Hello there! I’m Tonya, a Lagos-born Christian from Nigeria, raised on jollof-rice and fried plantain, in ‘beuyootiful’ sunshine, with a dash of notorious Lagos traffic thrown in. I currently live in the UK where I’m a chartered bean counter some of the day, and mum all day. I love to create ‘stuff’ whenever I can find the time, and this blog will be about all the creative things I get up to – sewing, knitting and occasional jewellery-making, all brought to you from ‘my corner’ in the UK.
I first sewed during home economic classes when I was ten, where my first make was a calico dress completely sewn with hand needles. Then I graduated to using my mother’s Singer manual sewing machine in my early teens, and begged her to let me learn how to sew from her dressmaker. So I spent a few weeks during one of my school holidays, learning how to draft clothes. As is usually the case, life took over, I went away to university and that was that.
Fast-forward to 2017, I saw a YouTube video by Inside Number 23 where she had a ‘sewcation’, and then I had an ‘aha’ moment, remembered that I have a 10 year old computerised Brother sewing machine that was hardly ever used, and the rest is history.
My knitting journey on the other hand started in December 2015, and I am self-taught (with the help of all the lovely people on YouTube, thank you!).
I love reading, and have been known to be reading a good book even when I have important exams. I have now gravitated towards audio books which I almost exclusively listen to while sewing and knitting. I hope you have fun visiting.