Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Tuesday and Wednesday::Cuffs and Purses

Business first:: I've had lovely comments on my recent production thank you. So many people are still telling me how much they liked my article.

I've been awarded a Favourite Blog award by Joanne May
As I don't know how to copy the picture and have a migraine coming induced by the stress of accommodating masses of 'belongings',a take away curry full of additives no doubt, too much sewing and three glasses of shiraz I can't summon up the oomph to pass them on.( My sight is fading as it does with migraine, zig zags flickering about, and when it returns I will have the mother and father of a headache. Most of the rest of this post was written before it came on.)
UPDATE Thursday: Migraine went but not before it had actually affected my speech.I was quite frightened as I was trying to read a blog and couldn't make any sense of it, and when I tried to tell my husband, the words that came out were not what I was trying to say. Is that normal for migraine?
(I know its normal for me!)
And I've managed to upload the pic! Yay!

I must mention Cat from the Raggy Rat.
She has spent the last year making an amazing fursuit.
Do visit her blog and don't forget to vote for her in The Dorset Cereals blog award.
Cat, I pass this award to you and your lovely girls!
All the blogs I read are worthy winners. So consider yourselves all my favourites!

The second Tuesday of the month is the felt group.
I was a reluctant recruit well over a year ago but I have found a wonderful medium and a fantastic group of people.
I don't know if the the other members relish my joy as it makes me garrulous and possibly annoying.
I took my brooches to show and came home minus 10 of them and quite a lot better off.
I spent the day making small squares of felt for Wednesday. (More on that in a moment)
I came home and started work on a few more cuffs to bulk out the 'silk' section of my stall.

I got three new pieces of silk in Norwich last month.
A gorgeous bronzey gold very rich, a scrumptious rose pink , and a really unusual shot one, lilac crossed with gold so its very mysterious. You can't really tell from these pics.
(By the way, I've been doing my photography lately on my IKEA ironing board, nice isn't it?)

Here's the gold.

So, remember I said I made a lot of squares of felt on Tuesday?
Well I put them in the drier and FORGOT THEM!
They were like lumpy postage stamps when I got them out. Useless. So on
I had to use up whatever pieces I already had to make my new idea incorporating the felt brooch motif, these little phone pouches.
This is my favourite one.

They are a bit 'beta' at the know, still in the try out phase.Like Folksy.
Feedback welcomed.

I must put in a word of praise here for the place I got my hooks and brooch backs. I only ordered them on Monday and they came yesterday. The brooch backs are the best I've had.
They are called BFNT Bead findings and things.
I am not connected to them in any way but I believe if a business is good it needs to be shared.

On monday I also made this ..for a man.

Talking of men...I went to an office supplies shop last week. Its very small and as I was leaving a man was walking up the stairs and I had to wait before I could go downstairs. He was immaculate in a blue and white pin stripe shirt, with shiny shoes and pressed trousers, and about 45. He had a beautiful King Charles Spaniel on a lead.
'What a cutie' I said , by way of making conversation.
'Thank you.' He replied.' Do you like my dog as well?'


soggibottom said...

You could always borrow Amie and loiter around the stair well!
x x x

Menopausal musing said...

You little minx!! :O) x

Dolores said...

Smart alek.

Joei Rhode Island said...

I like the new "betas"....They are great and reflect your own designs well. Keep going!!

As for that flirt....I would say...bat your lashes and say "Of course"...and leave him guessing... =-)

Victoria said...

What a hoot!

Jude said...

Tsk,tsk, can't let you out on your own, can we?? He,he!!

Hens Teeth said...

A treasure trove of jewels Jackie.

Threadspider said...

I hope that headache has gone-they make you feel truly wretched.Lovely silk and velvet and what a great anecdote!

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

rofl That's hilarious!

The phone pouches are fantastic. I love the cut-out edge of the flap. The blueone is my favourite with that swirl of green. Oh my birthday list is growing :O)

Hope the migraine wasn't too bad. I haven't had one for a good while now but it seems like Evie is going to get them. She had her first a couple of years ago (aged 7_ and nobody at school believed her...'til she threw up!! Nice. Just hope she grows out of them.

Gina said...

I'm laughing out loud. I hope you replied "I didn't notice your dog" Hope your migraine is better.

joanne May said...

Thank you Jackie for excepting the wonderful, favorite award.
I hope you feel better soon!
Best wishes Jo.x

Raggy Rat said...

thank you thank you jackie dear for passing the award to me
i cant see the image on my pc but i could always visit joanne for it !
i have just come home form a WI talk so that was a nice surprise

Sandy said...

I love your cuffs. That guy enjoys life. No more migraines now.

Judy Scott said...

oooh naughty :) I love your new cuffs such works of art.

Muddled speech is a severe symptom of migraine it must be abit scary, maybe only two glassess of shiraz next time! ~ take care Judy x

JannArt said...

Glad the migraine went but how scary. Love the silk and velvet and you made me laugh out loud about your encounter on the stair well. You know what they say about talking to strangers!

Sue said...

Hope your migraine is gone now. They are buggers aren't they. What fun with the spaniel man. I once got given an umbrella by a man on a staircase as he was coming in from the rain and I was going out. It made my day... week... oh ok it's one of the nicest things that's ever happened!

Heather said...

He needed pushing down the stairs!! The phone pouches are great - almost makes me wish I had a mobile phone. The man's Celtic pin is great too as are the cuffs - more gorgeous colours. Keep up the good work, but not hard enough to induce another migraine.

cocoa and blankets said...

.....he sounds like my kind of guy....?? i love the phone purses...and the silk is beautiful...I always feel most inadequate when I look at the things you make....

Julie said...

Hope you're feeling better Jackie. I still havn't got my Quilting Arts yet! I get it from Rainbow Silks and they are usually very quick with their orders but QA always seems to be late arriving.

I've only ever had 2 migraines but I had visual disturbance with it and I felt as if I couldn't make sense of what was being said. Very strange experience. didn't get the headache tho.

The phone pouches look great as they are.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Impressive migraine (I do sympathise really) love the Celtic man brooch.

Amanda said...

Loved the article in QA - your work is so beautiful. Hope you feel better.


How do you manage to produce so much stuff ????? I'm in total awe .....

julie king said...

delightful work and what a cute story! so did you like his dog or not? hee hee

Clare W said...

wow have really enjoyed your amazing blog. I have ravished it all over!

Jo in NZ said...

Girl, you are smokin' with the ideas for new products!!
For your cellphone pouches (which are great - are they going on ETSY too?)I think the brooches would look great on a contrasting felt (the centre colour), rather than the same colour (does that make sense?). They get a little lost.

My other thought was to add some of your decorative stitching to the felt. It would make them feel more 'you'.

Shelly said...

Gorgeous silks, Jackie !! Love the cases, they are so fresh and pretty.
Flirty dude you ran into. Your little adventures are always such great fun to read about.

lilylovekin said...

I love your cuffs and the story of the flirt and his dog. I'm sure you made his day!!!

Ophelia said...

Ilove your blog!! Your work is fabulous!

Mermaids Purse said...

Love the silk pieces! My husband suffers from chronic cluster headaches and he has periods when what he says differs from what he means to say ie. "I've put the washing in the tumble drier" when he means "washing up in the dishwasher" - I put it down to the medication but you've got me thinking now ........... it might not be??

ArtSparker said...

Re the Post Office, this is not how I imagine life in the British Isles, sound more like Rio...

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Everyone's a comedian!

I have had migraines for years and years. The worst thing in the entire world. Surgery is better. I have only recently stopped having them due to a new medication, which is truly amazing for me. I haven't thrown up in a year. Which, as you know, is a big deal for a migraine sufferer!! I do hope you feel better!!

Love all the photos of your new work!

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