Well I didn't manage to make very many presents this year, but the ones I did get finished were well received. Inspired by some lovely decoupaged clothes hangers I spotted on Folksy (which sadly don't seem to be available any more), I used Annie Sloan's famous Chalk Paint to brighten up the wooden hangers I picked up at a boot sale a few months ago, and added some little lavender filled hearts. I prefer the flowery ones over the hearts, but the set of 3 go quite well together I think.
Butterick 5125, but as you can see I used some contrasting fabrics and a pocket instead of a bow. In the first picture you can see the adorable little vintage Bissel carpet sweeper which my Mum gave me for Christmas as a present for Dolly - can't wait to see it in situ! I was surprised at how long the apron took to make, but I suppose I didn't pick the very simplest pattern - I like the frills and edging though.
Betz White pattern - a lesson in attention to detail if ever there was one; I sort of ignored the crucial little bit on the download that told me to check my printer was true to the sizing on the pattern, so unfortunately it came out way too small for its intended recipient! All is not lost though - my lovely neighbour Marjorie is both petite and elegant and makes the hat look rather stylish, so it found a good home after all.
Thursday, 19 December 2013
In this busy busy life we all seem to lead, it seems ever more challenging to find time to sit and stare, or pick up a needle and thread, or put pen to paper. On the other hand, we have a world of loveliness at our finger tips, awash with beautiful creations on Pinterest, blogs, Tumblr - easy then to think 'I don't have time for that' or 'I couldn't do anything as clever as that'. Well if you can find a few moments and a drop of self belief, you may pleasantly suprise yourself. I am so impressed with this beautiful picture my daughter produced right out of nowhere, having not done anything at all artistic since her school days. I think it is perfectly charming, and can't wait to see what comes next! Inspiration, I think, for us all.
Monday, 2 December 2013
I love this stuff - no surface prep required, slap it on and play around to your heart's content.