Monday, November 10, 2014

Did you ever wonder what a Skating Angel looks like?

Then look no further...

This gorgeous Skating Angel is one of many glorious projects by the fabulous Tone Finnanger, from her Tilda's Winter Delights book.

She was a pleasure to make!  I fell in love with the faux fur when I made this doll and that's what spurred me on to design some projects using the same material.  But it is a little trickier to sew with than my usual cotton choices.  It tends to slip and slide around, so getting seams to match up is challenging.  But I can live with that knowing how soft and luxurious it both feels and looks on the finished project!

I've just ordered Tone's latest book, Tilda Homemade and Happy,  and have seen projects from it popping up all over social media... so I can't wait until it arrives!!

Are you a Tilda fan?  If so, what's your favourite project or book?  I bet that's really difficult to answer - not sure that I could - there are just too many aren't there?!  What I love about the books isn't only the stunning projects, but the photographs and illustrations are sublime as well, it makes a really good coffee-table book (unless you're a sports car fan, then maybe not so much?!)  Do I have any sports car fans reading my blog?!  he he he... you never know!

I am chomping at the bitt to get my Christmas decorations out, but hubby wants to refrain until the end of the month!  I do have a sweet friend who has indeed got her tree up and displays looking all pretty!  (Deb - you have me drooling!  Are you going to put some photos up on your blog? xx)

Until next time - happy sewing!
Vikki xoxo

Friday, November 7, 2014

Simply Shabbilicious Christmas magazine

It has been a very exciting week for this Christmas-crazed-gal...

Because... (drum roll please)

...This week welcomed the release of Kerryanne English's Christmas 2014 issue of Simply Shabbilicious magazine!  You're in for a real treat.  There are pages full of inspiration to get your seasonal mojo happening with articles featuring the most amazing shabby homes with the most jaw-dropping vignettes,  by some very talented bloggers.

There is an awesome tutorial by a guest contributor for how to make chalkboard tags, and a recipe for festive-flavoured macaroons that will have your mouth watering.  All this and more, and the magazine is free to download.  How generous is Kerryanne?  You also have the option to purchase a digital copy or a printed paper version, all details are over at the Shabby Art Boutique.

There is another design in the magazine that I hope you will like!  I was delighted when Kerryanne asked me if I'd like to contribute a project, and I decided to follow my inspiration for snowmen... well, more accurately, snow ladies!

The Snowlady Festive tag fits in rather nicely with her big sister, Mademoiselle Snow, don't you think?  The tag is made from felt and faux white fur and is really quick and easy to whip up with minimal sewing.  There are so many uses for this sweet tag - decorate your tree - add to a wrapped parcel to add an extra touch, or include in one of your own Christmas displays.

Another exciting thing this week is that Kerryanne is running Simply Christmas!

My friends and I have found the guest posts, ideas and tutorials so valuable during previous seasons, so I'm really looking forward to getting my daily dose of inspiration again this year.  (smile)

If you're still reading to this end... then I'm very impressed by your staying power!  I'm sure most would have nicked on over to the Shabby Art Boutique by now!  (giggle)  I don't blame them!  Are you like me in that you do not sneak peeks of pressies?!!

Till next time... let the merriment begin!
Vikki xoxo

Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Christmas pattern - Mademoiselle Snow

There’s nothing that gets my mojo going as much as designing for Christmas… and I figured, the shops have their festive displays happening, so why not decorate my blog early too?!  Do you like my new banner?

I have been busy working on Christmas projects too, and am very happy to introduce you to Mademoiselle Snow…

She’s a little shabby chic, and if you look closely, she’s a little sparkly too, loving to adorn herself with bling when the stardust falls from the sky on those cold crisp nights!

This sweet mademoiselle measures 20cm x 9cm (8in x 3.5in) and is constructed with minimal sewing.  I only used my sewing machine to stitch three straight lines and the rest was done by hand in no time at all.  Which leaves more time for the fun bit – embellishing!

The pattern is available for Mademoiselle Snow as a PDF from my Craftsy store here, or as a paper pattern in my shop here,  for just $10USD (inc. P&P if purchasing a paper version). 

I had it in mind to make some pretty pastel Christmas decorations and was inspired to create this first one when I started sewing with faux fur.  I used fur by Tilda ™, and purchased it from Shabby Art Boutique.  You only need a fat eighth to create one snow-lady… but can you just stop at one?  I couldn’t!

I hope you have a fantastic day!  I’ll be back tomorrow with some more news!!

Until then – snowy hugs!

Vikki xoxo

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sneak peeks anyone?

The studio has been a hive of activity over the past few weeks, and now it's time for a big tidy-up.  I think us creative souls are mostly similar when it comes down to designing or making a project, do you?  

At first it all starts with an idea... which then becomes a rough sketch... and then all manner of fabrics, threads and embellishments get pulled out on to the desk, which then overflows on to the floor. Does that sound familiar?  Are you like me in that you have to have a completely clean desk and fresh slate before you start something new?

I've been juggling four projects these last few weeks, which has been fun but rather messy!  But I will have some results to show you soon!  In the meantime would you like a few sneak peeks?

I'm very excited about this one - for those of you with shabby chic hearts - I think you might just like it too!  It will be released as a pattern in just a few short days!

... another teaser!  All will be revealed soon :-)

Plus I have another project on the go... it debuted on paper earlier this year and took quite some time for me to decide on a colour pallet before continuing... but the work is now almost complete...

How many projects have you got on the go at the moment?  

Hugs! Vikki xo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nibbles and Nature's gifts by Petals & Patches!

Just a couple of posts ago I was chatting about what inspires my designs and it got me thinking a bit more... and I realised that more often than not, animals take centre stage in my designs.  

It all started with Rosetta Rabbit, and then there was Deer Cabin, and now there is Nibbles...

Nibbles was designed in memory of my daughter's first pet - a wee mouse that loved to be held, and was the cutest little thing.  This is how I envision her up in mouse heaven, with her little suitcase loaded with sunflowers as she ventures on her safe journey through the golden fields!

I used hanky linen for both the stitchery and for the panels on the back of the cushion, just love its texture.  I used one mini charm pack (2.5in squares) for the border.

You can find the Nibbles cushion in this month's issue of Country Threads magazine, Vol 15 No 8.

I have a lot of friends partial to designing animals, and I've been meaning to post about this project for a while now!  This gorgeous BOM quilt named Nature's Gifts was designed by my lovely friend Leanne Knell over at Petals & Patches.  I've seen it in "real life" and it's gorgeous!

The animals are so divine, so delicately drawn with thread...

Don't you just love the outline quilting, too?

Of course this next block is very close to my heart with that cute mouse among the wheat grasses...

Just love this quilt so much!  If you'd like to learn more about it or sign up for the ongoing BOM, please contact Leanne at Petals & Patches.  I'm sure she'd love to hear from you!

Hmmm... so I wonder what animal will be next on the horizon?  Any requests?

Till next time!
Vikki xo


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