Good morning Lovely Folks out there, how is life treating you all? I hope that you are well, happy and safe. Do come in and make yourself at home while I pop the kettle on for a drink. I had a busy day yesterday and was away for most of it attending a conference but managed to stop off for a coffee and an icecream - yes an icecream (maybe summer is on it's way!) in one of my favourite places. I am also getting a few ideas together for my giveaway in May to celebrate my first blog birthday - I find it hard to believe that that a whole year has passed so quickly. I just wanted to share a few photographs with you today before I set out to work again.
On my way home yesterday I managed to have a quick detour and spent about an hour in Ironbridge, if you remember we take the Little Peeps to Blists Hill the Victorian Town which is not far from here. I love this part of Shropshire and it is one of my most favourite counties. This is the wonderful view of the town taken from the famous Thomas Telford bridge which is just magnificent. I took a couple more photographs but am not sure what happened as they are just not good enough to show you - what a disappointment, sorry! As you can see from this photograph the sun is shining and it was really warm. There are lots of lovely tea shops, many selling gorgeous calorie laden cakes but I was very good Folks, honestly but I was tempted.
This picture is still from the bridge but is of the river itself, it was so peaceful and pretty and I wished I could have stayed for longer.
Now then Folks, down to business. I have had some ideas from you lovely Readers about giveaways and I have managed to buy some more lovely tea towels. They are from a famous chain store which I frequent quite a lot and were new in this week. I particularly loved the design which is very 1950s and hope you do too. However, I wanted to keep to the upcycling and vintage feel so there will be a twist to them. Please don't worry as you won't be getting any pinnies!
I have delved into my vintage stash and pulled out some possible pieces which I will work into the giveaways. I am not sure about the finished design yet but that is the thrill for me as I like to work on the edge..........I am a great lover of the crinoline lady designs and am a sucker for these when I see them in the fairs I go to. Some pieces are very expensive so I do have to watch my spending, however, over the years I have managed to buy some lovely little examples. I have come to the stage now where it is important to start using these vintage fabrics rather than just storing them as it is all about enjoying them. Well I think so anyway and hope you all do too. The one below is a little sweetie.
This is a nice little piece and I was drawn to the colours in this one. As you have probably guessed my favourite colour is red and I have to watch myself as I tend to go for this or pink all the time.
Now the next few photographs are of the main fabric and I do hope you like it. I can remember dresses that my Mum wore in the 1950s using designs like this - oh how I would love to get my hands on them now!
The bits of fabric left over will be really good for fussy cutting and these pieces can then go onto other projects.
Looking at this I think you could actually put this into a frame and it would look super in the right place.
I adore this edging below, it is such fun. When I bought these the ladies at the counter said that they hadn't even seen them in the shop and when I told them what I was going to do with them they asked me to bring them back when they were finished so they could have a look at them.
Well lovely Friends that is it for today as I have to get off to work now. I hope you like the fabrics I have chosen so far - the vintage ones may be different as I am still looking at what I have. I have two vintage fairs to go to this weekend which is very naughty but I have ideas in my head so am on a mission. Do let's know what you think of them all and any other ideas would be warmly welcomed. Anyone who puts in an idea will be put forward for the competition. I do hope you all have a wonderful day/night wherever you are. Remember to think about all the lovely things in life and smile - someone will always smile back at you. I am sending you all my loves and hugs to each and every one of you. Dorothy :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx