Sunday, 10 May 2015

Rain and sun what a combination

Happy handmade Monday to all. Been a week of sunshine and showers. You may remember our cherry blossom tree in a previous post, well woke to a pink carpet the other day, so pretty and have banned Lee from getting out the mower to collect up the blossoms.

A new Magnolia planted last year is just starting to flower, love this colour

Lee has started a new project in the garden, which will mean a visit to a garden centre to stock up on goodies. Been planning to go to Leckford Estate for a long time, owned by John Lewis aka Waitrose.  Longstock Nursery with a cafe, yumm! and also the Leckford farm shop apparently the first supermarket to have a farm shop. Looking forward to this visit, not scheduled in yet but hopefully soon.

On the making front went all nostalgic as Downton is currently off air and had to use up some of my Andover fabric for 2 frame bags, with machine embroidered lace on the front and a lace fan on the back. Not wanting to waste a scrap managed to get 3 lavender sachets with complimenting ribbon and a bit of diamante of course.

Another piece of Downton fabric, this time with branches and berries, adding a free standing lace peacock to the front.

Found out on Friday Lee's aunt's 90th Birthday on Monday, so panic set in but managed a card just hope she gets on time.

Have some embroidery deigns for large postcards as not used before thought would have a play. This is just 1 of the designs done in a vintage tone and pink and grey. Stitched straight onto mottled card stock, the backing card is secured in place with the star design round the outside. Think will be doing a few more of these.

Trading Cards, ATC's and ACEO's

Been a lot of talk lately about ATC's and thought would give some more information. 
Trading Cards have been around in the US for some years and can depict sports to Disney, also known as  Baseball Cards. We had the original football cards or PG tips cards from Nature to Places but I think these were never as good as the USA version. Size for a start.

ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) and ACEO's (Art Card Editions and Originals) should measure 
212 by 312  inches (64 mm × 89 mm). Being this size means they fit inside the standard collectors sleeve, which holds 9 cards. inches

ATC's are given away or swapped, ACEO's can be sold. Both are normally made in collections and are numbered, dated, titled and signed by the artist on the back, these can be bought from most craft shops or you can print your own:

Being this size means they fit inside the standard collectors sleeve, which holds 9 cards. We have quite a few ATC's in the house namely my Disney Signature limited edition collection

ATC's were originally traded between artists, then artists began to sell the ATC's which made them ACEO's. Although the same format they are different as ATC's are never sold. There is a very good inspiration book about ATC's, full of samples of ATC's in different media, a good buy and a fantastic read: 

Hope this helps with a bit more info about ATC's and they are fun to collect and buy

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Summer Holidays and beyond

Had our first coffee morning with the local Women Only Connected online networking site, it went so well and have booked for next month, same time, same place. Although small on this occasion in some ways that was better as we have started with a good grounding to the group. We decided to make the meetings informal but with the time to chat to the members and find out what they do. If you would like to know more take a look at the website. Free to join and advertise the only stipulation you have to be a woman.

Jenny Wagstaff who set up the site is friendly, approachable and helpful. Hopefully Jenny will be at the next Forest Lodge coffee morning being held on the 27th May, in the coffee lounge, just follow the Endeavour explorer footprints on the floor and look for a pink flower.

Summer Holidays

Another addition to the theme, this time water bottle holders with a strap that can go across the body, round the neck or on the shoulder. A fresh bottle of water handy at all times. The lining is of an insulating material to keep the water cool, roomy enough to add a small gel ice pack. Embroidered with a Spa label.

Rose Quilt Tote Bag

Back to embroidery with a girlie feel and a rose quilt block design, stitched onto peach shadow cotton and pieced together. Have only panelled the front, the back is plain, so pretty for the summer.

Embroidery/Small Scissor Holders.

Made one of these for my sister's Birthday and then got an order form her sewing group for 2 to keep for gifts. They have both been embroidered with an initial and using the last of my elephant print. Having the cord to hang round your neck is so handy as I am constantly losing my scissors when sewing.

Birthday Card

Another card winging it's way to Lee's second cousin and again remembered to take a photo, I am getting good, lol.

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

A week of disruptions

A funny week, the weather turned colder and with no heating spent some of the time wrapped in a quilt on the sofa. Still played catch up on a few box sets. 

Lee's Birthday on Tuesday, he turned 60 an is not happy, I did try to explain to him only a number and in 1 day he has not grown up from a 12 year old, by Wednesday he was back to normal.

Wednesday the gas man arrived, the boiler fitted and the house is now toasty. Got a lesson how to use the Hive, as the same as iCal and my iPhone quite easy.

Thursday I was in agony as had spent Wednesday making up a flat packed chest of drawers for my workroom. I ache in muscles I did not know I had and staggered around as if I was 80. Getting in and out of a chair was the worse.

Heard back from Haute Handbags and have sent 3 of my silk evening bags off to California for consideration into the fall issue. Chose these because very light for postal costs but do think they are different, I hope. Just keeping fingers and toes crossed now they select my bags, should hear I think by the end of May.

All packed up and ready for the off

Friday back to sewing and making up the mobile phone bags, these may be simple but hope my customers like them.

Even managed a couple of Kindle bags.

This is the distraction from my sewing room window, I just love the colour and can look at the blossom and dream...... back to sewing.

In all it's glory

Got to sit and plan for next week now, thinking cap on.

My big Sis suggested that as my website has themed rooms I should have a section for Summer Holidays, not a bad idea and have done the changes.

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

A week of highs and lows

Well this week has been good at times, bad and then better again. The first high finished my 'Event Overtop' in the sewing print, adding a shop sign with the company name on the left shoulder. Found these cute thread spool buttons to finish off.

Next a new handbag for myself, been meaning to make one for ages and just love this Paris rose print. Still to make a wallet purse hopefully next week, as every time I open my purse half the change falls out. Then I have to be undignified and scrabble on the floor searching for coinage.

A Low:

Our boiler has finally given up the ghost after 26 years, so in one way done us a good service. Deemed unsafe so currently the gas is off and what happens? the temperature drops. New one ordered and work starting on Wednesday. Could have been Monday but Lee's Birthday on Tuesday and as may overlap into 2 days he put his foot down.

Then more highs:

After being selected as one of the top pins in the Stampington National Craft Month got an email from the managing editor of Haute Handbags (one of the Stampington publications), to ask if I would like to submit an editorial and 2 of my clutch bags pinned, for consideration to appear in the Fall copy of the magazine. Well not going to refuse just waiting for what sort of information they require and types of photos etc.

Onto making, have got a few things done and the first are camera bags. Now these are not for those highfalutin' cameras with all the lenses etc reserved for the pro's. This is for the modest camera that most of use, my Panasonic fits nicely inside and easier to carry around. Padded for protection.

Not made a great deal this week, more in the planning stages but do have several new lines in the wings involving mobile phones, embroidery scissors and Amelia Rose addition.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

A Violet Death

I love to read and love books, whilst I do read iBooks nothing like a proper book to open, something to hold onto and the anticipation on starting the first chapter. Talking to my sister she also has a love of books and think this must have come from our Mother and Grandmother alike. Any way the reason for this subject is a few weeks ago I bought the new Joanna Sheen and Julia Wherrell book 'A Violet Death'. Having read their first publication 'A Sticky End' love their style of writing. Very English, very country and very me.

Sat down in the shade in the pergola and opened the first page of A Violet Death, by the end of said page I was in stitches. Chortling aloud so that my husband thought I had lost the plot, the two paragraphs in question go like this:

Victoria shivered and quickly rinsing the conditioner from her hair, reached for the bath plug chain and pulled, nothing happened. Muttering, she hauled herself to a squatting position and tugged with all her might. The chain broke and it and the metal plug, shot out of the water and sailed over Victoria's head. As she fell backwards she heard a crash of shattered glass as the plug made its way through the window and down into the garden.

Her collapse back into the bath created a large tidal wave which rolled from the tap end towards her, slapping her full in the face before cascading impressively over the end of the bath and soaking the bathroom floor.

Now I know we have all been there and done things that sometimes beggar belief that we could be so clumsy, hence why I love the writing style of Joanna and Julia. Down to earth and coming up with ideas that we can all relate to.

Needless to say have finished the book as could hardly put it down and an excellent read if you want a light hearted mystery for the holidays.

I hope to add more book reviews as I plough through my extensive library giving you a taste of what lies between the covers.

Forgot to say I bought the signed editions as think this makes them more special