Saturday, 28 July 2012

Fox cushion

A recent craft project I set myself - I had seen a pattern for a patchwork quilt with a fox head in the centre, and used this design to create an appliqued patchwork panel that I stitched onto a plain cream cushion cover. I used a Liberty floral print alongside a plain blue cotton, with grey felt eye and nose details. L was very pleased with it!

Floor play

Texture, pattern, shape overlay. Accidental compositions.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Olympic torch

....came past our house this morning! I made L a little Olympic-themed top for the occasion, using some ribbon and gold foiled-leather.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Vintage homewares

My final post from Alexandra Nurseries (see other posts here and here) shows a few images from the shop/cafe which was just amazing! Vintage kitchen and garden products are beautifully merchandised alongside the odd ceramic jug, old puzzle and card games, gardening and nature books, tins, wooden toys, single china tea cups....and everything is for sale. The homemade cakes also look magical under huge decorative glass domes, alongside pitchers of water in cast-iron trays.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Latest treasures #1

I have found lots of exciting and unusual things from recent rummaging around charity shops and of my favourite hobbies! All images via my instagram @sarahandlily

(1) Czech handmade wooden toy: charity shop, Penge SE20 (2) Plastic clock: charity shop, Stourbridge, West Midlands (3) 1966 Fisher Price musical ferris wheel: my parents loft! (4) German wooden coat hook: charity shop, Crystal Palace SE19 (5) handmade wooden abacus and clock: charity shop, Crystal Palace SE19 (6) Colour-tinted book on art: FEAST market, West Norwood SE27 (7) 1960s Zoo-It-Yourself Tupperware toys: charity shop, Stourbridge, West Midlands (8) French character glasses: FEAST market, West Norwood SE27 (9) Wooden chalkboard: charity shop, Crystal Palace SE19

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Vintage quilting

Lily's new summer-weight sleeping bag with cute vintage-style toy patterns, softly quilted fabric and a gathered waist. One of my latest thrifted finds.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Knitted picnic

The only type of picnic we can have at the moment (rain, rain, go away). All the dolls, teddies and toys come out to eat at "Lily's Cafe".....on the menu are knitted cupcakes, ice-creams, pizza, fish & chips, pie, fried egg, cheese sandwich, donuts, and lots of fruit - all lovingly hand-knitted by Lily's amazing Nanna. From this, this and this book.