Vintage gold …

03/03/2012 § 15 Comments

In the sunshine this morning …

this pair of cushions really started to glow.  In the house, of course, they pick up the light from a lamp or through a window so they can shine at any time of the day or night!

I’ve been wanting to make more use of my lovely embroidery machine too and have been working on ideas and designs for a while …

What do you think?

I’m also going to take orders for wedding/anniversary cushions with ‘Mr & Mrs XXXXXXXX’ in the centre.  Hope that if you’re in Winchester tomorrow you pop by to say Hello at the Vintage & Retro Market – bring your brolley, it looks like rain until the afternoon at least.

PART TWO  –  Sunday ::

Oh dear – ‘Bring a brolley.’  That was an understatement of what was needed today!  Brollies were blowing inside-out in the gusts, so more drastic measures were called for – snowboots, gloves, multiple pairs of socks, riding mac, huge jumpers, massive rain hat.   I was warm enough, and dry too but there were poor souls less well prepared who quite literally, froze.  There was a dramatic snowstorm just after midday and that was enough for me I’m afraid.  His Nibs in the chariot was summoned and I packed up early.  Suffice to say, sales were very few and far between.  What bad luck for us all at the Retro market today.

There was lots of interest in personalised wedding cushion presents though.  I was also asked if I could make a ‘ring cushion’ and I think I’ve had plenty of cushion practice!  It was lovely to see people who’d bought Christmas stockings and to catch up with friends and neighbours who dropped by.  It was even more lovely to come home to the snug house, have a hot shower and 2 steaming mugs of tea (definitely a winter mug for today)!

No photos today, but maybe some more in the week.  Pop over to Wendy’s Handmade Monday link up to see what everyone’s been up to.  Hope the Spring weather returns soon – I miss it!

Adaliza x

Vintage comfort …

02/03/2012 § 2 Comments

It’s the first Vintage & Retro Market in Winchester this Sunday and I’ve been getting ready …

Ooh, I wish the sun would come out and shine on this amazing gold cushion – it positively shimmers and glimmers in the light.  It’s so dull here this afternoon.  We were spoilt by the sunshine in Wales last weekend, and here earlier in the week.  I even pruned the Dublin Bay rose bush!

The forecast for Sunday is not good.  That’s the only problem with being in an outside venue, although our stalls are all set up and very sturdy, so we keep quite cosy, all huddled together in Winchester’s High Street.

I’ve made a pair of the gold brocade and patchwork cushions and another cushion with a sentiment that makes me smile – the light had faded by the time I’d finished it this afternoon, so you’ll have to wait for a picture tomorrow!  It’s quite different and makes use of the Elna embroidery machine – which I only use for text!  So there’s a clue!

And …

do your fingers get burned whenever you pick up a take-away coffee?  Mine do!  So I’ll carry one of these in my handbag from now on, to protect my fingers – and to keep my drink hotter for longer!  Jolly Coffee Cup Cosies – what do you think?

And …

Mrs Nosey Quackyknickers was intrigued by the coffee cup cosies, all lined up on the little table at the bottom of the garden.  She had a big stretch up to see what they were, and then had a quick peck!  She’s so funny and has become ‘guardian of the garden’

This afternoon, I laughed and laughed as she marched up from the flower bed where she’d been having a nap, when a cheeky pigeon landed on the patio and was pecking for scraps in her feed dish.  She strutted up, with her beak tucked in close to her chest and all her feathers puffed out – she looked SO funny – in a proper huff!  Poor pigeon flew off, in panic at this spectacle!  Flora was so pleased with herself and broke into a HUGE   Q U A C K   Q U A C K   Q U A C K in triumph!  She’s developing into a real character this year.

Although the gardens need rain, maybe we could keep everything crossed that the downpours don’t last all day on Sunday – please!

Adaliza x


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