Monday, 23 November 2009

Getting crafty again

Hello Lovely blog followers, I hope you have stuck with me whilst I have been busy working?

I finally managed to get back into my workroom over the weekend, its still a work in progress with floorboards still to be screwed down and a new storage unit to be built, but I thought you would like to have a look through the new window

I have had a few projects that I wanted to get underway and fancied one that used lots of fabric scraps (am I the only person who NEVER throws scraps away no matter how tiny!?) it was great to get delve into fabric that i had to pack away months ago
i used a real mix, a little bit of Cath, some spotty that came from Australia, some of my vintage Laura Ashley, and lots of vintage bits

Stitched them all together and created some fabric stars for the Christmas tree

I also raided the button tin and made a few wire hearts.

The inspiration for the stars came from here

I got a bit carried away with the pictures!

Another plan that I had come up with some time ago finally got started. I can not resit collecting old fabric and when I visited CTC a while ago i picked up this small table cloth.
It was passed its best with a few holes and a couple of stains that I could not get out, but I felt the lovely printed flowers deserved a second chance.

So I raided the ric rac box, got the scissors out and after a wizz on the machine I came up with these lavender and wheat drawer fresheners
Some are backed with French vintage ticking and the others with some upcycled gingham

They are extra special as they are filled with lavender I grew in the garden and wheat my brother grew on the farm. I love to give old fabric a new life - I like to think I "add value by design" - or I may just be a really good horder!

As for the building work, it is still not finished - we are 3 weeks over the original completion date and will be lucky if it gets finished before Christmas - Henry belongs to the builders but he is like one of the family now as he lives in the hall and I talk to him every day :-)
Mitty xx


  1. They're fabulous the colours, well I love everything esp the button hearts...lurverly...oooh but the stars are gorgeous too and you made them all over the weekend flippin eck hun your abit good aint yer :) xx

  2. Love the stars and such gorgeous fabrics you've used.
    I love making button hearts and haven't done any for a while so now feeling the need to raid my button tin ;)
    The lavender pillows are lovely and I love the way you've added the ric rac, all in a weekend too.
    Beki xxx

  3. Lovely makes Mitmot .... bet your glad you're getting back in the swing of it .... I love the button hearts especially and think I will have a go to hang on the Christmas Tree. I'm with you on the upcycling too ..... I have stacks of old fabric, tablecovers etc waiting for my lightbulb moment ;-)

  4. Love the stars and the colours too. I have a big drawer full of scarps, tiny bits, skinny bits, fat bits, even bits that are probably too small for anything but I hate binning any fabric.
    I ENVY your view but we've had the big conifers trimmed now and I can see so much better into the field - I gain a sunset now xx

  5. Oh Mary I have missed your crafty makes - your stars and button hearts are fab, you are so clever. I love my button heart from you.
    And those lavender bags are fab, I especially like the rosey ones :D don't stay away too long now xx

  6. Wow, that is a really clever idea, I really love the fabrics you use, they make the stars look very special!

  7. The colours of your chosen fabrics look fab! I still haven't made a star....and we are romping into december!!!
    I feel your pain at STILL having builders around....I remember it well :( By my thinking if they give you a deadlkine they should work round the clock to complete on time.
    ps Henry is part of our family. The baby loves him more than he loves me I think lol!!

  8. Love the fabrics used for the stars and the button hearts look fab. Great way to use the tablecloth they look very pretty.
    Yvonne x

  9. Wonderful to see a new post from you - have missed your posts! And I love what you've been doing - what beautiful stars. You've improved the original, most definitely. I love the printed cloth you picked up from CTC.
    I do hope the building gets finished before Christmas. xxx
    ps. a little something in the post to you today. Sit under that letterbox! x

  10. Great to have an update!

    Lovely stars - really like the fabrics you've used xx

  11. What a brilliant idea to upcycle the tablecloth, those lavender drawer freshers are lovely.

    The stars are great, you have a wonderful way of combining the fabrics.

    Glad that you are able to start sewing again.

  12. Beautiful stars, thank you for the link. They look beautiful arrayed with all those buttons.

  13. I have missed seeing your makes Mitty, and these are lovely. I managed to work out the pattern for a 6-point star too, but still haven't made any *blush*
    I love the way you've put the fabrics together.

    Love and blessings

  14. Hi there!
    I love your 'makes'....especially the colours you have used.

  15. Its all mingin Mitty..;-)

    Can i visit yet, is me room ready. :-)

  16. Hi, I'm Laura from Italy! I have a blog and I'd wrote a post where is cited also your blog:

    I'd like to invite you to visite my italian blog, bye bye Laura!

  17. oooooh those stars are just adorable !!!

  18. What a lovely blog and I'm smitted with those darling ornaments in my very favorite color--green. And I adore anything rick rack!