Monday, 12 January 2009

Craft-o-holic

I've decided that's what I am!  I feel shattered and now that I've taken a few snaps of what I've been up to the last few days, I can understand why.  If I were up for making New Year's resolutions, I'd make one not to be so obsessive about things!

Anyway, an email from Jayne to provide some photos of my "wares" in advance of the Vintage and Handmade Fair had me reaching for the wool, fabric and finally, the camera so I thought I might share my piccies with you.  I've also discovered a site via Flickr which allows me to make mosaic pictures so I've gone a bit mosaic crazy.  Hmm, what was I saying about being obsessive?!

First up, I enjoyed making that covered hanger to go with my mum's birthday present last week, so I set about finding the stash of hangers I bought an age ago, with just this type of project in mind, then spent just about as long deliberating over fabrics, trims and little crochet flowers with which to beautify them!  I found a use for the vintage lace I bought in Honiton on New Year's Eve.  Want a look?











Secondly, I finally got round to finishing all the cute crochet flowers I've been making, sewing pretty vintage buttons or pearly beads at their centres and brooch pins on the back to turn them into lovely corsages, ready to brighten up coats, jackets, cardis, hats...





I'm sure I'll be adding to this little lot quite a bit before May.

Lastly, some pretty-but-practical peg bags to chase away those wash day blues! Surely the laundry will be a much more pleasant task with one of these hanging on the line?  They're crafted from various lovely Cath K fabrics with some ribbons added and oh yes, some little crocheted cotton flowers as a finishing touch, of course. I made quite a few more of these peg bags but I've run out of the requisite hangers for now. I'd have loved to have taken a photo of them hanging on the line in the garden with a bright blue sky behind but it has been a truly grim and grey day here, today.





Today, other than trying to take photos in the gloomiest of light, I've been making Union Jack cushions. More of that another day...


Cheerio.

34 comments:

  1. Hi Hen. Your covered hangers are gorgeous (in the purest form of the word)I love the crocheted corsages and the peg bags. I wish I could visit your stall at the fair.....

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  2. I love your blog and I love your crafts.
    You have great taste and you are also very talented, what a gift!

    Cheers!

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  3. You are so productive and so creative. Where on earth do you get all that energy from?!!! I love all the things you make and I bet you get loads of satisfaction making them too. (Even if it tires you out!)

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  4. It all looks just lovely :) x
    I LOVE the hangers, there is no way I could put those inside a wardrobe!!

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  5. I love the flowers. You have inspired me to make more knitted and crochet flowers flowers!

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  6. I have stacks of those hangers crying out to be covered in gorgeous fabrics. You've inspired me to have a go at covering mine! You've also inspired me to start making those crochet flowers, they looks gorgeous and are so versatile. I've put that book you've been using on my birthday wish list! :-)

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  7. There are far worse 'o-holics' you could take to! I think you're very well suited to this one! I could eat the lot. Delicious colours and devine trims. There's one purpley fabric I have particularly fallen in love with! t.x

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  8. Gosh Hen you've been incredibly busy. Lovely, lovley things - i really must try and get to the Fair. Better start saving I think!

    Give yourself a well-earned break. If it were me, Country Living magazine, a nice cuppa and something chocolately would be on order. You deserve it.

    Stephx

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  9. Lovely lovely lovely :) You have been very busy! x

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  10. So many beautiful goodies and fabric to look at in this post. I love everything you have made - I wish I had the energy and patience to be so productive! Looking forward to seeing your union jack cushions too! X Gem

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  11. Oh Hen, those are adorable. I'm now rethinking my crochet ones, fabric is so delightful!

    Lovely flowers too!

    Lisa
    Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

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  12. So very cute...all of it! I love the bright and cheery colors. Just right for this kindy gloomy time of year. Maybe you have snow, we don't. Just dull brown. Ugh.

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  13. I enjoy reading your blog you are so talented!! I also love your collection of Carltonware. It reminds me of what we have here in the states it is calles Roseville, not sure if you have where you live!! The coat hangers are adorable!!

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  14. What a cheerful, colorful post! I would say you are a craft-o-holic! You have inspired me to make more crochet flowers too - I have a stash of small ones for Valentines Day, but they aren't adorning anything yet.

    I am dying to know how to do a photo mosaic like that - love it in your banner!

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  15. Absolutely stunning - a basket full of gorgeousness (if that is a word). The hangers are so pretty, I'm glad I cant go to the fair cos I would have to buy one, but which one mmmmm?

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  16. My goodness Hen where do you get your energy from??? That's a lot of pretties!!! I think you enjoy making those flowers! Can I ask where you got the cards for the flowers??? I'm selling mine in a local shop & I was looking for something like this.... I tried to make one but yours look really professional. I'm hoping to come to the fair but not sure if you can get a train for Exeter... I may have to ask my pa to drive ...which will mean I will be there for about 5 mins!! :)

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  17. Lots of lovely photos with lots of lovely goodies to drool over!
    You have been a busy bee.
    Lisa x

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  18. Gosh, you certainly have been busy. They are all beautiful. I'm sure you'll have a very successful fair with all your goodies.
    Enjoy your day.
    Nickyx

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  19. what a gorgeous riot of colour.. especially like the coat hangers.. very sweet.
    x

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  20. What a glorious feast for the eyes!

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  21. Love the new banner and all the wonderful colours you are using! I'm in awe at how productive you have been! Those peg bags are great.

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  22. Hen, they are all fantastic!!! I love all the finishing touches!!!!!!
    xxxxxxxx

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  23. Hen, what yummy things. I made some coat hangers, but yours are far more gorgeous! I love all your bits and pieces. Well done on the spurt! x

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  24. Gosh, what beautiful things. I'm even more sure that I want to try to get to the fair now!

    Love the CK peg bags. Might even make me feel happier about doing the washing!

    Definitely think you deserve a rest!

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  25. You Clever Clever Girl!! The Brooches look really lovely, as do the hangers!! x

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  26. My goodness you've been busy hehe!!! Where do you find the time - so pretty you have a fab eye for things :-))
    the are lovely
    xxx

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  27. Lovely Hen...nice 'n bright,which is what I like ;-)

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  28. Gorgeous, and so pleasing to the eye and cheery, exacly what I need right now as Mr. Poppis is facing redundancy and need something pretty to look at so thank you.

    I am in love with the beautiful hanger with the little crocheted Daisy on it, Mmmmm when did you say the Fair is :)

    X

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  29. My oh my,you have been busy!I love it all,the corsages look beautiful,the card really makes them stand out.Love the colours too and your new banner,very pretty!I hope to be able to visit the next fair.
    Rachel x

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  30. What stunning colours you have put together, always cheers me up when I pop over!
    It really looks like you are having fun too which is a must!
    Emx

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  31. Your covered hangers are absolutely amazing! What a great idea. Where is the Vintage and Handmade Fair you mentioned?

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  32. so bus... very impressed... I must get my craft groove going this year I am falling behind

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  33. Hi Hen, I've put on two new posts today and you're mentioned in both....please pop over to see.
    Nickyx

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  34. I received your photos Hen & I'm very impressed! Your stall is going to be overflowing with wonderful, colourful goodies!

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