Thursday, March 4, 2010

my creative space ... trying new things

This week I've been flat out sewing tea towels and aprons - thanks to lots of bloggers (and others) who have been ordering from my shop - your support for the new vintage tram roll menu tea towel (in particular) has been amazing and greatly appreciated.

Aside from that industriousness (!) I have had some time to try out a pattern I found in a lovely little Japanese craft book called Zakka Sewing. I have been wanting to make one of these fabric buckets for ages ...


I just used some fabric that I already had, but I can see more of these in my future .... bigger and made with my own fabric ... stay tuned!

I've also been trying out a new variegated thread on my machine embroidered artichoke design ...

 

I love the shades of green and blue in this one. I'd like to do some new designs for embroidery using the machine - I think I'll have to move this one up the list of things to do!

I hope your space has been creative this week too. For more creativity, or to join in, visit Kirsty at Kootoyoo.

P.S. Found the best Cherry Ripe Slice recipe here on the weekend - no bake - yummo!

39 comments:

Susan L (lily40au) said...

delicious post ... on every subject; no exceptions! as for cherry ripe slice ... my mum makes this so well. in fact, there's not a slice she doesn't make well and i'm going visiting for the weekend. i wonder what goodies she'll have. ps love the craft bucket.

Beky said...

Love the craft bucket. How much would you sell one for in Australian dollars including postage. Or maybe I just have to visit your studio. :-) Are you going to be doing markets?

teddybearswednesday said...

glad you've been so busy Nic, but not at all surprised. Love the fabric bucket, so cute.

Tweed Delights said...

Such an inspirational space as always! Congrats on all the sales - well deserved :) I love the fabric bucket - bigger and in your own fabric, even better!

Karen said...

That looks like the perfect place to stash lots of, well, stuff!
Love the artichoke, congrats on the shop going well.

CurlyPops said...

Oh wow, you have one of those fancy machines that sews embroidery....sigh I want one too!

lisa stubbs said...

I love the stitching on your artichoke, looks fantastic!

Kirsty said...

Thrilled to hear that everyone has been supportive Nic. The tram roll is great. I purchased some dinky di tram stuff yesterday which is most exciting.

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

I LOVE that bucket. How fabulous would a whole set be so that I could make the studio organised and stylish.

Linda said...

oh I love your little bucket it's gorgeous and the embroidery is stunning!!! must go and check out your link to cherry ripe! thanks

Sarah said...

Lovely fabric bucket. I'm hoping to make something similar from a pattern I saw in the book 'LInen and Thread'. Love the artichoke embroidery the colours are beautiful.

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

That embroidery is gorgeous. Another yummy artichoke!

Janelle said...

The fabric bucket is gorgeous! Oh and I've been inspired to frame my new tram roll tea towel after seeing your post... Can't wait to hang it in my new kitchen!

Amanda said...

Love the little fabric bucket - looks so sweet x

Violet and Rose said...

Once again, I love the artichoke. I sometimes look at machine embroidery and think it's a bit naff. Your artichoke makes me totally think again.

Nikki Cardigan said...

You are always doing such beautiful things Nic. And yes, fabric buckets are gorgeous but would be more gorgeous-er is your fabric.

Great to hear the shop is doing so well. Yahoo!

missy_minzy said...

Looks like you have been very productive, Nic! Envy that you girls can sew!
Great news on your shop! :)

Kellie Christie said...

Love the fabric bucket! The artichoke looks good too!

Kylie said...

That fabric bucket is just gorgeous - love those Japanese pattern book :) Loving your embroidery thread artichoke too... what is that foot shape? Is that a special one for doing thread drawing? Great space again Nic :) Can't wait to get my tram roll print! Kx

Rosalind said...

Lovely bucket - I am a compartmentalizer - so I love having a place for everything... mind you I need a few of these - my sewing table is a pigsty at present. The embroidery is gorgeous!!!!

Kuka said...

your bucket is lovely! I must check out that books.
And I am definitely making cherry ripe slice this weekend - I have been thinking about cherry ripe all day! Thanks for the recipe link!

ecoMILF said...

The thread is awesome- it has a certain shine to it. Love the bucket too- does it have a cardboard lining or something? xo m.

A Life So Peachy said...

Hi Nic, I ordered one of your tea towels and am so excited that it might be waiting at home for me tonight! Yay! (the artichoke is lovely too!) Jess

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh I love that bucket, what a fabulous idea and your tea towels are just gorgeous, no wonder they are flying out the door!
Sophie x

Kate said...

Love the bucket! Would be such a handy thing to have around the home/studio. Would love to see it in your fabric. X

Posie Patchwork said...

Don't know where to look, all gorgeous & awesome my love, cool & delicious, love Posie

Fruitful Fusion said...

I love that fabric bucket!

gretchenmist said...

love your fabric bucket and the embroidered artichoke is amazing!
congrats on your orders, your work is really great :)

Lauren said...

I love the effect of the thread on the artichoke. The bucket is great too. Your space is always so creative and lovely to visit :)

midge said...

i love it all nic, the bucket is so gorgeous, the artichoke is great, love the colours, your photos are lovely and i am so making that slice for the weekend (a girls gotta get through camping any way she knows how)

june at noon said...

That bucket is wonderful. I've been eyeing those myself but have yet to make any of the things on the "make for myself" list.

Love the look of the variegated thread on the artichoke, too.

Made at Greenview said...

What a lovely container to store your things. I have that book too and you have inspired me to take some time out to make one of those lovely buckets too .... beats using an old shoe box!!

Debbie in Nashville said...

Great little fabric bucket! So funny because I made something very similar last week, but without the handles. I love it for all my little scraps on my desk.

The book sounds great, I'll have to look for it.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I love the artichoke- what is it about them? they are like little sculptures from the earth.

Jenifir said...

Great bucket! I have been tempted to get the Zakka Sewing book. The machine embroiderey looks great too!

74 Lime Lane said...

Wow, Nic. It all looks fabulous. Going great guns. Well done!

ArtShades said...

Nic, as 74 LL says, it's all looking great. Last week was rather exhausting! I have recently lent my Zakka Sewing to an enthusastic pre-teen, I think I need it back now - you have inspired me to make some desk tidies in happy fabric.

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

LOVE that little fabric bucket! Perfect to keep some crafts in (and next to my sewing machine!)

Sally said...

I've been meaning to make that fabric bucket from Zakka Sewing too!!! Yours looks wonderful... THANKS for the inspiration... it is moving up my list of things to make as I type.