Friday, 3 April 2015

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

Happy Zombie Jebus weekend everybody! I hope you all have lots of lovely plans for the long weekend? Mine include lots and lots of sewing (no surprise there then!) I'm hoping to get the quilting finished on my second quilt and a few dresses made......totally doable.........I think.

This week I thought I'd combine my birthday wish list with my Friday favourites, two birds with one stone and all that! So yup it's my birthday coming up.....again. How is that possible? I'm sure I just had a birthday!! I can't possibly be another year older.......right? Right???

So the good thing about birthdays is that lovely people give you lovely things; hugs, cake (mmmmmm cake) and also pressies! It will come as no surprise to anyone that fabric features heavily on my wish list this year.....
Feathers on Black (2 metres) / Primevera Iris (4 metres)
Botanic Garden (4 metres) / Pansies (4 metres)
......first up is this gorgeous cotton sateen from Truro fabrics, I think it would look amazing as a wiggle dress (Papa has seconded this) which means less fabric which is good 'cause $$$$. Then we have this Iris print which I'm totally in love with, I'm thinking circle skirt and tight bodice (because of course I am!). Next is this oh so pretty cherry blossom print again I'm thinking circle skirt but Papa suggested making a two piece instead of a dress which I think is a genius idea, I'm thinking a little bolero jacket rather than a shirt though as these quilting cottons don't really lend themselves to drapey shirts. Lastly there is this totally drool worthy pansy print which is so beautiful (I think it's my favourite although I don't play favourites with my fabrics....honest...) these pansies will definitely become a dress.......tight bodice, circle skirt naturally.

Next up, if anyone was feeling super generous, we have this lovely thing.....
.......a huge fluffy petticoat from Vivien of Holloway given all the circle skirts I make it's surprising that I only own one crinoline! Mine is a gorgeous green vintage affair that I love but it doesn't really go with everything so I was thinking a cream one would be a great idea! Given how much these are I would happily welcome gift vouchers to help towards buying myself one.

And finally my geeky side is showing.....
Thug Kitchen 
Sonic Screwdriver / Chop-Sabers
....the Thug Kitchen has always made me giggle and drool at the same time, I think this cookbook would be so much fun. Next up is this Sonic Screwdriver.....I'm thinking of cosplaying at this years LFCC so this would be very handy and also awesome! Lastly light up chop-sabers.....NEED!

So there we go family and friend Peeps, I hope this helps!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Chiana vs The Bernina

Hey Peeps!

Why is it that whenever I decide to get my act together and start exercising my bodies first reaction is "oh no you don't! Here let me give you a cold so I can stop you in your tracks!" grrrr! Yup I'm feeling all poorly and sorry for myself....again! On a positive note spring has most definitely sprung here on the island.....
......the magnolia tree is in bloom......in the background you can see the hail storm that hit us about twenty minutes after taking that picture! Ahhhhh the joys of living in the English countryside.

Despite feeling like death slightly warmed over there has been plenty of activity here, mainly of the crafting variety. I has the lovely Miss L come to stay for a long weekend which was mostly spent making yummy foods.....
Chocolate Orange Truffles 
Chocolate Mousse
 ........embroidering leather.....
......and generally messing about with paper.....
.....oh and we also fed the badgers, it's the only sane thing to do with your left over roast chicken.....
........as they will eat the entire thing! All in all it was a lovely few days and Miss L has even agreed to come back in the not too distant future.

So I've been sorting out my photos and I found a whole bunch of Chiana over the last year and half, she used to be so teeny. It gave me an idea to do a Chiana vs..... series as she does seem to obsess over some of my inanimate objects. First up.....my Bernina, more specifically the embroidery unit of my Bernina....
.......when I brought her home she pretty much made a beeline straight for it. You can't really blame her, there is a perfect kitten sized hole ready made for napping in. The only problem is that is really was a kitten sized hole....
....totally acceptable when you are only fourteen weeks old, but......
.....unfortunately fourteen week isn't fully grown! Chi was convinced she still fit a few weeks later.....(she totally wanted that leg poking out at that awkward angel....honest)......
....but by six months there was no fooling anyone, the kitten sized hole had been totally outgrown. Chi will occasionally try and fit her butt back in it these days but never looks comfortable and never stays in it for long......she's been trying out other pieces of equipment though....
.......also not so comfy and also not napped on for long!

All in all March has been pretty awesome (despite the stupid cold) and there have been lots of things made.....
.....just none finished! I really have to be in the mood for hand sewing it seems.....Chiana judges me....

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Two Years Old And Counting...

Hey Peeps!

The Kittenish Behaviour Boutique is two years old! Fancy that. Today I thought I would go through some of the questions that I get asked on a regular basis......

Q. Kittenish Behaviour??? Where did that come from?
A. My very bestest friend nicknamed me Kitten many many MANY moons ago (we are talking like eighteen years ago, so thats a lot of moons!). The reasons were......on one of our first meetings I ended up curling up and falling asleep with my head in her lap and the other reason was our shared love of Georgette Heyer regency romance novels the lead heroine in one of our favourites is called Kitten. When I started this little blog back in 2010 Kittenish Behaviour seemed like the logical choice as I was going to be writing about my life and the crazy things I got up to. Two years ago when I decided to open up the boutique it seemed totally natural to keep on using the name. The rest is (recent) history.

Q. Why did you open the Kittenish Behaviour Boutique?
A. About twelve years ago I got myself my first computer and about eleven years, eleven months and twenty nines days ago I got myself my very first eBay account.......I have always loved vintage clothing and the USA seems to have the best selection. I spent hours trawling through the vintage listings and got myself many many lovely dresses. One day someone had listed something incorrectly and I stumbled upon Trashy Diva.....that was it. I was hooked! I think one of my first orders was for at least ten items (mostly sale items) and boy was that a shock when I got the import fee demand! I opened up the boutique because I love these American designers but was fed up of paying nearly £30-£40 extra per dress to have them in the UK, postage costs were high and the Import Fee Powers That Be were always cruel to me. I thought that if I wanted these dresses there had to be other UK Ladies that wanted them too. I worked out that if I imported the pretties and sold them myself then I could reduce that extra £30-£40 each individual dress was costing quite significantly.

Q. Is it just you?
A. Yes it's just me! Well unless you count Chiana my parcel inspector....
(she only inspects the parcels once they have been completely sealed, she gets no where near the contents!) and the hamster in the attic that keeps my dial-up modem running (ahhhh the joys of living in the land of no/little interwebs!).

And now some more of the serious questions I get asked.....

Q. Why are your UK postage charges so high?
A. The UK postage charges are high in general. If I'm posting to somewhere in the UK I charge £8.50 for tracked and insured service, the actual cost of postage is £8.45 (for one dress). I charge a flat rate of £8.50 (packaging is free!) regardless of how many dresses you order.....not that I'm trying to encourage you to buy more dresses!

Q. Why are your international postage charges so high?
A. Again the UK's postal charges are generally just high! Posting to the US for example costs from £19 upwards. I charge a flat rate of £22 (packaging is free!) , if your postage is significantly lower than this I will issue a refund for the difference but if your postage comes to more than £22 I won't ask you for the extra!

Q. I'd rather pay for a cheaper postal service with no insurance!
A. Really???? Think about it.....you'd rather save between £5-£10 on postage costs on your £100 plus dress. What if it gets lost in the post (this happens, it's happened to me)? Your dress has gone and your down £100, I can't send you another one.....was saving that £5-£10 worth it? I'm sorry but I won't send anything without insurance.

Q. Why do I have to pay import fees? Are import fee's covered in the postage costs?
A. I have no control over the import fees of other countries (wouldn't it be cool if I did though?!) I have to fill out a customs form for any parcel I send abroad and then it's in the hands of the Import Fee Powers That Be (bow down and worship them.....they might spare you!). Import fees are NOT covered in my postage costs and I can't be held responsible for them if the Import Fee Powers That Be are not kind to you.

Q. Why do you offer free worldwide postage and then wait so long to post my item?
A. I offer free worldwide postage only when I'm lucky enough to be going away on my holibobs (holidays to those of you that don't speak fluent Siân) which means that I am physically parted from all my lovely stock (believe me it's a wrench leaving all the pretties alone) and can't send your items out until I return from whatever distant land (usually Saudi Arabia or Nuneaton) I've been visiting! This is my way of saying thank you for your order but sorry I can't post it immediately, I know waiting for the pretties is tough!

Q. I'd like to buy one of your smaller items why have I got to pay the standard postage cost???
A. You don't! Contact me and I'll get you an accurate quote for the item you have your eye on.

Q. Your prices are higher than the designers prices for Trashy Diva and Bernie Dexter dresses, whats going on?
A. Yes my prices are slightly higher than you would find buying direct from the designers and that's because I've had to pay shipping to the UK and the import fees for the pretties (the Import Fee Powers That Be are never kind to me). I've tried to keep the prices as low as I can though.

Q. You have items on your boutique that are out of stock......why!!! Why you tease us?
A. I keep items showing that are out of stock because in most cases I can order you another one. I do take down items that are no longer available from the designers.

Q. I would like to buy a certain dress but you either a. don't stock it or b. you stock it but not in my size?
A. Get in touch I'm happy to order in specific dresses for you, you just need to let me know!

Q. Woop! Woop! You'll order me a specific dress? I love you! (Steady on there!)
A. Yes I certainly will. If you are after a specific dress I am happy to order that for you. For me to place an order with either Trashy Diva or Bernie Dexter I have to reach a minimum spend amount. What I do is put you on the Custom Order Wishlist. As soon as I have enough orders (usually 3) to meet the minimum spend I will contact you to check if you still want your dress. If you do still want your dress then you buy Kittenish Behaviour gift vouchers, I place the order.....happiness ensues! (If you for some reason don't like your dress I will issues you a cash refund so you aren't stuck with gift vouchers that you might not be able to use for a while but I only offer this refund on gift vouchers if they are directly connected to the Custom Order Wishlist service)

Q. Can I exchange my gift vouchers for cash?
A. Only if they were bought as part of the Custom Order Wishlist service otherwise I'm afraid not, but if there is something you really want that I don't currently stock just ask.....you never know I might be able to order it in for you!

Q. I love the dress but in real life it just doesn't work for me.....*super sad face*
A. Online shopping is both awesome and sucky in equal measure. No crowds, ability to eat chocolate whilst shopping from your comfy sofa but no ability to try on your pretties before you spend your hard earned cash. If for some reason your item isn't exactly what you'd hoped it would be I will of course refund you. You just need to return the item to me within a week of your receiving it and you must use an insured postal service!!

Q. Sizing!!! Argh...... unclear, are they UK sizes are they US sizes?
A. There is a lovely sizing chart linked to the measurements of each item on the item page but as a rule of thumb, if you are drooling over a Trashy Diva lovely then the sizes listed are Trashy Diva (USA) sizes. Same goes for Bernie Dexter beauties!

Q. You don't reply to my emails?
A. This is odd as I love to chat! If I'm not replying to your emails it's because I'm not getting them (my Tech Guy is willing to back me up on this) there have apparently been a few problems with the service which we (HA! We! Read that as though I'm asking and my Tech Guy is doing) are working on fixing. In the meantime there are lots of ways to contact me...... email me at sian@kittenishbehaviour.com if that doesn't work message me on the Facebook Page or you could even call me on 01983 857144 I promise I don't bite (unless you ring me at like 7am....then I probably will bite....you have been warned!)

If you have any other questions please feel free to get in contact with me, like I mentioned I love to chat! These last couple of years have been quite an experience but I wouldn't change them for the world!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

Twice in one week! Don't faint, stranger things have happened......can't think of them right now but I'm pretty sure they have. I thought I'd get back in to posting my "Friday I'm In Love's", I really like looking for new fabric and even though I'm not buying any new fabric at the moment.....honestly (except for linings that is) I still like looking. Just looking.....there isn't 3 yards of stripy goodness on it's way too me as I type.....but as soon as that's arrived then that's it......promise. Well of course there is three weeks in Riyadh coming up but after that no more fabric until I've used everything I already have......because of course that's going to happen!

Anyway shall we have a look at this weeks addiction fuel......
Iris and Orchid / Gold Arrows
Baby Avengers / Lilies 
.......first up is this gorgeous digital print. As it is the scale would be too small for my tastes but the great thing about Spoonflower is that you can contact the designer and usually they are willing to work with you so you get exactly what you want. Unfortunately they seem to have stopped offering the cotton silk blend I love but they do have cotton sateen which is the same price so I shall try that out next time I place an order......which won't be until I've turned all the fabric I already own into clothes, quilts etc..........*cough* moving swiftly on. Next up is the gold arrows which I think is so beautiful and I already have plans for interestingly pieced bodices *le sigh*. Then there is this cute Baby Avengers fabric which would make an awesome pair of PJ's and lastly another digital floral print which again I would ask for on a slightly different scale to the current one.

I also thought I'd share what I'm loving dancing to and singing along badly with listening to at the moment.....
......I don't watch TV very often and when I do I tend to get up and do something during the adverts because I'm an advertisers dream....must have all the things! Well the new Cadburys advert has "Yes Sir, I can boogie" playing which I love and led to the purchase of this album, it's awesome. Now if you'll excuse me I'll be over in the corner practising my hustle!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Coming Up Roses

Hey Peeps!

How is everyone? I'm aching all over as I have (yet again) decided to take up exercise as a daily thing .....why???? Well I know exactly why.....I've put on well over a stone and a half since moving down to the island last year and my clothes have started feeling a little.....restrictive shall we say, not good. My diet really wasn't helping (pancetta, cheese and sour cream baguettes taste soooooo good) so I've started eating much healthier food which has gotten me a stone towards my goal weight but I've realised that as blessed as I have been in the genetics department diet alone will no longer cut it.....ahhhh they joys of getting older. So I'm making friends with Jillian Michaels.....again.

When I started this blog back in 2010 (ohhhh mmmmm geeeee how long ago?) I was well in to a fitness regime involving Ms Michaels and it was really working. I kept a daily log of how I was feeling and coping with her videos which I found recently......it made for interesting reading (well for me it did). When I started back then I was at what I would now consider my goal weight (ha!) and trying to get down to a weight I had been at my very skinniest purely so I could wear a lovely (and very expensive) pair of jeans that had been tailored to fit me perfectly. Now while I wouldn't mind getting in said expensive jeans I would be very happy if I could just get to what my starting weight was back then! This time around I have taken some "Before" photos so I can see how far I get but until I'm totally (mostly) happy with the "After" pictures there is no way I'm putting them out there for the whole interwebs to see. I still can't believe it's been five years since I started this! How on earth does that happen???

So I do have something new to share with you today....it's this.....
 .......I'm so in love with this coat. I made it ages ago but totally chickened out of finishing it when it came to putting the buttonhole in. I was terrified my machine would chew it up and spit it out and I would cry. I had no grounds for these fears my machine has behaved beautifully anytime I have ever asked it to do buttonholes but for some reason I got the fear! Looking back I think I would try a bound buttonhole next time (and there will be a next time) but for this version I finally settled on a giant press stud as the closure which works perfectly but left the front of the coat looking a little plain. Enter Big Bird......she took me shopping in Stratford which has so many lovely little shops and in one of them I found this awesome 1930's (apparently) brooch which the magpie in me was very happy about.
The coat pattern itself is something I copied from an All Saints coat that I have and have nearly loved to death (sooooo many rips in the lining...sad face) the original is actually a tail coat but it really doesn't work over the huge 50's style dresses I love to wear so I played around with the back pieces until I came up with this.....
......I found the fabric years ago on eBay and snapped it up. It's a heavy weight barkcloth type fabric and as soon I saw the huge green roses I knew I wanted it to be a coat but put off doing anything about it for so long....I'm very glad I finally pulled my finger out! I worn this out a few times since I finished it and it always gets comments....so far they have all been complimentary!
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P.S. Yes Papa I took these photos back in February.....that is still my old hair do!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

There's Been A Crime In The Village

Hey Peeps!

How is everyone? I've been having a lovely time. I got to see my Bestie for her birthday celebrations even though this involved driving on the M25 (actually not so bad) and some time spent in Ipswich (also, not so bad). I've very nearly finished my Minoru coat (just some top stitching and hemming left to do!) and I have some gorgeous dresses that are all cut out and just waiting assembly. Plus one of my other Besties has just booked herself train tickets to come and see me next month, 'citin!

Today I thought I would share another of my, until now, unblogged makes, here it is.....
 ......it's a By Hand London Floranna dress and I love it. I got the polka dot fabric from Fabric Land in Southampton and it wasn't quite wide enough for the skirt panels to be cut normally so I cut them on the cross grain which worked out great. Stupidly though I also cut the bodice pieces like this which was totally unnecessary given the tinyness of the dots......ooooops! This has resulted in the bodice being a little snug (which of course has nothing to do with the two stone I've put on since I moved here!) but it still does up so I'm calling this a win! I love the shape of these two patterns combined.....
.......and I can see many more of these hybrids in my future.......although I still want to try out the Flora wrap bodice dress......mmmmmm moar dresses.

In other news Chi and I have officially been living on the island for a year today and what a year it's been. It really was a shock to the system moving from central London down to a teeny village that didn't even have a pub but I've come to really love it here especially since I learnt to drive and can get around this beautiful place more easily.

Despite it's remoteness (and lack of pubness) there are some definite upsides to living in a tiny village and one of them is the crime rate! Last year some family friends asked if the could store their little "tractor" on our drive as they were having to move house (because of all the rain we had washing away the road they lived on) and had no where to store it. "Of course, no problems at all." The tractor was delivered to my driveway, all sorted.

Now a couple of days later I had my Over the Road neighbours over for dinner who, during the course of the evenings conversation, asked me where the little tractor had gone!? After I'd replied that it was on the drive and they assured me that it wasn't (we even braved the evening air to go and check) we got all excited and decided that there had BEEN A CRIME IN THE VILLAGE! Duh duh duuuuuuuuuuuh! My first thought was "oh crap Papa will kill me, I've lost his friends tractor!" and then "what do I do?", do I call the family friends and let them know their tractor is missing or do I try and find out what's happened to it first and then let them know???? Argh! Over the Road neighbours said not to worry they had the number for the local neighbourhood watch people and the local Police Person we can report it!

I thought I ought to check with the tractors owners before calling the authorities just in case they had arranged to have it moved again and I had somehow missed the message, quite possible given my aversion to landline answering machines and the fact that I live in a mobile blackspot meaning the only way I get phone messages is on the landline answering machine. Luckily my gardener turned up the next day before I had made any phone calls, I thought it would be a good idea to just check with him to see if he had any idea where the tractor might be. Turns out he had been worried about it being left on the driveway for all to see......and possibly steal......so he had  driven it further up the drive and covered it with a tarpaulin! Crime solved. I let my Over the Road neighbours know about the latest development  and I have to say we were all a little disappointed.....I think we'd been imagining swarthy criminals in black and white striped tops with SWAG bags driving the tractor down our little road at 10mph!

There are of course other benefits to living in the country (have you seen my sea views!?) but the low crime rate is definitely high up on the list!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Epic Fail

Hey Peeps!

It's February (just in case you hadn't realised) where did January go? Did anyone notice? Whaaaaaat? I swear the months are getting shorter. I actually had a very busy and enjoyable January. I realised a couple of months ago that whilst I've been living down here on the island I really haven't been taking advantage of it. There has been lots of work done (yes Papa, LOTS of work) and lot's of me leaving the island to visit friends but very little exploring of this lovely little island has actually been done. Which is just stoopid. It's beautiful down here and there is loads to do....even in the Winter.

Now given that the people I know down here are my Parentals friends my social scene was a little limited so I joined a Meet Up group called the "Isle of Wight Hobnobs" and it's been brilliant. Last month we went on a leisurely stroll along the east coast of the island, listened to live music, watched the awesome film The Theory of Everything, came second in a pub quiz and danced our little socks off. It's a really interesting mix of people and it's lovely being able to meet people that you otherwise might never have come across, it's a rather fab thing 'tis the interwebs! My social calendar is just as jam packed this month plus I have Small Girl Type Creature coming for a visit in-between university interviews, February is shaping up to be awesomesauce.

I actually haven't done any sewing at all so far this year but I do have a few creations that as yet haven't made it to the blog, this being one of them......
.......it's a By Hand London Flora but in skirt form. Looking at these photos I love it but in real life it's an epic fail. The material is totally wrong.....sad face. I made it out of the Gaberdine that I'm making my Sewaholic Minoru out of, once I'd cut out all the coat pieces I had loads of fabric left over so I thought I'd try a skirt.....big mistake. It just really doesn't work it's way too stiff for a skirt plus it makes a really loud rustle noise when I move which is weird, so yeah sad face.
It's only saving grace is that it looks lovely when you hold still as the fabric really shows off the skirts beautiful shape plus it's great for twirling.....
........mmmmmm swirly twirly. This particular skirt is destined for the scrap pile (the enormous scrap pile that is threatening to swallow me.......really must get my quilting head on!) but there will definitely be more Flora skirts in my future. 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Toadstools and Terrariums

Hey Peeps!

I hope everyone has had a lovely week? Mine was rather excellent (except for the sort of mini/half cold I had, in the mornings it felt like Man-Flu and by the afternoon I was fine again....oddness) because I finished off all my late Christmas presents. I know, I know Christmas presents are meant to be given on or before the 25th December but I stupidly wisely decided that I was making all mine last year (that feels so weird to say/type!). I started in October and everything would have been finished with plenty of time to spare if one stupid but essential item had turned up when it was promised.....not the next bloody year! Grrrr argh! Ah well it arrived last week et voilà eight finished presents. I shall be sending them all out this week which will hopefully brighten up a few dull Januarys.

I also managed to photograph some of my unblogged makes from last year (the making part is so much fun why is the photographing part such a pain......well not pain....it's the weather that's the pain!) so without further ado I give you the Toadstool Dress.....
 ......it's the Deer and Doe Belladone dress and I love it. The print is from Spoonflower on Kona cotton (I toyed with the idea of cotton/silk but I wanted this to be a casual dress) and it's beautiful my only regret is not ordering four yards. The pattern pieces fitted easily on to the three yards I did have but I couldn't really attempt any pattern matching, unfortunately it kinda looks like I did try and just failed but hey-ho you live and learn! If it really bugs me I could always get myself some more (MOAR) fabric and try again but I think for now I'll live. The dress itself came together really well, this is the second time I've made it (the first was for Small Girl Type Creature and it was in an awesome Star Wars print) I had to make my usual adjustments to the bodice.....
 .......a FBA and adding length. I did a little tweaking with the help of Mama (I muslined this out in Saudi Arabia) to the back pieces as I was getting a little gape above the cutout, I think I could adjust those a little more next time though and there will be a next time. I love the bodice and the waistband and the pockets the only thing I'm not sure about is the skirt shape on me, I like it but I'm so used to huge circle skirts that this one feels a bit restrictive!
All in all I would have to say that despite the few little errors in this dress it is a favourite and has been worn a fair few times since I finished it. I really must like it as I'm thinking that I'll use at least the bodice/waistband pattern as my bridesmaid dress for Baby Bothers wedding later this year! That is of course after I've finished making the brides dress, the other bridesmaids dress, the grooms waistcoat and possibly something for Mama too (EEEK!) what have I gotten myself in to?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Christmas Presents & Hobbycraft Goodness!

Hey Peeps!

So my final pressie arrived last weekend and I thought I'd make a quick video of all my loot.....to show off share and of course to say thank you to everyone that treated me this year. It's taken this long to upload to YouTube because of the terribly slow internet where I live......which is basically in the 1990's......no jokes, I have a hamster upstairs in a wheel powering the dial up modem!



I hope you enjoy me rambling on and if you make it all the way to the end.....congratulations....not quite sure how it ended up being that long.....although the aforementioned rambling might have had a little something to do with it! How lucky was I, so many lovely gifts. I hope you were all just as spoilt.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

TFIF hey? These first few weeks of January always feel a bit flat; all the excitement of the Festive Season is over, you're back to work/normal life and there isn't the excuse of "it's Christmas" that lets you feel ok about indulging in another wedge of Terry's Small Girl Type Creatures Chocolate Orange. Bah Hambug! On the upside the New Year does feel fresh and inviting, the whole "new year, new me" thing drives me a little nuts (who are you kidding....gym membership......I'm totally talking to Past Siân there BTW) but this is definitely the time of year for self reflection.

2014 was an interesting year for me, I moved from one of the busiest cities in the world and the place that I have lived for the longest period of my whole life to a teeny tiny little village on a teeny tiny little island miles away from the life I knew. This move was the right thing for so many reasons and it isn't a decision I regret in the slightest* but it has opened my eyes to what and who are really important in my life. 2015 is going to be another interesting year but for different reasons I think, I have a plan and I have contingency plans if that doesn't work......like an Inception** plan if you will. I'm not going to list a set of resolutions here (I have written myself a list of short term goals though) because life is fickle and things change meaning resolutions can become obsolete and I wouldn't be able to check them off the list which would drive me a little bit crazy (I like ticking things off of lists, it soothes me) but I will say that I want to make changes and I think I know what those changes need to be.

Right enough of all that navel gazing (love that phrase) and on to the much more delightful occupation of window/virtual shopping! First up I have this beauty for you.....
......it's the Bernie Dexter Veronique dress in the super gorgeous and super rare Michael Miller Serenity Bridge fabric. So pretty and bright it's making me wish for Spring to arrive asap! This fabric is another beautiful offering from Michael Miller and is currently selling for about £35 a panel for the very few panels that are left! I currently have very limited stock of the dress available here and I also have the skirt here. I can (for the moment) order in more/different sizes if I don't have what you need, all it takes is a quick email to sian@kittenishbehaviour.com! 

Right enough self promotion......I have (of course) also been looking for fabric this last week and the above dress has definitely influenced my choices.....
Ferndale / Karners Love Lupin
Flowering Meadow / Fanciful Flight
.......le sigh.......so pretty. They are all from Spoonflower and I imagine them all in the gorgeous cotton silk which would make beautiful Spring dresses. Trouble is one of my goals for this year is to sew exclusively from my stash (which is huge) and the only fabric I'm allowing myself to buy are linings as and when they are needed. These are all way too pretty to be just a lining......right?

Lastly I'm going to leave you with these.....
Animal Kingdom / Art Nouveau
Still Life Bouquets / 1960s
......adult colouring books.....can't tell you how nervous I was when I entered that into Google! Whilst I was up in Sunny Nunny Big Bird and Small Girl Type Creature took me to a huge Hobbycraft store where I spent a lot of time running about squealing in glee (so many crafty goodies) and picking up things that I NEEDED (I don't need anything.....I have everything already). Whilst I was running about like a headless chicken Big Bird found a postcard pad in Art Nouveau designs that you could colour in yourself, SOLD! Big Bird also found the Animal Kingdom colouring book I've listed above, in to her basket that went. When we got home we did a little bit of research (the aforementioned scary Google search.....that's research right?) and found that adult colouring books are indeed a thing.....an order may have been placed. We both sat on our respective sofas happily colouring away whilst everyone else watched TV.....evening well spent if you ask me. I've since bought myself a copy of the 1960s Artists' Colouring Book which is beautiful and unlike some of the others is printed on lovely thick card and is only one sided, this gives me the perfect excuse to break out my Copics.... 
......see, told you I didn't need anything from Hobbycraft.......evil, wonderful place that it is! I haven't started on any of the larger pictures as yet but there will be some very pretty postcards being sent out in the not too distant future....if I can bring myself to actually post them that is.

*Regret the things you did do not the things you wish you'd done....one of my favourite sayings.
** Miss L, I blame you for putting that thought in to my head!