Some sewing-related birthday goodies!

7 Nov

It was my birthday last week, and I got given a few lovely sewing-related goodies, which I thought I’d share with you.

First let me show you this beautiful handmade bag that my lovely friend Marion made me. It’s a little bag for storing your underwear in when you’re travelling – particularly if you’re only taking cabin baggage, so that, if your bag happens to be searched, your underwear doesn’t go flying everywhere on show to the world! What a great idea :)



Marion has a just published a post on how she made this bag on her blog, if you want to check it out.

Another beautiful handmade thing in the form of a birthday card from my parents (how awesome is that?!), along with a couple of other sewing-themed cards.



These are so going in frames on the wall when I get my sewing room!

Some new patterns from Marcus to add to my list of things to make:


Very excited about these, I feel some By Hand London mash-ups coming on!

And my lovely sewing buddy Clare gave me a book all about various crafts, with lots of stuff for home – I plan on using a lot of the ideas from here when we get our house :)


I particularly like this idea of using a small wooden wine crate as a hidden key box.


Before I started sewing, when Marcus or my parents or my sister asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I never really knew what to tell them. I think that, once you get to the stage of life where you are earning a decent salary, most of the time, if you want something, often you can just buy it, rather than having to wait until your birthday/Christmas. But since I began sewing, I have no end of patterns and various other sewing bits that I’d like, but can’t quite justify buying all of them myself! And having a hobby like sewing means that people come across things that they think you’d like too :)

I will leave you with this, un-sewing related, but unbelievably awesome present from Marcus, a little sloth necklace!

IMG_2782How cute is that?! It comes from Mark Poulin’s etsy shop, and I first saw it months ago and absolutely fell in love. Although I warn you now, do not click that link if you don’t have good willpower – I could quite easily buy up half the items in that shop!

All in all, a very good birthday. Marcus arranged a sort-of-surprise meal out for me (I knew we were going out, I had a pretty good idea where, but no idea who was coming, which I think is the best way!) to a pub that does the best slow cooked lamb I have ever had in my entire life. Ever. Ever. It was a brilliant evening, so thank you to everyone who came along to help me celebrate.


6 Responses to “Some sewing-related birthday goodies!”

  1. Daniela November 8, 2013 at 09:02 #

    Happy Birthday, Kelly! It sounds like you had an amazing time and got amazing gifts! I made the mistake and clicked on the link with the jewellery! And you are absolutely right, everything there is so lovely. I especially fall in love with the little Panda necklace and everything with a Kitty on it. :) My Birthday is coming up in March, so maybe then :P

    • Kelly November 17, 2013 at 15:22 #

      Thanks Daniela! I did have a lovely day. I love all the jewellery, I also really like the sock monkey ones!

  2. Gjeometry November 11, 2013 at 21:35 #

    Happy Belated Birthday!!! Looks like you got some great digs!

    • Kelly November 17, 2013 at 15:22 #

      Thanks Catja!

  3. Claire (iwanttobeaturtle) November 15, 2013 at 09:51 #

    Very late response but these are great presents. I love the sloth necklace!

    • Kelly November 17, 2013 at 15:23 #

      They are aren’t they :) I don’t think Marcus really knows what the patterns he gave me are – he just googled the names I gave him, but I appreciate that!

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