Forgotten Crafty Find

Ever find a piece if crafty work hidden away in a box and think “oh ya I forgot about that and it’s almost done. I should really finish that up!”

Yes well, I stumbled across my first ever attempt at English paper piecing hexagons. I was using some lovely left over fabric from Kallisti Quilts, an online store in Waterloo, that I had used to make 2 quilts for friends. I thought I could make it into a throw pillow and obviously never did!

Until now…

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The last of my old couch pillows are covered!

More…notice the old shirt back routine again, I love it…

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All Done

I can’t believe the Gift Fair is over! It was a wonderful event and drum roll please…we raised £12,000 for Parkinson’s UK and Herts Young Homelessness. Amazing, right! It was a crazy few days from set up Thursday night…

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To set up on Friday morning…

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While I was running around organising and talking to vendors John did one heck of a job setting up the gogolittlered booth! Thanks…

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I sold a few things but mainly wanted to see what people thought. I’m rich in compliments! A lot of people were interested in lessons too which is fabulous. Long live making and doing!

Harpenden Circle Gift and Craft Fair

It’s almost time…the Harpenden Circle Gift and Craft Fair 2013 is drawing near. This coming Friday and Saturday at the Harpenden Public Halls from 9:30-4:30 you can come and see my first sales event!…

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It’s highly nerve wracking to have your beloved creations on display for people to judge. I hope to get some positive feedback and to perhaps sell a few items. I would love to think that one of my quilts was going to a child who could keep it as their special blanket for years to come. I also hope that people will be inspired to make a custom order. We’ll see what happens!

John has been very helpful getting signs ready and providing stall display ideas. I’ll take pics, don’t worry. I also made this hexagon gogolittlered bunting and apron to wear…

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As I’m also helping with the fair’s set up it will be a busy next couple of days. If you are in the the area there will also be a café and amazing Tombola prizes. We hope to make heaps of money for Parkinson’s UK and Herts Young Homelessness. Wish us/me luck!

Renegade Craft Fair

You know how you see advertisements for things and you’d really like to go but never do? Well this time I did! In the Mollie Makes magazine and at Raystitch in London I kept seeing this ad for the Renegade Craft Fair that looked quite good. Nothing mass produced, all small artisan stalls. Check out the site here. Last Saturday John and I went to visit a good friend at his new home in Eastbourne, by the sea. We weren’t sure if we wanted to drive into Central London but when we woke up Sunday morning and the weather was so sunny and beautiful, we knew it was the perfect day for an exploring outing.

Before we left for the Fair we couldn’t resist walking down to the water to take a quick stroll…

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The weather really was a treat last Sunday!

We were quickly off to Brick Lane in the East End of London. We had NO idea what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. The fair was at the old Truman Brewery…

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There were a lot of graphic artists selling cards and pictures, as well as some different jewellery. One guy in particular was doing rings and bangles made from old metal measuring tapes. Given my love of sewing I don’t actually know why I didn’t get one. I was obviously being very restrained. (Mom would have been proud!) It really was one of the best craft fairs that I have been to in a long time. It is amazing to see how creative people are. Check out the Renegade site to see more.

We were very hungry by this point and were curious about all of the different food that people seemed to be eating on the streets. Apparently, this area comes alive on a Sunday and different car parks become filled with food and gift stalls. We went for a mixed curry roti, yum!…

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After wandering the packed food stall market we noticed another market that snaked through a variety of buildings. It was a fun mini-adventure…

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It was just our kind of day!

Stretchy Dress

On Saturday morning I had the sewing teacher from Raystitich, that I did the skirt and dress course with, come to the house for a sewing lesson. The goal of her coming was to get a bit more comfortable with sewing with stretchy jersey fabric. I haven’t attempted anything with jersey until now but felt I needed to get more use out of my serger. Moyna is a trained pattern cutter so I wasn’t utilising her true skills but she was still very helpful. I have a few Danish patterns from Minikrea that mostly use stretchy fabric. I wanted to make this one for Lady Fia…

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It turned out to be quite an easy process and I love the final product…

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I hope she will like it because I got all excited about this one and have a long sleeve version in purple and grey stripes on the go too.

I enjoyed learning from Moyna so she is going to come back in a couple of weeks so I can take my Raystitch class skirt block and make some skirt patterns. We hope to do a little lined corduroy number. My confidence is growing for sewing clothes!

Pillow Talk

I finally sweet talked myself into making another pillow cover to hide the old ugly burgundy one that didn’t get a cover in the last round of pillow hexi mania. I wanted to use my left over Liberty hexagons for the project as well as an old dress shirt for the back. If you cut the front of a shirt up you can use it for the back of a pillow and the buttons allow easy access. Take a peek…

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I didn’t have a plan for the front but it worked out well enough I think. I just like looking at the pretty little pieces…

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I have one more old pillow to cover but it will have to wait because I need to get ready for the Harpenden Ladies Charity Gift Fair in two weeks time.

Knock, Knock, Knock’n on Heaven’s Door

There were so many beautiful things to see in Tuscany but I was definitely taken by the door knockers. Yes, you heard right. They have so much character and are extremely addictive to search out. See what you think…

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This obsession may be a bit crazy but there is something so lovely and inviting about these. Some seem to protect their inhabitants and some appear simply decorative. Regardless if the function, the door is the gateway to your home and I think they need to be jazzed up!

Under the Tuscan Sun

I really want to share a bit of our latest trip to Tuscany but don’t know where to start; it’s all too beautiful. John and I left to visit our aunt and uncle who were renting a house in Tuscany last Thursday. I had no expectations about what we would do or the scenery we would see so I was blown away. It was overwhelmingly gorgeous. They were staying in a hill town villa with very narrow and rocky unpaved roads. It’s a miracle the little Fiat did the job! The view was worth staying up so high though…

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Walking aground the area was calming and stunning…

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Our first day trip was to the famous hilltop town of San Gimignano. It was a tourist destination but well worth the trip. It was nice to have such seasoned tour guides in my Aunt Merle and Uncle Gary. We enjoyed the town, our first Fresco sightings and of course gelato…

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After San Gimignano we braved the roads to get to Siena. It was well worth the trip. The Duomo was outstanding and I’m glad that Uncle Gary insisted it was worth going inside to see the marble floors that are normally covered during other times of the year. See if you can see the quilt blocks I spotted in the floor. I feel inspiration for a project coming on…

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Our trip also took us to Florence. Can you bare anymore pictures…

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It almost feels wrong to visit these places dressed in modern clothes because everything looks like you’ve stepped back in time. If you imagined all the tourists and souvenir shops away you could believe that you were a citizen of the old Roman Empire.

We flew out of Pisa on Monday a few pounds heavier from all of the wonderful pasta and wine. Luckily, we had time to see the famous leaning tower before we went. Again, touristy but so beautifully maintained that it was worth the crowds…

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Once again the church provided me with some quilt block ideas, better get sewing!…

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A lovely trip all around. I can definitely recommend a visit. Just be prepared to drive up some steep hills!