Monday, December 22, 2014

Keeping Cosy - Pinterest Board

I made a Pinterest board called 'Keeping Cosy', featuring lovely handmade items from A selection has been featured on the Folksy front page today...

Click here to see the full Pinterest board, from where you can double click to be taken to the listings for sale. Ideal for any birthdays coming up in January!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Buttons for Christmas Projects

Here are a few of the Christmas buttons available from Love Buttons HQ. Please click on the link beneath the photo to be taken to the listing for sale:-

 Ceramic snowflakes (set of five) £4.95

Ceramic stars (set of five) £4.95

Large, wooden buttons/embellishments £3.75 for the set

White resin star button £0.06 each

Five ceramic buttons £5.00 for the set

See all of the Christmas buttons and embellishments here.

Special offer! Save 50% off marked prices with the voucher code SAVE50 (enter the code in the box on your shopping basket page and click the 'add' button to apply). While stocks last.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Are You A PAL?

It stands for People Against Litter. If you sign up as a member, you pledge to pick up at least one piece of litter per week and get someone else to also become a PAL who in turn "recruits" another and so on.

Find out more here:-

It is very easy to pick up a piece or two of litter and bin it. It improves the environment for everyone and, I think, discourages other people from dropping litter. My husband and I will often clear a one mile section of our road while walking the dog - it takes very little effort to vastly improve the look of the road.

Author, David Sedaris, is a famous litter picker-upper and has been honoured by having a dust cart named after him:-

[Photo taken from Guardian article on the subject]

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Raspberry Red Folksy Front Page

What a nice surprise to find my Pinterest selection on the front page of today. I didn't receive the usual email saying it had been picked, so just came across it by chance!

The original Pinterest board is here, from where you can double click through to the listings for sale on Folksy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Work in Progress: 'Growing' Rag Rug

I have just started working on a new rag rug wall hanging, called 'Growing'. This one is based on drawings of Tansy plants from our garden, which I have turned into an almost abstract pattern. Below is an acrylic painting (now sold) that I painted on the same subject:-

The rag rug is made from strips of recycled t-shirts, hand hooked through a backing fabric.

The design is drawn onto the backing fabric with a black Sharpie pen. The t-shirt strips are cut with dressmaking scissors, and the ends are snipped to height with the napping scissors. (This pair were a birthday present from my husband from Ernest Wright & Son Ltd. They are very sharp and a pleasure to use.) The background will be a mixture of mid to dark blue and black, and the flower heads will be pale to bright yellow to yellowish green.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Bulk Buttons At Bargain Prices

The button sell off continues with more bulk lots of buttons on Ebay, all starting at just 99p per lot. Here is a small selection of what is listed. Please click on the link below the photo to be taken to the listing:-






These, and many other lots can be found on my two Ebay accounts:-

I am always happy to combine shipping costs, from either or both accounts. Please request an invoice when you have finished shopping.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bargain Buttons on Ebay

The sell off of stock from continues apace, with lots of buttons listed with a start price of just 99p on Ebay. Please click on the link below the photo to be taken to the Ebay listing.

60+ Assorted Belt Buckles/Sliders

140 Silver Tone Metal Uniform Buttons, made by Gaunt of London

300+ Antique and Vintage Glass Buttons

To see all of the auctions, please visit my Ebay Shop. The auctions mentioned above finish on 26 October 2014. Over the coming months there will be more buttons listed at knock down prices, so please keep checking back!

In the meantime, the 50% off, closing down sale continues at Love Buttons HQ. Just use the voucher code SAVE50 when you checkout to receive your discount.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Folksy Front Page: Autumn In The Air

What a nice surprise this morning to find my 'Autumn In The Air' Pinterest Board featured on the Folksy front page!

(There are 20 pins on the original board - link above - from where you can double click on a picture to reach the listing for sale).

Monday, October 13, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop - Fire Horse Textiles

Hello from me, Julia of Fire Horse Textiles on the Around The World Blog Hop!

Thank you to
Teresa of Crafty Bags for her invitation to join The Hop. Take a look at Teresa's blog to see her wonderful creations, from bags and purses to quilts and knitwear, many of her unique and wonderful creations feature recycled fabrics and yarns. Teresa's fascinating Hop post is here.
So, on to the Hop post questions:-

1. What am I working on?

I am currently working on some 'lavender pebbles' for my Folksy and Etsy shops. They are a set of three differently sized, organically-shaped scented sachets, made from funky, repurposed fabric, accented with colourful buttons! I am also spending a lot of time thinking about the packaging and presentation of the items, to make them suitable as 'ready to go' gifts.
A long-term project that I am working on is a 'tumbling blocks' quilt for me and my husband, Rob. I started it many years ago, but took it up again recently to finish the hand quilting. So far every stitch of it has been hand sewn, but I will probably add the binding by machine.

Another thing I have been experimenting with is embroidered faces for dolls/figures. This is an area I would love to move into. I find that there is something very endearing about handmade dolls. There is so much of the maker's personality in each one. Here is the first prototype - as you can see, I need to work on the transition between body and head!:-

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I try to incorporate recycled content into a lot of my work (but of course many others do that, too). I'm often inspired by nature, but what I make sometimes ends up looking quite abstract. I tend to work with bright colours and strong contrasts, such as this rag rug wall hanging, "Fire and Water":-
Although I enjoy using traditional techniques like patchwork, embroidery, rag rug making etc, I try to put a modern twist on my designs, either through colour use; in the fabrics used; or in the combination of materials used.

These patchwork wall hangings were inspired by the Gees Bend Quilters in the USA, but I made my own templates for the first design, then experimented with a different construction method for the second.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I have always made things, since I was a child. It is just a part of my personality. Whether it was making little woven mats, arranging vases of wild flowers, making collages from found objects, or making giant 'installations' in our home (one that comes to mind was my idea to make a giant spider's web over the whole of our lounge and dining room using the contents of my Mum's knitting wool stash. Needless to say, it did not go down too well with my Mum, but I was quite pleased with the effect!).
4. How does my writing/creating process work?

An idea usually pops into my head and I think about it for weeks or months, wondering which medium I will make it in (as a quilt, rag rug, painting or collage, for example). Eventually, I start to experiment and draw out a few ideas, make and throw away quite a lot of things that don't work, and sometimes come up with something that I'm happy with. I treat every new project as a piece of art (although to a lot of people, what I do is probably equated more with craft). I like to sit on the border, where art meets craft!
Sometimes the idea comes from the material itself, like the beautiful floaty and colourful dress that I used to make the lavender pebbles shown above.
For my last quilt, I wanted to use up a lot of the small pieces of fabric that I had accumulated over the years, so I set myself the task of only using these pieces from my 'scrap' jars. Sometimes setting boundaries is helpful when coming up with an idea.
I have done commission work in the past, but I try to avoid that, as I prefer to work on my next new idea rather than re-visiting what I have already done. I like to make just one, or a very small number of each item to keep the freshness and excitement in a project.
Thank you for dropping by, and don't forget to look out for the next stop on the Around The World Blog Hop, which will be with ...
Their beautiful lino prints depict a joyful mixture of cats, dogs and farm animals, wildlife, architecture and landscapes. Keep up to date with their work in progress and inspirations on the Studio Tails Blog, where you will also find the next Hop article next week.

Have a creative week everyone!


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