Shake The Death …

We had a quiet few days at the studio after three no shows three days running. The first customer let us know 20 minutes after the appointment was due to start, the second customer let us know the evening before (with a very genuine reason and a respectful offer to still pay for her appointment) and the third just didn’t bother to show. Of course this means it’s usually too late to rebook anyone else in so Lee loses a days wage and all the hard work he puts into preparing beautiful tattoos for our customer is often wasted. It really makes me GRRRRRRRRRRR!

Of course most of our customers do value and respect Lee and his beautifully creative work, and are always mighty pleased with the end result. Lee absolutely loved creating this old school coffin tattoo which declares “shake the death from your bones.”

What do you think?

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A Classy Chassis…

I enjoyed a play day in my craft room yesterday. It was a damp, miserable day outside but a warm, smiley one in my craft room. I painted, sewed, embroidered and glued all day … sheer creative bliss!

I am absolutely loving the Classy Chassis of this cute tattoo themed box bag, which had a prospective buyer practically before the glue had dried.

Ahhhhhhh … a hot glue gun and a posh embroidery machine … blinkin’ perfect!

Crochet Ties…

My mum passed me all her old knitting and crotchet patterns, and having recently discovered my crochet needles again I decided to find a good crochet pattern. Thumbing through the very old pattern books,, Lee decided he needed a crochet tie as he remembered his dad having one! This 1969 pattern was nice and easy for my crochet comeback, and Lee is one happy man ❤️

Embroidering profanities …

My mother never ever swore … her idea of swearing was a very wonderful “Hells Bells!” She was a true lady through and through, and raised her three daughters to be the same!

Therefore, I feel I really must disassociate myself from the special Tshirt my husband commissioned me to make for him this afternoon, and if my beautiful mother is looking down on me then I have just one thing to say … “Mammy he MADE me do it!”

New Toys …

I have wanted an embroidery machine for some time. Whilst I was making the memory cushions last weekend someone mentioned how nice it would be if I could embroider names on to them. Lo and behold, a couple of days later Facebook marketplace popped one into my newsfeed at half the usual selling price. The magnificent Elna machine had belonged to a very creative lady who sadly passed away recently and I assured her lovely daughter-in-law that the machine was coming to a good and creative home.

I have so many ideas bursting out of my whirring, whizzing mind but by special request my very first project is this cute little pencil case for Lee to keep all his brand new HBs, 6Bs, 3Bs and all the other Hs, Bs and Fs! (A pencil is not just a simple pencil you know!)

Seriously… super blinkin’ happy with my new toy …

Stitching Memories …

So … this weekend I have been mostly making cushions. Two friends, both whose mums had recently passed away, wanted some ‘memory cushions’ made.

The idea of a ‘memory cushion’ is so simple yet so poignant, as fabric from a treasured piece of clothing is transformed into a very special cushion. It is a warm feeling to have skills that can help people when they are so very sad, and touching, cutting and sewing such precious material was so very powerful. Knowing the fabric belonged to two ladies, who had given and received so much love in their lives, touched my own heart, still broken from my own mother’s death in July. I sewed each stitch on those cushions with admiration and respect for two women that I had never had the privilege to meet in person.

For Elaine and Pat with love ❤️

My Grandmother’s Sewing Patterns…

So … my sister recently gifted me all my grandmother’s vintage sewing patterns which had been stashed up her attic many, many years ago. As my grandmother was a professional dressmaker it is a hoard of fabulousness now stored in an old vintage suitcase.

Most of the vintage patterns are in teeny, tiny sizes and so first I needed to learn how to grade a pattern to my modern day size 16 (probably a size 20 back in granny’s day). So … I picked one gorgeous dress and set about slashing up the pattern to my size. I simply love that my grandmother made up this pattern decades before me.

Behold Simplicity Miss Pattern 3464 … my first attempt at grading a true vintage pattern … a tartan wiggle dress (with matching shoe and hair bows by me). ❤️