needlefelted pumpkins for Halloween

Dear Annie,

I have learnt a whole new craft! It's quick, tactile, a tiny bit violent and a whole lot of fun...

The lovely friend of mine who made baby E's blanket made the smaller two needlefelted pumpkins as Halloween gifts for my eldest boys. She then let me loose on her needle and taught me how to make my own.

If you have yet to come across needle felting, it involves stabbing wool fleece repeatedly with a long, sharp and slightly barbed needle. The fleece coheres, and you can create shapes and objects. Apart from the occasional accidental needle prick (ouch!), it's a really soothing craft, perhaps because of the natural materials. I really enjoyed having a go, and am quite tempted to get hold of one of those stabby needles for myself... 

Happy Halloween!

Love from,



We Are In a Book

Dear Readers,

You might remember a long long time ago, Laura and I were together over a cold and blustery Christmas. Well what do we do when we are together for more than 2 minutes? Sew, sew and sew. We were brimming with confidence and decided that rather than just give our pattern away we would try to sell it. Inspired by other bloggers out there we delved into those murky waters. Much to our delight the book 101 vintage crafts was looking for contributors and they chose us. Very excited we wrote our pattern and edited it down and moved it around and shifted it here and there until everyone was happy and now, here it is, on page 23!

It has taken such a long time to come out that we forgot about its release but we are both pleased as punch. You can read about our time making our vintage inspired bags Stitching Together part 1 and Stitching Together part 2.

Lots of love

Annie and Laura


A Near Miss and Many Busy Days

Dear Laura,

It has been ages since I have written to you, so much has been going on I have barely found a spare minute. Between my parents coming to stay, trips to Boston and San Francisco as well an insane work schedule, I have had no time to sew let alone blog. However, last weekend a very exciting package arrived on my doorstep. To my horror however this package had been ripped open and the contents strewn all over the place. R picked it all up whilst I had a minor heart attack. Turns out the would be thief thought that the contents were not worth their while. I on the other hand can not believe how lucky I am to have such amazing friends, there is nothing as special as receiving hand knits. 

The lovely Ksenia had hand knitted me an amazing cardigan and being not only creative and talented was also very practical and added some extra wool in the package in case I ever needed to repair it. I was dancing with joy and wore it for about 5 minutes in the unseasonable 30 degree heat before putting to the side until the weather cooled a bit. Many many thanks to Ksenia, the idea that all that work that all that time, that all that amazingness nearly got stolen makes me feel sick and makes me utterly furious at the postman. Every time I wear it I will wrap myself up in it tightly and remember just how lucky I am.

Lots of Love

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