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Adventures in Sewing and Crochet

So this week has been a real learning curve for me, following my sewing course recently… Mum came up to visit and we finished off a crochet clutch bag which I was making with¬†a lovely taffeta fabric lining and finished off with a vintage brooch.

So I decided to make another one in a soft rose pink and to learn from my mistakes and difficulties.  Without Mum there is was even more of a challenge, as she is very experienced at sewing.

I messed up the measurements (twice!) and had a complete mental block at one point, so had to ring Mum to ensure I had remembered it all correctly…

Once I had sorted it out I forged ahead and was thrilled with the result.  Mum provided me with the beautiful oriental-style fabric which I used for the lining.  The brooch may be a temporary option, I may look out for one which goes more towards silver.  I love scouting antique shops and car boot sales for vintage brooches.

I’ve managed to find a company who produced labels to sew / iron in at very reasonable costs –¬†Wunderlabel¬†– so will see how they come out and then add the¬†clutch bags¬†to my Etsy shop.

These have really given me the bug to start in a slightly new direction and focus more on specific ranges, more work to come on this but I feel very excited about the future of my Etsy shop.  I also have some plans to do a few craft fairs here and there.

Now I’m on to more bags with some lovely yarns… Some Drops Cotton Merino DK from Wool Warehouse in cream, silvery-grey and forest green (although this colour did not come out well in this poor light!) and also some Lanas Stop Merino DK in this amazing rust/ginger shade, which I bought in Marbella.

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Spring Plans

Happy (belated!) New Year

Christmas passed me by in a flash this year..

One minute I was desperately making presents for my friends and family, work was completely manic, and then it was all over and the New Year arrived!

I still have two presents to complete – I had a last minute idea for presents for my brother and my little friend Mikey, but they are not quite finished yet, more details and photos to follow…

So now I’ve finally got the time to turn my attention back to home and to my plans for 2016.

I’ve amassed a large amount of craft trimmings, notions and yarn over the last year or two – most of which I have had plans for, but like all good crafters, sometimes I got a bit carried away!

A lot of my collection is made up of the vintage goodies I collected at the car boot sale and at vintage fairs.

 

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Although some are well worth keeping, I would have to be retired for at least 30 years before I could use them all up!

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So along with my spring clean at home, I’m going to pack some up and sell them either online on at a Craft Fair in Frome which also allows the sale of craft items. ¬†This means that I clear some space, for some more crafty bits¬†of course…

Most of my crafting takes place either at the dining room table or on the sofa – I don’t have a permanent crafty space, so I’m going to rejig my dining room so that I can make a proper crafting space. ¬†I am planning to get rid of the computer cabinet and create some shelving space in the alcove to tidy up all of my crafty bits.

I just need to look for a nice small unit / desk to fit in this space and then I will paint and perhaps decoupage my dining room chairs and make some nice seat cushions.

 

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I bought this¬†antique sewing machine (sadly not in working order) at the car boot sale which I would love to have on show. ¬†Due to the wooden base it is incredibly heavy but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it!

 

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I have some nice plans for the weekend, to finish my presents for Mikey and my brother, and to finally get around to doing some of the fun stuff I have had to put off for a while.

Oh, how I love weekends!

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Don’t be a Dummy! (or rather, do!)

As regular readers of my blog will know, I love a bargain and most of all my local car boot sale…

One of my recent purchases was an adjustable mannequin Рit is a bit on the skinny side for me to use to make clothes.  Add to that that my dressmaking skills would horrify the gorgeous Patrick and May from the Great British Sewing Bee!

I did have plans for this mannequin though (unlike some of my random car boot purchases like these…)

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I do love vintage patterns and haberdashery items, so I am sure there will be a use for these somewhere (even if with these patterns, it is just to have a laugh at the 1980s typical lack of style!

So, with my Etsy shop back on track (opening up later this week), I have put a temporary calico cover on the mannequin to show off some of my scarves and wraps. ¬†Here’s a little sneak preview…

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Happy crafting!

Lou x

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Unexpected Bunny Outing

Phew – what a week!

My busiest week at work has been topped off by a rather last minute decision to take part in a School Fete. ¬†I was so exhausted that I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to get out of bed!

I’m really glad in the end that I did, as I had great fun, met some really lovely people, and did really¬†well – almost selling out of my little girl headbands as modelled by this little cutie… ¬†That’s one very happy customer!

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I was placed opposite the face painting ladies and had such enjoyment watching all their fabulous creations… ¬†So much so that both Anna and myself decided to get in on the act. ¬†She was feline a bit catty, so decided to be a tiger, and I of course had to let Chester Bunnynuts out of his cage…

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So a great time was had by all!  I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend and, of course, the Car Boot Sale tomorrow with an update to follow on my Etsy plans.

Happy crafting!

Lou x

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Car Boot Treasures (or Tat?)

Most Sunday mornings I spend the same way – at a Car Boot Sale. ¬†My UK readers will of course know what I am talking about – but I’m not sure if they are strictly a British phenomenon. ¬†In many places it involves standing in an often cold, wet, muddy field rummaging through tables of other people’s unwanted things…

Thankfully the one nearest to me, at Frome, is in a car park and if raining is taken inside to the Cattle Market (I rather enjoy everyone lining up in the pens like sheep! ¬†Here are my friends ¬†Mikey (looking at toys – surprise…) and Anna (with little Dave the Chihuahua) enjoying a rainy day at the Car Booty as Mikey calls it.

 

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It’s always fascinating to me how one person’s tat is another person’s treasure! ¬†Here are some of my favourite pieces of treasure from my scavenging at Frome…

 

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As you may have seen on my previous posts about vintage items, I love old-fashioned trimmings, needles and yarn.  Most of these I pick up for a few pence each Рbargaintastic!

 

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These magazines were a little bit more pricey, at around ¬£1 each, (last of the big spenders…) ¬†But they are so fantastic, apart from the funky patterns, the ads are hilariously dated.

It seems Mikey has a saying¬†for everything – when we’re off to the Car Booty his usual cry¬†is¬†“get your bits and bobs here”. ¬†Indeed we do!

Happy crafting!

 

Lou x

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