Friday, 24 January 2014

Valentine Kisses

It's not long to February 14th now - so today I am sharing some vintage Valentine graphics.  As you know, as these are vintage artwork pieces, they may be freely used in whatever project takes your fancy.  If you feel inspired by any of these items, do pop over to the Graphics Fairy website.  Here you can find oodles more vintage loveliness.  Every day a new vintage piece is shared..... it really is a great blog to follow.

Here's a few more of my Valentine favourites.....

The three images above would be perfect printed onto stout card stock and threaded together to form a vintage banner.  How lovely to place in the window of a period property.  Or even better, printed onto fabric, and sewn onto a length of pretty lace.  Beautiful!

Such a gorgeous little picture.  The original may be a lot larger, so it's worth checking with Graphics Fairy if you like this image.  There are so many items on the site, do make use of the good search function to find what you are interested in.

A stunning mix of doves, roses and hearts combined to make a charming piece.

Doves and roses are obviously a vintage favourite!

A delightful image .... loving the colours used.  Simply charming.

I shall end today with a sweet little Valentine kitten.  I'm a sucker for anything cat related, so this one had to make the grade.  Just darling.

If you would like to make something for Valentine's Day, there's still time.  Stuck for inspiration, why not pop over and take a look at my Valentine Kisses board on Pinterest which is full of artistry and crafty makes.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Mermaid Musings

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I did say I had a hunch about another couple of trends that may be forthcoming.  I have a feeling that it's about time mermaids came to the fore.  Folklore and legend combine in a dream of an artist's subject.  I'm not thinking Aerial type creatures, I'm thinking sultry, glamorous beauty.

I've hand-picked a few favourites to showcase:-

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What a stunning photograph!  I wish I could find the source, but sadly I can't link back to find out.
Isn't it lovely?  It looks to me as though the model has been body-painted - with what looks very much like a real fish tail added on.  It's a fabulous piece of art by a very talented photographer.

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Another fabulous photograph.  How wonderful is this?  The colours in the mermaid tale are so beautiful.  Oh to dive into lusciously warm water and swim!  It looks divine.  Yet again, I am unable to find the source.  Such a shame, as I would love to see the photographers other work.

source - NYGN
Finally!  I've found one I can trace back.  A crafty little mermaid this one, found on the Not your Grandmother's Needlepoint blog.  It looks like a tapestry background, with the hair crafted from a type of ribbon that holds it's shape.  I think it's rather stylish, and I love the addition of the little starfish and sea-horse.

The Mermaid By Sybile by ~LadySybile
This is one of my favourite mermaid images.  I love the dreamy quality of this artwork, and the muted colours.  I can't find a web-page to link to, but I do have a name, should anyone wish to explore further.


I will end with this beautiful picture.  Three alluring mermaids perching on a rock.  I love the colouring, and the sky is wonderful.  I've found the source - it's a Pirates of the Caribbean website, but it doesn't show who the artist is.

So I've now got lots of mermaid images as inspiration.  If you'd like to see some more, pop over to my Mermaid Musings board on Pinterest.

As far as "makes" go, I'm thinking either a wall-hanging for the bathroom, or perhaps a smaller embroidery.  We'll see!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Hares and Graces

by Jo Hill textiles
My goodness!  I can't believe how long it is since I wrote a blog post.  Where did the year go?
Hopefully, I am back!  I've had months of trying to sort out my arthritis, and get pain management in place that works.  Plus my sewing room has had a big sort out.  So.... I haven't made anything for a long, long time.  I have however, been Pinning tremendously - and have tons of ideas brewing.

What will 2014 bring I wonder?  What will the next craze be?  Owls are so passé..... I'm thinking the next big thing will be hares.  Probably due to the John Lewis advert, but I'm noticing a marked increase in the number of Hare items Pinned.  So, as a way of getting back into the blogosphere - let's have a little look at some of my favourites.

I love this first picture by Jo Hill.  I think it is charming.  Do pop along and look at her website, as there are a whole host of wonderful makes - all for sale.  There is also an Etsy shop here .  I can't resist - I must share another hare from the same artist......

by Jo Hill

Aren't they darling?  Have you looked at her other makes?  So charming..... an absolute delight.  I'm particularly fond of the dog on the sofa, and the bird in the branch artwork.  And it's not just pictures! There are all sorts of makes in her Etsy shop.

What's next?  
by Fireapple
I'm loving the dear little face on this happy soul.  So cute.  This one is long sold from the Fireapple shop on Etsy.  Do click on the link under the picture to pop over and check out the other sweet makes.

Our next hare is a little bit mad - and I love it!

Fiddlewink the Bunny Monster
  Totally crazy, a little bit wonky - and it was featured in a magazine..... Prim?  I've never heard of it, so I wouldn't have come across this little gem without Pinterest.  I hope I've traced the link back to the correct Etsy page.  I can see that this one has also been sold.  No wonder - it's so quirky! 

A change of style with the next offering.....

by Liz Cooksey - textile artist
By textile artist Liz Cooksey, this piece is just one of many displayed on her website.  So original, and so effective.  A mixture of embroidery, textiles, weaving, wirework and crochet.  I'm so very impressed by this artwork.  There's a wonderful subject range amongst her work, so do pop over and see what you think of her other offerings.

Now - this is something you don't see everyday...... but wouldn't it be nice?

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We see a lot of knitting graffiti, but I haven't come across a tapestry version before!  I'm loving this.  I think it really adds something to what would otherwise be a dull, uninspiring park bench.  I wonder what it was embroidered with?  A nice tough nylon string would last and last.  

Time for one more?

the makings of Mrs Bertimus
This is so pretty.  Light and delicate, the machine embroidery stands out beautifully against the scrappy frame of lacework.  I hope I am attributing this to the correct source - as I think this is a thoroughly talented make!  It's utterly divine, and I would love to have it framed on my wall.

I do feel there's a hare themed make somewhere on the horizon.  Or at the very least - an Easter bunny!  In the commercial world, I'm wondering how long it will be before hares start appearing on everything from bags, to t-shirts, bedding etc?

There are two more trends that I think will be appearing soon too.  I have no idea if it will happen, I just have a hunch.  So..... look out for another blog post soon - and see what you think of my other predictions.

Bye for now :)