Thursday, 30 September 2010

Autumn colours

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I have been listing a number of totes, belts and owls in my Etsy store over the past few days. They all have a distinctly Autumnal feel to them (love the word Autumnal, almost as much as I love the word haberdashery).

There are lots of shades of burnt orange, russet red and mustard yellow. I love vintage fabric, but I have a particular weakness for brown and orange hues, which is lucky as nearly everything was brown and orange in the 1970s!

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Click here to find out more about the new additions to my Etsy store

Sunday, 26 September 2010

new listing: Falling leaves clutch purse in scarlet

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This is my latest clutch purse. It is made using striking and collectable vintage fabric dating from the 1940s. Its hard to capture the fabulous raised detail on this fabric. I hope my photos do justice to the texture and complexity of the falling leaves motif woven through the red background. For full details, please view the listing here

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Birthday Bunting

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Well, my baby girl's first birthday is fast approaching so I thought it was time I started thinking about her party. I'm only planning a small gathering as I don't want to overwhelm her, but it's nice to share such a happy day with family and a few ante-natal friends.

I have been receiving lots of catalogues recently with things to buy for first birthday parties (goes to show how much these marketing people know about me if they know my baby is going to be one soon!). Some of the ideas are nice and some are just a load of tat. So I thought, wouldn't it be better to make some handmade bunting I could get out every year.

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I looked through my felt stash, purchased from the lovely Lupin Handmade, That Crafty Fish and my local fabric store (I like to spread my felt purchasing far and wide).

The banner is going to be a carefully planned (i.e. scribbled on a scrap of paper) mixture of alternating flags and letters in shades of white, cerise pink and plum purple. My mum has kindly offered to sew the cerise pink and purple flags, so I only have photos of the white ones. I will blog about the finished banner in all its glory in a couple of weeks time!

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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Spirograph vintage fabric rabbits

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Back in July I blogged about the latest batch of vintage fabric rabbits I was working on.

They are now complete and I'm really pleased with the way they turned out. I love the amazing Spirograph fabric, picked up at a vintage fair in Chipping Sodbury. The Spirograph motif must be pretty popular as the rabbits have featured in a number of treasuries and made it to the etsy front page twice in one day!

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Spirographs were incredibly popular in the 1960s, so I would date this fabric from that time. Lots of designers were fascinated with geometric patterns and spaceage motifs. I found this great explanation of the appeal of Spirographs on the retrowow website. If you really love geeky facts about Sprirographs, check out this web page!


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I remember having a modern version of a spirograph toy in the 1980s, but I would love an original 1960s one, like the version pictured below! I will have to keep my eyes peeled on ebay (image from the www.seriouscraft.com website).

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to see the full selection of vintage fabric rabbits, please visit my Etsy store

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Last of the Summer...tomatoes

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As I watched the rain lash down today, I was reminded of how lovely the weather at weekend had been. I was also experiencing a glut of tomatoes, so I decided to make some soup. It also included homegrown basil, oregano and garlic (from my Mum).

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This is the perfect time of year to get preserving all the lovely fruit and veg which has been growing over the Summer. I know when I take this out of my freezer, I can taste a little bit of Summer in the middle of Winter (if it stays in there that long!)

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We made the most of the Sunday sunshine and took a trip to Ashton Court on the edge of Bristol. It's a pretty amazing green space, owned by the council and open (for free) to the people of Bristol to use for picnics, cycling, horse riding, kite festivals and lots more besides.

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It's also home to two deer enclosures for Fallow and Red deer. We saw these handsome chaps lazing about near the fence. They must be very used to seeing humans as the council allow access to the enclosures. People are able to walk along designated footpaths to get a closer look at the deer.

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Relaxing 'en famille' in the late Summer sunshine, with my Mum, husband and baby daughter!

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Sunday, 5 September 2010

Vintage love: Hornsea Pottery

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A new charity shop has opened in my local area. Never one to miss an opportunity to check out a new thrifting venue, I paid the shop a visit. The minute I walked through the door I saw this little beauty - a piece of vintage Hornsea Pottery ceramic lovliness.

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It was marked in the shop as a 'sugar pot', but a quick Google search tells me it is a 'lidded jam pot'. For all you ceramic geeks out there, here are a few facts:

"Hornsea Pottery Saffron was produced from about 1970 until 1992. It was designed by John Clappison and this popular pattern was sold in very large quantities. It has now become very difficult to obtain items of Saffron in good condition"

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Every time I look at it, I fall in love with it a little bit more. I love the pattern, I think it has to be my favourite Hornsea motif. It is a quintessential vintage floral pattern, bold and simple. Less is more as they say...

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I'm so glad this new charity shop opened, they have fantastic furniture for sale including an Ercol table and set of 'Refectory Style' dining chairs (which look like this). I have yet to convince the other half that we desperately need to buy them. He's not convinced. I guess I will have to be satisfied with my 'lidded jam pot'. For now.

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