Tuesday 28 May 2013


this screen printed Dog purse has a little malfunction.  
The bottom right hand corner is bigger than the left hand side....it juts out further than the other side, 
which is very annoying when these purses take so long to make.
Anyhoo, I thought I would put this up for a 'Giveaway', if the winner didn't mind a slightly irregular shaped purse.   A bit of lopsidedness never hurt anyone, did it?
The last 'Giveaway' was great, but I felt awful that so many lovely commentators didn't win.  
I thought I may start having regular 'Giveaways', perhaps once every few weeks.
What do you think?
The purse is made with antique, hand loomed French linen...gorgeous stuff, very hard wearing.
Screen printed, hand painted, free machine embroidered, with a smidgen of Liberty Tana Lawn. 

If you fancy a chance of winning, please just leave a comment here.
I will do the Random Number Generator thingy next Tuesday 4th June, UK time.
I will post international too.
Thanks so much for stopping by. x

Sunday 26 May 2013

There's a brand new dance but I don't know it's name...

I had a lovely few hours visiting, instead of standing,at the Vintage & Handmade Fair ,
 Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire yesterday.

Here are Jayne Country Cottage Chic and my dear friend Michele of Cowboys & Custard
organisers of the Fair.  
Thank you lovely ladies for organising such a fabulous Fair.

 Oh goodness, how I enjoyed myself.   I only went around the Fair once and spent the whole time nattering to all my friends and buying a few little bits and pieces.
Here is Donna Flower and her lovely Mum...If you need a vintage textile, Donna is your girl, as you probably already know.
So, to some of the trinkets I managed to spend my pennies on...

This sweet little book from Donna.

Lovely Letterpress from Wild Ink

 Rusty old tins, which I am looking forward to doing something with.

 Ribbons, glass headed pins and a bit of kitsch plastic

here are the pins, they are so pretty

 The fabulous and utterly unique Jess Quinn 

 A pack of softly worn quilt scraps from beautiful Ali of  Betty & Violet

 and a Fairy Chair from Thrifty & French   My current husband slowly shook his head in disbelief, when he clocked this teeny weeny little chair.   I told him it was a photography prop...hee hee.

 So, just a few of the incredibly beautiful, talented stands and makers that I managed to take a snap of. 

Talking of old tins, here is a mixed media collage artwork that I have just popped into Etsyland

and a textile birdy screen printed brooch.

Finally, Marna over at Little A Designs asked if would take part in her 'Meet the Artist' Q and A.
I was so pleased to be asked, but goodness it was so difficult to answer those questions.
I hope you enjoy reading a bit about me and my background etc.

Lovely day here, feeling really chippa!
Thanks for stopping by. x
Fashion :: David Bowie

Friday 24 May 2013

Vintage inspired Flower Corsage Pattern

Fancy making this wool felt flower corsage?   1940's inspired.   Paper pattern available now in my Etsy shop  here
Thanks for stopping by. x

Wednesday 22 May 2013

The briefest Book review...ever.

This book arrived yesterday.
It's a very good embroidery stitch reference guide.
I like the size of it too.

Very clear instructions for all types of stitches.
I found it quite inspiring.

 They have used a photo of a Suffolk Puff necklace I made a while ago too.
 Here is an example of my lovely old mate Mimilove 's work.   She is a superstar.
I bought it from here .
Thanks for stopping by x

Tuesday 21 May 2013

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft...

date for your diary...Selvedge Winter Fair, dates as below.  
Very happy to say that I will have a stand at the Fair and here is the call out for stand applications.   Look, there is my little 'Blackbird singing' tin, featured on the selvedge poster.

Last week the current husband and I traveled down to Kent and enjoyed the most wonderful evening with Letticeleaf at her beautiful home.   Lin is a cordon bleu cook and her food is certainly sublime.  
Here is Lin and Lettice.

 and her divine food.
 Thank you for a memorably, lovely evening Lin and T.
Next day, up bright and early for a stand at the Decorative Living Fair, Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells.
Organised by Caroline Zoob and Hetty Purbridge.
Here I am early in the morning...

The photo was taken by Sonia, who was standing at the show.  Sonia has the most beautiful shop in Ticehurst, called

If her exquisite stand was anything to go by, her shop must be stunning.  Full of everything we girls love.   Just look at her stock!
My dear friend Sarah-Jane down the lane came to visit the show and bought me a nosegay, in a decorated jar, with water!   An exquisite posy of wild and garden flowers, which has been a constant source of joy since returning home.   Thank you sweetheart.

Here below are a few snatched pics I took of the Fair.

 Lovely Lizzie aka the washerwoman
 Adorable bunnies...

Some of the gorgeous wares of The Old Haberdashery

Everything about the Fair was beautiful, the stands, the setting and even the weather!

Photo courtesy of Sonia


 I have been doing some spring cleaning in my Etsy shop
I have dusted and tidied and updated and will be adding more over the forthcoming days.
Last but not least, 
don't forget the Vintage & Handmade Fair at Chipping Sodbury is taking place this forthcoming Saturday.
It is a fabulous Fair and not to be missed, if at all possible.
I will be visiting, can't wait!

Thanks so much for stopping by. x
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft - Carpenters

Sunday 12 May 2013

As we dance by the moonlight, can't you see you're my delight?


I am so happy that so many lovely ladies left a comment for my Needlecase 'Giveaway'.
Thank you each and everyone for your kind and very generous, sweet comments.  
I am so terribly sorry that there is only one winner...and the number generator has picked number 12, which I believe to be Lesley Hackney.   Leslie would you mind contacting me please?

Thank you again for all your kind and wonderful comments.
Thanks for stopping by. x
Modjo - Lady

Saturday 4 May 2013

Workshop update and a Hens Teeth Giveaway


 I have been making and framing these pieces in old cutlery boxes.  
Well...one half of a cutlery box, they make a really great frame.

 With these two pieces, I just wanted a simple look to them to appreciate the lovely old patchwork.

On June 8th I will be holding at Workshop for hand stitched needlecases....
or you could bring along a project, which you would like to start or explore further.
Details of the Workshop here ... just a few places remaining.
I am also very pleased to say that I will be at Hope & Elvis
'Needlecases of Beauty' 
on the 19th October
Details here ... 
Thrilled to have been asked by Louise to hold a workshop at her wonderful Studio.  

Soooo to celebrate all this needlecase goings on...I thought it was about time I held another 'Giveaway'.

Below is the very one.
It's made from vintage embroidery linen, screen printed bird, hand painted and free machine embroidered flowers. Hand painted bizzy buzzy Bees.  So lots of work involved in the making.  
Finished with beautiful, old MoP buttons.

Just leave a comment and I will do the automated generated number finder thingy Sunday 12th UK time.
Thanks for stopping by. x

Wednesday 1 May 2013

North Norfolk

the current husband, two doggies and I, are just back from a few days in North Norfolk.

The sun popped his hat on especially for us and
we have fallen in love with a very special and beautiful part of England.
Here is the boy surveying 'his' beach.
 I managed to do a wee spot of drawing.
 We managed an Aperitif or two.
 This was our view from the house we hired.   We watched the tide come and go and the sun rise and set.
 We visited incredibly beautiful towns like Holt.
 Visited nature reserves on the Broads, like Horsey.

 We visited Hickling Church, which holds a very ancient Tomb,
 covered in graffiti.
   I could have stayed all day just looking at the marks made over the last four hundred years or so.

 This windmill, in the distance, is called Horsey Windpump
 and here is my old man with his doggies...on the beach at Walton, which had huge sea defenses.   
Can you see how the bank is eroding?
We did have a lovely few days.   
The weather was kind and it was a real switch off, which I suppose is what it's all about
Finally, I just wanted to say that I will be holding a Workshop at Weston Park on the 8th June next.   
Details on my Workshop Blog, link just under the header.   More about that next time.
Thank you for stopping by. x