Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Granny's Garden.

My lovely Mum is 78 years young
and this is her garden.

Mum lives on her own and tends to the garden herself.
My 13 year old nephew mows her lawn and prunes the
occasional large branch.

She has a little green-house;

and grows a few veg and soft fruit in troughs and bags.

This is in her conservatory

It also houses a Bougainvillea, an Oleander, geraniums and
a huge Kaffir Lilly, which had twelve stems of flowers this year.

Mum designed and dug and planted all the borders
in her back garden,
and laid all the stones and gravel in the front garden.

I think her garden is beautiful, probably looking it's best at this time of the year,
yet it is interesting even in the winter with 
lots of evergreen and winter plants.

This is my favourite corner:

A little wren thinks so too - it has made a nest in the bird house.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sew good today!

I have, at last, found time (TWO WHOLE HOURS) to go into my workshop 
to SEW!

NOT for a soft furnishing commission,
but just for ME, 
so that 
I can start to fill my Folksy shop again!

After a rummage through my fabric stash
I found some linens and gingham 
to make a couple of bags.

Some recycled  linen printed with lovely
 full blown roses
 in browny pinks and zesty greens.

Nice and big, to take shopping,
with a stiffened base and
 handles long enough to wear the bag on
your shoulder.
There is also a zipped pocket inside to hide your purse
A nice lining too!

The other bag is BIG!
Just the thing to take on holiday to carry all the 
usual paraphernalia.

The fabric is a beautifully soft vintage floral linen
in gorgeous muted colours.
The back of the bag is in plain linen.

A pleated gingham frill tops the bag and 
the handles are nice and long to wear it
comfortably on your shoulder,
 or over your arm
(too long to carry in your hand though
 - the bag will drag on the ground - 
unless you are very tall or have really long arms!).

Lined in gingham, the bag has two handy pockets in one!

For more information about these bags go to my Pretty Bags page .

More sewing to show soon (I hope)!!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

All the fun of the Fair!

A week ago my BF Linda and I held our first Kitsch and Stitch Vintage and Makers' Fair.
Almost 5 months planning and organising; booking the beautiful 
Vestry Hall in Cranbrook, Kent;
advertising for stall holders; sifting through applications; booking stall holders
plodding the streets delivering flyers; making yards of bunting;
 sifting out vintage treasures for Linda's stall;
and making lots of goodies for my Pretty Goods stall
setting up the Hall the evening before
and being up at the crack of dawn on the day of the fair
all paid off
the Fair
A  blooming fantastic success!!
The pretty hall was packed with visitors all day long
and our 21 stall holders were thrilled 
with the response to their beautifully arranged stalls,
a mix of vintage treasures and handmade crafts.

Plans are now under way for the next fair 

Saturday 3rd September 2011

(The tables are fully booked already!!)

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Don't Forget....

The Kitsch and Stitch 
Vintage and Makers' Fair
this Saturday, 7th May.
10am - 3pm
The Vestry Hall
Lots of lovely stalls brimming with 
vintage treasures 
and beautiful handmade crafts.
Delicious refreshments for sale, 
in support of
The Hospice in the Weald.
Looking forward to seeing you!