Friday, 15 May 2015

Smitten Number Two .....

Hello my lovely friends

I've not had much sewing time this week
but I have finished my second Smitten 'flower'
I'm REALLY loving stitching these
you can read more about them here if you'd like.

..... soothing therapy for my frazzled mind .....

and here's a few extra pics from recently

A delightful custom order

My Cookie Monster turned 21 this week!

Wishing you a beautifully perfect weekend

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Monday, 11 May 2015

Smitten .....

..... Oh Yes I Am.

Uh Oh
It's happened again
 I've embarked upon another project
it is a very VERY pretty project though .....

Smitten flower number one

The Smitten quilt

I saw this a while back on Instagram
(as is often the case for me lately ..... there is just too much beautiful inspiration over there!)
and fell head~over~heals in love with it.

The pattern is by Lucy Carson Kingwell
I got my pattern and pre~cut paper pieces bundle from here
I searched online for ever but couldn't find it in the UK
it could well be different now though.

I'm adding my own twist on it
using only Liberty of London Tana lawn for the 'flowers'
and a very neat script fabric ~ Moda daysail tiny script
for the outline of each 'flower'
hoping that when the quilt is complete
the flowers will stand out and blow my mind!
I'm hoping they will all come together nicely
I'm a little worried about the angles of the script when the flowers eventually meet up
but I'm thinking that it'll all be ok.

This was my first choice of outline fabric
I then changed my mind and unpicked it and went for the 
tiny script fabric which I think works better

I've only ever worked with hexagons before
(I think?!)
so it's been fun to try out new shapes
and see them all fit magically together.

I had such a heavenly time sorting through my V. precious Liberty stash
and making pretty collections
ready for each flower
it really was the loveliest pastime

After flower one was complete
I was itching to start number two yesterday

and it did not disappoint!
there is just something about Liberty prints that makes my heart sing
they are just astoundingly beautiful


I'll keep you up~dated!

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Thank you so very VERY much for the overwhelming interest in my 
Butterfly art canvases
they sold out in lightning quick time
I am SO happy about that
and goodness it was exciting!

I hope to make some more in the coming weeks
and maybe some smaller ones too
(in fact I have so many butterfly ideas in my mind that I can't fit much else in there!)

Well I shall
love you
leave you
for now
thanks for popping by

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Butterfly time .....

Hello my sweets

I'm just fluttering by
to let you know that my
Liberty of London Butterfly Art canvases
will be in my Etsy shop at 11am (BST)
tomorrow, Thursday 7th May

There are two listings available

Each label is printed with the fabric name and colour of each butterfly

Each label is printed with the fabric name and colour of each butterfly with the exception of the bottom right Pink butterfly label
which is where you can add your very own personalisation!
(up to 18 characters including spaces)

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Monday, 4 May 2015

Liberty of London Butterflies .....

..... are coming to a shop near you ~ soon!
They have been a long time coming
apologies if you've been waiting

I've been working hard lately
and I'm hoping that by the end of this week
I will have something very exciting in my Etsy shop

Liberty Butterfly Art Canvas

The canvas has nine beautiful Liberty of London butterflies
each in a different and delicious Liberty tana lawn fabric.
The labels are printed with the fabric name and colour for each butterfly
I wanted to give the impression of a Victorian specimen collection
I did consider pins but it felt too cruel to me.
I would also like to add
that these collections are ecologically friendly
which sadly, cannot be said for the Victorian version!
The canvas measures 23cm square
and has a pretty velvet ribbon hanging loop.

A little exciting extra ..... 

I've made the canvases the exact size
to fit into an IKEA 'Ribba' 23cm (9") square box frame
well, I guess, any box frame which fits a 23cm mount would do the trick.
They certainly don't need a frame to look beautiful
in fact I like them just as they are
hung with their sweet velvet ribbon
I just like to give all the options, yer know!

There will also be an option to personalise the canvas
just like the one that I made for my wonderful new pal Amy

can you see, there on the bottom right?
'Dearest Amy'
You'll obviously be able to choose your very own wording
(unless of course it is for an Amy!)

There will be lots more details when I list them in my shop
I'll pop by here and on Instagram to let you know when that is.

They are pretty fiddly and time consuming to make
(I have been dreaming of butterflies!)
so I'll be making them in limited numbers
although I do have plans to make more soon
and other Liberty butterfly creations too!

I was so thrilled that Amy loved her gift
you can read about it here if you'd like to.

Thanks Amy for allowing me to use your photos
(she does have something of a magic touch with her camera ..... wouldn't you agree?)

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On a completely different note .....
I've been replying to my comments via email lately
and I noticed the other day, that a few have been 'no-reply blogger' addresses
so if you haven't heard from me that could be why
my reply has been forwarded to the email abyss!

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Bedside Posy :: April ..... A Round Up Too



Well here is my bedside posy for April
It's so SO Pretty
I love all the blues and purples in the garden at the moment
it is, perhaps, even my favourite.


It's my last one ..... can you believe it?
I started my challenge last May
I have actually filled a year with bedside posies
I've loved it too
Very. Much. Indeed.
In fact I'll be continuing
but without the constraints of one each month
I'm sure there will be more of them popping up here on my blog from time to time.

Lots of pretty things in this one ~

Grape Hyacinth

In case you were wondering
 Navelwort (Omphalodes Cappadocica) is the beautiful blue flower
next to the Forget~me~not in the photo above
It's so very pretty and one of my favourite flowers
there are more photos of it here

And in celebration of each and every posy
please allow me to present .....

My Year in Bedside Posies

You can find my all of previous bedside posies below

Thanks for popping by
I'll be back soon
with some crafty business!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Monday, 27 April 2015

Postcards from Perch Hill .....

Mr Sweet & I had a lovely day out together at the weekend
we both adore Sarah Raven's beautiful


and it was her first open day of the year
so plans were made.
It was the gloomiest of gloomiest mornings
you may think this odd, but that made me happy
I've been longing for a gloomy day
don't get me wrong, I love sunshine
but we haven't had any rain for weeks
and I was dreaming of it.
It was heavenly there and quieter than normal
I guess due to the weather
another bonus you see!

If you'd like to see photos of some of our other visits to Perch Hill
you can find them
Here, here & here

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x