Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Upcycled pallet chair

I came home after visiting my parents at the weekend to find Steve looking pretty pleased with himself after making this rather cool garden chair!

Made from a pallet he 'acquired', he'd got the design from here, where you'll find other clever uses for the humble crate. I rather like this little chair - a couple of child-size ones would be nice!

By the way, these cushion covers (apart from needing a bit of an iron!) are really old - some of my first attempts at sewing: the blue and white one is made from an old linen tea-towel and the red and white one is made from part of a roller towel.
I do like a bit of recycling, don't you?

Friday, 25 June 2010


I had a fun little commission this week: remember my elephant cushion?

Well, a nice lady bought it from my Folksy shop and she also wanted a matching mobile: she liked the owl ones, but her son's nursery had a safari theme, so she needed a creature to tie in with that theme. We decided on a toucan!

The customer had a clear idea of colours/fabrics etc - all I had to do was adapt the pattern from here!

I'm quite pleased with the way he turned out - I hope the little tiny baby likes him too!

Friday, 18 June 2010

Father's Day

Gawd, it's been an absolute age since I attempted any freestyle stitching, but I've taken a break from huge shop orders to make this card for the best dad in the world!

Happy Father's Day!

PS Sorry I haven't posted any new creations on here lately - there's just not enough hours in the day!

Monday, 14 June 2010

A date for your diary!

Ok ladies, I'm giving you plenty of notice here! The next Homespun Fair will be held at the Portscatho Memorial Hall on Sunday 8th August. I really hope you can make it as it is a fab event and well worth a visit. I realise that for many of you Cornwall is just too far for a day trip, but for the rest of you, come on down (the price is right!)
And isn't the latest poster image (above) fantastic? Right up my street, and I will definitely be buying some of the matching postcards.
For more information, visit the Homespun blog.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

UK Handmade Magazine

The Summer edition of this fab online magazine is out now! You can view it here.

And guess what? There is an interview with little old me in it! (It's on page 48 if you're interested!)

Sunday, 6 June 2010


We're home, safe and sound, after a wonderful time on the beautiful island of Skiathos. Always nice to get back into your own bed though, wouldn't you agree?
I'm not going to bore you with loads of holiday snaps, but thought I'd share some images of this fantastic beach - Kastro - on the north of the island. To be honest it was a bit of a nightmare to get to, both in the car on the dusty lanes, and then on foot, down the steep cliffpath.
But my goodness, it was worth it!

The water was the clearest I've ever seen, and because it was not easily accessible we had the beach almost to ourselves!

I wouldn't mind a beach cafe like this!

Just my kind of rustic furniture... primitive tables made from old pallets...

And check out this cool bench! Might pinch this idea for our house!
But the main reason I loved Kastro so much? Look at all this driftwood!

There was literally a lifetime's supply here!
And you could swim around the shallow pools and find another great pile - I've never swam for driftwood before - it was just amazing!
It almost made me weep though, as naturally I had to leave it all behind!

Well, almost all! I managed to pack a few bits in my suitcase!

They will become boats very soon, I'll show you the finished products when they're done.

We also found loads of these floats (not sure what to use them for yet, but might make a decoration for our new bathroom - any suggestions welcome!)

It was pitch black when we returned on Friday night, we got a bit of a shock when we looked at the garden for the first time in 2 weeks - it's grown quite a bit since we left!
There's really no place like home!