March Meet The Maker - Week Three -ish

Good evening,

So we're well into March and isn't spring just wonderful, lots of sunshine, daffodils lining pathways, and blossom on the trees. HAAA just kidding... what is with this snow??! The weather is so confused at the moment but it needs to sort itself out -  I think I'm solar powered I need some sunshine.

On we go with March Meet the Maker I fell behind so have just spammed everyone on Instagram catching up today (Sorry!)...

Day 12: Postage and Packaging

Gotta love a polka dot! All my parcels are posted in polka dot tissue paper with a handwritten note from me. Happy post!

Day 13: Work Clothes

 (Excuse the polka dot face - I'm not that obsessed with them that I paint polka dots on each morning!) I usually seem to wear blue.. dark blue, navy blue, denim blue... today though I wore yellow... with a hint of blue! Luckily neither my day job or May I Design is particularly messy so smart casual goes! (Unless I'm working from home then PJs fit the Bill!)

Day 14 Dreams and Plans

These change on a daily basis I get so excited and jump head first into an idea then a few days later another 'brilliant' idea pops into my mind haha.

One thing that has stayed consistent is I'd love my own garden studio like this one off Pinterest where I can teach workshops with a gorgeous view (I'd also like a big, gorgeous garden too) and I'd love to have my own gallery that sells the work of new designer/makers and also allows them to teach workshops in their medium... one day! Oh and I've had another idea.......

Day 15:

Head over to Instagram to see this.. Boomerang I'm not going to lie these boomerang things stress me out a little, I think it's the continuous loop! But I've given it a whirl and a big 'HELLO'

Day 16: Helpers

I am so lucky that both my parents are so supportive of my craftyness! Dad is super helpful with technical drawing and also there's not a single thing that man doesn't have stored in a tin or tub somewhere!

My mum is also so supportive, she listens and offers advice with every aspect of my business and keeps me on track when I have random ideas I want to follow. I really don't think I'd have kept going if it wasn't for them being so encouraging and supportive. I'm a very lucky girl

Day 17 : Customers & Feedback

I swear I have the best customers the feedback for my portraits and classes are so lovely! It makes all the hardwork worth it! And it's true lovely feedback does make creative's do a happy dance - well I do anyway!

Day 18: Inspiration

I am super inspired by quaint buildings and cute doors. I'm not sure what it is they just fill me with happy! Being so near the Cotswolds I'm not far from a shed load of inspiration.

Day 19: Can't Live Without

Bar the obvious of my trusty sewing machine I think next it would be a strong brew and a to do list... I love a list! I'm got the memory of a very forgetful goldfish so lists are a must. There's something so satisfying about crossing things off the days to do list!

See you next week! Let's hope Spring remembers to arrive by then!


March Meet The Maker - Week Two -ish

Good afternoon,

The time is flying we're nearly halfway through March! How the flippin' heck did that happen?! And with the March days ticking past so is the March Meet the Maker challenge. Here are a few more prompts...

Day 5: Photography 

I love taking product shots, I think mainly because I love buying cute colourful props to use in my styling! If you ever see a girl in b&q taking lots of wallpaper samples as backdrops it's probably me! 

Day 6: Workspace 

I'm so fortunate that I have a room dedicated to my craftyness! Unfortunately it looks like a small (possibly large)craft explosion has gone off in there SOOO... while I'm ignoring the mess I'm currently working from the dining table!! I've promised myself to get my room sorted and back in business in the next month or two... especially now I've seen so many of your gorgeous spaces!

Day 7: Routine 

 Now this is a funny one. I work 4 days a week as an Interior Designer in Marlborough the other 3 days I do May I Design stitching house portraits, teaching, designing wedding stationery and doing product photography. If I'm honest I have no real routine I just try my best to fit as much in as and when I can!

Day 8: Flatlay 

Gotta love a flatlay!

Day 9: How it's Made

All my work whether it be my house portraits, wedding stationery or greetings cards start out being stitched. I use freehand machine embroidery on a normal domestic sewing machine. I will first lightly draw out the design on the fabric to use as a guide. I'm not too worried if I wobble off the lines as I think that's part of the charm and character of free-motion embroidery

Day 10: Relax

 To relax I love to go out and explore local villages and parks. A find walking does really help to clear my noggin if im feeling overwhelmed! Pretty door spotting is also very relaxing

Day 11: Branding

I'm a little bit obsessed with yellow and grey so these had to feature. I've kept my font quite quirky and friendly and I'm slightly obsessed with polka dots too! I hope my brand comes across as friendly and not too serious!

See you next week

March Meet The Maker- Week 1

Good morning all,

I hope you've all been safe and well this week and the snow hasn't caused you too many disruptions. The road into work, for me, has been impassable so I've had to work from home - the road is still closed now but hoping the snow will have melted by tomorrow! 

I thought I'd just stop by and tell you about March Meet The Maker a photo challenge I'm taking part in over on Instagram. It's set up By Joanne Hawker for makers, like me, to share a little bit more about ourselves and our work.

 Each day has as different prompt to get us all talking and sharing. I thought I'd post the first few days with you here...

Day 1: You

I'm a Lichfield girl currently living in Wiltshire. I stitch house and venue portraits using free-motion embroidery and love really cute, quaint buildings (so lucky round here with the Cotswolds just a stone's throw away)  I love teaching workshops as well as attending as many as I can. I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all over the course of March :)

Day 2: Where

 Here! In my little house in Wiltshire. I'm originally from Lichfield and go home to my parents as often as I can. I now live and work in Wiltshire by day I'm an Interior Designer and in my spare time stitch houses or teach workshops!

Day 3: How you started

 I've always been creative when I was little I'd buy paper plates with my pocket money, decorate then with paints and felt tips then 'sell them' from the Wendy house at the end of my garden! My poor parents were my only customer! 

Since then I went to uni and got a degree in Fine Art it wasn't really for me so I went back to uni and studied a few modules in surface pattern design. This was a lot more up my street!

A few years later I was bought a pink sewing machine for my birthday with not a clue how to use it I set about learning. I knew I wanted to do free-motion embroidery but had no clue how trying to do it with the normal foot in and feed dogs up! A few books later and I was hooked on drawing with my machine and stitched this card for my mum for Mothers day. She loved it so much she said I should stitch house portraits for other people and commissioned me to stitch one for her friends birthday. The rest, they say, is history....

Day 4: Favourite to make

Surprise, surprise, I love stitching house and venue portraits they just fill me with happy. Adding just a little pop of colour and capturing the character of the building in stitch is the best.

I have also recently started to design wedding stationery commissions. I'm very new to to wedding stationery but it's definitely something I'd like to pursue, to be a part of somebody's big day is a lovely idea.

If you'd like to take part it's not to late just use the hashtag #marchmeetthemaker and get involved. Lots of makers are sharing stories about themselves and their work so head over to Instagram and take a look...

Hope you have a happy Sunday, Keep warm 


Wedding Stationery - The Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Good morning,

I though I'd just stop by to show you my latest wedding stationery collection that I designed for a winter wedding for my best friend and her now husband <3

She was getting married at The Spa hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells and wanted invitations that included the venue. Look no further than the bestie who is obsessed with stitching architecture!

The hotel is huge and very long! The kind staff at the hotel provided me with photographs to work from but I couldn't get a photograph that got the hotel all in, straight on! So with the help of my Dad and a few days tied to his desk drawing it out face on - I had my sketch to work from. (God bless parents!)

My Dad's Drawing
The Finished Stitch

The wedding Colours were Royal Blue and Silver so these were included to the invitations with the font.

Sam very kindly send me a photograph of when she first opened the invitations and I love it...

I had the stitch professionally framed up for the new Mr and Mrs Glover and gave it to them on their wedding day.

I had the honour of being Sam's Bridesmaid on the day too. It was such a wonderful wedding, the sun shone and the venue was gorgeous.

Thank you Mr and Mrs Glover for letting me design the invites for your big day. 

If you're getting married and would like to know more about my invitation packages please email me at

See you soon

New Brewery Arts Workshop 17.02.2018

Good Evening and Happy Weekend,

Hope you're all enjoying your Saturday! I've had a lovely day teaching at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester. If you haven't been there before I highly recommend it. It's a fabulous place with artists working in their studios that you can go in and visit, a lovely craft shop and cafe and a huge selection of workshops, including my freehand machine embroidery one!

Today I had the pleasure of teaching 3 lovely ladies who had never really done freehand machine embroidery before. A lot of people think it's harder than it is but once you have mastered using your machine with out feed dogs the world is your oyster.

I started off by showing them how to set up the machines then hoop up their fabrics. After a short demo the ladies were cooking on gas starting by just getting a feel for it and then adding in splashes of colour with fabrics.

Don't you think they've done great? Each went away with a selection of sampler pieces, a finished stitch and hopefully an addictive new hobby!

If you'd like to Join me on one of my classes please take a look at my workshop page for up coming dates. 

Hopefully see you soon


A lovely day at Bobbin Sewing School...

Good evening, 

I had such a wonderful day yesterday teaching four more students freehand machine embroidery at Bobbin Sewing School in Stockbridge. They went from never doing freehand machine embroidery before to mastering the technique and creating some wonderful work. 

Each lovely lady went a way with a selection sample pieces and a finished framed card. 

If you'd like to learn a new skill and spend a few lovely hours learning this very addictive craft then why not book on to a workshop take a look here for dates and availability.

Speak soon

Christmas Commissions...

Good morning,

Oh my goodness how rude am i? It's the 5th February and I haven't yet wished you a happy new year! It's the same old but time really does fly! I wish there was breaks you could apply or that watch that chap had that pauses time, you know the one? Anyway I'm not here to babble on about how it's now 2018 (how the dickins did that happen by the way?) I thought I'd share with you some of commissions that were ordered for Christmas... (I can show them to you now because Christmas has been and gone! Argh!)

If your interested in ordering a house or venue portrait you can either fill in the form on the right hand side or email me at  for more information and a quotation

Alternatively if you'd like to learn a new craft in 2018 I'm teaching freehand machine embroidery workshops at a range of venues have a wee look at the workshop page for more information.

I promise to not leave it as long until my next post!

Speak soon