and the winner is…

I drew the winner of the Liberty print lavender heart this morning and the winner is…Vikki Barker! (a ‘liker’ over on my facebook page). I will be posting the heart to Vikki as soon as she lets me have her address.

Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support me – I really appreciate it!

 

Deerey Me shop is now open!

I am a little shakey and I am not sure if it excitement or nerves, but my shop is now open on Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DeereyMe

It is surprisingly difficult working out prices and postage and wording for listings…and I am sure I will be doing some editing over the next few days and weeks…but the shop is open! I would like to ask a favour and if anyone spots any spelling mistakes or the like, please let me know. In return I would like to celebrate the milestone so if you comment here or on Facebook (I will accept a ‘like’ too https://www.facebook.com/DeereyMe), next Friday morning I will randomly select someone who has commented or liked to receive this Liberty print lavender heart (filled with lavender harvested last year from the lavender we have in the garden.

Liberty print lavender heart
Liberty print lavender heart

Now is the time to enter, while the odds are in your favour…who knows how many likes and comments there will by the next giveaway!

I really appreciate all the support my family and friends continue to give me…

…just a shame the cats can’t be a bit more helpful! I spend half my time making sure there is no cat fur where there shouldn’t be.

Max on the work table
Max on the work table
Max on ironing board
Max on ironing board

some like it hot…

Some like it hot…and some don’t. I am one of the latter. Don’t get me wrong, I like sunshine as much as the next (wo)man; I just don’t like it hot. Give me a cold, icy day with blue skies and sunshine and long Winter shadows and I am as happy as a pig inĀ  muck. Once the temperature gets much above 20C, I start to wilt and with temperatures at the moment closer to 30C, I turn in to the wicked witch of the west country – bad attitude and cries of “I’m melting, I’m melting!”

Everything is taking me longer than usual, but I have been surprised to find that keeping making things takes my mind off the far too hot weather and reduces my whingeing. So I have been quite busy…

1) a herd of seahorses. Actually, ‘herd’ is far too dull a word for seahorses. I understand they move through water through the undulation of their dorsal fin, so I reckon the collective noun should be an undulation of seahorses. What do you think?

an undulation of seahorses
an undulation of seahorses

I think I will add ribbon loops to the seahorses so they can be hung in wardrobes or from doorhandles. Good idea?

2) I have also returned to the granny’s flower garden patchwork we did with Scrapiana at the Bath WI craft workshop. I sew the little hexagons made from Liberty of London lawn by hand which means I can sit in the living room with Mark and nod and smile as he tells me what England has to do to beat Australia at cricket (I understand cricket about as well as I understand Mandarin). At the workshop we sewed together seven hexagons (I used some of Scrapiana’s Kaffe Fassett fabric) which back home I turned in to a pincushion. I use it all the time, and thought it might be something other people might like too. This one I backed with my favourite sage green cotton with white polka dots (it came from a Bath pop-up shop, and I will be very sad once it has all been used up).

Liberty lawn granny's flower garden pincushion
Liberty lawn granny’s flower garden pincushion

3) while I had the Liberty fabric to hand, I decided to make a little pencil case too…

Liberty lawn pencil case
Liberty lawn pencil case

 

4) …and to add another piece of granny’s flower garden patchwork to a larger bag (for make-up or, in my case, sewing machine bobbins). I love this purple fabric, printed with script and highlights of twinkling gold. Don’t try telling me that ‘all that glisters is not gold’, I am a total magpie for anything sparkly.

granny's flower garden make-up purse
granny’s flower garden make-up purse

 

Determined to open my shop this week

Now then, I am determined to sew my heart out Monday and Tuesday and then spend Wednesday and Thursday (and maybe Friday) working out prices and postage and taking product photos so I can open an Etsy.com shop at the end of the week! I think it only right to celebrate with a giveaway; just need to decide what…