|My sewing machine has been running overtime recently and I haven't had much time for anything except for sewing, sewing and more sewing...|
|So far I've whizzed-up 300 meters of bunting for our daughter's wedding, and worked on several other projects for it, which I need to keep secret for now...|
|I'm keeping my shop stocked with plenty of handmade items...|
such as bags...
|And cushions...This one I made especially for this lovely old wicker chair.|
|Its certainly tourist season in Shepton Mallet at the moment, which, thankfully, is a great help, so I need to keep up with the making to ensure the shelves remain full.|
|I'm also working on lots of new items to take with me to The Cotswold's Vintage Fair on August 25th - a much anticipated event on the vintage circuit, organised by Ali.|
|I've made a large collection of brooch pillows, each one entirely stuffed with dried lavender flowers. I've used some of my favourite and precious antique fabrics, and each one comes with a vintage brooch pinned to it.|
|I'm also working on some new rag dolls and fairies, silk damask bags with specially chosen vintage appliqués, and several little one-off treasures, which I shall show nearer the time. Hope you can make it there!|
|Love this ancient Chinese embroidered silk.|
I DO love making things, just occasionally it would be nice to have a bit more 'me' time...
Whilst we were on holiday recently, I treated myself to this magazine...
|Generally these days, I have a quick flick through the magazines on the newsagent's shelves before I make a purchase - There has to be at least one article that catches my eye before I'll buy...|
|This time it was a lovely home that did just that. I felt the owners shared my taste , particularly in their kitchen, (even though I have recently gone over to blue instead of red for a while...) and so I bought the August edition of Country Homes & Interiors.|
|Once ensconced on the beach with time to read, I realised that the house was near Bath...|
On close inspection I then recognised a little patchwork bag that I made many moons ago, hanging up in the master bedroom!
|I even managed to find the original photograph of it that I took when the bag was for sale in my first shop! |
(I've always kept a few of the tiny daisy embellishments that I used on this particular bag...I love how they have been hand stitched from ric-rac braid to create the petals.)
|That's quite a few years ago now...But its always humbling to see something I've handmade being used and enjoyed in someone's home.|
I'm always happy to add your photos to my website on the 'inspiration' page. If you've bought from me and would like me to add a photo, please email it via the contact address on my website.
Anyway, looking forward to another day of sewing tomorrow!...
Have a lovely weekend,