I’ve known about Donna flower for a long time as she’s a very well known in the fabric world as she deals in vintage textiles and I’ve bought from her in the past. Her website is amazing and I’ve always fancied going to see her shop in Devon.
Anyway, on her face book the other day she linked to a page on her friend Gretel Parker‘s blog where Gretel had written a short piece about the very recent death of her husband Paul. I don’t know Gretel but what she had written was one of the saddest things I’ve ever read and the way she had written it was so unbelievably moving that I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Donna flower and a few of her friends have decided to try and help Gretel as she’s in dire straights financially and could possibly loose her home. They’ve asked for artist/maker friends of Gretel and other people to donate a piece of their work and all the work will then go into a raffle. The raffle tickets are extremely reasonable and the prizes are beautiful original pieces of art.
I’m feel very honored that Donna asked me to donate something too and I’ve given her two of my vintage cut flower pictures.
Donna and friends have set up a page where you can buy the raffle tickets or donate money and it’s gone berserk as people are so keen to help Gretel at this terrible time and also the list of prizes is very enticing, you can see all the photos of them.
Funds for Gretel is this link and you you can see what’s going on. I don’t think she has much family but she obviously has some amazing friends. Please spread the word….and help make a difference. xx
Why did I do it ???? At least I can concentrate on other things now. I won’t say how many I’ve just had but not feeling too well. It had to be done.
As well as making and selling my own things. For many years I’ve also been buying work by other artists and designers whose work I love. I used to sell at my lovely shop which was called The Middle Room in Crouch End North London and while I no longer have the shop I’ve never stopped buying and selling. Cherry Pie Painting
Airfix Panther Tank
This is the work of a very successful commercial artist Andy Bridge. It’s just beautiful. I used to visit him at his studio when he was in London and buy a lot of his work directly.
He’s designed over 170 book covers and illustrated for a lot of magazines. A lot of pictures I have of his were done specifically for these commissions and then I’d buy them from him after they’d been photographed and used.
I’ll be listing a few of these gorgeous original paintings every week for your delectation 🙂
They’re painted directly onto wood and then scratched to age them a bit. They are collectable and unique.
These little robins are so sweet and at 14cm square they’re very easy to send in the post.
I’m missing my flowers in the garden as it gets colder so I thought I’d post a few on here. Just the orange ones as they’re my very fave.
three strands of mini vintage bunting
I’ve been making bunting for my Open House Sale in 10 days. I mainly make it in 2 meter strands which is £12. Not bad eh.
The joy of orange nasturtiums from seed
and bright pink sweet peas from seed
Autumn mini bunting
The blue and white florals were made by hand in France in the thirties. The pinky purple rose fabric was also made by hand in the thirties but in America. It’s all so precious.
The blue and white polka dot is from a damaged fifties dress.
When we moved into our derelict Victorian wreck 12 years ago, I had the fireplace knocked through in the front room. I left it as rough brick, painted it green, put our old grate in it and filled it with fairy lights. It was beautiful and I loved it. Roll on a few years and our very old telly in the corner lost the will to live and as I sadly put it in the front garden for the council to take away, my children started working on me to buy a big flat screen tv. I love telly as much as the next person but I hate big flat screen tvs. I think they’re dominating, aesthetically unpleasing and a bit sinister. Anyway, it was 3 against me and I reluctantly gave in and bought the horrid thing. That was about 5 years ago and I’ve barely been in the front room since, literally.
Then I was chatting to a lovely marketing lady Chloe Goddard about decorating fireplaces at Christmas and how I was making my mini vintage bunting in Autumn/Winter colours and how they’d look lovely edging the top of fireplaces and she suggested I do a mock up and take a few photos.
That was just the push I needed so while my kids were all out I moved the hideous creature (flat screen tv) from the focal point of my living room and reclaimed my beautiful fireplace. The creature is now on a shelf in the alcove behind a curtain and is no longer the undeserved centerpiece of room and as a result the room feels welcoming, serene and cosy again.
Mini vintage bunting around the fireplace
Ceramic floral jugs, candles, mini vintage bunting and plants in the fireplace.
If you don’t want a fire but still want the focal point of your room to look lovely then just paint it with emulsion and put a few nice things in it.
Hand knitted finger puppets
I’ve always loved the work of my friend Jane Clucas who’s been making wonderful things with vintage fabric for many years. We meet up every few weeks usually in Berkhamsted (Herts) and have a 3 hour lunch in The Attic cafe which does the most amazing food and never fails to impress.
Jane made these beautiful little vintage fabric sleeping bags for these hand knitted puppets and I’ve just listed them in my shop.