Sunday, February 21, 2010

Somewhere over the rainbow

The first thing I do  on waking up is to look out of the hall window outside our bedroom to see what the morning has brought with it.  Today there was a beautiful big rainbow set against a moody sky. Five minutes later we had an enormous hailstorm, followed by bright blue skies which stayed for the whole day, bathing us in Spring sunshine and a promise of better weather to come.

This week I went to view an auction with my lovely friend Laura. There were some great pieces there


We were both unavailable for the day so we left commission bids on a few items. I fell in love with a pair of painted cupboards, perfect to put fabric in but nowhere to put them (minor detail) so was quite relieved to find out that I had been outbid!

I was successful on one item only, a rather shabby and battered old leather suitcase


A well travelled item with the prettiest floral fabric inside

A closer look?


Lovely isn't it?  It makes me wonder why Major West would have such a feminine lining to his suitcase?!
The inside is in perfect condition but the outside is flakey and dry.  Does anyone have any tips on how to restore it or is it not possible?

It will be perfect for storing fabrics or quilts in don't you think?

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Blankets and Cushions

I thought I would show you my crocheting as I haven't updated you for a while.  I have taken a break from my ripple blanket, mainly because it was getting too heavy to take to my Stitch 'n' Sip class, so I started a little lap blanket.  I was inspired by Lucy's lovely baby blanket and the colours are just to die for.  I also liked the fact that you join the squares as you go which is great and means you don't have a pile of squares lying around to be sewn together (my worst bit).  I'm loving making this blanket.



Here is the ripple blanket. I shall be returning to this soon as it is so very nearly finished.

Last week I received a beautiful parcel.  The lovely Hen is a regular customer of mine and has the most wonderful taste in fabric.  After seeing her latest creations I wondered if she would like to do a swap instead of buying fabric. Luckily for me she said yes and I am now the proud owner of one of her delicious cushions. 



I love it even more because it contains some of my favourite fabrics, that I have only shared with Hen, so I get them back, in beautiful cushion form, hooray!

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

New Fabrics and Fairs

I have had some great new vintage finds this week.

As well as this lovely pile of eiderdowns ....

...... there are these goodies.  All to be added to the website soon but do email if you have any queries.

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I am attending a lot of vintage and textile fairs this year, which is great for me as I get to meet more of you.   Keep an eye on my sidebar for fair dates.  The latest one is a new fair organised by Lizzie and Clare, in Frome, called The Vintage Bazaar.  This looks like a great event and there is a blog for it here.

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