Another finish..

Tell me if you’re getting bored…! Sorry, making stuff seems to be all I’m doing at the moment – other than cleaning in preparation for a Big Party this weekend…

Today I used the lovely stuff from River Fabrics that I wrote about on Monday to make this Art Wrap, a commission for my friend Lynda.

Art Wrap using Loulouthi fabrics

Art Wrap using Loulouthi fabrics

Art Wrap using Loulouthi fabrics

Lynda chose Hugs and Kisses in Candy (from Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi) for the outer fabric, and I chose Curated Bloom in Fun Blue from the same collection, for the accent colour on the pocket binding and the ties. Janette from River Fabrics helped me with a choice of co-ordinating solid from the Kona line.

I *always* feel stressed about commissions because there’s an issue, I think, if what you make does not quite match up to the customer’s original idea. Hope this one lives up to expectations..

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I think there are 15 of us signed up for the Scrappy Christmas Swap so far – there’s still time to join in if you’d like to, sign-ups close on Friday. If you’d like to join in but you’re stuck for ideas (or you just want some ideas to make for yourself!) – I’m compiling this Scrappy Christmas Ideas pinboard on Pinterest – there’s some brilliant stuff to check out and have a go at. Judging by my order book, I think I might be too busy making booties in the run up to the 25th Dec to try any of the projects, but maybe I’ll have a spare half hour on Christmas Eve… is anyone else getting Christmas panic already?

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All finished!

Thought it was time for a bit of a round up of what I’ve finished. One of the many fabulous things about blogging is that when I feel like I’m being massively underproductive I can see that I’ve actually achieved quite a lot! Over the weekend I finished this commissioned art wrap:

Art wrap for a commission

Art wrap for a commission

The fabrics are from the My Happy Nursery collection from Cloud 9. Please excuse the poor condition of the props in the 2nd photo – I had to filch all these from Tom’s pencil case… I can see that I am going to have to buy some nice pristine ones for photographic purposes.

Whilst I’m on the subject, I have this prototype art wrap that I made as part of the design process for the above… actually, to be frank, it’s the 2nd prototype…   The first version (which I managed to make upside down!) is going to be chopped up and recycled..  But this one is pretty good, and although I wont put it in my official shop (there’s a couple of tiny bits of wonky stitching..), it seems a shame to attack it with scissors.  If you are interested in buying it (less than half price, £8 incl. P&P), the just get in touch  – veryberryhandmade (at) gmail (dot) com. There’s room for an A5 pad and around 18-20 pencils/pens.

Prototype art wrap

Prototype art wrap

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I also got asked to make some mini coin purses – here they all are.

Mini coin purse

The fabrics here are Echino (red pig) and some recycled denim.

Mini coin purse

This time it’s Erin McMorris Flower Pop and Alexander Henry Crosshatch.

Mini coin purse

This one is some lovely Kokka owls, and a very useful Alexander Henry fabric called Heath.

Mini coin purse

Would love to know what this fabric is, if anyone knows. Jane very kindly sent it to me as part of the most recent Scrap Swap (and then she sent me some more, which was even kinder!!), and there’s more recycled denim. Here’s the reverse with a little bit of embroidery, just for fun..

Applique and embroidery on coin purse

It’s gone to a friend’s little boy – he now has a great way to carry his tuck (do kids still have tuck??) money!

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Would love to see what you’ve been making recently – feel free to leave links in the comments. I need to see some creative loveliness to distract me from this awful wet autumn!