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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Cotehele.

One of my favourite spots (so far) in Cornwall is the orchard at Cotehele, a National Trust house.
On a sunny day it has to be a piece of heaven on earth.








The trees support a large amount of mistletoe.





They are remodelling this part of the garden.


Hope you are enjoying the weather wherever you are!
Bye for now.








Monday, 13 April 2015

Garden sticks and rug finished!

This is a post heavy on photos as usual.
I do love the spring time.The start of new hopes and outdoor activities.
Jane  kick started my seed growing with her lovely film on her allotment.I told her of my 'stick' purchases (some fruit bushes from the 99p shop) and wanted to show how my bargain hunt looks a little sad, compared to hers!



You can hardly make them out they are sooo small!


This currant looks better, but I think I'll have to wait a while for my pud!

Elsewhere in the garden it is looking a lot better,just needs more plants!

Beautiful Photinia 'Red Robin' has been planted to screen out a window,some way to go yet.

 


Two more suspect sticks- gooseberries this time. They have a teeny bit of growth.



Seed sowing, lettuce, beetroot, khol rabi, basil etc.
Has anyone had any luck with 'parcel' I tried it last year with no luck.Also Sweet Cisley? Not a lot seems to be happening with it. 





 

As we've had a few colder nights, I managed to finish off my face rag rug.




Anyone else been busy in the garden?
Bye for now x.



Tuesday, 31 March 2015

DIY Instagram fabric pencil case and art folder.

Just a quick post to show a little gift I made for my daughters birthday.
She loves instagram and wanted something along those lines as a pencil case.

I bought some plain cotton fabric to do an applique, and you may recognise the floral fabric from my old dress.http://felicitytaylor-eclectichandmade.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/rag-rug-finished-and-wardrobe-cull.html


I also made a little folder to hold her Nexus and a sketchbook, as she likes to draw from the internet.


The inside pockets are a bit wonky as I used the pockets that were on the dress.


The sketchbook cardboard back fits into the pocket.



A little pencil pocket.


My attempt at free machine sewing and binding around the edges.
She seemed to like them anyway!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Victorian mourning button.

If objects could tell their story.
I recently bought a beautiful Victorian button, worn for periods of mourning.
I think it is moulded glass.
I liked the way it worked with a modern plastic bird,I like to think that the spirit takes flight.








Have a good weekend x.



Monday, 16 March 2015

Junk journalling and upcycling books. Rag face progress.

Hopefully spring is in the air!
After another break.
A little look at what I've been up to.


I have always kept or collected books or papers that I think might be useful (!) 
I have also recently been watching many, many, many films on you tube about junk journalling, scrapbooking etc.
It appealed to me because some use lots of different elements in their journals.
Lots of elements that I have in big piles, but haven't made use of yet!
 I thought I may be able to make something more cohesive and useful.
I had some old ladybird books that were falling apart.

I spent some time cutting out parts of the images that I liked.


Please excuse the awful nails!



I glued an image onto the back too so they can be used in small books.


These are still a work in progress.
I was also interested in making little books from fragments of things, writing,fabric,ribbon, papers etc.
Either they will be a stand alone book, or something that I can add blank papers to and it can then be used like a sketchbook.



I love finding aged papers with marks and writing of a time gone by.




The next one in progress is using more of the ladybird pictures, old greetings cards etc.


I'd love a pair of gloves like those.
I even got my own chunky wool out for a bit of blanket stitch! 


The next is a definite junk journal, made with magazines, book papers, old music etc.


Tried sewing some pockets.



Put in blank pages for writing or photos.


Lastly a piccy or two of  the rag picture so far.




I now have to get myself in gear and get back to doing my Etsy shop.
What have you all been up to? 
Anyone else tried junk journalling?
Bye for now, Fliss x




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