Monday 29 July 2013

Giveaway time


 not much making going on around here over the last week or so.   Not feeling too great, nasty Fibromyalgia flare up.   So I thought I would potter and sort my Studio a little.   My little workroom was very cluttered with everything everywhere. A good sort and clear out did me the world of good.  I feel inspired to try some new ideas and feel much more refreshed.

So, as promised, here is this month's 'Giveaway'.  A Bunny handmade needle case and a handmade brooch, with miniature embroidery.   To be picked by the Random Number Generator thingy, next Monday 5th August, UK time.   Please just leave a comment, to be entered into the draw.


I have places left for my Workshop at Weston Park, Shropshire on August 24th, for hand stitched bracelet/cuff.    More details HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by. x

Monday 22 July 2013

New Workshop date

I hope all is well with you and yours.

Busy making, just of late....

and we have a new member of the Donkey family, I am very happy to report.
His name is Donald and here he is wearing a very lovely green plastic saddle.
He is telling stories about his life to Dixie, with Wonkey Donkey and One Eyed Wonkey listening on.
Truth is, Wonkey is a little envious of Donald's very fine ears.   Wonkey lost his some time ago, but doesn't like to talk about it.
Donald has settled in very nicely.

very happy to say I have a new Workshop date for a 
stitched textile bracelet.
Details  HERE

It would be wonderful if you could come along.
Thanks for stopping by. x

Monday 8 July 2013

Take the National Express when your life's in a mess, It'll make you smile...

cor!   What a scorcher!
I have been trying to make some pieces, but have been very distracted with Holly moving back home, 
the sunny weather 
 and attending a wonderful Workshop at Unit Twelve Stafford...with Priscilla Jones 
The Workshop is in conjunction with the 'Lost and Found' Exhibition currently running at Unit Twelve.
The Workshop theme :  Create fabulous 3D structures that are assembled using found materials such as ephemera, fabrics, wire and found oddments; using a range of processes including stitch, paint and wax. Materials will be available but do bring fabrics, ephemera, papers and an old box or tin to present your finished piece in.
 What a fabulous teacher Priscilla is.   Generous with her knowledge and so incredibly talented.
I decided to not make a 3d piece ... but a necklace.
Here are a few snaps of the day...
I believe the next two pics to be Jennifer Collier's work, the owner of Unit Twelve.

 Herbert Hare and a Wonkey Donkey and this lovely Haberdashery man...
 Batik pots on the go...
 and work made by the lovely ladies at the Workshop...

 Jennifer and Priscilla...

 this pic summed the day up for me...a very happy one.

Thanks for stopping by. x
ps: next week I am hoping to hold another 'Giveaway' and announce a couple of Hen's Teeth Workshop dates x

Wednesday 3 July 2013

I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window ...


wonderfully talented Sue Dove and her exquisite work at 
Hellens Manor  today, at a Textile Fair held there.

Below a few pics of Hellens Manor and
Hampton Court Gardens , Herefordshire

both places I urge you to visit, if you possibly can..
and finally,
a very lovely article on the Homes & Antiques web site about the Fair I just attended, with a pic of moi :)
Thanks for stopping by. x

Monday 1 July 2013

What's the time...


 crikey, what a couple of weeks it has been.     Our youngest girl, Holly now has a BA Hons Makeup for Film, Theatre and TV .  We are so very proud of her achievements.   The photo above is a picture of her Final Major Project at her End of Year Show.   She based the work on the film 'Jaws'.   'Chad' as she called her victim, is so realistic I have kept the picture small, as I would not like to turn anyone's stomach.   She did an incredible job of 'Chad', all in silicone and fibreglass and we now have 'Chad' back at home, pride of place on the living room coffee table!  No, not really...but heaven knows where he is going to go.
Onto a few makes.   I bought these watch faces in France, they are enamel.   I have wanted to use them in some way for ages and the other day, actually did.  So I transferred them as images onto cotton. I also wanted to embroider some text.  'Tick Toc'?   No, can't use that, as Julie Arkell uses that and then it came to me, 'What's the time, Mr. Wolf'...I spent most of my younger days at school running around the playground playing that game.  So, the game holds fond memories, the playground, not the lessons...maths, ugh.
 Love working with these very old, crocheted them a new lease of life.
 and hearts, all backed with lovely old padded patchwork.
 I have enjoyed making a few 'Blackbird' tins too...
 All this stock for the Selina Lake's Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete which was last Saturday.
Here is my stand.

The Fair was held in the Market House, at Kingston Upon Thames.  Wow, what a beautiful area...the Thames, the house boats, the homes...oh my!
 Here is the Tea Room, in charge was lovely 'Kitty'.
 Fabulous is nicholas & steele ... gorgeous.
 Here is Selina selling her beautiful books.  
I had a super day, met so many Blog and Facebook Friends, chatted, sold and generally had a fantastic day.
My stand was next to Priscilla Jones what a lovely lady she is and her work is stunning.   Just so happens that I had booked a workshop with her at Unit Twelve next Saturday, so I am really looking forward to seeing her again and having a day making... with wire, wax and paper ephemera!
Well, that's me for a few days,
thanks for stopping by. x