Archive for August, 2011

Working with the Pips

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

You know how these things work, you see something online, then you see itin a shop, you read about it on other blogs, your friend also has one, what next? Well naturally you also want it. I am notimmuneto that, not even when it comes to fabrics.

For quite some months now, we have seenAnnelaHoey’sfirst collection, Sherbet Pips, all over theinternet. Quilts, blankets, bags, dresses, throws,placemats, you name it, someone has done it. I have been cutting and packing quite a lot of these fabrics and havealreadysold out some of the designs (yes I have kicked myself several times because I haven’t kept even a tiny scrap ofthem for myself).

So before it was too late, I grabbed a few fabrics and cut some pieces to make a cushion. I must say that I truly enjoy working with these fabrics. I think that the tiny details are the best part, like the small mice or the snails that almost seem like they havesneakedin the design.

Inspired by a quilt pattern in the book "Simplify with Camille Roskelly"

Idid however get stuck in choosing the fabric for the back of the cushion. It was getting a bit too pink for me, but my dear friend Nicola (more about this talented girl very soon) suggested going forKonain Rich Red orSkipping square dots in Candy Blue. I think I am going to go for the red.

In a moment of madness I thought of adding piping, but I don’t think it needs it and I just want to finish it. I have this feeling that it is going to become sort of a “comfort pillow”that I will drag with me everywhere I go.

Sunday Stash #11

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

I am very happy to offer you this fabric at a special price. This voile is my favourite of three that we have in stock. Mixed Signals by Anna Maria Horner is a very simple design and the colours are striking. Apologies for the bad photos but this voile has afabuloussheen and I am not a pro at taking photos, so you would have to excuse me.

I wish I could explain you with words you would have to touch this fine cotton voile to experience its soft feel and its delicate drape.

I would love a maxi dress using this or a loose blouse, you wouldn’t nee any accessories to go because the fabric is doing it all for you. Saying that, there are may other smaller projects using cotton voiles now, a comfy throw or a delicate little purse could be a good way of using this fabric.

I close for now and let you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Have a good one :)

Sunday Stash #10

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

This week’s chosen fabric is Alice, a bold design of big big flowers. I quite like using this fabric showing the whole pattern, like a big cushion that makes a big statement; but in the last few months I have also seen using big patterns in quilting, mainly used for the sashing, and I think it is a great idea and also something different. Whatever you want to use it for, this fabric is at a very reduced price for a limited time.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Alice - Michael Miller

Sunday Stash #9

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Are you having a good weekend? Mine started early and wow! it would be so wrong to complain! Lovely guests, good weather (most of the time), lots of food, fantastic wine, and a bit of shopping, not much because I can’t run out of funds because there is new fabric coming in September and I don’t want todisappointyou.

Enough of that and let’s go straight to the point. Today’s Sunday Stash are two fabrics that I adore.

Sandi Henderson’s Farmer’s Market fabrics have bold design, great colours, and they can take you gracefully into autumn, check them out and let me know what you think.

Crafting Wonderland

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Have you ever wished you could fall down a rabbit hole like Alice did and find Wonderland? I did, I wanted to live all that madness and meet all thosesurreal characters (saying that, without falling down a rabbit hole I have meet quite a few surreal characters over the years!). Disappointingly after all these years of been living in Oxford I have found no sign of that rabbit hole! One thing life has taught me however, is that if you want something really bad, you have to go after it and make it happen yourself, and I couldn’t possibly think of anything better than to create my very own Wonderland.

As I flick through the pages of Everything Alice, Hannah Rad-Baldrey and Christine Leech’s new book, my smile becomes bigger and bigger, just like a Cheshire Cat smile.

This must be my favourite project in the book

Everything Alice, as you might have guessed, is inspired by the Book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carrol and inside it gives you all you need to get started creating your very on Wonderland, including wonderful things like patterns for for a white rabbit, mad hatter hats, invitation cushions, humpty dumpty doorstop;recipesfor a Curious Teapot Cake, Duchess Macaroons, and Red Velvet Cupcakes that look so appetising you won’t be able to resist making them.

Oh yes! you will find embroidery projects too!

I can’t tell you how much I want to have an Alice in Wonderland themed party make the Giant Rose Lights to decorate the garden. But if you don’t want to take it to extremes, you could also have a little bit of Wonderland in your everyday life and make the very clever embroidery box or a very simple and practical bag to carry your books or lunch.

What better to amuse a little one than this mobile.

This mobile will amuse any child for hours

Alternatively you can do the same that I have done for a few weeks, and go through the pages and admiring the creativity of the two talented writers of this fun book.

You can't recreate Wonderland without having one of this hats!

Everything Alice, by Hannah Read-Baldrey & Christine Leech is published byt Quadrille Publishing (ISBN 978-1844009725)

A teacosy to add a touch of Wonderland to every day :)

A little touch of Wonderland to your everyday life