Tuesday, 25 May 2010


I had another commission from my lovely friend Laura for a baby quilt - this one was for a 1st birthday present , so I made it a little bigger than the pram quilts that I normally make.  I changed from using the pillowcase method and decided to make the backing bigger so that I could use it as a binding on the front. It was really satisfying to do and made the quilt look much more finished.
Laura was really pleased with it, she especially loved the vintage duvet cover I had used for the backing! I love that fabric, I still have quite a bit left thankfully. I was quite pleased with it too. I am hopefully going to try and make some more as it would be good to have them for my Folksy shop (sorry, poor neglected shop - I think a sale is due soon and lots of new things!).

I also had a commission for doll with a crown for a birthday - hopefully they liked her.

I got some new labels a few weeks ago (as seen in my new blog header), which was very exciting - my last ones had pink text, but I decided to go a bit more simple and use grey. A bit more simple to go with 'Simply' H. Next on the list is a new logo....err if I ever get round to it, I have been meaning to do that for a couple of years now!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Adding some colour

The walls in our lounge have been blank since we decorated about 2 years ago. Just plain old white, with a mirror on one wall.  Much as I love these smooth,white walls, I have been longing for some sort of artwork up there.  I have some nice photos to put up eventually but with regards to artwork, me and L just don't seem to agree on anything. Plus when money is tight, it seems outrageous to spend money on something like a picture.

But eek...we both saw this Whitstable Oyster picture in a shop in town and HAD to have it. We both loved it! It was cheaper than we expected, but way out of our price range!  Luckily I sold a quilt to a friend and some bits in Taking the Plunge - so had some money to put towards it. Although the money should probably have gone on something more worthwhile - you know what, we love it so much that is was money well spent as I LOVE looking at it on the wall. It makes me smile. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself, don't you! (it's not original by the way, it is painted by a local artist onto wood - copied from an old postcard!)

I have been busy making lately. Some of the bits I have in Taking the Plunge include these new cushions.

I have already sold the little Union Jack one.  I have also had quite a few orders via friends for bags, dolls and another baby quilt - which I will show and tell another time.  I will leave you with a gorgeous embroidered table cloth that I got in one of the charity shops in town the other week.  I just love it, I can't wait to use it on the table at the next craft fair I do and am going to be on the look out for more as I think they would make lovely cushion covers - although I think they would have to be ones with marks as I am not sure I would have the heart to chop them up!!

Ps Yes I know I am not being very topical today and commenting on the fact that the UK has a new Prime Minister, David Cameron - I just can't really be bothered to go into it! Let's see what this lot get up to shall we!