Saturday, 4 June 2011

Napkin Greetings!

Once upon a time, many moons ago, a pretty lady, in a pretty shop, in a pretty village, bemoaned the fact that she couldn't source any really pretty greetings cards to sell in her pretty shop.


But then the pretty lady had an idea and turned to her lovely friend who often visited the pretty shop and drank tea and chatted for far longer than she really should,

and said, "Oo...We could make some really, really, pretty greetings cards for my pretty shop couldn't we?". (Big flutter of eyelashes and sweet smile.)

It is at this point dear reader that I must explain that the word we when used in conjunction with fluttery eyelashes and sweet smile really means Fi.

So for future reference, We = Fi.

Got it? Good.

So after lots of sleeps and many moons had passed, the lovely Fi finally took up her pencil one evening and began to sketch. She sketched and sketched until her fingers were sore and her tiny brain hurt. By the time she fell into a deep slumber she had a little pile of sketchy ideas.
The very next day (or maybe a week or two later) after eating her porridge, Fi set to work with her snippety scissors and some odd vintage napkins. She snipped and she sewed looooong into the night.
The work was hard and Fi's tiny brain was tired but she persevered until....

She had a lovely pile of napkin corners all appliqued and embroidered, celebrating the things we all celebrate! I must tell you dear reader she was mighty pleased with her work.
But this was not enough!
All these gorgeous napkin corners had to be photographed, copied, printed, trimmed, glued and positioned. Card had to folded and labels had to made!
Once again Fi toiled hard into the night. She'd heard stories of old about little elves but alas they were only stories. Maybe her very own little people would like to help, but she knew deep down in her heart, it was a task only she could complete.

The next morning dawned (a little gloomy by the look of the photo) and BEHOLD! There on the table was a big pile of....very pretty ..... GREETINGS CARDS!
A selection of 10 different designs.
Blank inside (just how Fi likes them.)

And all with a little label of love on the back.

Soon after the little napkin corner cards were whisked away in a magic shopping bag to the pretty shop, where they were lovingly placed in the whirly-gig-thingy to wait patiently until they were chosen by lovely, lovely customers who, in turn, would fill them with 'lots of love' and send them to the four corners of the world to spread much happiness!
The pretty shop owner was also mighty pleased and gave the lovely Fi a cup of tea.
They sat together in the pretty shop sipping tea and gazing lovingly at the whirly-gig-thingy.

The pretty shop owner smiled and fluttered her eyelashes.

"I think we need to make some more of those!"

The End.


mckinkle said...

ooooooh Well Done 'We'!! lol!

These cards are stunning!

I hope they are being protected from grubby fingers in a cello bag though as Im sure they will get lots of attention!

Very much look forward to seeing more of these beautiful creations Fi!

Keryn x

Sally said...

Wow they are amazing! I love the Twinkle Toes one. You are so creative, bet they fly off the whirly thing! xx

Cheryl said...

Oh my! They are beautiful. You are so talented. I love that use of "we". It is almost creative in its own right. I have a few friends that use that particular meaning of the word, too.

... Bimbi said...

I think she's right - many more! They are absolutelely gorgeous.


Miss Holly said...

o.k. you are a rock star!!!!!!!!!!

Pomona said...

They work really well - inspirational! You deserve to be pleased with them.

Pomona x

Unknown said...

The cards are gorgeous! I'm sure you'll be making more of these pretty soon! :) x

French Nanny said...

I should say so - they looke lovely!

Petunia Pill said...

Such a beautiful labor of love. Your work is always so unique...and the way you told the story...utterly charming! x&o, Annette

KC'sCourt! said...

Wow what fantastic cards
Julie xxxxxxx

Twiglet said...

Perfect items for that lovely little shop. My friend spent a week in the dales and when she came back she told us of a lovely little shop where she bought chalk paint and other lovely crafty things - guess which shop she was talking about!!!

Marigold Jam said...

What a lovely story - did the lovely Fi get a good commission on sales of said cards? I do hope so! And that the lovely Fi will make more of these beautiful cards and earn lots of lovely money for all her effort and creativity.

Such lovely ideas people in fairy stories do have don't they?!!!

Tracy Glover said...

They are beautiful. How talented you are. The shop must be wonderful. I like the way 'we¨' really means 'Fi', bless. x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Very special Fi...I love them..
Susan x

Autumn Mist said...

Goodness, 'we' have been busy, haven't 'we'?! As you may know, I make the odd card or two myself, but think yours are absolutely lovely.

Carol said...

What a lovely tale, the wiles and works of women!
The cards are beautiful, I'm sure they will soon fly out of the shop.
Carol xx

Gilly Tee said...

That really made me smile and the cards are fantastic.You will need to make more very soon methinks.

Roxanne said...

Absolutely beautiful cards. You are a very talented lady.

Betty said...

Just wanted to say how pretty the cards are, think you're clever and need your own shop!

Kandi said...

What a lovely story you tell, they are so special, just the sort of thing I would go for!
Kandi x

Jeanne Feijó Machado said...

Que linda história e que lindos trabalhos. Parabéns.

Maggie Ann said...

I loved your telling of it all, as much as the lovely cards. You are specially talented in many ways!

Claire said...

Oh Fi you clever thing, your cards look wonderful and I'm sure they'll be off venturing to all parts of the globe.

Must be very satisfying to walk into Milkchurn Cottage and see all your lovely wares waiting for new homes.

I love these sorts of 'fairy tales' specially when they come true.


lemonade kitty said...

If there was a "Britain's got talent" for crafters you'd win hands down!!! Everything you make is so pretty and I love the cards, the cakes look so real my mouth was watering, Lucey x

ShabbyChicShaz said...

They are fabulous, so sweet and chic :)

Little Blue Mouse said...

What lovely designs, you are so clever! I didn't know you could photograph the originals to turn into cards. Do you need special equipment for that?

I keep seeing all the gorgeous things in your sidebar - I've got to go back and read your blog from the beginning.

Catherine said...

They are Gorgeous and will fly off the shelves!! Cx

Alchamillamolly said...

Well you have excelled yourself this time Fi they are absolutely fabulous I bet they will fly out of Milkchurn Cottage. You are sooooo clever.

Sandi said...

Only you could make such stunning cards Fi (we)they are delightful.
x Sandi

Allyson said...


They are gorgeous! Well done :)

Cuckoo said...

Whirly gig thingy = best word ever of the moment!

Those cards are amazing. You clever sausage.

Anabella said...

Beautiful blog!!! Bellissimo!!
xxxx from Rome
Little Things

Anonymous said...

What a lovely story! Well done you!

Twiglet said...

Hi Fi - just to say - you inspired me to have a go at some cards with daughter M at the weekend. I have put them on my "Whats on my Workdesk Wednesday blog post" with links to you and Milkchurn Cottage.
You are welcome to use the ideas - if you think they are of any use to you. x Jo

Angela said...

Your cards are adorable! Congratulations and good luck in the shop!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Next time I drive through Hawes I shall call in for one of those - they are fantastic Fi.

HollyM said...

The cards are sweet! I love the story. It's a piece of art on it's own!
do y9u mind if I ask what kind of glue you used to secure the prints. i too do cards but I usually print right onto the card stock.