03 April 2012

Homespun Style

Two posts in a day, how about that??!

A couple of weeks back, I was lucky enough to win a copy of Selina Lake's new book Homespun Style.

To say I was excited is a huge understatement! I already had my sight firmly set on it from seeing little snippets here and there before it was out (if you like flicking through the pages of bloggyland, you'll be sure to have come across it too). And this is someone who rarely gets excited about this kind of stuff, but you see I knew it would be right up my street. Boy, I wasn't disappointed when it arrived. There is something I like on every single page (and I'm a right fussy one).

If you like the homespun, vintage style this is real eye candy. (Photography by Debi Treloar, words by Joanna Simmons)

If you happen to be in London, Selina is hosting her Homespun book party & homespun market event on Friday 13th April, with many a lovely makers I'd very much like to meet. Definitely one not to miss! (although I may be :( )

You can find all the details of when, where & who on her Facebook event page (be sure to let her know if you come along), and get yourself a signed copy while you're at it :)

Annabelle x

Well I never.. Part II

Alright, you may know, and I certainly know, I have done enough patting on the back to last me all year (thank you all very much for your lovely comments on my last post). Hmmm... well unfortunately for you I am not quite done :)

Thank you kindly to CrossStitcher magazine for a fab feature in this month's issue.

CrossSticher magazine

(Gosh that's my name, in a very very large font!)

I always get a bit jittery when a feature involves me waffling on... Ayayaïe, what on earth did I write... But since I had a couple of people tell me they enjoyed reading it it must be alright. Phew! (I haven't managed to read it all, only bits looking through my fingers. Ridiculous.)

Annabelle x

21 March 2012

Well I never...

This year is a year of "well I never..."s

I think you'll agree with me, having my little clucking chickens in Country Living magazine (woooaaaaa!) is most definitely a "well I never" moment if there was ever one.

('Course I knew there was a chance I would be in it, but I wasn't sure until I saw it. Must have been those firmly crossed fingers!)

Country Living

This comes after last month's "well I never..." with another little hoop featured in another of my favourite magazines, Mollie Makes.

Mollie Makes

And that was after finding out I was in Cloth Paper Scissors' Studios magazine.

Studios magazine

Crikey, you still with me? I have two more... A little feature in Southern Lady Magazine, and the lovely Australian online magazine Etzcetera

Feeling most grateful indeed! :)


19 February 2012

A few custom orders...

Sharing a few custom orders made over he last few months... some of which I added to my little shelves.


Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday! Crafting, chilling or maybe making the most of the outdoors?

We had a bit of an 'adventure' yesterday... I love an adventure me (although it got a bit miserable at one point :)
We decided to go climbing to this lovely spot on the moors, a riverside crag in the woods. Once we got there, mother nature decided it wasn't to be, so we went for a walk in the rain instead. Not wanting to leave our climbing kit in the car we took it with us (rather heavy rucksacks!). Four hours later, after scrambling along the river, soaked to our undies, and with achy bodies and one tired dog, we got back to the car with smiles on our faces 'well... that was good training!'. We stopped at the butchers on the way home, got some lovely fillet steak, and spent the evening by the fire with yummy food and drink in our bellies.

Today the sun is shining of course :)

Annabelle x

17 February 2012

A spot of sunshine...

Sunny pillows...

Two sunny pillow covers to brighten any grey day...
(also thrifted on my trip to France, hence the square shape - a goldmine it was, I tell ya!)

A little crochet garland...
(wondering if I should attempt a wee tutorial for this garland.
That would be a hoot, a tutorial by a 'that'll do' type rookie crocheter like me, ha! It was really simple mind... in fact so simple it may not even warrant a tutorial.
Let me know if anyone's interested...)

Hope you have a lovely sunny weekend...

Annabelle x

PS: Golly gosh, it looks like my blogging mojo has come back, that's four posts in as many days. Unheard of for me. I'm staying on my guards though, it's a slippery sucker :)

16 February 2012

Little things that make me happy: Ze Emmaüs trip

The second exciting part of my little hoppity hop over to France was going to the thrifting goldmines that are Emmaüs shops. I can't think of a better way to spend quality time with my sister.
Luckily I have two sisters who love to do a bit of rummaging as much as I do. They came up trumps when they last caught up in France, and I got truly spoilt.

After all the lovelies they'd found, to say that I was excited to visit those same shops is putting it mildly. Oh I was not disappointed... I flew across with hand luggage and came back with a suitcase full!


Vintage loveliness

I got a little mountain worth of fabric, a lot of it forms this happy pile...


Vintage wallpaper

Some more vintage wallpaper... (Love that label! :)


Vintage dress/tunic

A little vintage dress/tunic... It had binding on all the edges and the pocket (yes it has a pocket! love pockets on dresses!) which I had to unpick. I just need to sew some to replace it before I can wear it.


Tin & egg cup

A lovely tin and eggcup... I was on high alert looking for these particular Arcopal eggcups. This wasn't the print I was looking for but they are equally lovely (I found four of them, and found one more in the Scania print which is the one I was scouring for). The lovely vase was a Christmas gift from Patricia, great colour and it goes perfectly well with my teal jug.


My doily cake :)

I also found a few more doilies to add to the 'doily cake'.

Ah the thrill of thrifting! :) There's more too, I need to gather them from around the house and take a few snaps.

Annabelle x

15 February 2012

Introducing... my sister

Before Christmas I hopped back over to France to visit one of my sisters. It was a très special visit for I was coming to see the fruit of months of hard work and the start of her new adventure as a furniture designer.
I wasn't disappointed, no way josé, I have one very clever sis!

When we arrived where she was exhibiting at the time, before I got to see her pieces, she got chatting with the owner, and chatting, and chatting... (a right chatterbox, I am positively withdrawn next to her :)
So leaving them to it, I went off to find them and this is what I found... (or at least one of them)

Magnifique, non??
Beautiful craftsmanship, beautiful lines... and my favourite wood, solid oak.

Of course I had seen photos before but there's nothing like seeing them in the flesh (or in the grain :)

Much more of her Collection Florentine to see over on her website.