And while I'm on the subject of clothes-I-don't-need-and-can't-afford-but-want-oh-so-badly, I give you Orla Kiely's Spring collection. Namely, this beautiful cardi (I can't lie to you, I have a serious cardi habit*).
Its so sunny! So graphic! So - and maybe this is just me? - Olive Oyl!
UPDATE: Arse, I've just discovered the bed linen: I want to live in this bedroom please. Can I move in now, please?
* While I'm confessing I should admit that my Orla habit is also pretty fierce, though by necessity reserved for her fabulous sample sales!
Lobster and Swan has done it again - who knew that Joules (in
my mind the preserve of neat 4x4 driving surburbanites) would come up
with the perfect 50s fantasy summer dress? Although on reflection perhaps 50s fantasies and neat surburbanites are not so very
incongruous after all...
To get back to the point, these are rather lovely:
But this - the blue, the neckline, the fitted bodice, the full skirt - this may be my personal Doris Day fantasy in frock form. Wouldn't it look cute with these? And what wouldn't I give to have the shapely, tanned calves to do it justice barefoot in the park...
is also a rather nice wrap dress that could easily become a wardrobe
staple. If only I hadn't sworn off clothing purchases...
Not being an experienced or naturally gifted seamstress (to say the least) this was very much a labour of love. I started in the summer - in an unusual display of forward planning - and finished in good time for it to be Mum's Christmas gift.
She cut the squares for the patchwork years ago and I'd inherited them along with a good chunk of her fabric stash when she moved a year or so back. The idea was to give her the quilt she didn't have time to give herself, supplemented with some of Amy Butlers lovely Midwest Modern prints.
At a family party at her place on Sunday I saw the quilt 'in action' for the first time on my nephews bed-for-the-weekend (can you spot his bedtime reading of choice?). And I have to tell you, it looked pretty cool.
It started off neatly laid but was soon called into action as a fort/tent/strangely-squishy-space-ship...
I can't tell you how happy-making it was to see something I had created being used and enjoyed like that. And the look of amazement on my brothers face when I confirmed that the rumours were true and I had indeed made it myself was easily worth all those hours of hand-tying!
Now I just have to make one for myself, though I think I'll machine-quilt it this time...
Its been far too long since my last post on this little blog. Truth be known the
latter half of 2008 was a bit of a blur.
But 2008 is gone (h'rah!) and
2009 is going to be a very different proposition. I can feel it. There's an air
of purpose suffusing the ether that is exciting and invigorating. During the
months of my absence from this space there have been many thoughts swirling
through my head, taking their own sweet time to settle for long enough fr me to
get a firm hold and marshal them into some sort of order. They're still not
quite there but I think its time to just grab one and Do It. I have a bad habit
of wanting to wait for things to be 'perfect' before taking action. Well when
are things ever perfect?
Then earlier today I read Alex Beauchamps post on
the Waves of Change, and her linked
post from last June. She has pinned down the reason for my shapeless
discontent: a growing sense of stasis. Its time to Live Well. To be sparing, to
seek quality over quantity - always. To make the most of every day; to make a
difference, to contribute, to be an active participant. Not to waste any more
And, in that spirit, I'm going to resist the urge to live
vicariously browsing more blogs - inspiring as they are - and instead I'm off to
do some work on my sketchbooks.
More pieces for the show on Thursday. The silver cuff at the back was one of the
first things I ever made when I decided to re-train; I've worn it to death but
still love it. That meadow motif is a favourite doodle of mine, I find myself
scrawling it when reading, watching tele, in meetings... pretty much any time
I've got a pen in my hand.
The cuff at the front is one of my most recent
pieces. I had it plated in green gold which is my new favourite thing and I'm
really pleased with the warm, soft finish. I really hope you like
Time is going so quickly now - so much still to do!
I'm trying to put together a little collection of jewellery for the first time
ever. Its hard! I have so many ideas only limited time and resources so I need
to take some time to work out what will work best. And then I have to try to
sell some... Now that's the really scary bit!
Our end of course show
opens on Thursday evening so hopefully that should give me a bit of an idea
whether anyone likes anything.