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

More catching up- growth charts

As usual I've also been working on growth charts, here are a few of the latest. These are never missi ng from my repertoire!

Mackenzie also has a matching pillow!

Catching up

I really have not blogged for such a long time! February has been a busy month and very tiring so my creativeness has slowed!!!! So frustrating! I'm hoping to catch up with new items for my shop and blog posts over the next few weeks. I have all kinds of things to blog about so I'll start now.

I finished some new cushions for my shop (about a month ago!!). I love the colours of these very cheery indeed!

I also completed a large kantha order recently. I just love these items and am planning to make some for my shop!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pouches pouches

In December I made a lot of pouches! I used a mix of antique fabrics and trims along with many Tilda fabrics and handmade buttons! Oh and of course hand stamped images! I still have a couple left which I will putting in my shop.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Diaries 2016

Here are some lovely diaries for 2016 I made for my market in San marino. I had so much fun making clay buttons and using some of my lovely antique linens and trims combined with gorgeous Tilda fabrics. I have a couple left which i will slowly put in my shop. I will probably keep one as I don't have a 2016 diary yet. They are great because you can remove the cover, wash it and reuse it each year.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Merry Christmas

I know I'm a little late but MERRY CHISTMAS to all! I've been working everyday at my Christmas market hence my tardiness!!!
It's been a wonderful experience, so much fun and I've met some wonderful people. It doesn't finish until the 6th January so there's a lot of work still to be done.

One wonderful creative person I've met is Maura of 'La Piuma Blu' (the Blue Feather), you can visit her Facebook page here. She makes beautiful items decorations and wall hangings with fil de fer. They are very pretty, delicate and whimsical and she will customise them for you with whatever theme, fairy tale, colours, names and so on. Maura also speaks a little English so had no problem with comunicating!

Here are a few goodies I purchased for myself, then I had to buy some more as gifts as I couldn't resist!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Christmas market San Marino

This weekend was the first of several at the 'Natale delle Meraviglie' in San Marino. It was a beautiful sunny weekend but very, very cold! We had characteristic wooden houses in which to display our products. This is the view down the street

The amazing view over the Valle Marecchia towards San Leo, and yes that's snow you can see!
Putting together my stall was not an easy feat! I was in such a state of confusion it took me from 8am-12 pm to finally feel like I was in order! Thanks goodness my 10 year old daughter was there with me to help, advise and tell me off when panicking!!!

Here is my stall finally organised, Sunday I switched things up a little! I think I was able to improve my display. When you see all your goods on display like this you realise just how much work you've done then the exhaustion sets in!

At the end of the day, Sunday we had a spectacular sunset to end off a fun and successful weekend! Now it's back to woking on orders and restocking for the next weekends in San Marino. I'll be there 12-13 Dec, 19-20 Dec, 24-25-26-27 Dec, 31st Dec and then 1st Jan- 6th Jan.