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About veryberryhandmade

Mum, artisan, gardener, baker, home-schooler

A happy post day

The postie bought me a little parcel this morning…. I love a surprise! Inside I found this little piece of art:

Miss Lizzie's new start


It’s a beautiful portrait of Lizzie Bennett and everyone’s favourite love interest, Mr Darcy, made by Geraldine, one of the ATC swap participants, as a thank you for organising the swap. I love it, especially as it reminds me of Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, who will always by Lizzie Bennett and Mr Darcy for me.  Thanks so much Geraldine, I really appreciate your generosity, especially as you have also been a very kind Swap Angel too.

Then, later on, another ring of the doorbell, and a courier has brought me another parcel! Look at these lovely goodies:

Fabrics from Ochre & Ochre


It’s a beautiful bundle of organic cotton from Ochre & Ocre. I am going to be a Creative Blogger for Ochre & Ocre for the next few months – there will be regular posts, giving ideas of ways to use these gorgeous prints. I am so excited to receive the fabrics – I am full of ideas already!

Hope you all have had a lovely Saturday too, whether you were blessed with parcels or not!


Filed under ATC, fabric, fabric news

Vote Lucie!

A few weeks back I launched the search for a Very Berry contender for the Offset Warehouse’s Big Spring Contest. Lucie Hubbard of Love Lucie, won the Very Berry heat, and Lucie has made this wonderful divided bucket bag using her selected fabrics from the Offset Warehouse:

Divided fabric bucket for the offset warehouse competition

I absolutely love this because it is totally my style – I love black and red together! Lucie used a pattern by the brilliant Anna of Noodlehead fame (LOVE her designs).

Divided fabric bucket for the offset warehouse competition


If you’d like to vote for Lucie (please do!) – this is the link to the Facebook vote.



Filed under craft, fabric, pattern, sewing, stitching

Celebrating 3000

A while back now, I celebrated the wondrousness of having 3,000 followers over on my Very Berry Handmade Facebook page, with a custom bag giveaway. The winner chose the fabrics, all ordered from the M is for Make (with brilliant help finding coordinating fabrics from Kate), and I have finally finished the bag. It is a large and rather roomy shopper, with an internal zipped pocket, and a large slip pocket on the outside. Here it is:

Flat bag front

Bird bag back

bird bag front

Hope the lucky winner likes it…!

My plan is to write a for sale pattern for this one (like Facebook, I am desperately trying to monetise myself…!), but I am not totally happy with the design yet. I’m keen to make it easy but with lots of fun features to lift it out of the basic shopping tote league.  I also want to give people the opportunity of using loads of fabulous fabrics, whilst keeping it simple. Happy I have the latter sorted, but not sure about the former. Watch this space!



Filed under fabric, sewing, stitching

Third ATC Round Up

It has been a tricky swap this time round, I’m not sure why, maybe third time unlucky? Sadly, in spite of all the cards having been sent, there are still 5 or 6 swappers who are waiting to receive an ATC, and I’ve already had to deploy two extremely kind Angels. However, I am determined that everyone will get a card eventually – keep your fingers crossed it all works out in the end… On the upside, there has been some amazing creativity, which certainly makes up for the trickiness.

The theme vote (between ‘Spring’ and ‘Books’) was so close (only one vote in it!), that I decided we should use both – and split the swappers into 2 groups – it has been such fun having cards from two different themes appearing in the ATC Swap Flickr group. I really urge you to take a look. So hard to choose because they are all so fab, but these are some of my favourites:


Larisa's spring lambs

Larisa’s sweet little lambs – Larisa stepped in as an Angel – thanks!


Sue T's Bluebell Wood

 Sue T’s beautiful Bluebell Wood


Lisa's beautiful flower

 Lisa’s pretty vintage spring flowers


Sian's washing line

 Sian’s fabulous spring washing line – aren’t the jeans just fab?!



The Secret Garden by Sue D

 Sue D’s fabulous take on The Secret Garden


Old Man and the Sea by Louise

An atmospheric take on The Old Man and the Sea by Louise


Books and tea by Tracy

Once Upon A Time by Tracy – you can’t beat a cuppa and a good book!


Crime Scene by Becca

Crime Scene (a tribute to the crime genre) by Becca (another lovely Angel – thanks Becca!)


Geraldine's Jane Austen card

 Jane Austen themed card by Geraldine (I have a real soft spot for this one because it makes me think of my favourite character, Anne Elliot, from my favourite book, Persuasion)


There will be another swap along in July – so if you want to join in, please do subscribe to Very Berry Handmade, and you will be in with a good chance of getting one of the highly sought-after places.


Filed under ATC, sewing, stitching, swap