With Valentine's Day imminent, I took delivery of these gorgeous heart badges today. Made from vintage and recycled fabrics in Scotland by the lovely Snapdragon, they are £3.50 each, including postage. See them on my website.
A wonderful way to show someone a little love!
Oh and can you see that fabulous fabric underneath? The one with the cherubs and hearts? That is also on the website in my 1940's section. Adorable!
For those of you looking for something a little different this year pop over to Helen's Etsy store and look at her beautiful cards. They are a little more expensive than your average card but they are so beautiful that you could frame them. Suddenly they become a very reasonable piece of artwork!
If you haven't already come across Amy's wonderful jewellery then pop over to her blog as she is having a fabulous giveaway, drawn on Valentine's Day. Her pieces are beautiful, wearable, heirlooms, something to treasure forever. Go and have a look around her shop and see for yourselves, and, good luck!
I have found it so hard to get started this year. The snow and ice made our Christmas holidays extend by a week and by the time I got the children back to school I had a lot of catching up to do!
Once I had spent a few days organising the house, tidying, sorting, finding room for the new items that had arrived over Christmas my attentions turned to my website which has been sorely neglected since before Christmas. I hadn't added any new fabrics for weeks and the shelves were looking a little bare!
So, here is the latest additions to the website with lots more to come over the next few weeks.
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My favourites are the Lucienne Day fabric, the saucy French burlesque dancers, the 1920's carousel horses and the Muffin the Mule fabric. In fact I love all of them but these were some designs I have not seen before.
Today I went to see an old lady who had a roll of fabric that she had been given just after the war and always thought she would do something with it. She now realises that she probably won't and as her children are not interested in it she sold it to me. It is very pretty and I will be adding it to the site next week. She was delighted to hear that there are people who would love and use her fabric instead of it languishing in an old trunk, or worse, as her children have already said jokingly that they will be getting a skip for all her stuff once she pops her clogs!!
I had a lovely pile of books for Christmas and have been dipping in and out of them. Some are for reference and some are crafty books. My lovely friend Amanda bought me a bag of wool, some felting needles and a book on making cute animals. I can't wait to give it a go! I don't think my work will ever reach the giddy heights of Gretel's beautiful art but I would love to make a few little felty friends.
I have neglected my blog of late and have found it hard to keep up with everyone elses too so I am sorry if I have not visited yours or commented for a while. I promise to find more time to do this soon.
Many of you noticed the fatal flaw in my plan and have asked about several fabrics which have not yet found their way on to the website. I was hoping to have had them all listed before I posted this entry but that wasn't to be! I will have all fabrics up this week, sorry!
The whole country has been covered in the white stuff including North Devon. This week we had to give up all ideas of work, school or travel and instead we did a bit of sledging, snow boarding and snow man building, with a roaring log fire and hot chocolate to come home to. I mean what else is there to do?
We are now snowed in (or rather iced in) as nothing can get up or down our drive and our lane is treacherous, the joys of rural living. we have had no post for 4 days and the weather is set to stay cold for sometime to come. Luckily we have plenty of supplies with a well stocked larder and plenty of goodies left over from Christmas. Our heating oil is dangerously low and although we have ordered more the chances of the tanker getting to us is quite remote. I think open fires, warm clothes and snuggling up together on the sofa will feature heavily in the next few days.
We had a great New Year's Eve. My lovely friend Amanda came with her family and I got to meet her little daughter Anna, who is beautiful. The little ones stayed up until midnight and the full moon was spectacular.
New Year's Day was sunny and bright, perfect for a walk. We walked along the coast path to Westward Ho! and had tea and crumpets before being picked up!
I hope you all have a wonderful year. 2009 was a great one for me and I have big plans for 2010. Watch this space ..........................