knickers!

modflowers: angel fairy dollWhilst I was away on holiday in Greece, I had a bit of a disappointment.

Nothing to do with the holiday itself. And actually, it was good that it came about whilst I was on holiday, since even the worst disappointments are much softened by sunshine, sea, swimming and general holiday loveliness. But still, disappointed I was.

I got turned down for a stall at a craft fair that I did very well at last Christmas. I had thought I would definitely get a place. It made me feel temporarily a bit rubbish, like I am going backwards rather than moving forward towards any kind of definition of success.

However, one thing it did do was focus my mind on that certain busy time of year whose name shall preferably not be mentioned prior to October (well ok, grudgingly, September.)

modflowers: fairy angel dollAnd recent events mean that I do need to be focused and make the most of my time.

I’ve since been offered a late place at the craft fair as a vacancy has arisen. So I might be second best, but hey, at least I’m in. And it does mean even more reason to be organised. Because as well as having fairs, and Etsy, and shops to make for… we are adopting a dog!

We visited the rescue centre last weekend and met The One. I haven’t yet managed to take a decent photo of her (sorry!) but she is 8 months old, a cross-breed, pretty and a bit feisty and up until now unloved and completely untrained. Lad is in love. His dad is a bit more circumspect. But we only just collected her yesterday and it is all a bit of a whirlwind of running, pooping, stroking, drooling, hairy loveliness.

We have called her Lupin.

modflowers: our dog LupinAll of which means that quite a lot of my time will be taken up with scooping poop, mopping pee, walkies and training, not to mention keeping Lupin out of mischief whilst helping her to settle in. Not exactly optimum conditions for getting going on the sewing front in time for… that time of year.

But hey, I made a start. And got sorted out a fairy / angel prototype.

modflowers: fairy angel dollThese little angels will be available made to order from my Etsy shop shortly, should anyone wish to upgrade the guardian of their festive tree-top.

I decided she had better wear knickers, since no girl should have to sit exposed atop a tree with all and sundry looking up her skirt for the duration of the festivities.

So it’s knickers for angels and hello to doggies –

And I was thinking knickers to craft fair organisers, but now I’ll just keep that one to myself. ♥

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hopefully not rude

modflowers: hopefully not rudeI haven’t been doing a lot of making this past couple of weeks.

It’s always the same when the school summer holidays roll around. Lad isn’t small any more (in fact, at thirteen-next-month he is now taller than me) but still, there is precious little work gets done when he’s around.

This is no reflection on him – as an only child he is good at entertaining himself. Even if much of that so-called “entertainment” involves lying around on the sofa wearing pyjamas and headphones, staring at his phone.

No, the problem lies with me. As well as feeling guilt at ignoring him, I have never quite grown up enough to accept that the natural order of things is to work during the summer hols. I blame Enid Blyton.

Instead, I cook (sometimes with lad, sometimes without) temporarily going a bit domestic (which doesn’t seem like real work) or I garden, or we both succumb to the air of lethargy that pervades the house.

But I have been trying to work out a few things to make prior to the dreaded autumn rush, because I have already said that I will provide some of my wares to shops. And, let’s face it, it would be somewhat embarrassing to have nothing to sell when the time comes.

I picked up a piece of ginger-coloured velvet in my favourite charity shop the other day.

Initially I thought I would make some ginger cats… but when my first attempt had been stuffed, it suggested something altogether different.

Something more vulpine…

modflowers: hopefully not rudeHopefully he is foxy enough to be recognisable as such.

Although I’m not sure exactly how many more foxes I will be making, because he was a bit of a fiddle as he definitely required a tail, and I always have trouble with tails.

Whenever I try to add a tail to a creature, the result looks like a… well… lets just say it looks rude. And wrong.

Hopefully that is not what springs to mind with little foxy here.

He is definitely not meant to be rude. ♥

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in the press…

modflowers: my project in Love Sewing magazine!I hate having to keep things under my hat.

I’m not a good secret-keeper. By that I don’t mean that I just blab out stuff anyone tells me in confidence. But I do find it hard to keep exciting happenings quiet.

However, age, it seems, is my helper. I had, I admit, actually forgotten about this exciting happening until the magazine emailed me about it! Well, it was back in rainy April that I undertook the work – water under the sewing bridge, now we’re in hot and sticky July.

You may remember that back in the mists of time I made quite a few mini moggies.

modflowers vintage fabric mini mogsMy first one was a spur-of-the-moment make as my entry in the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition back in 2014.

modflowers: umbrella prints trimmings competition entry 2014Well, the original creation didn’t win, but it has since been re-pinned on Pinterest around 2000 times, so I guess I did something right.

Love Sewing Magazine must have thought so too, because they got in touch and asked whether I would be prepared to write and photograph a tutorial for the magazine, showing how to make the cat and mouse dinky duo.

To which I of course said “yes!”

The results are now published in the latest issue (Issue 29) – and my moggy project even appears on the cover, which is extra-specially gratifying!

modflowers: my project in Love Sewing MagazineSo if you fancy making a mini mog with it’s even mini-er mouse – pop along to the newsagents for your copy. There’s a template and step by step instructions for it and everything in the mag.

I haven’t actually seen the article yet myself. I’m hoping to get along to a newsagents this week.

modflowers: my project in love sewing magazineI’m also hoping I get to do more projects for Love Sewing in future.

Apart from waiting for the rainy April light to be good enough to take the photos, it was a lot of fun.

And it’s a nice feeling thinking that there might be mini moggies taking shape all over the place.

If you make one, drop me a line and let me know! ♥

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