Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Chinoiserie Wristlet Giveaway - Worldwide

I have been meaning to do a giveaway for sometime now and I hope you approve of my choice.   It's a Chinoserie style wristlet in a medium weight linen, beige background with black, grey and white floral print and a gorgeous bow front.  Coffee coloured lining in cotton.
Measures 23cm x 13cm  (9" x 5").

 So how can you win this you ask? well simple really using Rafflecopter below,  this giveaway is world wide. Good luck everyone.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Exposition de boîtes aux lettres de Pierre Prévost à Villeneuve-d'Aveyron

I think Pierre Prévost has  a grand sense of humour, on wandering around the village you will see his creations, some are very amusing and I am sure the postie must have  a good chuckle when delivering the mail.... 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Le Bon Pain de Margot

Decided to go and spend the night here in  Villeneuve d'Aveyron in our old camper as there was a Medievil Fair along with other various activities. We ended up spending 2 nights as there was so much going on a one night stop would not do it justice.

In 1073, Raoul de Tarente had a church and a monastery built on the causse to respect the will of his father, Odil de Morlhon. Margot, widow of a companion mason, kneaded and baked bread for the workmen. For Thomassin, the prime contractor, raising a semicircular vault, like that of Jerusalem, represents a major technical challenge.
In addition, Gaspard, the pilgrim, announces very bad news: the road to Jerusalem is cut off. 
Will the vow of Odil be fulfilled? Will the devil prevent the construction of the abbey and the rescue?
For all those who hope to find in this new city the bread of each day, with peace and security,
the stakes are high.
Fabulous stage production and the sound effects were brilliant, the square was 
filled with the sounds of horses galloping and whinnying in battle making it a a great spectacle.

A brilliant stage production, in full sun must have been hard going for them
Margot with her good bread
The smell from these was mouth watering
Kids trying their hand at Caligraphy
Story teller and she was pretty good with the sword too
Missed the last parade as I was so hot had to go and have a beer....

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Talk about a Challenge!

On being asked if I could recover six chairs I of course said "Probably" little did I know that when they arrived three would be in pieces, still as I do love a challenge I set to and slowly managed to put them back together. All the webbing had to be replaced and one seat looked like it had a cannon ball dropped through it. Small pieces were missing and I had to layer up with wood putty and then smooth it down to match the chair shape, I enjoyed that. But the hard bit was matching the colour and on one chair I was not totally successful, nevertheless not a bad match. The first lot of fabric my client choose arrived and the minute I touched it I knew it was not linen (sold as Linen but was in fact polyester) so after a lot of emails with the seller I managed to get a full refund and went on the search again and found this lovely  Toile de Jouy linen with country scenes. Phew is all I can say but overall I am pleased. Judging by the last photo on here so was the client. Now you know where I have been last couple of months.


 Getting the dowels and old screw out was interesting to say the least

 Was a bit like doing a large jigsaw
 New dowels now to refill
 The cannon ball seat 
More glue  needed
This picture though made my day :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Gallery Le Novelle Special Castle Cakes

I saw this  (in my opinion) stunning cake on a Face Book post and decided to share it. The caption asked you to describe the cake in one word,  and it provoked many comments like.... Ostentatious, tacky, over the top, pointless, Gay (like how can a cake be gay?), stupid, wasteful, expensive, breathtaking, horrible and the list goes on. For me I saw the skill and dexterity that must go into each and every one. 

These Castle cakes are made by Le Novelle  based in Indonisia and are  special custom made to order.

Love them or hate them you can't deny skill, what do you think?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Read The F.... Manual

Yesterday I saw some key holders posted on a craft group I am in. I had bought the design a few days ago and had not got round to making them. So this morning I went to make them up and to cut a long story short I must have left my brain in the breadbox. The design told you to cut two pieces of fabric 22cm X 12cm so I did, then it told you to fold in half (so I did) then what did I do? I cut them in half again, thought to myself why didn't they just say cut four pieces 11 x 6 anyway I made one up and thought the bottom was really difficult to turn up and as you can see from the pic below what a mess. Later that day I was speaking to a friend who is also a fellow crafter and turns out she had also bought the same design, so I was asking her how she got on with the hemming, if she was next to me I just know her eyebrows would be raised to the max, umm what hemming she asked! several convos later I twigged with a friendly nudge from friend that I was not meant to cut the ruddy fabric in half again as that makes the hem duhhhhhhhh. You live and learn. Oh well tomorrow is another day.... I can hear my DH quoting his favourite expression RTFM....:)

complete bodge

Finally I got it right

Lynne's Key Fobs

Moria's Key Fobs

So there you go so perhaps tomorrow my brain will be reinstated and I will be able to follow  instructions properly:)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Missing in Action

Thank you so much for the emails I have received asking me if I was well. Yes I am thank you but instead of giving excuses ( I could invent several) as to lack of blog posts lately I hold my hands up and admit it was shear laziness and bad management on my part. Something else always seemed to pop up and then I would forget about it for a few days, and then it turned into weeks.
But I promise you I have been busy with a few custom orders, doing appliques and trying to master Kanzashi petals.
 Love making these cushions with a machine applique of retro birds with gorgeous curly tails

 my first attempt of Kanzashi flowers
 and another
 A sweet little makeup bag
 A few hair barrettes

 I love Dandelions
 Fun with Applique cats
This one was quite funny as I was to make a hairdressing cape with  the name Eveyln, I made it up thinking perhaps it is a French way of spelling Evelyn. Client got it wrong and told me not to bother changing it and seemingly her friend thought it was hilarious. Wonder if she will ever use it?

Will be back soon with a giveaway have a great weekend xx
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