Wednesday, 3 November 2010

5 Minutes of Fame

I was really chuffed when I received a request to submit some of my personalised vintage linen Christmas stockings for a Homes & Gardens magazine photoshoot. I could not really believe the stockings would be featured until I picked up a copy of the magazine this afternoon. I could not stop smiling when I saw my stockings in the Christmas supplement of the magazin. This is my first feature in a national magazine and it feels very special.

Halloween

We had a wonderful Halloween this year. The girls enjoyed baking halloween cup cakes with daddy and pumpkin carving with mummy. We were invited to quite a few parties with lots of games, facepainting and of course sweets. I was especially proud of receiving first price with our carved pumpkins at one of the parties :-)






... and yes, I still can find some orange face paint here and there :-)

Friday, 8 October 2010

A beautiful surprise

Being a very organised Christmas shopper this year, I have already most of my present for the festive season:-) This morning I received these absolutely beautiful personalised ice cream cones for my girls, created by the wonderful team at Giddy Kipper. My girls are going to be so happy when they find them under the Christmas tree.




My personal Giddy Kipper favourite has to be this gorgeous heart


Saturday, 3 July 2010

A Print from Sanderson

I blogged a while ago about a printing workshop at the Museum for Fashion and Textile in Bermondsey. Sanderson had kindly offered to digitally print our creations onto fabric. Last week I received a little parcel with my fabrics. I must say I was quite proud holding these fabrics in my hand and absolutely love them.



Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Time For Me

Usually, I sew things for my wonderful customers (and don't understand me wrong I love it), but there never seems to be the time to sew something or do something for myself. So when one evening I browsed my emails I saw a newsletter from the Make Lounge in Islington, North London, advertising a 2-evening workshop to sew a summer dress. I signed up on the spot.


I've attended several workshops at the Make Lounge and I just adore it there. The venue is wonderful, the company is great, I always learn something new and I just love, love the tutors!


Below the fruit of my labour. I love the dress, even though my 4 year old proclaimed 'mum do you have a new night dress'. Erm, 'no'. But she is not that far off, as I used a vintage sheet to make the dress :-)




And actually browsing for the link of the Make Lounge, I saw that they now offer a book binding course. And I am very happy to say that I am signed up for a course in July :-)

Monday, 28 June 2010

We Make London Summer Spectacular

After weeks of preparation and working until the early hours of the morning, the day of We Make London fair at Chelsea's Town Hall finally arrived last Saturday. It was my first time at an 'We Make London' event and to date also my biggest fair as a seller.

While sales were a little on the low side and temperatures on the hot side, I had a wonderful and interesting day and connected with some wonderful other designer makers.

My polkadots & blooms stall, in the main hall


Next to me was the lovely Jo with her new Milk Two Bunnies label - Gorgeous baby wear and accessories made from Liberty fabric


In our little square of stalls was also one of my favourite illustrators Belle & Boo. I could not resist getting these little dolls for my little madams :-)


My absolutely favourite stall was 'Share the feeeling' and their fantastic gift bags.


I am looking forward to the Christmas fair to which I hopefully will be invited back!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Trip notes/Reisetagebuch

We just returned from a lovely holiday to see friends and family in Denmark and Germany. This year we decided to take the ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg, which turned out to be a good choice not only considering all the flight disruptions.


The girls loved it and our holiday started from the word 'go'.


Below some pictures from the crossing.


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Wir sind gerade aus einem schönen Urlaub nach Dänemark und Deutschland zurückgekehrt. Dieses Jahr hatten wir uns entschlossen die Fähre nach Dänemark zu nehmen; dies stellte sich als gute Wahl heraus, wenn man das Luftreisechaos bedenkt.


Sogar das Wetter war uns wohlgesinnt und wir haben viel Zeit draussen verbracht :-)


Unten nun unser Reisetagebuch in Bildern.

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There is something special about flags in the wind on a boat.

The girls loved jumping about on deck ....


... the fab children's entertainment


... and a visit to the bridge



I sneaked out a few minutes to enjoy the glorious sunset

Friday, 23 April 2010

Textile Printing Workshop at the Museum for Fashion and Textile, Bermondsey, London

I had been thinking about using print in my designs for quite a while, thus when I read about a textile printing workshop at the Museum of Fashion and Textile in Bermondsey, London, it took not much convincing to sign up for the one day workshop.

The workshop was run by the lovely Fiona Howard with the support of two excellent Sanderson and Zoffany designers. The designs were first drawn, then copied onto lino and cut out. I had done lino design before, but the huge amount of painful cuts had rather put me off cutting lino! Today the cutting went without a hitch and the need for a bandaid :-)

Everyone had a fantastic day, that passed by far too quickly. Below some pictures to show the process and some designs.

By the way the museum is a little gem and worth while a visit if you are interested in fashion and textiles.

1. Cutting the lino (some of us had some really intricate designs)






2. Printing the designs onto paper






3. Finished designs


4. My own handy work






We did not end up printing onto fabric, just on paper, but Sanderson will print our designs onto fabric and will send it to us. How wonderful is that!

Monday, 12 April 2010

Etsy meet up in London

On Thursday 8th April, Etsy had their first London get together held at the fabulous Fashion and Textile Museum. We had the opportunity to enjoy the stunning Sanderson exhibition and meet some lovely and inspiring Etsy sellers and buyers!

I was positively surprised to bump into Robyn of RoseLullabyDolls, who makes the most amazing art dolls, which hopefully will adorn my daughters rooms at some stage :-). I met Robyn at Liberty's Open Call event earlier in the year. We stood next to each other in line for hours (totally frozen by the end of it) before we were seen!



In good old etsy fashion I was able to trade one of my vintage fabric cat purses for this beautiful Red Wire Rose Ring by Emily Mah

Emily is also an author of science fiction and fantasy no less. Check out here blog.


I also had the pleasure to meet the lovely Monika and her husband of MaaPstudio. Monika's porcelain jewellery is out of this world, I just can't stop looking at her beautiful creations.



And last but not least a big 'Thank you' to two great ladies: Amity, who was hour host and Heidi ,who took so many pictures of our wares and gave so many tips on how to improve our photography.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and am looking forward to the next event. (As a bonus I also booked myself onto a print workshop at the Design and Textile Museum :-)

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Thoughts on a Tuesday after Easter

I meant to blog about my beloved vintage linen tonight. However, I came across two blog entries today by coincident (if coincidence exists) that made me pause; both celebrating the handmade and craftmen, both in a slightly different way:

Firstly there is the wonderful Hayley of Ruby Wren Designs, celebrating her first year in business full of successes but also struggles. Her heartfelt acknowledgement of realities when you run your own business very much ring true with me, as it probably does with many other people running their own business.

Secondly a blog entry by Seth Godin that exactly expresses what I think and feel about handmade and mass products, but that my rather limited rhetorical abilities would never be able to bring onto paper (or the screen): ".... The new trend in spending money is to buy things that are painstakingly hand built instead of efficiently mass produced. It might not be a better price than what you could buy at Target, but the very fact that you can pay for an artisan to create it, an artist to design it, a talented worker to bring it to life--that act makes a powerful statement about what you can afford and what's important to you..." (Posted by Seth Godin on April 06, 2010 http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/)

I think for years I have chased after something that I thought I wanted and needed but that was not really me. Now that I have rediscovered my creative side, my ability to craft and create, I finally have the feeling that I am arriving somewhere I belong. And that is a wonderful feeling and a very happy place to be :-)

Thursday, 1 April 2010

We Make London

I am so chuffed, I was offered a place at the We Make London summer fair in Chelsea! The fair takes place on Saturday June 26th, 11.00 - 17.00 at Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE.


When you are around please stop by. I will be in the main hall!



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Ich bin begeistert. Ich habe einen Platz in der 'We Make London' Austellung in Chelsea London bekommen. Bitte sagt 'Hallo', falls Ihr am 26 Juni in Chelsea London seid. Adresse: Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE Zeit: 11.00 - 15.00


Friday, 19 March 2010

Spring arrival - Frühlingsanfang

Spring has finally arrived in my garden. The dwarf daffs in my front garden are finally flowering. I also call them my smiling duffs, as they always make me smile when I leave the house or come home and I know Sprin is finally upon us.

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Der Frühlung ist jetzt auch bei mir, in meinem Süd-Londoner Vorgarten eingezogen. Die Zwergosterglocken blühen und ich muss immer lächeln, wenn ich an ihnen vorbeigehe.









The hyacinths and muscari are not quite there yet, but I took a picture anyway.

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Die Hyazinthen und Muscari sind noch nicht ganz da, aber ein Photo konnte ich mir dann doch nicht verkneifen.


Friday, 12 March 2010

Stunning treasury

My vintage fabric coin purse was included in this stunning etsy treasury today. I just love the colours and the 're use re gain' theme!

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Mein Vintage Stoffportemonnaie war in dieser wunderbaren Etsy 'Treasury' eingestellt. Ich finde die Farben ganz toll und auch das Thema 're use re gain' (wieder benutzen, wieder gewinnen)




The treasury was curated by floweredskybeads who sells amazingly beautiful pendants and other treasures!

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Die 'Treasury' wurde von floweredskybeads zusammengestellt, die sehr schöne Anhänger und ander Schätze verkauft.



Monday, 8 March 2010

An Outing to Joss Bay, Kent, UK

We visitied relatives at the Kent Coast this weekend. The girl's were full of energy, so we headed down to Joss Bay. It was just stunning. The wind was freezing though and we could only stay a few minutes. Here some pictures for everyone to enjoy!

One of the girls having fun in the waves and on the beach.






I could not resist to take some pictures of beach finds.






And finally .......

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Decoration's for a girl's room

We are currently looking to re-design my 4 year-old's room, as she is a 'big' girl now and requires suitable accommodation :-) We (mum and daughter) finally have decided on a bed, an adult sized cabin bed with an alice-house style tent underneath, no less. The wall colour, which may or may not be a surprise to you, is pink, 'pretty pink' to be precise.

Now, the fun bit is to look for room decorations, and to be honest I did not even think that I would be looking for decorations. But here we go, my list of beautiful adornments is growing by the minute and I probably required 2 or 3 rooms if I wanted to accommodate them all. Here is a first selection of my finds:

1. Siblings Silhouettes Wall Decal by lepapierstudio

2. Custom Name Design by englishmuffinsshop

3. Coatrack by GLANZeffect

4. Paper Cuckoo's clock by petie

5. Vintage Wallpaper Birds by Inke Heiland