Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Here's to 2009

Here are my girls Maude, Maureen and Moira and Betty is just disappearing into the Hen House (look at that lovely fluffy bottom).
It just so happens to be -3 degrees, the bleak midwinter is upon us and guess what, the girls have started laying! Uhh? Not a single solitary egg for months and months, infact I had given up hope that they would ever lay again!
Here is the evidence, the third one since Christmas Eve. The first one was shaped like a pear! I guess it must have hurt? Ouch.

My girls are busy then and so am I. I made this coin purse last night and felt very pleased with myself too. You may think that sounds a bit smug, but believe me it is quite an achievement. I am totally incapable of making a good job of anything that involves cutting out from a pattern and piecing together...HOPELESS, no matter how hard I try I always make a pig's ear of it. The instructions for this coin purse took quite a lot of reading and re-reading but anyway, it all came together in the end, much to my amazement. I bored my husband rigid all evening, telling him what a challenge I had met! Anyway enough of that.

So today, I thought I would make a purse using my collaged, mixed media and hand embroidery technique and here we are. It has taken a good proportion of the day to get my head around it and to actually make it, plus the 'ingredients' don't come cheap. So I'm not sure whether I will be making many of them. The age old story of too costly in time and money to make! But I have enjoyed meeting a challenge. SOLDThis is the back, (below) a piece of embroidery taken from an old tray cloth! (Very pretty).

The lining is lovely, delicious, divine, Liberty Lawn.

Bit of a close up going on here.
Ooh an even closer one!

Well talking of challenges, personally I am hoping to grab 2009 by the dangly bits this year and make the most of every bloomin' minute of it.
Let's make 2009 one to remember!
I wish you all the love, joy and happiness in all the whole wide world.
Love Viv x


Jackie said...

Hi Viv
What a heavenly little pair of purses. You ARE so clever.I would hardly dare use the embroidered
xone. The fabrics in the top picture make me think of Milly Molly Mandy.
Happy New Year to you. And good luck with the dangly bits!

Michala Gyetvai (Kayla coo) said...

Have a fantastic New Year Viv.
Your purses are fab fab fab!
I too have always found patterns hard work.xx

Gina said...

Some beautiful makes over the past few days Viv but the coin purses are just stunning, especially the mixed media one. Wishing you a very happy and productive new year. Glad to have "met" you in 2008

Maria-Thérèse ~ said...

I love, love, love the collaged one!!! Excellent!


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Heloise said...

Wonderful purses. You are so very talented and I look forward to seeing your work in 2009.
Seeing Jackie's comment about Milly Molly Mandy took me back to childhood, i loved that book.

Happy New Year.

Gigibird said...

Liberty love. Purse love. Well Done You.

Happy New Year to you and yours especially your chicks.

A time to dance said...

I made a bag out of the liberty lining! I love the vintage purse you are soooooo clever...and it's sold already..what a same..happy new year .....H

carolyn said...

Hens traditionally lay from Valentines until Guy Fawkes, they need the light to stimulate the "laying" hormones. Our POL's started laying a month or so ago and have continued throughout Christmas - a lovely pressie from the girls.
Happy New Year to you and yours.
By the way I found you though Lynn.

Victoria said...

Your girls are beautiful and your change purses are perfection! Congrats also, on your wonderful feature in Cloth*Paper*Scissors! I saw it yesterday at the book store and read it with complete delight! Happy 2009!

Our Hands For Hope said...

Viv! I just saw the article yesterday! How great. I immediately recognized your work then went looking for your name. Yes you can toot your own horn girlie...IT"S NEW YEARS and your off to a wonderful start.
may the rest of the year bring as much success.

Nellie and Neo said...

Happy New Year, I love your chickens and your purses are fabulous!

Kitsch and Curious said...

Your collaged purse is absolutely exquisite! Far too lovely for coins. It would be a beautiful place to keep little treasures of jewellery or keepsakes...

Anonymous said...

Yay! They worked fine Viv! Well done!!

Lori McDonough said...

these are soooooo lovely...found you on Jenny Elkins blog...bookmarking you for sure! :-)