Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Woolly Wanderings.

Hello all. Ahhhh, it is good to get back to my blog.
Blogging has been on hold recently as I've been a little bit poorly and then we've been away visiting relatives and friends for the weekend.
So catching up I thought you might like to see our village waterfall in all its Autumn glory,

and a sneaky peek at our garden visitors.
Sheep don't understand that they're not meant to be in the garden or the hen run and I suppose they wouldn't care even if they did understand!

I wasn't the only one to spot the errant sheep.

Cluck wasn't impressed at all with her uninvited guest. At one point the sheep actually got inside the hen house (along with a very upset hen) I'm afraid I wasn't quick enough with my camera for that one but I can tell you, there was an awful lot of clucking and squawking!
It did look funny though, a huge woolly bottom wedged in the doorway with a couple of brown wings flapping about on top of it!

We're getting about 3 eggs a day at the moment so we make sure we mark the date on the eggs as they are collected, but there is always someone who has to take it a bit further!
I took the lid off the egg bowl recently to find all these little faces looking up at me.

Woolly sheep are all very well but this is how I like to see my wool best... all soapy and wet.

Yes Karen this one will eventually be yours : )
(sorry it's taking so long)
Till next time
Fi x

Sunday, 10 October 2010

The Story of a Bag or Four.

Hello you shiny people.
Here are the two bags I've just finished making with the last of that pretty green and pink check fabric that I had in my stash.
I originally bought it to make myself a short straight skirt to wear with woolly tights and boots many moons ago when I was much thinner, my children a lot younger and sewing time much more elusive!
Here is the back view.
Obviously sewing time was TOO elusive back then and the skirt never got made!
The fabric stayed folded in the box, cupboard, drawer, wardrobe, all of its various homes over the years, only occasionally taken out to be stroked and caressed and then carefully replaced again.
But now it's been given it's day!
Matched up with pretty lining fabrics, appliqued and decorated and made into four pretty and unique MarmaladeRose handbags.
And I have enjoyed making them! Each on slightly different.

The first two sold as soon as they went into Karens pretty gift shop a few months ago. That's such a lovely warm feeling to realise that other people actually like what you make enough to part with their hard earned cash, that someone else 'gets' your style, your love of fabric and colour! That someone else appreciates the care, love and time that went into making it. But best of all that someone else is hopefully going to love it and get the pleasure of seeing it every day.

The third a commission.
This is the cherry on the cake! Someone like it enough from a blog picture to want one before they had even seen the real thing, they desired my work enough to wait for their very own bag to arrive without even knowing what the lining would be like or how it would feel in their hands!

and the last one...
well, I couldn't part with all of that lovely fabric after cossetting it for all those years could I?
Now feeling a little embarrassed and hoping you don't think I'm completely bonkers over a piece of fabric. lol
love Fi x

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

I Heart You Lots!

Another week has flown by and it's time again to share some wholesome hearty crafting with you lovely people.

Look a 'Thank You' heart!
How appropriate that this should be the first one, as that is exactly what I'd like to say to you all.
Thank you for all the lovely comments you take the time to leave on my blog.
I think you must all be super-human, I struggle like mad to find enough time to visit all the wonderful blogs out there that are on my favourites list, (it is a very, very long list though!)never mind stop and leave a comment.
Yes you are all simply super-duper and you really do put me to shame.

I am full of good intentions though, I promise.
I do try to drop in on you all and stop for a chat...
I need a lesson or two in better time management I think.

So here I am telling you all in my own little way, how much I 'heart' our little bloggy community.

These hearts are quite large, about 20cms across and full of lavender and wheat. So they could be gently warmed in the microwave if desired.

Or they could just be hung up to look pretty and be admired!
They're all residing in this pretty little shop deep in the Yorkshire Dales.

And to finish a sneaky peek at another bag hot off the sewing machine!
Till next time
love fi x