Friday, 25 March 2011

The Old Sweet Shop

For a long time now I've been wanting to be a bit more creative with my crafting. Cupcakes and bunnies are fine but there are only so many you can make without needing a change. Needing to explore your own creativity and crafting skills.

Above is The Old Sweet Shop.
A lovely little shop run by lovely people.

I knew you'd want to go inside so here it is!

Old, quirky, quaint and utterly gorgeous.


This is a page from my sketch book.

As you can see I don't do a lot of drawing these days, but it was enough to inspire me to do something I've been wanting to do for well over a year now.


The Old Sweet Shop.

I snipped and trimmed...

and stitched...

to my hearts content.
Look at the little sweety jars in the window!

I would like to do a whole series of local places and have already built up quite a collection of
photos.
Who knows maybe one day I could have an exhibition.
Just need to get the old arse into gear now!
love fi x




59 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

That is so pretty - you are so talented.
Julie xxxxxxx

Twiglet said...

Another clever little collage - yes, do some more and exhibit. There must be lots of little places like that around your locality. I am thinking Muker, Reeth, Grassington, Malham. Oh I wish I could come round and take the photos for you!!! - Jo

Wipso said...

Just brilliant Fi. Oh please do more and share them with us too :-)
A x

Carol said...

Love it, you have such a good eye - and a talent to match! Look forward to seeing the rest of your area as collages.
I bet the sweetie shop would love one to hang in the shop.
Carol xx

Alchamillamolly said...

Hi Fiona have you asked the sweet shop people if they want to buy it? you could also offer to do some postcards of it for them. How aobut going round some more of them that are based in quirky or attractive buildings and see if they are interested. Easy form to say isn't it - I don't have to summon the confidence to be brah and do it!!

JKW said...

I am in love with your talent. I love the suggestions others made about doing more businesses. You could even map your area and put a few pictures of the businesses on it, everyone loves maps. I would move there in the blink of an eye. Blessings, Janet

Kandi said...

Oh wow, how wonderful you have a special talent there! If I owned that shop I would want to own that for myself.
Beautiful, keep it up!
Kandi x

Cheryl said...

You make it look so easy. I'm almost convinced enough to have a go doing my old cottage, BUT, being realistic, I just know it would not measure up.

Your picture is beautiful and I agree with the other commenters, I think you have a possible niche there. You could always sound them out as part of your market research, to see if it is the sort of thing independent retailers would like. They may snap it up there and then.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love this shop Fiona and try to avoid going into it because everything is so tempting. I love your idea of sewing the buildings in Hawes - you have certainly caught the essence of this shop - which next?

Maggie Ann said...
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Maggie Ann said...

I am blown away by your talent! Wow and wow some more! I SO enjoyed the trip to your sweete shop. =) thank you for sharing this. I called my husband to see the shop and your art. We are both impressed & smiling. You have a nice day!

funkymonkey said...

I think stunning says it all.

Tracey

Josette said...

you are so talented!! and I just love this..!

Autumn Mist said...

This is superb. I'm with the others, if I owned that shop I would definitely want to own your picture too. Have you shown it to them?

greenrabbitdesigns said...

That is brilliant Fi! :)
Vivienne x

Ms C said...

It's beautiful! I wouldn't mind a look aroundthat sweethop too!

Twiggy said...

That is soooooo pretty.
twiggy x

Catherine said...

Wow! What a very clever piece of work! Cx

moonstruckcreations said...

Absolutely beautiful! Must have taken ages to do, but well worth every second.

A collection of these would make the most enthralling exhibition.

Helenxx

dosierosie said...

A series would be great, I love the sweet shop
Gillx

The Patchwork Heart said...

You are so talented! This is beutiful just like Karen's picture. You have inspired me to have a go ... just waiting for the right place to stitch!

Lyn said...

oh Fi gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
love
Lyn
xxx

**Anne** said...

The sweet shop applique and your sketch are fantastoc. Such a wonderful idea and beautifully made. Looking forward to seeing some more of this work. Can you please be sure post a photo of the sketch as well as the applique? I do a bit of sketching and would love to see your work.
Have a lovely weekend,
Anne xx

Holly said...

Lovely!

Kris said...

Stunningly gorgeous!

Sandi said...

Hey, not so much of the old!!! Gosh Fi I wish I had such command of the sewing machine, this is so beautiful and yes indeed an exhibition for sure.
x Sandi

Allyson said...

Fabulous work! Just gorgeous :)

liz said...

You are so clever, it is lovely. :)

Maggie said...

Fi, that is amazing. You could indeed have a whole 'street' couldn't you? I wish you lived near me then you could teach me how to do such lovely collage. Mine have always been simple things...I once did one of a friends garden seen from the air. This was thirty years ago, and other than very simple stuff, I've not done anything like it since. Would love to do our house actually, which is a lovely old 'villa' as they were called back in the day it was built, almost a hundred years ago. Maybe I just need to give my arse that kick!

Maggie said...

Me again!
As you know, I only just discovered you, so I have been looking back at your posts. You are really prolific with your work aren't you, and so darned clever. I love all your work, the bags, the applique pictures, you inspire me to try. Looked at the gorgeous crocheted blanket from last February, the colours are fabulous, but how did you do that granny square, I can't find one like it?

potterjotter said...

Lovely work you have pictured here! Did you have to keep going back to the Sweetshop, just to check you'd got it right ... and buy a few sweets?

Miss Holly said...

You are just brilliant !! This is just wonderful

♥ flutter ♥ said...

Hi Fi, you talent is remarkable. I love the old sweet shop, the picture looks really wonderful.

Thanks for sharing x

Bluebell said...

I love this, it is so clever, please do some more, my friend cottonreel will love it too I must make sure she has seen it.
Jill

wendz said...

That's cracking. I love fabric art. An exhibition of creations like that would be so good.

Lynne said...

That is so pretty. What a great idea to do a series of them.

Lululiz said...

Flipping fantastic!

Blueberry Heart said...

the sweetshop is beautiful! You are extremely talented.
BHx

Just Original said...

Great picture, I know exactly where the shop is, so I can say it is a true likeness. I bet the owners would buy it!

Fantastic

Vanessa x

PeregrineBlue said...

what a charmer and what an excellent idea. ye olde sweet shoppe by Fi. love it.

Helen said...

Gorgeous!!
Love Helen xx

Heather said...

It's lovely Fiona, I think a whole series of your local buildings like this would be great. Go for it!

fee @ chipper nelly said...

loving this - how clever you are!
Will be popping back for a good old read of your (lovely) blog with a cup of tea (and doubtless, cake)
fee x

Janice said...

What a gorgeous interpretation of the sweet shop. It reminds me of the one we visited in Pately Bridge a few years ago. It would be lovely if you could make a street scene and have an exhibition.

The Fairy Glade said...

So pretty, have you shown it to the owners of the shop? Dev x

Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

Just stunning. What a beautiful blog you have here.

bootextiles said...

Absolutely love your work. Actually I love everything you show on your blog but the sweet shop is soooo beautiful. Don't make us wait too long for that exhibition!! xxx

Sarah - Red Gingham said...

Absolutely fabulous!!! What a clever lady you are. I love how it still looks just like the original shop but now made from fabrics and laces. I love this sort of crafting so much.

I've been looking through your lovely English photos and now I find myself missing my time in the UK. It really is a beautiful country with all the castles and ruins, not to mention the views over the country side. Thank you!

devonaz said...

wow I had to look twice,,I thought you fabric pictures where watercolor painting,,I love it and cant wait to see what is up next..

melanie said...

Isn't that just fabulous!!!

Jennifer said...

I make and sell cards - these would be the most amazing cards to sell! Love your work... simply perfect! Stop by and visit me sometime please... Jennifer jennsthreegraces blogspot

janjan said...

When you find out how to get your butt into gear, write and let me know.
The idea of an exhibition is a great idea. Its definately something different. You go for it.

Jan

solomi558 said...

I love your house patchwork . stunning . I shall look out for more.--cottonreel

redneedle said...

I stumbled across your blog by accident, but I'm pleased I did. This is so gorgeous, it made me want to rush off and try something myself. Totally inspiring, thanks for sharing it.

"Sweetie" the English Spot Bunnie said...

This is very beautiful, I think your work is amazing. I am now a follower! Also I must tell you, I thought I was experiencing Dejavu when looking at your hens. I too keep similar chooks (Isa browns, Barnevelders and Light Sussex) who live in a fairy castle my husband built. Mine are called, Tink, Ariel, Pox, Belle and Will. take care. Yollie
http://fairycastlefarm.blogspot.com/

Sigrun said...

This is so COOL! OMG I wish I could do something like this. You are genius.

Annie said...

Joining the chorus of huzzahs. I'm just amazed. This sort of quilt work is so beyond my patience level. Admiration level though? Well, what else? 1000%.

rita said...

Hi Fiona,
this is your aunty Rita just saying Hi and love your blog.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tutorials. I love your work and what a wonderul way to remember holidays and childhood- to re-create the little shops and houses. wonderful