I'm sorry for not keeping up with my blog recently. I have been making some lovely things and spent Saturday with Julie Arkell on a workshop and I have loads of photos to publish. But on Sunday I had a devastating blow which has rocked me to my core and it make take me a while to recover. I hope you understand and I will be right back as soon as I am able. I am hoping tonights full moon changes things around for me. Dont forget to check it out weather permitting!
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
After driving my husband to Newark train station a brown paper parcel was waiting on the door step when I returned.
The Secret Garden ordered from Milly and Dotties Emporium.
It came beautifully wrapped in green tissue paper and tied with string.
And is full of gorgeous illustrations.
I have to confess that I took rather a long coffee break looking through it.
But then back to the real world. I changed the bed and put on my favourite Shabby Chic bedding. The cotton is fabulous and is still feels like new two years after I bought it.
Then to the ironing mountain from last week although I have to say I think my p.j's looked scrummy all folded and ready to wear.
Then finally another wonderful sunset. What a sky. If only I could paint!
Enjoy your evening.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Saturday, 6 March 2010
As promised here are some more creatures inspired by Julie Arkell.
This is 'Lost shoe'.
I just love embroidering words onto things!
Her ears are made of a gorgeous scrap of fabric that came from the States.
The jumper was part of a worn out sock from GAP which I just couldn't throw away.
As you may be aware I work one day a week in a fantastic shop called Heaths Country Store. (I will post some photos soon) My boss, after I showed him 'One shoe' , walked up to me with a pair of mittens on the top of his head and said "Anyone can be a Julie Arkell". The next creature was inspired from that conversation although it looks nothing like Heath!!
She is wearing a beautiful vintage dolly coat with a tiny little doll in her pocket which was knitted by my very talented Mum.
Here they sit, best of friends together.
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Today I set off with all good intentions to try and clear my ironing mountain but then found myself distracted by a piece of tea dyed muslin in my stash.
After drawing out the pattern in pencil I machined over the line on the body...
and around the arms and legs.
She was then stuffed with rags and bits of leftover calico. This gives a heavy and bumpy feel to the doll.
Next comes the face carefully stitched and blusher added for some rosy cheeks.
Her 'hat /ears' are an inpiration from my love of Julie Arkell creatures.
Add a button to hide a small mark on the vintage dolly tights.