tempus fugit…time flies!

You may have noticed a decided absence of posts. It is not that I have not been working at all – there have been custom orders and stock developments – but there have also been distractions in the form of visitors, days out with Mark and needing to get things done for the Bath WI. We now have no visitors, Mark is back at work (for a couple of weeks anyway) and my lovely comrades at the Bath WI committee have taken quite a bit off my shoulders so I have two weeks to work very hard…before Mark and I hand over the house and cats to our regular ‘sitters’ and head to Devon for a week in a listed barn conversion; peace and quiet, lots of photos and perhaps a little crochet beside the wood burner (probably alone as Mark has spotted there is a PlayStation in the property!).

So first of all, let me share some of my distractions…

Stourhead National Trust house and gardens:

Stourhead 17 Sept 2014 - 007

Stourhead 17 Sept 2014 - 140

 

 

The Courts, National Trust gardens at Holt:

the courts 18 sept 2014 - 069

the courts 18 sept 2014 - 096

 

Afternoon tea at the Bailbrook House Hotel:

Bailbrook House - 16

 

Yeo Valley Organic Gardens:

Yeo Valley Gardens 7 Sept 2014 - 034

Yeo Valley Gardens 7 Sept 2014 - 045

Yeo Valley Gardens 7 Sept 2014 - 130

And now the work! I have been having fun printing photos on to cotton poplin, and there are now options in my Etsy shop to request custom orders using your own photos…the kids, pets or holiday snaps! Christmas present for Granny?

garden cakes and lavender bags - 11

 

photo fabric 1 - 07

photo fabric 1 - 15

photo fabric 1 - 16

garden cakes and lavender bags - 15

garden cakes and lavender bags - 16

In addition, there are organised people getting ahead with their Christmas shopping and I have had a number of custom orders including Wizard of Oz Christmas stockings – I liked the ruby slipper one so much I made an extra one to pop in my shop, and am always happy to make items personalised with names and/or photos.

w of o stocking 19 sept 2014 - 3

wofO stocking2 - 2

the stockings were hung by the chimney with care

I am sorry I have not posted in a while – so busy! Not only have I been lucky enough to have a load of custom orders, I am also sewing like mad to make stock for a Christmas fair (Wednesday December 4th, 7pm until 9.30pm at St Mary The Virgin Church on Darlington Street, Bath)…added to which I had a small mountain of cake to bake for Mark to take in to his office for his birthday.

Excuses over, here are some of the custom orders…no names in case they may be gifts!

slippers
slippers
zipper pouch
zipper pouch
slippers and bag
slippers and bag
Ellen Mouse tunic
Ellen Mouse tunic
pug dog drawstring bag
pug dog drawstring bag
pug dog slippers and drawstring bag
pug dog slippers and drawstring bag
Ellen Mouse tunic
Ellen Mouse tunic
Dr Who stockings
Dr Who stockings

One of my custom orders РDr Who Christmas stockings Рset me off on a Christmas stocking fest (all now in my shop!). I bought some more Dr Who fabric and intend to  make some for the shop too.

Skandi Christmas stocking detail
Skandi Christmas stocking detail
Skandi Christmas stocking
Skandi Christmas stocking
Skandi Christmas stocking detail
Skandi Christmas stocking detail
Skandi Christmas stocking
Skandi Christmas stocking
glittery blue and gold Christmas stocking
glittery blue and gold Christmas stocking

My favourite has to be this welly boot Christmas stocking made from oilcloth – I love it when I can realise and idea.

oilcloth welly Christmas stocking
oilcloth welly Christmas stocking

welly boot Christmas stocking

There is also a little Ellen Mouse in my shop – sporting a Christmas pinafore!

Christmas Ellen Mouse
Christmas Ellen Mouse
Christmas Ellen Mouse
Christmas Ellen Mouse
Ellen Mouse
Ellen Mouse

bring on the fabric!

Mark and I spent last week at our little flat in Dorset (loads of photos in DeereDiary)

West Bay, Dorset
West Bay, Dorset

Back home, and the sewing was never far from my thoughts. My ideas notebook continued to fill (oilcloth Christmas stocking welles!!) and we did pop in to a couple of fabric shops. I hear there are women whose husbands/partners do not appreciate their women’s fabric habits, but I am happy to say I am not one of them. Mark is a football-loving blokey sort of a fellow, but he really knows me. Half the fabric I bought was stuff he unearthed because he knows what I am going to like.

It has been a while since I popped in to Livingstone Textiles in Bridport and they have extended their range and have such lovely things! Really nice staff – attentive without being pushy. Each of these pieces was picked for a particular project and it was only when I got home I realised how lovely they look as a group.

fabric and ribbons from Livingstone Textiles
fabric and ribbons from Livingstone Textiles

Our route to and from Dorset goes almost past Midsomer Quilting, so it would have been rude not to pop in! I did resist the free coffee and chocolate biscuits and was delighted when the owner pointed out the new room of extra fabric. A nice little mixture of festive and floral.

fabric from Midsomer Quilting
fabric from Midsomer Quilting

This week I am going to concentrate on getting all my custom orders finished and in the post before I start on the fun Christmas stuff.

 

 

 

 

Santa baby…

The weather has turned cooler (I am back to fighting our two cats for my work chair now they don’t want to sit in the garden all day) and I have started to feel a little shiver of panic about how much sewing I have to do for Christmas. To ease my nerves I made a Christmas stocking before breakfast!

I like Christmas, but this year I wonder if I will be too busy to enjoy all the usual preparations. However, I will get my Christmas cakes made shortly…slug of brandy for the cake, slug of brandy for me…

Oh Ellen...come out of there!
Oh Ellen…come out of there!
first Christmas stocking of the year
first Christmas stocking of the year
Moda 'Winter Lanes' fabric
Moda ‘Winter Lanes’ fabric

I also finished another Ellen Mouse to go in the shop: