Wednesday 25 July 2012

Little commissions and other work

 Goodness me, it has been such a long time since I last blogged: it only dawned on me when I realised how many photos I was uploading on to this post (though I have been busy too!)

I've undertaken a couple of lovely special orders recently. This first one was for a friend who requested a cottage with a birdhouse and washing line....and a heart if possible.

So I stitched a little one on to the laundry. Subtle but sweet I thought!

This next one is really quite exciting! I had the pleasure of meeting a customer recently who has gutted her newly purchased delapidated cottage, and done much of the renovations herself. I found her utterly inspiring! Anyway, she asked me to make a little driftwood copy of her house. The slate roof is part of the original roof (now replaced) and she gave me a little tester pot of the exterior paint, so that the colour is perfect!

Recycling at its best!

Here are some other recent pieces...

These cottages, complete with post box. I love the red and green together.

I found this amazing piece of driftwood and knew immediately I was going to use it for crashing waves!
 Little seaside houses in co-ordinating and a lighthouse complete the scene.

Lots more cottages: townhouses and country houses.

Quirky miniature vehicles of one kind...

....and another...

A dwelling that looks like it should sit on a Loch somewhere...

This little oak barn is only a few centimetres high!

Something a little bit different. The windmill sails are made from nails and offcuts from an old wire basket.

So, the summer holidays are here again. I don't like the last week of term because it makes me realise how fast time is flying by, and that my boys are getting older! They were both extremely fortunate to have brilliant teachers this year, so I made a few small gifts as tokens of my appreciation!

Well that's all folks!! I hope you are all enjoying the glorious weather we are having at the moment!
NB If you are in Cornwall on Sunday 5th August, why not visit Homespun Fair in Portscatho? I'll be there selling my wares along with lots of other lovely ladies....and there will be cake! Nuff said!

Monday 2 July 2012

What's your flavour?

I have had a lot of fun this weekend, creating a special order of a driftwood ice-cream van!

The customer wanted it to be pink, and though it's a colour I don't find a lot of on the beach, I had a piece that was just big enough to go round!
I kept the shape fairly primitive, and added the ends of vintage cotton spools as wheels

I added a little bit of bunting for colour at the back...

...and just an impression of a sign hanging from a tack on the side!

A complete stranger called Keith made my day on Wednesday, when a package containing a whole load of manifold nuts arrived at my door. I had mentioned on my Facebook page that I was after some - a friend of mine shared my plea, and lo and behold.....! What a kind and generous man: he wouldn't even let me reimburse him for postage!

So, I was able to make some more lighthouses! (Just in case you were wondering what I wanted old car parts for!)
And finally, in other news....eeeeeeeeekkkkk!
We are in Ideal Home magazine this month!!

The photos were taken almost a year ago....

....but finally they are in!

By the way, my house has only ever been this tidy once!

So lovely to see the whole family in print. One to treasure, I think!