Monday, 27 September 2010

Shed Head

Mmmmmm...excuse me chewing while we chat but I've just found a fruit pastilles in the bottom of my bag while searching for my camera. Scrummy!
Now you know you've left it too long between blog post when you have to go back and read your last post to find out what you chatted about. Honestly my head at the moment is all over the place! I've got folders and folders with photos to show you, all crafty stuff I've made recently but not had time to blog about.
Right lets get down to today's business... . . . sheds!
No not man sheds, pretty girl sheds of course.

About 3 weeks ago the lovely Sue from Cottontail Crafts in Settle sent me an email saying that she was refurbishing her pretty little haberdashery shop and would like to start stocking a little selection of handmade pretties. (Very exciting news, me thinks) She then went on to ask if she could buy some of my hand made goodies for her shop! (Even more exciting don't you think!)

Of course I said yes that would be luuurverly, and then reality kicked in and I had a mild panic when I realised that I had nothing to send and only 2 weeks to get something made! I must tell you a this point I also had Christmas items to make for Karen at Milkchurn Cottage, a commission to make for the very, very patient Karen at Tillyrose and another commission for a friend! No pressure then! lol!

After I'd calmed myself down and took stock, I decided I would make the 3 large bunnies you saw on my last post. ( I had another little panic here when an unexpected email arrived from a lovely lady who urgently needed a bunny for a gift and asked did I have any available!) I found 3 crochet hangers, I made a few cupcakes and then rediscovered a little sketch I had made over a year ago in my sketch book.
(How could it possible be a whoooooole year ago!)

A little sketch of a shed.

A pretty shed.

Well you should have seen the fun I had and the mess I made.

"Don't just make one picture Fi" I told myself.

"If you're going to make one, then it's just as easy to make three!" I said very sternly.

"Yes, you are right Fi " I answered.

So I did.

Each one a little different from the first, and oh... what a lovely mess I made, piles of fabrics everywhere! Bliss!

So last weekend Wonderful Man and I jollied over to Settle and Sue's sparkling new shop to deliver the goodies. I think she was very please... before you could say Cottontail Crafts she had bunnies on shelves and cupcakes in the windows.
Good luck Sue and Chris, I hope all goes well.
If you have a couple of minutes take a peek at Chris's greeting cards made from her quirky silk paintings here. ( I like quirky.)

That's all for today friends. These are some of the Christmas decs I've been making for Karen's little shop. I think we'll be having another catch up on Fi's crafting very soon if I'm ever to get through all those folders of photos! lol!
Just before I go though, I couldn't resist showing you this lovely rainbow I snapped on my way to the shop for emergency 'dinner' ingredients on Friday. The buildings at the end of the rainbow are the village primary school and nursery, perfect!
Would you like to see where the other end finished?

The village church!
Say no more!!!!
love fi x

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Yummy Creativity!

The last couple of weeks have been chock full of creativity here at MarmaladeRose.
Not all of it stitchy creativity, although there has been 'shed loads' of that.
I've been brushing up on my cooking skills, making jam

pickling runner beans (these are truly delicious)

baking something that nearly passed for bread buns!

trying to perfect my fruit scones

and sponge cake

rabbit pie, oops! Not really.
These are new, never been made before larger bunnies standing about 16 inches tall.

More fabric cupcakes but I think we've all seen enough of those.
some pretty applique pictures but they'll have to wait until next time. I don't want to bore you all rigid!
Right, I'm off to see what you've all been up to now.
love Fi x

Friday, 10 September 2010

Remember the sunshine?

Isn't this a pretty picture? I took this photo way back in June and duly uploaded it to my computer ready for a blog post and there it has sat completely forgotten until now.
So as I sit here in the attic listening to the rain pitter-pattering on the roof lets indulge in some early summer sunshine and cupcakes.

If my memory serves me right I was going to try and make a new blog header photo for MarmaladeRose and since I'd been very busy making fabric cupcakes for Milkchurn Cottage I thought they would be perfect for the photo shoot. (Get me, 'photo shoot')

So out into the sunshine I popped, setting up my usual little outdoor corner with my favourite garden chair. (Yes it is as comfortable as it looks, excellent for a little snooze in the sunshine.)

Much snapping of photos and rearranging of cakes and plates took place.

There was plumping of cushions and grumbling at clouds blocking the precious sunshine.

Lets step back a bit...

and take in the full scene. I bet the neighbours thought I was completely loopy clicking away at a plate of cakes and an armchair, lol!
We have a cracking view of Wensleydale from the top of our hill although we do pay for it in winter; Wonderful Man says it's like the Arctic Tundra up here! For any that don't know the word, 'cracking' is a colloquialism for 'wonderful or fantastic'. We live just up the road from the Wensleydale Creamery where the famous cheese is made and several of their lorries have a picture of Wallace and Gromit on the side saying 'Cracking cheese, Gromit!'
The little steeple you can see is the old bell tower of the primary school. They still ring a hand bell at the start of the school day, it sounds lovely with the children's laughter in the background.

This is the finished photo. I thought this one had it all: The cupcakes, the view and space for the word 'MarmaladeRose' across the top of the picture.
But do you know what?
I'm not sure I want to change my blog banner after all.
I think I'll stick with the one I've got.
It rather suits me, don't you think?

I did think this one might make a good picture for a birthday card though!
Hope the sun is shining where you are.

Fi x