Monday, May 07, 2012

Sewing Room - Homespun Style (part 2)

Do you remember this?  Well, I took a bit of time to sleep on it and do a little thinking about colours etc and now the room is nearing completion.

The dilemma of the blue cupboard was solved by painting the pink shelves grey.  I think this works so much better and means I could keep the blue.  I used vintage wallpapers to cover the doors and the back of the shelves.

The crates have started to fill up with fabrics, books and cases.

The yellow cabinet has a few fabrics in too!

My little work station.

My prized Dottie Angel bunting.  I think I was lucky to get this when I did as Tif is now busy writing a book and has little time to make things for her shop.

I couldn't resist these lovely antlers bought from Sophie at Fading Grace.  My new dilemma is whether to do a makeover on them or to leave them as they are. The purist in me tells me to leave them whilst the crafty madam favours a makeover!

My little grey shelves are filling up with haberdashery and other nonsense.  I can't resist a bit of kitsch!

Craft books and yarn.

 I gave my Barsony lamp a new lampshade. This was a makover of a boring drum shade using some lovely 1950's fabric.  It will do for now until I get an original Barsony lampshade. These are quite hard to find as I discovered that Ms Barsony hails from Australia and that the lampshades are pretty rare.

Jars of scraps and cotton reels are everywhere and my lovely 1940's sewing machine cover was a very cheap find from the Vintage Bazaar.

While I was at it, I tidied up the downstairs, which I have made up like a shop using my old shop fittings that were previously in the house.  I keep all my  fabric and haberdashery bits for my personal use in these cabinets.

One day, when the children are big, I hope to have my own shop, a place where people can come and visit. In the meantime I can just play!

Well there you have it.  I hope you have enjoyed the tour and I would love to hear what you think.

Now I just need to make some crafty time for myself and enjoy the new space I have made. Pin It

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Pretty Nostalgic

I just want to write a little about this gorgeous new magazine that plopped onto my doormat this week.  

I met the lovely ladies behind Pretty Nostalgic at the last Vintage and Handmade Fair in Chipping Sodbury where they were selling their book and subscriptions to the new magazine.  Based on the look of the book and after talking to  them about the  ideas behind, and the ethos of, the magazine I was happy to sign up.  

Well a few months later here is Issue 1 and it did not disappoint!

The magazine is more like a book in quality and is stuffed full of beautiful photos and ideas and not pages and pages of ads! I love the fact that this magazine is supporting British based companies and small businesses.

Of course this haberdashery page was a great favourite of mine!

I loved the article about Camp in My Garden and,  after reading this, really want to do this with my children this year.  I think a bell tent purchase may well be on the cards for this summer!!!

Then there was the lovely surprise of seeing my friend Niki's gorgeous face peering out from the pages at me.  Beautiful photos and a great article about her shop Nostalgia at No1.  Very fitting that the Queen of Nostalgia herself should be in this publication!

Great articles about organising a street party which is very useful considering the celebrations  and reasons to glad we are British this year.  I am always up for a party and was amused to read  the suggestions for party games.

All in all Pretty Nostalgia is a great magazine, really classy and although more expensive than your average magazine is well worth the extra.

I can't wait for Issue 2! Pin It