We've Got It All Sewn Up

We've Got It All Sewn Up

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Wedding delights

Still working on the wedding theme and the 8th November is getting ever closer, will I be ready in time? well I jolly well have to be. One advantage of a wedding fair you generally take orders but do have some items for sale on the day.

This weeks makes:

Dragonflies and petal clutch bag

Mint silk, stippled, organza wing dragonflies, with pearl centred organza petals


Pansy Clutch Bag

Shown here in shades of white, so elegant



Slowed up a bit as trying to sort and empty the top attic, never sure why we put so much up there thinking 'just in case' 20 years later never looked at or used and still making the roof groan. The plan is that by next spring we will only be using the small attic, which is easier to get into. Boxes will hit the utility tip and things are only going to be kept that are actually wanted. Intend to check every year and if not used for a year, out it goes, think Lee and Shiloh are getting worried, could they be next?

Happy Autumnal week



Sunday, 19 October 2014

Edwardian lace, petals and daisies

Continuing the wedding theme a few more samples which have also been added to The Wedding Boutique on my website.

Edwardian Silk Lace Clutch Bag

So pretty, love this design and the shell pink silk dupion



Lace Petal Necklace

Free standing lace design with petals with Swarovski centres and leaf, all tied with organza ribbons


Lace Daisy Necklace

Free standing lace design with a daisy and leaves, all tied with organza ribbons


All components of these designs have been stitched by my embroidery machine and the flowers hand stitched onto the lace.

Well Autumn is here the leaves are falling at a rate of knots but been to wet to go and clear them from the lawn, a perfect job for my DH when we get a dry day. 

Have a wonderful week, for me only 20 days until the wedding fair and have a list as long as my arm to make.




Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Iced Innovations

Beautiful cakes for every occasion.



I met Erica through Women Only Connected, a networking site set up by Jenny Wagstaff, just love Erica's cakes they are so beautiful. Here is her story:

Erica Galvin is a highly qualified, award winning decorator of individually designed and handcrafted wedding cakes. 

She has over 15 years experience in Sugarcraft and has obtained an ABC certificate to advanced level (with distinction) from Brooklands College in Weybridge obtaining skills in royal icing, sugarpaste techniques, marzipan, sugar flowers and chocolate work. Her passion for cake decoration has led her to win many gold and silver awards at prestigious competitions around the country. 

She is also an accredited demonstrator and member of the British Sugarcraft Guild and a freelance tutor, having taught students from all over the UK and abroad including students from Dubai, India, Turkey and France and teaches regularly for several sugarcraft shops in London and the South East. Erica has also written several articles for Cakes and Sugarcraft magazine and her cake designs have been published in Wedding Cakes: a Design Source Magazine. 

Erica works closely with each customer, sharing ideas and using her professional and artistic experience to make your dream wedding cake a reality. Whether you choose a traditional, royal iced cake or a contemporary chocolate sensation, she will provide a dedicated, customer- focused service, to provide the centre piece for your special day.

A specialist for Wedding Cakes Surrey, Wedding Cakes Middlesex, Wedding Cakes Hampshire, and Wedding Cakes London. We also make Birthday Cakes and supply them to the following areas: Surrey, Hampshire, Middlesex and London.

Wedding Cakes and Birthday Cakes are customised to your requirements so please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss your bespoke Wedding Cake or Birthday Cake for delivery / collection to any of the following areas and their surroundings: Surrey, Middlesex, Hampshire and London.

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A selection of Erica's wedding cakes.

Check out Iced Innovations for more inspiration

Stay dry and warm as this weather is appalling, good if you are a duck but not so good for a human (slave) and Golden Retriever





Saturday, 11 October 2014

Wedding Bells, Rosebuds and Confetti

I am attending a wedding fair on the 8th November in a pretty Hampshire village nestled by the South Downs and whilst I have stock a plenty just had to add some new ideas.

Silk embroidered lace clutch bag and a dainty silk pocket to hold a cotton lawn hankie edged with lace. The flap of the bag is free standing machine lace, the back a beautiful embroidery design all with an Edwardian feel. I love working in silk and not as difficult as it may appear.






Will be making more this week out of a mint silk, maybe some white and ivory as well.

Off to hire a jigsaw to cut loft boarding to fit the small attic. The house is a mess with boxes when we emptied the loft the other month and yes they are still sitting in the morning room. Looks more like Steptoes sitting room, now that ages me wonder how many others remember Steptoe and Son.

If you are a lady in business check out Women Only Connected, sorry strictly no men allowed a fantastic site started by Jenny Wagstaff.

Have a good week and try to stay dry this incessant rain is getting too much.








Saturday, 4 October 2014

Blog of the Quarter

Once again a big thank you to Blog Mommas for selecting my blog as Blog of the Quarter. Highly honoured, thank you Ladies





Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A walk on the wild side

Not really wild, quite tame really. Nature to me is wonderful from the first snowdrops appearing from under a blanket of white. Crocus and daffodils dormant for months appearing with colourful faces in the Spring. The sweet delicious smell of roses as they open to a beautiful flower in the summer and now Autumn. Colours from natures palette fill the trees from creams to deep burgundy, merged together they give a patchwork quilt effect like no other.



Autumn to me means edging towards Christmas a time of fun, lights, tinsel, glitter and gifts wrapped to perfection under the tree. I am a big kid at heart and always gives me a happy warm fuzzy feeling.

I am making for myself atm, very odd as never seem to get the time but am in an apex where I can afford to indulge myself. I love this fabric, linen, roses and vintage styling. Will be turned into a handbag tote to carry all my notebooks and camera I just have to take with me. With brown leather handles and proper studs for feet to protect the base. Also a matching wallet/purse, with compartments for all those loyalty cards. Has no one thought of a way to combine onto one card? instead of the hundreds you collect when out shopping. Must admit have had a wean out as some hardly use and some not at all, often find get into a shop and struggle to find the one I want. Hence this wallet will have loads of slots and pockets to carry all my stuff plus fit my phone in as well. Hope  to be able to post a photo next week, that is if all goes well.


That's all for this week, wishing you all a Happy Autumnal Week




Saturday, 20 September 2014

Spooky Tales and Earrings

Halloween is not far away, the days are drawing in, the leaves are turning to produce a wonderful Autumnal display. Not posted in a while gave myself a blogging holiday but nearing the end of September time to get back in the saddle.

First things first a craft fair but this time online:


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My first time at this event but had to give a go, never quite sure how online fairs work but this one seems so easy to understand both form a seller and buyer point of view. I don't do difficult.

Now earrings all with sterling silver earwires. I love these designs by Sonia Showalter and being stitched they are so light to wear, no dragging down the earlobes in an unbecoming way.

Fuzzy sheep


Hummingbird


Dolphin


Dragonfly


Rosebuds



finally spooky Jack 'O' Lanterns, perfect to wear near Halloween




My next event is a wedding fair in Catherington, Hampshire on the 8th November so back to the sewing machine conjuring up all manner of accessories to make the brides day perfect