Wednesday, 28 November 2012

A revamped suitcase and an egg.

Hello my lovelies. How are you today, I do hope you are all dry and cosy. My heart goes out to all those poor people who have been flooded up and down the country this week. That's one consolation about living on top of a steep hill, you may be gasping for breath by the time you've walked home but we're safe from flooding.
Anyway I digress. A big thank you goes out from me to you for the Boxing Hares love on my last post. You are all so important in my creative journey. I don't know quite where I'd be without your feedback and encouragement, so thank you for sharing with me.
 
I don't know if you've noticed while you've been reading but the photo above is of the top of the chest of drawers in my hallway. The chest holds the families hats and scarves etc, all the stuff you need to grab on your way out of the front door. On top of the chest is all the usual paraphernalia you might find on a hallway chest, telephone, my purse, a tape measure, junk mail, a lamp, sunglasses and of course because this is the MarmaladeRose household, a sewing machine, a vase of knitting needles and plenty of dust. Nothing surprising there then, but what caught my eye was the newly laid hens egg next to the measure tape. Why is there one brown egg sitting on my hallway table? Who knows! Just one of life's little mysteries I suppose. I didn't move it. No I just left it there for who ever might come back for it. I hope someone does come back for it!
 Something new to show you... my first attempt at knitting a lacy shawl. Because my laptop has died, it's taken a little while to rescue my picture files from it, so I'm only just getting around to show and tell with this one.
It's made from a pretty blue sock yarn that I bought from the Knitting Basket in Hawes and the pattern is from Ravelry.com. I'm a little disappointed at its size, I thought it would be a little larger than it is. On me it 's even smaller than on the mannequin as I'm quite a lot fatter. But I did enjoy making it...I may have another go. A little hank of yarn followed me home from the Knit and Stitch show at Harrogate last week ;)
 Changing the subject again, I have been invited to take part in a Christmas craft fair at the Dales Countryside Museum on the 1st Dec. Panic! Panic! So I thought this old suitcase might come in useful for displaying some of my goodies. Obviously it needed a little TLC as its been stored in my parents loft for the last umpty-something years. I know this because it was full of mine and my childrens primary school art work. Parents do keep some junk, don't they.
 It had been lined previously with some old wall paper which I ripped away to uncover this rather unpromising stripy grey stuff. So out came the glue and an old out of date map of the Lake District that I picked up in Kendal for £1.
 Tadaa!
I've also added some old luggage labels to the outside and I must say it looks almost too good to hide under my craft stall stock!
Talking of the craft stall, I better get back to it. Still lots of stitching to cram in before the weekend. I'll just leave you with this photo that I took in Sedburgh as wonderful man circumnavigated this HUGE puddle that covered one side of the road. Someone has sense of humour, the life buoy...nice touch. Made me laugh!
love Fi x
PS. Would the lovely Hilary who emailed me about commissioning her very own Gilbert the Gnome bag please email me again as I no longer have your email address since my laptop died. The special 'safe' file that I stored it in seems to have vanished!
 

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Boxing Hares, hand felted painting.

 

Well it's finished and now residing with the lovely lady who commissioned it. You may remember it  half done back at the beginning of last month. Well since then it's been...
Free motion machine embroidered. Not easy with something that measures almost 4ft x 3ft.
which gives some depth and definition to the wet felted flowers and leaves.
Embroidery threads have be chosen.
And much hand embroidery has ensued.
There has been some more needle felting as some areas were a little bit fuzzy after being stuffed unceremoniously under the sewing machine so many times.
and fiddly little Chinese knots were added to flower centres.
In all I've thoroughly enjoyed working on this piece and I'm veeerrrrry chuffed with it.
In fact I'd go as far as to say...
I think this is my best piece to date.
 
Fi x 

 
 
 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Actually, white pompoms may also mean...


 BUNNY TAILS!
Maybe I'm onto something. Maybe I could write a book...101 uses for a pompom.
Maybe not.
 
This little chap is an upcycled woolly jumper, inspired by the bunnies in Sarah Moores Homemade Gifts Vintage Style book.
Oo! There's another one!
 I did a bit doodling in my sketch book and came up with a pattern I liked before having a rummage through my felted jumper box (yes I have a box of shrunken felted jumpers, purposefully shrunk I hasten to add.)
And before I knew it, I had a little bundle of bunnies. I think they look a bit 1940's-ish.
A couple of them have hopped into my Etsy shop.
Changing the subject completely.
I have a couple of random felt bags to show you that I made a couple of weeks ago. I was planning to give them their own blog post but my laptop has died on me, taking with it the photos I needed for said post.
(I'm using #2's laptop which operates on a totally different system to mine and it's driving me nuts!)
These two pics were still on my camera so I thought we'd give them a little nod and get them out of the way. Both are available through the Chapel Gallery who now are able to sell directly online to customers. They're still in the process of uploading items but they're getting there.
 
Aaaah now that's out of the way I feel much better.
We can now get ready for next time.
I have something I'm chuffed to bits with, to show you next time.
 
So till then
love Fi x

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

White pompoms can only mean one thing!


White pompoms can only mean one thing!
OO! There is a sneaky peeker!
Hmmm... gnomes or Santas?
Must be Fat Santas, they've sniffed out the Christmas cake!

Edited to Add:: Hi Linda Metcalf. I will pop a couple of santas in my Etsy shop later today, (Fri)  and yes I can post to the USA ;) Sorry, there was no contact details on your profile so this was the only way I could contact you sweetie.