Saturday, 17 November 2012

New line!

I think we all know by now that I am horrible at blogging. I just cant do it regularly. I have recently set up a Facebook page though,  I am VERY SLOWLY getting followers, so if you feel like making someones day, go here and 'like' me pleeease.

I will still be using this blog though, just as a place to link back to when I have something too big to say.

Today I received my shipment of zippers, Lots of colours and sizes. EXCITED!

Here is what I did with my first zip............ ( sorry for the blurry photos, no flash and daylight is in short supply right now)
I gathered my supplies, some funky fabric for the outer, bright Orange zip, sew on interfacing (light) and some vintage fabric for the liner.

Nextly, I cut two rectangles for the outer, two for the liner and four of the interfacing,
I sewed the interfacing onto the linings and outers...................
I made some zipper end covers by folding little pieces of fabric in half and tucking the ends under, then slotting the zipper in and pinning.
Added two little lines of stiching......
Made a zipper sandwich,
Pinned the linings and the outers to each other, then sewed (almost) all the way round
Made a big fabricy mess turning it out the right way but eventually...................................
Ta - Dah!!
It's not perfect (so am keeping it) but I learnt from it, I made another straight away with longer zip covers and only put interfacing on the outers. Its beautiful and will be in my shop soon along with many more if I can bear to part with them.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Best bunting for your bucks.

This week I have been making some bunting for a charity called SEND A COW

Bunting is such an easy way to quickly add some colour and fun to a party or any place that needs jazzing up a bit, I have scoured Etsy and here is my top ten, hope you like them too.

Of course other market places are available but seriously why bother else where?

Thursday, 7 June 2012


Yes, I'm still alive.

The Sproggit and I had a go at marbling, I have to say that even though I only have a short post about it we really were quite obsessed about it and produced at least a hundred pieces of beautiful paper over a week or so trying different techniques. The example below was our first attempt. We watched plenty of tutorials on You Tube this one is our favourite, its quite long but the end result is pretty amazing.

Anyway, here is our first one, I had a kit which I bought years ago, I dont think it cost much, maybe ten pound. It came with water thickener and a few inks in a nice box. The only downside to paper marbling is that to get the best water you need to mix the solution the night before.

We didnt flick the ink into the water at first, we just let it drip in. We added more and more ink until the surface was pretty much covered.

 As you can see, the colours we got in our kit were full on but we later experimented with kids poster paint mixed with a bit of water to make it drippy. That worked well especially with the flicky method.
 Nextly we got a cocktail stick and had fun dragging the ink around. flower shapes are easily made by pulling the ink into the centre. This effect works best when you keep putting the ink inside the previous drip to form rings.
Here is our finished piece. Yes. this really is our first try. Now you can see why we ditched the camera and just got stuck in. Much fun was had.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Photo a day

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(Missing my Grandads left and centre)

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Photo a day

Soooo far behind, but will catch up!

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

A little goes a long way

I have a fabulous customer who makes unique handbags and more, she is as crazy about wax print as I am and she recently sent me a picture of a her green boucle, while she had it wrapped around her shoulders she had a eureka moment, what could possibly make this snugly wrap better?


I love how wax print is just as interesting on a small scale and I have a Grey wool blanket that needs some life injected into it so I think I may be stealing this idea.

Photo a day.


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