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Monday Mood Board: Bunnies!

I seem to have acquired quite a few rabbit-related bits and pieces, including jewellery, stationary and small ornaments, some of which are shown here. I think I’ve always found the motif appealing, and can clearly remember particularly liking a picture of a black and white dutch rabbit in a Ladybird book when I was about three years old. Rabbits also make me think of spring, despite there being no shortage of them in the UK year-round!

I made the necklace and knitted rabbit shown above (the knitted rabbit is a great quick Easter gift); the ornaments and buttons are vintage; the blue wooden brooch is by a modern designer-maker (I am embarrassed to say that I can’t remember her name); the gold charm is modern.

Winter/Christmas Bunting

Christmas Bunting 1

A couple of years ago I got together with some friends before Christmas and we all made our own strings of Christmas bunting (or seasonal winter-themed bunting). It is a relatively quick and easy project, and I have just finished making the string shown here as a Christmas present for a friend this year.

Christmas Bunting 3

The project is great for using left over scraps of fabric or felt, and the flags can be as big or small as you want (and any shape!). I used felt here as it doesn’t fray (so time didn’t need to be spent on hemming all of the edges), and felt is also thick enough to glue- rather than sew- the pieces together without the glue showing.

I am a great fan of sewing things (and very fussy about the finish being as near to perfect as possible), but in this project using glue still resulted in a very nice finish, and saved time. Gluing most fabrics results in a less tidy finish than stitching, with the dried glue being visible on the finished piece, but felt is thick enough to prevent the glue soaking through if you don’t use too much.

Christmas Bunting 2

Very few materials are needed, and this is a great stash-busting project as all sorts of items can be used for decoration, including pompoms, buttons, ric rac or sequins.

Christmas Bunting 4

Using glue made it much easier to attach the pompoms, and taking care to use a small amount meant that it wasn’t visible. The Bostik glue that I used here is fantastic, and I have yet to find a material that it won’t work on! It also dries a lot quicker than textile glue, making it easier to work with.

The project was so quick and easy that a couple of work colleagues may also be receiving some bunting for Christmas this year…!

Christmas Bunting 5

Monday Mood Board

Some vintage sewing goodness…

Vintage Sewing Box (1)

…in a lovely wooden box!

Vintage Sewing Box (4)

Monday Mood Board

Lately I have been making sure that I take notice of the lovely flowers that are still left in the garden (despite it being late October!). After a spell of late summer weather, the days are just starting to feel autumnal here in Devon, but many of the garden flowers are still blooming, and the trees still have a fair covering of leaves. The rose bushes and fuschias in particular are still covered in flowers, and it feels like such a treat to still have so much colour in the garden at this time of year.

Mood Board (Flowers)

The collection of floral-styled objects in the picture above include vintage brooches and buttons, some silk flowers, a bunch of small paper roses, a turquoise and carnelian bracelet, and a small picture that I painted a few years ago (although I’ve never been sure that the colours of the vintage frame go with the black background that I used in the painting…?!).

Vintage Sewing Kit

Vintage sewing kit- pink   Vintage sewing kit- pink2

The vintage sewing kit that I put together last month (the post can be seen here) was well received by the friend it was intended for, so I decided to make another. I thought I’d use a different colour scheme for this one, and as you can see, the friend it was made for likes pink!

The box used for this kit is interesting- it was one of two that I bought in a second hand shop. There is a plaque in the lid of each saying that they are made from elm that formed a part of Waterloo Bridge (and was removed from the bridge during restoration work). The plaques make the boxes just a little more interesting, and the smooth, satin finish to the wood means they are lovely to handle.

What unexpected things you can find when shopping for vintage items!


Monday Mood Board

Many Bright Things mood board

I really loved the bright colours in this vintage embroidered table mat as soon as I saw it: I haven’t decided what to do with it yet, but thought I’d start by using it as a prop for this colourful photo!

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