Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Sneaking in the back door

Hello, I'm ringing in to say that I am sorry there won't be
much to see on the desk this week but we've been away for a few days.

However, I have finished the back of the waistcoat I'm knitting. Just one side to do now.
To make up for the lack of work I thought this new book might interest some readers.
Even if fabric is not your thing a lot of the techniques could be applied to papercrafting.

Then seeking inspiration from the creation box I worked from last week

I thought how about covering this polystyrene ball (it periodically appears on 
my desk awaiting an idea for use) with cut flowered fabrics and ribbons to make a pretty hanging.

So when I've finished unpacking and washing and all the boring office stuff
I can get cracking.

You can have a look around some more desks
over at Julia's place here

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Centre stage to the welder

Centre stage this weekend had to go to the 
wandering welder in his dapper chap mode.

No he is not yodelling in the mountains of Switzerland or some such place
we were in fact in Keswick in the Lake District.

I'm very proud of him as he looks a million dollars and is 
in fact wearing about £40 worth of clobber.

The jacket and trousers came from Vintage Fairs and 
his shirt, tie, boots and waistcoat came from the charity shops.

Here he is again in the gardens of the Pheasant Inn at Bassenthwaite
were we stayed for two nights before moving down to Grange Over Sands
to open the caravan for the season.

I can't let you go without seeing this vintage knitted waistcoat that I am 
sharing with the welder.  He found it in a vintage shop but I got first dabs on wearing it.

I picked up this Traidcraft basket for £4, it still had its original price tag of £22
on it.  The skirt was sent to me by an Instagram friend and is made from a curtain.

These two embroidered cushion covers jumped into my basket 
at a whopping price of £2.49 for the two.

A great weekend was had by all and included a comedy play by Sandy Toskvig
"Silver Lining" at The Theatre by the Lake at Keswick.  
Afternoon tea at The Pheasant Inn where we stayed in Bassenthwaite 
Then finished off with a lazy day in the sunshine sat outside our caravan.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

This hour of mine on my desk

Do you remember this lovely project box arriving last week

It was filled with treasures and ideas to give yourself permission
to spend time being creative and has the appropriate name
"This Hour Of Mine"

After fiffing and faffing with the beautiful contents for ages,
all of which had a delightful floral scent of hawthorn and briar which I got 
a bit hooked on, I set to thinking what I could create.

The fabric pieces had bondaweb on the back to make cutting 
out the flower shapes easier, so I set off doing that

Next I did a line of running stitch up the length of a piece of ribbon and 
pulled it into the shape of a flower and adding the cut out shapes
and bits of lace

I ironed pieces of the bondaweb backed fabrics to this 
little clipboard and built up a collage of ribbons and laces on top

I ironed some of the cut out flowers to a bottle vase, stuck it onto the board
and added the little embroidery that a friend sent me

And here it is up on the wall in my workspace

Hope you like it.

I'm joining in with Julia's weekly creative desk hopping blog
over here if you want to have a look 

Monday, 20 March 2017

A peep in my wardrobe

After so many lovely comments about my clobber over on Instagram I thought I'd put a few photo's together of how I make it all work.

 Mostly it is all  bought from charity shops, vintage fairs or made from old curtains
 I have lovely vintage trader friends who know what I like.  Among them are Marie - The Queens Drawers, THE QUEENS DRAWERS LINK Vix - Vintage Vixon Retro Boutique.  VINTAGE VIXON LINK
Our monthly visit to Stockport Vintage Village and The Vintage Emporium at Pear Mill Stockport are also great places to buy STOCKPORT VINTAGE VILLAGE LINK

When I start losing my marbles I will be able to look on here at what to put with what haha.
See you soon
Lynn x

with Patti and her Not Dead Yet Style blog

Friday, 17 March 2017

Now let me think......

I sat sitting on my little stool thinking what can I tell them about on Friday
 that will make them smile and allow me to join in Annie's Friday Smiles party

Well I couldn't think of anything so I thought I'll listen to a bit of 
music that might inspire me

That didn't work so I went back to sitting on the stool

Time was passing by and I still hadn't come up with anything

I shouted up the stairs "Listen up Philip, have you any ideas ?"

There was no reply from the wandering welder, he had his head 
in some old boiler

Next up I attempted a bit of knitting, hoping for inspiration.

That didn't work so I went out shopping to see if that would help.

In the end I had to give up, and anyway I'm exhausted now
with all the outfit changes.

So you'll have to go to the party without me this week
You can join in if you like, everyone is welcome
Not dressed as lamb

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

I've cleared the decks for a new project

 I was going to show you that I haven't given up on the knitting yet 

Then yesterday Postman Dave brought me a parcel

So after hanging the washing out

Tidying round the kitchen

Clearing my desk

I finally managed to open it

 Inside it is a lovely creative project in a box
called This Hour of Mine by The Linen Garden

The idea is to give yourself some time to be creative.
You are given some guidelines but basically can create whatever 
you like with its contents

You'll have to wait till next week to see any results
as I will be faffing about with all the treasures for a while haha.

In the meantime lets have a look at what everyone else is upto 
over at Julia's place