7 questions tag – coast facts

19 May

7 questions coast tag

  1. What’s your favourite beach? I love Aymer Cove, it’s a tiny place only accessible on foot near Bigbury. My now fiance took me there when we were friends.
  2. Sea or sand? Sea! I love to swim.
  3. Tell a memory of being by the sea. I remember walking on the Gower Peninsula in Wales with my Dad, we carried all our things for a week in a backpack. We’d been walking for hours and felt horribly lost (in the name of adventure we decided against using a map), but suddenly we came out of a wood onto the most beautiful long sandy beach. I’ll never forget that feeling of happiness.
  4. What’s your favourite seaside food? Fish and chips with tartare sauce.
  5. Favourite ice cream flavour? Honeycomb or mango sorbet.
  6. Have you lived by the sea? Yes, lots, I grew up in Torquay and went to university in Aberystwyth.
  7. Favourite place on the coast? South Devon, the rolling hills and coves make it perfect for walking, camping and swimming.

Blog post inspired by National Trust South West Coastal Festival & the 7 questions tag post.

I tag 7 people to take part too: The Lovely Drawer, Adrian Colston, The Baking Explorer, A Yorkshire Woman, Lickerish Split, The Pink Whisk and Suzy Pelta. Looking forward to your seeing your favourite coast things!


Buying A House. How Much Money Do I Need?

3 May Moving House Day!

When you imagine buying a house you’ve probably considered what you’d like in terms of look, location and level of work. But have thought about how much money you want to invest (or risk) when you buy a house?

There’s lots of costs involved and (if like me) you’re a first time buyer, then it’s super helpful to have the costs laid out. There are lots of options available AND lots of pros and cons to these choices. Like a friend (who is an accountant – so therefore I feel a reliable source) said, “what have you got to lose? If you don’t want it in the future or if it’s too much work/money, it’s fine, just sell it!”.


How Much Money Do You Need To Buy A House?

The answer depends on how much money you have and how much the house you want to buy costs.

Here’s my handy spreadsheet. Download now & use all the preset formulas to calculate how much money you need to buy the house you want.

View how much money I need to buy a house spreadsheet >>

E.g If you want to buy a house for £150,000 with 10% deposit then you’ll need £135,000.
E.g If you want to buy a house for £200,000 with 15% deposit then you’ll need £170,000.

View full examples spreadsheet here >> 


8 Things To Consider When Buying A House

  1. Does the space make you feel excited to live there?
  2. Write a list of three things that are important about your future house and consider them as you walk around (My list: 2 reception rooms, interesting view, potential to make money. The person I’m buying with’s list: garden or outside space, good bones of the house, 2 reception rooms)
  3. Does the boiler work? What type is it (combi/back/condenser/etc.)?
  4. Are there any joining walls? Who owns these?
  5. Are there any open spaces in your eye line? Are these protected?
  6. Is the cooker / washing machine / carpet included? Sometimes yes, sometimes no
  7. Should you have a basic survey, a home buyer survey or a structural survey? (I had a home buyer survey)
  8. Will you sort out the mortgage yourself? Or ask a mortgage advisor to help? (My personal opinion is if you find a good mortgage advisor they are worth their weight in gold! If you’re in Devon go and see Bill at Countrywide. He’s BRILLIANT)


9 TOP TIPS For Offering The Price You Want To Pay When Buying A House

I had the best mortgage advisor of all time. He gave me this tit bits of advise (all wrapped up in great stories).

  1. Get to know people who can help
  2. Learn what a house is worth
  3. Line up your bargaining chips
  4. Love the chase
  5. Have a figure in mind
  6. Learn the implications of your offer (do your sums first)
  7. Never EVER give away your budget to the estate agent. They are not acting on your behalf
  8. Act quickly when you really like something, but…
  9. Don’t give away how much you like something. Pretend like you’re on a date and PLAY IT COOL (see pic).

Play It Cool

Does anyone have any top house buying tips to add? Please leave a comment.

How To Make A Dress: Part 2 – Sewing the Darts

19 Aug

If you’re creating your dress along with me here’s the next step. (See Part 1 of How To Make a Dress here).

If you’d like to know how to place your darts accurately, you’re in the right place.

What you’ll need:

  1. Your Cut Out Fabric Pieces (with the pattern still pinned on)
  2. Sewing Machine
  3. Fabric Scissors
  4. Thread
  5. Needle
  6. Iron & Board
  7. Piece of Plain Paper

What to do:

  • Mark your darts with a loop of thread


  1. Locate the notches on your pattern (there will be two per dart) – with the tip of your scissors snip the edge of your fabric (this will mark where you need to start sewing).
  2. Locate the dot on your pattern which marks the point of your dart.
  3. Thread your needle with some contrasting thread & tie a knot at the end.
  4. Put your needle through the dot & through both layers of fabric.
  5. Put your needle back through the fabric & pattern (going through the dot) – leaving a loop of thread on the back of your work.
  6. Now put your needle back through your pattern & fabric – leaving a loop of thread of the top of your work.
  7. Snip your needle off.
  8. Carefully tear off the pattern (making sure not to disturb the loops of thread).
  9. Gently pull apart your two layers of fabric, snip the thread (in between your layers of fabric), so that you are left with a loop of the outside of each piece of fabric.
  • Sew your darts

  1. Fold your fabric using the snips (from the notches on your pattern) and the thread markers as guides. This should create a triangle (right sides of fabric together).
  2. Pin this in place.
  3. Using your sewing machine, sew from notch to thread marker. Try to taper towards the end, this will create a neater finish.
  4. Repeat & sew all of your darts.
  • Iron your darts in place


It’s super important to iron your darts in place – keeps things neat for the future bits of sewing!

TOP TIP: Using a piece of paper means that you won’t mark the fabric.

Which direction to iron your darts in?

Right & left bust darts on front bodice: Upwards

Bottom darts on front bodice: Inwards (towards belly button)

Bottom darts on back bodice: Inwards (towards centre back line)

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