Monday, 16 December 2013

Handmade Boutique

Since September I've been run off my feet making, photographing and finalising my first ranges of my new designs and you've all been so positive towards them so thank you!!!

I wanted to post about the pop up shop I've been involved in over the last few months. It's a fab little shop on Drury Lane in Solihull, West Midlands and is open until 24th December.

Here's a few pics of what you can find inside!

Beautiful jewellery by Perlina Jewellery

The most amazing smelling candles by Serendipity Candles

The cutest, handmade bears by Burman Bears

Fantastically colourful bags from Caramel designs

Some of the best free hand embroidery I've ever seen from Stitch Galore

Superbly made stitched canvases from Su Parkes Textiles

Delicate fused glass from Used & Fused

Quirky ceramics from Jade Devall Designs

Beautiful vintage china from Serendipity Vintage

Stunning hand stitched leather bags from Dadli leather

Colourful bunting from Smartipants

Snugly blankets from Quincey

The Christmas Table!!

Buttons galore from Buttonloon

Cute quirky illustrations from Titch Design

Beautiful paper crafting from Create IT Today

Beautiful dollies from You, Me & Lucia E

Quirky felt stitching from Kerry's Gifts

Colourful homewards from Sew Maloney

The fabulous mini pinnies from Sew Maloney

Delicate paper designs from Paper.Scissors.Design

Yummy smelling soaps from Black Acres Soap

Delicate free hand embroidery from Jennyrosemann

Stunning stained glass from Foxglass Designs

Retro cuteness from Miss Pitchy Patchy

Fabulous pins and magnets from Gifts by Indigo

Family tree cushions from Gifts By Indigo

All things vintage and Upcycled furniture from Vintage Lovelies

And Me!!

The shop front

If you can't pop over before 24th dec then make sure you visit their permanent shop in the Great Western Arcade, Birmingham.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Fabric News

Hi all!

So sorry for being a bad blogger!

I can't believe I haven't blogged since July! :(

Lots of wonderful things have been going on since my last post :)

I am so happy to introduce you all to my new fabric ranges!

I have sourced the best mid weight GOTS certified Organic Cotton in a fabulous unbleached natural colour way and now print 6 of my original designs onto it.

They are:







It was such a good day when my screens arrived!!
I couldn't wait to get printing!

I decided to stick to 4 main items from my fabrics to show them off best:



Memo boards

Tote bags

I hope you like them!!

I have decided to mainly sell via ETSY
and I am also very happy to be stocked in a few shops too!
My full range can be seen at:
Handmade Boutique Pop Up Shop
Drury Lane
West Midlands
Until 24th December

My fabrics are available from:
Page & Barber
87 Weyhill
GU27 1HN 

I'm off too see another potential stockist today so fingers crossed!!!

I will blog again soon as I'm challenging myself to one blog post per week up until Christmas! Lets see how it goes!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Let the sunshine

Looks like keeping our fingers crossed for sunshine worked a treat!!

Its beautiful weather at the moment.  Ahhh, I love the sun me :)

I'm really sorry I haven't been blogging - where did June go!?  It went by in a flash!

June saw me & my husband making our yearly pilgrimage to Cornwall for our 2nd Wedding Anniversary.

Traditionally the present to get on 2nd anniversary is cotton or china - and I got this!

So cute!!!!!  I'm a bit silly when it comes to my mugs - I love collecting them - the bigger the better!
But I only drink certain things from certain mugs - like the one above is ONLY for tea and I have a Cath Kidston one thats ONLY for coffee.  weird huh??

I'm not drinking much tea at the moment due to the hot weather so my mugs are being a little neglected :(

We had a lovely time in Cornwall and I was so lucky that when we popped into the new Poppy Treffry shop in St Ives the lovely lady herself was there! We had a little chat while she wrapped up my mug, she's such a lovely person and we were chatting in Twitter on the night too!

We weren't blessed with the best weather in Cornwall but we had a great time all the same - when it rains a lot I always have a DVD box set to put on to pass the time.  Last year was Homeland and this year was Game of Thrones.  We got so into Game of Thrones that we had to go out and buy the second season immediately after we watched the first!!  ADDICTIVE!!

July is all about The Handmade Bazaar - Al Fresco!  Taking place in The Mall Sutton Coldfield on Sat 20th july and again on 17th Aug.  There's 18 concessions all of the highest quality handmade items.

I've been busy printing up my new designs and making new things so I though I'd pop a few pics on for you incase you haven't seen them on Facebook.

This beautiful chaise/telephone table was crying out for help!
I used Annie Sloan 'original' paint and my own Starburst fabric
The antique brass studs are all put in by hand - over 400 of them!!
A labour of love and I'm so happy with the result!

A stack of my new cushions

My new lampshades

I've had loads of fun up-cycling furniture, making lampshades and cushions and memo boards and trying to show off my fabrics to their best!

So if you are local to Sutton Coldfield, please please pop over and come and see us on 20th July!!!!


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Let the sun shine!

Oh! I wish the sun would come back and warm us all up!!

I'm really missing the sun :(  I've just come back from a fab week away 
with my husband to see my parents who live in sunny Murcia, Spain.

View from my parents roof terrace

Fab sky whilst the sun goes down.

Theres not alot to keep you occupied in Murcia, Its very laid back and relaxed.
I read books, watched films, sunbathed and generally lazed about!!
It was soooooo good!!

Having a long walk on the beach after some yummy tapas

Finding HUGE heart shaped strawberries and 
eating them all up with lashings of whipped cream - yum yum :)

Visiting the market

Wishing I had more room in my suitcase for all these 
buttons and beautifully bright threads!!

Loving the colourful flowers at the Market

the HUGE black and green olives 
(My favourite are the pepper and garlic stuffed ones)

Too much fruit to choose from!!

''I carried a watermelon'' A la Dirty Dancing!
 lol :)

Fab ceramics - my mom owns loads of these
I must bring some back next time!!!

It was lovely 30 degrees C everyday and it was so nice
to spend some time with my parents.

But for now its back to work doing a little of this

screen printing 
(image from google)

and a little of this

lino cutting practice

I'll update you on how they go soon, meanwhile keep your fingers crossed for the sunshine!