A design classic …

06/06/2013 § 2 Comments

We jaunted down to Dorchester the other weekend, on one of the first beautiful, sunny days.  I’m scared to say how wonderful it is to have wall-to-wall sunshine for days on end, just in case I jinx it – but it is SUCH a joy.  With ‘taking it easy’ still a high priority, I’ve been fitting in an hour or so every day doing a bit of sewing in the sunshine!  Complete bliss!

Back to the jaunt – we visited a huge antiques emporium  and there I found a design classic …

Danish Retro Office Swivel Chair

Danish Retro Office Swivel Chair

I’ve been wanting another swivel chair for my studio ever since I gifted our youngest my red ikea chair last summer.  For a couple of weeks, since the studio revamp, I’ve been tottering on top of 4 cushions on the pink retro chair – but it wasn’t very practical.  My sewing machine is quite high on its desk, which is fine because it means I can actually see what I’m sewing, but I definitely need a chair that can move around and is a bit higher than the norm.

Don’t you just love this one?  The ticket said it’s probably Danish – I think most definitely Scandinavian.  It’s so sturdy and beautifully designed.  The leather is perfect and all that shiny chrome – it’s a dream come true!  Look at the styling on those castor covers – just like a retro air-stream caravan …

Retro Air-Stream Castors

Retro Air-Stream Castors

Now I can spin and swivel back and forth between cutting table and sewing machine, lean back for a little rest and have proper support for my back.  I have no idea about the manufacturer – have you ever seen one like it?  I’d love to know more about the designer – I’m sure it was quite expensive when new.  I paid the grand sum of £30 for it and reckon it’s worth every penny.

If you’re in Dorchester, have a browse in the Dorchester Curiosity Centre – leave yourself plenty of time, it’s a maze of units spread out in the hugest space I’ve ever seen.  There’s a great coffee shop there too – I recommend the pate & toast!

Have you been out and about in the sunshine?

Adaliza

PS – I’ve just listed some super 1964 barkcloth cushions featuring Noddy over at my Adaliza Etsy shop.  They’re expensive, ‘cos the fabric is so rare, but I’m hoping they find their way to some new homes very soon.  My Secret Garden quilt is off to live in Oz!

Secret Garden quilt

23/05/2013 § 7 Comments

OOoooh – you are a nosey bunch, wanting to see inside my wool cupboard!  Well, just have a quick look at a quilt that I’ve finished and then I’ll show you …

Secret Garden quilt

Secret Garden quilt

birdies & butterflies in the garden

birdies & butterflies in the garden

Secret Garden quilt

Secret Garden Quilt

Secret Garden quilt

It’s still chilly enough to need an extra layer to warm your toes in bed or keep over a favourite chair for evening snuggling so I backed this quilt with pure white lightweight fleece.  It’s perfect for snuggling and I’ll be listing it in my Adaliza Etsy shop very soon.

EDITED TO ADD:  Secret Garden is now sold and will be starting a new life in Australia very soon.  

Now, that cupboard …

Belle wants to see inside too!

Belle wants to see inside too!

There you are - happy now? Full to the brim with wools!

There you are – happy now? Full to the brim with wools!  Vintage wools, pure wools, mohair – you name it, it’s in there somewhere!

A close up of yarny goodness.

A close up of  Noro yarny goodness

If you were hoping for wool shop organisation then I’ve been a disappointment.  The tubs work well for me as I usually crochet smaller items so I pitch into a tub or two and play with colours.  There are a couple of bags of vintage Jaeger Matchmaker that I do keep together and I have another tub of Drops alpaca and lace weight yarns that I’m working my way though, but that won’t fit into the cupboard (yet)!

All my little secrets, shared with you today!  Do you like the quilt?  I’m working on a Sherbet Pips cot quilt now – such fun!

See you soon

Adaliza x

A room of my own …

15/05/2013 § 6 Comments

my sewing room …

neatly organised or what?

neatly organised or what?

This onerous task was long overdue – a total reorganisation was needed and I couldn’t pick up a needle until it was done.  A couple of weeks ago, at our local recycling centre, I spied the two sets of wall shelves (ikea, naturally) and bought them both for £8 – complete with wall fixings – just like new.  I couldn’t wait to start drilling and that’s all my own work – drilling into the wall, rawl plugs, spirit level and everything.  Once the little units were up, I added the narrow picture shelves underneath and they’re exactly the right width for ikea spice bottles, which in turn are perfectly perfect for storing little bows, buttons and bells.  I rustled up the crochet snowflake bunting – far too pretty to save for Christmas – and ‘Himself’ treated me to the paper lantern lights!  It all came together today – finally!

lantern lights

lantern lights

and by night …

paper lantern lights

paper lantern lights – Sooooo pretty

sewing table, chair & machine desk

sewing table, chair & machine desk

On the opposite side of the room, there are more shelves, a collection of pretty pictures, a tapestry and in front of the window sits my beloved Horizon with scrap bag underneath – overflowing, as always.  The table’s newly painted in two-tone pink & grey, to match the little sewing cabinet and stickback chair that I finished last week.  Phew!

Tapestry with painted frame

Tapestry with painted frame

The tapestry village scene and old prints are all charity shop finds – the deep violet frame is newly painted.  The tapestry itself is beautifully worked – all for £5 and my little collection of Mary Rose Young jugs is out of storage at last.

vintage prints

vintage prints – Spring flowers and crinoline ladies – bought in Bath

Have you spied the Ladybird books?  My favourite is …

Ladybird Book

Ladybird Book

Last summer I was again treated to a present – a vintage Ladybird book from the People at Work series.  I love the romantic pictures and vintage scenes – the technology of farming has moved on a bit since the old days and I’m sure the farmers are very pleased about that!

the farmer ploughing

the farmer ploughing

Those were the days, when the old Massey Ferguson tractors rumbled across the fields.  No safety cabs in sight, though I remember when everyone had to have roll bars fitted.   I learned to drive on one of these when I was about 10 years old!  Nothing too dangerous – a flat field, a haycart on the back and I had to steer and use only the clutch to move along at a snail’s pace.  It was SO exciting.  When I was a teenager, my first sweetheart was a farmer and I remember many a happy evening courting, whilst fixing the head gasket on the old Massey before he walked me home across the fields and we stole a kiss at the farm gate!

This evening, the sun finally appeared after last night’s gales and today’s grim and dismal cloud cover.  Having spent the afternoon sorting out my room and reminiscing over my farming book, we took a short trip out of Winchester to Cheesefoot Head where the views are stunning …

wide blue skies

wide blue skies

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Everything has turned green, in just a week or so – fresh, brilliant, vibrant hedgerows with cow parsley just beginning to froth and billow and the golden rapeseed flowers covering acres and acres of Hampshire – Spring has finally sprung.

Today has been a very satisfying, happy day.  Yes, indeed!

Adaliza x

Painted furniture and crochet …

14/04/2013 § 19 Comments

I bought these solid oak shelves a couple of years ago and have been meaning to restore them.  They’re very solid and well made but dark oak is not very fashionable and certainly wouldn’t fit into my studio.  Way back last October, I treated myself to a tin of Annie Sloan chalk paint and last week, the shelves and the tin of paint met.

Oak shelves

dark oak shelves

Hey presto …

what do you think?

Annie Sloan Versailles

Annie Sloan Versailles

they’re smart and perfect for displaying an ever-growing family of crocheted pincushions (some can even be worn on the wrist)!

Shelves full of pincushions

Shelves full of pincushions

Did I say some could be worn on your wrist so you’ll never be rummaging around looking for your lost pincushion?

wristband pincushion

wristband pincushion

a handful of pretty pincushions

a handful of pretty pincushions

I’ve become completely obsessed with pincushion-making.  These all have an insert so the pincushions are heavy enough to stand up (even the ditsy ones) whilst there’s an ever-growing collection of wristband pincushions that will shortly be making an appearance in my Adaliza Etsy shop.

Now, back to the soothing process of furniture restoration and painting.  Having completed the shelves which I have Sooooo many plans for, I decided to visit a local furniture recycling charity shop and I picked up a hideous little stool – orange pine and a disgusting tacked on cotton cover.  The cotton cover removed, a bland woven perfectly acceptable stool seat was revealed – but oh those orange legs …  another hey presto moment …

restored footstool with crochet cover

restored footstool with crochet seat cover

It’s really designed to be seen from the top …

crochet tweed stitch variation

crochet tweed stitch variation

crochet: tweed stitch

crochet: tweed stitch

footstool renovation project - completed

footstool renovation project – completed

and there’s another diddy little stool that’s undergoing the ‘treatment’ …

before

almost finished footstool in Antoinette - palest soft pink

almost finished footstool in Antoinette – palest soft pink

The colour isn’t very easy to photograph.  It’s a soft, pale almost plaster-pink colour.  Very cool pink is how I think I’d describe it – not at all sugary.  It needs to be given a bit of a rub down and a lot of elbow-grease to polish it up with some antique wax, but there’s no rush.  Maybe a little crocheted cushion to sit on the top.

This little stool was at my great-aunt’s house and I have no idea where she acquired it, but I suspect it had some sentimental attachment as she kept very little that meant nothing to her.  I do wonder whether her father made it – I’ll never know.  I hope she wouldn’t mind it being freshened up – now at least, I’ll use it around and about – maybe in my studio or maybe as a prop in photos.  One thing’s for certain, whenever I use it, I’ll remember her and smile – she was a very special lady who I loved dearly.

In other news …

it’s our wedding anniversary today and we’ve had a lovely day.  I trundled off to the usual Sunday morning boot sale and bought a wonderful 1950’s picnic basket, complete with original china and sandwich boxes.  Wow – I’ll show you soon, but it was my present to my man – we’re hoping to enjoy many picnics together this summer when life is more relaxed and everyone is back to full health and mobility again.

This is our mantlepiece today …

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

I was given a pair of Limoges ‘salts’ – the two little gold ducks.  They have tiny spoons and a lovely vintage box too.  I love them and the day has been rather ‘ducky’ – here’s Flora who said a good quacky greeting this morning …

Hello Flora

Hello Flora

happy duck

happy duck

Hope you all have a lovely, relaxing week.  We’re continuing with our r+r and I’m pleased to be regaining my desire to make things – always a good sign!

Do pop over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been making – I see someone else has had a very special anniversary over there.  We’ve got a way to go to get to our Diamond anniversary – ours was 29 years today!

Adaliza x

Miss Maggie Rabbit (Molly)

12/03/2013 § 1 Comment

visits her cousin Rosie Rabbit and brings a basket of pink primroses and her teddy-bear!

'Morning Molly' 'Morning Rosie'

‘Morning Molly’ said Rosie Rabbit.  ‘Morning Rosie’ said Molly Rabbit.

'Lovely to see you, my dear. Keeping well?'

‘Lovely to see you, my dear. Keeping well?’

'Mustn't grumble. What do you think of my new boots?'

‘Mustn’t grumble. What do you think of my new boots?’

Molly Rabbit spent a lot of time, yesterday, being most particular about the little flowers that just HAD to be embroidered onto her booties!

'Now, my dear, sit up nicely - one for the family album'

‘Now, my dear, sit up nicely – one for the family album’

 

'What's that? Speak up a bit, dear'

‘What’s that? Speak up a bit, dear’

 

'Of course you can try on my hat!  That ear of yours is just so floppy!'

‘Of course you can try on my hat! That ear of yours is just so floppy!’

'Oh you do look a picture, Rosie - love that hat. Would you like one too?'

‘Oh you do look a picture, Rosie – love that hat. Would you like one too?’

I think Mollie and Rosie are going to have some adventures together.  They’re a rather old-fashioned prim pair of bunnies.

It’s definitely hat-wearing weather here in the UK at the moment – easterly winds from way up north are fit to blow your ears off (if you’re a bunny)!  I think I’d better make Miss Rosie a hat to keep her warm.

Adaliza

PS  Bunnies and bunny dresses from Alicia Paulson’s Miss Maggie Rabbit pattern.  Cardigan, shawl, hat & flower basket are my own designs.

 

Miss Maggie Rabbit (Molly)

11/03/2013 § Leave a comment

Meet Molly Rabbit …

Molly can knit!  She's busy making herself a cardigan1

Molly can knit! She’s busy making herself a cardigan!

She’s also quite shy and has her very own little teddy-bear!  Earlier on today I found her rummaging in my button box for a tiny button for her cardigan.  She’s very particular and doesn’t want to be seen until her outfit is finished.  She caused such a fuss about her boots – first the laces had to be a different colour from Rosie Rabbit’s and then – well, you’ll have to wait and see!

In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying a bit of fuss and here are some photos that I took yesterday evening …

Peaceful evening

Peaceful evening

Do you like the card from Flora (for Mother Duck’s Day) – it’s over on the right of the photo above and I think Daddy Duck did really well to find that one!

The most perfect tiny pink roses

The most perfect miniature pink roses and a beautiful Scandinavian card

Wonderful Sprint tulips in dear old Bertha's favourite vase

Wonderful Spring tulips in dear old Aunt Bertha’s favourite vase

I’m working very hard to stay calm and quiet.  There really isn’t any better therapy than hand-sewing and knitting tiny clothes for the bunnies!  I have to step off the merry-go-round so that I can be ready for a bumpy ride when my beloved man is in hospital at the end of this week.

Many, many thanks to so many of you for your good wishes.  Please keep everything crossed for us. I hope to pop back with some photos of Molly in the next day or so.

Adaliza x

PS See Miss Mollie all finished, with her teddy-bear, her basket of flowers and her hat – here.

Miss Maggie Rabbit (Rosie)

09/03/2013 § 27 Comments

Meet Posie

Meet Rosie

I’ve enjoyed following Alicia’s designing and creating journey with her Miss Maggie Rabbit project.  I’m so pleased it’s been SOooo popular and I downloaded a pattern last week.

Now, this has been a strange week for me.  I’ll spare you the details, but I’m at home, and I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that I must rest and relax.  No day job for me at the moment, though home and family are going to need all my strength and support next week on Friday and for a while afterwards.  I need to conserve my energy and be very strong.

I enjoy sharing my own designs and creations here, on my blog.  I feel as though I’ve made contacts and friends with so many like-minded people but in truth, I’m a very private person, and I don’t think I’ll share the details of what’s happening here, in public.  Over the next couple of months, I’m likely to pop in and out of blogland as time allows.  Hopefully I’ll be able to do some sewing and manage some photos.

Today I’ve made a little friend to keep me company in the coming weeks.  And I’ve LOVED making her – Thank you Alicia for this super pattern.  I’ve so enjoyed the simplicity of hand sewing, whilst sharing the sofa with Belle this afternoon, my grandmother’s silver thimble on my finger and my little pincushion alongside.  I had bits and bobs and scraps of fabric and yarn – plenty to make a bunnykins. From the very start, I knew she’d have red boots!

Those boots were made for walking!

Those boots were made for walking!

Rosie’s a character – a sweet character.  She reminds me of a 12 year old who’s just shot up and her skirt is just a tad shorter than it should be! (I turned up too deep a hem)!  She still loves her own dollies though, and has a little bunnykins toy of her own.  She may have a basket of flowers soon, but today has been a day for total chilling out – I didn’t even make it to the shed to hunt for the tiny dolly baskets that I know are hidden out there somewhere!

Rosie meets a crochet horse!

Rosie meets a crochet horse!

Where shall we go - all around the lounge when she's gone to bed!

‘Where shall we go for a ride tonight?’  ‘All around – when she’s gone to bed!’

Tonight I shall dream of her trotting around when I’m fast asleep.  They’ll jump fir cones on the hearth and canter up the folds of the quilt over the sofa back and stand on the top ridge, surveying the dark home.  His little hooves will move silently over the hearth mat and past the sleeping dogs, down the steps to the kitchen and back up – hold tight Rosie!

Night, Night - Rosie

Night, Night – Rosie

Hope to see you soon.

I’m linking up to Handmade Monday and will pop round later to see what’s been made this week.

Miss Maggie Rabbit (Rosie) now has a friend to keep her company and I can’t wait to show her to you (She’s here).  At the moment, she’s sitting on the mantlepiece, surrounded by the prettiest tiny pink roses in a stylish planter (Thank You, Caroline), and bunches of tulips and cards (Thank You, Boys)!

Adaliza x

Farmyard Friends Quilt

18/12/2012 § Leave a comment

A quick post to show a quilt …

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A proper little boy’s quilt with tractors, farm animals and a beautiful red barn.  Pale flannelette back with wild flowers.

Adaliza

PS Christmas posts to follow, one day when it’s all ready!

Decisions, decisions …

12/11/2012 § 4 Comments

When I make and create I reckon I spend as much time deciding on fabrics as I do on sketching out the actual design and the stitching!  Now, I need your opinion about a certain friendly dragon …

 

I’m having a bit of a dilemma about the main cushion fabric!  There’s the broad, beautiful cotton with taupe and pink stripes, then either broad or narrow pink Susie Watson stripes to choose from.

So – what do you think?  Which would you choose?

Decisions, decisions eh?

I’d love you to leave me a comment to let me know what you think and I’ll show you the finished cushion along with some other pretty bits & bobs that I’ve been busy creating and hope to finish in the next couple of days.

The weather’s a bit miserable here today, drizzly and dank and dark so terribly early!  Hope the sun comes out sometime this week.

Whatever the weather – enjoy yourselves.

Adaliza x

 

Remember, remember …

04/11/2012 § 15 Comments

It’s almost the 5th of November and fireworks have been going off and lighting up the night sky.  Our collies are very good and although they threaten to bark, we encourage them to come to sit next to us by the sofa and that seems to do the trick.  Belle isn’t a nervous type at all and Misty is fine as long as she’s close to us!  The weather’s turned and it’s freezing cold – today’s Retro market in Winchester was called off because the torrential rain had led to some flooding.  A far cry from our last brilliant morning in Cornwall yesterday when a rainbow appeared over the headland …

Back home and we’re ready to celebrate on the 5th November – it’s my birthday!!!
If you’re not sure about the history of Guy Fawkes then there’s a bit more info here – Gunpowder, treason and plot!

It seemed a shame to waste my very early start (and return from the abandoned fair this morning), I’ve had a lovely time unpacking little treasures that I acquired on holiday last week – here’s my favourite find …

 

A lovely old butter dish!

More unpacking followed, as a package had been delivered while we were away – recognise the design?

Gypsy Rose crochet blanket on a mousemat, when she was a work in progress – hence the crochet hook!

And some calendars that I’ve had printed for the family – here’s what I hope we’ll all be sharing in a year’s time …

Rose Quilt calendar picture for November 2013, on Rose Quilt!

I also caught up on a bit more sewing, now that my sewing room is once more fully stocked with new fabrics and the sewing machine safely installed on the desk by the window, after her trip to Cornwall!

A winter woodland scene …

 

 

The fires are alight to keep us warm, the collies are cuddled up and Flora has a deep bed of meadow hay in her henhouse, to keep her warm in the night.

Enjoy Bonfire Night and pop over to Wendy’s Handmade Monday to see what everyone else is up to.

Have a lovely week – Alton fair next Saturday!

Adaliza x

 

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