Saturday, 2 June 2012


It's been a little while since i posted anything, mainly due to having had an exam yesterday >.<. Yuck. Glad to have it out of the way but im not really sure how it went. Just got to wait and see now. Anything on to more interesting things!

My latest trip out was to a place called Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon. Totnes is about 20 mins away from me on the train so perfect for a little day trip. The town itself looked lovely.. didn't stay there too long but will be going back again I think. We walked from the train station down a little public footpath alongside the river. It was gorgeous. But no where near as gorgeous as the main event.

I saw Dartington in my big book of gardens the other day and immediately decided to go as it was so close. Totally worth a visit. Stunning gardens! The house itself is a hotel I think, but you are able to go visit for free (they ask for a small donation to help with upkeep).

The perfect place for a wedding. I was already planning my dream one as we were walking round. One day haha ;)

Here are some photos from the day!

Foxglove is one of my favourite flowers

The garden has these enchanting grass banks surrounded by trees. As it was a week day it was almost empty as well.

Now I wouldn't call myself a stylish person at all. I certainly love fashion.. I just don't feel at all that confident with wearing attention grabbing outfits. I'm not confident with my style yet. I also feel like I am still learning what suits me and my body. But one thing I do love to wear is a floaty skirt. And twirling in it :)


catharine x

Wednesday, 23 May 2012


Hope you are all enjoying the good weather! I am loving it myself. Yesterday we went to a lovely place called Saltram. Its a National Trust house & gardens. Gorgeous place to go - was so relaxing as it was a work day it was pretty empty. Got to meander round the garden at my leisure and take some photos. Lovely day out.

There was some jumping..

And some smelling..

So many gorgeous flowers

And just a little more jumping...

catharine x

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

olympic torch

So we went to see the Olympic torch on Saturday on the first day of it's journey. Im quite lucky in that I live only 10 mins walk from one of the roads it was going down! So we obviously went out to watch it :) I'm not really a sports person - i've never really watched the Olympics before - and I have to admit I probably won't watch much of it this year. But as it is in my country this time, and I am unlikely to get the opportunity to see something like that again, I wanted to go. It was quite exciting - lots of people there. Was nice that people were getting into the spirit of things.

Took some pictures. They aren't very good. But they were moving constantly, and pushing us back from getting too close. But you get the idea ;-)

catharine x

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Day off work = crafting time :) Here is tuesdays little make.

Made him to send to my friend Charlotte. I hope she likes!

And here is the back. Can't forget a little tail.

catharine x

Monday, 14 May 2012


Hope you have had a good weekend. I spent mine making this bunting. All 6.75m of it! I wanted to make my staircase a bit prettier. Personalise it a bit considering I can't decorate as i'm only renting. Bunting is perfect!

First I chose some fabrics I wanted to use. I went for Pinky-Purply-Creamy-Greeny shades.. my favourite colours and ones that blend together well. Feminine and floral prints too.

Try to ignore my rather uninspiring ironing board cover ;)

I cut out 23 flags (as I call them) and arranged them in an order I liked. Pretty much went plain floral plain floral etc etc.

Then I sewed them together - right sides facing inwards. No need to sew the straight edge of the semicircle together as that will be in the bias tape.. and also helps you turn them the right way out easily.

Turned them right side out and then ironed flat (still keeping them in order so I dont forget how I liked them!)

I pinned and tacked them to the bias tape (that I had already ironed in half). I then used my machine to sew all along the tape securing them in place. I have to admit to not being the best at sewing in a straight line.. but I dont mind when its for me. And you can't see it unless you look reaalllllyyy closely. So it's all good.

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of this stage. But it's quite straightforward :)

But here is the finished thing, all hung up.

Sharing this post on Ta-Dah! Tuesday
catharine x

Sunday, 13 May 2012


Did you ever used to play with Hama beads when you were younger? Well I did. And I have a confession to make. I still use them now! They make such pretty shapes.. and I use them for coasters.

Here are a few of mine..

You get a really nice texture on both sides so you can flip them over for variety. Below is a picture of the underside (the side that isn't heated with an iron)

catharine x

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

waking up early

Back to work after a long weekend is so difficult. Especially the getting up early part. Gross >.<

Anyway.. just a few little things today.

A little flower decoration I made! Loved the fabric - is a Liberty scrap that I got in a bundle. Think I may make some more of these. They would be lovely filled with lavender!

Isn't this fabric cute? I bought a FQ of it from eBay a while back intending to make a cushion with it. Now that I have it.. I don't want to put it on a cushion thats just going to get sat on and lots of wear and tear. Any ideas of what to use it for?

And lastly.. look what my friend Charlotte made & sent me! I adore the card too.

catharine x