Saturday, 2 June 2012


Good morning all! I so don't want to go back to work on Monday =( I stitched up a swatch of my baby crofter wool. It was a joy to do. I can't wait to crochet the full blanket. Still can't decide what to do? Here's the swatch. The colours are beautiful together. I really hope she will love it. I'm off for just now, a roll and black pudding is calling my name.
Speak soon
Sam x

Friday, 1 June 2012

It's June already!

 I can't quite believe it is the 1st of June already. I have been off work this past week so I have been able to get some crafting done.

I've finally caught up with the Craftsy Block of the month. So I have completed all the blocks from January to June. Here they all are on my Craftsy Profile. I have also been able to turn our spare room into my crafting room rather than hijacking our dining table all the time. So no more sewing my tablecloth through my quilts!

My sisters dress pattern has arrived! its beautiful. I will be making it in a deep purple fabric. I have been learning how to draft my own patterns so i might tweak the top of the bodice to look more like this....

Failing that, I am going to make her a bolero from Pride of Scotland Tartan. The purple really pops out next to the swatch of Dutches Satin for my sisters gown.

I have recently created a profile on Wedding Bee. Its a wedding forum for all things to do with your big day, from rings to dresses to etiquette and everything in between. There is a DIY section for all crafty brides to be. It allows you post on whatever takes your fancy. some of the things these girls so is unbelievable, I have so many more ideas for our wedding now.
I have had some ideas on my dress. I will be keeping it all under wraps until the big day just in case Graeme is having a sneaky peek!

One of my colleagues in work is having a baby girl so Ive decided to make her a baby blanket. I ordered the wool off eBay (after having a look in John Lewis first) as she was far cheaper than the shops. I ordered Sirdar Snuggly Crofter in Colour 0151. Its called Keltie.
Its full of heathery purples and pinks. Just what a wee Scottish lassie needs! its soooooo soft. I cant wait to create it. I'm thinking of doing lots of granny squares and stitch them all together rather than one big granny square? what do we think?

Anyway I'm off for just now.
Speak soon
Sam x

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

It has begun!

Hello all! Well its official. I will be Mrs McShane on the 27th of September 2014! We have booked the venue and our photographer for the big day. Our wedding will be held at The Three Kings just outside Falkirk and our photographer is Kingdom Photography of Kippen

So with the major things booked its now onto my dress. I had my first dress shopping appointment last week. It went well, we weren't aloud to take photographs(???) Why? I have no idea! so i have only my memories to remind me which dresses i liked the look of. Hmmm. I know I've still not found "the one" but i know it will happen... eventually.

My sister is going to be my MOH and only bridesmaid. Ive never liked the idea of loads of bridesmaids and its only ever been my mum, sister and I at home so we are all really close. We have came to a decision on her dress  

She will be in a deep purple and she will have a matching bolero which will be in Graemes tartan. I think it will be stunning! I cant wait to go fabric shopping and get started on it.

Its soooo exciting!
Speak soon
Sammy x

Sunday, 26 February 2012

I'm getting married!

That's right folks, Graeme asked me to marry him.... and of course I said yes! It still hasn't sunk in yet. We've been looking at some venues this week, my mind is in overload! There is so much to think about, but I will be aiming to make as much as I can, my dress, my bridesmaid dress, invitations, favours, cake and anything else that may crop up.

Ive been on looking online to see about dress patterns, nothing I've been totally bowled over by yet. I have seen these beautiful dresses by Marfy, these are advertised for experienced sewers only, as they come with no instructions or pattern layout. Eek! They are beautiful though.
Ohhh I'm soooo excited! once things start getting booked i will update you all on my progress, especially the dress making. This will be a challenge!

Sammy xxxx

Sunday, 22 January 2012

New Year

Hello all. i know im a bit late for new year wishes... but ive been so busy. For 2012 I am following online course The Craftsy Block of the Month. Its free! (major bonus!!) Amy Gibson is the host and tutor. I love Craftsy courses. So on the 1st of every month a new video is uploaded for you to follow along with to make a full quilt, I cant wait to see this quilt grow... and of course i will share it with you all.

Januarys blocks are complete...

The fabric I have chosen to use is Meadow Friends by Deb Strain for Moda. I spent many hours just looking at all the wonderfull fabrics in the line. I cant wait to see what Feburarys Blocks are like!

Speak soon
Samantha x