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Pompom Pillows!

12 Apr

You can now find these two pompom trim pillows for sale at ‘Like a Teatray in the Sky‘. Made with some awesomely funky fabric and complete with a playful pompom trim!

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You can also find some of my other creations for sale there too. See anything you like? Why not take a wonder down there and grab a crafty creation and a slice of cake at the same time!?

I am always happy to do commissions too, just drop me a line and I am sure we can create the perfect item just for you. 🙂 x

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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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Lamp shade makeover

16 Nov

I have recently been doing crafts for myself and doing projects that I have long wanted to do. Making things for other people is lovely, but it’s nice once in a while to be able to make something pretty and be able to keep it for a change!  I brought these two fat quarters from The Eternal Maker earlier in the year and knew that I wanted to use them for something for myself , and when the latest issue of Mollie Makes landed on my doormat it gave me the perfect idea!

The article ‘Queens Of Granny Chic’ attracted me instantly and I hope to buy the book it is based on very soon! (Granny Chic-by Tif Fussell and Rachelle Blondel ) One project in the book is how to cover and make a patchwork lamp shade. I wasn’t quite brave enough to make a patchwork shade, so decided to simply use the two fabrics for a panelled effect.

The lamp stand itself is straight from my parents 70’s living room and I love it, the shade though was slightly less inspiring so I couldn’t wait to bring it back to life.

I ripped off the old dusty and tired fabric and used the frame to turn it from this:

Into This!:

I used the old cover as a template and sewed the pieces together with the machine. It is an almost perfect fit ( not bad for a first attempt!) I then hand stitched the top and bottom seams to the frame itself which holds it in place nicely and helps to define the shape.  I’m thinking about maybe adding a tassel or pompom trim to the bottom. Would love to know what you think? x

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 🙂

~ Button Rings ~

24 Aug

It’s no secret that I have a little bit of a love of buttons. I’m always looking for ways to use them. I also love cheap jewellery and accessories, and button rings are something that I have been wanting to make for ages.

They are so easy to make. All you need is a glue gun, some adjustable flat pad ring findings ( mine have a 7mm flat pad) and an array of beautiful buttons! I had such fun rooting around all my buttons and coming up with different combinations. I chose to make a selection of brightly coloured rings, but you could just as easily use plainer less ‘in your face’ colours for every day wear.

As always I am happy to custom make so if you are in need of an interesting piece of jewellery to finish off your outfit, why not get in touch?

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