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    Getting Crafty!

    As the days get shorter and the evenings colder, it's the perfect time to get crafty and creative...

    from a tea towel to a coaster

    Gather together your supplies and use the time to enjoy these fantastic autumn crafty tutorials... 

    We have a few crafty projects on our blog that we have created for you over the years... From pretty coasters to a lovely labrador cross-body bag! Let's give them a go, shall we?!

    If you're only starting with crafts or are not feeling very confident, why not start with something simple, like making pretty coasters using our lovely tea cups tea towel? The tutorial how to make these can be found here.


    cross bag

    Orrrr, if you fancy a new, practical accessory, you could have a go at making this pretty cross-body bag using our lovely labrador fabric... In fact, we have a selection of pretty fabrics you could chose from.. 

    Here is a full tutorial how to make a simple cross-body bag...



    ...and here are a few of our crafty customers' creations: from cushions, through handbags all the way to little girls' dresses!


    Our lovely customer Angela made this beautiful tote bag using our sewing machine tea towel. She added a touch of colour by colouring the bunting in with textile pens. How clever is that? Angela says: 'These are so lovely! I am going to make a tote bag. Thought I'd try to colour in the bunting with Frixion permanent marker to see what it looked like, think it's worked'. tote   mini bag Elaine made this lovely cross-body bag using our pretty printed fabric. Elaine: 'Finally finished my bag in this wonderful Poppy Treffry fabric. The fabric is excellent quality and love how it's turned out ,think I will have to buy a different fabric hoping it's sold in store can't wait to visit the St Ives and Padstow stores'.   dressThis lovely dress was made by Rachel who cleverly incorporated our fox terrier fabric to create a beautiful contrasting part of this gorgeous girls' dress. Rachel said: After buying material way back in august on my yearly trip to St ives, i have finally decided what to make with this fantastic print. Child's age: 2 years.  


    Good luck with your creations and do let us know what you've made this autumn!


    20121028-201508.jpg We had a very nice impromptu visit to my Dad's house on the edge of Bodmin Moor last weekend. He has a lovely rambling house in the country, draped in ivy and heated with a 59 year old Aga. We were sent out to scrump for pudding from the wizened old apple trees that are dotted around Dad's well stocked veggie patch. He's a bit of an old hippie and very much into growing his own, wasting nothing and reusing everything. These apples made a very yummy crumble! The onions - not so much! (Biba wears a fab frock from Teresa Green) Here's to the good life!





    A mini forage

    20121007-140124.jpg Inspired by the lovely 'the Simple Things' magazine Biba and I went for a mini forage in the beautiful Morrab Gardens this morning. The gardens are just behind our house and are stuffed with a jungle mish mash of sub tropical and exotic plants, shrubs and trees. You'll find palms, bamboo, magnolias, a fernery and (rumour has it) stick insects! There was a man practising juggling clubs on the bandstand today as we set off into the bushes, me photographing and Biba playing house,chatting away to herself and finding bits and bobs for our 'collection' A very pleasant hour! (and we only brought a few things home with us! 20121007-134401.jpg 20121007-134541.jpg20121007-134725.jpg20121007-134831.jpg20121007-134932.jpg20121007-135038.jpg20121007-135146.jpg