Monday, 26 January 2009

A Square Meal

Anyone for tea?  Cake did I hear you say, on a pretty thrifted glass cake stand?  How could I refuse you, my friends?  Hang on, I'll get out my best china, too.





Want to look closer at the "cakes"?








So this is how I spent the latter hours of yesterday and this morning.  Nothing edible, I'm afraid (although you wouldn't really have been able to eat them anyway, so I hope you'll forgive me!) but oodles of yummy square pincushions.  What a joy, choosing all those gorgeous combinations of fabrics, then ribbons and to top them off, some pretty buttons.  I mustn't forget to thank Mr HenHouse for his help with the "tufting", you really need a good strong man to pull ribbon on the end of a big long needle through layers of fabric and stuffing.  Thanks, big boy!

Once I'd decided to raid the Carlton Ware cabinet, I went a bit bonkers.  I love all these Spring-like colours.  It's even quite bright and Spring-like here, today.










More cheese, Gromit!






I don't know what it is about making things en masse, but they look so much better, all in a little collective huddle.  That said, I'll probably not want to face another square pin cushion for quite some time!  I should have recovered by the time of the Vintage and Handmade Fair...





Now who ate that last one?



38 comments:

  1. Oh they are pretty. If you like Cartlon Ware you would love it around here, the charity shops are full of the stuff.

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  2. They are gorgeous Hen, did you make them from a pattern? Wonderful fabric choices too! XX Gem

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  3. Love the square pin cushions and the needle cases.

    Renee

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  4. Glad you found your award Catherine Z! lol!
    Scrummy fabrics as usual, all sunny and bright!

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  5. Hello Hen.....so very tempting!
    Your C.Ware looks lovely....very Spring like and fresh!

    Hope your having a good day!?
    XXxx

    P.S...i was so tempted by the tins you bought in CK...i picked them up and put them down.....:>)
    Had to get something tho...hence the egg cups!
    I'm loving the little blue spot carry all....with the matching purse, think those and the tins are on my birthday list!LOL
    xx

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  6. Sorry may have left the same msg twice...duh!

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  7. brill lovely colour combinations!

    Clare

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  8. Hen, I have to say, your blog is making me dizzy!!!!! you produce SO MUCH!! You are so wonderfully productive, it fair takes my breath away.
    The fair is in May right? And it's January?? SLooooooow Doooooooown, you're gonna need a lorry tog et you there LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Lxxx
    ps the pin cushion, needle cases, corsages are so beautiful, I can hardly keep up with it all
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  9. You have been busy choosing fabrics and buttons and ribbons, all with delicious results!
    Lisa x

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  10. Delicious Hen!
    Yummy 'cakes' and Carlton Ware - what a combination!
    Niki

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  11. Hen...I am positively dribbling at the sight of all that wonderful wonderful carlton ware...jealous or what......

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  12. You amaze me with all what you make, and all of it is so gorgeous!
    Enjoy your week…love Lou xxx

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  13. These square pin cushions are lovely Hen!
    Wow, I don't think I can pick one as my favorite, just because I love them all!

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  14. They are so pretty Hen, I'm loving the colours and they do look so nice as a set, especially against your pretty carltonware. xxx

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  15. They do look gorgeous together. I was just thinking today I needed another pin cushion, so I am going to make another one like these - they are quick to make but you are right very difficult to get the ribbon thru. I just need a strong man now.......

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  16. Wow these are lovely :-) i have been making 'real' cakes today but now after eating4 wishing i hadnt lol!!

    That would be a great idea - i love London :-) we should definantly arrange that in spring/summer time when weather is better would be so good to go to all these lovely shops i keep seeing on your blog :-))

    hope your ok speak soon xxx

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  17. Love the pin cushions Hen, they are scrummy.
    Take care.
    Nickyx

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  18. Your Carlton Ware is growing on me,Hen. I never used to like it that much...!
    I used to see loads of it when my Mum and I would frequent many an antique fair (as she collected Susie Cooper china).
    ;-)

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  19. I love those, they look so vibrant and remind me of summer! I know how much you like to get your teeth into projects so I thought I would suggest a few things: door stops and draught excluders! :-)

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  20. Aww, yummeee! I think I ate the last one. ;-0 Cherrie

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  21. It looks like you have fun making these. I sure enjoyed looking at them. Thanks for posting. Linda

    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/

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  22. Found you from Rosesposes. Grey horrid January has been beaten by all your fantastic colours. A beautiful and cheerful site. Loved visiting Kingly Court with you from my cosy sofa.

    Mrs Bun

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  23. Gorgeous! Both the pin cushions and the Carlton Ware!!

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  24. Oh how adorable. Love your photo shoot!

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  25. How gorgeous they look. Hen, you are so talented... have I said that before! Those are so delicious to look at. xxx

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  26. Beautiful makes again Hen,lovin your work! Surely you didn't have time to visit Bicester and make all those pin cushins did you?
    Rachel x

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  27. Hello Hen. Beautifully photographed pincushions and I love the fabrics too. very lovely things you are making altogether and I do agee about how much nicer things look when pictured en masse xx

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  28. Would you mind squeezing one of those cakes through the computer to me please, so very tempting ... I agree with you, they just are wonderful and even more delicious when grouped together. It looks like you've been having fun!
    Kimx

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  29. Simply delicious!
    Who did have the last one!?
    Emx

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  30. The butter dish is so cute...in fact the whole display was fab....so pretty!x

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  31. so pretty, so colourful and vibrant, and just what I need to feast my eyes upon, because it's definitely not in the least bit spring like here today!

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  32. Fantastic Hen, I love them...yet another thing for my wish list!!! I used my machine...at last!! It's great. No internet for the last 2 days so I've made loads..... guess how many crochet flowers???
    !!!

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  33. Wonderful colors--I love the pincusions! For all the sewing that I do, I have yet to make myself a pincushion. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. Oh my gosh! those are so cute! I love the yellow and red one!

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  35. What a fun colorful post. The pincushions are adorable!

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