Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A new arrival!

Look who arrived!

Meet Fearne Rena Mullins my little baby niece! How cute is she?







 Doesn't Jett look huge at the side of her??!!


Since my last post we've been spending some quality time with my little brother's new family and I've been working away on lots of secret sewing!



These sneek peeks are about all I can show you! I'm planning on doing some not so secret sewing this evening, I promise to share that with you soon!

Finally I wanted to share this great photo I took at the weekend at my shop Simply Solids

 
Its the very lovely Karen Lewis teaching her screen printing class, some great pieces came out of a fun afternoon I can tell you! If you're interested in sewing lessons and craft sessions why don't you have a look at our schedule?
 

Monday, 26 January 2015

EPP anyone?

I was wondering what to post about today so I had a look through my Instagram posts for this past week and it became apparent!

I appear to have done a fair bit of EPP this week!


The top photo is the beginnings of my #ukminiswap quilt, which is a mini quilt swap that's been run over on Instagram.
The bottom hexies are a project I've had on the go for a few weeks now and I think I'll turn them into a cushion eventually. Looking at them like this I'm not liking the yellow flower, it's lost against the background print don't you think?

I've also been working on some comissioned pieces this week so can only show you sneak peeks! 


There have been some magic moments with the kiddos this past week too!


Jett had his eight week check and now weighs a whopping 13lb 8oz! He's also enjoying more awake time and some tummy time here and there.


 Holly's teacher sent a copy of this writing home on Friday after calling me to let me know how well Holly is doing at school! I'm so proud of Holly for this, she's pretty much cracked Hunter hasn't she? She could barely write her name in September and declared writing too hard, now she's wanting to write - this list was initiated by Holly herself!

Monday, 12 January 2015

This and that!

There has been a little bit of everything going on around these parts this last week. 

I've managed a fair bit of sewing even though little baby Jett has left me totally sleep deprived!


Apologies for the truly shocking photo, I think this was taken in the wee small hours as I was trying to meet the deadline! This is half of the paper pieced star I made as my centre block for the Leeds Modern Quilt Guild Round Robin.

I used a template from here for the block and it went together pretty easily, it would have been smoother if I hadn't been so tired trust me!

I'm really excited by the round robin, so much so I never photographed my finished block and it will be a whole year before I get it back! When it returns it will be as part of a quilt that all the other members have contributed toward, cool right? To find out more about how the round robin works just click the link above.

I've also managed to get half the quilting done on the economy block quilt I started this time last year! Shameful I know! 


I had a little helper whilst I was quilting on Sunday, he loves been with me whilst I sew and is very interested in how the magic works! He likes to talk about what he can see on all the fabrics we use.

Aside from sewing, I went to my SIL baby shower this past weekend, it's the 1st baby shower I've ever been to and was lots of fun.


She got lots of lovely presents for her and the baby, the funniest one was a huge basket that looked like it had loads in it but when she removed the top layer of baby clothes it was full of alcohol underneath!!

 I've spent lots of time with two fellas during the week



James the cat is so naughty and is forever climbing into Jett's bouncy chair for a snooze! Jett on the other hand prefers to be a little more upright when he's awake, just look at those chubby cheeks! I've been feeling a little sad that he's growing way too fast, he's already coming out of size 0-3 months clothing and he's only 7 weeks old!

This week also saw me trying to maintain the momentum with my reading and I'm pleased to report I've finished my first book of the year {The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith} and have moved onto this one


I have a feeling its going to terrify me as it's about a stalker, I've read the first 30 pages this evening and will be reading more in bed tonight. With the light on!

I had my first personal training session at the gym this weekend too. Those of you who know me personally will remember I was getting into some serious weight lifting and crossfit before I got pregnant with Jett and my aim for this year is to get my strength and fitness back. Katy sent me this photo of us from Summer 2013 to spur me on as I'm looking super slim and toned!


Look at those collar bones and shoulders and how thin my face is! Woop!

Finally I saw this on Instagram this week and it really resonated with me


I think I'm going to get this printed out for my inspiration wall at home

Friday, 2 January 2015

New Year, New Blog!

So 2015 has arrived and with it my new shiny blog look! I've been thinking for a while I needed a makeover to try and give me some blogging spark and I just love my blog's new look!

2014 was a sometimes tough yet happy year for me. My beloved Nan passed away, my 4th baby, Jett, was born and my business Simply Solids is going from strength to strength. I'm feeling good moving forward and wanted to share with you a few things that might help focus your year as they are going to mine.

#onelittleword

This is a great idea, my word is:


I need to nurture my family as we readjust to been a family of 6, I want to nurture my hubby as he needs to reconnect with his friends and hobbies after spending much of 2014 looking after a grumpy, pregnant me! I also believe that if I nurture my business it will continue to grow in the direction I'm aiming for.

2015 Sewing Bucket List


I'm looking forward to taking part in this over on Instagram. There are 17 prompts to guide you with your 2015 sewing, check them out over on Deborah's blog. If you'd like to follow me on Instagram to see my progress my tag is @sewjustinesew I will document my makes here too of course!

26 Books to read in 2015

 
Again this is similar to the Sewing Bucket list as in there are prompts to guide your reading. I'm looking forward to this one, I read around 30 books last year so this is achieveable I'm sureTo find out more head to the BringingUpBurns blog

I've got lots of sewing planned and am going to bust some WIPs this year too! Yeah Yeah, you've heard it all before but seriously, this is THE year.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

I just wanted to share with you all a couple of videos that are especially important today.

Today (21.3.14) is World Down Syndrome Day and of course we celebrate this enormously in our family to show our appreciation of our how our family has been so positively affected by Down Syndrome.

Holly our eldest has Down Syndrome.



 She attends an amazing facility called Shabang here in Huddersfield and the Up Club kids have made this awesome video explaining how Down Syndrome occurs. Please watch it's fantastic. 

 

A friend of mine also shared this video on my Facebook wall, its so amazing it made me sob!





We feel truly honoured to have Holly as our daughter, she is amazing and inspires me daily, without her and the obstacles we've overcome since having her I can truly say I would not be the person I am today. She makes me a better person.

If you can please support the work of the Down Syndrome Association here in the UK.

TEXT: SOCK77 £1 (or however much you want to donate!)
to 70070

Thanks so much xxxx






Monday, 17 March 2014

a little Amitie giveaway!

So you all know I'm a huge fan of bright, eclectic fabrics right? You also realise I'm not afraid of colour or pattern clashes and that I love love love unusual fabrics? Good!

Well here's one way that I indulge my fabric obsession and it helps me tick all the above boxes - woop!

It's the Amitie Textiles bi-monthly stash club! You receive 16 fabrics plus directions on how to make a different quilt block every time! The fabrics are all Fat 16th cuts and fill me with joy, Every. Single. Time.



Amitie are a super awesome fabric shop from Australia (don't worry they ship worldwide) who have the most amazing collection of fabric and patterns. I'm sure you will have seen around the interweb quilts like these:

Midnight At The Oasis - Jen Kingwell

Steam Punk - Jen Kingwell


I love them all so much don't you?

You can find Amitie on IG & Twitter with the following tag @amitie_textiles and I really urge you to go and follow them as they post the most brilliant pictures of fabric and quilts.

The lovely ladies over at Amitie have given me a stash club bundle to give away to one lucky reader so if you'd like to win the bundle pictured above just leave me a comment telling me what you'd make with it and I'll pick a winner on Friday 21st March. 

{Closing time for giveaway is noon 21.3.14. Winner picked by Random.Org}

Monday, 10 March 2014

a grand weekend!

The weather here in Yorkshire over the weekend has been like a breath of fresh air! Seriously Spring like which makes for a happy Justine, don't you find that you get lots more done when the sun shines? I know I do.

The weekend saw lots of fun occurring round these parts. Firstly I made a great start on sewing a bag pattern that I've wanted to try for ages, The 241 Tote by the lovely Anna of Noodlehead fame.

Here's where I started on Saturday morning

Fabric on bolts from my shop Simply Solids
And by Sunday afternoon here's where I was at

{requires pressing}

I've also constructed the lining complete with pocket and I'm just waiting on magnetic bag fasteners arriving before I finish this gorgeous, quick and easy bag! As ever the instructions from Anna are so easy to follow, even for a bag making novice like me!

I was only sewing in short bursts over the weekend as I was spring cleaning and wanted to hang out with the kiddos too. We took a walk around a great local park on Sunday:






The sun was out and the first ice-creams of the year enjoyed. It was lovely to see Holly & Max helping Hunter on the playground equipment and watching the little fella's growing confidence in his own abilities. He's growing up way too fast!

Finally this weekend the hubby and I watched a hair raising few hours of TV on Saturday night. A couple of good friends of ours were performing live on TV, in separate events! 

First up was Danny 'The Cheesecake Assasian' Mitchell making his UFC debut at the O2 Arena in London.


This was one of the most gut wrenching things I've ever watched and I'm no stranger to MMA!! Danny went the full 3 rounds and lost on points but what a debut!! Awesome stuff, Max was screaming instructions at the TV which was very funny!!

Second up was the gorgeous Georgia, a good friend of mine who is competing in this series of 'The Voice UK'. Thankfully she won her battle and is through to next weeks knockouts!




I hope you all had a great weekend too!

 
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