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6 Sep

This Sunday I will be back at The Guildhall Boutique Market! woohoo!  It has taken a break over the summer but is coming back with a vengeance this weekend, with over 50 stalls selling some awesome handmade and vintage goodies it’s set to be a great day.

I have been busy crafting some new bits and pieces including button rings and also felt and button flowers which I hope will prove to be a hit.

Felt Button Flowers with wire stem

Charity shop shelves painted a lovely shade of pink 🙂

Mini – bunting!

 

 

Patchwork baby blanket, backed with yellow fleece

Button rings and button hearts!

I have also been working on the look and image of my stall. It’s so much harder than it looks! Some crafter’s make it look so easy with their stalls looking effortlessly pretty and inviting, and it is something I always admire ( and envy!!) I have never been completely happy with the ‘look’ of my stall and so I have been playing around with new colours and display stands.  I am always over critical of my work so will never be completely happy, but I think I am almost there…almost.

So if you are free Sunday I hope to see you there at The Guildhall in Portsmouth from 11am – 3pm. (it’s FREE ENTRY!)

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Retro Full Length Apron

31 Aug

I was recently asked to create a full length apron for a friend. She like me loves a bit of retro so it was quite easy to pick the fabric!

I chose a fabric called ‘ Mushroom Border’ from Michael Miller. I love the boldness of the print and the colours  instantly cheer you up.

Living happily in it’s new home 🙂

Living happily in it’s new home 🙂

Custom Wedding Bunting

19 Aug

A few weeks ago I was asked to make some bunting for an old workmates daughter’s wedding. The bunting was to be hung on the outside of the house along the bay window, and across the brick archway to the front door. All in all she needed about 7 meters worth.

The wedding theme was yellow, cream and gold so I set off to The Eternal Maker to get my supplies. The only problem I had was choosing a select few fabrics amongst such a beautiful vast choice! In the end I opted for a cream floral cotton, another cream with golden roses, a lovely summery yellow print and a brighter yellow polka dot fabric. These were tied together nicely with yellow bias binding.

The wedding was yesterday, and luckily it was a beautiful summers day. I like to think that the bunting helped to reflect that.

Sunshine through my window

25 Jun

After seeing so much bunting around for the Jubilee and helping to make the Palmertson Road bunting, I realised just how much I love it and thought about making some for myself. As we live in a rented property with dreary grey carpets and magnolia artex walls, a little bunting does wonders in brightening up an otherwise very average room.

So far I’ve made a small piece to hang in our front room window so it can give me a cheery greeting when I get home. I plan to go bunting crazy as Andy has stupidly given me free reign to ‘do what I want’.

I used a mix of pink cottons and corduroy to make my double sided flags and joined them all with a lovely polka dot cotton bias.

I have also been asked to make some wedding bunting for a lady so I am looking forward to going white and gold fabric shopping for that. Pop back soon for an update on my progress!xxx

A touch of pink.

19 Jun

My lovely friend is obsessed with pink. Pretty much everything she owns is pink, different shades of pink, but pink none the less! She asked me to make her a full length apron for gardening. It had to be pink and garden themed.

Here is what I made her.

 

She also wanted me to make a draft excluder after seeing a tapestry ‘Home Sweet Home’ one on Amazon. I tried my best to replicate it! I used a lovely soft pink spotty corduroy for the main part of it and used pink fabric scraps to appliqué the ‘Home Sweet Home’.

I really need to invest in an embroidery foot for my machine as this was fiddly to say the least! It is most definitely a ‘shabby chic’  look which I feel needs improving, but my friend was very pleased with the outcome and I guess that’s what counts at the end of the day!

Pin cushion swap!

10 Jun

I recently took part in my first ever ‘swap’. Run by House of Pinheiro and Sew Far Sew Good, the idea was for people to be paired up with fellow a fellow crafter and make them a pin cushion, and obviously in return they would make you one too! What a lovely idea!I was paired up with a lady called Julie. Julie is a very thrifty lady who loves rummaging around car boot sales and re-using old items.

Here is what I made her.

A sweet little flower pot pincushion with matching needle case. I hope she liked.

The best thing of all about a swap is that after the fun of creating something for somebody else, you also get a suprise in the post, and what a lovely suprise it was! Julie made me a gorgeous mason jar pin cushion (filled with buttons i must add!) and a matching ‘bits & bobs’ jar. I love them.

She really spoilt me by also sending some lovely old lace ribbons and a wonderful handmade card. Thank you so much Julie! I feel my pin cushion parcel was rather lack lustre in comparison, I will definitely go all out on the next swap I do! x

Jubilee celebrations!

3 Jun

The Jubilee weekend is here! I hope you all have lots of lovely things planned over the 4 day weekend.

To help with the local celebrations I have been helping my friend Georgina Giles with a mammoth task; to help make 357 meters of celebration bunting to decorate Palmerston Road in Southsea. School children across Portsmouth have been  decorating flags with some wonderful designs that would adorn the lenght of Palmerston Road shopping centre. The flags were only delivered on Tuesday so it was a busy couple of days of sewing! Particularly for George as she did the gigantic strip of 200 meters that runs along the entire lenght of the street!

I enjoyed looking at all the flags I had to sew, children have such great imaginations. There were lots of drawings of the Queen and diamonds and lots of shiny crowns. Some however appeared to have nothing to do with the queen at all, in fact one had appeared to have drawn Chewbacca from Star Wars!

It was great to help out a friend and to be involved in a local project. Seeing it all hanging proudly in the sunshine gives you a great sense of pride, even if I only had a small part to play.

One person who should be VERY proud though is Miss Georgina Giles herself who helped organised the whole thing with Portsmouth City Council and made it come together beautifully! Well done George!x

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