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So much to do and So little time……..

I have had a busy busy busy few weeks and tried hard to fit everything in but as always something always falls by the way side and it has been my blog, sorry……

I made a gorgeous quilt, it was a design team make and I was given beautiful Amy Butler fabrics to create the blocks and colour pops. It was a colour palette that I would not have chosen myself so it pushed me right out of my comfort zone!  It’s for a magazine so I can’t share all the how to’s just yet but for a sneaky peak of the colours ….. yummy aren’t they?

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Then a had a wee trip into  bag making, always a good place for me, it’s where I go when I need a distraction or something to occupy me.  It can revive a flagging mojo, chase away the blues or simply give clarity to your thoughts with a familiar process and knowing that its something that you can do well.

Having settled myself it was time to start  another design team project, who doesn’t need a coffee sleeve? I drink that stuff by the gallon and enjoy every drop cause caffeine is my favourite thing, naughty I know!

Having made and dispatched three coffee sleeves for the DT project, I carried on and made some more!  These are simple and quick to make give you loads of room for your imagination and when complete, they fit into your bag or pocket easily so no more having to get your hands burnt when you are sipping your expresso.  The coffee sleeves in the photo were made for some colleagues of my husband so they are not part of the design team project!  Safe to snap and show and no secrets shared!

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So it was then time to tidy the craft room, it looked like a bomb site and was well beyond being an inspiring space.  It took a day and a half to make it a tranquil and creative place for my next adventure.

While tackling the tidy up I came across a couple of pieces of fabric, I haven’t a clue where they came from or when I ‘acquired’ them, but I love purple and I couldn’t help myself so yet another bag was born and this one is planned to accompany me on a few shopping expeditions!

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I had been watching Create and Craft and the lovely Mandy Shaw and her delicious Dandelion Designs had a show, now, if you ever want some inspiration, head over to Mandy’s web site and feast your eyes on her great ideas.  I couldn’t help myself and a few, well OK about a half-dozen patterns fell into my basket.

So last week I played and now you can meet Robin and Rosie, these advent lovelies are for two of my grandchildren.

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Really enjoyed these Christmas treats but from what I hear I better return to the land of shopping cooking and cleaning  …….. Bye for now.

Oh before I go, I am planning taking a table at a Craft Fair later in the year, what do you think would be most appealing to buy  what should I concentrate on making ???


I have loved making 'things' as long as I can remember. I love quilting, patchwork, fabric and multimedia crafting. TheCraftyPixy as a name started as a bit of fun but I love 'playing' so much, it has stuck! Family and friends ask 'where is she, is she playing?' meaning am I upstairs in my craft room working or playing.... I make samples of quilted and fabric items for television, magazines, social media and for demonstrations. I sell handmade items and take orders or special commissions. I have committed to two craft fairs this year at the North Down Museum in Bangor. As well as this I'm also working with a friend printing personalised items to order; clothing, caps, stationery and craft, there is a large selection of designs already available (and this is growing daily...). From here ..... the world is my oyster or my lobster- depending on who you listen to.

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