Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A Belated Wedding Quilt

Two summers ago, I was honoured to assist my brother-in-law and his then wife-to-be with the preparations and set up of their homemade wedding. It was my intention to use all the lovely fabrics which I'd sewn up as table runners and bunting to make a quilt for them as a wedding present, but with one thing and another, I've been extremely slow on getting round to finishing it.
I'd had the patchwork layer finished for ages but finding the time and space to baste and bind the quilt was another matter. Knowing we had our fellow Mr & Mrs Biddle coming to stay this weekend for Baby B's christening, I was determined to get the quilt finished. So my Mr B took the wee fella out for a couple of hours so I could clear away his toys, spread the layers across the living room floor, and sew like a woman possessed. Here's how it turned out.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Hand Dancing

Okay, so I know there have been over 8,000,000 views of this video on youtube so you've probably already seen it. But when a friend showed me at the weekend, it made me beam from ear to ear (unlike the poker faced dancers!) so I just thought I'd pass on the fun. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Improvisational Quilts

Through the happy sharing world that is pinterest, I've come across the stunning improvisational quilts of Susanna Allen Hunter. I had never heard of improvisational quilting before - the process of making up the creative design of a quilt as you go along rather than pre-planning. This practice was particularly popular with poorer communities across rural America.

Susanna Allen Hunter was an African-American quilter from rural Alabama, who used old clothing, scraps of fabric and sacking to create these abstract quilts from the 30s through until the 70s. I think they are so beautiful. I love the combination of fabrics & textures, the uneven lines, and how modern they look yet they were borne out of such a practical need for creating warmth and comfort from whatever materials were to hand. I'm so inspired by them and have been thinking about what a great use of my scrap bag this would be.

All the images below are from the Henry Ford Museum and their flickr page.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The Little Peach Print Company

Drum roll please. Introducing my sensationally talented sister's new company ... The Little Peach Print Company.  Launching this weekend at the Discover Vintage Wedding Fair in London, Sally (aka The Little Peach) will be creating custom illustrated, hand screen printed wedding stationary for love birds all over the world. Her tag line is 'Illustrating Your Love Story' and if you take a look at her new website, you'll see just how lovely her illustrations are.

There are two parts to Sally's company. You can either:

a. Choose from one of following six background settings into which Sally will add a cute illustration of you and your beau, and let you choose the paper and colour scheme for the print, envelopes & RSVP cards.

b. Choose the bespoke service and have an entirely new illustration & design created just for you.

Plus, Sally can do your place names, menus, table plans, save the date cards, heck even your hen do merchandise and cake toppers ... all personalised with aplomb.

I am so uber excited about her new venture. Since she was tiny, Sally has drawn and doodled and painted in her own unique style. Here she is with me in our paddling pool eating paint.
Sally is one talented lass and having seen her screen prints, they are gorgeous, cheeky and of superb quality. I just know that The Little Peach Print Co will be a big success, especially as I don't think there's anything else like this in the UK wedding market.

You can read the story behind her venture on her new blog by clicking here. And if you like what you see, please blog, tweet, add to facebook, pin or forward on to any brides-to-be you know. I'd be mighty grateful. Ta muchly. Go Little Peach, go!

NB: All photos & images in this post copyright of www.thelittlepeach.co.uk

Monday, 7 November 2011

Sunday Skyline

Yesterday in Bath, we experienced the perfect wintery weather - crisp & cold & sunny with clear blue skies. So we wrapped Baby Biddle up in his little snow suit and went on our first walk along the skyline. Wow. What an amazing autumnal view of the city. And then a first solo swing for the little one in our local park. Altogether now ... "If you go down to the woods today, you'd better go in disguise".

Friday, 4 November 2011

Vintage Blooms

In an olde English public house turned yummy gastro pub in Stow-on-the-Wold (The White Hart), two lovely vintage inspired ways to display flowers.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Honeymoon Quilt

Dear Reader, Today I thought I'd share with you one of my most treasured objects, modelled by the most treasured little person in my life! This beautiful, simple quilt was bought on the Biddle honeymoon in a little lovely shop in a tiny fishing village on the Il-de-Re in France. It has sat at the end of our bed ever since and we absolutely love it - the colours, the big cream stitches, the dainty flowers, the vintage feel. And whenever I look at it, it reminds me of the romantic, sunny day we had on the stunning French island - pottering around ancient churches and harbours, and seeing donkeys in pyjamas on the beach (I kid you not). Happy times.