Thursday, 17 December 2009

My best Craftacular purchase!

I bought this very pretty lady from The Great Cake Escape, and guess what, it was as delicious as it is beautiful. The Great Cake Escape had a wonderful selection of russian dolls-inspired gingerbread; the detailing of the eyes is so gorgeous and so 1960s! I love gingerbread, but sometime they can be quite hard and too peppery, but this one was perfect! It inspired me to try making some at home. I bought all the ingredients last night, so today's the day! I only have a "gingerman" mould, so I'll be baking goblins with red and white caps...

Wednesday, 16 December 2009


I had a lovely day at Craftacular. I was really pleased that my felt corsages were appreciated - I sold out! I had to make some more on Sunday:


Available from the website!

Friday, 4 December 2009

Folksy Sue Ryder - Upcyle Christmas

Finally, my entry for the Folsky/ Sue Ryder competition is complete:

This cuddly little pig is made of pure wool (guaranteed! See below).
He measures approximately 29 cm long, has some old plastic buttons for the eyes, his snout is made of soft light pink cotton velvet. And because he's so sweet, he has a winner red and pinks rosette.
A while ago, I purchased two pieces of wool fabric to felt it… A red one “boiled” (not in a good way), and the other felted far too much! Whilst the original fabric had been beige, it turned into an odd pink/beige … and it became really thick too! The flesh colour was clearly unsuitable for nice things, such as a pair of slippers... Needless to say the felt I now use come already “felted”. I kept the pieces in my fabrics box; I knew they would come handy one day! And indeed, this pink/beige one was ideal for this project, as I was not allowed to purchase anything new. 
***Upcycle Christmas is a competition for people to take second hand / charity stuff and make it into something ‘new’ and desirable to be sold at an online auction starting on the 7th December. All proceeds from the auction will go to Sue Ryder Care, the healthcare charity. ***

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

December happenings!

A busy month has just started. First thing this morning, I was cutting and sewing bits of coloured felt to make some rosettes. I then attempted to make this "programme card" in photoshop... A little too complex for me, but it was fun to do anyhow. Loving the "vignette" style - so old fashion and a bit corny!

There will be more sewing this evening. The rosettes are coming along fine; they will decorate a new flock of lavender doves.
And I'm still working on my submission for the Folksy Upcycle Christmas Competition...

11am - 4pm / Free entry
Morley College/ 61 Westminster Bridge Road/ London SE1 7HT
Nearest tube: Lambeth North

BUST Magazine is decking York Hall with boughs of holly, plus the hottest handmade wares! Over 60 crafty vendors – Tatty Devine Christmas Tree Tombola – Pop-Up Christmas Party by Lady Luck Rules OK – knitting and stitching workshops – DJs and drinks all day – goodie bags for the first 100 through the door. Admission: £2.
12pm to 7pm
York Hall/ 5-15 Old Ford Road/ London E2 9PJ
Nearest tube: Bethnal Green

Thursday - Sunday 3 -6 / 10-12 / 17-20 December
9 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX
Nearest tube: King's Cross