Have a Peek..

..at these goodies on offer:

This place is a complete treasure trove of beautiful things. They have lovely Rice Denmark products -what must be the biggest range I’ve seen online-  gorgeous jewellery by Fiva, and lots of good giftable items. They do worldwide shipping too! I just love these little brooms:

Overbeck and Friends hand broom

Rice Denmark Melamine Tray

Colourful woven baskets – perfect for picnics (but not in this weather!)Stunning Fiva bracelet

I also love Bomobob’s shop on Etsy.  Although I initially planned to decorate the house only with my own photos, I realise that is probably not going to be practical, and there is so much stunning work available that I can’t help but want a small bit of it too! Some of my favourites:

The 2010 Calendars are on sale and are all wonderful! I definitely have one on my list.

Nettle Green is another place well worth a visit. For one thing, the owner is incredibly helpful, stuff arrives beautifully packaged and all the stuff is gorgeous. Again, they stock a lot of Rice, but also some really different items, such as this Seasonal Guide Tea Towel. It’s beautiful and practical!

Mmm..strawberries!

So I finished nights yesterday morning (amazingly got to sleep most of the night too) so I decided to make a little something for my cousin’s new baby daughter. First up is a pair of faux suede Mary Janes – made from some Designers Guild fabric I picked up to make cushions ages ago:

I have to say, these were not much fun to make. I found the pattern a bit frustrating and fiddly, which is not good when you’re a bit sleep-deprived. There’s also the stress of making sure both look nearly exactly the same. The fabric is beautiful though and the red is a perfect, pillar box red. The straps are made from linen bias binding which you can find here.

I lined the shoes in the same Heather Bailey fabric I used for the dress:

I edged the dress in the linen bias binding too. Now I need to find some pretty buttons!

Can’t wait for

Some quiet time to sew and knit! Hard to find the time with a little one and a nearly full time job. I have half of a pair of curtains up at the moment, and a baby jumper with just the ends to sew in and a zip to put in. I finally made my Upcycle Xmas entry, which is here.

I made it using a green cord skirt, a soft jersey patchwork type t-shirt and a yellow T-shirt with a great comic style print on the front (which I am still working out how to use).

I’m looking forward to the auction – it’s a really interesting way of involving charities and getting everyone to do something generous and worthwhile. I found that it tested my creative skills quite a lot as when I first went into the Sue Ryder shop I couldn’t see anything I liked! But I’m pleased I managed to make something with what I found.