Today was our wee boy's 1st birthday party. Where has the year gone. As there is only 6 days between Fergus and our friend's son, we had a joint party.
For our daughter's birthday I dipped lovely Bonne Mama cookies in icing then sprinkles and this year carried on the theme with marshmallows dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. I'm not fond of marshmallows, but everytime I passed the plate, my hand automatically reached out for one. They remind me of little fantasy toadstools.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
We took advantage of the beautiful autumn weather, the pile of props and Leila's great mood to do a little photo shoot for my latest Etsy product. A crisp white Christmas stocking made from a vintage table cloth I found at a 'vide grenier' last year. Using an elf embroidery pattern from my new favourite etsy store http://www.alittlesweetness.etsy.com/ and trimmed with a beautiful quality deep red gingham, I just can't wait to hang two above the blazing fire on Christmas eve. (that's if the wood lasts that long).
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
My very first attempt at clothing...A very simple dress pattern from manimina (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ManiMina) but absolutely foolproof and very cute though I say so myself.....so proud! I added an applique of a bike and of course a contrasting "king of the mountains" spot fabric on canary yellow.
Yesterday we had the most wondeful day watching the Tour de France passing through our village in the Pyrenees. We started with lunch at a friends while the children played in the garden before setting ourselves up outside the gates with chairs and sun shades. I thought Leila might loose her voice...she didn't miss one shout of "aller, aller, aller, go. go, go" as the caravans, motorbikes, police, advertisment vehicles etc to passed by. The bikes themselves came by so quickly. First a pack of 10 or so who had broke loose followed not so long later by the rest. The wee man slept through most of it and woke unmoved by it all. Maybe next year wee fella.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
I've been working on some personalized items for my friend's Bed and Breakfast. It's a beautiful 17th century chateau here in the pyrenees. Lovingly restored by her and her husband. I started with some cushion covers and with the same logo, I've just finished some market totes in hessian with a stunning black on white 'Toile de Jouy'.
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
I've gone stencil mad this month. First up was my coffee cosy and now I've started on a new line of pillows with latin quotes in a beautiful Old English font on 100% Irish Linen with a black & natural striped linen on the reverse. This one is for my brother for his birthday. I think they would appeal to men and women. Care to offer your favourite latin quote in the comments section? I'm always on the look out for a good one.
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Happy New Year to you all.
With every new year comes the idea that you can start all over again. New year, new fabrics, new ideas....
At the end of 2010 I began experimenting with hand printing. I purchased some wonderful stencils from the US and that amazing upholstry linen fabric waiting patiently for a purpose suddenly came to life. I first made some Christmas bunting in Old English lettering and then some French Press cosies for my Etsy store. I love the printed Cafe look but the colours of the London fabric go so well with my new kitchen.