Introduction ~ Florence

on June 3 | in Contributors | by | with 85 Comments

From Beth: We fell in love with Florence’s sewing once upon a time when we featured one of her projects from the photo pool. She’s made a beautiful transition to her made by florence shop where she sells handmade items from her original designs. Florence shares her skills on her blog with wonderful tutorials. She designs beautiful pieces and just generally makes you want to sit in her kitchen with cup of tea and talk all afternoon. Stay tuned for her handy Feet, Feet, Feet! post coming up next (so we can all manage our sewing machines like Florence does)!

From Florence: My love for all things handmade started at a young age with an obsession for knitting glove puppets, although to this day I remain an incompetent and un-advanced knitter and still have to ask my mother to cast on for me. My first love is sewing and I stitch guiltily past midnight several nights a week and dream of someone inventing a pedometer for my machine so that I might keep track of how many miles I have sewn.

When my smallest child went off to school in September last year I reluctantly (and weepily) relinquished my title of Full Time Mummy, but have since happily filled the school day with pattern-drawing paper, fabric and stitches, making things to fill my online shop. Occasionally this routine finds itself punctuated by tea and cake with friends. I am yet to think up a new title, but feel that, despite the fact that I am now required to complete annual tax returns, I love what I do so much that I may never build up the courage to say that I ‘work’ when asked.

I live in England with my web designer, guitar-playing husband; two scrumptious story-writing, lego-building children, and a duo of bird-chasing, chimney-climbing cats. I hoard fabric, make peppermint creams at every opportunity, and have a very, very tidy house… with shockingly messy cupboards. I am scared of motorways, things that scuttle, touching nose bones, and of my favourite fabrics being discontinued.

I write about my sewing adventures from my blog, www.flossieteacakes.blogspot.com and sell my stitchery in my online shop www.madebyflorence.co.uk.

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85 Responses to Introduction ~ Florence

  1. Amber Whites says:

    I always love to find new sewing blogs to find some inspiration and know how. Thanks!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for the reminder about this blog, I haven’t been in a while so it has been lovely to get reacquainted.

  3. Kelly W says:

    Thanks for another great link. I have found so many talented people and fun tutorials following the links.

  4. Deb says:

    I am going to this site and checking it out now. Thanks for a new link!

  5. sariah says:

    What a fun blog! I love the style of her writing and looking at her fabric stash is giving me an urgent impulse to go buy some more beautiful fabric in juicy sweet colors. Great idea to get appliques ready ahead of time….thanks for the interview, Sew Mama Sew!

  6. Yvonne says:

    Thanks for letting us know about the blog. I always love exploring and discovering new ones:)

  7. Nada says:

    beautiful work!

  8. Joan says:

    Oh My Gosh!!! I love tutorials. I was just looking for a great zippered pouch tut. THANKS SO Much! Way to go Sew Mama Sew!

  9. Jena says:

    Welcome. I am so excited to be hearing more from you.

  10. Ilona says:

    Love that bag on your blog!

  11. Love finding new blogs. I really enjoyed this one and the tutorial was great.

  12. Wendi Simmons says:

    I am so happy to find this blog. Its wonderful and inspiring! Thanks for the feature!

  13. stacy smith says:

    I am glad to know I am not the only person who is afraid that my fav. fabrics will run out! So scary!!! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Amanda says:

    Thanks for this introduction! I am now following her blog. She may have even convinced me that I don’t need a fancy machine!

  15. K-Sue says:

    What a nice sewing machine recommendation. But for now, the Singer that made my baby clothes will have to do for me.

  16. Missie says:

    I’m off to check out Florence’s blog right now! I love this place!

  17. Katherine W says:

    I’ve added your blog to my list!

  18. Ingrid says:

    So great to see you here!

  19. jenn says:

    I love to find new blogs! Thank you for the great tutorials!
    jenn

  20. Ali says:

    Oh my gosh, your blog and shop are so great! (I love the new handbag design.)

  21. susan says:

    Another great blog to check often. She has some great creations!

  22. Jennifer says:

    I so hate it when I fall in love with a fabric and it’s discontinued! I find myself hoarding every scrap…

  23. Stacy says:

    I love that zippered pouch tutoria! The bag has such a professional finish to it! Thanks for the tutorial!

  24. christine says:

    i just checked out her blog and she is so creative and a very skilled sewer. i am so jealous!

  25. shannon says:

    anaother great blog and shop!

  26. Mary P says:

    Very cute and clever introduction!

  27. Bethany says:

    Nice to meet you Florence! I love your blog. After checking it out I promptly began making my self a small hand bag using the zippered pouch tutorial.

  28. Concha says:

    I’m happy you’ve introduced Florence to us… I love her blog and shop!

  29. Kate says:

    She has a great blog! I love her creations! Thanks!

  30. Leigh says:

    Thanks again for the great presser foot lesson! I was admiring the makeup case in the post and lo and behold there’s a tutorial on your blog! Can’t wait to try it!

  31. Bethany says:

    THank you for introducing me to another great blog!

  32. Malisha says:

    Amazing blog! I’ve just been cheking and i love it!

  33. Rochelle says:

    Her cosmetics bag tutorial is just what I was looking for!!

  34. Bonnie says:

    Florence blog is wonderful and had to save her on my blog list. Thank you for the information, love finding new blogs.
    Keep Stitchen’
    Bonnie

  35. azteclady says:

    So nice to meet you, Florence! I wish I was more accomplished with my sewing. (Perhaps all I need is more fabric? :wink: ) I just read your feet tutorial, thank you so much for sharing!

  36. Sarah N says:

    Great blog!!

  37. AmyLi says:

    I always love SMS’s introduction and enjoy reading new blogs. I bookmarked may blogs that I learned from SMS and had became frequent visitors to some of my favor.

  38. Jennifer N. says:

    Great shop with lovely items. I want to learn how to sew so bad and I’m totally inspired now!

  39. Julie GM says:

    I’m adding your blog to my FAVES right this minute! I’m looking forward to reading the Feet, Feet, Feet post!

    Thx so much for sharing w/us all!

  40. Gweneth Branch-Rice says:

    Thanks for the link. There are some really lovely things. Gweneth

  41. Ananda says:

    Great tutorials. Added it to my favorites

  42. Jessica T says:

    Peppermint creams? Yum! Could we get a recipe?

  43. La Yen says:

    Peppermint Creams sound enticing…

  44. Fran says:

    The items in the shop are darling.

  45. Lindsey says:

    great blog, and welcome :)

  46. Kara says:

    What a beautiful blog!

  47. Yaneth says:

    What a great blog!! Love the tuts! Officially a devoted follower~ :)

  48. Page says:

    My husband and I have a keen interest in everything English. We don’t have a TV so we like to watch BBC and English movies on our DVD player every night. We hope to go there someday and perhaps we’ll be able to stop and have tea with Florence. Her “tea bags” are especially cute.

  49. Meaghen N. says:

    Thank you for all of these great sites to check out. Both of these are just up my alley! They make me happy just browsing! Thanks again.

  50. I love reading new blogs. Especially about people interested in similar things as myself.
    Thanks!

  51. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    A great blog to read and look at all the eye candy. Thanks for sharing.

  52. I am loving this blog already, thanks for the information

  53. KZ says:

    great blog!

  54. Stacy says:

    Welcome, Florence. Your blog is lovely; I’m sure to be visiting often.

  55. Peggy B says:

    Wow! I immediatly bookmarked Florences’s blog and cannot wait to go back and read all her posts! A tidy house, oh how I wish mine were like that!

  56. Carmen says:

    What lovely items in her shop!

  57. Laura says:

    I agree with the others…I will be adding Flossie Teacakes to the blogs I read. Thanks!

  58. Keila says:

    One more to check out… its great!

  59. alisha says:

    I’m so glad you have Florence on board! I’ve enjoyed her blog for quite some time.

  60. Emma O. says:

    Thanks for sharing (another) wonderful creative person & their blog! I’m off to try her fabulous tutorial!

  61. Mrs. JP says:

    Thanks for the introduction…i’ll be following her blog now too.

  62. By LuLu says:

    so an hour later and I’m still searching her blog! Awesome!

  63. Florence says:

    Goodness, what lovely things people have said – thank you! Thank you so much also, Beth, for your generous & lovely introduction…I am blushing! x

  64. Helena says:

    Nice blog, nice shop.

  65. Mare says:

    The items in the shop are beautiful. Great blog as well. :)

  66. Alissa says:

    Hi Florence! Looking forward to your SMS contributions!

  67. maryanne says:

    The things in your shop are wonderful, I love the dinosaur doorstop, and the kimonos are beautiful!

  68. Lisa says:

    These items are simply lovely…thanks for sharing.

  69. Jane says:

    Goody I love tutes and I love Feet!

  70. meri says:

    Yes she’s great! I know her blog for long.

  71. Ahh i love it when i find Crafty Mamas
    Great blog will defintely be going back for more :)

  72. MaryAnn says:

    I really enjoyed your blog. I think I’ll be back often.

    M.A. – Canada

  73. Deb V says:

    Thanks for the interview. I just visited your blog and your shop. I really like your tutorials and your shop has a lot of cute things for sale.

  74. Michele says:

    There is some great stuff on her blog! Adding her to my reader.

  75. It’s nice to see a new blog that I know I will go to quite often.

  76. angel says:

    Ohhhh, I love how she describes herself and her family! What a great site and tutorials.

  77. wendy says:

    Love all the pics in the tutorial!

  78. Georgia says:

    Can’t wait to try the pouch/cosmetic bag she has on her tutorial. Thanks so much!

  79. jm says:

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for the link.

  80. ariel says:

    I am so glad to hear someone say they love their “work” so much AND get to do what they Love!

  81. Casey says:

    added to my bloglines!

  82. michele m says:

    i just checked out your blog and will most likely be a full time follower of you from now on…

  83. molly says:

    Thank you for the link to a great blog that is new to me!

  84. JD says:

    oh i do love tutorials!

  85. Kate says:

    Another great blog added to my library. Thank you for this!

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