Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
I create books and albums and journals and more, from paper and fabric.
One of my passions I must admit.
Here is a glimpse of one I made to celebrate beauty, women and French vintage.
I hand bound it with yarns and beads.
There are some pockets inside, some old lace and lovely pictures.
Here just a couple of the pages.
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On left are some of the fabrics one can see in an open shop.
Hotter colors than those found in the North.
Lovely rural scene from atop a walled village and a famous cafe for sure.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
I have a bundle of European lace to sell, picture here.
Includes Cluny lace, Reticella, tatting, crochet lace, bobbin lace and needle lace and swiss eyelet lace. Came from a European lady's estate, pre 1940.
I am putting it in a Rural Jardin bag I made to hold it. I have limited space so am letting some go. Oh! my!
10 items. Clean and perfect. Know some of my followers may be interested.
Putting in my shop later today.
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Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
One of my favorite native birds in NZ that was threatened with extinction.
Now is making a great comeback in the city of Hamilton, my birthplace.
See the Mighty River that runs through it on left. The Waikato.
I am so delighted, I grew up listening to the songs of this tui, look at the colors and the white throat.
Ki te aroha toku manu.
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Monday, August 16, 2010
Now it is gone.
OH! well have to make another.
I am just a big kid, love dolls and their clothes.
Rustic hand stitching make them so perfect in their imperfections.
Look for another of my dresses as art, in the next Sew Somerset.
I have jars of buttons so thought I had better use a bunch.
All you need are your fingers, a crochet hook, thread and buttons.
Thread 40 buttons onto the yarn or thread. Leave attached to the ball or skein.
Crochet 3 chain, pull button down and crochet 6 chain, repeat till long as you like.
Or mix it up, sometimes I do 4 chain and then 8 chain. If you do these repeats you do not forget what's next. You may not use all the buttons.
Crochet ends together to complete.
Sometimes I put several together, be careful with metal or heavy buttons, they do start to weigh a bit. Wear in summer, several strands together look nice.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Paul bakery in France. One of the best around.
Grab some Cafe au lait and a pastry or two and enjoy the ambience.
This was in Rouen where the fabrics I often use come from.
Like Rouenneries from French General.
No time to sew, eating is all it is about when I am there.
It is the capital of Normandy, if you wonder where.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Made these rough linen, sap buckets to hold seasonal flowers and hang on a door knob.
They make nice gift bags to hold trinkets, sewing stuff or other goodies.
The give away will be drawn next week.
Terri, about the cottage, I cannot find your email to discuss putting it on fabric so let me know
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
This is the result of the Tutorial below.
I will give the book away this month so leave a hopeful message if you would like it.
It is very nice, I think anyway, with blank pages with lace edges and a French stamp image. Maybe a surprise in there too.