Inspiration

Beautiful Ceramics – My top picks!

I always enjoyed pottery classes at school, and the feel of the clay in my hands, sadly I was never really any good at it. There were more disasters than any kind of work of art or something of use. These artists below show us how it’s supposed to be done!

Hideminy New York

 I need to have these!! Porcelain Lace Salt and Pepper Cellers by Hideminy

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Amazingly these cameras are made out of ceramic! Check out Katharine Morling’s work she’s a pure genius!

 Lisa StevensI love this piece by Lisa Stevens

Wapa @ EtsyBeautiful Dandelion Candle Holder by Wapa

 Red Hot PotteryRed Hot Pottery – So pretty I love the little butterflies!

Tasha McKelvey

Tasha McKelvey Cute little birdie bowls, custom made to order

Marinski HandmadesMarinski Handmades – One day I will own something from this seller’s shop!

Redwood Stoneworks

The cutest little ring dish by Redwood Stoneworks, I would so love one of these on my bedside table! You can also customise it with a choice of  colours, but I quite like it white.
BarruntandoLook at this yarn bowl! How fabulous! Barruntando Ceramics                                                                  Barruntando Ceramics

I also love their little cat miniature

Ross Lab

Pretty Heart Coffee Mugs by Ross Lab. You can never have too many mugs right!?

So even though my skills are lacking, thankfully there is plenty out there made by very talented folks. I hope you like them too. You can see more of my ceramic picks here.

Sewing

Hexagons – A new project

Pile of hexies!The only way I am managing to survive the World Cup is immersing myself in a new project, and although I’ve not been blogging regularly my hands have not been idle! My Spring Stitching Quilt is almost complete and just needs to be quilted, there will be a post about that coming soon! I enjoyed the project so much that I knew my next project would involve hexagons too. There is something so therapeutic and relaxing about English Paper Piecing (EPP), but then as you know I am a huge fan of hand sewing. I could quite happily sit and work on it all day without getting bored. Fabric
I have been collecting these fabrics of the past couple of weeks, with a hexagon quilt in mind. The day of the opening ceremony I shuffled off to my sewing room and started the mammoth task of cutting the fabric into neat piles of hexagons.

Hexagons    You cant beat the sight of a neat pile of finished hexagons.  Hub thinks I’m bonkers and couldn’t understand why I wanted to start another hexagon project, he asks why I can’t use a different shape. All these hexagons including cutting out the fabrics took me a little less than 2 weeks. I know I wanted to make loads of hexies up first, as last time I did a few then sewed a few and it felt like I was spending so much time cutting out fabric. This time I just wanted to keep the rhythm going so cut a mammoth piles at a time. Hexagons

Hexagons The fabric is Chloe’s Closet 3o’s Playtime by Moda. A fabric range I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. Pile of hexies! hexies!

After much deliberation I decided I wanted it to be a Grandmother Garden style, and on Monday I started to sew the flowers together. Here is one flower of each of my chosen fabrics. So I still have a long way to go, I’d love to finish them before the World Cup ends, and then at least the time away from hubbie while he is engrossed in the football (yes I am a football widow) has been put to good use, and considering I am seeing hexies in my sleep I don’t think my next project will feature quite so many hexies!

I will show you my progress soon.

Happy Friday!

xx

Chatter · Photography

A trip to London

Hub and I went to London on Sunday to see the English National Ballet perform Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall. To say it was amazing would be an understatement! What made the performance even more special for me was it was Daria Klimentova’s last ever performance. It was very emotional and a huge privilege to be a part of her final show.

Romeo and Juiliet Royal Albert Hall

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As the show was a matinee we went for a bit of a stroll afterwards, the weather was perfect!

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A walk through Hyde Park we came across a group of skaters with the music blaring it was great to watch!

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Sweet little cherubs on the gates.

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The beautiful rose garden.

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Some strange folks at Speakers Corner.

London EyeA walk down The Embankment

Ice CreamHaving an Ice Cream along the way.

Big Ben

Finished off with the bell tolls of Big Ben. A really lovely day!

Chatter · Crafts

People Make Etsy

I was very excited to find out that Etsy aired it’s first advert on UK TV’s last night. Being the shy person I am I chose not to apply when the casting call was announced, however Etsy being as awesome as they are have given each UK seller a chance to appear in the advert! I’m bursting with pride as I share this video with you now…

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Pretty impressive huh? If your an Etsy seller yourself and would like your own advert click here. Etsy will add your shop details to the last 10 seconds, be sure to click the email me in the last step, where they will email you a link to You Tube and also a link so you can download the video and share to where you like. Use the tag #PeopleMakeEtsy.

If your a WordPress.com blogger you won’t be able to upload the video to your blog (well I couldn’t do it) so instead I embedded it by getting the link from You Tube. Click on the text tab to add the link then switch back to visual.

To see the items that are featured in the advert you can click here.

In other news, I am officially a World Cup Widow and so I am planning to get a mammoth amount of crafting done. I will be sharing my progress with you soon.

Happy Friday!

XX

Chatter

It’s been a while…

I’m sorry I’ve not been around the past couple of weeks, I’ve been so poorly and have been holed up mainly in bed. It’s been a pretty miserable time. But after 3 months of being poorly and a rather maddening missed diagnosis from one doctor, I now have an answer to what is going on and better yet treatment!! It hasn’t quite started to work yet but I still have some more injections to have and then hopefully I will be back on track!

Anyway enough of the self pity from me, I can’t wait to get back into life again and to get blogging! I have missed you all! I have my Spring Stitching Club project to share, it is all done and waiting for me to make into a quilt. I have been on a bit of a shopping spree buying beautiful fabric from Moda’s range Chloe’s Closet 30’s playtime, that is all washed and ready for my next project which I can’t wait to start.

Well I will leave it there with a small selection of pictures from my Instagram feed from the past month. I will be back again soon

xx

 

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