Sunday, 29 November 2009

vintage swap-sent items

just looking through my photos and realised I never added pics of what I sent to Merle for the vintage swap. so here it is. just because I am nosey and like to see what other people have got in the post, and maybe other people are just as nosey as me??!!

the cup very nearly stayed with us, it is a kind of copper colour print and is so kitsch, love it, queenie dear!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

upcycled linen napkin doll

These slender feet belong to a little doll I have just finished for my good friend Julia. She is made from old linen napkins, including a lovely embroidered one for her bodice.

I gave her frilly pantaloons so as not to lose the nice green edging. The buttons are vintage too, in face the only new bit is the silk dupion for her hair. a bargain from a recent shopping trip!

She turned our really elegant, don't you think? I love all her different textures, she was a little hard to wrap up and post, and I had to grit my teeth and say 'no' when the post office man asked me if there was anything of value in the parcel. Glad to bring a smile to a good friend, she arrived safe and will, I'm sure, be loved.

Monday, 16 November 2009

vintage swap goodies

this happened oh so long ago now, but every day I think about posting and it doesn't quite happen. so, gonna do it now, even though my photos are wonky and blurry. had a lovely parcel from Merle with fun and crafty items for my enjoyment!

I am really looking forward to having a go at the garland kit, once I have got on top of some of the current projects; finishing a doll for a good friend, making my son an Ash costume (fantastic mr Fox's son!) and, biggest of all, a 3 way bedroom swap (thats every bedroom) upstairs. I will leave you for now with a still life from my bedroom.

Monday, 2 November 2009

a night in a castle

to make last weeks half term more memorable and holiday-like, I went in search of somewhere fairly nearby where we could stay for a night. It had to be close and reasonably priced - I never thought we would find a castle, but look!

a castle!

slightly scary twins at castle, actually Lucie and her little cousin playmate.

the stairs to our bedroom in the tower, where they locked us up at night (really!). they spiralled steeply round the corner there. The bedroom had bunks and single beds in typical YHA style, but deep deep walls and inset windows.

stocks in the castle grounds, and there was also a jail, which the people who checked in before us had to sleep in. a great adventure that we will all remember for a long time.