Thursday, 28 May 2009

A new focus and flowers for the shop

Well, I've had my head down lately, as we've finally decided to go in all seriousness for one of my lifelong dreams this Autumn. Well, I say lifelong, but it's a dream I've had since I was 11! Not gonna spill what it is, but it's gonna happen. But it's going to take a lot of grafting. Hence I've been de-stashing my fabric on good old ebay to raise some funds, and still am, and working hard on things for the shop...

The flowers came about when I saw them in a book in the library, but they had only five petals, and try as I might I couldn't get them to work with just five petals. Needless to say, I hadn't taken the book out and couldn't remember what it was, but had tried to memorise how to do them. It helped that one of my children has a couple of origami books, because as far as I could see, this is basic origami.

I had to make it up a bit as I went along, but after lots of experimenting, I'm pretty pleased with the eight-petal results.

I've popped them into the shop and hopefully some of them will find lovely homes. They each take a rather long time to craft, but I've tried to keep the price as low as possible.

Now, I remembered I hadn't shown the contents of my Liberty bag...

Buttons, lovely buttons. I fell in love with these. Gingham and spotted. Yummy!

I also wanted to finally show what we crafted on our narrow boat holiday this year, though that was a few weeks back now. My eight year old:

My 12 year old:

My 11 year old:

And me:

It was fun to do.

Finally, I'm so rushed at the moment, I've turned my comments off. I really do appreciate your comments and your visits, but although I'm visiting blogs, I'm not getting a chance to leave comments, so I felt it was only fair to turn off for a bit while I get a chance to catch up. A blogging friend suggested this to me recently, and I thought it was a brilliant suggestion. I really appreciate your visiting and reading this far (assuming I have a couple of readers left!).

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Didn't we have a lovely day!

I had such a lovely day last Saturday, meeting some fellow SCF girls, and fellow bloggers. We met in London, starting off with a coffee and took it from there. It was fun. The purchase bags above at the end of the day speak for themselves. We went everywhere!

At All the Fun of the Fair, a wonderful shop I first blogged about here, I was thrilled to find a crochet pot to add to mine, along with some braid and special tags to add to my home made goodies.

Isn't it fab!

We visited a wonderful ribbon and haberdashery shop off Oxford Street, where I know Gok regularly pops into, and where I restored my bias stash...

I fell in love with this display in Liberty's window:

Anyone know where I can find fabric like that for the cushions, with motorway scenes?

We contemplated here for lunch...

The menu looked tasty...

and the girls all rushed for it...

But we changed our minds! Probably wouldn't have been allowed in in jeans, I guess! We had lunch in the open air at the place you can see here (that's not us - we didn't want a public group pic):

It was very good - just below All the Fun of the Fair. Spot that knitted chain... good, isn't it!

In the Emma Bridgewater shop, I treated my children to three beakers - they've been well used already...

At VW Rouleux, we all got a postcard, thanks to Mitmot:

I took a few pics in CK's Marylebone store, but thought I'd overdone the photos already, so here's one I've not seen on anyone's blog before:

So a good day. I bought a few more bits and pieces, but not much.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Hallo - still cheerful!

Not bad, huh! Accessorize, and I picked it up at the car boot on Sunday... £1!
Funnily enough, as soon as I picked it up, there was somebody on my shoulder wanting it, though it had been there for a couple of hours. I love car boots when the prices are good. I also picked up some gorgeous vintage Jane Churchill. It was fun on Sunday.

Well, I'm very happy at the moment, I don't know why. Counting my blessings I guess.

I've had another mean-mum-banning-television-before-school-this-week session, and it's been terrific. At first they moaned, but it's resulted in more and more being done. My youngest found an old box... remember these anyone.

I last looked at this when I was about 8 myself. He's taken to it with a lot of enthusiasm, and is trying to complete the Norman church I'd started many many years ago. Bless him.

And this morning they baked. I didn't take a pic, but it was similar to the last thing they cooked... yummy.

As for me, I've been frantically busy sorting out new ideas for the blog shop, a couple of which I'm listing today, and a peek below. I'm having such fun with this - thank you so much for supporting it.

So, happy happy happy home here. Hope you've all had a good week.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Ways to stay young...

I've never been able to resist Betty Boop, so this top just zipped over to me today. Bit like two magnets we were. I tried to stop myself, honestly.

Bit ridiculous really at my age, so to prove to myself I could be grown up as well, I bought the Boden shirt below...

It got me thinking on the things that keep me feeling young. One is definitely going for things like the Betty Boop, though I should know better. Another is having a 12 year old who, like me, is addicted to reading.

Heard of Twilight? After much begging, I gave into her pleading and bought her the set of Twilight books. I thought I ought to read one as well to see what the fuss was all about.

Well, these books should come with a health warning. For the past three weeks, every spare moment, me and eldest have been glued to each book in turn. We're now on the fourth. I think they are fantastic.

Another book she introduced me to, and which really moved me, was

This is very painful to read, but also incredibly moving, and incredibly uplifting. Amazingly it's the author's first book, and she was just 23 when she wrote it. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. I really got so absorbed, I thought it actually was written by an 11 year old boy.

What sort of things keep you feeling young?

I also treated myself to a mohair mix knitted dress I fell in love with in a charity shop... I don't like the arms, and so was aiming to cut it and change it - they puff out, but the dress itself is gorgeous with a capital G. I've always wanted a hand knitted dress, but given it takes me a year to knit a scarf, I don't think it's ever going to happen. So I was thrilled.

However, I thought out of interest I'd find out a little about the label as I hadn't heard of it. Scarlet Roos. Now, her dresses sell for around £100 and up... and this one looks brand new to me. And it's special, so I'm sure it would have been fairly pricey. Damn it, now I don't feel able to chop into it. That doesn't make me feel young. That makes me feel old and responsible! ;-)

Have a youthful weekend all you lovely peeps.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

What a lot of fun...

I've had such a fun day making another commission for my shop - I'm loving making up the letters, cos I get to play with my Cath Kidston fabric. Yay! I've also had a rather nice addition to my patchwork squares today - you may remember that almost a year ago I signed up to receive 10 patches a month from my local patchwork shop. Just look at what arrived this morning.

Lovely, 1930s inspired prints.

And last month were these, which I also adore. I'll have to get busy with thinking what I can usefully do with them.

I've had a couple of bad months with the patches, but for the most part they've been brill, and I love the mystery of it when the little envelope drops onto the mat.

Speaking of nice prints, at the car boot on Sunday, I picked up this beautiful silk Gap skirt - I'd been wanting a retro silk skirt, and there it was. I'm so pleased with it.

Now, I have to go shove a lasagne in the oven - bit of a puzzle for you, if you've gotten this far (thank you, if so!). Why does my littleun love bolognaise, shepherd's pie, pasta and bolognaise bake, homemade meatballs, etc, etc... and hate lasagne? I just don't get it. So every so often, I try making one again... cos we all love it. He'll be moaning tonight, I know already. Sigh. Can't please everybody, I guess.
Thank you so much for dropping by. And thank you for my awards - thank you to Melanie for this one

I'm supposed to pass it on to 10 blogs... but everywhere I've visited recently has this award... I'd love to give it especially to:
Bloomin' Myrtle
Sal's Snippets
Painting New Memories
Tatting Chic
Sewhot Mitmot

Thank you all for having lovely blogs that really do make my heart smile when I visit.

I was also the lucky recipient of this one...

This is the Bella award, meant for blogs that are really lovely and new to you. I think it's really pretty. It was given to me by Tracey, who had very rightfully got it herself because her blog is scrummy. Take a look. I need to pass it on to blogs I've recently found, so I need to have a think about that.
Thank you both for my awards.

Monday, 4 May 2009

What a lovely weekend and fabric bunting

I hope you've all had a good Bank Holiday. I've been having lots of fun, though it was colder than I'd thought, and as we went away, I had to put up with my thin choice of clothes. We visited a really pretty village, and had a stunning walk through a local bluebell wood which is privately owned, but opened for one day a year by the amazing 81 year old owner, who we were lucky enough to meet. Wow, is all I can say, but I'm afraid I haven't photos at the moment. Sorry.

I've also been busy planning things for the shop, as I want to update it frequently. I've finished a commission this week for some letter bunting, hence the A and E dotted into this post, and got that posted off. I've done more bunting for the shop, and will drip it in this week when I get the time. My list gets longer and my time gets shorter at the moment. Anyone else familiar with that problem?!

And just to prove I'm not only obsessed with Cath Kidston... here's a sneaky look at a Laura Ashley bag I'm going to pop into the shop later this week.

I popped to a car boot on Sunday morning very early, and was lucky enough to get three things on my car boot wish list since last October: an overlocker, a pie maker, and a slow cooker. I can't wait to use all three. Though perhaps not simultaneously. I have not a clue how to use any of them, but I'm hoping the instructions will be idiot proof. I also picked up some balls of wool for just 20 pence each... not bad, eh.
Now, off to look at my overlocker, finish some more fabric bunting, and have some cocoa. Thanks so much for stopping by - and thank you for your terrific and supportive comments on my last couple of posts.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Ripple crochet and sewing panels

I have always loved sewing panels, maybe because it takes me back to childhood. Look at this beauty I just came across - I'd thought to frame it, but I think I'm tempted to actually make it up into a cushion.

I just love it, probably more than the last one I acquired (which I think I showed you - it was a rose one). The problem is, I never actually want to cut into the fabric panels I find... it feels wrong somehow. LOL.

I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your wonderful support for the blogshop - I've discovered I love commissions... I've just sent this one out...

which has a crochet flower on a padded flower motif.

Pictures of my other one coming soon....
If you have something in mind, do email via the shop and let me know.

Now, rippling!

I finally got rippling, using the fabulous Attic24's tute. It was so much fun, and I'm well on the way to getting my first cushion completed. She makes everything so easy to follow, and rippling is also quick - I find I prefer crochet to knitting for that reason alone. I'm always too impatient for the time it takes me to knit. I love the way Attic24 has pushed rippling through blogland... I'm seeing it all over, and it always looks so pretty. Thank you to her.

I had such a lovely time this morning. I'd popped into a local friend with a pile of gifts (another thank you - lots going on today!). I then had to pop to the Post Office, and found this (and other goodies) in the nearby charity shop. Now, I knew I loved it and had to get it... but my first thought was 'yay, it's Cath Kidston'.

Of course it's not, but it's another label I like just as much. Any guesses? I'm going to use it to make something... not sure what yet, but the fabric is just so yum.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend all. We've got lots planned, and it sounds as if the weather will be on our side this time. Remember all those wet bank holidays. Kicking off with sleepovers tonight and a picnic tomorrow. I can't wait!