Thursday, 27 January 2011

Re-use , Recycle & Giveaway

I love the idea of re-using and recycling fabrics, adapting them for another use.  This tapestry was covering a rather pretty chair, but had become faded in parts and the brown background just didn't fit in the room that the chair was intended for.  I had the chair re-upholstered and for 5 years now these pieces of tapestry have been waiting to be made into something new.  I have combined the salvaged pieces of tapestry with sturdy French linen sacking that has a navy stripe down the centre.

Et voila! The finished cushion - front and back.

Giveaway:  Pay it Forward with a Handmade Surprise

Anyone seen this movie? A couple of days ago, Lindsay at Lindsay Sews posted the following message:
I promise to send something handmade to the first 3 people who leave a comment here. To be eligible, you must also post this in your blog, offering the same thing to 3 other people. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 3 people sometime in 2011. 
I am now participating in the Pay it Forward handmade giveaway, and you can take part too! Leave me a comment if you're willing to Pay It Forward. The first three to respond will receive a handmade surprise from my stash.  If you aren't crafty or don't have a blog  and so that you don't feel left out,  read on ....  I will send something handmade by me to a follower selected at random who leaves a comment on this post.  It would be great if you could also share my blog on Twitter and Facebook.  (Please make sure you are a Google Friend Connect public follower, so I can contact you. Thanks!)

Provence Lavender Bags
Origami Gift Tags

     A bientôt, Rebecca.

    Thursday, 20 January 2011

    Accessorise - Aix-en-Provence

    After stocking-up on fabric on Sunday, I thought I would trawl the antique/brocante market in Aix-en-Provence today for some vintage trimmings and further inspiration.  As far as trimmings go, my two ladies who usually come up trumps were absent (it was very cold for Provence, but at least the sun was shining).  So, with no husband to hurry me along I browsed the other brocante stalls and came up with some new ideas.  I sorted  through piles of old postcards and found some very pretty cards. I might use them to make labels or as a background for photographs of my products.  I also bought an engraving of a ladies fashion advertisement from 1839, I would love to find out how I can copy and print it onto  fabric - ideas anyone?

    Lunch was at Chez Jo, our favourite pizzeria, their 'plat du jour' is also good. A lively restaurant with friendly service and a mix of locals and tourists, sit outside in the summer and you can watch the world go by. 
    Place des Augustins - Tel. 04 42 26 12 47.  

    My next post will be a giveaway - 'pay it forward with a handmade surprise'. I will send something handmade by me to the first 3 people who leave a comment and promise to 'pay it forward' in the same fashion.  I just need a bit of time to get some photos together. So watch this space.

    A bientot,     

    Tuesday, 18 January 2011

    The Raw Material - Isle sur la Sorgue

    The search for new fabric and inspiration started on Sunday at the weekly market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence.  It was my first visit of the year to the market which was quiet, however the sun was shining and the sky was blue.  A few of my regular stall holders were there, and we wished each 'meilleur voeux', 'bonne sante' for the New Year.  I managed to pick up some wonderful old sacking with a purple stripe plus  more vintage fabric with a navy stripe - these are destined for bags and perhaps the odd cushion.  I bought some tiny reels of cotton from the lady in the photo.  I'm  not sure want to do with them, I'll probably keep them for display.

    Lunch was at the 'Jardin de Quai' tel. 04 90 20 14 98 (a popular place so wise to book ahead).  A fixed price, 3 course lunch (no choice but all delicious) for 40€.  The dessert included an amazing sorbet/ice-cream that was half meringue ,half ice-cream with a wonderful flavour of coconut.

    We drove home through Bonnieux, which was quite deserted. The Luberon is probably even more beautiful in its winter colours than during the summer.

    I  can't wait to start work on my new fabric and make some wonderful  bags for spring.