February 25, 2013

Three Day Patchwork

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I know the sweetest little bean and Its her 2nd Birthday this week so I wanted to make her a special crafty present, something practical as she lives in a yurt in the woods, and something she can treasure for years to come. I decided a patchwork quilt would be perfect, except I’ve never managed to finish any patchwork I’ve started, and I only had Three days…

I already had some strips of fabric cut so that was a head start, all but one are gorgeous vintage fabrics I’ve collected over the years. I cut them into different sized rectangles all with the same length (22cm) and varying widths.Then this is what I did:

1. Sew the rectangles together into a strip of suitable length, repeat this until you have 5 strips, iron the strips and sew them together

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2. Choose a piece of backing fabric and lay the patchwork piece on top, with the right sides touching, pin and cut around it. (I appliqued an initial and some flowers onto the backing fabric first)

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3.  Sew the two pieces together, as you would a pillowcase, going round all corners but leaving an opening at the bottom

4. Turn inside out, measure the right size piece wadding and put it inside. Pin around the edge to secure it in place and pin the opening flap together, turning it back on itself to create a neat edge

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5. Sew all around the edge of the quilt, then sew down the lengths of the strips. Next across to create squares, and then diamonds.

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Et Voila! easier than I thought, a manageable size for a first quilt and the perfect gift for a kiddo. Now I feel ready to tackle a larger one with proper edging techniques!

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February 23, 2013

Sunshine and Sewing

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This week I’ve been sewing, It made me smile when, for a brief moment, the sun beamed through my windows onto my yellow threads.

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February 13, 2013

A Borrowed City

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As you may well know, I have a love of all things Scandinavian and have wanted to visit for a long time, if only to confirm my love, like visiting a soul mate pen-pal for the first time in real life . Originally I had dreams of an epic journey across Norway and Sweden, however due to the fact that everything is double the price we settled for a four-day city break in Oslo.

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Little red house

As soon as we flew over the silver birch coloured landscape my love was cemented,  the train journey from the airport through the country filled my heart even more with each  little red and yellow wooden house that slipped past and I began daydreaming about re-locating.

We had a wonderful time exploring the city, bitter air biting at our bones and blushing our noses, stopping in cosy coffee shops and stylish bars… in fact it’s true, It’s all so very stylish. My rose tinted vision from blogs and pinterest boards was confirmed – White washed and grey palettes with accents of colour (mostly, my favorite, yellow), sheepskins and throws, log piles, wooden furniture with that effortlessly cool curve, candles (even in the daytime) and sleek light fittings. Staying in what could only be described as My Dream Home only added to the joy of it all. And this is a city remember, I imagine things would get more idyllic for me in the country. One of the great things about Oslo in fact is that its only a 20 min journey on the metro and you’re in nature, pine tree forests and ski runs, the wholesome red cheeks of the  inhabitants clutching ski’s on the bus says it all.

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Our apartment for the weekend

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Cafe Laundromat

We took the metro up to the 2km toboggan run – Korketrekkeren (The cork screw!) and sledged down a few times stopping for a hot chocolate and giant apple pie in front of a huge log fire in an enchanting log cabin restaraunt at Frognerseteren. Perfect.

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Apres sledge hot chocolate

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View from the metro

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Other highlights included:

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Snowy walks through parks

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Cosy coffee shops

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Vigeland Sculpture park

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Mooching Grunerlokka; A vintage market

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Oslo Fjord

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November 21, 2012

Lampshade Love

The other day I had an urge to learn how to make lampshades, it was a ping of inspiration from nowhere that made so much sense that I have no idea why I havent done it sooner! And I knew just who to call…

I met Ruth McAllister of Quincy Lampshades last year at the Lionheart Magazine Launch, her lampshades are bold, beautiful and modern and her successful business is an inspiration, she also teaches lampshade making in Bristol and Bath. I took along my Mairin Flora fabric and in three hours I had a gorgeous drum lampshade, Ruth is a wonderful teacher; generous and passionate about sharing the lampshade love. I enjoyed every minute and keep looking over at my finished beauty and smiling!

November 17, 2012

Christmas Steps Artisan Market

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As Petals Fall will be on the steps again this year, so come and say Hello!

I Love the Christmas Steps Artisan Market in Bristol, the beautiful cascading steps full of local handmade crafts, twinkling lights, mulled cider and jolly music . it’s the perfect place to pick up some unique Christmas gifts, soak up the festive cheer and you can also feel all warm inside in the knowledge that you have helped to support local independent businesses and crafts people. I always try to get my gifts this way as well as giving homemade offerings, the frantic high street is often quite stressful and I’m sometimes left with a feeling that the big business of Christmas is a greedy overfed monster. In fact this year my family are only giving gifts that have been homemade, so I best get busy!

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November 12, 2012

Leatherwork in the woods

This Saturday I went over to Cherry Wood to do another leatherwork course with Rob Exton,
cocooned in an autumn haven of orange yellow leaves, woodsmoke and low sun we were happy badgers with cold noses, working on various projects with Rob’s expert guidance. This time I decided on a red leather notebook case. I love carrying a notebook with me and jotting down lists and thoughts so having a handmade one will be all the more enjoyable!

If you fancy learning the skills you need to make beautiful functional leather goods then I highly reccomend Rob’s courses, he is a wonderful teacher AND you get to frolick in the woods! The next course is in May.

November 9, 2012

Friday Trio:

 

Karen Barbe pot holders

Little Birdy up cycled vintage porcelein

Robert Fresson + Found print  Limited edition only available from Found

November 6, 2012

An Autumn blanket:

I mean it when I say Autumn is my favourite, I’m at home in Autumn, I feel renewed by the dramatic sense of change . A few weeks ago I went to the Isle of Skye and it was magnificent, I think Scotland was made for Autumn, rusty mountains and floating mists etc. While there I picked up a cosy tartan blanket in preparation for the impending hibernation, which has started early this year due to a remote location and a freak snowfall on Sunday. I love blankets. I also recently acquired a massive crochet one from family that covers our three seater sofa and gives our new home the touch that only a colourful granny square blanket can, I don’t think I can ever have too many, and when they reach the bottom of the cycle the Russian Princess (aka cat) we live with inherits them.

I now have my eyes on these beauts from Fine Little Day:

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November 2, 2012

A little adventure story:

Hello again petals,

I’m back in four stone walls now with electricity and hot water which is most luxurious! It also means I can dust off the sewing machine and get back to creating APF products after 6 months of being a ferral woodland dweller.

Living in a forest was truly the best thing I have ever done and has given me so much, most of all a deeper respect for nature and the joy of simple living.

I shared some words about this time with a Lion I know who loves to hear stories:

And so we whooshed down our rabbit hole, me Mr and our cat, into a springtime wonderland of fluorescent green beech leaves, floors of wild garlic and bluebells and the jungle like sound of birds and insects ringing in our ears. Nature gently blew life back into my grey skin and I remembered, I was home again. My eyes ate up all the tiny details and beautiful ever changing scenes; the darting silhouettes of dancing leaves in the wind, the bright bright orange of lychen on a tree, the flash of otherworldly blue from a swooping kingfisher, the fluorescent green lightbulb of a glow worm at dusk and the million greys of a heron perched on a fallen tree in a looming storm. These little pieces of everyday magic are what I love most about the countryside, and forests in particular are especially magic – anyone who has spent enough time in one will know they have a great tangible power, to heal, protect and provide, everywhere was forest once and they hold the comfort of an ancient wisdom…

The whole story can be found within the beautiful pages of  Lionheart magazine #3  – The Adventure issue!  Available to order now and in shops on Monday.

Lots of love x

June 13, 2012

Baskets and bags

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It’s been a busy few days on the craft front, I finished my leather bag, which I am absolutely thrilled with and I finished off a knitting bag I knitted months ago with some liberty print lining and willow handles, it now hangs in the yurt and is very useful for oddments.

I also went on a basket making course at the weekend with Sheila Wynter, not only was it amazing to learn this new craft and come home with a basket I’d made but it was also captivating to spend time with such a wonderful crafts person, Sheila has been making baskets for well over 50 years and even has a type of willow named after her. I can’t give you a link to a website as she does all her business via post, another thing I love about her! I really enjoyed learning the process of basket making and love how every single basket is unique and handmade, function and beauty are perfectly married. Mine was a bit lumpy and bumpy but I love it, it turned out to be the shape of a traditional apple basket and has a nice spiral design.

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