Last minute teacher’s gift

Morning all, hope you are well,

I bought this perpetual calendar while ago on sale hoping to revamp it one day and today the inspiration stroke. Normally i make handmade cards for female teachers, but this year my oldest daughter Emma was taught by her first ever male teacher and i had to create something masculine.

calendar before

I covered the outside walls of this wooden calendar with Mr. Smith’s Workshop papers by Docrafts. I added tag pocket with foam squares at the back so it handy for poping in quick notes. Circular tag at the front is decorated with stamped banner and decoupaged owl from Owl Folk range by Docrafts.



I need to pop over to the shops and get bunch of matching pencils to finish.

Happy holidays everyone x



Garden furniture revamp Ikea style

Hello from sunny Dublin,

Yes i did say sunny, because doesn’t happen very often here in Ireland :). Every chance i get i spend in my back garden drinking tea, reading, even sewing, so getting comfortable is the key.

I got few foldable chairs in my shed that needed attention, so i was chuffed to find this amazing plastic coated fabric in Ikea called “Slojblomma” to get the job done. My favourite tool- staple gun –  was in action again.

chairs before:


and after.

I love the pattern on the deck chair in the background (also from Ikea)

last finishing touch is my newly made, qucik and easy bench cushion, again Ikea “Ullakarin” fabric remnant was used.


Time for another cup of tea i guess 🙂


Wishing you all plenty of sunshine xxx



i am back sewing again

Hello friends,

I hope you enjoy lovely weather and crafting. I got back to sewing after new season of Great British Sewing Bee aired few weeks ago and I enjoy every minute of it. My first project came out of necessity as my scouting friend needed a bag for her camping gear. We found plenty of neckos in the attic and idea of making duffel bag came to life.

Some of you may remember my very first duffel bag I made for the 60th issue of Creativity magazine for Docrafts.

Here are few quick step for making the bag:

  1.  stitch 4 scouting neckos to form a square, with the right sides together, fold the fabric in half
  2. stitch the side seam leaving about 15cm on top unstitched for drawstring casing
  3. press the side seam open, top stitch both sides of of the open side seam. fold over the top section in half and top stitch.
  4. make a drawstring casing 2 cm below the folded top edge.
  5. cut 1 meter red long strap and stitch to the base of the bag and the other  end just under the casing

    I added triangular pocket made of another necko to commemorate our summer camp in Pallaskenry Co.Limerick

I love the way it turned out, it is great upcycling and practical project. Let me know what you think, thank you for poping in 🙂