Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Recreating The Quiet Princess's Casket..

(Whispers)..Have you heard the tale of the Quiet Princess?she lived many moons ago but her legend has captured my heart.As you can guess;she spoke very few words and when she did speak her quiet utterances were barely audible.Only the Princess's elderly nursemaid could understand the Princess and as the years past on and the nursemaid's health began to deteriorate and a new way of understanding the Princess was sought. 

The Princess came up with her own solution and in the nursemaid's final days; she relayed the plan to the King and Queen. The Princess had pieces of jewellery made to represent her feelings and quiet words.She would draw the shapes and designs along with a description of the meanings and they would be created for her to wear.

Now I know you are a canny lot and I hear you ask 'why did she not just write down her messages in the first place?' must remember this is the tale of a Princess and the more enigmatic and beautifully adorned she can be; all the better!  The kingdom grew to read the messages given in the jewellery and loved their special Quiet Princess adoringly.

She kept her pieces in a special casket and I've been working on creating my own casket full of pieces that I imagine are like the Quiet Princess's.These two leather adorned cuffs are my first offerings and are in my little Folksy bazaar.I used quiet subtle colours;beige,cream and dark silver and tried to make the cuffs pretty but luxurious looking.The top cuff symbolizes a happy and optimistic mood and the second one represents a thoughtful and generous outlook.These are the first of the collection and I will update you as soon as more are finished.
Take care

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Foraging For Treasures..Unlocking Fairytales

I hadn't being on a good forage around Folksy for an age so a little jaunt was well overdue.I didn't go looking for anything in particular but I find once something gorgeous catches your eye you are naturally whisked away on an a little voyage to similarly inspiring treasures.

My found covetable beauties definitely have a fairytale theme.I've always had an love of keys;what do they open?..what's in the chest?or what world lies behind that door?or who?
Just click on the shop or item name to be whisked off to the wonderful creator's own corner of Folksy.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Washing and making in the sun...

I don't know about where you reside but here the weather has been particularly moody and indecisive as of late. Today mistress weather must have woke up in a very good mood indeed as she graced us with a glorious breezy sunny day. As well as getting a sizeable pile of linens washed and dried(I must be getting old if that pleases me so much!)I took some of my unfinished makes outside...with the intention of finishing them.

I've been working on some new ideas such as the felt flower bouquets and a new collection of Lady Lace cuffs which I'm particularly fond of.I managed to finish the cuffs so will be placing them in my Folksy Bazaar soon but I got distracted and the felt flowers are still to be done...nevermind!


My garden is quite wild and I always daydream of floating delicately through grand formal gardens with dramatic high hedges and mazes.But I can always find something interesting in my higgledy piggledy paradise.Like this jasmine elegantly trying to find a new surface to drape over or this army of pretty chives all standing to attention!

Even my rusty old oil lamp had a certain prettiness to it today!Maybe the sun has to gone my head!It wouldn't be the first time I've worn rosy tinted spectacles!

Well take care and enjoy your weather whatever it may be today!

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Sashes and Cakes...

I've been very busy as of late so I apologise for leaving eight days flit away before visiting back here.As word has spread of my makes and the bazaar; I find more and more folk knocking on my garden gate.
I had heard of the bakeress Paloma Sunday of course seeing as her speciality is her mint and brown sugar cupcakes with edible love letter butterflies.
Romance,words,cakes and butterflies! Pure heaven for me! Well,Paloma is  tipped to be the winner of ‘most inspired use of literature with baking' at this year's Inspired Maiden Parade and so she came to me looking for something special to wear.

So I made a sash which can be worn in several different fashions depending on the mood.The pale aqua colour is the same shade of Paloma's mint icing and I tea dyed some lace to add a brown sugary feel.Of course a butterfly would have to be present but gave it some floral company!

The sash is available in my Folksy Bazaar and I'm looking forward to making some more sashes for other participants in the upcoming Inspired Maiden Parade.

Well back to making and maybe some baking(?)I've never been a gifted poet!or bakeress for that matter!

Bye Bye for now and take care

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Pleased to be in print!

As you all know I am a dedicated book lover but there are a few magazines that I like to peruse and ponder over and the UK sewing magazine Sew Hip is one of those.So you can imagine my excitement when the editor of Sew Hip contacted me to ask if I would contribute a pattern and tutorial for a sewn necklace to the magazine.So I got to the task and the finished result is in the current issue(18)

I'm very pleased with the finished article and they even used my funny illustrations!I am especially pleased to be in this particular issue alongside such lovely projects(such as that rather fetching dress on the front cover)I do recommend having a look at Sew Hip if you haven't come across it before as it always has interesting sewing projects and articles.

When I got over the excitement of finally getting hold of a copy (my friendly post giver made a special trip to my cottage)I took some time to add some hair decorations to my little Folksy haven.
Hope you like them.

Take care..