Saturday, 18 June 2011

Learning to crochet

In my previous post, I showed some pages out of the Mollie Makes magazine. One page in particular really caught my eye, and that was the crocheted granny blanket, and I had a real urge to start making one for myself. The problem is I can't crochet! I tried a couple of years back making amigurumi and failed miserably. So much so I handed my crochet needles over to my sister, and decided to just stick to my sewing. Until yesterday.
The thing is I like to have a project to do in the evenings in front of the TV. And because its just not possible to put the sewing machine in front of the TV I normally do some cross stitch, however the thought of making a crochet blanket seemed really appealing. So off I headed to Hobbycraft and bought...

Two books and some lovely yarn. I was all set to go! I did a search on You Tube and found a tutorial on how to make a granny square. Whereas the books are really great and informative, you cant beat seeing it in real time, especially for me as I find it hard to read pattern directions.
What I had forgotten was how hard it is when you first start! I spent all of yesterday evening and night, doing a few stitches only to pull them straight out again, it was very frustrating. When finally I was too tired to try anymore I went to bed, with the determination of getting it right in the morning.
The morning however was no easier. I searched different videos trying to find the one that the most sense and was easy to follow. By now I had mastered the chain stitch and the slip stitch but was really struggling to start the double crochet! Until I found this video that made it fall into place! If you want to have a go yourself I highly recommend this one. What I haven't mentioned is that I am also left handed, which seemed to make following the steps a little more difficult, however this video still made sense and I finally got on my way with my square!

Please don't look too closely as its only my first one, so I know its not perfect, but I am really chuffed that I finally did it! And I am now working on my next square.

I'm on a roll! I don't quite feel to confident to move away from the video as reference but I'm getting there! Well worth the many hours of getting it wrong. The only thing now is I'm hooked! (no pun intended) and I have to go out tonight, I think I may find it hard to tear myself away from it. Although my fingers could really do with a rest! :)

Hope your enjoying the weekend! x

Thursday, 16 June 2011

A great new mag

I have to share this lovely short video with you. It's for the new magazine Mollie Makes. Full of colour and very inspiring.

Isn't it beautiful!? The magazine itself is great. The second issue is out now, and if you haven't already got a copy I highly recommend that you do! Beautifully photographed and with some lovely projects to try, I think I would have to say its my new favorite craft magazine.

Here's a little peek inside

Strawberry pincushions, I'm thinking of making some of these but with rose petals inside to make them smell nice for the car.

Seeing this blanket makes me want to learn crochet again! (I didn't get very far the last time)

Delicious photography

A cute little project, I might have to make some of these!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Your having a giraffe

I love giraffes, I'd even say they are one of my favorite animals. So when I first clapped my eyes on Michael Miller's giraffe garden fabric, I had to have it!

One of the first things I made with it was a make-up bag, which has proved to be very popular.

I was a little over enthusiastic with the quantity of fabric that I purchased, so I decided to put it to good use, and use it to make a pleated tote. Which you can now find in the shop.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

A new range at Saysie!

There has been some changes to the shop since my earlier blogging days. I now have a range of shoulder bags!

Although I love making and selling the purses and make-up bags, deep down I still wanted to do more, and expand the range. I really wanted to make some sort of large pleated bag, and keeping with the Saysie theme use bright, colourful and cute fabrics.

For a long time this idea just burned at the back of my mind, until one day the need to do it got too much. So I sat down and tried to draft some sort of pattern, that fitted with the idea in my head. If I'm allowed to say, I was pleased with the result.

Now with the pattern made the fun really began, the picking of the fabrics and the making. I have to say I really love making these bags! And so far have been pleased with the results.

All bags are made with 100% cotton, some bags are even made with Eco-friendly organic cotton. Both exterior and interior have interfacing, which protects the fabric, gives it durability, and a heavier structure, making sure your bag will last and last. The great things about these bags are they so roomy! They have loads of space inside you can fit a lot in there! They also have two pockets for your phone and other smaller items. Although you could buy one of my purses for that :)

Keep an eye on the shop, as I will always be adding more. In the meantime here are small selection.

Organic Cotton Hydrangeas Pleated Tote

Mushrooms Pleated Tote

Organic Cotton Grey Daisy Pleated Tote
Organic Cotton Pick A Bunch Pleated Tote

Always Peace Pleated Tote

Friday, 10 June 2011

Favorites Friday

Just thought I'd share some of the items I have added to my faves on Etsy recently. If only I could buy them all!

Alice Cute Art Print by Atpalicis

Little Blue Felt Bird by Sea Pinks

Penelope The Empathetic Monster Knitting Pattern Pdf by Danger Crafts. Now if only my knitting skills expanded beyond just being able to knit a scarf!

Queen Annes Lace Embroidered Silk Lined Clutch by Red Ruby Rose. I just LOVE her bags!

Timu- miniature mohair bear by Knitting Dreams. All her bears are very cute, and its hard to pick just one favorite, I can see myself having a collection of these!

Hope you enjoyed! Happy Friday! x

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Its been a blogging long time!

Hello again!

As you can probably see its been a good 2 and half years of blog silence, I do apologise for this. After my last post, my health took a dramatic drop and I have been in and out of hospital during that time. Things are now (dare I say it) very slowly picking up again *touches wood*, although I know I still have a long journey.
I re-opened the shop 6 months ago (with another short break for another hospital admission) but up until now I didn't feel much like blogging and believe me it would have been very boring!It then got to a stage where it had been so long I was a bit embarassed and shy to pop up again.
I've decided to bite the bullet and start blogging again, as I really did enjoy doing it before. So if you can forgive me for such a long silence I will do my best to keep you updated with all the goings on, my new makes, purchases, shop updates and more. I am also planning to have a giveaway in the not too distant future!
I thought I would keep this first post short and sweet as I am sure you don't want me to bore you with all the details.
Now that's the serious post out the way, I hope you will enjoy the rest of my blog!

Saysie x

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Tried to keep my chin up...

I tried, and failed.
Some of you may have noticed I have closed my shop temporarily. Unexpected goings on has caused this.
I am really sad I've had to close, but hope to be back really soon!

Happy holidays to all


Monday, 1 December 2008

Let the countdown begin...

So December is upon us, up and down the country people are opening up the first door of their advent calenders, and dusting off the Christmas decorations in preparation. I really cant believe its this time of year already! Where has the year gone? Its seems to of flashed by in a blink!

To get into the spirit of things, I thought I would feature some fellow Etsy artists who are selling handmade Christmas decorations.

I first came across Paper and String's shop, with some of the cutest decorations, I was hard pushed to pick just one,

A very happy looking Rudolph, and such a cute face!

Robin red breast

Aren't these just the cutest penguins!

Here are some more great find, from other Etsy sellers.

Feltmeupdesigns has the most adorable 'Tweets', just waiting to be adopted, and how could you resist?

I'm loving this cute snowman decoration, by Chichiboulie

Yummy looking Christmas puds, by Lupin

This lovely round robin, is made by Christmasclaire

Add a bit of sparkle to your tree with this Jack Frost Sparkle Snow Flake from Clothcat

And last but not least, oh so pretty Christmas trees by Monda

Happy decorating

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Busy, busy...

I cant believe how this weekend has turned out, I have been busy sorting orders and replenishing stock, after having a record number of sales the last few days! I'm in total shock, and really, really chuffed! Thanks everyone!
I was having a browse through the treasuries this morning and found myself in this lovely one. You can see my froggy coin purse in the bottom left hand corner. Thanks to Louise35flowers

I have also been tagged by Alice, and have to write 6 facts about me, so here goes...

1. I have been a vegetarian all my life, and have never once eaten or tried meat. And have no desire to ever try it, much to my now ex, boyfriend's disgust.

2. I once served breakfast to Richard Gere! Just as gorgeous in real life, really friendly and so polite.

3. Before my fabric addiction I had an addiction to buying shoes, I own about 100 pairs, and once bought 4 pairs at once from the same shop.

4. At college I wanted to train to be a nurse... until I found out I am extremely squeamish, suddenly not such a good career choice!

5. It took me 5 attempts to pass my driving test.

6. I have what would probably be classed as an unhealthy amount of phobias

Now I have to tag 6 people

Ruth -
Arty Allsorts -
Debsmuddle -
Cute Designs -
Sam -

And the rulesy type things for this tagging lark…
1. Link to the person who tagged you. 2. Post the rules on your blog. 3. Write six random things about yourself. 4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. 5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog. 6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Enjoy whats rest of your weekend


Tuesday, 25 November 2008

A good day for post!

Today my postie delivered some lovely goodies.

I simply could not resist this oh so cute card from Asking For Trouble over on Folksy. It came in a pack of two, and I'm going to be hard pushed not to keep at least one of them for myself! You really must check out her shop, its full of Kawaii stationary and other goodies, I think I may have to pop back to buy some of these tags!

What also landed on my doormat, was the new issue of Sew Hip! After having trouble finding a copy in my local newsagents, and not being able to make it into the local town to check WHSmiths, I managed to buy a copy online!

After only having time today for a quick flick through, I have to say I really like it. Its so nice to see a magazine like this, with up to date, and practical ideas. I will certainly be putting a subscription for this on my Christmas list! You can order your copy here.

I'm now off to try and warm myself up, and have a proper read of the magazine.


Monday, 24 November 2008


I am pleased to say, you can now find me on Folksy! I only have 6 items listed so far, but plan to add some more soon. For those of you who don't know what Folksy is, its the UK equivalent to Etsy where all prices are in £'s. You can check out my shop here!

Brrr what a chilly day it has been today! I've not managed to do anything productive today, really must try harder tomorrow! I'm feeling in a bit of a creative rut at the moment. My mind is ticking with semi ideas, but I don't seem to know how to get them out and its getting quite frustrating! I'm still waiting for that 'light bulb' moment, and hoping it happens soon! Mmm will see what the week brings.


Sunday, 23 November 2008

Feeling loved!

Quite a small picture there, I cant seem to get it any bigger, but if you look closely, you will see I have reached 400 hearts! Thanks everyone!

I realised earlier that I forgot to mention yesterday two new product ranges in my shop. That were added during my blog-land silence.

First one being lavender pillows. Using a generous helping of lavender, to help you drift off to sleep or to relieve a nasty headache. I always have mine tucked under my pillow, and it does seem to help!

The second is pincushions! I was looking at all my scraps of fabric one day, and was wondering what I could do with them, and I thought pincushions would be perfect! So now you can bring some Kawaii to your sewing room!
I only have a limited range at the moment, but may do some more, what do you think? Would you like to see more in the shop? I'm always open to feedback.

It has been a miserable day here today. I know some parts have had snow, but here its been bitterly cold and lots of rain. Wrap up warm!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


Saturday, 22 November 2008

I'm a bad blogger...

Hello! Yes it is me, your eyes are not deceiving you! I apologise for my extremely long break from blogging!
The summer was not the best for me, my health took a turn for the worse, which ended up with a few weeks in hospital.
I am pleased to say I am much improved since then (although still a way to go) and feel ready to re-enter the world of blogging. So if you can forgive my tardiness I will aim to please with regular updates on my crafty life. I will also be featuring other crafty folk in the run up to Christmas.

So whats new? My shop recently had a bit of an update, with some new oh so cute fabrics.
One of which found its way onto Cuteable! Thank you Lynsey! I am always on the lookout for new fabrics, so hope to add some more soon!

Last weekend my mum and I attended the first and only craft fair of the year. The lead up to it I was in such a panic, but it all turned out OK, and ended up having a good weekend!

Here is a pic of one side of the table, as you can see I was selling, my purses, bags and jewellery. The table was in aid of the charity Myeloma, a charity which is very close to my heart (mum has myeloma), mum was selling her cards, and scarves, and was such a hit, she sold out of Christmas cards by the end of the first day! Thanks to all who came along and bought, the money is going to such a great cause!

I shall leave you with that for now, have a happy Saturday!


Sunday, 1 June 2008

June already? Surely Not!

Like I think a lot of people did, I woke up this morning in sheer disbelief that it is June. Where is this year going? Being new to the world of blogging, and Etsy, it is hard to believe that it has been now 2 months since I started selling in my Saysie shop.

I have finally reached one of my targets for my shop, and that is to have 50 items for sale. I have more items to list over the next few days, and some new ideas for creations, so all in all an exciting month ahead!

Here are some of the goodies that will be appearing in the shop very soon.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Friday, 30 May 2008

A pattern of confusion

Guess what was featured on Cuteable yesterday? This rainbow pillow! I was so excited to see it there, thank you Lynsey for featuring me on your fabulous blog!

Some of you may remember, I mentioned a while ago about wanting to have a go at dress making. Well I finally got round to purchasing a pattern, and I also treated myself to a Japanese pattern book.

This pattern above is the one I am attempting at the moment, which is not as bad as this one below!

Can someone please tell me what all those lines, dots and triangles are for!? Some how, in all that, there are several patterns for several garments. Sadly I see it all a bit too confusing!

Despite all this, I got my tracing paper, and managed to draft out the size I need from the picture above. After a lot of tears (I was having one of those days) and a few seams later, I had constructed my first muslin. You may see that there is a no picture of said garment, well I will save your eyes from such a sight. Not that it is that awful, I would just rather wait to show you the completed project.
I am awaiting a delivery of some lovely linen fabric, and once that has arrived I will attempt to make it properly. Once that mission is completed, I will brave the Japanese patterns, and it really will be a brave attempt as there is no English instructions!!

Finally, some more goodies arrived in the post for me today. Some gorgeous gocco prints from Bunny on Etsy.

Aren't they just the greatest? Bunny has two shops on Etsy, and really has some fab items in them. She is a real whizz with the photo shop, and can transform any picture of you or you pet into something really magical! Not only that, but also customises shoes too! Something I really want to save my pennies for, being the avid shoe fan that I am. Of course she also has some great artwork, and prints as well, hop on over and check her out, and take an extra moment to check out her other shop Lapin Noir, where you will find more amazing prints, and a 50% sale! Definitely worth a look.

That's all from me for now. Have a happy Friday!


Wednesday, 28 May 2008

A cute delivery

I just bought this cute doll off Wunderkind over on Etsy, and she arrived in super speedy time yesterday! I saw her shop featured on Cuteable a few weeks ago, and knew straight away I HAD to have one! She doesn't just have dolls, but also cute magnets and other goodies, please check her out. Such a lovely seller.
Here she is settled into her new home. For notes on on what else is in the pic, please feel free to check out the photo on my flickr page

As promised although admittedly a little late, here is a picture of the antiques centre I went to the other day. Sadly inside was a little dark, and I fear they would of told me off for taking pictures! They have three barns in all, crammed with everything imaginable, from furniture, books, trinkets, clothes and well everything! I had to question the antiquity of the clothes though, as one of them had a New Look label in it!! Anyway this picture is of the courtyard between 2 of the barns and on the left there, is a little tea shop.

After our little browse (only purchase was a sorry looking bag of buttons), we headed back to mum's for a cup of tea. Only to bump into her neighbour who had asked where we had been. Mum explained the mission (I had snuck away) saying that we had gone in search for buttons etc, but had not had much luck. 2 minutes later she comes down the stairs with this huge bucket of buttons! For me to keep! I was in shock, and as anyone who loves buttons very excited!

The neighbour is in her 60's and she said they were her mum's, so proper vintage, and after having a real rummage through, there really is some very old buttons in there.
A close up, of a fraction of what was in the pot.