I took an order by email firstname.lastname@example.org for a lovely customer, she is going to a friends wedding on Friday in Newcastle and wanted to give the happy couple a handmade personalised gift. Talk about cutting it fine!
Anyhoo, I got the trusty old Singer fired-up and with a few ideas from the client, came up with this. The couple are Newcastle football supporters and the mascot is a magpie, notice he is wearing a little top hat. On the reverse of the cushion is a print of the couples dog & hand embroidered ‘congratulations’. I really hope they like the new addition to their home.
The cushion cost £50, it is 40cm sq and has a feather pad from The Feather Company in Edinburgh.
It is a 100% cotton and hand embroidered, machine appliqued round the birds and hearts.
Lots of making, less chatting. Dog blanket for Patch, lots of dresses (all sold out already), cushions, bunting for Romy’s birthday and crochet hair clips. I will be at the Colinton Makers Market on 5th May from 2pm till 4pm, come and say hello. The craft show is held at St Cuthberts church hall.
Well after lots of deliberation and questioning my energy levels, I went ahead and booked a stall at the Morningside Makers Market. It was a good day and lots of friends & family came to visit but I am not sure I would be in massive hurry to do it again. I have since discovered there is a vast amount of craft fairs which donate to charity. I think this a much better way of ‘doing your bit’ and meeting lovely crafty folk. The kids enjoy coming along too, so lots of reasons to carry on with the craft fair angle.
I recently took part in the Colinton Market Place, the proceeds go to Fresh Start an Edinburgh based charity which helps homeless people. It was a really busy day and the customers were so nice, lots of local Colinton ladies who were very encouraging about my range of stock. I passed on 20% of my takings to the charity, it is good to know that it will be spent locally.
I sold lots of my hanging hearts which started off as a pincushion and are now really just for decoration. They are made out of a few bits of Amy Butler & some old fabric that belonged to my mother-in-law (a pretty red ditsy pattern).
Happy New Year to you.
I hope you had an enjoyable festive season and managed to get in some crafting time & lots of socialising.
Finding the perfect heart shape has been bugging me, I am wanting to sew hanging hearts and stuff them with toy filling. I was doing this to put round bottles to take to friends over the festive season but the shape doesn’t seem to be 100% perfect. I will keep investigating it, the question seems to be pointy or round (too much time on my hands I hear you cry)???
I am feeling full of inspiration for the new year and am ready to take orders for upcycling (the only cycling I do) cotton to make Bexydresses for little friends, nieces, god-daughters, grand-daughters and of course your daughters. Drop me an email if you are interested.
The dress pictured below, belonged to my friends mother, my friend is now an aunt to twin girls, Martha & Maisy. The dresses were a christmas present for them so they each have a dress made from grandmothers (beautiful) vintage cocktail dress. That was another slightly nervous first cut but once I got going it was all good. I’m really looking forward to seeing a photo of the twins wearing the dresses.
I am back home safe and sound minus an ileostomy, my surgery was very successful and I am full of vigour & christmas spirit.
My pixie children made a great job decorating the christmas tree but I did struggle with my inner control freak. 8 decs on 1 branch, what’s wrong with that I hear you cry. I subtly undid the damage after bedtime and can now rest easy that the tree isn’t going to collapse onto said pixie children.
I haven’t done much in the way of brooches or dresses but my button hearts have been selling out so I whizzed up a batch the other night. I did however, have a wee experiment with scraps of cotton and denim, pinked the edges and joined together with a front button and a brooch clasp at the back so we will see if those take off with the same speed that the ribbon brooches did.
This has been a happy divert from writing my christmas cards, which I do enjoy but have an inward fight about the amount of paper, postage etc. Every year I promise will be my last but I can’t seem to break free from the christmas card chains. Next year I will venture into the electronic card era…
I have been a busy bee, working hard using up nervous energy! I’m having an op next week to have my colostomy bag removed so to take my mind off things I have been doing lots of crafting using a tried and tested technique called denial.
Card making seems to have cropped into my repertoire, it is a fun thing to do and very useful. I always seem to be sending off various cards so I will probably save a fortune. Eldest sproglette enjoyed ‘helping’ out with the card making and did a special birthday card for his friend Rory. It was SO special that I didn’t take a photo of it (naughty mummy)! Let’s just say, there was a huge amount of glue and a couple of random barcode stickers from a gift tag. Good effort.
I have put a load of Bexy dresses into Avery Homestore, they are a bit summery but the fabrics are lovely and they do make a nice present which is easy to post. The Bexy brooches have been selling well and I delivered a new consignment of tartan brooches this morning for the, arrrggh dare I say it… festive season (and trendy Westies).
Ooh and I nearly forgot about the button hearts I made. I don’t have a picture to show but I linked cream coloured buttons through silver wire and then bent the wire into a heart shape & attached a ribbon so they can hang. It is a bit of an experiment but they look quite cute.
Bye for now.
The sproglettes have been staying with the aforementioned eager grandparents whilst husband & I went out on the randan last night so I used my rare quiet Saturday to make a few more dresses and brooches. The brooches have been on sale at Avery Homestore in Edinburgh. Jo called me to tell me when the first one had sold, it was the tartan ribbon with green wool button version. A lady had chosen it for her Westie to wear on Christmas day, not quite the customer base I was expecting but I am happy if the Westie is happy!
The Burberry Bexy Dress has now been finished after my new Singer sewing machine arrived. It is so much better than my wee old red banger. I am sure ‘old red’ will enjoy her new home at Avery Homestore in the haberdashery display area.
After a day of creating & nursing a mild red wine head, I decided that my button collection needed to be sorted. I’m not quite sure where to start.
If you are a koumpounophobe then don’t look at the following image!!! Actually, come to think of it, if you were then you probably wouldn’t be looking at my blog anyway. Any suggestions on categories for sorting buttons then please let me know.
Here is an image of the dresses I have finished this weekend. The 2 on the left are ready to go on sale but the top & the Burberry dress have been stored away by Olivia’s Auntie Katie, for Christmas. Very cute having your aunties old clothes turned into outfits. The Bexy dresses are £15.00 each for either ‘off the peg’ or made to order from your own fabric. Please remember if the garment you provide doesn’t have enough cotton, it isn’t a problem. I can add from my collection of fabrics.
Finally, I have finished Lyla’s birthday present. I will make her sisters dress tomorrow. Lyla is 5 years old, her sister Eden is 3 (next Saturday) and Bexy is 1. The dresses fit all of the girls at various lengths. It looks great with jeans, leggings, tights or even bare legs (in Edinburgh, in the summer???)