Saturday, April 24, 2010


Its super hot in our lovely little boutique! the sunshine is streaming through the window, straight onto the sewing table....lovely. We've been busy putting our vintage sheets and lace find to good use...We've made around nine metres of bunting, a pencil case, a coin purse and an owl. not bad for a week hey?
As soon as we saw this sheet we knew it would be perfect for an owl...and i reckon it is spot on. El highlighted the 'feathers' by sewing around the outline is some nice coloured embroidery threads. i think he is lovely and he has had to be priced up and put out in the shop quite quickly...else he was going to come home with me!
Our zip purse making world has been totally rocked with the creation of these two. it turns out that all the zip purses we have made prior to these two were done in a super long winded and awkward way...thanks to a new tutorial everything is clear....and a million times easier!! (hopefully these two will be up on folksy by the end of the day!)
Yellow Flowery Bunting.
Purple and Yellow Flowery Bunting

And My Favorite one Super Flowery Pink Bunting.

All of the bunting is for MADE but we are thinking of making some for folksy, what'cha reckon?
Just a little reminder that there's a giveaway dans en StuffedNonsense at the moment, its on the previous post...we are going to leave it open until Wednesday (if no one else wants to play then we shall send a selection over to the two peeps who have entered at the moment....guess vintage bed sheets and lace aren't every ones idea of fun!hehehehe)
Right...lets get these purses up on folksy
Have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Bex

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Weekly Goings On...And A Giveaway.

Hello Lovelies!
How wonderful is all of this sunshine, Its been lighting up the shop wonderfully!! Its been a quiet week in terms of customers spending their pennies!! but we've been busy stitching...
We've just finished a big Folksy Shop Update so its fit to burst!! Here's a little taster of some of the HandMade wonders now up for sale...A Few Soul Bird Embroidered Pictures, in lovely teal and a light green.Agnita the Crabbittz is up there too (she likes to disco dance and collect 70's wall paper clippings.)
Her good friend Herman is up there too...(He likes re-runs o f 'Allo 'Allo and collecting 2nd class stamps)And a whole bunch of tweed whales! That's it on the folksy front.
We've had a fair bit of luck in the old charity shop find departments this week...

Six flowery vintage duvet covers and four sandwich bags of vintage/antique lace. All for the princely sum of £13.80!! The ones with the poppy type flowers our old school Marks and Spencer ones!!Here they are getting 'prepared' for the washing machine.

Anyway, because we are nice and don't want to anger the 'finding good things in Charity Shops gods' we thought it would be rather nice if we did a giveaway....Up for grabs you have a fat quarter of each of the fabrics in the top picture and some lengths of lovely lace. All you have to do is pop over to our newly updated folksy shop, have a gander at the wonders up for sale, and leave a comment telling us what you think (is there anything else you would like to see for sale/...stuff like that)
Anyway...we can hear the barbecue calling from here!!
Have a super fantastic weekend my dears!

Posted by Bex and El

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Well Hello There....(Post Edited at the Bottom!)

Fancy meeting you lovely people!! We hope you are having a lovely Easter. Unfortunately our day jobs mean we have to go and sell tickets, scoop popcorn and pick up rubbish the whole weekend!! but rest assured we will be fitting in some bank holiday activities where we can (I'm planning on painting the sewing room at wessex drive in lovely shades of teal and ochre yellow!)
Anyway....we've been busy stitching and sewing as is the normal around these without further ado we bring you a round of photos from our little shop up the stairs!!....
We had a big order for some more Crabbittz from MADE so we spent a lot of last week working on those, and of course we had to buy new fabrics to play with at the same time!! (its a rule dont'cha know?)We are both rather taken with the fabric used on the top Crabbittz and the fabric on the third one down (which you can get from fabric rehab.)
We also had a young gentleman pop into the shop for a few days to do some work experience for his degree...I'm pretty sure we terrified the boy guy...but he left knowing how to use a sewing machine which i guess is something (although I'm pretty sure the things we taught him about sewing machines will make textile teachers all over the world turn over in their graves!! He made a Cat plush with a monocle...If you like why not pop over to his blog and say hello, his illustration work is rather good we think.
We also helped a young lady called Jody who asked if we could run her through how to make plush creations...she made lots and lots of these critters...Shes a very nice person who has a lovely eye for cool vintage things so we recommend her blog to you too!
We also made some new labels thanks to the wonderful tutorial over on bagladee's blog and now we want to sew them onto EVERYTHING!!!the cream cotton tape we used makes them look rather professional!
Hmmmm what else have we been up to?? ohhh, we brought three new sets of rubber alphabet stamps so spent most of yesterday stamping messages onto calico fabric in preparation for a brooch making session!!you should have seen the state of my fingers after all of that stamping!
Last but by no means least....i came across a Finnish tradition/fable called the soul bird or Sielulintu basically the soul bird is what gives and takes away your soul. in Finland they have ornamental ones on their bedside tables because the soul bird is also mean to keep you and dreams safe whilst your asleep which we think is just so cute. We felt an urge to make some sort of embroidered picture of one...

Theres the rubber stamps getting put to good use!!
What do you think? we made them with the idea that people would hang them by their beds?Well....we think this marathon post has lasted as long as it can!!
speak soon

P.S. Have just finished uploading photos from our first proper photo shoot on flickr, take a gander if you fancy it.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


wow...stuffednonsense followers...thank you for your responses and offers to join in on the swap. unfortunately the rules of the swap mean i can only get 6 people on my team so I'm fully booked. I'm going to edit this post in a few hours with the names of the people who are on my team (as soon as i locate the pieces of paper i wrote the first 6 people on!!) so that the people who aren't on my team will know. if you still want to play perhaps you could follow the links over to the people on my team who will need 6 people each to play...make sense?? anyway...stay tuned for tomorrow ('yeah that means in about a week?' i hear you say!) for some snaps of whats been going on up the stairs in 40 Albion Street!
speak soon
EDIT: the people playing in stuffednonsense's team are: Holly Knowlman, Lowisa Warburton, Nikki Moulton, Bagladee, Olly and Sarah.
Thanks to everyone who wanted to play!! and i so sorry if ive messed this be honest it kind of got the better of me so im sorry if anyone thought they were playing but now aren't...sorry
posted by bex