Thursday, 17 December 2009
I have been trying to sort some stuff, particularly the items we had in storage, but there is so much to do. I made some progress yesterday by putting all the utility room items in the utility room and finding plenty of shelves to put them all on.
I made up some of my new Ikea purchases, a table for my craft room and a bookcase for the kitchen. We still need to make our new bedside tables and I have one of our existing bookcases to put back together.
We are not having a real tree afterall, just my tiny artificial one so all the decorations I have made are now hanging on the kitchen cupboard doors.
I am looking forward to getting things sorted and being able to start making some things for the new house.
Friday, 27 November 2009
I have made some padded felt hearts with Christmas fabric on one side. They looks really lovely, especially the ones where I have embroidered the fabric with gold thread. I love playing around with some hand sewing making small things like these hearts, but I should really get back to making some Christmas presents or I will run out of time, especially as we should be completing on our house on the 2nd December.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
I have been wrapping Christmas presents. I think that they are looking lovely considering they are wrapped in a random selection of used wrapping paper and tags made from old cards.
I have made some more Christmas Decorations today, a yellow bauble edged with gold beads, not quite as round as it should be!
I have had time to do a little baking as well, some tea cakes, a chocolate cake with cherries on top, and some chocolate muffins.
Saturday, 14 November 2009
These are the first Christmas decorations I have made this year. I thought I would start with some felt ones, I had a look on Folksy to see what other people were doing, (I have no intention of selling these) there are some lovely things being made, I especially like some of the ceramic decoration I have seen.
We should be in our new house by Christmas so it would be lovely to fill it with homemade decorations. I have a lovely advent calendar wall hanging I made last year, and my husband said he would make some paper chains, I thought we could use magazines for these.
I really want to have a recycled Christmas, I dont think we will need to buy and wrapping paper or gift tags, I saved loads of paper from last Christmas and used last years cards for tags. I am going to look out in charity shops for some nice baubles (I am hoping for a big tree this year, I normally use my 3 foot tall artificial tree, it wont be big enough for the new house). Unfortunately with buying the house we haven't had enough money to buy presents that are as ethical as I would have liked, one year it will all come together and I will have my idea of the perfect 'green' Christmas.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
I made a tiny flower to add to her head to give her a bit more detail, rather than the top knot in the original pattern.
She is so cute I will have to make myself one now!
Sunday, 27 September 2009
The hen looks really good with our other retro and vintage items, it is shown here with (L-R) our Holmegaard Gul Vase, a handmade vase from Ikea and a Hannah Turner ceramic bird.
Monday, 21 September 2009
A Penguin Donkey is a small bookcase that was first designed to hold the new paperback books in 1939. My one is the second version designed in 1963 by Ernest Race. In contrast to the original design this bookcase is white and features a flat top so it can be used as a table as well. The bookcase became known as the Penguin Donkey because it has panniers and four legs.
The bookcases were and still are, made by Isokon. Mine is an original example, but reproductions are available.
I will enjoy finding vintage Penguin books to fill it up, although I do have quite a few already. It is also a good excuse to collect other Penguin books related items.
Monday, 14 September 2009
Next I found a silk Prada shirt, I really liked it and thought I could wear it for my birthday outing, however it was a really warm day so it hasn't been worn yet. I think I will wear it out to dinner tonight.
Finally, and this is my favourite, I found a Radley bag. It is just the right size to use for work and has loads of useful pockets. It doesn't photograph very well though.
I hope my luck continues for some post birthday treats this week.
Monday, 7 September 2009
I love the box 'for daytime and gaytime'
The pattern on the glass matches our Viners Studio cutlery and this set came with some tiny forks, like our cake forks. We had to have it.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
I was rather excited by all the wonderful stands, there was so much fabric to choose from I didn't know what to do with myself. I was very good and decided not to look at books or other items that I could easily get online or in craft shops. I was there to see the fabric and was not dissappointed. I had a really good look around and decided on the most expensive items that I wanted to buy first then I was able to get lots of other little bits as well and should be able to make some really interesting projects.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
I love this box, so cute and full of lovely things I also love these crochet stools.
These dolls are so cute, I especially like the doll pattern in the knitting.
There are many other lovely things including clothes and jewellery.
Monday, 24 August 2009
There were so many quilts to look at I didn't really know where to start or what to look for, other than inspiration. I found it a little lonely looking at them by myself, it would have been more fun to look at them with someone else. I really liked the quilts that used a mixture of black and bright colours such as this one made up of tiny hexagons.
I loved these thin panels, there were lots of them, some in sets that all had a matching theme or colour scheme.
I especially liked this one with all these gorgeous flowers
This was my favourite of all the quilts I saw, I love the shape and the black outlines.
I came home feeling inspired to finish my purple patchwork quilt that I started eight years ago and to try to some new patchwork and embroidery techniques. I know I am capable of doing some more complicated projects, I just like doing easy things and finishing them quickly!
Sunday, 16 August 2009
This picture shows the yarn I used for the jumper and some lovely Debbie Bliss yarn that I bought at the same time, not sure what to make with the alpaca silk yet, I want it to be something special.
Here is the finished jumper.
I think this jumper is going to be quite warm so I wont be wearing it for a while. I think I will make a new skirt to go with it in time for the autumn.
Saturday, 15 August 2009
My yellow elephant was featured on Blonde Design's blog recently, the theme was yellow.
I am very pleased my elephants seem to be enjoyed by other people, if you would like your own elephant visit my Folksy shop, if you would like a particular colour just get in touch and I will see what I can do.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
I have made some little purses from a pattern I designed. This one actually worked first time! They look good and are easy to make. These ones are for presents, but I think I will make some for my Folksy shop.
The first purse is made from Freespirit fabric designed by Denyse Schmidt with a simple white cotton lining.
I have sewn my name labels into the lining of the purses. I love my labels, but most things I make are not suitable for using them. I think they look good on these purses.
The second purse is made from a remnant of corduroy fabric and yellow lining both of which I picked up in a charity shop. The colour of the lining is a perfect match for the pattern on the main fabric. I have added a yellow button to this one, mainly because I love buttons!
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
On our first day we spent an afternoon in Bridgnorth visiting the charity shops, having lunch, walking around the old buildings, looking at the steam train at the Severn Valley Railway, and going on the little cliff railway. We spent the evening at the hotel having a big meal.
This is me dressed up in Quaker clothes at the Darby Houses. I enjoyed the house as it was full of samplers, tapestries and the craft box and all its bits and pieces of one of the Darby women. The final room was the dressing up room with men's, women's, and children's clothes for you to try on, it was good fun.
On the afternoon of our final day we went to Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood. We had a quick walk round the Hall, and enjoyed looking at all the toys in the Museum of Childhood.Sudbury Hall have James May's 'Paradise in Plasticine' garden at the moment which was fun to see.
There was also an exhibition of art work by Takumasa Ono, he has painted a variety of National Trust properties. The pictures are lovely, unfortunately we had no money left or I would have bought a set of postcards.
When we were home again I baked a cake, chocolate and peanut butter as requested by my husband. I made a chocolate sponge cake then put peanut butter and chocolate butter icing in the middle, I melt some chocolate to go on top. It was very tasty.
We spent the rest of the week at home, my husband watched sports and I knitted, did a little sewing, and went shopping. I had a trip to Hobbycraft and managed to almost stick to my list and not get carried away. I didn't have any luck in charity shops unfortunately, I was hoping to have some exciting finds. I also went to Ikea and bought a tray with brightly coloured birds on it. I saw it in Elle Decoration and rather liked it.