Monthly Archives: April 2012

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I couldn’t resist sharing this with you.  You know when a little person eats something they shouldn’t have eaten and tries to pretend they didn’t.  Like when they help with the baking and lick the spoon and look up at you with chocolate all round their mouth and a “what chocolate?” look in their eyes….  Well.  Stanley came in this morning looking like this…

Look closely.  Look at his face.  Look at the left hand side of his face.  Look at his eyes.  His eyes which are saying “what tiny weeny itsy bitsy completely defenceless baby bird?”  Yes.  It’s not a smudge.  That is actually a very small grey fluffy feather stuck in his whiskers…

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Didn’t that nice weather tease us!? I thought we were in for a bright and balmy few weeks but no, it’s gone all cold again. I’m longing for some sunshine so here’s some from last summer…

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Just thought I’d show you this little cutie before I package it up…lucky little Phoebe who gets to snuggle and snuffle under this…

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I’ve been lucky enough to have lots of free time over the last two weeks (the Easter hols)  and have spent the time doing lots of lovely creative colourful things.  First up – a pair of ‘New Home’ papercut cards for a friend.  This isn’t them finished, but I liked them as they were being worked on, with their positive and negative…

…next up… A pair of vintage cartoon fabric patchwork cushions.  Gala (who’s four) helped me make them.  She’s getting quite good on a sewing machine now she’s overcome the noise.  She’s everso good at straight lines.  We made the Tom and Jerry one for Baby Arthur, and the Scooby Doo one for Gala…

             

   

 …I felt the urge to fill the house with flowers…doesn’t everything seem better when there are fresh flowers everywhere…

…I made use of the light box at last…It’s been acting as a wonderful source of light in our sleepy-summer fireplace, but I finally got round to finishing the dolls I’ve been working on.  They’ll be available soon in fabric kits, but for now, here’s ‘Hebe’ being worked on…

…I was so thrilled to receive a commission from New York!  The thought that someone in New York (New York!)  found my little site, and picked little old me to make their parents’ Golden Wedding anniversary present is just wow! 

    

My wonderful neighbour came round to talk crochet.  We use very different pallettes and I love the soft muted tones she uses…

 

We’ve spent a lot of time this holiday watching Puss in Boots.  We went to the cinema to see it when it first came out and have now watched it too many times on DVD.  Anyway.  I came home one day to find I have my very own Puss on Boots.  I think it should be Bobo on BooBoots

  

I spent a very happy solitary afternoon spring-cleaning (is it “I spring-cleaned”, “I sprang-cleaned” or “I sprung-cleaned”?) our living room.  We are lucky to have such a lovely room to live in and it feels so good to get it looking its best…

 

 

 

…I especially like all the blankets together – they look so snuggly and inviting…(excuse the cat hairs)…

      

…of course their favourite is the one on the bed…

 

It wasn’t all the fun fun fun of making things though.  I did some organising too.  I organised my studio by making some fun drawing pin numbers to help me prioritise my orders.  Maybe it was all the fun fun fun of making things after all…

  

…and then finally – do you remember those little squares that were just waiting to get sewn together?  Well it turns out they were right!  This quilt is going to a little baby in Guernsey and I hope she (and her mummy) love it!  I just think these colours and patterns look perfect together.  I may have to make a big version for me…

That’s all for now.  Hope to see you soon, Joey x

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Can I direct you all to www.craftylittleherberts.co.uk – a brand new online shop, only opened today – which sells lots of lovely things for your home from lots of British artists – me included!  It’s full of fun colourful quirky things that will make you smile.  Promise.

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I’ve been giving in to my vintage fabric addiction recently and have been scouring ebay and second hand shops for all things bright and flowery. While there I couldn’t help accidentally stumbling across some gorgeous sunny squares just waiting to be sewn together… 

…aaaaannnd…I’ve been desigining my own fabrics and having them printed!  I’ve already shown you the fabulous funky letter bunting and memory game, but do you remember my lovely seal and elephant screen prints?  Well look at them now….

…and what about these lovely marching soldiers…they started out as cards

…and finally – lovely little tra-la-laling birdies who make lovely little hearts…

 

…and here they all are together, flap flap flapping away in the springy blue sunshine…

I hope the weather has been as lovely where you are as it has been here – a proper sunny crispy true blue skied clear day.  Here’s t0 a  long summer full of them…

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I hope you’re all having a fun Easter – there seems to be an awful lot of sweets and chocolate involved this year – more than usual even.  Aaaand, wowzerumba! Look what happened in our garden overnight….

Gala planted some magic beans last night…

 

…and sprinkled them with magic glitter…

   

…and watered them, and waited until this morning for the sun to come and work its magic too…             

….and Wowzers!!!  Look what the magic beans had grown into by the morning….

                                                                   

 

 

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Do you remember a little while ago I showed you some fabric I designed to be made into a game?  Well here it is!!  The colours haven’t come out exactly as I intended but I love it!  It’s so bright and clean and zingy and the designs have worked perfectly.  Plus, it’s totally washable, chewable and unbreakable…

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Personalised bespoke letter bunting – £1 per letter ($1.60 per letter), hand sewn together for you and sent first class!  ‘Welcome’ = £7!  What do you want to say….

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Another productive, busy and colourful little week.  I’ve been making lovely little double sided aprons – perfect for baking or painting.  The letter bunting is going really well – and not just for names…  Scary scooby doo biscuits were iced, tiny little blue flowers were picked and sunny little daisy chains were made…  And best of all – I’ve borrowed a light box from my sister – we can keep it for a bit but it’s quite big and we’re running out of places to keep things.  Then genius struck!  We’ve just cleared out the fireplace for the summer and it always looks a little sad and dark until it’s time to light it again in the autumn.  But now its little hearth is filled with glorious warm sunshiney light courtesy of the light box!  It fits perfectly and the colours match too.  Perfect….

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