Wednesday, 8 February 2012


While the handmade community can be wonderfully supportive, the undercurrent of copycatism (yes, it's a word here in B+C land) is alive and well.  Without doubt, there are instances of direct plagiarism, with true copycats using the exact same fabric combinations and patterns as other crafters.  However, it's important to recognise that there is very little that's original in the craft world.

On the left, is a vintage fabric and on the right, a Cath Kidston design from Christmas 2011.  
(Both images can be found on my Pinterest board here)

Don't be precious - remember that unless you've been living a completely isolated existence, you've probably been inspired from something you've seen.  Your designs are valued - just because someone is making something similar, don't discard your interpretation.

To those who see something lovely and think it's ok to copy, please make it your own.  Put your own twist on it.  Use the colours and fabrics that make your heart sing.  Use the inspiration to make something which shows who you really are.  Copying isn't nice.  Copying is most definitely not cool.

And remember, if in doubt, put a bird on it.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012


Once the little B+C babies are tucked snugly into bed, I find myself avoiding the sewing machine, opting instead for the couch, with a little bit of this (yay for ABC2 replaying every episode of Doctor Who from Christopher Ecclestone onward).

Best Doctor ever, yes?  We're still in Rose territory but unfortunately, Martha is looming on the horizon.  Worst companion ever, no?  I just can't warm to her - too besotted, too whiny and not enough oomph.  Perhaps ABC2 could just skip Martha and bring on the ultimate companion, Donna Noble.  Best companion ever, yes?

Although David is the clear winner, I'm very fond of Matt Smith too - he's great.  AND, to save the BBC any bother when Matt Smith calls it a day, I've also chosen the next Doctor 

Ben Wishaw.  Did you happen to catch The Hour?  

Ben Wishaw plays Freddy Lyon and is captivating.  He could definitely bring the passion, the irreverence and the humour that makes for a great Doctor.

Along with the Doctor comes the obligatory tea (Irish Breakfast of course), chocolate cake (I'll be back with a scrumptious recipe) and some crochet.

A bit of bunting loveliness - this is addictive!  

I'm sure I should weave in the ends first but I'm not that kind of crafter...

And some flowers too - for embellishments on a very exciting new Brierley + Clover product in the works...

So many different flower patterns out there - I think I've chosen my far.

Hope your evenings are spent with similar loveliness!