As opposed to my journey up North on Friday when I was pushed onto an escalator and ended up black and blue with a few bruises and a broken crutch as it got lodged sideways on a moving escalator I thought I’d show you my black and red bag. I can now reveal my first ever bag attempt, and I even surprised myself that it was good enough to give to my friend Jane for her black and red themed birthday at the weekend! I got the pattern from Ali Foster on Etsy and it was so easy to follow, probably the clearest pattern instructions yet! So now I am going to embark on a bag making frenzy, ready to list in my etsy shop hopefully before I go back to work. Your thoughts and feedback are always welcome.
The sun was shining yesterday which made me think of spring and the bunnies hopping around the fields so I decided it was time to use one of the patterns I got from Tie Dye Diva on Etsy to make this cute bunny hat. It is the first of a range of novelty hats that has just made it’s way into my Luulla shop, there will be more coming soon. This particular one is a present to our friends’ daughter who has just turned one.
Have a good Saturday,
It’s another Luulla day today, and I’m struggling to choose my categories nevermind my top 3 shops from them, but after much deliberation here are my fave 3 sellers form the crochet and knitting section after getting a fab knitted jumper from my grandma:
Mary Jane’s Tearoom – Anika and Bo PDF pattern (It’s a good job I’m not an advanced knitter or I would have bought many a pattern by now, this is too cute)
Pernicketys Knit – snow flurries (anyone who reads my blog will know by now that I love a good hat but a good hat showcased on a cute baby is even more adorable)
Shazzas Knits – owl teacosy (I love a good cup of Betty’s peppermint tea in my little teapot, but it would be even better with this teacosy)
Have a good day.
After ordering my sketchbook for the sketchbook project 2012 early this time I could not let it sit on my desk and taunt me any longer! With just over 5 weeks left until our big day every spare second has been dedicated to creative wedding, and the bank holiday weekend was no exception. So when I got home last night after a site meeting up North I had to release my thoughts on my sketchbook…
- Textiles are an important part of my creative projects, and my sewing machine and I have become best friends (and worst enemies at times) over the last few months of sewing, sewing, sewing for our wedding. So I started with a few different textures from gridded paper to left over fabric scraps from wedding bunting and started tearing them up and arranging loosely on the front cover
- Then to decide how to prevent them coming off when my little sketchbook makes it’s way around the world – what better way than to stitch it! Again I used some of the left over thread from bunting making and my sewing machine was allowed to try some new stitches!
- Finally, I had been sketching ideas on the train for a present for somebody that I was going to make out of fabric and hand stitching and the result was my little birds, which got me thinking about how they must view the world so differently from the air. This lead me to my final part of the cover, and the birds which made me think about my view of the world, which over the next few months will be recorded in my little sketchbook neatly zipped away in my bag, ready to come out when I have a moment of inspiration!
If you haven’t signed up yet then I urge you to do so, once it arrives and is sat in front of you it will be impossible not to pick it up and start sketching/painting/doodling/sewing etc
It’s been a tough week to say the least, and I’ve brought loads of work home which I’m hoping to have finished by the end of tomorrow, so to make the most of my Friday night I met up with a great friend who I haven’t seen for a while and we did a very London thing of going to a sample sale. I did spend quite a bit of money on a new bag and purse for myself and a few pressies for friends but I love Orla Kiely and keep telling myself I saved much more than I spent. However, the most entertaining bit was when a guy cycled up and chained his penny farthing to a lamp post, had a pint, and then cycled off amongst the London traffic like it was the most natural thing in the world. London life never fails to surprise me!
I am taking Orla’s bold and beautiful patterns as my inspiration for today’s Folksy Friday:
Inspire – cotton fabric pattern (I am always captivated by bright and bold patterns, especially with stripes, cirlces or anything retro)
Papa totoro textiles – Raj pattern teatowel (thought this was rather fitting as it’s Eid today, love the ornate pattern and detail in this)
Darren Morgan - nature illustration (I would love to have a bag out of this pattern, and love the little bird which I only spotted on my 4th viewing)
Love little - notebooks (I looooove pattern, and recently bought a book on print and pattern, but this graphic style is one of my particular faves)
Bets and Bobs – retro print shopper (the bold use of pattern is striking, and this is one of my fave colour combinations)
Now it really is time for bed in prep for a weekend of work, before I start seeing my own pattern of stars.