Monday, 20 December 2010

Almost Christmas

Happy Christmas

Look what I ordered from Nancy at Coeur D'Alene

Had been admiring these tags for some time and thought an ideal gift but could not give away as so beautiful, so have kept as a Christmas gift for moi, they will be ideal as bookmarks when I start to research for my new lines in 2011

also enclosed in my parcel was this beautiful vintage Christmas tag and notelet from Nancy.

Thank you Nancy your gift line is fantastic.

Christmas is nearly here, come for a tour round my decorated living room:

We have collected decorations throughout the years and each year add something special to our tree, this year was a Jim Shore Disney Tradition creation of Jiminy Cricket as company to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves last year

This will be my last blog post before Christmas and I would like to wish you all a very
Happy Christmas & may all your dreams come true.


Monday, 6 December 2010

What a week

Show and Tell Monday

The weather has been so cold, with snow and ice on the ground, many housebound for several days, for me a perfect time all snug and warm to spend sewing doing what I love.

A black Gladstone style bag, this is an order for a very good customer, she loved the brown one but her favourite colour is black, sometimes with a hint of red and I had to oblige.

Not much else to report from snowy Southern England but don't forget to
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Friday, 3 December 2010

Snowed In

Snowed in on a Pink Friday of 'Sleigh Bells and Winter Roses'

No sign of the roses but can almost here the sleigh bells having a practice run for the 24th December, only 22 days to go, the tension is mounting.

We are at a standstill and have not been out since Tuesday, snug as a bug, heating on fire lit and plenty of food, the smell of butterscotch cakes in the oven, a perfect day.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Music and Roses

Show and Tell Monday

Almost Christmas, 33 days to go, a time of magic and love, a time to let those near to you or far away know that you care. Decorations on the tree, festive houses, cards through the letter box Postie working overtime, scents of spices and fruits in the air from homemade mincemeat to be turned into pies sprinkled with sugar, delectable aromas fill the house, crackling of the log fires, roasted chestnuts, all go to make a Perfect Christmas.

Music, Roses with a hint of Champagne

My offering for Show and Tell Monday a quilted waistcoat in pink, brown and cream, with a sprinkling of lace butterflies and vintage lace trim

A picture of my stall at the Bramley fair on 6th November, not that happy with the display as feel it needs more height at the back, should have remembered to pack my shelves.

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Monday, 15 November 2010

True Friends

True Friends

Sometimes in our lives we have to overcome an obstacle and that time you have friends to turn to and that is the time when true friendships come to the fore, to know you are not alone. I have several e-friends, namely the Pink Ladies from Make Mine Pink, Kim and Jill who have been there for me this week after the loss of our fur baby Barney in the early hours of Sunday morning. Thank you girl's.

Barney 1995 to 2010
In tribute to Barney a poem by a wonderful Author, Nancy Ellen Crossland, check out her book at Amazon 'Within these branches' a beautiful read


Faithful friend
You always sense
My moods, my sadness
When I'm feeling tense

Like my shadow
You're always there
Though you cannot speak
I know you care

A gentle nudge with your nose
A paw on my lap
Tug on my clothes

You speak a language
With your compassionate eyes
Sense my lows
Rejoice in my highs

Faithful friend
With a wag of your tail
Your devotion to me
Will never fail

A reward now and then
A scratch under the chin
A walk in the park
Faithful friend
How fortunate
I've been

Nancy Ellen Crossland

and last but not least:

A big thank you to Kim

Kim is a kind and sweet lady I have met on line through a UK based forum, we have become good friends, knowing each of us if there for the other in times of happiness and sadness.
On Saturday I received a beautiful handmade card and gift through the post, the gift a card kit to give me something to do and it is in my favourite colour of pink. Think this kit will be made into a framed picture for my Sewing room, to always remind me of a dear friendship.

Thank you Kim, you are a true friend. x

A basketful of scented fruit

Well I have been on about them all week and finally finished, the basket is covered and lined in black with pink and black ribbon wound around the handle. The glitter roses are a bit dark but will be replaced eventually with pale pink once I get to my supplier.

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Monday, 1 November 2010

Show and Tell Monday

Alice in Wonderland

Last week watched the brilliant Tim Burton film, Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp, what more can I say.

So could not resist this fabric depicting the Alice characters made into a bag

Just had to cover a headband

and what better way to finish the ensemble with a necklace



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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

A trip down memory lane

Yesterday Lee (DH) and I went on a trip down memory lane, visiting areas I used to haunt when growing up, the weather left a lot to be desired but we were determined it was not going to ruin our day and it did not.

First stop Shere (were the film The Holiday was partially shot) a lovely Surrey village, apart from the cars unspoilt by time.

Then onto Abinger Hammer (metionjed in the Domesday book in 1086, then known as Abinceborne) where the blacksmith hits the bell with a hammer on the hour

The clock was given in memory of the first Lord Farrer of Abinger Hall who died in 1899 and has a motto which states: “By me you know how fast to go!” The clock represents the iron industry and the role played by the county of Surrey in the industrial past.

Then on to Cranleigh

and finally could not resist a photo of the Christmas decorations at the local garden centre,
just magical

Thank you for joining me on my trip down memory lane

Monday, 25 October 2010

Bags, Bags and more bags......

Show and Tell Monday

Another week and ever nearer to Christmas only 61 days to go, presents all bought just a few left to make then the fun of wrapping and not to mention decorating the house, turning our home into a magical grotto.

Four events booked starting the 6th November (only 12 days to go) so have been stitching like mad

Crystal framed bag, made with a beautiful embossed satin, timeless elegance

A selection of fun phone/camera pouches in Amy Butler fabric a good stocking filler for any age

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Monday, 18 October 2010

Look out Mary Poppins

Show and Tell Monday

I have always loved the film Mary Poppins, can remember as a child awe inspired when Marp opened her carpet bag and everything including the kitchen sink appeared. Having received a bag of fabric from a neighbour and this beautiful carpet style fabric was inside, what better tribute than to make t modern twist on a carpet bag, 3 machine needles later and metal frame inserted this is the result.

Cream Silk and Pearl Evening Bag

Classic combination of silk and pearls all in cream

An not forgetting the frilly and frothy scarves, purple, to be worn
by those wishing to age disgracefully .

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Monday, 11 October 2010

Frothy and Frilly

Show and Tell Monday with Make Mine Pink

Frilly and Frothy

Another two scarves this time in fuchsia and cream/winter white

3 knitted last night and half way through a 4th, just love to knit and watch tv, keeps my hands out of the biscuit barrel. These scarves are every definitely frilly and frothy, glamorous and fun, with hints of the three musketeers.

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Inspirativity Events

Well Jill and I have gone and done it, booked the hall for our first handmade event next April, a beautiful location and the hall we have chosen is bright and sunny. Off this week to research some potential stall holders and have to sample the local coffee and maybe cakes