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OMG I’m in the book !! “Pretty Pastel Style” by Selina Lake

I received my copy of Selina’s brand new book a couple of weeks ago and was completely overwhelmed  to find so many pics of my house in it. I’ve taken photos of the pages and I’m not going to write anything with them because that would make me feel silly, like when an estate agent shows you round a house saying “this is the kitchen, this is the lounge” and you just want to ask him to please go away so you can look round in peace.  The photographer is Catherine Gratwicke and the words are by Joanna Simmons.

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The lovely embroidered hoop is by Vicky Trainor

The lovely embroidered hoop is by Vicky Trainor

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Selina's bike

Selina’s bike

Thank you SO much Selina Lake, Catherine Gratwicke, Joanna Simmons and publishers http://www.rylandpeters.com

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A lovely quiet day cutting out vintage fabric animals and shapes

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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.

vintage fabric shapes

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

vintage fabric horse

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……..

Make a picture to take home

they can be used for making cards or pictures with, you can decorate a mirror, a cupboard, the fridge, a window……..

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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.

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Fabric Workshops for children at my next Pop Up 27th & 28th October 2012

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15/10/2012 · 11:35 am

Flower Pot Girls

The flower pot girls

It’s funny how you can go through a phase in your life of doing  something, then stop and then years later pick it up again. I used to make so many fabric pictures years and years ago. I sold them to shops at the Top Drawer trade fairs  and at The Country Living Fairs  both in London. That was about 15 years ago. There was no social media then and things were far simpler. I can’t remember why I stopped, I suppose it’s because I started making all sorts of other things but recently I’ve started longing to make them again, probably because of the children’s fabric workshops that I’m going to be doing at my next  Open House Sale  https://nickygrace.wordpress.com/.

I just need to arrange my space more effectively as it’s very crowded with piles of mini bunting and lavender bags at the moment.

When I started all those years ago, there was very little choice of pictures for children’s bedrooms. Now there’s lots and we’re spoilt for choice but I still think it’s nice to make our own stuff too. The pig and horse above I cut from my baby’s old T shirts which I used to buy from a wonderful children’s second hand clothes and toy shop on the Archway Road a mile away. It’s sadly no longer there.

I’m going to start making pictures again.  At least that’s the plan.

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Fabric workshops for children at my Open House Sale on Sat 27th & Sun 28th October 2012

My living room will be transformed into a lovely fabric workshop with a long table and chairs.  About eight children will be able to sit round at a time. I and a friend or two will be on hand all the time to help them make pictures, mini bunting, or a lavender bag.

Below are a few photos of pictures that I made years ago.  Since then I’ve made lots of other things but I’ve always wanted to go back to making pictures as I love it so much.

sun, sky, flowers

beautiful serene flowers under a blue sky on a sunny day

I will pre cut some of the shapes from all sorts of fabric,  some of it vintage.  I’ve been collecting fabric for a very long time so have lots to choose from. Children will have a piece of card and I’ll help them choose what they want to do and they can do the gluing if they like or I can do it if they prefer.

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If they like, instead of making a picture they can make 2 meters of bunting. I’ll help them to choose the fabric they like and I or a friend will  sew it on the sewing machine. I’ll have two friends there who are both professional  machinists.

pretty gingham hearts

Children can come anytime between 11am and 5 pm can stay for up to an hour. biscuits will be provided and hopefully they’ll have great fun. They can bring friends or siblings and if they come on their own we shall do our best to ensure that they feel welcome and at home.  We are all   mothers and being with children comes very naturally.

Lovely ducky

Lovely orange duck

Another option available will be custom made sleeping bags. Your child should bring his or her doll or teddy (or ducky, monkey ….) and we will help choose the fabrics of choice to make a lovely little sleeping bag for it.

Your child could make a lovely dolphin picture to take home

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little pigs and mini bunting

I’ll be making mini fabric bunting with children too which they can take home with them.

I’ll have lots of fabric to choose from including bits of vintage.

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Your child can make a picture to take home

Parents can stay in the room if they like or wander around and see the array of amazing and unique things on offer including handmade ceramics, vintage fabric lavender bags, floral jugs, cushions, cards, bunting and more.  There will be home made cake and you can wander round the garden if you like.

Cost per child will be £6 each.

I have public liability insurance and am CRB checked.

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