Thursday, 5 December 2013
Over the last few weeks I have been using every spare moment I have to get stitching and sewing, creating new pieces for my Christmas exhibition at The Old Fire Station in Oxford. It's on until the 23rd December and there are lots of other crafts for sale too.
I've made a lovely new range of one of a kind handmade gifts; from lace beaded brooches, velvet pin cushions, sewing cases, purses, lavender bags and festive bunting. So if you are looking for some present buying inspiration, why not pop in and have a browse. I'll be there this Sunday 8th from 11am -1.30pm.
If you can't make it, have a look in my Etsy shop.
These needle cases have everything you need for a spot of sewing; pins, colourful cottons, needles and safety pins. All are handmade with linen, floral cotton and vintage lace.
I'm planning to make a lot more of this festive bunting to string up around the house over Christmas and New Year. Each one is handmade with vintage music sheets, lace, buttons, bells, gold glitter and silk ribbon. They look so pretty hung up in my sewing room, but now they are packaged up for sale in the exhibition.
Saturday, 16 November 2013
I'm very excited to tell you that I have a sewing project in this lovely new sewing magazine 'Home Sewn Style' published by Practical Publishing
I was contacted by the editor Vick Guthrie of Crafty Goodness who saw my handmade accessories in my Etsy shop.
I was asked to create a beaded lace brooch with step by step instructions on how to make it. I really enjoyed designing and making this project especially for 'Home Sewn Style' so I hope you like it too.
The magazine is packed full of lots of great projects from making an Oxford cushion cover, felted cardigans to a quilted throw which I am planning to make soon.
The magazine is available in W.H.Smith and supermarkets nationwide.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Last Sunday I met up with the lovely Natasha, Nicola and Hannah in Leamington Spa, where we spent the day looking around bric a brac shops, chatting, drinking hot chocolates and eating cake. It's what Sundays were made for and I would happily do this every weekend.
All these photos were taken in 'Blighty Bizaar' the most amazing eclectic vintage shop, full to the brim of all sorts of goodies. I managed to resist buying the wonderful yellow 1960's kitchen cupboard; instead I opted for a green Welsh wool purse, which I love.
Here are a few other vintage bits I bought last week. I'm so happy the gold watch, which only cost £5.00 and is still telling the right time.
Sunday, 27 October 2013
An extra hour to the day as the clocks have gone back for the winter months. I'm planning to use my extra time to get outside for a run across the park this morning, even if it's grey and windy. I feel like I've been stuck inside at work lately missing all the bright autumn days.
I bought this pretty loose uplifting petal tea the other day, I love the ritual of making it in my vintage rose cups, sometimes it's nice to take time with these things . On my floral theme, a beautiful pink orchid and my homemade liberty lamp brightening up the living room. My desk is full of vintage flowers and lace as I've been making lots of vintage flower cards for the lovely Rosie B's in Chipping Norton.
What have you got planned for today?
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
I've been sifting through magazine cuttings, sketchbooks, fabrics and accessories for my winter inspiration. These are my chosen pieces which are now pinned up in my sewing room. I've always loved patterns on inky dark backgrounds like an old oil painting with careful brushwork. It's really helpful to have this inspiration board to glance at while I'm coming up with new designs. I'm currently working on a new collection of vintage lace pins, clutch and envelope purses which will be on sale for Christmas.
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Here's my lovely boyfriend Pete, looking very proud outside his new shop, which he has opened just a few weeks ago with his business partner Jojo. It's a produce store selling local bread, seasonal vegetables, Cotswold charcuterie, homemade cakes, British cheeses, wines and amazing coffee!
It's been really exciting going to flea markets finding old crates, tables and light fittings for the shop. It was once a butchers and the white tiles still remain now with veg prices written on. I think it looks amazing, but I probably would...
Pete and Jojo are really passionate about working with all these great local farmers and producers. You can just pop in to the store, get recipe ideas and have a chat about where the produce comes from. It's a lovely little shop with a friendly atmosphere. So if you are in the area, check it out.
2 north parade produce store, oxford, OX2 6LX. 01865 552311
follow them on twitter @2northparade.
Monday, 7 October 2013
A recent trip to London involved plenty of sparkly trims, vintage lace, silk ribbons, braids, velvet and raffia. I bought my stash from Liberty, VV Rouleaux and The Cloth House, should keep me going for while.