Learning to Sew with ‘The Vintage Sewing Bunny’ | Blogtober #4

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I’ve always loved a bit of hand sewing and have had cross stitch as a hobby (when I have time, ha) since learning it in lunch club during primary school. So when the The Vintage Sewing Bunny in St Annes announced an extra Introduction to Sewing class and invited me along I couldn’t really say no. After having produced a dolphin themed cushion masterpiece (hahaha) in year 9 textiles I was excited to get back on a machine properly, switch of my brain for a while and get creative.

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We were welcomed into the store by the friendly face of Lucy and shown through to the workshop at the back to choose our sewing machine and get settled with a drink whilst everybody arrived. First on the list was to choose our fabric, we were going to be making a cushion. This was perhaps the hardest part of the afternoon, who knew picking from hundreds of pretty fabrics could be so tough. I eventually chose and hopped back to my seat ready to begin.

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There were six or seven people in the class, which felt like a size sized group. You could get to know some of the others but still feel like you could get help whenever and if you needed it. There were people in the room who had sewn before and just wanted to build up there confidence in a new design aswell as people who had never been on a machine, then there was me in the middle. Everyone was made to feel comfortable and at ease the whole time whatever stage they were at.

The class started with an Introduction to our new best friend. We soon knew how to power up and set out our machines; aswell as how to thread up a bobbin and the needle ready to begin sewing. Our first mission on a tester piece of fabric was to sew a straight line, it may seem simple but learning how to guide the fabric as the machine pulls it through is something to perfect. We then went on to learn how to go round corners and reverse stitch to lock your work in place, all basic but vital things. After a little practice we were allowed to begin working on our cushions.

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We began by cutting out the fabric and sewing a hem on our two smaller sections. We then learnt how to lay the fabric in place before pinning. Once everything was secure and learning a few handy tips along the way we were ready to sew up the outside of the cushion. With a little concentration it didn’t take us long and soon we were turning out the cushion covers feeling very proud of ourselves. We did it, we all made an envelope cushion.

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It was a great workshop, I really enjoyed myself and I know the other ladies did too. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro there will be a workshop for you, there’s so many to choose from each month. Check out their website for more details.

Thankyou Lucy for welcoming me in to Team Bunny so much, see you soon!

 Have you sewn before? Would you love to take up any childhood hobbies again?
Hannah  

Welcome to Autumn and Blogtober #1

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It’s no secret that summer is my favourite season of all but I do still enjoy the first few weeks of Autumn before it begins to get really cold. When the crunchy orange leaves start to fall and mugs of hot chocolate with all the trimmings start to appear we can all get that warm fuzzy feeling. Autumn also brings my birthday, so technically it should be my fave. So far this year we’ve had a toasty hot September so it’s definitely not begun yet but I have a feeling the chills are just around the corner.

I am not quite sure what this Autumn will bring for us, but hopefully lots of cosiness and adventures. In a bid to set myself a challenge and keep busy through a bit of a tough moment I have decided to take part in the Blogtober series and blog everyday in October. I have never posted every day before so I am looking forward to achieving this and putting out lots of content that we can all enjoy too. Memory making and more. I better go and get started, see you tomorrow!

What is your favourite thing about Autumn?

Hannah  

Instagram Log: September

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Delicious Desserts | Proud Family Moments  |Trying out Skincare

I know we always say this but September literally flew by and i’m not quite sure where to. The busy bustle of back to school and work after summer was crazy. However we’ve still had a lovely month, our grandma reached the beautiful age of 80 and we had two brand new babies arrive to make our family even sweeter. It was also amazing to see my brother flying a small plane, so proud can’t wait to go up with him one day. You can’t get a much better month than that, for me anyway.
How was your September, did you get up yo anything lovely?
Hannah  

How to survive freshers | University Week

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Fresher week (or month depending on how long you drag it out ha) is just around the corner. If you’re getting ready for uni in the next couple of weeks i’m sure you either be excited or absolutely petrified of the unknown and leaving the familiarity of own.

It is scary but will also be some of the best times of your life. You’re about to get all grown up, eat toast and more toast, party hard, cry lots and make loads of new super cool friends.

When you think of freshers, you probably imagine party after party, shots, fancy dress, face paint, no sleep and empty purses at the end of the week. Your quite right, it’s a time to be enjoyed but its hard going too.

Here’s a quick SOS guide to get you through freshers, so you can enjoy parties, meet a ton of new faces and still be well enough to get up for your first introduction lecture on Monday morning.

Prepare everything you need and take the time to see the important people in your life before leaving home. To make sure you don’t have any last minutes frenzies over things you have forgotten, make a list and prepare beforehand all the things you’re going to need, from the essentials to your home comforts. You will need them all and you don’t want to be short of something when you’re all partied out. If you are staying in halls be sure to check what you’re allowed and not allowed to take. There are quite a few rules and it’s easier to know beforehand to avoid getting disappointed when you have to give it up.

Make sure you spend time with the important people in your life. After freshers you will be straight into lectures and may not get back home till half term or maybe Christmas. Try and make plans to do something for when you’re heading home this will perk you up if you start to get home sick and will help you remember that even though you maybe not have heard from your bestie in a while as they went to a different uni and are having as much fun as you; that they haven’t forgotten about you and you will be re united asap. Remember it’s very likely that everyone is missing you too.

Know your budget, a mood killer I know, but trust me the last situation you want to find yourself in is a penniless one because you partied hard and indulged in takeaways every night for two weeks. It’s kinda tricky get to grips with the whole money thing but if you know what you’ve got coming and then tally up your halls fees, food, and travel etc for each month you will know exactly what you have left to go and have fun with or spend however you please. You will soon be acquainted with all the best spots to get student deals.

Talking of deals, before saying your final goodbye… make sure you have set up a student account with your bank. This is probably one of the most important things to do after you have received your offer. A student account maybe your saviour when you need an extra tenner (overdraft) for a meal before payday or you need an emergency train ride home. Most banks have some incentives to for students so make sure you shop around online and see which is the best for you.

Do a little rekky once you arrive, make sure you know when the nearest walk-in centre is in case you need to go to the doctor or dentist. Find a local taxi number and save it to you phone. Keep a look out for the closest cash machine normally there are a few on campus. Finally found out where the corner shop is, for all those things you need straightaway whether it be painkillers, toilet roll or a loaf of bread.

Learn a few basics in the kitchen. We are a world of halves. We either like cooking or we really don’t but either way we all need to eat. If you’re not that confident, it is a great idea to at least learn a few basics, to ensure you can always whip up something quick at the end of the day. Learn how long to bake a potato for, whip up a simple pasta and sauce dish, a salad, or how to fry a quick stir fry. They really are all whack it in a pan dishes and ones you can master after a few goes. You will be thankful you don’t have to have cereal for dinner every night.

Finally remember freshers is just a week or two of you life. It might seen like the most exciting thing right now, but once you start making cool friends at uni there will be so many other ‘memory’ moments of you uni life. Pace yourself, have a blast, grab a hug when you need one and enjoy your time at uni…

Happy Freshers everyone!

Hannah  

Instagram Log: August

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Liverpool Sunsets | Sunday Lovin’ | Snack Time

Chocolate Treats | Divine Cream | Summer Skies

Summer turned my work world upside down compared to what it has been like for the last few months but in a good way. It  was nice to be back in a bubble of doing what I enjoy most for a while. However it wasn’t all work and no fun. We managed to squeeze in lots of weekender trips, just in the UK but still lots of fun. A little time away can work wonders and get you relaxed over night, don’t you think? Thankyou to my mum, family and boyfriend for making summer that little bit brighter it was just what I needed after a tough end to the term.

If you are reading  this, I hope you had a lovely summer break if you were off or just managed to enjoy the sunshine we’ve been having on your precious days off. Let me know if you got up to anything exciting. Do you have a favourite place to escape for the weekend?

Hannah