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Friday 8 November 2013

Discount Deals - Livingsocial Deal - yippee!!

Not sure if you have ever used the increasingly popular discount deal sites such as Groupon. Livingsocial or Wowcher. If so you will know how they work you purchase a voucher for a great deal at an amazing price and from, hopefully, a reputable company. Then you either redeem it for your goods or services and enjoy the moment.. The Company or merchant hopes that you are please with everything and become a return customer.

Well I am running a deal through Livingsocial. It is a beginners 2 hour knitting, crochet or sewing lesson. Knitters will learn how to cast on, knit and purl stitch to create the garter and stocking stitch pattern. then how to cast off. In the crochet lessons you will learn the essential foundation chain, double crochet and treble stitches and working in rows. I also teach left-handed students.  The sewing lesson is the Beginners Introduction to Sewing workshop, where you will learn how to sew straight and accurate seams, curve seams, pivoting, basic neckline and under-stitching.

During any of the lessons you will also benefit from loads of valuable advice, free materials and full use of tools or machines. Lesson are held on various days and times - email me for details -
If you are interested in this offer follow this link Ellie's deal

Yeah I back!

Yeah I'm back, after a long break away I've finally  from this found time and motivation to get back to my blogging. Well so much has happened in the year since I last posted that I really don't know where to start. I think the bes place is to run with this weeks events then catch up on the past as I go along.

I am currently working with Lordswood Girls School where the girls are doing textiles. they are making little felt owls and I promise to post the photos as soon as they are completed. This week I also ran two workshops for the Family Learning week at the school. On Wednesday the families made the owls and on Thursday they made jewellery, two very productive evenings.

Tuesday 3 January 2012

A New Year.....2012

Firstly a big Happy New Year to everyone, I hope 2012 will be a prosperous one that brings joy and loads of happiness to everyone.

Normally during these early days in the year I would be counting the cost of my Christmas spend whilst trying to balance off the upcoming bills, however, this year is slightly different. I still have the usual bills (gas, electric need I say more) but due to my handmade Christmas gifts for the family I managed to make a big reduction in my normal Christmas spend on presents.

As a family we were able to jointly save up during the year with a saving tin which came out every fortnight. We contributed £2 each (not every fortnight but most) and on average there was only 5 of us making the regular contributions, but as the year rolled on we had 6 regular family members filling up this tin, plus generous donations at the end of the saving cycle. The tin was bashed open the first Sunday in December during our "Tin opening" celebrations to reveal that we had over £270 saved plus a further £50 in cash donations giving us £320 to cover the festive food and snacks for Christmas and the New Year. To help spread the cost for the drinks we have always agreed that everyone would bring a bottle of cans of beer. this has always worked fine with no problems. We had 18 adults and 4 children around on Christmas day dinner. For Boxing day we had around 22 adults and 6 children for dinner or snacks and then for New Year Eve we had 10 for dinner.

The reason for writing this post is to show that even in this current financial climate if your family can come together from early in the year and start saving - just a little bit each week you could feed an army as large as mine. by making most of your gifts you can please them and then you can still pay your winter bills.

Happy saving for 2012

Thursday 15 December 2011

My hand knitted cowls

I've decided that this Christmas is going to be a truly handmade Christmas for me. I have made something for each family member from slippers, to scarves, hats and now these cowls. Which I an sending to my family in Canada.

Hand knitted on 6.5mm circular needles using James Brett yarn.
Cast on 150 stitches and work 4 rows in stocking stitch then 4 rows in reverse stocking stitch. 
I knitted a total of 7 "4 row" blocks, then cast off.
Secure all ends, give it a little pull and viola your done .
I made all 3 in just under a weekend.
the pink/purple ones are for my little nieces so I reduce the stitches to 120
I nearly kept one for myself - but I can make one in the New Year.

Over the next few days I will be making my final gifts (fingers cross or its an emergency dash for late night shopping)

Friday 18 November 2011

Handmade slippers

Last year I was given a lovely pair of slippers from Christmas from my son. Needless to say they have been well worn and I needed a new pair.  Whilst looking around the stores I decided that I would rather make a unique pair for myself.

So armed with the creative desire I measured, researched, examined, created and test a few patterns. These are the finish products.

Red velveteen fabric with a fleece lining. Faux leather soles and name on top.

Faux fur with fleece ling and faux leather soles.

I pushed the boat out a bit with this pair and made them into Mary Jane style slippers. This pair is made from 100% cotton, lined with blue anti pil fleece, fastened with a button trim velcro closing. White  faux leather soles.

Wednesday 15 June 2011

Vintage influenced aprons

I've often put on my little pinny when I'm in the kitchen cooking. The one I currently wear is a bit worn, even if I say so myself, but you how things are you find your favourite and get attach to it.

I decided to start making a few aprons from the stash of fabrics I have in my studio. Below is a half waist apron using the London Collection from Rose & Hubble fabric. I love the roses that, it also has a little pocket and very long tie.

Doing a search on Google I came across an image of  a vintage heart shape bib apron, so I decided to remake it with a circular skirt using a very popular cupcake fabric and this cute embroidered gingham.

The heart shape bib has a button fastening
These are available through my website Ellie B Jewels

Wednesday 8 June 2011

Jewellery making workshop at The 90 Day Cafe

From Monday 20th June I will be running a series of jewellery making workshops in collaboration with  The 90 Day Cafe at their venue in The Great Western Arcade. The workshops are suitable for beginners or improver's with a different item taught each week.

The 90 Day Cafe prides itself on its breakfast sandwiches and a never-ending list of handmade cupcakes, all of which can be enjoyed whilst making your jewellery or why not stay and enjoy their healthy deli lunch menu.  

Spaces are limited so book early click here