Wednesday 30 November 2011

stitch n bitch or pain stops play (again)

Well I've started so I'll finish!
Appliqueing that is: my flowering snowball to the polka dot border.
Why is it that I cannot seem to make something that is regular and easy?
I swear my next quilt will be plain old squares.
I am not advocating this technique,
I just want to keep the border whole,
and this seemed the easiest way?
Remember I reported a bad wrist, 
well I have worked out that it's actually my shoulder causing the problems.
Falling off my bike is not so funny now...
...where is the cod liver oil?
I'm trying to do a little at a time...
...and that's not an easy thing for the chief creator here at selfsewn headquarters!!

*don't forget to click on the flowering snowball label for progress on this quilt.

amendment: currently on a creative rest
due to pain.
Now I'm thinking it could have been my fall on the beach in Devon.
I may be having a trip to a chiropractor.
Either way it sucks....I must stop falling!

Monday 28 November 2011

hot cakes

Roll up roll up!!
Not only have I been a creative advisor and part window dresser for my friend Rachel
whilst she was setting up her new business Rosie Lea Tea House and Bakery
in Brockenhurst in the New Forest.
I am now selling my wares in the tea shop!!!!
The gingerbread men are selling like hot cakes!
Rachel has kindly set up an area to sell local handmade products.
Recognise anything?
I knew there was a reason for my rsi!
gingerbread and crochet bunting
now sold
If you are local to the area then do pop along,
you will be treated to delicious homecooked cakes and a choice of loose teas,
all served in lovely vintage china with proper teacups!
Rachel also runs her events and wedding catering business from the premises,
including the baking of bespoke cakes, gluten free etc..
This the first time I have sold anything in an actual real life shop!!
Watch this space for some exciting window changes,
and maybe even selfsewn online!

*need some sweet looking labels for your crafty products?
  selfsewn tags and business cards produced here..just drop me an email.

Thursday 24 November 2011

new forest friday


Friday again!!
This my patch..not bad heh?
Happy weekend!

Monday 21 November 2011

paws for thought

It's surprising to me that I can live in a house for a number of years and not notice
the immortal kitty print in the brick
right next to our front door!!
It reminds how the little things in life can mean so much, 
especially when they are right under your nose.
Take a moment right might find something* might not?

*this should not include any new wrinkles, heaps of washing or an untidy house,
we already know we have them
 we just don't show them!

Friday 18 November 2011

three little words

These three little words just about sum me up this week!
Leave me a three word comment to describe the kind of week you've had..
Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday 14 November 2011

happy mondays

 Like the return of the happy mondays
I had a reunion on Saturday night with the old me and the dungeon*
 I channelled the inner goth in me...
 ...and went back to my roots... some good old fashioned grunge.

Fashion and music come and go..
but cut me in half and I will always read
rock chick
through and through.

polka dot bow top ~ dorothy perkins sale £15 (2011)
biker boots ~ vintage dune**
alternative attitude ~ models own

**for future reference
my use of the word vintage regarding my fashion
generally means something I have in my wardrobe that is more than a year old,
and quite possibly purchased in a sale.
ammendment also includes clothing I've had for many years!

*the dungeon
nightclub/meeting place for people who enjoy different.
not a place where people get locked up
though now I mention it......

Friday 11 November 2011

just one minute

This is me today.
And this is where I held my minute of silence.
I have rsi in my wrist which is a pain
when there is sewing to be done,
but I can't complain really,
not today.

Tuesday 8 November 2011

feeling dotty

 I have six more pieces left to stitch on my flowering snowball.
So I'm trying out the idea I've had floating about my design studio*
*aka. my head
 What do you think?
I am thinking of appliqueing the quilt top to the border,
and then cutting away the excess fabric.
Anyone done this before?
I like the continuous pattern of the dots,
so I don't really want to cut it about much.
Obviously the batting will be of a light colour 
so the white will pop and make the grey fabrics stand out.
I am also thinking of using yellow for the inserts,
and possibly for the binding...
...but that could change!!

Monday 7 November 2011

material possessions

I love fabric.
However I don't really purchase a whole lot.
Now that my struggle is over, I felt I deserved an unashamed
bit of comfort purchasing!
I don't have much in the way of red,
and I'm really fancying a red and white quilt.
How cute is this!!!
They had it in blue too.
I'm not into any designers,
I just buy what I like.
I'm not interested in the newest thing,
sewing isn't a competition for heavens sake!
I chose fabrics that I really loved,
instead of ones on sale.
 Oh how did that turquoise piece sneak in?
These came from fabric rehab who are a UK based company.
I thought rehab was a place where you went to get clean?!?
If you have a serious habit or maybe just want to have a peep,
pop over, they have a great selection.
If you follow on facebook they sometimes have special offers.
I got 10% off my order.

If i've not managed to thank you for commenting on my quilt festival post,
It was amazing, all the links can be found here

Also hello to my new followers, I'm really glad to meet you.
I have 297 only 3 more to 300!!

Sunday 6 November 2011

secret squirrel sunday

After a late night watching fireworks,
I'm catching up with the dancing,
and doing a little stitching for a special project.
All will be revealed soon..
..until then,
you'll have to make do!!

Friday 4 November 2011

fresh air friday

 I thought todays post might not happen,
what with all the rain.
But I've managed to take a few snaps between the showers.
 I have been lusting after a garden obelisk,
and now thanks to the wonderfully skilled Mr. Fete
I have one!!!
In fact he spent a fair part of sunday bending metal and the like!
I think it's awesome
thank you dear.
I can't wait for it to turn rusty and ancient looking!
I've tied my gertrude jekyll rose around it,
as she needs the support.
Roll on summer!!
 Fennel not just good for feeding the birds....?
I shall once more wish you all a wonderful wintery walking weekend!
And leave you with the beautiful silver birch.
(Mr Fetes tree)

Wednesday 2 November 2011

winning wednseday

 I have a new book for my bookcase!
A few months back I won a giveaway hosted by
It's a really well researched book with lots of great information,
which I'm sure I will be thumbing through next year.
So thank you Pomona for your giveaway,
and thank you Linda for an inspiring guide on lovely places to stay 
here in our beautiful country!