Sunday, 25 April 2010

My very first giveaway

I've been meaning to arrange a little competition for an age and I've finally got around to it. It's very simple and the winning lovely can choose from the 'Silvia Moon' felt dragonfly brooch (shown above) or this 'Dandelion Time' Print.

All you need to do is either be a follower of this blog or a facebook fan and leave a comment here to say what you would like to see more of in my Folksy shop.

I've emptied my favourite sewing box so it is ready and waiting to be filled with your names!I'll be drawing the name on the Sunday 16th May so you have three weeks to enter...I'm really excited!
Take care

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Foraging For Treasures...the first jaunt!

In between frantic making I have found myself drawn more and more into very lengthy sessions of lustful daydream shopping.Places like Folksy and Etsy are like amazing virtual palaces filled with endless corridors leading to beautiful rooms overspilling with gorgeous treasures.

Hydrangea Echo Petite Purse

White Doily Earrings

Crocheted Covered Clutch with Coral Flower

Cameo Ring

Floral and Denim Handbag

So like many other crafty journal keepers; I thought I'd start regularly sharing what I discover(but I'm afraid I won't set a particular day of the week as that is far too organised for myself)So here is my current wish list of loveliness!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

A very pretty and easy make..

Yesterday I had a visit from a wandering linen wagon.I was persuaded to purchase a basket full of embroidered table linen which the twinkly eyed young man informed me had been part of a French noblewoman's trousseau.I played along with his tale although I seriously doubted his claims - I've always had a weakness for green eyes and also a weakness for duck egg blue(the colour of the linens)

So in this bundle I found a mixture of place mats and napkins.The place mats had sheer panels so the idea of using them to make a new window dressing came quite naturally.I decided to make them as simply as possible...

I stitched the place mats together by hand but used the machine to attach the length of wide satin ribbon and crocheted edging.I just attached some small loops at each top corner and centre to hang it with.

I love my new window dressing and I'm sure the French noblewoman wouldn't be too upset that part of her treasured trousseau was hanging from my little kitchen window!

Take care

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Distracting discoveries...

I'd like to say my bad memory is a symptom of the curse but I have to admit I'm just forgetful. I become so lost in my present thoughts that my past ones(feeling utterly neglected)jump onto the wings of the nearest passing butterfly in search of a more attentive audience.
Today I found a pile of my old paintings and drawings in a chest in the attic.As hard as I try the faces looking out at me are strangers whose tales I cannot recollect.Was the raven haired girl with those dark eyes really as sad as she looks?

What or whom is the girl in the boat waiting for?Is she lost?I have met many lost souls...but have an unexplainable feeling that this maiden's tale is an intriguing one.So now this dear lady and her fellow chest occupants have cunningly crept back into my mind and are tugging at the strands of my fragile memory.

This is another good reason why I don't usually keep my makes.My great grandparents spent their lives working out the best way to deal with the curse and one important rule is to not keep items which can cause unwanted future inspiration.

Oh you must all think what a silly way to live your life but we all deal with our challenges in different ways and my great grandparents chose to embrace the curse and make it a part of their lives.I like to think it wasn't just the curse that I inherited but a the same determination and resourcefulness.
Take care