Sunday, 31 October 2010

Pretty pins...

We're well into scarf and cardi season, hence these adorned kilt pins! 
This is an olive and antique brass version with a mini Stampbord charm.  I have a few more in different colours in the pipe line and they will be making their debut at the Shottle Hall Christmas Fair and Farmers Market on Sunday 14th November.

 You may not see this one as I have the perfect green scarf..............!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Fun Wednesday...

I had a great day today out and about with my Mum!  We ventured out to Patchings Art Centre in Calverton.  We had a look around the Crew Yard gallery (lots of Christmas things already!).  There are lots of resident artists there and textile artist Jane Withers' work was fabulous.  I've always had a soft spot for embroidery and the cushions, tea cosies and hot water bottles were beautiful!  Mum and I had a great time trying on the facet scarves in the most gorgeous colours!
The surroundings at Patchings are gorgeous.  I want a cartwheel in my garden!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Christmas preview...


A sneek peek at some Christmas specials!  These are from a selection of hand stamped wooden decorations, more colours are to follow, they're just waiting to be finished off!

Monday, 18 October 2010

Marvellous Mother-in-law


Look at this little gem. It was destined for the rubbish but thankfully my M.I.L knows me well enough to give me first refusal before she bins anything! (much to Mr B's disgust!)


It's gorgeous, around 50 years old and has little blue birds on. I can't decide what to put on it as I don't want to cover up the pattern!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Operation package Christmas cards!



Thanks to my amazing helper, all of these are packaged and ready to go. So that's one thing ticked off the list, another 9,999 to go!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Some dates for your diary...

All of the Christmas fairs I'm doing are now confirmed! That means I'd better get making  more jewellery, cards and gifts (rather than just the mess I've perfected making, see above!)

Monday, 11 October 2010

My naked heart...

and star...Here they are before..............

and after (the star is still a work in progress!)  It measures roughly 19cm high so it's on a larger scale than usual for me.  The idea is for them to be freestanding, on a side table or mantlepiece.
The star is going to have more of a Christmas design, perfect as a festive table decoration.  Watch this space for pics soon!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Tattered tags...

After finishing the cards I thought I'd make some tattified tags for Christmas.  They'd be perfect on a hamper basket, some simple coloured tissue paper or even some vintage sheet music (Christmas carols of course!)  I've also done some off-white tags, they'll look great with classic brown paper.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Christmas on a Wednesday

Today has flown by, but I've been very productive.....
I spent this morning Swarovski-ing (think I've just made that word up!) Christmas card toppers (see the selection above).  All I have to do now is pop them on the cards!

Monday, 4 October 2010

Getting into the Christmas spirit...

(Gorgeous vintage bauble)
Phew, another busy weekend!  It's all systems go for the many Christmas events that are planned for November and December.  I've been making a start on some Christmas card designs this evening and I have some very exciting decoration ideas!  These dark evenings aren't quite right for taking pictures so I'm going to have to get organised and take them as soon as I get in or on my day off! 

Friday, 1 October 2010

A fabulous day...

I had a great day today at the Artisan show in Warwickshire.  I got to meet the team behind the briliant Beads and Beyond magazine and see lots of amazing work allong with some excellent new products.  It actually got me in the Christmas mood as I came home and started on the Christmas cards!