Friday 31 March 2023

April and should be Spring

 Looking out the window on the 1st April and all I can see is rain, however the tete a tete's happy faces are there. Cheering what would otherwise be a dreary day.

Not posted in a while and admit have let my blog go but instead of a New Year resolution a spring one to start with posts of what I hope the coming month will bring.

Today sorting my accounts for the year end. See what has sold and what has not, then decisions to make. In the meantime I have got an ongoing sale of a lot of stock, check out the image below:

On My Machine

Hooped ready to go is a cream organza, the plan to stitch a pretty design and make into bridal wrist decoration tied with cream ribbon.

Other creations planned for April

Some more needle keepers but this time trying with fabric, these sold out last time and are so handy when needle working.

Ephemera packs. Love vintage style ephemera and the plan to make some more of these, have proved very popular in the past.

Now this will take sometime but a fabric journal with lots of dainty rose embroideries, lace, tuck spots, pockets and places to write your thoughts. This is something that will be created page by page in between lots of new paper creations.

Easter to look forward to and DH's Birthday about 2 weeks later. 

We have started a new project in the garden. After trying to regrow the grass under the trees for the last few years to no avail, have given up and ordered some recycled flexiborder edging. Should be here by Monday and weather permitting will get that in place. On the 10th going to the farm shop to order some shingle, this area will have stepping stones for pots and Campanula planted in amongst the stones I love this little plant, a burst of colour and spreads so well. The ones we have on the garden have doubled in a year.

Still looking for a solar water feature but struggling to find the right one. There is one out there that will appear just when we need it.

Okay that is it from me will post again on the 1st May and see what I have or not! achieved the past month.

Happy Spring


Wednesday 31 August 2022

New creations for September 2022

 Well looking a lot like Autumn, the trees are turning and not the end of August yet! Still Autumn is one of my favourite times of year, along with Spring. The colours of the leaves are stunning when in full swing and all part of life's process.

Been working on a collection for September, not finished yet but time has got away from me and the new month arrives tomorrow.

Starting with a Jane Austen themed print in pink and black, depicting Roslings, Pemberley, Netherfield and Longbourn manor houses. Silhouettes of Regency people. Pink pom poms to embellish. 

Marie Antoinette lavender sachet decorated with oodles of lace and rose trim.

Mini desk calendars ready for 2023.

Sewing themed tags in blue or pink.

First of 6 cotton printed lavender sachets of a Queen Bee, including a matching tag.

Second set of lavender sachets as before.

Not sure will manage another 19 items for the Folksy Daily Challenge but will see how I go.

Have also been working on Birthday and Christmas gifts, almost finished just waiting for a delivery from Amazon today. While waiting may make a start on the Christmas cards to go with the gifts.

On a personal front flu jabs booked for a Saturday in September, expect to get the Covid booster reminder soon as well.

Thank you for reading, now off to my craft room to start creating. Until next time.....

Sunday 7 August 2022

New creations for August 2022

 Just looked and have not posted for ages. What have I been doing? Well lockdown for one, started off okay but then got very restrictive but did as we were told. A dreadful couple of years and still not out the woods yet.

Used some of my time to combine my workroom which was too cold in the winter and my sewing room into one. Oh boy why did I have so much stuff! Loads went to charity may regret at some point but honestly had enough to open a shop! Took the adage if not looked at or used would go. The local charity shop in the next village were very happy with my donations, they had had some real rubbish landed on their doorstep. So unfair to offload pure junk to them to have to dispose of.

Once the room was tidy found my mojo came back and started to creat, now have approx 850 items in my Folksy shop.

Today (Sunday 7th August) it is beautiful outside, clear blue sky and not a cloud in site, gentle breeze and not too hot. All that changes on Wednesday through to Saturday and the heat returns in the ‘90’s. will be sitting with fans and loads of iced water to drink.

Okay back to creating a sample of my August creations, Marie Antoinette has appeared again.  Vintage styling my favourite and as per normal found myself gravitating towards this genre again. 

I do hope you have enjoyed my journey over the past two years.
Stay safe and cool


Friday 23 April 2021

By the Sea

 Finally finished my latest collection this week, been in the pipeline for a while but those Mermaids finally came out of the deep blue sea to help with the stitching.

I love the sea, gentle waves lapping on the shore line, chiming of the rigging on the boats in a harbour, seagulls soaring overhead. Children laughing and playing happy to be out and about. Ice Cream vendors streaming their happy tunes.

My new collection is in colours of turquoise, blue and sand including gifts and cards.

All in stock in my Folksy Store click here to view

Next project something yellow and happy.

Friday 12 February 2021

2021 Please let it be better than 2020

Good Morning folks, been a long time since my last blog post and think 2021 should be when I start again and post at least once a month.

Well 2020 has been a dreadful year, news full of doom and gloom, so many people died from this dreadful virus, at least we now have a vaccine and I for one will be having the jab. Been in lockdown since last March and cannot wait to be able to browse the garden centres again, selecting plants for a new garden project. This year will be the year of a raised mini pond with a few small fish. Right in front of the gazebo seat.

During this lockdown have not been idle restarted and finally finished my Poldark cross stitch that DH bought me about 4 years ago. Framed and in the garden room.

Started a sampler style little black dress chart, this will be for my sewing room.

Also been working hard on new collections for my Folksy shop, going back to my shabby chic/vintage styling. Sometimes tempted by modern but deep down I am a vintage girl and can no longer resist the call of lace, beads, sumptuous fabric, threads, designs the list goes on.

One of my plans is after a merging of my work and sewing room was to use all the in stock supplies I have. DH has decided I have enough to have a shop! do not know what he means, lol. Still have to buy a few things though as just need certain items.

Well on with my showcase of new items posted to my Folksy shop so far starting off with 2 styles of brooches and a brooch pillow

Some keepsake cards

Today’s posting an frame full of Inchies, tiny works of art.

All of these creations appear in the ‘Amelia Rose’s Attic’ section. Stepping into Grandma’s attic and finding wonderful trunks filled with beautiful clothes and treasures.

That is it for me for a few weeks, maybe less. 

Stay safe and with this weather stay warm.

Thursday 8 October 2020

Pumpkins and spooky tales

Halloween or All Saint's Eve

Celebrating the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.

Normally children would be out trick or treating but doubt will happen this year.

Why not have your own trick or treat at home, hide sweet delights around the house, or garden if dry. Have fairy lights festooned and maybe some pumpkin banners and decorations.

My makes this week have been Halloween inspired and finding some beautiful fabric from Dash Haberdashery on Folksy to make into pumpkin bunting was a delight.

All on my Folksy Store Halloween section

Have a Spookylicious tim


Sunday 19 January 2020

New Year Part 2

Well almost 3 weeks into the New Year, have been busy making for Valentines Day. Plus missed last weeks Handmade Monday, where did the time go. My Folksy store has been on sale mode, busy backwards and forwards to the Postbox. Thought it would be quiet but no, sales have gone through the roof. From my point of view good, means I have space for all the new ideas. Sale ended now and back to posting Valentines makes.

Makes so far this year:

Key rings, all done in the hoop on my embroidery machine

A Love Pillow

Tag pockets

Couple of cards

Learning new techniques.

I am passionate about all forms of crafting and made a decision to learn something new this year. The choice has been vast but settled on Weaving. George Weil based in Farncombe, not far from us do a small frame, which for me is perfect as can make into bags etc.  After the sale has finished something I am going to look at treating myself.

Check out the other blogs at Sum of Their Stories

A bit behind this week, DH and I met up with some old colleagues from BT we have all retired now. Sewing machines serviced on Thursday am finally got back to working on Friday.

Should make next week okay as nothing on the cards.

Have fun