Sunday, 24 June 2012

Glue Heaven

As l bogged a few weeks ago l wanted to have ago at using 'Mod Podge' well l have been.

Firstly when l looked at all the different types on sale l became a bit over awed and worried as to which on was right for my needs. l opted to try the Matte variety.

l am so impressed with it people have reviewed it as PVA watered down but l didn't feel this, in my opinion its a crafters dream.

l have started my dream by using it to cover a couple of note books and a diary in fabric. Here they are in various stages of 'make' the brown fabric is a 70's pillow case and as you will recognise the other is Cath Kidston fabric.

l actually coated the fabric on top and then sanded it back to a smooth finish which makes them more durable.
It is time consuming but l had 3 on the go at the same time to try and increase my production.
These will be joining me at my next fair unless l get too attached.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Unloved and Unused

We all seem to be in possession of mismatched vintage crockery we either inherited or bought because we liked the pattern and l'm no different- always looking  for that valuable piece to take to the Antiques Road Show - as with most people this is still to happen(l wish) So l have a stash, like my fabric of crockery never used just gathering dust and then l discovered the Vintage Tea which embraces everything shabby chic and the more miss matched the better and with that the home made 'Cake Stand'.

As always l thought l can do that and cheaper- l hate to pay when l think l can do something so l have and here they are l now have more stand that cakes! l will be listing more in my Etsy shop when l gather my plates together so if you are having a tea party and your short of a stand you know where to go.


Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Have your Cake and Eat it

l've away to indulge in something else l enjoy, l have joined the  where people Bake, eat and talk about Cake. Gather in secret locations, meet new people. it’s all about CAKE. Just my thing and l get to take a friend.

l am led to believe that people do similar things in secret locations and have pop up vintage teas where have these people been all my life and just when l have decided to join Slimming World and ditch Weight Watchers for a bit.

l would like to also share the beautiful pincushion l received as part of the swap organised by from humbugbuttonbeetle

and these were the items l sent to Lucy

A mason jar pin cushion and a 'bits and bobs' jar.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Bunting for Blighty

Well if like me you are fed up with all this weather then here's what l have been up to to brighten up my garden as it rains.
Bunting .... Bunting l hear you say well whats new about that?  to some of you l may be teaching my granny to suck eggs but I'm going to share my tips with you anyway.

Firstly l decided that fabric bunting was a waste of time for the British weather so l wanted water proof bunting. My inclination was towards Cath Kidston PVC fabric but at £22/m l was reluctant to have a 'try' so l managed to find some Cath Kidston esq PVC for £4.69/m with free delivery so well worth a 'try'

Next l cut the bunting shape from the floral PVC and roughly cut a back from the spotted PVC and sewed the two together back to back.

After this l  cut out the bunting using pinking shears which has given a nice effect and covers any imperfections in sewing.
And finally l will be adding a spotted header and attaching them with alternative patterns showing.

l think for the money and the effort it looks fab, l just need a break in the weather to hang it up:) 

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Anyone for Tea?

Hope you all had a lovely Jubilee weekend it was just a shame about the weather.

All these street parties and cup cakes set me on a trail of have you still got.......

Firstly my Dads house .... have you still got the cake stand(notice the singular) that Mum had that held 3 plates- which bit the dust many years before? Not sure go and have a look. Which l did and came away with 4 vintage cake stands and a strawberry glass bowl!
Then DH have we still got the china from Auntie Tillys? Yes some in the loft and some easier to find in the sideboard. l have yet to venture in the loft.
these pictures show my hoard to date.

l have also ordered a diamond drill and cake stand fittings to make my own stands form the vast array of plates l have already.
To complete my tea party l have bought this vintage teapot just hope it gets here in one piece.

Not a bad haul for a wet weekend.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Another one bits the dust

Another of those must do jobs has now almost been completed.

l had been neglecting the craft room for some time and collecting 'bits' of fabric for the last year or so and l thought these people that organised there fabric were a bit anal if the truth be known - more time than they knew what to do with. l used to shove them in a drawer and routing through when l needed something, to be fair l normally couldn't find anything and bought more.
Well l'm now one of them! l have spent the last 2 days ironing my fabric and ironing my patchwork pieces and they now look like this.(These are a very small sample of my fabric pieces l assure you)

There is still much work to be done but l've got plenty of time.......

This is my craft table which l have now moved under the window much better light and l now have view of the comings and goings of our birds. Have l sat at it yet?'no' the weather has been to good.

And another plus is l have re launched my Etsy shop- its slow listing at the moment but l will gather pace as l have loads to sell. Have a look if you get chance you may be surprised or not.