Saturday, 19 May 2012

Intimate blogger hook-up

Today has simply been ace! I had the pleasure of meeting up in Birmingham with two lovely stitching bloggers – Winnie from Scruffy Badger Time and Catherine from The Makings of an Urban Rustic. I've been a huge fan of Winnie's makes and blog for a while so it was no surprise at all to find out that she's as fun and fabulous as she comes across online. And I'm so happy to have met Catherine who has a seriously good eye for top fabric and whose knitting has blown me away!

Not even the miserable weather could dampen our spirits (pun intended), we had an absolute blast terrorising the stall holders at the Rag Market.

There were trimmings...boy were there trimmings!




And ridiculous amounts of cheap fabric - look how excited Winnie and Catherine are!


A few hours later we needed to recharge our batteries with delicious drink, food and chatter.



We also used our hard-earned break as a chance to swap some bits and I came away with these lovelies. Thank you ladies!


Re-energised, we went back for more and accidentally discovered one of the best fabric shops ever - the Fancy Silk Store! Don't let the name fool you, this shop stocks pretty much everything and at very reasonable prices! 


Winnie contemplating some pretty peacock print...and yes, she got some in the end!


I, of course, didn't come home empty handed. I indulged in yet some more jersey...


...some crepe and viscose...


...and a sweet little collar!


I also left with some divine inspiration! This cute child's dress left me desperate for one in my size, so I've decided to recreate it for myself this summer. I can't imagine it will be hard to draft, in fact I have a couple of patterns that should be easy enough to adapt...wish me luck!


Thank you ladies for a delightful day! It was excellent meeting you both and I really enjoyed getting to know a bit about you both. Here's hoping we get to do it again soon!

31 comments:

  1. Ooh looks like fun!! I love that bird print jersey!! Swoon!

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  2. What fun! I would love to meet fellow bloggers but alas, I don't know any nearby, lol!

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  3. Thank you too Marie I had a gorgeous day that was just so much fun!
    Your photographs are so good...mine of the wonderful lemon tea came out all blurry and i don't think that I made the most of the opportunity and took too few anyway!
    I have not looked properly at all of my stuff but will post about it later.
    Thank you again as I had a wonderful time...a pity it wasn't sunny but at least it did not pour with rain!xx

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    1. Your photos are wonderful Catherine, as is your witty post! It was great to meet you!xx

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  4. Hmm, suddenly the rag market is looking more and more tempting. I love those jersey prints. I think like you,I am noe seriously addicted to jersey.

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    1. Anytime you fancy a visit, let me know and we can organise a trip there ;o) I can't believe I used to be afraid of jersey...it's the best thing ever! ;o)

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  5. marie it was also so lovely meeting you and catherine. Wasn't it just the best way to spend a Saturday?!! Your haul looks so well thought out and managed! More than can be said of my failed tactics!! Looking forward to seeing what it all becomes :-)

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    1. Don't forget that my haul was completely selfish, whereas you were kindly buying with others in mind too ;o) It was so excellent to meet you!xx

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  6. Wow! I need a trip there! Aladdin's Cave springs to mind.

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    1. Yes, that last shop really was an Aladdin's Cave!

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  7. Oooh, you scored some great fabrics. The Rag Market is definitely a fun place for meetups!

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    1. Well Mela, anytime you wanna visit let me know as I'll be happy to come along ;o)

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  8. Looks like an amazing meet-up and OMG. that last store looks GREAT...I spy some stripey fabric I would love to get my paws on :)

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    1. Come and visit Debi! You'd be most welcome to stay in Leicester with me!

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  9. ooo I love the rag market, I haven't been for ages though!!
    looks like you had a fab day out, (food looks scrummy too) looking forward to seeing your version of the childrens dress!!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I hope I don't end up looking like a giant 5yr old though...haha!

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  10. oh my! That jersey with the birds is so incredibly lovely - I cannot wait to see what you make with it!

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  11. I too am lovin the bird jersey, and Winnie's peacock fabric. Can't wait to see your verson of the little girl's dress, it'll be fab!
    Px

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  12. Ooh you lucky duck that looks like a fab day out! Very jealous you got to meet Winnie and am now off to explore Catherine's blog!

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  13. Oooh love that bird on a wire print!

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  14. Ooh what fun! And I am a fan of that bird print jersey too!

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    1. That bird print jersey was a winner...we all got some and it was only £1 per metre!!!

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  15. Wow! I'd love to see all those Indian trims.

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  16. It looks like you all had such a fantastic time!! I have to make it up to Birmingham to look at that market!!

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  17. Love the fabric with the leopard.

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  18. What a fun day! I'd love to meet those ladies, and your fabric score is amazing!

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  19. Oooh, I love your dress inspiration. And that little collar! And you came away with quite a lovely fabric haul! Glad you three had so much fun!

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  20. If you recreate that striped dress I may cry- big, wet tears of happiness. SO GOOD.

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  21. I absolutely need to visit Birmingham to buy fabric .....

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  22. All of that fabric... all of that trim... I could spend hours and hours rummaging through it all! Glad you had fun, I wish I could have been there!

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