The Blogger Series: House of Pinheiro

Howdy people?

I met up with House of Pinheiro for the second interview in my Blogger Series feature. If you are new to my blog, I decided to start this series after receiving my new Nikon 3100 camera. I love taking pictures with it, and since it comes with a video option, I thought a fun way to use it would be to interview as many fellow bloggers as I can. If you missed the first interview with Pincushion Treats, you can see it here.

For those of you who don’t know about House of Pinheiro ( not many I’m sure), you can find her here,   baking, sewing, quilting and doing many more things than I would ever dream to do, and to top it all, she is in the final stages of her MBA program. Is there anything this girl cannot do? I could almost hate. ALMOST….

To make matters worse, she is over 6ft tall  …ouch..I have always wanted to be tall. When I was younger, I would have done ANYTHING to grow taller than I was. One of my older sisters even tricked me into going to bed early one day by saying that if I slept on the couch, I would be as long as the couch when I woke up in the morning. I don’t think I have ever looked forward to waking up as much as I did that day. Come morning, I was still short. The only good thing is, that particular sister of mine is now shorter than I am…..pardon me, but I just have to do an evil laugh now, a la Vincent Price.

Like I said before, I don’t know where these interviews will lead. Its all for fun, and there is no particular format, so make yourself a cuppa (or pour a glass of wine?), and spend some time with House of Pinheiro.

A few lacy bits.

I made some undies. YAY!!


I was sort off forced into making these. Due to the fact that I had an emergency C-Section when having Noah, I was advised by the midwives to invest in large undies. I’m talking full briefs here people, those that threaten to reach your chest. So I did just that, handing out a couple of pounds for shiny new size 16 undies from M&S. 

I loved those undies. Loved them so much that even when I did not need them, I continued wearing them. I could have lived in them forever. Mr.Dibs on the other hand, was not impressed. He started with subtle hints about my oversized undies, mumbling here and there. I ignored him of course. The mumbling grew louder, untill one day, fed up with my lack of action, he plainly told me what he thought of my lovely size 16 M&S undies. I’m not going to repeat it here, but suffice it to say these new lace undies I have made are a direct result of Mr. Dib’s complaint.

This is not the first time I am dabbling in underwear construction. Last year I went crazy, made a few undies, went on a stretch lace shopping binge on ebay, and then promptly fell out of love with making my own undies.

I used the same Jalie pattern as last time.This is such an easy pattern to use, and I really love this style of undies. As you would have noticed, there is only one really bright colour. Somehow its really hard to find wide stretch laces in the right width and colour here in the UK. I intend to buy as many bold colours as I can afford when I get to Amsterdam. Neon green anyone? 

Thank God for John Lewis

Today, my junior brother and I went into John Lewis on Oxford Street, because I wanted to check out what they had. Thank God I did. They are currently having sales on some of their fabric.

After settling Noah with my brother, and went off to explore the sale area.

Loads of quilting cottons on sale.

This Joel Dewberry fabric from the Heirloom collection is currently going for £6.25/metre. I snagged 2 metres.

For those with nimble fingers, they also have yarn on sale.

Can you tell I was happy to be in John Lewis?

I came back and found this….in the middle of the knitting section.

Weekend in Review Pt 2

I can’t even begin to describe how much fun I had on Sunday. I was like a kid in a candy store. You have no idea how much I have been wanting to go out and just have some me time. As much as I love my young one, I do need some time once in a while to feel alive, and in control of myself.

Noah, sensing I would be having fun without him, decided to pull a fast one on me, and was fidgety all day. Unfortunately for him, he underestimated my determination to have a baby-free outing. Oh, there was alcohol to be sampled, and there was no way I was not going to treat myself to a few cocktails. So, despite his tearless crying ( Gone are the days when I fretted when he cried), I impatiently dumped him into his father’s arms, and sprinted for the door. Does that make me a bad mother? Yes? Can you in all honestly blame me? Yes? ….well you have never tasted Mela’s baking or cocktails. Believe me when I say that girl could bake her way out of trouble. When I was with child ( can you tell I read the Bible?), she came to visit me often, and brought many delights. Her chocolate macarons had Junior Mr.Dibs salivating for days….and that by itself, is an achievement.

I got there 2 hours late ( wicked wicked Noah), but there was still so much for me to eat, and I even took some home. I had cake for breakfast the following morning…oh, the life I live. It was so nice meeting everyone again, and hopefully there will be another one soon. You can read more about this little gathering here and here

Here are some pics for you. Hopefully the many pictures won’t bother you.

My personal favourite.

Weekend in Review Pt 1

I know I said in this post that I will reveal what I have been working on, on sunday, but I can’t do that. The project is unfinished. I was too busy having fun.

This weekend has been quite an interesting one for me. First, my friend from Portsmouth came to spend the weekend with me, then we got to hang out with Claire on Saturday, and then on Sunday, we met up with some cool chicas, ate some cake ( LOADS), and downed some cocktails. Details of sunday’s meet-up will be in part two of my weekend review.  Sadly, all good things come to an end, and my friend has returned to Portsmouth, and once again, I’m back to living my life through your blogs….yes I know, I am a stalker…..I’m getting help from the NHS, so fear not, I will not be doing anything drastic soon.

Here is a pictorial of my day with Claire. We met at Goldhawk Road tube station……

…….and wasted no time ….. fabric shopping anyone?

I am now sporting an afro. I am trying to grow my natural hair so I shall have it free of weaves and all sorts of fakery throughout summer.

I don’t know why I had this expression on my face.

We came across a group of women fabric shopping as well, and it turns out they all met through a website called Meetup. I had never heard of this site before, so yes, you do learn something new everyday. Basically, Meetup provides an opportunity for you to meetup with other people who share your interests, whatever that interest may be, and yes, that includes a French Bulldog Group. Marijke was kind enough to pose with us. She blogs over at mybusycraftlife.

Then we saw this yummy vintage fabric in Classic Textiles. It comes in 2 colour ways. Rumour has it ( well the lady selling says its true), that one woman bought this fabric, and made a dress based on one of the dresses on the pattern. I did not invent that story, seriously.

Look people, The Vesbar, has changed hands, and is now called The Vandella. The Vesbar was the hangout of choice of savvy fabric shoppers. This is where fabric purchases were oohed and ahhed over at Karen’s Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango last year.

 I loved Claire’s pendant.

Fabric wise, Claire gifted me these jersey beauties. They are sooooooooooooooo soft…thanks again Claire. 

I bought this chartreuse cotton satin fabric to make a top.

Phew!!!! 
That was a long one.
Have a nice week everyone.