Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Time Flies

Well, my dear people, where did the last week go? I didn't intend to be away from my blog for long, sorry about that, but the days just sort of flew by, as they increasingly have a habit of doing. But I have been busy! I have much to show you. Out and about, I snapped the gorgeous window display in Matches on Marylebone High Street.

And I thought you might like to see the inside of this fabric store I visited in Battersea, "Fabrics Galore", well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Meanwhile, the weekend was taken up with family pursuits. The Munchkin spent a day at Scout Camp on Saturday which we think he enjoyed despite the bitter cold.

Ah, that's better!

Charlie-Boy meanwhile, has taken it all in his furry-pawed-stride...

Ah, it's a hard life!

Of course, there has been making, oh yes indeedy. Take this useful but not wildly exciting basket (bought from the £1 shop for containing cookies and the like at the Munchkin's cowboy-themed birthday party a while back).

That gingham lining might have been ok for Woody but it simply won't do for HenHouse business!

So I spent a few hours one morning with half a metre of this pretty retro print fabric (from Hobby Craft) and whipped up a new lining. Better?

You see I was in need of a new receptacle for my stall, to house my latest product...

Yes, the den has been a hive of card making activity. This may shock you, but I quite like a change from the sewing machine some days! You may have spotted one in my blog banner up there.

So there are patchwork cards...

Vintage garden flowers cigarette card cards(!)...

Vintage French seed label cards...

Cards for lurrrvers...

Cards for glamorous ladies...

Not forgetting the boys!

I also made a few specially for Mums (don't forget it's Mother's Day here in the UK on Sunday). This one is looking rather pretty, I think, in this yummy pink photo frame.

The little plant and its pot had a make-over before being handed over by the Munchkin to his Nanny as a birthday gift. A bit of pretty ribbon round the pot and a crafty note card turned a simple shop-bought gift into something a bit more special.

I managed to get my mitts on more attractive frames and paired them with a couple more cards.

They may make it one of the Fairs at which I shall be selling this year. The colours remind me of Spring. Talking of which, where is Spring, it's freeeezing here!

I've popped some cards into my shop if you have some special people to whom you would like to send a unique and vintage greeting.

Back soon!


  1. Hi Hen, welcome back, I have missed reading you lovely blog. I love the cards you made and those frames are so spring like.
    Meanwhile I have at last set up my own blog and misi shop.
    I hope I can keep up with all the lovely blogs I read.
    Have a great sunny day
    Sue Fry x

  2. Ohooo your cards are yummilicious, clever you, I adore the 'Goal' one :0)

    The basket looks extra cute now with that pretty fabric, I spy daisies on it so shall have to click on your linky ;0)

    Have fun


  3. That fabric shop looks fab... shame it's so far away! Love your new cards - v pretty!

  4. Hen yet again some gorgeous makes.
    You certainly spruced up the little plant. It looks very pretty.
    Take care and have fun.
    Rachael XX

  5. I love the way you can turn something quite ordinary into something lovely.Those cards are really different and pretty too!

    Bellaboo :o)

  6. Wow - you have been busy!! I love everything too!! I bet Nanny was delighted with her lovley plant and beautifully decorated pot!!!

  7. Very pretty cards Hen....its been sunny but cold here....went to the Wednesday car booty, bought nothing, not much about these days, I can't wait for summer....I love to pop to the boot sales then....sun and bargains...what could be better!

    Its my day off, I'm watching the Darling Buds of May....with Pickle on my knee!

  8. Hi Hen,
    I have been following your blog for a while but it's the first time I post a comment. I love all these lovely things that you make and you always seem to have new ideas. Personally I tend to accumulate fabrics and other bits and never do anything with them! Just wanted to say hi and I love your blog. Freddie

  9. Me encantan los portafotos, son preciosos!!!


  10. Such a wonderful post & b-e-a-utiful cards!
    Wishing you all the best~

  11. How perfectly charming your vintage greeting cards I! I certainly think you have a wonderful touch. What fun it is to explore your blog, which is fairly bursting with bright colors, good cheer and tons of talent!!!
    ♥ Emily

  12. They are beautiful Hen...I've been admiring the one in your banner for some time now and wondered if they might make an appearance. The fabric shop looks very interesting too...a trip to the big smoke is calling!

  13. Gorgeous cards Hen, you are so creative! xx

  14. Glad you're back :) I love your cards! I use to do a lot of stamping and made most all my own cards, even for Christmas, but I sold everything years ago. Yours are just lovely. I'm on my way to your shop right now :)

  15. Gorgeous as usual and full of wonderful inspiration. Those frames are amazing (and of course what is in them too). Have a good day Hen, love Kate (greedy for colour) xxooxxooxx.

  16. Gosh Hen, your creativity has amazed me yet again. What pretty and inventive cards, just lovley.

    I really like the Hobby Craft print, very vintage!
    Have a super week.

  17. The basket now looks the perfect receptacle for your cards!
    That fabric store looks like a nice way to spend the afternoon!

  18. What a versatile person you are Hen. Multi-talented ! It all looks lovely and in fact very Spring -like. Perhaps you will nudge Spring along with all of those pretty cards.

  19. Hi Hen!
    There is an Award for you to pick up on my blog.
    Take care
    Bridie x

  20. Lovely cards! They look fab in those bright frames! Have you seen Marie Antoinette? That's what they remind me of!!!

  21. Love the cards. Nice to see Charlie-Boy again :) x

  22. Oh I love your cards! I'm not normally into the cardmaking type things but I adore those. Well done!

  23. Those frames are really funky aren't they Hen? And your cards look fab, just love the use of vintage fabric. I do like the way you turn your attention to all these different things, it makes your making so much fun, cos you never know what you're going to be up to next.
    Love the crochet cushion from your last post, the black looks splendid, even though I'm not a fan of black, it looks stunning on your cushion cover, and on your groovy chair.
    Why is it I always want to pick your cats up and squeeze them and squeeze them, they're like gorgeous cushions!
    Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

  24. Oooh, love those cards - especially the glamerous ladies! So many lovely others too. Love how you have done the basket; very pretty. Camping is such good fun, my very own sister and I were only the other day going down memory lane remembering our Girl Guide camping holidays and singing all those camp-fire songs down the phone! Harry will have some brilliant memories too, he looks to be having lots of fun in the photo's. Your lovely picture of Vorey reminds me of a neighbours cat who we semi adopted as he was much in need of cuddles. We loved him dearly, but one day he moved and we were very sad about that. Beautiful Vorey looks to be as peaceful and happy as any cat could be. Lucky Vorey!

  25. Hi Hen,
    I have missed you this week :)
    I found your blog quite by accident, thought it was about Hens - the feathered kind :) But I so enjoy all your posts, and thank you for sharing your interesting live. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada where spring is not far away. It's lovely and sunny here today, even though a bit chilly but no snowing or freezing rain falling thankfully :)
    I love vintage and shabby chic, as well as country style. Again, thanks for sharing. If the postage and exchange rate weren't so high I would love to purchase some of your items.
    Thanks again for sharing!
    Blessings, Angie

  26. love the cards in the frames - they are just gorgous

  27. Scrummy cards, I stroked and drooled over the one you sent to Karen!
    And I tried on her mitts, cheeky me!

  28. Hi Hen, thank you, thank you, thank you, they are sooo lovely. I had forgotten about these, I remember asking you about some, but you were so busy with fairs and Christmas and then I forgot. And they fit perfectly. And I can recommend the cards. I wondered when looking at them on your blog how the card was stuck on, because they often fall off, so this is really clever way of avoiding that and so much neater too. Take care, Karen x

  29. hi
    I love your blog and your creativity...
    The basket looks gorgeous , and the cards are just superb and unique...
    Is the background all in fabric?

  30. Even luckier Charlie Boy! (Silly me; most important to get these things right).

  31. Nice cards Hen!
    I make cards too and I struggle with man cards, love the way you have used the vintage card bits. Very clever :)
    Louise x

  32. I have just popped in for a good feed of eye candy and a huge bundle of inspiration and oohs and aahs! and I have not been disappointed Helen! Just gorgeous, I am sure you will do well with the Mothers day weekend coming up.
    Whatever you do .... have a lovely time!

  33. Your patchwork cards are lovely. Those pretty frames really set them off.

  34. where did you get those lovely photo frames?

  35. where did you get those lovely photo frames?

  36. Hello Hen - where did you get the frames they are exactly what I am looking for to paint cream to put some vintage french fabric for my bedroom.

  37. Hi, Just found your lovely blog, Gorgeous cards and those frames are so cute! Have a sweet day!


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