Followers of my facebook page will have already seen a sneak peek of these in their former incarnation.
This is a pair of old cinema seats that I managed to pick up from Second Chance reclamation centre in Baltimore. I saw them whilst I was searching for something to use for my New York decoupage chair https://colonialcravings.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/vintage-new-york-decoupage-chair/
I managed to resist buying them at the time but spent the following week persuading Mr Colonial Cravings that they would be a great addition to our little house in Gloucestershire. It’s the biggest up-cycling project that I’ve undertaken but I think it was worth all the effort (and occasional cursing.) The plush green velvet gives them quite a vintage look, definitely an improvement on their original grey and pink 1980’s style!
mini mod dress
This is a tiny 60’s style dress that I made for my niece. I really wanted to make something with a crochet collar because I kept seeing pictures of them on Pinterest.
I made up the pattern and guessed the size, I don’t see her that often because she lives in the UK, but I don’t think that I did a bad job. I also think that it looks pretty awesome teamed with the Converse that I bought her for Christmas!
I think that my mum might be one of the few people I know who is yet to receive one of my Colonial Cravings makes. But no one escapes forever and it’s her Birthday so that seems like a good excuse to make something for her.
Comfy and cosy, everything’s rosy…
She loves a good whodunnit so I’ve given her a trilogy of books and this cushion to cosy up with whilst she reads them.
I’m not very good with zips so I made the cushion with the opening across the centre of the back and attached some pretty ribbon to the edges so that it can simply be tied closed. I’ve made it in the same way as the Seaside bag that is also on this blog, using iron-on bonding before stitching around the edges of the little trees. I say trees but I’m still not really sure if they are trees or leaves, perhaps I should let my mum decide.
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…
This is a reusable bag that I made for a friends Birthday. I needed a small gift that I could send home as I am making her wait for her main present until she comes to visit. She’s a fellow Cornish girl so has an inherent love of the sea and all things coastal and nautical.
I had lots of bluish-coloured scraps of fabric left over from various other projects so waves seemed like the logical pattern to use. I lined the bag to make it a little stronger and cover up the stitching at the back of the applique. Obviously the bag didn’t need an actual pattern so I just took the dimensions from one of my own bags.
Now she only has to wait a few more weeks for her main gift…
All the fun of the fair!
This is a cut-out that I made for my friends birthday. We share a love of all things Glastonbury festival related and were hoping to be able to meet up for this years festival but unfortunately neither of us managed to get tickets. I spent quite a long time trying to draw a silhouette of the pyramid stage but I couldn’t get it to look right so in the end I decided to do something that resembled the John Peel stage instead. I think it’s quite effective, my friend sent me a photograph of it framed and hanging on the wall of the little Gloucestershire home that she is currently putting all her efforts into renovating. It looks lovely and will hopefully remind her of all the fun we’ve had at Glastonbury over the years. Now, wish us luck for this years ticket sale…
This is a flower cut-out that I made for my sister-in-laws birthday. I think I am gradually getting better at them as the edges are smoother and cleaner than the others that I’ve made so far. I think using different scraps of fabric for the petals is quite effective, rather than backing the flower in just one pattern. I wish I had a steadier hand though as I can never quite get the stamping straight, no matter how hard I try there is always one letter that’s wonky!
Makes dribbling a little bit more cute!
I made this for my soon-to-arrive new niece out of a remnant of spotty flannel that I picked up for a few dollars. I tried to recreate a bib that I bought for her sister when we were travelling in Laos. I think that if you are going to spend most of your time dribbling then you should at least look cute whilst you do it….