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Unloved old t-shirt + scissors + stencil + bleach =

Have I ever mentioned that I love skulls?

The first of a few items of clothing that need re-loving before summer…


necklace made from business cardsWhat do you do with your moo cards when the information is out of date?

… make a necklace with them, of course.

necklace made from business cards

OK. There is a story behind this random creative exercise. I was (accidentally…) browsing the Anthropologie site the other day and I saw this lovely necklace. Then realised it was made of paperclips and coloured tape. Paperclips and coloured tape!! I love the geometry, and just imagine how it’ll move. So this genius construction has been swimming around in my brain ever since and I just needed to have a bash at something similar.

Yeah. It’s hardly a masterpiece. But it’s good to test your braincells every now and then — getting all those pieces of card and little jump rings to sit just right wasn’t as simple as I first thought. I might re-make it in a more flattering form sometime.

One of my new year’s resolutions (which I don’t normally make) is to write a blog post every week. I’m not doing too well so far, although we’re only in week two. And week one was busy. But if I’m not hard on myself , who will be? :)

diamons pattern watercolour

Anyway, I’m designing a new collection. It started with a vintage harlequin print silk scarf in my collection. The colours are kind of horrid-yet-appealing, and those little diamonds have wormed their way into my soul. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them for months now.

diamond stitch embroidery with beading

Which means that, for once, I’m focusing on surface before materials or form – which is actually kind of refreshing for me (and an excellent excuse to do lots of embroidery)!

In the meantime, I have new greetings card designs on the way and a potential new product line in the works. :)

Happy new year!

lno cut antique keysSo, I’ve had a range of textile home accessories on the back-burner for a while now, and the past few days I’ve finally got started on some tentative samples.

100% linen tea towel, block printed with water based inks. I do love my antique keys. I was hoping to take some “proper” photographs of it this afternoon, but it decided to rain and spoil my light. Maybe tomorrow.

As the sun was setting yesterday.

Watercolour in sketchbookWatercolour (because I didn’t want to go to bed last night).

cat peering over my sewing boxDinah peering at me over my (now immaculately tidy!) sewing box.

yellow wood sorrel leaves

yellow wood sorrel leaves

The yellow wood sorrel growing abundantly in our garden. I love the colours of the leaves and the patterns they make.

I have a table at a Gala day tomorrow, and for once I have everything ready in advance. No late night for me tonight! I spend this morning taking photographs of what I’m going to sell. Of course, I forgot to photograph one of my best sellers, so you’ll have to wait to see those. Have a look at the photos on facebook. Let’s hope the clouds are all rained out by tomorrow…

Lots of these little purses half-way finished. The cuttings are like confetti, but I’m fighting the urge to throw them in the air. I have enough tidying to do.

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