Monday, 27 April 2009

We won!!

Ringo won!!
Thank you to everyone who voted for me in Feltmeup Design's wonderful competition.

A big thank you to Feltmeup for being such a gifted creator, and for running the competition And well done to everyone one else. All the designs were so brilliant it was a close thing, and extra special that Ringo won.

Do check out Feltmeup Designs. She is amazingly talented and has a lovely shop.

Feltmeup Designs at etsy
Feltmeup Designs blog

I thank you. And Ringo thanks you!

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Cast Not a Clout till May is Out

Skirt for M
Originally uploaded by bigbluebed

Or in other words don't put away your winter clothing too soon.
This is something my mum used to say when we wanted to wear our pretty Summer cotton dresses in April. I always thought it was the month of May but actually think it is the plant

Well, she hasn't worn it yet but I have made my girl a pretty summer skirt.

I bought this gorgeous fabric from Holland Fabric House on etsy, to make something with to sell in my own etsy shop. But it was so lovely I knew I had to make something for my girl (and my mum said I should!).

After searching for ages, I found a free pattern on the lovely blog of Oliver + S. It is such a simple pattern so if you have a little girl, I urge you to try it.

So check out HollandFabricHouse and Oliver + S.

When May is out, I will show you a picture of the girl herself wearing the skirt.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Vote for me!!

The wonderful gifted Feltmeup Designs had a competition on her blog, to design a tweet.

I came up with the idea of a crested canary, which is based on a real canary we had when I was a child. He had a little crest of dark feathers that looked so much like a Beatles' mop top cut, that he was named Ringo. Oh, her tweet look so like him, it bought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye!

Vote for Ringo here

Saturday, 4 April 2009

101 Things to Do With a Dorset Button

Number 1

Make them into Rings!!

I love making Dorset Buttons. And they make really really great...buttons. But they look wonderful made into other things too.

Here is my latest a selection of rings. I made one for myself to trial, and it feels comfortable and looks lovely.

So have a look in my etsy, folksy or Artfire shop today!

Friday, 3 April 2009

Clearing & Cleaning & Decorating

This last couple of weeks we have been decorated and sorting out our little flat.

It was mine before I met Paul, he moved in with all his stuff and then we had our daughter.
So the flat was getting a bit full.

But not so much anymore. The local charity shops have benefited. And I found a big bag of craft things from years and years ago. I have had fun this morning having a look through - embroidery, lace-making, knitting, teddy-bear making were all represented in this one bag.

The teddy bear components are going to a charity shop, I am keeping the bobbins as I enjoyed lace-making and want to do it again one day. I will use the embroidery silks. Included in the yarn are lots of Rowan and Yaeger yarns unused and still in their skeins with their labels - so I might use them or might destash and put them up for sale.

I will let you know what else I find!!