Sunday, 28 August 2016

Home & Vintage Brocante 17th September in Glorious Grayswood

Under 3 weeks to my first event of the year and a new venue, so looking forward to this one and love, love, vintage. Hoping to pick up some lovely lace whilst exhibiting.

If in the vicinity please drop in and say 'Hello' and browse all the wonderful goodies on display.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Almost Christmas

Only 125 days until Christmas, that is under 6 months now. Love Christmas and although just the 2.5 of us still make it fun. Are you ready yet? I still have some gifts to make, really should be having a go at those as think stock all done now for the Vintage fair.

Table coverings

This is always a hard one and decided needed something new, bought about 5 m's of pink sheeting and have made a 4ft covering and a 6ft one. The front hems have curtain weight strips inside, this should stop the cloth wafting up if in a draft. All done, folded and labelled in bags so I know which one to pick up.


Wanted to do some bunting for the front of my stall. Had been going to go for the pointy flags but felt with the lettering they would have been too long and look odd. Again done in 2 words that way can be placed across a 4ft or 6ft table. My new colourings, still have some old labels and cards to use up but will gradually go over to the pink roses again.

Pot Pourri Cup Cakes

These are done IHT (in the hoop) on my embroidery machine and filled with Elizabethan pot pourri, smell delicious. Planning on displaying them on  pretty plate with a fabric doily or may use the card displays I have. Shown here on a teapot, only thing a bit worried about if shown singularly would customers think includes the teapot? Also think they should be boxed once sold to make more special.

 Linking up with Handmade Monday

That's all for this week, not as much done as last week but still creating.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

A Creative Couple of Weeks

Welcome to another week in Blogland and my world of crafting. The past 2 weeks have been so much better and done a lot more on the creative front.

Thinking ahead for my 3 vintage fairs came up with some vintage makes

Crazy Silk Patchwork bookmarks

Now most of you know I have a love of books, proper books not iBooks variety. This is a new design from one of my favourite designers, each bookmark has an initial. There in started a problem as to what letters to do. Googled and found top 100 all time girls names. 'J' was the most popular, the list  has given me something to work to when building up some stock. Can always do a special order at a show and post later if needed. A good way to use up small pieces of silk or any fabric for that matter.
Had to add a tassel and these card ones are ideal as the loop is not too long.

Rose Frame Bag

Made from wool felt and hand embroidered, with rose, buds and hips, not forgetting the pearls.

Rolled shopping bags

Had to make some more of these as wanted a basket full at my next event.

Pink Baby Bonnet

The same method as before but this time in pink linen, so pretty.

Going back in time. I am revisiting some of the items I used to make back on the 80's and with my move to more vintage thought they should make a reappearance.

Rose lace pot pourri puffs

Lace fan with roses and pot pourri

I always loved to decorate items and these battenburg style lace fans just lent themselves to more lace and roses. The puffs are made using favour circles. My favour making machine came in handy as so much easier than trying to gather up with one hand. May have to treat myself to the larger one.

Stay calm and ring Carson for tea mug rugs

Downton themed tea mug rugs, love these but then I also loved Downton, cannot wait for the film.

Last but not least lave flower pins

That's all for this week, as now exhausted will treat myself to another episode of house of Elliot. Not as good as Downton but then again filmed some years ago now but still love it.

see you all next week x

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Chrochetterie a Review

A different blog from me this week as I have been approached by Jacqui Small LLP to carry out a review of a new book, soon to hit the bookshelves. 

 Chrochettiere by Molla Mills 

My package arrived and excitement on opening, a hardback book which I feel for crafting is a must as stands up to constant use and referral. The cover is attractive and made me want to open and check out the contents. Well the inside did not disappoint, the book has been written for men to understand crochet, now don't be put off as I think goes across both genders with ease. From a woman's' point of view the men pictured did not put me off but to me means if they can crochet we can as well.

The whole books is refreshing and the projects easy to follow and understand. The codes were a brilliant idea as again easy to see what was easy and what was not so. Done with crochet hooks ie 1 means simple 3 needs more experience. The list of requirements was perfect even for a crochet novice such as myself.

The projects were fun and such a change than the normal crochet designs of doilies and circles, more modern and suitable for the times. The toiletry bag would make an ideal gift for a man or woman at Christmas. In particular for men who let's face it are never the easiest to handmake for.

Lumberjack Backpack, very on trend and love the pattern as again a perfect idea for a man whether in the country as shown or for a city break.

I also loved the 'Basic Instructions' Chapter. Have just shown the starting point and chain stitch but goes onto double crochet and how to stitch back and forth, double crochet in a tube, more in between to Pixel Crochet.

These were some of the best instruction I have ever found on how to start with a hook and a ball of yarn.

I would highly recommend this book for either men or women if you want up to date projects and a new and fun way to view crochet. Plus if like me you want to learn just right. As you have gathered I think this book is fantastic, so check the bookshelves in your local stores and maybe add to your Christmas list.

As usual linking up with Lucy Blossom Crafts and Handmade Monday

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Health benefits of Sewing By Terry's Fabrics

I have been contacted by Terry's Fabrics with this really informative blog post about sewing. for me it is all true and can quite easily loose myself, forgetting worries etc when immersed in a sewing project. I think the same can be said for all craft or any hobby as gives you time to focus on a creative pursuit. For me it is sewing all the way and a passion.

Health Benefits of Sewing

Clinical studies are now revealing that sewing, along with other crafting type hobbies are actually good for us.
According to Robert H. Reiner, Ph.D, of the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Centre, "The importance of a hobby or creative pursuit cannot be over-emphasized. If we don't allow our bodies to rest from the pressures of everyday life, we are placing ourselves at risk for heart disease or other illnesses. Creative activities and hobbies — like sewing — can help a person focus on something productive and get away from their worries for a while."
As a result, we've put together this infographic demonstrating the points that Dr Reiner is talking about. We'll cover how sewing can help the brain by lowering the risk of dementia, give someone relief from back pain or indigestion, improve their hand-eye coordination and even lower a person's heart rate and blood pressure.
So take a look and discover how sewing can keep you healthy!

Health Benefits of Sewing

Sunday, 24 July 2016

House Mouse and too hot

Got our car back all repaired, valeted and an excellent job, so happy. Bought a beautiful David Austin Rose and pot as a gift for our terrace.

Crafting front, well? made a set of house mouse cards and sent off to a friend for her opinion. Unsure whether to sell individually or as a set in 3's or 6's.

The verdict is back: Suggestion sell the cards for £1.80 each, 3 for £5.00 and 5 for £7.50. I think this is a good idea and better than a full set. My friend and her DH thought leaving blank was better as that way can be used for any occasion. The kissing mice, top right, could be for a wedding, engagement or anniversary. Christine is now going to be my Chief Reviewer as know she will give me an honest answer plus she understands the work that goes into handmade but can also see from a buyers point of view. Her DH is a wildlife photographer and sells his prints as mounted pictures and cards, again he has invaluable advice for me.

As you can see not done much on the crafting front at all, mainly because unable to access Selling Preferences on Paypal since the 13th. Cannot add, amend or delete products, they do not know what has happened but they had scheduled maintenance on the 14th? To me does not take an idiot to work out when it all went wrong. At this rate will have to look for an alternative, have looked at Nochex but just not sure as to be unknown. I do not want to pay large amounts each month or year as may not get the money back.

Oh boy has it been hot this week, well for 2 days, asthma bad and got hardly any sleep. Tuesday night because of the heat and Wednesday night a helicopter was going round and round for an hour with search lights, this was about midnight 'til 1am. Now I know a lot of you may like the heat but just no good for me, chest tightens and start to panic which makes me hotter. Went to Austria on holiday years ago and although as hot never had a problem as the air was pure and clean.

Well that is it for me this week, did say not done much at all. check out the other blogs at Lucy Blossom Crafts

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Painting, painting and more painting

Quite happy not to see another tin of paint for some time, the stairs took an age mainly because 3 walls go up the full height of the house, not an easy task. Could not leave Lee on his own as would have meant climbing down the ladder to reload the roller. Still, now done, he started on the landing now which is on terra firma and I am free to do what I like, hence sewing.

Rolled Shopping Bags

This weeks makes? had rolls of fabric which I got as a win in a competition a few years back and never used. Decided to make some shopping bags which roll up for convenience, popped in a handbag just in case.

Wanted some feedback and made 1 for a friend along with a set of 4 cards which I have added to my website, for her to test and let me know what she thinks.


Have a lot of old buttons both from my Mum and MIL, thought would use some to make boutonnieres wrapped in a faux silk ribbon, with added ribbon and lace. I love old buttons and can remember going through my Grandmother's tins when young. A treasure trove of tiny prettiness.

Roses Grow On You

This saying takes me back to the old 'Roses chocolate'' adverts with Norman Vaughan, they don't make them like they used to, lol

Back to crafting bought 2 fat quarters of this pretty fabric made into a couple of frame bags. The silver tone roses, not even sure where I got them from or when, just add something as an embellishment. Used up the scraps into a set of rose potpourri sachets. Still have a fat quarter to use but atm undecided.

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Until next week enjoy the summer