Sunday, 27 February 2011

Never Work With Children and Blankets

 Easter bunnies

"Sew Happy" snuggle blanket

I've just finished some new sparkly (well ok, not sparkly) Tobyboo creations - personalised tops being the main show off. What better way to go 'ta-da' then having a rather lovely photo session in Tunbridge Wells by the even lovelier Kerry McNair.

Kerry who I met a few weeks ago,  did her very best to control a slightly jumpy Toby on a rather grey day - she had a fantastic way with her two models, Toby and Holly that managed to get the best out of them.

I'm very excited about seeing her efforts - it's the first time that my work has been really taken with 'real' little people (or big) so nice to see things played with and hidden under.  Any brides to be out there, we never had any wedding photos taken because both of us hate having a camera in front of us but hand on heart if we came across the likes of Ms McNair we would book her in a shot! Even Mr Tobyboo said what a calm, lovely manner she had - (fact)

As for the new tops etc - well you'll have to wait for the real photos and Kerry can be contacted through Kerry McNair photography 

Thursday, 24 February 2011

An Apple a Day......

Ok so it's not quite picnic weather but just imagine this covering the daisies! A recycled wool blanket with applique bunnies and apple tree - the banner across says 'Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me'.

Huge thank you Viv* who pointed out that it really needed something to balance the composition ..... not easy to tell when it's so big you don't get to spread it out while your working. So Mr Birdie was added.

Very nearly finished, just has a lovely waterproof backing to put on just in case the daisies are still slightly damp!

measures 150cm x 120cm

*Viv's shop is on Etsy and her work is truly beautiful - we bought one of her collages last year and I see something new in it every time I look.
Viv Richards collage artist.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

A Heavenly Place for Saints and Kings.....

.... and the rest of us.

So, today I took a drizzly train and tube ride up to Kings Cross St Pancras - as exciting as the station is it was nothing in comparison to what was around the corner. Drink, Shop & Do is the sort of place that you'd only see in a film and think 'if only that place was real' well it is. Owners Kristie and Coralie have honestly made my dream come true.

Drink, Shop & Do looks like a gorgeous but teeny shop from the outside - it has a gem of handmade goodies and vintage china - oh and sweets! I was like a kid in a candy shop but not from the sweets but the all round thought for everything - from cakes to my hot chocolate with flumps (not Perkin and Pootle, marshmallow ones) floating in - the food counter just looked beautiful. The walls were covered in gorgeous handmade blankets and tea towels - the back room..... I could go on but to be honest just go - I had a hot chocolate and sat in the corner just gazing at all of it.

Well done Kristie and Coralie - you have created an absolute gem!

Saturday, 12 February 2011

A Lovely a-Fair

Yesterdays Craft Guerrilla extravaganza at the William Morris Gallery was such an overall lovely event -  the very glamourous Shellac Sisters who's DJing really did add a magic sparkle, met some incredible sellers in the flesh rather than tweet tweeting - The Aviary were sellers that I couldn't wait to see and weren't disappointed - I wanted everything on their table but especially that bambi necklace that was in the vintage frame - I felt like I was looking in on Bagpuss' shop (sorry Emily's)

Always marvellous seeing the 'could she be any sweeter' Zeena from Heart Zeena and met the brains and hands behind Alice Potter.... er Alice Potter. 

And who was I lucky enough to be neighbours with? Rosie Lovecock & Zosienka - beautifully illustrated goods. 

Huge pats on the back to all that organised that one - I spent most of my time being a nosey shopper than  attentive seller!


Rosie & Zosienka

 The Aviary

Lollipop girl - Heart Zeena