Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Happy Valentines Day,
Friday, 8 February 2013
Here in the long thin house... When I am allowed out of fairy land... I like to indulge in a spot of crochet.
I haven't been 'hooking' for long and i think i chronicled my early attempts on this very blog, but it has led me to an appreciation of all thing 'Nan/Granny'. My Children do not understand this, when I recently offered to crochet a blanket for my soon to be here Granchild ( who we have found out since I first announced the news is a Girl ! ) I was told " I don't like crochet it looks like something Nan would have". Exactly ! How can the ways of Nan be underestimated ? I firmly believe that more Nan attitude would be a good thing. The make do and mend attitude of our Parents and Theirs before is to be applauded in todays consumer led society, I for one am really glad to see the re-emergence of crafty ways, mending ,making do, recycling, and while I'm as guilty as the next person of buying designer vintage 'style' products my greatest pleasure is finding that same style/type of item in a charity shop or bootsale, usually for a lot less money ! the same goes for designer mass made goods, give me handmade or vintage any day, the web is full of amazingly talented crafts people, and you get something unique and lovingly made,not factory made by people who'd rather be at home !
Anyhoo getting down from my horse of extreme stature ! where was I ... Crochet baby blanket... Well I crocheted one any way, as I enjoyed doing it, and well, I am 'Nan' so it's my job to introduce my Grandaughter to thrifty, crafty ways at every opportunity, even if she is too young to realise yet ! The blanket was met with a rather different reaction than I had expected..."oh it's lovely ! ..... can you crochet baby dresses too, they are so cute" !
I feel my 'Nan' vibes are working !
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
As I mentioned a while back I have become a little obsessed with this Instagram thingy. For those of you who do not know what it is, it is a place where you can post your own photos and people can leave comments and likes on them, They can also choose to follow you and you can do the same too. The result being that it becomes a little community, I love my IG family, they are a lovely bunch of funny and talented people, who always seem to be on hand when you need them.
Around October last year I posted a photo on IG (Instagram) of a Fairy I was making for my Christmas tree, I had made one a while ago, but wanted to make another one in a slightly different style. By the time I had finished her I had had lots of lovely comments and had been asked if I made them to order, to which I said yes, this resulted in the lead up to Christmas being spent frantically sewing away in my sewing room...re-named Fairy land... to meet the IG orders !
I make them from upcycled fabric,vintage crocheted doilies , lace, ribbon, buttons and beads and each madebymim Fairy has a little embroidered heart tattoo, as i think all Fairies should have one ! I had a few remarks saying they looked very 'Marie Antoinette-ish' hence when naming them it seemed obvious to give them French sounding names, so there is Bibi, Didi,Coco,Frou Frou and Fifi to name a few !
Things in Fairy land have slowed a little since Christmas, which has given me time to experiment, having had such a great time making the little Christmas Fairies, I thought I'd give making a bigger version a go.
So now I am making Rag doll Fairies too, they are much bigger, nearly 2 foot tall ! and I have re opened my Etsy shop to sell them in.. madebymimuk... where I will be adding them as I make them, the larger Rag doll Faries and the smaller Fairies too,which although they have been called Christmas Fairies are not just for Christmas ! The French style Rococo Fairies have been joined by Regency Fairies... A bit Pride and Predjudice... or as my Husband said , "it's all a bit Eyre-e Fairy around here !" there are even plans in the pipeline for boy Fairies too!
So while in between collecting ideas for our teashop/craftspace on Pinterest and looking for houses, schools and business premises in Devon I'm to be found in my sewing room, away with the Fairies ...and I love it !
Monday, 4 February 2013
Since my last post a lot has changed in the long thin house..of which I shall not bore you with the details.... but the result is We are moving to Devon !!
Our 1st Granchild is due in March and we have decided to move closer to our Daughter who just happens to be living in the part of the country we have always wanted to live in !
The second plan and probably our most ambitious is that we are hoping to open a Teashop/ craft space in or near Exeter !!
I am very excited to be combining two of my most favourite things ... cake and craft , and hopefully get to meet new friends along the way !
Well this is just a quick update to let you all know that I am still here and what plans are afoot, and I will be keeping a record of our journey from Essex to Devon and everything in between. Hopefully you will share in our adventure and in years to come I an look back and think why didn't we do this before !
Next time i want to show you what I have been up to craft wise since we last spoke and how it has led me to a brand new crafty project, all I will say for now is it's magic !