27 Nov 2010

Stuffing Arrived

So the stuffing arrived in the post and I could finally stuff the Christmas decorations, now I just need to make loads more:

There was also another thing: 

And this is how my arts book stall looked: 

Grey Massam Felt teacosies are on my to-do list this weekend; if I can reach the heater from the high shelf in my studio; a cold studio is not conducive to felting!

17 Nov 2010

nature-inspired decorations

love these wreaths, don't you? they're by emily thompson, found on design*sponge blog. i never thought about making anything like that for the stall! oh well, there's always next year!

i thought selvedge had some pegs at the last stall we were at...found them on their drygoods site. go to entire range, then east of india haberdashery and scroll down!
i think they're mini ones!
i also found these amazing stamps by norajane on etsy:check them out here! i LOVE the pine cone one...and the acorn one...and the hedgehog!

doing lots of internet research; unfortunately i'm back in bed, turns out i wasn't really feeling better after all. doctor is tomorrow. doing this and that when i have the energy...and buying beads on ebay!
was going to come down to see you at your book fair, but i checked train prices and it seems they have gone up :( rubbish :(

14 Nov 2010

Starting to feel a lot like...

busy week indeed! although mine was more busy with recovering and housework, than crafts. thanks for the photos of the fair, so inspirational and nice to know were doing things on trend.
love the coat, i've been looking for a wool one in a similar shape. saturday i visited about 10 charity shops, but no luck this time.
LOVE, love, love the tree and heart decorations, very pretty fabric :) well done!
great peg idea, have you seen where we can buy mini pegs?

and since i am loving making pot holders, here are some from previous Rowan magazines in my stash:
but if i were to knit some, i think id have a chunky yarn, and a large cable design going around the pot. in the new year maybe.
will be sending you the hessian pot holders to embellish next week!

What a busy week its been!

Ok so first things first; the coat. Won it on ebay; its a Whistles coat, not new but not in bad condition.A proper winter coat, thick, heavy and big!
Secondly; the Country Living's Christmas Fair. Went to the gala evening and took some photos for inspiration: 
Lots of bunting around, lots of wreaths, and lots and lots and lots of hearts!
 Felt shapes on mini pegs; would be good to make some for displaying Christmas cards...?
And thirdly; my own decorations! I've been hand stitching little xmas trees for the last week or so, leaving the bottoms open ready for stuffing and the final sew up. Not bought any stuffing yet; ran out last week. 
The wreath is from the fair, as is the holly apron that everything is resting on. The Scandinavian looking fabric was from the fair too, in a scrap bin; bargain.  

7 Nov 2010

Dinner Party Prep

 Kantha table decoration inspired by you Jo.
To-Do list with times - planning for the cooking day ahead just like Mamu does; although I need to start a book for this; with notes of how it went afterwards and things to do differently. . . . must have a homemade notebook around here somewhere . . . 
The whole table will be colour coordinated!

5 Nov 2010

Basketry of Today

Saw this and thought of you and your basket weaving.

This set of three vessels by Virginia Kaiser is my favourite:

And these by Wendy Golden reminds me of that little raffia figure you made me years ago; remember?

Abi xxx

2 Nov 2010

how does it look?

so i can keep the band of stitching as a simple decoration or continue stitching to cover them. constructive criticism welcomed!
as for now, i will carry on stitching...