It’s beginning to look a lot like . . .

It’s okay, I’m not actually going to mention the ‘C’ word. I don’t want to be accused of being alarmist or anything! But, I will just say that work has begun and perhaps for the first time in many years I am semi confident that I will have a small collection of cards and decorations available in the shop by September.

So far I have a couple of card designs in progress and a few ideas for some other makes. I won’t be going overboard because I have an awful lot going on this year with one thing or another, so stocks will be limited. I’ll share some sneak previews over the coming weeks, then, if you like what you see, you can sign up to the mailing list so you get to find out as soon as the ‘C’ collection is available to buy.

I made these little trees a few years ago to pop in the hampers we made up for family. I enjoyed making them so much that I am considering making some in vintage fabrics for the shop this year. What do you think?

In other news, I’ve been looking at ways to make my workspace more inviting so I have just taken delivery of a new chair, some oilcloth and a new cutting mat to cheer things up a bit. I’m also planning to make a curtain to go round the desk but I can’t make up my mind whether to make it patchwork or not and if not which fabric do I choose? It’s in our main living space so it’s got to fit in visually but seeing as the whole room still hasn’t been decorated there is a bit of room for experimentation.

It’s already looking much better. I have no idea why, but I chose a black top for my desk when we moved in back in 2018. I have regretted it ever since but the linen oilcloth is fab and has covered it up a treat. It’s not like other oilcloth I’ve had as it’s much thinner and drapes more like an uncoated fabric. I can’t believed I dithered about ordering some for so long. I added the fake plant to the Ikea order when I bought the chair. I’m slowly learning the value of fake house plants living here. I used to hate the idea but they do have their advantages. They don’t care about light levels, the cat doesn’t try to eat them and most importantly they don’t add to the humidity problem. They are also perfect for those of us with mental health challenges as they provide the same visual benefits as real plants but also don’t fall victim to drought periods when we relapse and forget to water for months on end. I think I’m a convert. Long live the fake house plants!

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend despite the rain.

We have cake so things aren’t so bad here!

Age is just a number!

I popped these pretty number cards onto the website today. I will be making some more with ’80’ and ’90’ on but I needed a break from the fiddly cutting. I love making these but my word they test me sometimes! When I decided on the style and size of the digits I did not think ahead to the reality of cutting them out of the fabric and I almost gave up and went larger. I’m really glad I persevered with the smaller numbers though because I think they look just right as they are on the 9x12cm cards.

The numbers are all cut from reclaimed fabrics and the background prints are all vintage Laura Ashley (of course), there has to be some of that in there somewhere right?

I’m not sure what we have lined up here this weekend. The other half is spending tomorrow with his children in lieu of Father’s day so I may get lots of sewing done, or I may do some more work on our little front garden. I’ve just about recovered from last week’s weed (and muscle) pulling session! I suppose it all hangs on what the weather decides to do. My youngest had her last day in school today so now that’s behind her I’m hoping she might get back into her baking habit. She did promise to teach me crochet too so perhaps that’s something we can do if the thunderstorms hit this weekend.

Have a lovely weekend all!

Strawberries and Lavender? Must be summer!

Isn’t it nice to finally see some sunshine? The warmer weather and long days have had me craving warm juicy strawberries fresh from the garden but as I no longer have a garden big enough for a Strawberry patch, I stitched some instead. They’re all made from tiny scraps of vintage and repurposed fabrics and if you asked me where each individual fabric came from I could probably tell you! There are pieces from a couple of baby dresses and a few old skirts included in the one above as well as some vintage Laura Ashley fabrics.

Organic Lavender Sachets – Vintage Laura Ashley Fabrics

But summer isn’t just about the strawberries. Another thing I love about summer is seeing and hearing the Bees buzzing around the Lavender and this week I thought it was about time I made some more Lavender sachets. I’ve been itching to use some of my vintage Laura Ashley fabrics so I chose a few prints and made these. They all have a cotton print on the front, a repurposed plain linen or cotton on the back and are filled with organic Lavender grown here in the Uk. I listed these and the cards for sale yesterday so now you can buy a little bit of summer to help see you through the not so sunny days.