Sunday, 12 May 2013
Saturday, 11 May 2013
The Cook Book that celebrates our common humanity.
An amazing new cook book has only just been published in the past few days. 100% of profits going to the charity Women for Women International - an organisation that works with women in war torn countries.
This cook book brings together recipes from the women themselves and famous celebrities that recognise the need to help in some way. Meryl Streep writes the forward and people like Sir Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson, Sir Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela ( to name but a few) have all given their favourite and interesting food recipes to delight the palette. Many people have given their services for free to enable this wonderful book to be published.
I was more than happy to provide many of the antique textiles and some of my own textile work that are used in the photographs throughout the book.
Makes a perfect present for the foodie person in your life whilst also knowing that you a helping the global community.
Available from 16th May from Waterstones or Amazon or any good bookshop.
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
I know, I know I am not going to even comment on the fact that I haven't posted on my blog for over 6 months now ! Well not yet anyway - maybe later I will catch up on all thats been going on in my life !
First off let me show you what I have been up to in the last few days. SHOES - Baby shoes actually. After visiting the Northampton Shoe Museum ( well worth a visit) for the upteenth time I was inspired to make some shoes.My niece is due to have her baby any day now and so it was a perfect excuse to try making some ittsy bittsy little shoes !
I have had the greatest time with my NEW Bernina ( a story from the missing 6 months) and lots of beautiful silks and some lovely ribbons and trims. And the best bit is that each pair only takes a tiny amount of fabric. So I have made Seven pairs - one for every day of the week.
Here is a quick look at each pair
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
There are of course as any quilt maker knows a number of processes to consider.
Designing- just what will it look like - who is it for ?, selecting the fabrics- oh no matter how much stash we have - we still need to buy another bit.Cutting the pieces and then sewing the top ( hand or machine?) . Creating the back, one whole piece of a mixture ) where does the label go. Assembling the layers ( wadding in the UK and batting in the USA) Do you pin or do you tack?. Then the mammoth job of actually holding the layers together with stitch - do you want the gentile pleasure of hand quilting or do you want the struggle of putting it under the sewing machine?
I have the stages that I love and the ones I don't !!!!
But I deny any quilter to dispute that the 'best bit' is the BINDING. You know that you are there when you get to that bit !!!
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
And of course the street parties just about everywhere.
Ours was just super on Saturday, the whole road of neighbours coming together. A very full and fun day for us all.
Here is a lovely pic of the Ladies of Claremont Avenue, Stony Stratford, all wearing the aprons I made for each lady of the house.
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Lots of wonderful goodies to buy both vintage and handmade.
If you have never been to the fair then you must come along next time as it is one not to be missed.
I was so busy that I only took a few pics of my stand. Here you go.
Here are some pics of my vintage creations.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Can't quite believe its been so many years married to my darling husband Trevor.
We have always been friends, always laughed at stupid things, never gone to bed on an argument,never left each other,( well never more than for a few hours),always said 'I love you' before we go to sleep, never messed around with anyone else,tried hard not to hurt the other one,always been generous with each other even when we couldn't afford it,always shared everything, tried not to argue over money !!!!, shared interests, helped and supported each other though good and tough times.
Of course we both could have been done for murder several times in the last 40 years ( it hasn't always been perfect!- I can very close once when I threw a heavy glass ashtray at him and it embedded itself in the wall and not in his head !!!!)
But after all these years we are still 'in' love with each other.