Andy Bridge is my favourite artist and I’m lucky to have collected his work for years. Now that I’ve given over a room to my little guest room business https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1626486 I’ve had to be a bit ruthless and de clutter slightly so I’m going to give other people a turn to have some of these beautiful pictures.
Category Archives: My Etsy Shop
In fact one of my boys is sitting in the front room with his football shirt on watching a game shouting at the top of his lungs every time the ball goes near the net. God knows what the neighbours think.
The other son has just this second phoned me to say he’s on the train and can I fetch him in ten minutes…. errr no I can’t. He seems to think that I sit here with my car keys in my hand all day and night happily waiting for his call. I don’t. He’s 21 !!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m just realizing that the amount of people that see my posts on Face Book
directly correlates to the amount of people who leave a comment.
I get a few likes sometimes which is always nice and shows that people have seen the posts but it’s the interaction that counts, which means commenting about the post. The more comments the more people get to see it. I don’t know how Face Book works but comments seem to generate action. I’m not very good at explaining things I don’t understand !
I’m a culprit myself. I’ll see something nice on someone’s page and press the ‘like’ button but not often comment because I can’t think what to say and whatever I do say sounds phoney or cheesy and it’s a bit cringe….. I don’t always want to comment anyway, I just want to ‘like’ and go. But now I realize that it’s the comments that make the Face Book world go round I shall make much more effort to do so.
I’ve also noticed and been told by social media expert Lindsay that if you don’t comment on people’s posts or they don’t comment on yours that Face Book now don’t show you those posts any more and not only is that a real shame but when you have a business (fan) page it’s also detrimental. FB now want people to pay for posts to reach more people which does work as I’ve tried it but I’d much rather deal in comments than £££.
To encourage such comments I’ll do little competitions sometimes on my page which is what I made these cards for. That was all a bit long winded wasn’t it. Never been good at explaining myself, sorry xx Press this !
Prima Magazine (March) came out a couple of days ago and I thumbed manically through the pages as the stylist Selina Lake had borrowed a vintage fabric patchwork throw and three cushions from me.
Page 81-83 they’re on !! I was quite exited standing in the magazine section of Tesco at 9pm, my new shopping time which is quite relaxing as it’s not busy and the crying babies and fed up toddlers are all at home. I think that after about 9pm they should put out a few comfy chairs so that those so inclined could read the mags in comfort instead of leaning heavily on our trolley.
I could quite happily spend a whole day in Tescos. I usually spend about half an hour in the magazine section anyway and sometimes meet a friend upstairs at Costa for a nice uninterrupted hour or two of quality catch up time.
Then back downstairs to meander round shopping leisurely, reading labels, peering at calorie contents, noticing how it’s all so expensive these days and wondering if my kids will notice that I’ve bought Tescos own brand of Special K. (They did and declared it inedible so I gave it to the birds)
Then I’d go and buy a couple of news papers, go back up in the lift to Costa and have a nice cake or two which I didn’t have with my friend as we’re fiendishly slimming (not)….
Then I’d go back down and maybe browse through the ‘colds and flue’ isle wondering if it’s actually worth buying vitamins and then maybe saunter (wearilly, after those two cakes) around the electronic isle looking at phones and ipads.
By this time I would hope that at least one of my children would have bothered to phone me to enquire as to my whereabouts….but probably not.
If my local Tesco had a bed and breakfast area for tired shoppers, like a little rest stop with own brand sheets, cheap slippers and mini tubes of toothpaste for those of us who couldn’t face the inevitable job ahead of unpacking the shopping and putting it away then I’d book ahead. As long as I got tipple club card points.
My throw featured here was £140 but to celebrate it being in Prima it’s now the amazingly good value of £95. The cushion was £45 and is now £38.
Stylist Selina Lake is launching her lovely new book ‘Pretty Pastel Style’ with a wonderful fair with fantastic designer maker stall holders. I went to her last one nearly a year ago and it was so beautiful and quite exiting. It’s in Kingston West London on Friday the 22nd March 2013 and everyone is welcome. There will I’m sure be lots of cake.
The photo here are by Sussie Bell
It’s so therapeutic doing this and it’s a lovely way to use some of my fabric which isn’t suitable for other things.
I iron interfacing on the back so the shapes aren’t floppy ans are easy to hold. I’ve made little groups of different ones and put them on my Etsy Shop
Children love them as I saw from the fabric workshops I did a few weeks ago. They can be put on the wall, glued into scrap books, played with in make believe games……..
they can be used for making cards or pictures with, you can decorate a mirror, a cupboard, the fridge, a window……..
the possibilities are endless and most of the fabrics are vintage so they are truly beautiful and original. A lovely little present for children to play with on these cold winter days.
This was a slightly damaged vintage table cloth, embroidered about seventy years ago. It’s probably spent most of it’s life neatly folded in a drawer only being brought out and used for special occasions like visitors coming round for tea and home made cake. It’s been so beautifully done. Not all vintage embroidery was so well done. Some ladies lacked the patience or skill and some didn’t have much sense of colour but when I find one like this it’s a real joy and I try and imagine what she was like.
I don’t know where they found time to embroider as they had none of the labour saving devices we have now.
What a lovely surprise to wake up to. My little vintage fabric pin cushion with pink bobbles is going to America. I wish I could take it there myself.
I’m just practising putting pics onto my blog at the moment. I’m SO out of my comfort zone I might as well be on the moon. But with the help of my friend Lindsay @RedDeskVA who’s helping me with this I’m just about managing to keep up. I’m sure she wrings her hands when I’m not looking though as she drags me kicking & screaming into the 21st century. “Rubbish at social media but made nice hoops” is my epitaph today.
Alone in the kitchen playing at blogging with Paul Gambaccini on the radio and a cake in the oven for my son’s birthday. Saturday nights don’t come much better 🙂