I have been to several craft fairs, one at Lowther Gardens, in Lytham...
A perfect cross stitched card for a family members special birthday made by Lynda Page of Sew Good and I just had to taste some handmade coffee and chocolate fudge, here is some on a plate at home, but not for long!
I went over to the Ribble Valley, and spent a lovely afternoon browsing for some thrifty bargains, where I found a maxi dress, that has been shortened, and the leftover fabric has so far been used to make a couple of scarves.
The scarf on the far right is one made from my maxi find. The others from leftover fabrics.
Much to my delight I discovered a patchwork and quilting shop www.patchesandbuttons.co.uk complete with beautiful fabrics, haberdashery, and many other goodies....
(I will be going to Clitheroe again soon, and will base a future blog post about the thrifty shops, art gallery etc. as it's such an interesting place to visit)
I also went for a browse around the Crafty Vintage fair at St. Mary's Centre, www.craftyvintage.com
where I indulged in some delicious homemade brownies.
I recently visited a Crafty Vintage fair at Brockholes, one of The Wildlife Trust Centres. www.brockholes.org
A great place to visit, with regular organised activities all year round. (See link for more details), plus the added bonus of refreshments on a floating island, with wonderful views!
There was plenty of entertainment on the day of the fair, lots of stalls to look at, I bought a pretty little heart box...
.and a few fabric squares based on a nautical theme, that have since been made up as part of kindle covers. There is a great tutorial for these over at http://frizzylizzie.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/patchwork-kindle-cover-tutorial.html
I have been sewing some more items for craft fairs, including new and recycled fabrics... A couple of handy lined tote bags made from thrifty blouses.
Tissue holders, and bookmarks....
Some phone cases, some of which have been made up from other fabrics bought at the fair, I especially like the bus fabric.
For a change I have been doing some hand embroidery from little snippets featured in my copies of Mollie Makes magazines.
I will be doing some more of these as they are quite addictive!
Spring has been so long in coming, so here are signs from our garden...
I have been making childrens' reversible aprons, using some very wild and gorgeous fabric from Abakhanwww.abakhan.co.uk Some of the aprons have calico on one side with a large flower sewn on for decoration.
I rather like these, so will be making some in larger sizes.
I have been to a quilt exhibition, and as well as admiring the quilts, I couldn't help but purchase some fabrics, all of which will be revealed in the next blog post, that hopefully will be within the next week. I have no excuse as I am enjoying this week on holiday at home!
Enjoy the Spring weather, if it's Spring where you are. I am now off to find some red embroidery thread for a special request for label on a quilt I have just sold on my etsy shop as a wedding present .https://www.etsy.com/listing/101048098/patchwork-quilt-squares-in-squares-bed?ref=shop_home_active
I will make a cup of coffee tonight, and settle down to read and admire some of the makes on http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.co.uk/ So put your feet up and enjoy...
Love Wendy x