Sunday, 11 March 2012

Sew Much Fun

Well, I have had sew much fun making fabric ATCs for a swap over at UKS this weekend.  The subject was "As Quiet as ..." and I pondered this for a fair while before collecting and commiting to the making thereof.

Of course, in the best laid plans, yada, yada, nothing is ever straight forward, nor did they turn out as planned.  But I did have fun and renewed my love of sewing.  Daughter danced from the age of 3 until she went to university and I was her chief Wardrobe Mistress.  I think having spent years making solo, duet, trio and troupe costumes, I needed a break.  Feeling much more enthused now, even if these ATCs couldn't have been made without liberal doses of PVA glue!
And these are the finished articles and, just because of the dance costume influence, I couldn't resist the use of sequins, beads and bling.  If I had a £ for every sequin I've sewn, I could probably retire tomorrow.  Those were the days ....

Monday, 5 March 2012

Vintage Love - A Second Secret Book

Vintage Love - A Second Secret Book

So, unaided and unabetted by various health issues, I finally finished my second book, for the wonderful host over at UK Scrappers (UKS), Nettyb.  Netty's subject was vintage love, roses and the such-like. 

Please excuse formatting of this post - I'm fed up faffing with Blogger.

The covers were fairly straight forward once I'd chosen the main colour schemes (vintage cream and red) - with "love" and "roses" of course. 
 I wanted to use lots of lace and bits and pieces I'd collected for the very purpose thereof.
I also wanted to use a poem and an easy choice was "How do I love thee" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
The tag is shown out of the pocket - I hid this part of the verse - it seemed appropriate!
 Lots of paper tearing, inking, lace, fabric butterflies, ephemera and even a fabulous feather or two.

The Butterflies and Buttons pages are either side of the "secret" matchboxes   
The matchboxes form the base of the book.

Vintage romantic images and more roses

 Weirdly, no stamping anywhere ....

So, finally finished, filled with crafting goodies,
carefully packaged and posted by hubby.  I can cross it off the top of my Guilt List - I hate missing deadlines.  I knew what I wanted to do, well, roughly, but am always amazed how long it actually takes me, even if I do manage to kick my "Be Perfect Driver" well and truly into touch!