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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

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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Happy Birthday Mum

21 Jan

It was my mum’s birthday yesterday and after buying  Christmas presents  I always find it hard to think of something nice to get her in January. Luckily I remembered her mentioning something that she wanted a while ago and it also happened to be something that I have wanted to have a go at making for ages. A fabric memo board!

They are so easy to make, but seeing as I hadn’t made one before I thought it best to have a practice run, that way I get to make one for myself as well! So I gathered my supplies; a cheap pin board, some wadding, ribbon and buttons, a staple gun and some funky fabric, and off I went.

For my memo board I used some vintage curtain fabric that my sister in law gave me along with some yellow ribbon and buttons. I think it’s beautifully simple.

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Happy with the outcome of my first attempt I cracked on my mums birthday present. She’s a big fan of blues, so I chose a lovely blue floral fabric that I’ve had hiding in my stash for a while. I picked out some lovely chunky blue buttons to sew through the joining ribbons and also used some of the ribbon to create a hanging handle. I covered the back of the board with some plain blue cotton to hide away the staples and back of the board.

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I really enjoyed making these and will definitely be doing them again to sell at craft fairs and on my Etsy page. I particularly loved using the staple gun!

Thanks Betty

28 Nov

Last week I was given a wonderful gift.  My husband’s work mate, Lisa,  is a lovely lady who has been looking after her elderly next door neighbour Betty for years. Sadly Bet had been declining for a while and has now had to move to a nursing home where she can have the ongoing care she needs. It has been left up to her and her husband to clear and sort out her house as she has no family to do it for her. Not an easy task as she has been in the house for over 60 years and her parents before that! So there is 60 years plus worth of treasures (and boxes of soap!?) to sort through.

Whilst organising and de-cluttering Lisa came across some goodies she thought I might like and saved them for me.  The magical stash consisted of hundreds of vintage buttons that had been saved over the years kept in beautiful rustic tins, lots of pins and needles, thimbles and scissors and lots and lots of vintage threads and cottons. What a wonderful find! They are all beautiful and I am sure I will put them to good use.

Just some of the goodies

Close up of the tins. I love the glimpse into history 🙂

Not only was I lucky enough to receive this collection, Lisa also gave me the gorgeous vintage sewing storage table that she found all this in. It is just so beautifully retro!

So thank you Lisa and most of all thank you Bet. I will make sure I put them all to good use and carry on crafting!

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

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!)

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 🙂

JACK MONROE

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