Friday, 4 December 2015

Patchwork hares


I've been quite busy these last few days sewing patchwork hares. I have based them on my oil paintings and added them onto Upcycled denim skirts.
I now have two listed in my shop and a third is almost finished.
It's felt like I've been colouring with thread. I hope you like them.



Monday, 23 November 2015

Herbs and other medicinal plants

After making the enchanted forest skirt I decided to spend all weekend making myself a skirt. I really intended  to go along the forest design idea but as my keen interest in medicinal plants this last year I decided to make this one for me instead. It has fifteen different plants and herbs listed some with educational qualities of the plants listed. It's mainly has green and purple in it, my favourite colours. It might not be everyone's cup of tea as they say but I truly love it! It's very personal to me. I made it on a heavy denim vintage skirt too, ideal for these colder days.
On a slightly different note I'd like to congratulate my eldest daughter who ran her first half marathon yesterday, in the frost and cold weather too. Well done! She will be running the London marathon next year.

Friday, 20 November 2015

The Enchanted Forest

I have been working on this skirt for weeks now but I am pleased to say it is now all finished and ready to buy. This skirt includes all my personal favourites like trees, acorns, mushrooms, pumpkins and a variety of woodland animals like deer, foxes, hares, owls just to name a few. 

I have called it the enchanted forest and you can imagine yourself walking through the forest looking up at the tree branches as you hear the leaves rustling under your feet looking out to spy all the forest creatures hiding near by. I think I might have to make myself a version of this skirt for me to wear!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Baby clothing

I now have a range of baby / toddler patchwork clothing available, this one is simply called Poppy and is for ages 9-12 months. More to follow shortly.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

A truly English country cottage herb garden dress

Today I have been busy sewing away and made this herb patchwork dress. It is called "Parsely, sage, rosemary and thyme". It is designed on an English country cottage herb garden, and has eleven herbs with vintage fabrics too.

It is a size 10/38 and is now listed in my etsy shop. The main colours are purple, yellow, green, cream and blue.




Sunflowers


Yesterday I finished my first upcycled denim pinafore dress. The patchwork design is based on a sunflower field. The materials include vintage lace and corduroy.


All now available on Etsy.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Poppy fields

My second patchwork poppy skirt is now finished and listed in my shop. This poppy skirt has a variety of different poppy flowers on it and is on a flared denim upcycled skirt.



Sunday, 8 November 2015

Wild poppies

Here is my second Wear Your Garden skirt. This is the first poppy skirt finished, I have another poppy one almost finished. The skirt includes a patchwork of different poppies which will feel like you are walking in the poppy fields.
The skirt is now listed in my shop.




Friday, 6 November 2015

"Wear your garden" series

I have branched out and added a new section to my little etsy shop which is a series of upclcyed and recycled denim skirts that I've patch worked with floral designs out of vintage fabrics and textiles  for the "wear your garden" series. The first one is now listed in my shop but I have more to follow shortly all within the floral range.

Gypsy bohemian skirts always appealed to me, I have my old patchwork skirt that comes out every winter and is now about 20 years old, but it's like wearing a quilt so it keeps you so warm. These 
skirts include a rainbow of colours so each one will be indivually unique.




Sunday, 1 November 2015

One foggy morning in November


November has crept up on us once again as October slips away quietly. The fog had come rolling in this morning making the sunlight struggle to break through.

The lorry stands still while the trees and the ever growing grass grow taller. The bottle brick build has been tucked away until the spring flowers push through. The ground is covered with the autumnal confetti
And the lonely chestnut tree reaches up for the last time as the winter approaches for it is due to be cut back in order to try and save it next year
Fires are lit and I feel today might be a chickpea and cauliflower curry day as I sit by the fireside with the three dogs. Where did this year go and what have I done that's worth while?


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Monday, 19 October 2015

Up cycling again

This morning I've been upcycling an old leather handbag I bought off  eBay for 99p. I have used a vintage textile which I had been saving to use as a pocket, but the colours matched the tan leather of the bag. I've also added an old working  zip to the inside pocket, and voila a bag truly unique to me.

Number four

This is number four, showing some of my vintage dresses.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Selfie number three

I'm the fatter one on the left btw. This is selfie number three, pictured here painting yet another oil painting of a hare. I have so many painting I've started and not yet finished its shocking. I did not clear away the clutter either as I wanted you to see how my home really is not staged. The puppet I made from scratch has been sitting at this table since September, she usually sits at the kitchen table but we had a big family meal so now she sits watching me paint.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Self portrait week - number two

Self portrait number two. This is me in my the kitchen behind the church pew with my wonderful calendar by the talented artist Rima Staines (The Hermitage) behind me and one of my hare oil paintings (which also can be purchased in A6 notecard format at bedfordgypsy.etsy.com) -little plug there!
I decided last year to let my grey roots grow through as I'm tired of colouring them each month, so it may look like I need a touch up but it's on purpose, eventually I'll cut off the brown ends and just have grey dreds as I slowly turn into the crone.
I also wanted to show my hand tattoos, I have had them so many years that I don't notice them, but as people point out they are unusual so there now you can see them and I've captured them in a selfie.

Friday, 16 October 2015

A week of self portraits-number one

For a weeks challenge I am making myself take a self portrait every day. I am one of those people who hate being in front of a camera and much happier behind one. But as I am getting older I realise that I need to capture moments in time as they will never come back, some here is day one.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Painting around corners

I have spent the last few months helping my little dachshund recover from a spine operation so I haven't been on here much. He is doing really well and is now walking, bless him. The bottle brick build had to come to a stop even though i only have about three more rows to build, but the tarpaulin is now on and covering it until next spring. I started doing an oil painting yesterday on a block of wood I had. I wanted to make the skin tone green, it's a different technique and I wasn't really comfortable painting in this style but I wanted to try something new. I decided to paint the sides too making it more 3D.


Here is the finished painting.