Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Who's that girl?

I love Agyness Deyn, she's so cool, but I can't help feeling I've seen that look before somewhere. She reminds me of someone.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008


I heard the saddest news last week. My friend and fellow blogger, Woo, telephoned to tell me that her lovely partner, Alan, had died unexpectedly of an asthma attack a few days before. I met him when they both came to my sale in April and he was the kind of man you wish all men were like. He was interested and interesting, just great company and he clearly adored Woo, as she did him. They were just delightful to be around. So my heart is breaking for her and the pain she is going through at this time. Life is so unfair sometimes. Pin It

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


I have a lovely article in this month's Sewing World. It was written by Kate Hopper, a lovely young journalist who came with her husband to my sale. She writes for several sewing magazines and has a fondness for vintage fabrics. I am collaborating with her on another article she is writing and have become her 'vintage fashion expert'.

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I also had a mention in Wallpaper Magazine. They sent a photographer out to photograph my nautical fabrics and wanted 'nothing country, nothing twee'. Hmmm, a bit hard that. She had her work cut out. Although the mention is great I don't like the 'dizzy florals' comment much. This is the second time I have been criticized for having too many florals on my website. I make no apology for having them. I love florals, I sell bucketloads of florals and there will always be a huge amount of florals on my website, so there!

I have a mention in this Saturday's Express Magazine too, wonder what they will say? Pin It

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Janet Bolton

For the past 4 years I have been lucky enough to go to Janet Bolton's course at the Cowslip Workshops. She makes the most exquisite naive applique pictures and is just the most delightful lady. I always enjoy hearing her speak about how she came to do what she does and tales of her life as a young girl growing up in Lancashire. Her work is just beautiful, unmistakeably hers. I usually do 2 days but this year I got to do all 3 blissful days. I meet up with Pennie and Janet who come from East Sussex and Oxford so it is only at these events that we get to see each other even though we email each other all year. We sit at the same table and immerse ourselves in the loveliness that is Cowslip. 3 wonderful days. I have booked up for next year already!

I haven't finished my piece yet so I am not going to show you it until it is done but I am very pleased with it. I will show you one that Janet made that is now mine. I treated myself to JB original! I had to have it as it contains some fabric that I gave to Janet. It's still at the exhibition and I can't wait to bring it home.

Here's a bad photo of it (my camera battery ran out)

And here's Janet showing my 4 pieces from each of the workshops.

Last year's piece was hard for me to do. My partner and I had just decided to separate and I was with his mother who I introduced to Cowslip. It was such a hard weekend for me, I felt blocked and unhappy. Consequently the piece never got finished and I just didn't like it. One year on, things are very different. Paul and I are staying together. The enforced confinement as we tried to sell the house has made us reconcile the major differences that were driving us apart. My work this year had a different feel to it I had a different feel to me.

This past year has been a very hard one, not one I would want to go through again but it has had some good things come out of it. It has made me reevaluate life, love, family relationships, friendships and priorities. I have the people around me that I feel happiest with and I am happier with my life now than I was.
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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

House 2

Our house sale fell through today. Our buyer's buyers pulled out. I am relieved. I think we may take our beautiful house off the market and start living again! Pin It