Wednesday, 29 December 2010

My favourite Christmas gift...

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are still enjoying the festive holidays.We've had lots of long walks through the surrounding snowy fields and much too much eating and drinking!

I say 'we' because I've happily spent my time with my very dearest friend.And it is his Christmas gift that I wanted to show you because I absolutely adore it.I've spent many moments oohing and aahing at the gorgeous artwork of Cori Dantini and so was delighted to receive this print on Christmas morning.

Cori describes her work as 'thoughtful artwork for sentimental folk' which is such a perfect description.This particular artwork is very fitting as the lovely little lady has remarkably similar hair to myself and my dear friend is a carpenter and is also a bearded fellow(not green though!)I'll show you a picture it when it's framed and has settled into a cosy corner of my cottage.

Thought I'd leave you with a snap of some pretty winter berries I saw on one of our long walks and wish you a very Happy New Year in advance as I will have to get back down to business very soon.

I'm quite excited actually because I've been working on some clutch bags for the Spring season in the Bazaar which is definitely something new and will show you the new range as soon as they are in the Bazaar.
Take Care

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

How it all began... Part One

Now that a year has fluttered past since I began this little on line journal I feel I need to shed some light on my ancestry and the history of the 'curse.'If you have just popped in for the first time or don't know anything about the curse; here's a recap
My name is Gracie and I live under the most curious curse - I cannot stop making things! (I hear the sniggers) so what, I hear you shout. But REMEMBER this is a curse - I have no choice in the matter. Everyone I meet, everything I see, everything I hear inspires me...I have to make something - express what I feel.
I fall asleep scribbling and drawing. Sheets or blankets have often substituted canvas or paper. I do not sleep long; as soon as the first bird sings my body stirs. My mind is spinning, my fingers starts all over again, the day's making begins.
I am not a princess, a beautiful downtrodden maiden or the daughter of the moon. I inherited this affliction from my great grandmother Evangeline.

Evangeline was found by a young farmer Antoine wandering the countryside in a remote part of France. She was five or six years old(we are guessing)and had no recollection of why or how she came to be there.Evangeline told Antoine her name and curiously could speak French,Italian and English.How strange she must have seemed, this slight raven haired girl wearing a faded cornflower blue cloak and carrying a tiny little case.As in all tales of old,it just happened that Antoine and his wife Marie where unable to have their own child and so brought up Evangeline as their own heaven sent miracle.

And in the little case?the above baptismal gown,three mother of pearl buttons,an empty leather bound journal and a pair of worn lace gloves.

Don't feel down hearted though...Evangeline loved her found parents deeply and they truly cherished their little 'wandering angel'(as Antoine would call her)She enjoyed a carefree childhood exploring the wilds and helping her mother Marie in the evenings.

She grew into a strong spirited young woman who was extremely striking with her pure soot black hair which tumbled down her back like a wild waterfall and eyes the colour of pale amethysts.However Evangeline was really known for her industriousness and workmanship.So it will come as no surprise that Evangeline had a gaggle of admirers who surveyed this hard working strange beauty as a very suitable potential wife.

However Evangeline was not interested in their shallow admiring glances,she only had eyes for Hunt Gray.Now with any dramatic winding tale,this was bound to be a bad idea.And as Hunt enters this story I think I'll end this part of the tale and let you get yourself a well earned hot beverage.

Hope you enjoyed this first part of the tale and come back to hear about Evangeline and Hunt.
Take Care 

Monday, 29 November 2010

Latest additions..

This is a quick pop in to show you what I've added to my little nook of Folksy today.I have to be so quick I can't even stay for a cup of tea, boohoo.I've added a Leather and Lace Cloud necklace.

A Leather and Lace Art pendant.

And some more needle cases which I seem to have become obsessed with making.

I feel the telling of a good yarn is well overdue so next time I'll have the tea brewing and the fire lit so you can get cosy.
Until then,wrap up warm and take care

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Wondering about Windmills

I have to confess to being a curvy girl;and not just around the hips.I mean I'm always drawn to anything rounded or oval and my doodles are always a mass of spirals,flowers,moons,suns,etc.With this in mind it will come as no surprise that I have always harboured a secret wish to live in a windmill.

No dusty dark corners and all those stairs!Yes;I really love stairs,the more flights the better.I might not feel the same in thirty years but for now I can wish.

I imagine each floor of my dream dwelling would be very different to the one below and as you climbed the windmill it would be a case of less is more so the very top floor would be almost empty.The perfect private place to dream and watch the stars.

But for now I'm happy enough in my great grandmother's special cottage even if it only has one flight of stairs.

I'd love to hear what you dream dwelling is?
Take care

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Foraging for Treasures...Feeling Festive Already

I know it's only November but I can't help thinking about Christmas and especially decorating the cottage.I'm not a big fan of using the traditional red and green so was overjoyed to find so many lovely festive decorations on Folksy in a wonderful array of colours! Here are my favourites

They're all so gorgeous aren't they!
Take Care

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

New Range of Pretty Sewing Notions!

I really must apologise(again) for not popping over as of late, but I have to admit I enjoy abandoning my computer every so often. It is all to easy to flit from page to page of wonderful treasures and inspiration.Two hours later and the guilty panic sets in as the pile of unfinished makes in my open sewing chest catches my eye(Oh no!hope I haven't discouraged you to stay,lol)

Anyway, I thought I'd show you what I have been making with my new stash of hand painted buttons(see previous post)I've been toying with the idea of making Sewing Notions for a while now after one of you lovely people suggested it a while back.The buttons seemed the perfect focal point for them all and so the range has been created.

The pincushions are made from vintage linen napkins and are scented and the needle books are made of vintage and new materials.I think they're very pretty but practical of course.

The range is now available in my little corner of Folksy and I'll be adding more very soon.
Hope you like them,
Take Care

Monday, 25 October 2010

Blooming buttons!

I was given these wooden buttons by a generous visitor who thought I would find some use for them.I was delighted and put them in a glass jar alongside all the other vessels full of tempting materials but two weeks on and finally their nakedness was too much to bare.

So I spent most of Sunday painting them,sticking to pastel shades and floral patterns.Before varnishing them I aged them slightly as I'm ever so fond of the 'lived in'look.

They're very lightweight so I can think of endless uses for them. I'll show you what I do with them(soon I hope)
Take care

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Unlocking little stitchy memories..

Over the past six months or so I have noticed that I can't resist the urge to add sly little embroidery stitches into most of my makes.I haven't really ventured beyond stem and back stitch but finding this old sampler I made when I was fifteen has tempted me into exploring the never-ending types of stitches. 

I call it a sampler(very loosely)as writing the stitch's names in pen probably isn't an age old tradition!I remember my grandmother patiently showing me all the different stitches and the bemused look upon her face as I came up with my own alternative outlandish names for the funny little stitches.
So now being all grown up and semi serious, I'm attempting to relearn these techniques and use them in my own way.

With this in mind I thought I'd show you this little padlock which I sketched and then embellished with some embroidery.I have to say I didn't use any complicated stitches but concentrated on satin and stem(one step at a time)and the practice is all good!Next time I'll venture into using more of my grandmother's stitches. 

I actually intended to cut this lock out and stuff it with lavender so it was a plush like the keys I've previously made but I quite like it in the hoop.Decisions,decisions..any thoughts?
Back to work,
Take care,

Gracie xx

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Foraging For Treasures...Home comforts

I'm definitely a home bird and as the nights draw in and my toes begin to shiver,I find myself wanting to adorn my little cottage with gorgeous finds.So here is my current wish list of beautiful wares for sale on Folksy and Etsy.

I'm sure you like them all as much as I do!Just click on the product or seller's name to be whisked off to their lovely shops.
Take Care