I picked up this foot stall at Vinnies a while back now. I knew it would be spruced up at some point but I was waiting for some inspiration (which was a long time arriving). Then I got myself a little bit excited the other night when inspired by Kootoyoo herself I remembered these coffee sacks that have also been sitting around looking pretty for way too long. So today I put scissors to sack (that hurt a lot!) and covered the cushion and painted the rest in a lovely 'Treasure Isle' colour. I reckon it looks a bit funky.
For more creative things go toKootoyoo and take a peek.....
....is by far the best film I have seen in a super long time. I LOVED it so much. The performances were magnificent and I really enjoyed the insight into the struggles of poor King George VI. So moving.
I sat to the end of the credits and reminisced about my old life as a theatrical agent back in London recognising so many of the names rolling past my eyes. It is only when I see such a top quality film like this that I pine for a hint of that long lost glamour in the crafty, cosy and mumsy life I now lead.
I just had to feature a picture of one of my old clients, Michael Gambon playing daddy George as I'm very proud but sort of showing off a little bit too as I think he is quite marvelous.
My last day on the job back in May 2003 was spent having lunch with Gambon dressed up to the Dumbledore nines on the set of Harry Potter. Lunching with Kitty has a less relaxing vibe and is a bit less glamourous but this mum thing is most definitely my biggest achievement so far!
I blogged about this cute little lost and forlorn looking horse a year ago. She was found on a council clear up. Yes, I'm embarrassed to say that she has sat in the unloved corner way down my list of jobs to do for a whole year. I was unsure what to do with her originally. Remember this post?
I started by gluing her together as she had a lot of loose limbs and then I sanded her back. I deliberated and deliberated as to which colour to paint her and then decided on..... .....RHED!
The reason she is 'Rhed' and not 'Red' is because Rhed is one of my baby names for my next baby girl (if it is to be a girl of course). My hubbie has poo pooed that name right off my list so I christened the horse it instead. Didn't she scrub up well!?
.......I have a million projects I need to start on. One is making some vintagey looking embroidery hoops with mix n match fabrics and Scotty Dog appliques. Another is cushion covers for my sofa. Another is a fabric cubby house for my dining room table made from vintage sheets and using applique to make it into a little eclectic looking cottage (I actually got the pattern from this months Better Homes mag!)....
....however, I am too busy at the moment with my name buntings, which is a great thing, and I'm very happy about that. Today I'm making 3 custom orders using my brand new pink iron which I got for my birthday yesterday (I guess it takes getting to 35 and a whole lot of wrecked 'naff iron' sewing jobs to get excited about that birthday gift!). Here they are sitting on my ironing board waiting to have tags sewn into them.
Pop over toKootoyoo for some super crafty amazing people......
I took Kitty to Berry markets today. I have been wanting to go to them for forever so was very jittery when I arrived to a mass of scrummy locally produced food stalls and bric and brac as far as the eye could see. But then....
....Kitty decided she didn't want to be at Berry markets. Every time I stopped to check out a stall she cried 'no mummy keep walking'. Even when I kept walking she screamed even louder that she too would prefer to be walking and started to have convulsions in her pram. All the chocolate, bouncy castle and cheap plastic windmill bribes in the world didn't change a thing.
I refused to be moved. I walked around that market today for an hour and a half with a consistently screaming toddler and I managed to buy a vintage toy box, some olives, an amazing sausage roll, a chenille skirt and a book. So there! There are some missions in life I just will not abort and Kitty will just have to scream her way through them.
I have been busy decorating a nursery for my friend's new baby girl. She had seen a box frame full of fabric covered buttons in a local boutique and was about to pay over $100 for it! Miss Thrifty here stepped in and copied the idea using my own fabrics. She was pretty happy with the replica!.... ....she didn't like the bareness of the wardrobe as you enter the nursery so I made a name hanging to jazz it up... .....I made some bunting to match the new quilt for one of the walls..... ...and it all turned out quite sweet really.