29 November 2010

Easy peasy paper snowflake

My first little tutorial! :)

paper snowflake

A friend came to visit my sis and showed us how to make fabby paper snowflakes.

They're really easy to make, all you need is a pair of scissors, some tape, a stapler and some nice paper (could be anything, old book pages, maps, wallpaper, magazines... whatever, as long as it's not too lightweight).

paper snowflake

Here we go, I hope this will be clear enough, it's too dark for me to take photos...

What d'ya reckon??

I think I'll have quite a few of these in clusters around the house this Christmas.
I'll be making some of various size (although small ones are really fiddly unless you have a teeny stapler), and with different type of paper.

It's taken me a while to get in the Christmas mood, but making these is doing it nicely for me! Oh... and making some pressies too, but I can't tell you anymore about that because of little prying eye ;)


23 November 2010

Little things that make me happy...

Tin-tastic (!)

This one really got my little heart going when I spotted it...!

I have been on the look out for tins forever, eying up other people's and developing 'tinsilitis', bad case of tin envy (while I'm on the bad play on words subject, can I just slip 'tintastic' in the mix? Ta very much). My luck finally turned yesterday. It was well hidden in the toys section in the charity shop, filled to the rim with marbles. So not only it's the prettiest vintage biscuit tin, but its treasure will also make my nephews happy.

I couldn't quite contain myself when I showed it to Ade, and even his "yes... another box..." comment couldn't dampen my spirits.

I finally have a good'un to keep company to my other lovely tin which my dad gave me, the chicorée 'l'Alsacienne' tin. Love it too.

On my fabric cabinet...

They've both taken pride of place on my fabric cabinet.

See that fabby apron by the lovely Rachelle at Ted and Agnes?! *swoon*

Happy days!

PS: of course the search doesn't stop there ;)

18 November 2010

On the hills...

Most of the time, I just have to have lots of colour around me, a white base with a mix of bright and faded colours (hmmm... except terracotta and lilac, not my cup of tea!). And then once in a while, I get in an all white and natural mood. That's why I love this shop Baileys so much. Although I couldn't live in a 'Baileys' ' type house because colour would creep in eventually, it really appeals.

I was in this kind of mood when I got working on this canvas.

In the hills...

Although, you see what I mean about colour creeping back in :)

Devon, where I live, is full of these cute valleys with perfectly round hills. This is exactly the kind of spot I dream of for my gypsy caravan, in a meadow overlooking the hills. Sigh...

The design for the caravan (or 'roulotte', it sounds even better in French), came about after my friend Alex suggested I make some hoops to display in his yurts and (soon to be) gypsy caravans. A match made in heaven I say, since I am already slightly obsessed with all things gypsy, it's right up my street!

This is all quite exciting for me, because lately I have been thinking, maybe, it's time I found places to sell my work. I am quite indecisive on the subject, probably over protective, but Alex's yurts and caravans (Wild in Style) are just the perfect place for my little hoops.

14 November 2010

I dunnit!

I've only gone and dunnit, I've gone and built meself a proper online shop like!

Don't you just love the English language? I really can't do accents (try and read the above with a French accent, it's just not the same), but I luve it you know, it cracks me up! ;)

So there's my big news, in a northern kinda accent, I've launched my very own online shop... threeredapples.com!!

Of course I should have done it back in the summer, and of course I should have given myself much more time, but that would just be far too grown up and organised. Instead, in true student fashion (you never loose your student ways completely), I crammed it all in the shortest time possible, working non-stop until le petit matin on a few occasions.

There is still more work to be done (improve seo, accessibility, functionality, design, blah blah blah...). I am a bit annoyed that as an ex web designer, the design is what I spent the least amount of time on. That said, a pat on the back when a pat is due and all that!

To celebrate a big step for Three Red Apples, and to thank you lovely people for your support and lovely comments, which help no end when the chips are down, I am offering 20% off in my new shop using the voucher code FAB20 until next Sunday night (21st Nov).

I couldn't possibly launch without a few new hoops...

ma p'tite roulotte...
My little gypsy caravan - I will tell you more about this one soon...

clucking chickens

clucking chickens
I love my little chickens, so I decided to put them in the smaller 4" hoop.

keep it simple doily
A new version of my 'keep it simple' hoop.

ma dodoche est toujours sur la route :)

ma dodoche est toujours sur la route :)
A couple new 2CVs...

I love my bed...
And... (I can't believe I hadn't shown you this one before, I did it a while back, I'm such a bad blogger!), my new 'I love my bed' design.