Thursday 21 March 2013

Fresh batch

Vintage fabric cushion covers in turquoise and cobalt blue are now back in stock in both my Etsy and Folksy stores. This colour has proved to be a best seller and I've been out of stock for little a while. I'm currently offering free shipping to the United Kingdom for all my vintage fabric cushion covers. Take a look at my full range here.

Thursday 14 March 2013

Day Trippers

I'm currently working on a feature for UK Handmade, it's due to be published in the Summer Issue, so I'll post a link to it here when the new issue is up and running.

Part of the feature involved a photo shoot in St Werburghs in Bristol. All photos featured here are taken by Jessica, you can see more of her work on Flickr. Her photos will also accompany my feature in the UK Handmade magazine.

St Werburghs is a unique part of Bristol. Just a stones throw from Gloucester Road, which boasts the largest number of independent traders on any one road in the UK.

I love this part of Bristol and there are so many interesting community projects, shops, places to to visit and sights to see...including a pony teathered to a garden gate on a residential street. A few moments later, two girls and their mum casually came out of the house, unteathered the pony and trotted off down the street. Proof that you don't need acres of land and a porsche on the driveway to allow you children to enjoy horse riding.

Once we had finished our photoshoot we popped into The Better Food Company for a cup of tea and a selection of yummy cakes. What better way to round off a day in Bristol?

**Spring Blog Giveaway**
The winner chosen at random for my Spring Giveaway is Jo. She wins over 9 yards of vintage trim and an exclusive 20% discount code to use in my online store. A huge thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway, it was one of the most popular ones obviously all love those vintage trims!

Thursday 7 March 2013

The big fabric sort-out!

I have been an avid collector of vintage fabric for about eight years now. I wouldn't say my collection was out of control, but I have got enough fabric to keep me going for about three or four lifetimes!

For the past three years most of my vintage fabric has been in boxes in the loft. I felt really disconnected from it and since having my daughter my fabric collection has been neglected. When we moved to our new house, I vowed that I would organise it better, I really wanted access to it, so that I could create things with it. It's pointless having loads of yummy fabric if you can't get your hands on it!

My mum was updating her wardrobes and she said I could have her old one. My husband grabbed his drill and some spare pieces of wood and added two shelves to convert the wardrobe into a large cupboard. We then got all the boxes out of the loft and I started the process of sorting through it all. Some I wanted to keep, some to sell and some to pass onto my lovely crafty friends.

As each box came out of the loft, it was such a revelation each time I started sorting through the fabric. There are so many pieces I'd forgotten about. I have amassed some lovely examples of vintage Moygashel, Sanderson, Liberty and Heals fabric. I have one particular piece of vintage Sanderson 'Cobweb' fabric that is just beautiful.

I now have a lovely area in my home where I can house my fabric and look at it whenever I want to. Who knows, maybe I might actually get the time to use it all!

Friday 1 March 2013

Spring giveaway: vintage trim bundle and 20% discount code

**This giveaway is now closed**

Signs of Spring are starting to emerge in my garden, so I thought I would run a giveaway featuring these lovely vintage floral trims. Plus, you will also win an exclusive discount code for 20% off anything in my Etsy store. I will email the lucky winner their discount code once the giveaway has ended.

Up for grabs is a bundle of vintage trims worth over £10 in total. The prize bundle contains:
3 yards of vintage tiny flower trim in crimson and orange
3 yards of vintage tiny flower trim in lipstick red and navy blue
3 yards of vintage tiny flower trim in royal blue and pale yellow

How to enter:

mandatory - Please visit my Etsy store and leave a comment below telling me which is your favourite item.

three additional ways to enter:
1. Become a follower of my blog. Leave a comment and let me know that you're new.
2. Tweet this giveaway:
@pouchbags Spring blog giveaway:
3. Like my Facebook page

**If you enter this giveaway, please state clearly your email address, OR your Facebook/Twitter/Etsy username, so I can contact you in case you win**

The giveaway is open to everyone in the world. The giveaway runs from Friday March 1st through to midnight (GMT) Friday 8th March. This competition is open to worldwide entries. I will pick a winner at random, and announce the winner on Monday 11th March.

Also, I am currently having a big stock clearance sale! Up to 50% off original prices. Check out my sale section for more details.


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