Monday, December 27, 2010

Tea and Crumpets

Well my friends I am leaving the frenchy and sophie blog. I am beginning a new adventure with a new name and a new blog so please come and join me at Tea and Crumpets. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas craft sale

Ok so a very quick post, but I just wanted to fill you in on my craft sale. So it was a lot of fun and I actually sold quite a few items which was very exciting. I still have sooo much left over but I'm actually a little excited that I get to keep a few of my own items :)

Here I am at my table.

These little lavender pouches turned out so well and their so quick to make!

The stencil pillows worked well with the subtle Christmas motifs.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Deck the halls

A rather strange question but have you tried using freezer paper to create stencils?
If your answer is no then I highly recommend that you do! Last night I turned my kitchen into a small production line and created some adorable Christmas cushions using freezer paper (my new favourite thing).

Just use an exacto knife to cut out your silhouette, you then place the freezer paper stencil (waxy side) onto fabric and iron it on. The waxy coating sticks onto your fabric ensuring that the stencil does not move.. awesome! you then peal off the stencil when the paint has dried. The best part is that you can reuse your stencil multiple times and it will continue to stick to the fabric. Don't you just love cheap crafting materials!?

So this time my excuse for my lack of blogging is my preparation for a Christmas craft show! which is now in 5 days. I have been busy creating a range of items using all kinds of materials, wood, clay, fabric, card stock.... I love variety!

I pressed vintage lace into clay to create texture on little bird and heart decorations.

wrapping wreaths in fabric

Christmas tags that I almost want to hang on a tree not a present. Just choose some fabulous papers and cover pre cut tags using lots of modge podge then top it off with a loop of ribbon.

And while we are on the subject of trees... we went and chopped down our tree last night :) I just absolutely love Christmas!

Just kidding this one was a little on the small side

Here she is all ready to be lovingly decorated, with handmade ornaments of course!
If you don't have your tree yet I hope this inspires you to go get one and fill your home with the beauty of Christmas.
Happy crafting, have a wonderful day

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cutest coffee sleeve around

I am aware that this is going to sound every confident, however I do think that I may have just made one of the cutest coffee sleeves around. I am having so much fun creating items for my Christmas craft show. They have a fabulous tutorial for making coffee sleeves on The cottage Mama's blog, so go ahead and try your own. Copy and paste the link for the tutorial.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Ladies In Gold

Just a quick post...
I have been working on some Christmas decorations, I had so much fun creating them and I have to say that I am very pleased by the outcome. So without further ado may I introduce,The Ladies In Gold

I like to think that these are the ladies of Christmas's past, if only they could talk, I wonder what stories they could share?

I would love to know what you think, so leave me a comment if you have a minute. Hoping that you are having a truly wonderful day :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

In love with vintage christmas!!

OK so here I am ready to report on the vintage Christmas show...
I think that I will mainly let the photos speak for themselves

On arrival I saw the magical twinkle lights glowing in the frosty evening light, I was soooo excited :)

Before even entering the Barn there were treasures to be found outside

There was an atmosphere of enchantment all around

creative and quirky Christmas decorations galore

I was having myself a very jolly old time

What an awesome idea, an old drawer on legs

You always need a Scrooge... right???

There were little presents popping out from all directions

My wonderful friend Karen and I had a fabulous time

So will you be on the naughty or nice list??

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A small tribute to some fabulous blogs

Ah it's been an age since I have blogged again! I'm so sorry, life just seems to be flying by, it's Monday and the next thing you know it's Saturday... do you know what I mean??

So, what to share....
OK so firstly I came across an absolutely fabulous blog last night which just gave me so much inspiration and is truly awesome! you just have to take a look, trust me if you like sewing, crafts, clothing basically anything cute then you will just love it. It has some wonderful tutorials which I just can not wait to try out and of course I will share my finished products with you.

Here is a little sneak peak of one of the cottage mama's creations

How quirky!

Next up... I am so excited for tomorrow because Molly Mo's and vintage triffles are having their annual holiday treasures show. These lovely ladies sell all kinds of vintage treasures and handcrafted items, if you live in Oregon it will most defiantly be worth a visit! you can find out all the information at:

After talking about everyone Else's creations I guess I should share some more of my own with you :)

Ever wondered what to do with an old sweater with holes in it? well I made this cushion using my husbands old holey cashmere sweater, and added a little vintage lace to finish it off.

What a fabulous way to recycle and get something new without spending a penny. Whilst sewing the cushion and feeling productive I decided to make another to complete the mini collection. For the second cushion I used linen for the main body and then cut out a head silhouette in felt and appliqued it on, soooo simple yet so sweet.

A little snap of a laptop sleeve I made for my shiny new apple mac :)

An old clipboard which I covered in modge podge and then covered with some vintage wallpaper which I bought at a vintage fair and then finish it off with another coat of modge podge on top. It's an extremely easy project which you should defiantly try at home!

And lastly completely random but I just have to share this photo of my Grandfather and his wife with you. I just think it's a wonderful photograph.