A window seat cushion and a giveaway – made and discovered

Jared has been off work most of the week ill, and as a result the whole week has felt abnormal. I don’t think it has been particularly restful for him, as the four of us have been in and out of the house – making lots of noise and mess! Let’s face it – peace and quiet is near impossible with three little ones, but there wasn’t really a solution.

This is what we’ve been up to:

  • Window seat – I decided to make another cover for our window seat cushion, because our current one was looking very tired. I bought some thick white fabric from Ikea a couple of weeks ago. I finished it, ironed it and fitted it properly, to realise that I’d put the velcro at the front, rather than the back (so it was hidden). I couldn’t believe it, and I’m too annoyed to make another one. I don’t think it’s that obvious, but I feel a bit silly!20160512_181835window seat
  • Hemsley Hemsley blueberry muffins – Keeping slices of banana bread in the freezer for a quick snack came in handy last week, so I decided to make some blueberry muffins for this week. They are gluten free, sugar free, very easy and taste delicious. hemsley hemsley blueberry muffinshemsley blueberry muffins
  • Jillian Michaels – I’ve felt ready to exercise for the last couple of weeks, and have started to make use of the evenings when Otto settles well. I have the ‘Ripped in 30’ DVD and have been really enjoying it. The workouts are only 20 minutes, and I already feel so much better for moving more.
  • Nourish – My mum and sister came for dinner on Tuesday, and brought with them some treats for me – a chocolate avocado mousse and a raw cheesecake from Nourish in Leeds. I’m planning a lunch date with Otto there – followed by shopping, of course. download
  • The Great British Sewing BeeStarts on Monday. I’m so glad one of my sisters told me about it. I usually join a few weeks late – but not this time people!
  • Dungarees – Are literally my best friend at the moment.

Now…something for the weekend – a GIVEAWAY!

Every week Roman Blinds Direct throw away metres and metres of fabric offcuts. Whilst they strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible, it is impossible to reuse, recycle or donate all of their excess fabric. The excess fabric is perfect for arts, crafts and quilting, and this is where ‘Bundles Of Fun’ come in. I have three ‘Bundles Of Fun’ to offer to my readers – a bundle of beautiful fabric, in a range of colours, fabrics and patterns.

All you need is an email address to enter, just click on this Rafflecopter link.

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Terms and Conditions

  • The prize is to win 1 of 3 ‘Bundles Of Fun’ courtesy of Roman Blinds Direct.
  • The giveaway will run for 7 days. Friday 13th May – Friday 20th May 2016.
  • The three winners will be announced on my Twitter feed and I will contact you separately by email.
  • The ‘Bundle Of Fun’ will be despatched within 1-2 days of receiving an address.
  • If a winner does not respond within 36 hours, another winner will be selected at random.
  • Unfortunately it is only open to those living in the UK.

If you’re not lucky enough to win this time – ‘Bundles Of Fun’ will be available to buy very soon. Good luck!

E xx

Many thanks to Interior Goods Direct for providing three ‘Bundles Of Fun’ for the purpose of this giveaway. . 



  1. 13th May 2016 / 11:44 am

    I’m very jealous of your window seat! I’d love one in our bay window. I’m also in awe at your domestic goddess abilities. If my husband was ill for a week I would be hanging on to my sanity by a thread and you’ve managed to make a cushion cover, exercise and bake muffins! To be honest I don’t manage to do those things even on a normal week. You’re a hero!

    • Esther
      21st May 2016 / 8:17 pm

      Louise! I doubt that very much! and thank you for your lovely comment xx

  2. Tracy Nixon
    13th May 2016 / 1:12 pm

    I would love to make a teepee for my girls to play in this Summer – it would be perfect for the garden! Than you!

  3. Louise Johnson
    13th May 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Oooh Esther, are you going to reminisce your Leeds lunchtimes? I miss mooching in the afternoon!
    Couldn’t pass up on a chance of a fabric giveaway! 😁

    • Esther
      21st May 2016 / 8:18 pm

      Lou! I went into Leeds last Saturday for the whole morning and it was bliss! xx

  4. Jo Hutchinson
    14th May 2016 / 12:15 am

    Some new cushion covers to brighten things up.

  5. Isabel O
    14th May 2016 / 4:52 pm

    My mum and I make all sorts- dolls clothes, little finger puppets, purses.

  6. 16th May 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Lovely window seat! I’m still so impressed that you find the time for all this crafting!

    • Esther
      21st May 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Thank you Lizzie! Some weeks I do…some weeks I don’t. It’s all very opportunist! x

  7. Pam Smith
    17th May 2016 / 7:33 am

    We have a new grandson due in 2 weeks so I’d like to make things for the nursery

  8. Rachel white
    17th May 2016 / 10:51 am

    That window seat cushion is lovely.. I think a fab patchwork seat & cushion covers would be great to try… blow those cobwebs of my sewing machine πŸ™‚

  9. J Jevsejenko
    17th May 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Thank you for a chance!

  10. carole n
    17th May 2016 / 4:35 pm

    i would make some lovely new cushions, thank you

  11. Rachael Mccadden
    17th May 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Some new cushion covers

  12. Iris W
    17th May 2016 / 5:45 pm

    I would make some of these cushions they look amazing

  13. 18th May 2016 / 12:35 am

    Oh your window seat is just fabulous! And I love the idea of Bundles of Fun, I’ll be looking out for them when they’re on general sale.

    • Esther
      21st May 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Thank you so much. Yes! They should be available very soon xx

    • Esther
      21st May 2016 / 8:24 pm

      They would be super easy to make Nat! and they update everything with minimal effort xx

  14. Nicki Ramsay
    18th May 2016 / 4:47 pm

    The fabric would come in useful to help me finish the patchwork quilt I inherited from my Nana. It has fabric from the 30’s to the present day as it has been picked up and put down over time.

  15. Corinne Peat
    18th May 2016 / 6:40 pm

    I would make some cushion covers to brighten up my room!

  16. Ann Williams
    18th May 2016 / 9:02 pm

    It would depend upon the colour palette that is availbel but probably cushion covers or maybe pocket holders for small items in the wardrobe or as a feature on a wall.

  17. elizabeth ferguson
    18th May 2016 / 9:59 pm

    some fancy dress outfits xx

  18. Caroline Blaza
    18th May 2016 / 10:42 pm

    My daughter is learning to school now at High School so we could make cushions together

  19. Claire Ross
    19th May 2016 / 7:40 am

    I would use them to make a baby play mat for my new nephew x

  20. jo liddement
    19th May 2016 / 8:45 am

    I would make a patchwork tablecloth and also want to make some curtains/blinds for my tiny bathroom windows

  21. christine WESTLAKE
    19th May 2016 / 12:32 pm

    will make some funky clothes for grandchildren

  22. carol boffey
    19th May 2016 / 1:39 pm

    Id make some new cushions

  23. cherie shaw
    19th May 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I would make some cushions for my bed πŸ™‚

  24. Jaynealicia
    19th May 2016 / 2:35 pm

    Combine some of the fabric with my own knitted pieces to create something unique

  25. Lisa Hoyle
    19th May 2016 / 3:41 pm

    I’d love to make some bunting and matching cushions. Love getting the sewing machine out and my 6 yr old loves helping! Fingers crossed for winning fabric.

  26. Margaret Glover
    19th May 2016 / 3:45 pm

    Make some new cushion covers

  27. lisa tebbutt
    19th May 2016 / 5:50 pm

    cushions and bounty

  28. kim neville
    19th May 2016 / 6:09 pm

    We need some colourful cushion covers for our lounge so this would be perfect

  29. Gerri Tennant
    19th May 2016 / 6:29 pm

    I have a forgeous little grandaughter and would love to make some heirloom items for her.

  30. Pam Francis Gregory
    19th May 2016 / 6:47 pm

    I’d make some covers for my cushions

  31. Sheri Darby
    19th May 2016 / 7:25 pm

    I’d make some cushions for our very dark sofa

  32. Sue Price
    19th May 2016 / 10:07 pm

    I will make lots of lovely bunting for my balcony! I live next to the beach and bunting looks lovely and bright and summery ☺️

  33. Vicky Osborne
    20th May 2016 / 12:39 am

    I would make toys and dressing up toys with my boys

  34. KATHY D
    20th May 2016 / 1:20 pm

    I would make some cushions – I have a window seat in my conservatory that needs cheering up and I would use the rest for my patchworking – always have to have some stitching going on and take it with me wherever I go

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