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Happy Easter!

29 Mar

So last night I finished my Easter Wreath just in time for the bank holiday weekend! I have been working on/ procrastinating on it it for a few weeks. I have been wanting to make one ever since seeing the wonderful Lucy’s many wreaths on Attic 24. Hers is of course a work of pure brilliance, and mine fails miserably in comparison, but still I am rather pleased with the outcome and it cheers up the dreary corridor no end! It isn’t as busy with flowers and pompoms as I would like, but surprise surprise! I ran out of time! But it is something I can continue to add to every year until it is perfect, and seeing as it took me so bloomin’ long to complete it is staying up throughout the entire summer period!

Please try to ignore the beautiful artex walls!

Please try to ignore the beautiful Artex walls!

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So here’s to a happy Easter to you all. I hope you all have a lovely long (hopefully warm!) bank holiday weekend and enjoy lots of chocolate and hot cross buns 🙂 x

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Southsea Flea Market

2 Mar

Today I popped into Southsea Flea Market on Waverley Road to have a quick rummage amongst the bric-a-brac. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, I just like to have a gander and see if I stubble across any bargains, old plates or vintage fabrics etc.  Today was my lucky day as hiding at the back of the hall perched on top of a radiator was a pair of GORGEOUS Vintage curtains in my favourite colour (Orange!) It’s one of those heart stopping moments where you find something you absolutely love and can’t quite believe someone else hasn’t snapped it up already! At £10 for the pair which are in fabulous condition I simply had to run to the cash point and purchase them immediately.

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I initially thought I could use the fabric to make some cushions or something but they were in such a good condition that I couldn’t bare to put a pair of scissors to them! Luckily for me they are the perfect fit for the window in our living room! Groovy or what?!

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Spring Time Tea Cosy

15 Feb

Ok, I know it’s not quite Spring yet, but I thought I’d welcome it early!

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love a good old cup of tea. I come from a tea chain drinking family; your cup barely touches the coaster before another is made! For this reason I brought myself a lovely spotty, red teapot a while ago and I have been dying to make it a cosy but other crafty projects just kept on getting in the way! I have recently started attending a knitting group on a Tuesday night held at ‘Like a Teatray in the Sky‘ (which my work is now stocked in too! Yays!)which was the perfect time to get cracking on a cosy.

I chose a VERY simple pattern of K2 P2 ribbing stitch and created two identical sides which then drawstring at the top, then you simple sew up the edges leaving gaps for the spout and handle. Voilà!

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The giant flowers I crocheted and sewed on top. I love it! So bright and colourful, just in time to say goodbye to long dark nights and hello to spring sunshine, daffodils and cute baby animals!

My kind of flower arranging

25 Jan

I’m not very good at keeping flowers or plants alive. I do try, don’t get me wrong but what with a rabbit who just wants to eat them all and a puppy that thinks they are a toilet/chew toy doesn’t really help! So I tend to stick to Cacti, spider plants (which are immortal!) and the occasional bunch of daffodils. So what can a plant murderer do do help brighten up her windowsill? Why, buttons on wire of course!

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Beautiful Blues Patchwork Quilt

2 Oct

I bought a gorgeous fabric bundle from Fabric Rehab ages ago with the intention of making a bed runner for my bed. The bundle consisted of 6 beautifully patterned cottons in lovely blues and floral prints. Straight away I chopped them up into squares and sewed together the top piece for my runner and that is how it stayed… Months later we got a very lovely,  but incredibly mucky puppy who likes to roll  and play around on our bed, so unless I wanted my runner to be covered in muddy paw prints and long golden hairs there wasn’t much point in making one!  This in mind I unpicked a few seams and changed the shape to create a rectangle suitable for a small quilt and I finally got round to finishing it!

I backed it with a lovely pale blue fine corduroy donated to me by a fellow crafty friend (thanks George!) and bound the edges with a dark blue satin bias. I had a few troubles with the corners and it is by no means perfect, but I am so pleased with the outcome!

 

The thick wadding I used and the corduroy give the blanket a nice cosy weight, perfect for those winter evenings.

I have since given it as a present to my mum for her newly decorated bedroom. It makes me happy to know it is in a happy home 🙂

Sneak Preview

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!)

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.

JACK MONROE

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