Friday, July 1, 2016

Collecting


I think a love of craft and handmade goodness attracts a certain kind of person


A person that can see the beauty in textiles, in the old and the new and  the potential of something changing from being a single little thing all on it's own, to becoming part of a bigger picture, a bigger project, a finished thing of beauty.


As crafters we are keepers of these items of beauty and usefulness


We collect embellishments, laces, ribbons and beautiful one of a kind items because we know that one day we are going to use that piece of loveliness and let it contribute to a finished item of beauty and in the meantime we are happy just to every now and again refold it, arrange it and just display it.


For we are collectors.  


If you are a thrift shop lover like me I bet you have come across some real beauty in the craft and sewing section ?  I bet you haven't been able to resist the allure of a mixed bag of goodies in the hope that you find a "real" craft treasure amongst it all - A lovely piece of antique cotton lace, a wooden cotton reel - You know what I mean don't you ?


The thrill of the hunt is almost as exhilarating as finding that piece of treasure to add to your collection


I know full well that many pieces of my collection will never be used but instead be useful in it's life just because it brings me joy to own it.


And that is ok.  For I am a COLLECTOR.

Hugs,

Fee

Sunday, June 12, 2016

More on those Vintage Pretties ......


Those Vintage pretties from yesterday have become adorable heat pack covers


I simply made a quilted cover and had fun playing with old doileys, vintage ribbons and laces and little embellishments


I popped a zip in the back to make removal super easy and then made a bag a fraction smaller to fit inside filled with lavender buds and wheat


I am in the process of making some more as these ones are already on the shelves at Chez Moi


Each one is different and unique


What do you think ?

Hugs,

Fee xx

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Vintage Pretties


I have a BIG collection of vintage pretties.  I have been collecting all of my bits and pieces for a very long time.  Part of being frugal is using what we have and I have decided that it's time to start using up everything in my stash.


I came up with an idea for a new gift line which can be sold in a couple of the stores I send my handmade pretties off to.


I have had lots of fun playing around with it all


And creating something unique and one of a kind


But also something useful


That would make a lovely gift for almost anyone


I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed the process ........



It's been so much fun


I'll be back tomorrow to show you what I've made


Hugs,


Fee XXX

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tilda Cushion


I decided not to dilly dally about and to get my Tilda Cushion finished so I spent some time picking out buttons.



And in no time at all I had the buttons sewn on, the prairie points made and a zippered back made.



I am so happy with.  That's another item marked off my list that is finished.

I have some plans for sewing over the long weekend.  I'll show you tomorrow what I will be playing with.

Hugs - Fee x

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tilda


My gorgeous new friend Karen owns a little French gift shop in the centre of Hobart (Chez Moi) and she has a little sewing room bursting with lots of goodies including Tilda products and fabrics.  

I do some sample making for her in return for crafty goodies.  It's a wonderful trade for us both.  I get to make her a sample and also get some lovelies for my own stash. It's a Win/WIN - Nice and frugal !



I really enjoyed making this cushion called "Vintage Buttons"  designed by Sally Giblin



 I decided to make one for myself too.  I dug into my TILDA stash and pulled out the last of one of my favourite prints and put it together with another of my favourites.




I still need to sew the buttons on, do the prairie points and make the back but it's well on the way to being another finish. I'm hoping to get it done today.

Do you barter goods for services ?  I'd love to do more of it.

Hugs,

Fee x

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A New Friend


Are you on Instagram ?  Harry has his very own account and regularly posts photo's and videos of himself.  You can find him @harrythemanx.  He certainly does know how to relax doesn't he ?



I recently made a new friend who has become a very dear friend.  She has a massive love of all things Tilda just like me so we get along famously !  She recently arrived with a beautifully wrapped gift for me.  Wrapped and adorned with Tilda of course.



And this is what was inside.



It is stunningly gorgeous isn't it ?  Thank you so much Karen.  I will cherish it always.



My cats have a sleeping bag.  I will leave you today with this image of Harry trying to get inside with Boo ......  He is such a rascal !

Hugs - Fee xx

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Linen and Lace



It's been wet, wild and wintery over the past few days here in Tasmania.  We had to dig a massive trench in our neighbours front paddock yesterday as all of their water run off was coming onto our property and flowing towards our house.  I think we averted a major crisis !  Toby has the right idea.  He is very hard to get out of bed on days like this.



I occasionally do a little sewing for some local gift shops.  They are both out of stock so I have had to whip up a few more journals.  


I just love the look of plain and simple linen and lace 

 This time I have added some lace flowers to some smaller journals


I decided that they would look a bit more special if they were adorned with some little glass seed beads.


I am so pleased with them - They are just so sweet and delicate

 And have that lovely old worlde feel


I enjoyed the beading process which is quite new to me but lot's of fun


This one is my favourite - It may have to stay with me I think .........



And then I made some larger journals with linen, laice doileys and gorgeous hand painted Theodora Cleave buttons.



I always have so much trouble choosing buttons as they are all so beautiful.

Have a lovely day and try to stay dry if you are in Australia.  I am linking my journals up with Cozy Little House's Tweak it Tuesday today.

Love and Hugs,

Fee