19.10.14

Under the Cover of Darkness

Dear Laura,





I have been wanting to get my garden established for ages but it is hard to get going as we have only just really finished all the outside construction work. However when I saw Sabrinas post (of Wolves in London) with those gorgeous seed packets I decided that this was the year, I would collect seeds, buy bulbs and next spring make sure my garden was up and running. The only problem with collecting seeds is that in my garden we don't have any seeds to collect. There are however lots of lovely looking flowers all around the neighbourhood.

And so... under the cover of darkness, with the excuse of walking the dog. Off I went, nail scissors in pocket, plastic bags in hand and a slight fear of being caught in my stomach. I snipped and pocketed and got a few odd looks but I think I got a good hoard. I also collected some wild flowers to put on the table. I have no idea if I collected the seeds correctly, or if I managed to separate out the different flowers, however I think that will be part of the fun when it comes to planting next year.

Lots of love

Annie

4.10.14

Tigers on a Purse

Dear Laura,





A little while ago, our naughty pup put her head in my bag and found a lovely piece of leather to chew on. Unfortunately for me, that piece of leather was the purse I bought myself as a treat when I got my Ph.D. Sad as it is to have chew marks all over it, it did give me an opportunity to try my hand at making a new one for myself. I am very pleased with how it turned out. I wanted to use some of the ends of the cotton and steel fabric I had used to make my dress, it is canvas and much more suited to this application than a dress.

I loved the contrast of the bright deep pink material I have with the deers trophy heads on it so I used that for the lining. I choose a yellow zip because I love yellow and pink together. It turned out I needed much more lining fabric than I thought and was surprised to use nearly 1/2 yard on the purse. I finished it off by sewing around the edges and put the top thread as green and the bobbin with pink so both sides have the right colour thread. A genius idea I read in a book once. I hope you like it, I am very happy and have been showing it off to people left right and center, whether they are interested or not!

Lots of love 

Annie

28.9.14

Crafty Goodness

Dear Laura,


A few days ago I was looking on instagram and I noticed that @littlecanoe was in DC. I love looking at visitors pictures of DC. I am always interested in where they are going and what they are seeing. It turns out that she was in town to take part in craft bastards. An enormous craft show just a few blocks from my house. I had no idea this was happening and so quickly looked it up and made plans to attend. R stayed home to play with his wood working which left me free with money burning a hole in my pocket and a wonderful afternoon of searching for all sorts of wonderful goodies.

I of course spent more than I should have but it is worth it for all the hand made goodies. I even spent lots of money at little canoes stall and blathered about following her on instagram, I am not so good with meeting strangers. Check out her etsy shop though it is full of lovely illustrations.

Here are a few of the lovely things I found

An awesome sugar bowl from Elizabeth Benotti

 A little whale bowl from Abby Berkson

These fabulous cards and stickers from Little Canoe

and this great t-shirt printed in Baltimore, unfortunately I can't remember the name of the company.

I had a lot of fun despite the unusually hot weather for this time of year. Bright blue skies and blazing sunshine showing off the beginning of autumn.

Lots of love

Annie

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