When the Great British Sewing Bee started showing again in the Springtime, i was so excited – i love that program! I hardly watch TV at all, but this is always a MUST! And as always, it can be so inspiring! It wasn’t long before my trusty machine came out for a little play!

I picked up some super cute apple print fabric a while back, and so i decided i wanted to use this for the dress – along with some grey fabric. (Don’t tell anyone, but the grey fabric is actually offcuts from our bedroom curtains….sshhhh!)

As I am an idiot and have never followed a pattern before, i decided to wing it. I drew around one of piper’s tops to get a rough guide for the size of a 3 year old torso.  Here’s the first stage of the project-  can you see i lined the inside with plain red fabric?

I hadn’t ever really tried pleating, so i though, what the heck- lets give this a go! It was lots of fun! For the back i put in a white zip- i was so in love with the project i had to hand sew the zip – i wasn’t prepared to chance a whoopsie at that stage – but i made sure it fit into a pleat so when it is zipped you cannot see the white zip at all!

I wanted to line the skirt with red and give it a little peek-a-boo tulle lining, but i didn’t have enough red fabric. Instead i cut a long length of red fabric about 3.5inches wide, sewed some tulle to it, and the stitched it to the underneath of the dress. Once again for this bit i actually hand sewed it – the grey fabric would show every pin hole otherwise.

Here it is! the final piece – i even put together a little headband made from scraps. One thing i am particularly pleased about is the top stitching on the apple print section – it makes the dress so pretty and keeps all the pieces in shape.  Happy Mummy!

The best thing about this dress?….the best thing EVER is that Piper wore it for her Birthday Photo shoot, by the enormously talented Elizabeth Boyle. Boy do i love her work! There were so many photos to choose from but here are a few of my favs! Take a look!




Thanks for stopping by!



Just like every other little 3 year old girl in the world right now, Piper LOVES Disney’s Frozen! I have to admit, I kinda love it too! :-)

When we went skiing earlier in the year, I wanted to give Piper a little surprise so I made her a personalised ski helmet, with her name and also featuring a certain little frosty friend! My name’s Olaf, and I like warm hugs!

I hadn’t really used the silhouette to cut vinyl before but I was really intrigued. A few years back when decorating Piper’s nursery I bought some vinyl from eBay and loved the look – i was excited to see how I could personalise other things as well as walls. As soon as I saw the ski helmets in the shop i knew what i wanted to experiment with!

I played around a bit to get the right settings – and to be honest there are loads of websites that have helpful guidance on the blade settings for vinyl, a quick google search made this part easy.

Sorry for the rubbish iPhone photos – late night crafting sesh often results in quick photos on the phone.

First stop – her name. In case you are wondering, the font is Lobster -i kinda love it. I did have to move the P closer to the i in order to create one merged piece of text.

OLAF! I love this little guy! We hid the helmet away until we got to the resort – when she saw it her face lit up so much it made my heart melt, but some people are worth melting for.

Of course, I couldn’t leave the back empty, now could i?


‘Do you wanna build a snowman?’ – of course Piper did! Daddy and Pi made their own snowman outside the chalet – its the first photo in this post! Although don’t tell anyone that we had to use foil caps from wine bottles as eyes!

And of course Daddy didn’t want to miss out either! Here’s a quick look at Craig’s helmet, sporting the logo from the Games Studio he works for.


A little tip to share in regards to sticking these bad boys onto the helmets: the vinyl is super thin, which means that it can stretch really easily and lose its shape. To remove the vinyl from its backing i first covered the design in overlapping strips of washi tape. I used one that i didn’t really like much, it came in a multi-pack, so i wasn’t that bothers about using lots in order to ensure the perfect transference.

Im sorry this post has so many photos – but here’s one last one to make you smile!

Stay Cool!!

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Life In Colour: An Arty Scrapbook Layout about ME

by Lesley Oman on 8 June, 2014

An artsy fartsy layout to share today, one that was inspired by Wilna furstenburg. ♥ This is a ‘me’ layout, one with lots of colour and lots of fun. It was a lovely way to play with colours but also a way for me to document the fact that I have synesthesia. I am not going to explain it here…google it if you’re not sure, but in a nutshell, I can see and I can feel colours. In dreams, in sleep, at times of heightened emotions etc. It makes for an interesting life for sure. ♥

Wilna has been inspiring me to play with mixed media, bright colours and the silhouette cameo, and so this layout is really a mix of all these things. Its not usually my typical style, but i always enjoy breaking the mould every now and again.

To start I wanted an ombré effect so I used watercolour to create horizontal lines of pinky colour and I wanted to put the Polaroid frame on top.
I was also playing around with the print and cut function on the silhouettes using a freebie from Jessica Sprague. I think those hexagons are lush! I have been hunting around to find a link but i simply cannot get my hands on it so if you find it please leave a comment so i can add the link. 

When making the print and cut file, I just threw on a few other things to cut out- no rhyme or reason- but pretty much used them all on the layout. I like the way the ‘My name is : Lesley’ tag turned out.

Once I had popped out the hexagons from the printed card, I really liked the negative which was perfect to use as a mask- a little bit of distress ink later and I had a bright yellow funky design as the start of my background. Next I added some watercolour pink flicks and dribbles. I also used black ink and a blending tool to create the word happy using the negative of a silhouette cut.

This is the my crazy, colourful life of me.



A Thank You Jelly Bean Card

by Lesley Oman on 6 June, 2014

Hi there everyone,

Here’s a little bright and cheery card to bring some sunshine into your life just now! Full of jellybeans! <3

Inspired by the greeting sticker, i wanted to create a little jar of sweeties, so I fussy cut a bunch of coloured jellybeans using some jellybean soup staples paper – i just love these little white polkadots. To create the jar i used the Spellinders label 9 die – but cut off the pointy end to create more of a jam-jar look.


I cut the shape in both white card and acetate, and stuck the beans haphazardly with some on foam pads to create dimension. Then i used a little bit of glossy accents to stick the acetate to the raised beans. For a lid, I cut a rectangle of paper and used an embossing tool to make indented lines to resemble grip marks on the lid.

Another fun thing about this card is the greeting (Hero Arts Stamp) is in a peek-a-book strip. This is when you use pattern paper to cover the card but leave a strip of the card uncovered. This is a great little sneaky cheat if the paper you want to use isn’t quite tall enough to cover the whole project. :-)  I took the striped paper and cut off a thin pink strip to use at the top and bottom of this peek-a-boo strip. I love the way this looks on the final card.

have fun my little jellybeans. x