Sunday, 24 February 2013

A Trip Away

This week was half term. I was lucky enough to have a few days away at my parents house in Tenerife and it was lovely to see some sun! It wasn't too hot, but warm enough to go out without wrapping up in hats, coats, scarves etc. I managed to get a fair bit of sewing done while I was there, but I'll show you that another time.
One day, we drove further up the mountain from our village, to another small town called La Camella. There is a shop/workshop there called "Absolut Patchwork". I had been before and am always amazed at how beautiful and quirky this little shop is. I wish I had photos to show you.
I had followed the owners blog for a while now and knew she followed mine. Unfortunately, there is a little bit of a language barrier, but I gave her one of my blog business cards and the lovely lady was overwhelmed when she realised who I was. My Mum and I bought a few things from her. These were mine.
The gorgeous pin-striped linen is for the back of the cushion. I bought the paisley fabric just because I liked it and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the charms. The embroidery scissors were given to me (and Mum go a pair to) by the lovely lady who owns the shop as she said we had made her so happy.
If you ever visit Tenerife, "Absolut Patchwork" is definitely worth a visit. If not, you can see some of the beautiful makes and items from the shop at
Thanks for reading.
Rachel x

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Martha Stewart Craft App

I got a mini iPad for my birthday in January and have been trying out various apps and asking people for recommendations. I found the Martha Stewart Craft app and absolutely love it.
Basically, it is a scrapbooking app which allows you to create pages including photos with a scrapbook page type feel to them. It includes, a selections of plain and patterned paper pages, border, page and corner punches, embellishments, glitter glue, different text and loads more. The best thing about it is it creates a fantastic result in only a few minutes.
Have a look at a few I have made.

I have done a bit of scrapbooking before, but have found it extremely time consuming and quite expensive with having to buy lots of little 'bits'. I definitely prefer sewing. But this app is perfect. The app saves the files as photo files so I am going to get them printed on photo paper and add them to cards for a personalised greeting instead of shop bought cards for some up and coming family celebrations. I may even get a second copy printed for myself and stick them in a lovely book to create an easy and cute scrapbook.
Would definitely recommend the app!
Thanks for reading,
Rachel x