Wednesday, December 10, 2008

..and the second...

was even nicer.
Look at this...


Monday, November 17, 2008

Passed the test...

I've done my first craft fair and I thing it's fair to say: I have passed the test!
Look how lovely my stand looked...

That's my little helper in the back. The stand wasn't completely set up when I took this photo but I didn't have time to take others.

I think the shelf was a good idea. I find it very difficult to look at things when they are on the table only.
We had the best couldn't miss us just as you went into the cafe...
I had a great time.
All my items could be personalised..I have taken my embroidery machine with me so I could embroider names on the bags, etc.
My best seller were the flanels and towels, and were the items that were easy to make as they were ready to be embroidered! They were also the cheapest items ...
Next time I have to have a wider range of prices i.e. cheaper prices...

Thursday, November 06, 2008

My first EVER craft fair...

it's in 2 weeks, in a school in Salisbury (UK)..(you know, just round the corner from the Stonehenge)...and I don't knoe what I am taking...
Actually...I have a table booked and nothing to put on it because I haven't even started...

No..of course I am not panicking...ermmmmm...maybe just a little bit...

So I have bought loads of material and ribbons etc...and now need ideas.

From all the things you have seen in this blog made by me which do you think would be favourites in a crafts fair?

And what are your suggestions of things you haven't seen here but know I could make anyway....???


Monday, October 13, 2008

fur Oma...

embroidered birthday card for 90 year-old granma...

(can you tell I was dusting that shelf before taking the picture:)


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

birthday card

My latest (last minute) crafting session turned into this:

A birthday card for two brothers...two big boys!!

Here's more details:

The fishy smell has been eliminated by stuffing the cuties with lavender!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I am sailing...I am sailing

yep...that's what me and C have been doing over the last 2 weekends!

yep...that's what me and C have been doing over the last 2 weekends!
We are now Competent Crew members according to the RYA...
I'm glad they don't take into account I get seasick :)

And this is Alice..our boat..

Too much fresh air can have strange effects on some people...


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wedding favours!

Did you guess?
Here's a selection:

The favours were also used as place cards as each one had the name of the guest on a card attached to the heart. The cards were made using the template of the wedding invitation (hence the two hearts with the names of the bride and groom, not that you can read them). A hear punch was used to create a hole for the heart's string. The string was aslo the same as found in the wedding invitation.
Each heart had the guest's initial embroidered in cream.
The parents of the bride and groom had their hearts embroidered in silver to make it a bit more special. They also had a ribbon rose and a string of pearls on the top.

All the hearts (about 90 of them) were placed in 2 boxes, one for the bride's guests and one for the groom's guests.

The bride and groom's hearts had a silver ribbon and an arrangement of ribbon roses and pearls. They were also bigger than the others.

A preview of the tables after all the place cards (hearts) were set in place. The tables were later decorates with red and white roses and pearls.

Here's a preview of me in on the wedding day. And this is the dress I made as well as the clutch...Remember this fabric?

I hope to show some more pictures later. I just love this dress.


Monday, August 04, 2008


(work in progress)...any guesses?


Saturday, August 02, 2008

Handmade in New Zealand

My sis made this little felted purse for me when she was in New Zealand. She has also learned how to spin wool and she has sent me a little bit...

Thanks Nita!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cath Kidston

...lingerie bag for a very lucky (and lovely) girl...

more to come


Friday, July 18, 2008

Mr & Mrs

Wedding present for Sarah B...

I think she liked it ;)


Thursday, July 03, 2008

wedding present

This was made as a wedding present last year. I bought some towels and embroidered the bride and groom's initials inside a heart. Then I made a simple white cotton drawstring bag with the same embroidered design.

I broke the camera taking these shots (fell of my hand) so I don't have pics of the towels, sorry.

I suppose they could use the bag as a laundry or lingerie bag afterwards...

I have got to make some more wedding presents and favours soon... looking for ideas...


Sunday, June 22, 2008

AVAILABLE...Oscar and Cerise

... and looking for a good home...

OSCAR - A cute little mouse made of very soft yellow cuorduroy and blue linen...completely handmade and embroidered. It stands 35 cm (13" 1/2) tall... can you resist this?

£ 20 (postage include within the UK) € 25 (postage included within the EU)

for other destinations please contact me.

No loose or small parts so suitable for young child.

CERISE - the cutest oicloth lunch bag...just perfect: perfect size, perfect yummy colours...
It is lined with yellow polycotton fabric and it has a little internal embroidered pocket...

The dimensions are H 24cm (9" 1/2) x W 22cm (8" 1/2) and the 'thickness' (sides) is 12cm (4" 1/2)

£ 16 (postage include within the UK) € 20 (postage included within the EU)
for other destinations please contact me.


coming up....

...some day...

These are fabrics I bough to make some clothes for myself....but they have been waiting on the shelf for a long time

This red one will be a blouse..probably with ruffles on the collar...
I think my mum used to have one with a similar fabric in the 80's and it's still on my mind..

The yellow- also for a blouse; (the circles are transparent) no idea about the design, yet.

This is a cream fabric something like satin (but I am sure it's some sort of silk)... with loads of embroidered flowers.

I will make a dress to go to a wedding in September...I am sure it would look good on a strapless dress but I think I am going to go for straps. I was thinkinh of a gathered top and tight waist, followed by a big skirt..sort of the rock n' roll dresses..capice?

This red patterned cotton is for a suit. I may tray a fish tail skirt from a pattern I got from Mary but I am not sure about the jacket yet. I would like a short one...maybe short sleeves as well... something cute...

And this one was for a dress. It has a lovely drape but I can't come up with a design yet...

Happy Sewing!!!


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Coming soon... a blog near you ...keep tuned!


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Winter is over....

I mean...finished!!

Remember this?

Now look at it....gorgeous....

And it will look even better when I find the perfect twig to hang it from...


Sunday, June 08, 2008

cathedral window

..another patchwork technique...
.. a pincusion ... a sweet smelling pendant...and a block for a future project (don't know what yet, any ideas?)


SEEDS of love...

I made these little bags for a plant swap...

It was so difficult to let go of these...combined with the desire to share these cuties.

The seeds were from packs that I go withe some gardening magazines. There were four little packs in an envelope. I made a bag for each of the packs and embroydered 'Seeds', so then people can use them with any seeds they have. I made a tag using the graphics from the seeds envelope. I glued a picture of each of the plants on the little pack; these pictures are from the front of the envelope. On the the tag I used a smaller picture from the back of the envelope which was next to the sewing instructions. so on the back of the tag I glued these sewing instructions.

These are so thin that you can fold and put inside an envelope and post to some friend...maybe your own 'special seeds'..all you have to do is take a picture of the plant whilst in bloom; otherwise it's like a recipe book without pictures. (Unless you want it to be a surprise)

Let me know how you liked these..
(and sorry for the bad photo)


Saturday, May 10, 2008

vintage pleasure

What else can a girl say when she receives such an amazing package from Mary.

All I asked for was a copy of the fish tail skirt (on the left) and not only she sent me the ORIGINAL one, she's also sent all the other beauties.

How can you not love vintage patterns...always so elegant...which one will I try first????

Thank you so much Mary!!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

My first cloth doll..

...with a face! And what a pretty face.

I have made a cloth doll once, and it still exists ..without a face. It must be more than 10 years old now.

This one is from Colleen's free pattern: Pinelope. I didn't have all the right materials so I just made it up as I went along. I did make a point in getting the right colouring pencils though, and I think it shows.

I am really's a project done in a couple of hours!


Quilting - aplique

I have started a new set of quilting and patchwork classes. I have decided to dedicate myself to different techquines. The panel below is based on 'applique'...basically applying different layers of fabrics.

I got the little cages in Portugal.
We used to have them when I was little to hold crickets...Weird, I know...
But now I find them so cute!!! Don't you agree?

Quilting-all other blocks

because I am so slow in posting sometimes...most times...I have decided to post all the other blocks I did in my Patchwork and Quilting classes so I can show you what I have been doing lately.

Lesson 7 : Bear's Paw

Lesson 8: Baskets

Lesson 9: Log Cabin

Some day I will put them all together into a quilt...someday...


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sassy Apron Swap - Received

Look what I got from Jenn for the Sassy Apron Swap (Spring)!!!

Aren't these colours fantastic? Yes! It's lined with the same beautiful colour as the cute bow in the pocket..

Thank you so much Jenn!!!!! You did a wonderful job!

I am a lucky girl.

PS. Can't wait to try the soup recipe ... watch this space...