Monday, 29 November 2010

J is for Jewellery in Fabric!

Mixed Media Suspender brooch by Hensteeth, Etsy
As a general rule I try not to Blog about my personal life, but I just wanted to apologise for my lack of Blogging and to briefly explain.

Without going into too much detail my dear Mother In Law has recently been diagnosed with cancer, which has basically turned our lives upside down.  She is a typical East London Matriarch (I have traced her East London roots back to the 17th Century), so to see her in such a vulnerable position is very hard for us.  As you can imagine I haven't been motivated towards light banter about fabric.

Following surgery she has been very up beat and positive, so with a good feeling in my heart I thought I would post a few pretty pieces of Fabric Jewellery to lift your spirits.

I won't write reams of text about each piece and let you make your own judgement, I would love to know what you think.

Thank you Thea for suggesting J is for Jewellery, it was a great challenge.
Freedom Birds Earrings by Fluffington, Etsy
Deep Pink Poppy Bracelet by NuadaAccessories, Etsy
Elizabeth Cappuccino, Ivory & Gold Necklace
by GabrielleLouiseShop, Etsy
Whisper of Autumne Cocktail Ring
by AutMandata, Etsy
Embroidered Heart Charms by Tamdoll, Etsy
Septismias Dragonfly Necklace by Queenzenobia, Etsy


I hope you enjoyed these pretty pieces, thank you for dropping by and for still Following me even if I'm not Blogging like a crazy thing right now! :)

Friday, 19 November 2010

Sarah Waterhouse Fabric Designer Du Jour!

Golden Yellow Brolly Bird Fabric


It has been a little while since I featured a Fabric Designer but there haven't been many designs that have really popped out as being original in style and design.  That's until I discovered the delightful Sarah Waterhouse.  I love the pencil line designs and her choice of acid colours.
Birdcage Cherry Red & Lime
These birdcages are simply charming, I love the shade of cherry red and lime, it's curious when fabric makes your mouth water.
English Insults Fabric
A great idea for a fabric design and some great insults, nothing to offend the sensitive though.
Navy Blue Knitting Fabric
Fabric to make a little something for a knitting addict, maybe a purse, classes case, bag or a cushion.
Forest Green Pods Fabric
Who'd have thought pea pods could be so chic?
And here are some great accessories she makes with her gorgeous fabric!
Sewing Needle Case
I love this fabric and what a great needlecase, genius often comes from simple ideas!



50s Glasses Case
There's something about this fabric that makes me smile, it's just so jolly with attitude!
Coin Purse
Another fabric/accessory match made in heaven!


  • Sarah Waterhouse is a textile printer and designer who spends most of her time silk-screening her fantastic designs on to fabric.
  • All my items are environmentally friendly and hand printed using water based inks on unbleached cottons or organic fabrics. 
  • She's also a member of a group called Craft Candy, Sheffield based makers promoting craft in and around Sheffield.
I hope you have enjoyed my little introduction to Sarah Waterhouse and have enjoyed browsing some of her lovely fabric.  


For inspiration check out her Website http://www.sarahwaterhouse.co.uk/.  And to buy her shops at www.etsy.com/shop/plainjanetextiles and folksy.com/shops/plainjanetextiles.


Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

I Is for Indigo in Fabric!

Wimsy Lumbar Pillow by NewLeafHandmade, Etsy
If ever you could describe a colour as cool, handsome and yet chic and sharp it has to be indigo.

  • I know I haven't had a colour before in my ABC of Fabric but I think indigo has to be my favourite in fabric.  Some might say it's just an fancy word for navy but it also happens to be one of the colours of the rainbow, which adds to its magic.
  • To begin with this pillow is both handsome and chic, simply because of the indigo.

Poppy Hand Silkscreened Silk Scarf by Toybreak, Etsy
Indigo and silk go together beautifully, the fabric just looks so fluid.
Indigo Plume Clutch by RedRubyRose, Etsy
This design I'm thinking is Art Deco and with the indigo makes it a classic that will never date.
Vintage Paisley Fabric at ShopAtMoxie, Etsy
This gorgeous vintage fabric is a generous 4 yards so a million project ideas come to mind.  I have to say this shop was a great discovery, they have some lovely vintage fabrics and bits and pieces.  Definitely worth a browse.
Vintage Royal DelftWare Tea Towel at TheVintageJunkie, Etsy
What a great tea towel, it looks too good to use.  I think it would make a great Christmas Gift, you can never have too many tea towels!
The fabric on this has been dated between 1890s-1930s so a really great find.  With it's age I'm not sure whether I would make something with it or keep it just to pull out on occasion to drool over.  I think you would see a new fabric every time you looked at it.
Indigo by Alice Kennedy Plastic Bag Holder by FourSeasonsCraft, Etsy
A Masterclass in making something so every day, practical maybe even mundane simply beautiful.


I've snuck in another pillow, but I am fan of Chrysanthemums, especially when they've been given Japanese kimono magic.

Scarlet Street Film Noir T Shirt by BlackBirdTees, Etsy
I'm always on the lookout for great gift ideas for men and this one fits the bill perfectly, the colour and design are very 'on trend'.
High Waist Marilyn Denim Skirt by MissHapp, Etsy
What a great look, if only I had the gumption to dress in the 'pin up' style.  It is so feminine and sexy without going over the top.  Ooh La La!
Strapless Paperbag Dress made from Indigo Linen 
by MaisyBrownReproRetro, Etsy 
A really simple yet chic dress, the houndstooth check is 'so this season'!

It's great to see that more people are wearing hats these days and not just the knitted kind,  The cloche in particular is seeing a popular come back.  This tartan number can't fail to cheer up winter with the added sparkle!
Retro Floral Elephant by IndigoElephant, Etsy
Here's some indigo fun and made by..... Indigo Elephant!  The shop has a few cute elephants and owls in different fabrics, but this has to be my favourite.
Owl In... Um... Navy! By Vivikas, Etsy
My only cheat.  I'm afraid I did search under Navy for my Indigo list but this was the only item I thought I could get away with.  And besides he's absolutely charming.

Well I hope you liked my I is for Indigo.  As always, if you're inspired or want to buy just click on the heading to be taken to the shop.

Many thanks for dropping by, any suggestions for J is for...?

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Phew I'm Back!

We've been having a 'mare' with our new Broadband provider, all going smooth... for the moment!  Hopefully I will write a more appropriate post later this evening.

Thanks for dropping by! :)

Friday, 12 November 2010

Monaluna's Sneak Peek of Anika & Marin Fabric Collections


Jennifer Moore of Monaluna has done it again!  
  • How great is this sneak peek of her gorgeous new fabrics.  I love the duck egg blue mixed with the earthy tones, the freshness and yet warmth, mixing nature with the contemporary designs.  It seems a collection of contradictions yet they compliment each other beautifully.  I'm not sure which collection I prefer, although I was pleased to see the foxes in the Anika collection as promised, very handsome indeed!
  • The two new collections are printed on 100% organic cotton, and are a medium-weight poplin weave. They are expected in the shop in early spring 2011, which seems appropriate as they are fresh with a hint of warmth just like spring!
  • I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek and that you can manage to be patient until Spring next year.
Just a quick reminder for the Secret Santa Christmas Swap.

  • If you're taking part you should have received an e-mail from me asking for your address.
  • If you haven't responded yet please do as soon as you can as time is running out, only 42 days to go!
  • If for some reason you haven't received the e-mail please send me your address anyway, in case I mis-addressed it some how.
  • Thank you everyone who is taking part, it turning out to be great fun!

As always thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Exciting Giveaway News: Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey for Moda


  • I can't believe I'm Blogging about this Fabric Giveaway as I'm reducing the odds of me winning, but it simply is too good not to share with all you lovely Fabric-istas!
  • As I Blogged previously, this fantastic fabric isn't available until April next year even though it has a really wintery feel.  And I absolutely love it!
  • But Aneela's Followers have been so patient waiting for this gorgeous fabric to be released, she is generously giving away a prize money cannot buy... a Sherbet pips Jelly Roll! Double Woohoo!




GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

H is for Happy in Fabric...

Colour Me Happy! :)  It has been miserable in the South East the last couple of days and whilst I consider myself a 'hardy wench,' having grown up in a West Country village, even I have found it a 'lazy wind' (doesn't go round you, goes straight through you).  So I thought I would do a cheery Fabric ABC with some happy stuff to perk us all up!
Happy Camper T Shirt by sunkissedcotton, Etsy
Cute beyond words Happy Top!
Multicolour Happy Cushion by thegretest, Etsy
Such a Jolly cushion!
Happiness Is A Butterfly T Shirt by 
DaydreamBelieverWear, Etsy
Darling T Shirt, so feminine!
Mr Men Lounge Pants by GetYourGameOn, Etsy
Really cheery lounge pants!
Happy Days Soap & Reusable Fabric & Sewing Pattern 
by nostalgiaorganics, Etsy
Genius soap for the Sewing-ista (wish I had thought of that!).
Kids Art Crayon Storage Bag by FreshLifeDesignCo, Etsy
Smiles galore to keep crayons tidy!
Great Christmas gift idea!  Watch little ones stack 'em high!
Happy Tree Sewing Pattern by PaperandString, Etsy
Too cute for words Christmas decorations, colour them to match your festive theme!
Happy Days Appliqued Cushion by HelenSteel, Etsy
Gorgeous cushions to add a 'shed load' of cheer to any glum space!
Happy Sunflower Brooch by TheRainbowRoom, Etsy
Missing those summery blooms already!

I hope you enjoyed my Happy ABC and maybe it brought a mile to your face! :)  If you're inspired click on the heading to be taken to the shop.

Just a quick mention, if you signed up to join my Secret Santa Christmas Swap I will email you in the next day or so for your addresses.


Many thanks for dropping by!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Cape Crusader! Who Needs The High Street for High Fashion?


It has come to my attention that Capes are 'so on trend' this Autumn/Winter.  I am so pleased as they are incredibly feminine and so warm.  So let's see what's out there for all you Fashionistas!  My first choice is so gorgeous, I love the colour and the snuggly collar finishes it perfectly!  Gimme gimme gimme!
Double Breasted Cropped Cashmere Cape by yystudio, Etsy
Wowser, what a cape! Lovely colour and made with pure cashmere and silk satin so super luxe!
Cashmere Wool Hoodie Cape by yystudio, Etsy
I try not to feature a Seller twice but I so love this cape too, the funnel style collar is Tres Chic!
1960s Winter White Cape at VintageFrenchSugar, Etsy
I'm loving this Post, I'm discovering some gorgeous capes and some fantastic shops for my favourites list!  This cape is adorable, winter white can be just as chic as black.
Another gorgeous red cape. I was hoping not to mention Little Red Riding Hood but how could I resist?
Military Mod Camel Cape by 658GreeneStreet, Etsy
Camel is 'so this season', the new black? I love the colour, the clean lines and the cinched waist!

Dark Horse Cape by SewNinja, Etsy
There's something about Capes that remind me of innocence and purity, maybe it's the nurse's uniform, super heros and Fairytale Characters.  But this great version by SewNinja (great name) dispels all the 'cape myths'!
I love this one as it can be cinched in at the waist, an added 'on trend' feature!
Vintage Faux Leopard Cape from YesteryearGlam, Etsy
This great cape ticks 3 'on trend' boxes - a cape, leopard print and a reversible camel lining.  Fantastic!
Cute 1960s Mod Cape from DemiMondeVintage, Etsy
What a cape! Could have come straight out of the film Quadrophenia!

So, who needs to shop on the High Street to be a Fashionista?

I hope these lovely capes gave you some inspiration, as always if you want to buy click on the heading to be taken to the shop.

Thanks for dropping by.