right now.

I hope this is helpful, it’s the kind of list I wish I’d seen last year when I was just starting out. I think I’m now finally starting to work out which fabrics, colours and cuts work for me so hopefully I won’t have quite so many bits I just don’t know what to do with!

Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites

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Ok so I’m not going to pretend it’s summer yet just because we had a bit of sun yesterday, but there’s no harm in being prepared! Every summer I go on the hunt for the perfect maxi dress and have yet to find one.  All I want is one which looks casual enough to wear with sandals on trips to the park or to nip to the shops (without worrying about a boob popping out!). Everyone I’ve tried I always look like I’m about to go to the beach or a fancy party. Recently I’ve spotted quite a few lovely ones in New Look and they are all so reasonably priced (all of the dresses above are priced between £20-£35) , I think I’m going to snatch a child free afternoon next week to take over a changing room!

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For the past few weeks Kate over at Scathingly Brilliant has been doing the most amazing Disney inspired outfit posts to celebrate going on a trip to Disney world. It really puts a smile on my face to see her lovely outfits in my inbox, if you haven’t already you have to check out her blog.

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I’ve been catching up on Season 6 of Mad Men this week and it’s just as good as always! I do however wish they’d make Betty look normal again, it just seems odd to have her in that fat suit all the time. I’m glad Joan got more screen time in the last episode as well, I wish her and roger would just get together already! lol.

Mini Ice Cream Inspired Chocolates - Corenetto, Magnum and Mini Milk

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Has anyone else tried the new ice-cream inspired chocolate bars? I’ve treated myself to one the last couple of times I’ve done the big weekly shop at Asda and they’re really yummy! Next time I’m going to try the mini milk one!

Blogging Awards

Blogging Awards

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Recently I’v been nominated for two blogging awards The Liebster Award and The One Lovely Blog/Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I’m really grateful to Niamh from Tales From A Teapot and The Hilltop Homemaker for choosing me. Each award has it’s own set of rules, for the Liebster your meant to give 11 facts about yourself, answer 11 questions and ask 11 questions, while for the One Lovely Blog/Very Inspiring Blogger award you have to share 7 facts. Both awards ask that you nominate other blogs for the award, 11 for the Liebster and 10 for the One Lovely Blog/Very Inspiring Blogger award. That’s an awful lot to do especially twice so I’m just going to share 7 facts and nominate 10 WordPress blogs which I really enjoy.

Here are 7 facts about me :-

  • I’ve only just started watching/catching up on Mad Men (super late to the party!) but loving it.
  • I really want a cat! Can’t wait to move just so I can have a cat! proper cat broody!
  • I bake bread at least once a week (love fresh rolls!)
  • Dead shellfish freaks me out.
  • I have worn snugg boots (can’t afford uggs) everyday since autumn.
  • I always lose count when knitting and have to recheck where I am.
  • sometimes when I haven’t got a tissue I wipe my daughter’s snotty nose on my sleeve 😦

Here are 10 great WordPress blogs I want to nominate :-

Please take a look at them, they’re all really brilliant in different ways. If I’ve nominated you please choose one of the awards above and  follow the corresponding rules.