28 February 2013

Our First Home: Dining Room Update

We've been quite busy on the house front lately, with lots of ideas planned and DIY's going on over the weekends. Robin sometimes get's fed up with the fact that every weekend - without fail! I always have a DIY job for him to do - whether that be putting up a shelf, hanging some hooks, adding wood paneling to the entrance hall, or even re-doing the bathroom!! But ... I'm always there alongside him, holding the drill, applying the paint and sweeping up after ;) team effort I'd say! 
    So last weekend was no different, there was a new wall shelf to be hung in the dining room. I picked this pretty bland pine shelf up at my local auction for £8, bargain :) with 2 coats of primer and a couple more coats of white satin wood it was good to go!
I went with a white finish as I have a lot of bright painted wooden furniture already. Multicolour chairs, cabinet and a coloured shelf might be a bit overkill, no?! It houses more of my ever-growing collection of kitchen paraphernalia, perfectly :)

(please ignore the mess in the living area in photo above!) I also whipped up these tie-backs for my curtains this morning, just simple bows for a kitschy feel :) just love the cheery print, so pretty. 
I'm sooo excited for this weekend as we are going to be making big shelves for the laundry room, to store all our towels and linen on! Yippee, I really want to make it into a nice space, we're just in the middle of creating a peg rail too. Can't wait to share more with you.
Have you got any home reno plans over the next few days? xo

25 February 2013

Finished Chevron Quilt!

Yippee!! I've finally finished my mum's chevron zig zag quilt! I slacked off for a few days but blasted through the binding on Sunday, and managed to capture some great photo's of it in the wonderful weather we had over the weekend :) 
     I haven't had a chance to give it to her yet, so I hope she likes it! Although she does generally like everything I make, but that's their job, right!? ;) 

I combined a range of pink, red and predominantly white background colour choices to give it a cohesive feel, including some of my favourite prints by Pam Kitty Love, Cath Kidston, Liberty and a mix of others from my stash. I backed it in Kona Pearl Pink, which is a great neutral pink colour to create a clean finish, along with a stripe binding to finish :) 

Ok so this is my second quilt in two months, which is really quick for me! I don't like setting 'sewing targets' for myself, but I would be thrilled if I could make a quilt a month!! Do you set yourself quilting goals? Or do you just make something when you feel like? Please share, I'd love to hear what you do. xo

15 February 2013

A Fabric Giveaway + Updates

Hi everyone! Happy friday :) I hope you've all had a good week? I've been looking forward to this weekend after a super busy week. Lot's of 'day job' hours, working on things for Sew and Quilt - some great new stuff arriving at the end of the month ;) as well cracking on with wedding plans!
As a nice finish to the week I have this adorable bundle of fat quarters from Sew and Quilt to give away! All you have to do is click here to enter :) Best of luck!

I've been photo bombing Instagram lately, it's my favourite way to keep up to date with everyone; so quick and easy. If you follow me (@messyjesse1) you will have seen I got these amaaazing! new Denyse Schmidt Shelburne Falls fabrics, such happy mail! ahhh I've been waiting so long to get my hands on them! Once I've finished my mum's zig zag quilt and a couple of other sewing jobs I have to get done I'm allowed to play with them :) I've only pet them so far...
We've been having some great weather here too! Some blue skies finally :) and in other news I've got completely obsessed with The Big Bang Theory these last few weeks, so hilarious! Oh and we had an un-inentional date with the priest on Valentines day to discuss the wedding and set a date! :o will most likely be the last weekend in May or first weekend of June 2014. Eek!! Let the planning commence!

11 February 2013

Chevron Quilt Top

So after the buzz and excitement of finishing the scrappy trips quilt, I was itching to get started on a new quilt project. I decided upon this chevron idea, as I love HST and can't seem to get enough of them! This particular quilt is intended for my mum's 50th birthday in a few days :) so I used a variety of fabrics from my stash that I thought would be 'mum' taste, in a pinky/red colour palette. 
It's been so fun to piece, and my Instagram pals (@messyjesse1) will know I had a very productive Saturday finishing off the top - even if it did mean only getting dressed at 3.30pm!! ok, priorities people... ;)
I love how it's coming together! I'm planning a pink stripe binding, not sure about the backing fabric yet? 
I hope you are all having a good start to the week? What are your creative plans? 
p.s. Thank YOU all sooo much for your amazingly kind comments about my scrappy trips quilt, I haven't got round to replying to everyone but I wanted to tell you I am very appreciative of them all :) Jessie, xo