Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cool colours

The heat this week in the UK is set to soar and we have already seen a few dramatic storms. I am afraid I do not cope well with extreme heat and so my activities are kept to early morning and evening when the temperature cools. perhaps in an effort to cool down I found myself choosing cooler colours from my fabric stash to make another elephant cushion today.

This one is in my ebay shop which although it doesn't have the style of Folksy and Etsy really makes up for it in terms of footfall, I just don't get the same volume of sales elsewhere and my experience of ebay has generally been good. Despite a few folks who think it's fine to buy something copy the design and then try and claim copyright! um......yeah right!! Still business is good at present and between trying to use up our phenomenal glut of strawberries from the allotment and keeping on top of Mum duties, I am enjoying making these new cushions and hope to make up a new design in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, keep cool

Louise x

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Look what the postie brought me!

While re organising my stock in my three shops this morning, the postman came and through the letterbox tumbled this little package in a bright green envelope. Look how beautifully it is wrapped and the little badge on the packet was a lovely extra that I hadn't expected. Inside a little stitched pouch a beautiful pocket mirror from Snapdragons Garden
I was so luckyin the new year to win a giveaway from Jane who is based up in Stirlingshire, and when I found myself wanting a pocket mirror I knew just where to go. Her shop is divine and I am a regular reader of her blog too, where she also shows her stunning floristry skills in her totally unique style.
I am so loving my little mirror and have taken it in and out of it's little pouch countless times to admire it today. It is in very good company in my handbag with a new Orla Kiely purse which was a shock anniversary present last week.
Is life here always so lovely and fun? .............. no............I have to go finish cleaning the oven now
Thank goodness for the lovely moments to keep us sane!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Miffy purses

I have listed these today in my Folksy shop. I completely sold out of Miffy purses on Friday and two of these have already sold since being listed! I love the colours in this orange one. I got the Cath Kidston fabric from ebay as it has been discontinued for some time, you wouldn't think that those colours would work but I love it!
And here is Miffy in homage to Orla, next to a stem print and wearing a simple yellow dress that I think Orla would approve of.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Fridays fayre was a huge success! Here are a few shots of my stall and some of the others before the Mums of Berkhamsted arrived. It was so busy and everyone did really well. I had a lovely time selling but also seeing lots of parents whose children I used to care for at the local preschool. I packed my stall full to the brim and was really pleased to have it looking so colourful. We brought out the girls old tiny chairs to use a props to give a bit of extra height and sarah came along first thing to help me set up.
Hearfelt handmade was there looking super pretty.

And the wonderfully talented neviepie cakes were a massive hit with everyone (how she stays so slim with all that temptation I have no idea!)

Millsy was looking delightfully pretty and had such lovely bunting adorning her table.
There are plans afoot for more Bumps Babes and Beyond. Well done to everyone involved for a first time it was a real triumph!
I am having a well earned rest this weekend but will be sewing again on Monday with orders taken at the Fair
Louise x

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Super quick post to show you some more applique cushions, the birds turned out really well.
I am taking these to the fair tomorrow any not sold will then go into my shops, my Folksy and Etsy shops will be on vacation for the next 24 hours to try and make some space for some new stock.

Will post some pictures of the fair hopefully the stall should be nice and colourful.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Applique cushions

This has been a seriously busy week, but I have managed to get on with the cushion designs that I have had lurking in my head and I am so pleased with them. The Bumps Babes and Beyond Fair that I am doing on Friday has been the perfect incentive to get them done and hopefully thay will be popular.
I have also been building up plenty of stock of purses and doorstops, to make a really full and colourful display. I am really itching to make some more cushions as I have designs for birds to do as well.
Have to go to the sewing shop tomorrow as I got through 4 bobbins of cotton on the sewing machine today!! I will try not to but fabric but I ... might.....just...take...a...little....look? :o)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Afternoon tea anyone?

My Rosy teacups from my VintageUK shop have been featured in a lovely treasury by sweetpea4kids. Do check it out it conjures up Afternoon tea in the British summertime perfectly and features some wonderful UK sellers. You can view it in its entirety here

Bumps, Babes and Beyond

I'm really excited to be taking part in this fayre in Berkhamsted next Friday 12th June. It is organised by local Mumpreneurs who are doing a fantastic job of promoting through the local press and Chiltern radio. You can read all about the exhibitors here (I'm on there too!)

If you are in the area do stop by and visit, it would be lovely to meet you, it is in the Old Town Hall on the High Street, Berkhamsted Friday 12th June 9.30 - 12noon
Lots of sewing needs to be done, half term was not productive but it sure was fun!
Louise x