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You may have noticed I’ve been a bit quieter than usual but that’s because I had a friend visiting for a week and then I went back to the U.K. with her to spend a long weekend with my Mum.
My friend and I go back more years than I care to remember but, despite keeping in contact with Christmas and Birthday cards we’ve only recently started to see eachother again so I was really pleased when she said she’d come over to France for a visit.
Here we are on holiday in Tenerife back in the day looking bronzed but blurry on the balcony of our hotel room.
I blame the cheap camera – or it might have been the cheap alcohol 😉
Another balcony, another country, another era.
I knew that the weekend spent with my Mum would be of the quiet variety as she is getting very tired lately and, once we’d been out in the morning for a bit of shopping or a brunch somewhere, she’d had enough of the outdoors for the day so I went prepared with fabric and pattern and used her sewing machine to make another couple of dogs for my eventual doggy garland while she had a snooze.
I’m going to make another three and figure out how to make a craft stall enhancing garland out of them but I’ve got until the end of November so something will come to me before then I’m sure.
Since I’ve been back and trying to catch up on emails, Etsy shop goings ons, reading blogs and dog and cat related problems, I haven’t got much done.
The Colette Negroni shirt I’m making for Mr. T. is still at the muslin stage – just needs the buttons and buttonholes and final hemming and then I can confirm what I’ve suspected for a while – it will be too small for him. I know it’s a muslin but I was hoping it would be a wearable one. We won’t know for sure until I finish it though will we!
I rush quilted a couple of my hatbox blocks which was easy because the machine quilting I’m doing couldn’t be plainer or simpler unlike the lovely hand quilting Kate’s doing on her version. Mine’s a wall hanging so nothing too fancy is called for – well, that’s my excuse anyway.
Here’s something I haven’t caught up on – the perennial ironing basket which I took from my laundry room up to my workroom as that seems to be the only place I brandish an iron these days. As you can see, my scheme didn’t work.
I did catch up with Mlle. Tialys the elder when I was in the U.K. as she came up to see me when I was at my Mum’s thereby killing two old birds with one stone. Oh to be young enough to dress up as a bloody (in the covered in blood sense) rabbit thingy and hug a dinosaur as she did last weekend.
The details of the whys and wherefores shouldn’t bother you – I certainly don’t like to delve too deep.
Off to look at the ironing basket again before doing something completely different.
Remember when I said that Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia was making a quilt from a Kaffe Fassett book that I had lusted after for some years? (If not, you can read my original post here ). Kate’s way ahead of me with her blocks but, then again, she started first and she’s making a quilt whereas I’m late to the party and am only making a wall hanging.
Here’s the version in the book that inspired us.
All my hatboxes are going to be made in Liberty of London tana lawn with various scraps of other fabric for the ‘wallpaper’ and ‘floor’ in the ‘cubby holes’ which each contain one hatbox.
We pledged to complete three hatboxes every month.
These are my three for February.
I used this gold/yellow tana lawn that I used to make a blouse some time ago although I seem to have quite a lot of it left. I like the backgrounds here – the duck egg blue is the predominant colour in my bedroom where the finished wallhanging will be displayed.
This was actually the first one I made but it went wrong and I was going to ditch it but, in one of my rare patient and resourceful moments, managed to peel off the appliqué, re-cut it, re-position it and salvage the block.
I need twelve blocks in total. Some might not make the final cut. Although I like the background fabrics in this block – especially the Tilda one with birds – the colours might be too overpowering to work with the others in the wallhanging plus I set the right hand side of the base of the hatbox a little higher than the others and it’s a bit on the wonk so we’ll see.
Here are all six I’ve completed so far which I’ve displayed on my design wall. I call it a design wall but, in reality, it’s a flannel sheet draped over a towel rail which the blocks are clinging to in the manner of a set of Fuzzy Felt – how I used to adore my fuzzy felts – and this is the extent of its displaying capabilities.
Eventually, the layout will be four hatboxes across and three down with sashing and, possibly, a border. Should be ready around May/June time.
Talk of Fuzzy Felt sent me off down a rabbit hole and I found myself looking at vintage sets.
I know I definitely had this one
and I had one with mostly shapes so you could be a bit freestyle.
I’m pretty sure I had this one
and I think I might have had this one………
………………although that might just be wishful thinking because I loved Noddy and – look! – they’ve got proper little faces and everything.
I know these were made in England but my non-Brit followers might have had them because, according to Wikipedia, since the creation of Fuzzy Felt in the 1950s, more than 25 million sets have been sold internationally and although Fuzzy-Felt reached its peak in popularity sometime in the mid-1970s, it remains an iconic children’s toy, still enjoyed by children who play with it and parents who nostalgically purchase it.
Don’t think I’m not tempted.
So – which sets did you have? If it was something like a My Little Pony set or anything else post 1980, don’t tell me as you are too young and I will become depressed.
I’ve been wanting to get some custom made tape from my friend Anna for ages, to use as seam tabs in some of the things I make and maybe as package headers. Anyway, I finally got round to it and a few font, design and colour decisions later, here’s the result.
How flash am I?
I have also been faffing about with a bit more jewellery making as I can’t resist those glass domes that you put over images – they look so effective. Here’s one I made earlier posing against a pretty little vintage jewellery box I found the other day which turned out, once I got it home, to be Japanese not French. Which doesn’t really matter except I tend to ‘specialise’ in French things with a bit of the rest of Europe thrown in occasionally. Still, a charming vintage item is a charming vintage item wherever it comes from and I’m the boss of my shop so there!
Watch this space as tonight, probably, if there’s nothing good on the telly, I’m going to recover the lampshade on an old standard lamp that I found recently, with some stunning vintage Liberty fabric. If the results are good, I’ll be putting the photos on here, if not, forget I said anything!
…Or so the saying goes now that I have reinvented it to suit my purposes.
I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly impatient person but, once I decide to make something, I want to do it straight away or as straight away as possible. So when I saw some really cute clasp purses made from Liberty fabric I felt the urge to create. Trouble is, instead of just ordering the kit from the place I saw it, I decided that I didn’t really need the fabric from the kit as I already have a good supply of Liberty cottons and the purse frame on its own was silly money and I knew I could get a better deal elsewhere so off I went to surf the net. Which, of course, is where the problems start. I fell in love with some purse frames and ordered them from one place. Then I ordered a PDF tutorial to make the purse in what I thought was the right size from another place. Well, it was the right size but not the right shape. The tutorial was for a rectangular shaped purse frame and mine is curved(ish). The ‘ish’ is important because then I bought another PDF tutorial for a curved shape but then realised that mine is a cross between the two. This is so typical of me. Anyway, I ended up designing my own and here it is – be kind, it was my first attempt, even though I was cavalier and used Liberty and linen being falsely over-confident in my own abilities.
I’m not entirely happy with it. I want one that comes up over the ends of the hinges more and has a flat bottom. Still, I have some more purse frames on order and, this time, I think I have ordered the right ones for the right tutorials so there might be all different shapes and sizes coming up. Although I may well have moved on to something else by then.
On my way back from dropping Madamoiselle Tialys the Elder at her guitar lesson and popping in to Carrefour for some ‘bits’ having remembered that Mr. T. does like to have some food in the house when he comes back at weekends, I went for a rummage in the junk shop as I do. I found some pieces for my shop but I also saw this bowl which is absolutely huge – I think it was part of a pitcher and basin set – and cracked, chipped and discoloured to death – but it’s such a gorgeous pattern I just had to have it. Well, they only wanted a euro for it – so I couldn’t just leave it there. You will see that I have cunningly disguised all the deficiencies by turning the good side outward and filling it with huge hydrangea heads – who would know?