Sunday, 15 January 2012

On Their Travels

My Dad and his wife have a motorhome and they are in love with it. And I mean Love with a capital L. They are never happier than when sitting in their armchair-esque swivel driving seats with the open road ahead of them. Having upgraded in size last year, they are soon to take their little home from home and set off on a six month trip round Europe, roaming around pretty villages, scenic countrysides and amazing views. To accompany them on their grand adventure, I made this little embroidery for them to hang.

[And talking of homes on the move, we're moving house this week. Whoop woop! So apologies for my forthcoming blog absence whilst we get our new internet. Have a lovely rest of your January. Mrs B xx]

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Spinning Around

Aren't music boxes the sweetest, and also a little bit spooky? I love them. The little ballerina trapped inside her bejewelled cave, destined to spin round and around for eternity to her dainty tune - a story that could be straight out of Hans Christian Anderson or the Brothers Grimm. It's no wonder I've used them in a number of theatre productions and I know I'm not the only one.
My sister gave me this vintage gem for Christmas. I love that it's a grown up version, with a more saucy ballerina in her velvety, fractured mirror lair. Her tune is a very slow, slightly off key version of the Colonel Bogey March, better known as "Hitler has only got one ball". It's like she's Sally Bowles or one of the girls from the Windmill Theatre trapped in an endless 1940s burlesque act. And I'm loving her muted gold strapless leotard and matching hair. I could do with a swimsuit in that shape to hide away my post-baby tummy although I'm not sure I could pull off the colour!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Further Festive Stitching

Okay I think this is my last blog post about handmade gifts for Christmas 2011. Then I promise to move on into the new year! Having got to grips with Heather Ross's (slightly fiddly) travel wash bag pattern from her book Weekend Sewing, I decided it would be the perfect pattern to repeat not once but four times as gifts for Mr & Mrs Biddle Senior and Mr and Mrs Biddle bro and sister in law. It worked pretty well doing it all in stages - cutting out all four bags, then doing all four zip sections, etc. And it was lovely to work with my Mr Biddle to choose fabric for each of them and decide what lovely toiletries to pop inside each one. Here they all are (in slightly bad light as I forgot to document them before wrapping and then had to steal them all back to photograph under a standard lamp!) - prepare for lots of photos.

For Father-in-law Biddle ... Kokka sailing boats with a blue striped cotton
 For Sister-in-law Biddle ... limited edition Liberty Print for the V&A teamed with unbleached cotton
 For Mother-in-law Biddle ... dainty flowers from Abakhans with a pale blue striped cotton
 For Brother-in-law Biddle ... Kokka's vintage radios linen with matching pale blue linen
PS: Thank you to my lovely readers and your kind words of encouragement urging me to start selling my cushions. The thought has crossed my mind so watch this space in case a little Etsy shop opens staffed by yours truly xx

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Christmas Cushions Part 2

My second batch of cushion making this Christmas was for my momma. I chose fabrics from Country Threads to match to colour palette of her living room, and added ribbon, rick rack, and a piece of vintage embroidery which had been passed on to me from her gran.