Thursday, 17 June 2010
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
I have never been able to get the hang of crochet, this week our Sew Make Believe meeting was a granny square crochet workshop. I had a slight problem getting started, but Roisin is an excellent teacher and once she has sorted me out I was well away. I was really impressed with how much I managed to get done in the two hours.
I decided to crochet and edging for my multicoloured knitted blanket, it too most of Sunday, and lots of Buffy season 2, but I finished it. The blanket is for Paul and he seemed very happy with it.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
I think I might need to add a few more blocks so you can wrap yourself up in it and I have started some edging which will take a while to finish. I am pleased with how it looks, especially the panel down the middle with hearts and mine and my husbands initials.
I have started making the cushion for my craft room chair. I have a piece of foam cut to the right shape and size. I decided to use the Amy Butler charm pack that I got for Christmas for the cover. After laying the fabric out in different combinations I decided to use all the pink squares. I have sewn them together, now I need to get some fabric to make the bottom of the cushion cover. I think I will go for bright pink. My chair is an old pine dining chair and I am going to paint it either white or bright pink.
With the latest edition of Ideal Home magazine I received a sheet of card printed with lovely patterns to cut up and make into bunting, I had a piece of ribbon that was the right length so I decided I might as well make it. The finished bunting hangs nicely at the top of my craft room curtains.
I have had another good freebie this week, Easy Living magazine came with a Cath Kidston shopping bag, a copy of the Cath Kidston magazine and 15% Cath Kidston. I only subscribe to this magazine because I had an offer of 12 issues for £12 last time they had free Cath Kidston things with the magazine. The freebies I have had during the 12 issues have made it well worth getting.
Monday, 3 May 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
We got up relatively early on Sunday morning to visit the boot fair that is only a few minutes walk from their house. This was my first boot fair of 2010, hopefully the first of many!
I bought two Pyrex dishes, a large casserole dish and a serving dish, they are the same pattern but in different colourways. I love Pyrex as it can go in the microwave, oven and dishwasher.
I got a few crafty bits too, and old needlecraft book, a jar of buttons and a fantastic 1950/60s dress pattern, that looks easy to make.
I think I did quite well, and was very pleased with my purchases for a total price of only £4.50. I haven't emptied our the jar of buttons yet, I am saving that up for next weekend, hopefully there are lots of lovely ones in there, if not I am sure I will be able to use them somehow.
We spent the rest of Sunday playing Settlers of Catan, which was great fun, before returning home and having Cartmel sticky toffee pudding and custard for our dinner.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
It is all moss stitch and each stripe is a whole ball of yarn. The yarn is Jaeger Matchmaker that I picked up in a charity shop for a bargain price. I love these colours, especially the purple, there is quite a lot of yarn left so I can make something for myself too.
Sorry about the spot in this photo, my camera keeps doing funny things. The blanket measure about 110cm wide and 150cm long and feels lovely, I think it looks quite good too!
Friday, 9 April 2010
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Kew vest (charity shop)
Dorothy Perkins jeans (that actually fit, I was so excited I have two pairs)
Red Primark canvas shoes
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
I did however buy a new pair of red shoes yesterday, they were from M&S I only went in to buy some tights!
You can see more of my red shoes and those of others taking part on the Flickr group
Friday, 26 March 2010
This is our lovely new phone. It is a reproduction of the classic 1970s Trimphone. You can buy these phones from Bloomsbury Store, we got ours in a wonderful gift shop in town, we wanted to buy one there to support our local shops, and it turned out to be cheaper than buying it online.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
This Saturday I picked up my Bramley Hedge book and saw a pattern for a toy mouse that goes with one of the toy mice, it is very small. It is made of felt and although small, it wasn't too tricky to make. Mine however turned out more like a very small dog, it just doesn't look like a mouse, I think it is the ears. I dressed it in a little skirt and shawl with a flower by its ear.
On Saturday afternoon I started to make a suffolk puff clown, from a pattern of my mum's that was published in the 1980s. I cut out all the circles, but that was all. On Sunday morning I started to make the puffs and managed to finish the whole clown by mid day in time to watch the Grand Prix (as a Jarno Trulli fan it was rather a painful experience, last was not great, but Lotus did manage to finish their first race with both cars which was quite an achievement).
I am going to make some more clowns as presents for friends that are having babies. One of my friends had a little girl this weekend, so I have got my knitting needles out and started one of my favourite baby jumpers, it is a Debbie Bliss pattern that I have changed slightly, it is so simple making it quick to make and also something that people want to put their babies in.
I had meant to finish the Cath Kidston bag I made last weekend, but never got round to it, perhaps I will get time after work one night this week.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
I bought an interesting collection of new and old items.
People will always need plates tea towels
Some industrial objects from Metroretro, a bobbin and a dye bottle from textile factories.
A Fiesta Ware jug.
Saturday, 20 March 2010
As well as being the spare bedroom this room provides a home for a lot of my books. I have reused some bookcases we already had that I was planning on getting rid of. They are cheap pine bookcases that all match, I didn't like the pine so have painted them in white gloss paint. I am very plased with the results. I have arranged all the paperbacks on the shelves in almost rainbow colour order. The room looks really cheerful now. I got the inspiration for this from the recent copy of Elle Decoration (white shelves with brightly coloured books and objects) and the Laundromat Cafe in Copenhagen (see picture below). I am very happy that the bookcases fitted so well as it has saved a lot of money and saved me the trouble of having to get rid of the bookcases.
For more interest I have put some brightly coloured collectables on the top shelves, colour co-ordinated with the books of course! These are mainly pieces of 1960s and 1970s pottery from makers such as Midwinter, Carlton Ware, and Portmerion. I also have lots of retro fabrics, mostly charity shop purchases of bedding that can be cut up and made into other things. I have made two large fabric frames to show off some of the fabric, these are hanging above the bed.
Friday, 19 March 2010
We were really impressed with the quality last year, it is a very well organised event, all the mid century items are wonderful, but we also loved the section devoted to new design and designers, we were particularly taken with Zoe Murphy and would love to have a piece of her furniture.
I will report back next week and let you know what I came home with.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Classic Modern have some lovely pictures of these egg cups.
My collection isn't quite as impressive, but these egg cups don't turn up very often.
I have a lovely collection of Rosti mixing bowls and spoons as well. I look out for Rosti in charity shops and antiques fairs, a large part of my collection came from the Danish Homestore in Nottingham, I used to live opposite this wonderful shop and could see all the lovely Danish furniture from our windows, it was like having an extra living room.
Monday, 15 March 2010
I had enough black bias binding left over from another project and had some thread in the right colour. I already had some dowel from when I was planning to make a blind. The only thing I needed to buy was some hooks to attach it to the wall. To finish the shoe tidy off I made a casing for the dowel from the stripy fabric and a lavender heart to make it smell nice, in case we have any smelly shoes!
The pattern for the shoe hanging came from Sew and Stow by Betty Oppenheimer. I found the pattern easy to follow and it worked out as it should have. This book has a lovely selection of useful items, the fabrics they have been made in are so pretty I love looking at the pictures. There are useful tips about how to customise the patterns to make items that exactly fit your needs. The only problem I have with this book is that all the measurements are in inches and I am much happier in metric!
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Friday, 12 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
They look great as a family, but I would choose just to have a baby one to go with my other birdy items.
Monday, 8 March 2010
It is even more frustrating as I have been really busy with the new house and have made quite a few things that I wanted to write about. I also I wanted to show the progress on our house, from piles of boxes to co-ordinated rooms.
My husband has been working non-stop since Christmas so it would have been nice to spend all this free time I have had building up my Folksy shop again and getting back into blogging and forums. Hopefully I will be back again soon.
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
We haven't started decorating the living room yet, but we have got paint sample pots and wallpaper samples to get started with.