My little haven! 

After my threadtastic post, I thought I’d share with you a little glance into my ‘happy’ space!

Although often cluttered, the pics you see would have been taken at my rooms very best, please don’t be fooled that I’m as organised as these pics make me look!!

My little room (and it’s very small compared to many beautiful sewing rooms that I see on the net!) is my own little happy place and it appears that it’s also a happy place for many of my friends and family that come to visit, they always say how much they love the room which of course… makes me even happier!

As you walk into the room, the first thing you see is my beloved workstation that my hubs built for me. It is essentially made up of three small kallax units from Ikea that are then sandwiched between two thick sheets of ply and mounted on chunky locking casters. The casters raise the workbench just so that it’s a perfect height to prevent back strain!

It stores all of my embroidery stabilisers and ufo’s along with all my pattern making tools in the front drawers.

It is my favourite piece of furniture in the room!

My sewing area, although compact, works great for me. My main sewing machine, a Janome MC6600 is sunken so that the bed is level with my work surface. The work surface was created using a length of kitchen worktop from Ikea. I purchased two lengths, enough to create an upright end piece and also to wedge the shelf between the end piece and the malm drawers. It was lowered just enough to allow my machine bed to be level with my work top once the machine was mounted into the aperture that my hubs cut out for my machine.

My other machines are a Brother PE 750e standalone embroidery machine, a Singer 14SH754 overlocker which I bought for an absolute steal from Lidl for just £119 and a Brother 1034d overlocker which although less features compared to the Singer, was my first domestic overlock machine and a true workhorse! I also own many other machines, some of which are now really just used for decorative purposes but are all in perfect working order.

I also made my own thread racks from scraps of wood and you can read about that here.

On the opposite side of my machines is where I keep my sons piano (he’s left home but hadn’t got round to taking it yet!) and a larger kallax unit that houses all my fabrics.

I’d love to have my fabrics on show but I just don’t like the fact that they can get dusty and too much sunlight! Besides… they’d never stay tidy!! The magazine boxes above are where I keep all my… well, magazines! Oh and instructions to my sewing machines and receipts as well as templates and sewing patterns. Sewing books and craft books are kept at the bottom.

Next to that and continuing around the corner into the doorway is the ‘techy’ section. A place to do all my digitizing (I use Embird for that!) and to design and print all my patterns.

I still need to get some pretty pictures up, the walls are very plain but I just haven’t got round to it. It’s been like this for almost two years… maybe this year I’ll get around to doing it, who knows!

That’s about it…

I love my oh sew modest room, it serves me well and it’s such a lovely place to lock myself away in!

Hope you like it as much as I do…

Happy sewing!!!



A couple of peeps in a sewing group that I belong to have asked about my sewing thread racks. I make mostly everything myself for my sewing room. This ensures that my room fits around me and how I like to do things. 

Here’s a rough plan of how I created my thread holders, but you could adapt it to suit you whether you want it smaller or larger dependant on how many threads you have. I actually have hundreds of different spools of thread including woolly nylon cones and embroidery threads but I do prefer to keep my walls minimal and clutter free. I work better when my room is less cluttered! 

I used smooth planed timber (84mm x 18mm) for the side panels and 70mm x 15mm for the top panel and 5 x 28mm x 18mm timbers each with 9 6mm dowels sunken into each strip (dowel holes need to be drilled slightly smaller in diameter to the dowel to make them tight and don’t drill the hole all the way through as they need a stop point to keep them from falling through if the holes ever loosen) each of the spool holder bars are screwed in from the side panels and are left slightly at an angle so as to get to the spools easily. I counter sunk the screws and filled them with wood filler before painting the rack. 
Oh and the bottom pots were from Ikea (99p) each and are hung from a piece of wide dowelling. 

I made a similar one for my embroidery threads but as of yet (I made it well over a year ago!), I still have yet to paint it white! 

You can see on the embroidery thread holder that I didn’t counter sink the screws but will do before I paint it. 
I hope that helps! 

Glossybox January 2017 box review (spoilers)

Miss Fine Beauty

This months Glossybox promised to be good enough to eat (please don’t actually ) and it delivered. This box is in collaboration with Bella Younger, more commonly known as Deliciously Stella.


  • Price of the box –£13.25 including p+p. This is based on a monthly payment, you can pay multiple months in advance to lower the price slightly.
  • Items in the box- 5
  • Value-over £30

Unani Illuminate Milk Cleanser (Full Size) – RRP £14

img_2225Not tested on animals

This is a gentle cleansing milk which helps to remove makeup and impurities from your skin. When I first read cleansing milk I was worried its consistency would be like water, however this is the perfect balance between not too thick or not too runny!

I couldn’t wait to try this product out and it did not disappoint, it felt very natural on the face and left my skin feeling fresh…

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Look Fantastic January 2017 box review (spoilers) 

Because… some (beautifully written) reviews are just worth sharing!

Miss Fine Beauty

This months box is filled with a generous amount of makeup and skincare goodies to overhaul your beauty regimes for the New Year. It includes some classic brands such as Pixi and also some new beauty discoveries with Jelly Pong Pong.


  • Price of the box – £15 with free delivery. This is based on a monthly recurring subscription, prices do lower slightly if you opt for a longer contract.
  • Items in the box – 6
  • Value – Over £50

Pixi by Petra Brow Tamer (Full Size) – RRP £12

img_2185Not tested on animals.

It’s always exciting to find a product from a brand you know and love, so I was delighted to see this Brow Tamer from Pixi in my box.

This Brow Tamer is a new release as part of her collaboration with four leading beauty and lifestyle guru’s. This particular product is in collab with Beauty blogger and…

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