Tuesday, 28 September 2010

It's quiet as I'm moving house.

I may be quiet for a few days as I am moving house. I want to sit and work but everything is in boxes.
 I have one outstanding job to do as I'm going on a three day workshop with Patti Medaris Culea to make one of her fabulous art dolls. 
I still have to make the doll body in preparation for the class and find all the things I need to take with me.

 I've only made Raggedys before, this was for my grandaughter, she looks a bit 'wild'.

This is where she sleeps. A little rocking cradle with it's own quilt and pillow. I enjoyed making all these but now is the time to try some grown up dolls with 'attitude'.

The class is Friday, Saturday and Sunday then moving on Monday. EEeeekkk!!!.

I've had lots of help from my grandson, here he is in Cornwall last summer.

I'll catch up with all my news soon. Have a great week everyone!

Monday, 20 September 2010

Votes for Women.

I am really enjoying the pieces that I am making after joining KC Willis Collage Camp. I am working on inspirational British women. This is a piece that I have just finished featuring Emmiline Pankhurst, a leader of the Suffragette movement who fought for Votes for Women here in England.

I have used shades of Purple and green,( the Suffragette colours) with some aged lace and ribbon. She is an elegant Edwardian lady and I hope I've captured that.
I am working now until I can have enough pieces for an Exhibition. I'll just need to find a venue.
       I've also added some things that I've made to my   blog shop so please pop over and look.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

My Cuff Swap has arrived.

I joined in theVictorian Cuff Swap hosted by Honey Lamb and I and yesterday my package arrived. It was so exciting to open and I was sooo.... delighted with what I received.

Inside the envelope was a a card from Virginie, and a red bag with my cuff. When I opened it I was so delighted,she has worked so hard to learn some new sewing skills to make this for me.
See how beautifully she made the fastening and covered the button.
She even put in her own label.
On the card was a lovely message and a surprise, a gift voucher to spend with her.
You made my day Virginie, so many' THANKS', I'm shouting in case you can hear me across the Irish Sea.

Here's what I sent to Virginie.

I put it in a little bag.
I made a little box to put it in.

The cuff has a rolled rose made from coffee stained ribbon and stitched either side with pearls and pink seed beads over pink lace roses. It is all on some pretty lace that I had in my box.
I covered the box with some of my grandma's crochet then added another rose and some ribbon.

I have really enjoyed making all these things and hope Virginie likes them.

I'm off to Cornwall now to see my friend at Cowslip and for my grandson to audition for a part in the Duchy Ballets new production of The Nutcracker.
Have a good Sunday everyone!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Lady Gardener.

I love books with a purpose so I really enjoyed designing this keepsake journal for a Lady Gardener. I am still working with the inspiration from KC Willis Collage Camp. This is the front cover.

              The first page has a pocket on each side, one for little reminders and one for seeds.

Here is another pocket for treasures and a page with her thoughts.
This page has a little notebook and the 'Ladies' pride and joy, her Sunday School prize.
This is the back cover.

I've really enjoyed making this and hope to be making more. I've got lots of ideas!!
Let me know what you think.
xox Angela.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Cuff swap ready to post.

I joined the hungry Hippie in a Victorian Cuff Swap, my partner is Virginie at Vivibijoux.
Ok It's finished but I'm only going to give you a sneek peek of the fastening.
You can just about see the packaging too. I don't want to spoil the surprise when she opens it so you'll all have to wait for the big reveal.

Meanwhile I do have something else to show you. I joined KC Willis Collage Camp and I've just finished my first collage. I love Anne of Green Gables and re read it often. Annes innocence is so special. I designed this piece for her.
I'm pleased with my first attempt and can't wait to start on my next piece. It has been totally absorbing working through Collage Camp so Thank you KC.
Hope you all have a great weekend.

Friday, 3 September 2010

At last my new blogshop and my First Giveaway.

At Last! My new blog shop is here. Pop across to the English Romantic for my first Giveaway.

I've had lots of help from Karen Valentine who has come up with a fantastic design.

You will be able to buy some really pretty things if only I could work a little faster. I have a few more things to do before I open for business,so I thought I'd give something away first.
Just click on the English romantic button on the sidebar and join the fun, good luck.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Stitching and shopping.

I started last weekend at a workshop with Stef Francis. She is a talented lady who hand dyes beautiful threads and fabrics. You can find her online just by googling in her name.
This little bag is made with silk rods which are dyed the most beautiful colours, I chose this pretty pink. Each rod is peeled into layers then stitched to a felt base with different stitches and threads.

The flowers were made with silk cocoons,again hand dyed then cut to fit together and embellished with beads and sequins.

I've just finished some little inspiration needle cases, each one has a felt square for needles and pins and some little pocket for keeping sewing treasures. I love this quote, it somes me up!
I have several of these copies of 'Needlewoman', I love to read them but also I will be using them as pages in my needlework' Keepsake Journals' this autumn

I been on a junk shop fest for the last two days and have found some great bits and pieces.

I loved this old trunk belonging to' MJ Lloyd' it's leather handles are both intact although the inside looks a bit sad. I've left it at my workshop to dry out then it will be cleaned and I am going to re-line it with some great fabric. It will make good storage and a coffee table too.

I also found these three bits, the frame has already had a coat of paint and I'm waiting for it to dry, the metal door plate I just liked the shape and will find a use for it I'm sure and the wooden rolling pin just followed me home.

Isn't this a pretty bedspread it's cotton and you may not like that I'm going to cut it up eeek!. The lady in the charity shop was horrified, but its going to be great!!

Last is this pretty pillowslip, It's been made by hand and in lovely white cotton and no, I'm not cutting this one , it will be washed and starched and ironed for me to use.

Enjoy your day.