Saturday, June 25, 2016

Vintage goodness

Since my Spring market in May I've been mad about vintage and antique French and English floral fabrics. They are just gorgeous! I found some wonderful sellers on instagram and all of a sudden have a huge stash.

I can't wait to find some time to create more with these delightful beauties! I've made totes, pouches, albums, journals and pencilcases.

Here are some of the bags I made, most of which sold very quickly.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Snail mail

I love love love instagram! If you really want to be up to date with my creating it's best to keep track of my instagram account. The link is above. Anyway there  (and on Pinterest) I discovered snail mail. Nobody writes letters aymore due to email so someone (i don't know who) came up with snail mail!

Snail mail is kind of a cross between a care package and letter. You create a little folder with pockets which you then fill with small notes (letters) and items you want to send to your loved one or friend. So cool! People even decorate the envelopes and make them works of art as well!

So I made one for my siter and one for mum and I think they really loved them. Mum said she cried when she opened the packag!

For Sas: I made a needle book, some embroideries, trims and I sent her lots of die cut felt flowers and leaves in all the colours I know she loves! I may have included some die cut tags as well.

Here is Sas's needlebook. The bunny button was made by my friend.

 The embroidery in the backgorund was for Sas.

For mum: I included some embroideries, trims, die cut leaves and feathers, some old hand stamped fabrics she can use in her sewing projects, old fabric and a needlebook. I also made the folders using a heavy cardstock which I gessoed, painted, sprayed, collaged, basically went a little crazy! The pockets inside were created with a die cut pocket (love!), envelopes and antique envelopes.

Mum's folder:
Some of her goodies:

Friday, June 17, 2016

And that's not all!

Not only did the teachers receive cushions we also decided to make an album for each one. I also made an album for the teacher in the other class so there were 4.

I cover them using a mix of old and new fabrics. Inside another mummy painted some watercolour cards for each class. They were painted by Cathy Trolli. She has a facebook page and does amazing portraits from photographs! Then on each page we inserted a photo of each child and a card on which they wrote and/or drew something for the teachers.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Labour of love!

As my daughter is finishing elementary school and moving onto middle school the other mother's in her class asked if I would make some cushion for their teachers. Of I said yes with great pleasure!

On one side they are embroidered with the kid's names - 20 of them. There are 3 teachers so 3 cushions and 60 names to embroider! I methodically worked through the embroidery, it took forever! To give you an idea a 5 letter name took approximately 1 hour! I used a gorgeous antique handwove hemp as the base.

Recently I've also been madly buying vintage and antique French and English floral fabrics. Just love those! So I decidied to to include a little on the reverse side. The colours in the fabrics worked well with the colours I used to embroider the names.

Finally I was also asked to embroider a quote for the teachers as well. I did this on vintage doilies which I stitched in the center.

I will certainly say these gift were a labour of love!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pretty needlebooks

Lately I' ve been making all kinds of different things. One of my favourites has been these gorgeous needlebooks. I just love them I need to make one for myself! Most of these have sold a couple are left in my shop . I will be making more soon!
I made them with vintage hand embroidered fabrics, antique and vintage trims and laces, antique fabrics and fun new bindings and trims. They are so much fun to make, I love the way the trims and fabrics clash but co-ordinate at the same time!

They have plenty of space for needles and pins but also pockets to slip your embroidery thread in, buttons, scissors, trims and so on!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spring Market San Marino

Every weekend in May I have a stand for spring market in San Marino. It's so much fun to pass the weekend with other creative friends and enjoy the gorgeous view over the Valmarecchia from San Marino.

 I made this garland with tissue paper flowers. The peonies are from a Creative bug tutorial, the other flowers from Pinterest.
 I added some leftover flowers here
 I had fun buying beautiful old French and English floral fabrics to make bags, pouches, cover albums and journals.
 Old frames revamped and pretty stitched pictures.

 Lampshades and lanterns too.
More to come in my next post!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Antique market love

Inspired by Jessie Chorley (link in my previous post), I have added antique book purchasing to my antique market visits. I have found some gorgeous antique books at great prices. Some I will repurpose into journals and others are to be tied together just to look at!

Below are some journals I've made, the small on the top and the blue one I made from scratch instead the journal on the right has been repurposed. I love them! Next post I'll show some of their pages.

I hope to make more I have been collecting up old books!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Lately I've been playing around with all kind of different ideas. I love love Jessie Chorley's work so I bought her journal altering kit. This is what I received (except for the old blooks top left they came from the antique market)
So with a little of her kit and items I collected at the antique market I attempted my first altered book. It was a little scarey for me as I don't normally work with paper, just fabric! I'll show you what I did, although if I were to do it over again I think I would do it a little differently! This is my cover

Here are a few pages in the book.

The following pages I didn't do anything to. This is really just an experimental journal as it's my first. I then did a Pam Garrison tutorial on the Creative Bug and did some painting on the next pages! So it's really a mish mash of a journal!

I have since seen many tutorials on You Tube as I've always wanted to make my own journals and I think I like this technique more. I'll show what I did with those in my next post!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Growth chart for Matea Noelle

I recently completed this growth chart for Matea Noelle. It's my standard design but I wanted to share it as I hadn't this colour combination before: plum, mustard yellow, black and white. Instead of black and white I used charcoal grey and off white as I like them better. In the end I thought the colours in this chart turned out really well. A little modern vintage!
I was tidying up my very messy work table the other day and found some of the embroidery threads I've been using and they reminded me of the growth chart. What a lovely colour combination!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

On the go!

At the moment I have many small projects on the go! Ideas are flying around in my head confusing me! Hopefully I will sort out my thoughts soon, I want to do too many things, end result nothing! It's so frustrating!!! Anyway here are a few works in progress nearing completion!

Saturday, February 20, 2016


I love making these covered card holders. I combine antique handwoven fabrics with vintage and antique trims, new fabrics, stamped fabric and handmade buttons. They are great to store business cards and store fedelity cards. I have one in my bag which I carry everywhere. They are very light!

Cardholders with 72 pockets

Cardholders with 30 pockets