Autumn, branding, craft, crochet, knitting, sewing, Uncategorized, vintage, Winter, yarn

Crafty Plans revisited!

Well, that’s a bit of a longer break than I had expected…¬† Four months since my last post.¬† And lots has changed since then, for the better!

I’ve started a new job which is going really well, but it has slowed up my ability to work on my rebranding, so I have put that back to next year.

In the meantime I’ve been working on some new products and also have booked a couple of craft fairs for the Autumn / Winter, so I’ve been busy making some Christmassy pieces as well.

I’ve been collecting some lovely bits and bobs for my new business, at the Vintage Bazaar¬†at the Cheese and Grain and am looking forward to the next one in October!

My new business is having a new name and new focus – which is going to be on affordable luxury accessories.¬† Can’t wait to get going on it…¬† But first of all I have to get everything ready for the craft fairs in October and November.¬† These are some of the pieces that I will be taking with me…

And here are some of the handbags that I have been making for my new business – I have lots of ideas on the designs and just have to focus myself!

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Happy crafting!

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Project Linus, Proud Daughter

My crafting inspiration has always been my Mum. ¬†She is able to do pretty much everything with apparent ease…

She has consummate skills as¬†a quilter¬†–¬†all hand pieced and quilted, although she’s also a dab hand at sewing anything. ¬†She¬†can also knit and turn her hand to pretty much anything¬†(except crochet, don’t ask her about crochet!)

She has made some really cute and kooky things, which appeals to my random sense of humour, such as my kitty knitting/crochet project bag and the bunny bags with added felted carrot!  But she can also do pretty things like these hearts with lovely batiks, cottons with beautiful ribbons and trimmings.

Mum often makes things for my craft fairs and for my Etsy shop such as these lovely Japanese-style Origami Bags.

But what I really want to draw attention to in this post are the amazing quilts made by Mum and her ‘Sew and Sew’ group for Project Linus¬†– this is a wonderful charity which provides quilts and blankets for sick and disabled children at Hospitals, Hospices and at home. ¬†They distribute around 2,000 quilts a month in the UK alone.

Here’s Mum with two of her amazing creations. ¬†The work that has gone into these is phenomenal.

And here are some of the ‘Sew and Sew’ ladies with their gorgeous offerings. ¬†All in all the small group of ladies made 14 quilts in 5 months. ¬†I am so proud of my Mum and her friends in doing something so selfless and kind and have such an appreciation of the time and love put into each one of these quilts.

The look on the Project Linus lady’s face says it all – she was amazed at how much they had produced in such a short time frame! ¬†I hope the joy and love put into these creations will give the children who receive them a boost in their time of need.

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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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Busy Weekend Ahead!

Some weekends are just made for crafting Рespecially at the moment in the UK with our rainy days and cold weather.  I can quite happily pass the time snuggled under the small hand-pieced and sewn quilt my Mum made for me ten years ago when I moved into my first (proper) home.

However, this weekend I will be venturing out, in the name of crafting!

On Saturday I will be scouring¬†the Vintage¬†Bazaar¬†in Devizes Corn Exchange, hoping to find some lovely vintage fabric and trimmings! ¬†Particularly looking forward to meeting Sue from Vintage to Victorian¬†whose lovely textiles I have been coveting for some time…

Sunday is going to be a pilgrimage of epic proportions Рbright and early in the morning I will be travelling to Bath to catch a coach to Olympia in London (one of the biggest exhibition centres in the UK) for the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show РI cannot wait!

This cornucopia of textile loveliness includes workshops – I am hoping to book a space on one or two of these – I have my eyes on Arm Knitting and Needle Felting…

Other highlights include installations from a crocheted jungle to some of the exhibits from the Fashion and Textiles Museum. ¬†I think I’m going to have to make a wishlist of what I would like to see in order to make sure I make the best of it.

Above all, there will be lost of delicious stalls selling fabric, trimmings, notions and above all – wool and yarn! ¬†I am particularly looking forward to¬†this part of the weekend (no surprise there then – I think my stash may grow just a little…)

I’ll update early next week with hopefully some photographic evidence of this wonderful weekend!

Happy crafting…

Lou x

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