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Despite being on a self-imposed book ban I couldn’t resist adding this one to our collection…

30th April 2012 – “The Little Paris Kitchen”

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If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt then please visit Kirst’s blog to see how this all began. Jenna over at Timballoo is acting as guest host again this month, so if you somehow came here first then please do go and visit her blog to see who else is taking part!

I’ve been incredibly disorganised this month and completely forgot about the hunt, which led to me running around like a lunatic yesterday afternoon trying to find things to photograph at the last minute.  I managed all bar one photo…

Inspiration

If you’ve been following my work this month you’ll know that Beatrix Potter’s work has been a huge source of inspiration.

Something I Made

It’s been a productive month and I was a bit spoilt for choice, but in the end I opted for a quick snap of my needle felted doglets.  Look at their little faces!

Motifs: Symmetry

Major fail here.  In my last minute panic I didn’t manage to think of anything I could photograph for this category 😦

 

Easter

As a result of leaving these photos to the last minute there was nothing specifically Easter-related in the house.  So I went for an arty shot of some eggs instead…

Re-purpose

I do a fair amount of recycling and repurposing, and my favourite new thing is to make bunting out of old book pages.

I’ll be hosting again this month so please check back on Tuesday 1st May to find out what the new topics are going to be!

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29th April 2012 – “Sassafras”

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These have proved popular in the past, and so I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been able to add another six of these kitsch notebooks to my Etsy shop.  Titles include The Magic Faraway Tree, The Enchanted Wood, and the Naughtiest Girl in the School.  Click here to view what’s available.

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28th April 2012 – “After the rain (again!)”

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27th April 2012 – “After the rain”

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Sally over at Diario chose this week’s word, and it’s a great word.  Trouble is that I’ve been run off my feet this week and haven’t had the time to do justice to it!

I’ll fall back on a favourite poem instead, hope you enjoy it.  It’s Faute de Mieux, by Dorothy Parker

Travel, trouble, music, art,
A kiss, a frock, a rhyme-
I never said they feed my heart,
But still they pass my time

 

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26th April 2012 – “Round the houses”

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Yesterday I mentioned that I’d been using old book pages to make bunting, and said that I’d post more details later this week.  Well, no time like the present!

I saw some bunting made with book pages quite recently, and although it was pretty I thought it a little plain (it used pages which were all text) and dreadfully expensive (£22 for 1.2m of bunting is ridiculous in my opinion!)… so I thought I’d see if I could do any better.

It was actually really easy to make, even for someone like me who’s not particularly quick or confident with a sewing machine.  The pages are backed with felt and the edges are cut with pinking shears, so there’s no need for hemming them.  The flags are all joined together with bias tape.  See, that is easy, and doesn’t take too much time either (I’m still a bit slow but I daresay my speed will improve the more I use the machine!).

I believe that handcrafted items should be worth an amount which reflects their, well, handcrafted nature… but I also believe that you shouldn’t charge a disproportionate amount for an item which is purely decorative.  Felt doesn’t cost that much, nor does bias tape (in my case I had quite a lot of both already stashed in the house), and as for book pages?  Well, for me they’re a by-product of the vintage books I repurpose but even if you have to buy a book in especially then they’re not that expensive.  So I do think that the other bunting I saw was way too expensive.

I’ve decided to price my bunting at £10 (plus postage), which I think is far more reasonable.  I’ve also decided to use pages with illustrations as I happen to have quite a lot of these at the moment and I think they’re far more appealing than pages of bog standard text.  I think it’s safe to say that my bunting is a success already because I made six sets on Monday, and five have already been sold (with two more custom orders).  Yay!

I’ve made a few more sets of bunting today and you can find those in my Etsy shop if you click here.  If you’d like to request a custom order of bunting then please contact me and we can discuss it.

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25th April 2012 – “Vintage delights”

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