Wednesday, 24 February 2010

My First Non-Scarf Knitting Project! Help!

I have been knitting scarves for....6 years? Since my gorgeous & patient friend Kirsten taught me to cast on & cast off and knit & purl. Then I moved to Scotland....and I never progressed from there! I've just never attempted anything else! Lately I have been attempting moss stitch and single rib...but it's all gone wrong. But don't worry! I haven't given up yet! How can I when I could be making this kind of wonderfulness?!
 I've attempted crotchet. That's all I have to say about that. I want to be great and whip up beautiful creations in no time, but it doesn't exactly come naturally and I'm not an enthusiastic practice-makes-perfect-er. But I won't give up on that yet either. I PROMISE! I have too many fantasies of creating gorgeous things from vintage patterns....sigh.

Well. I'm breaking out of my scarf rut. I've been inspired by one of Mrs Cooke's blankets that Jayne rescued on our dumpster dive....I've decided to make a patch work blanket. I'm knitting 5 x 5in squares to make up the blanket. It's getting really old fast as I only know 2 stitches! So far I have 4 patches done! It is a labor of love! 
{not my blanket, but this is the idea}
This is you come in!
I NEED YOUR HELP TO FINISH THIS BLANKET! I would L-O-V-E to have patches from all over the world made by creative hands all over the world to make up my first blanket! Wanna join in?!!!!!!!
Basically the patches need to be 5x5. The type of yarn doesn't matter, something from your scraps bag would be great! So far I'm using earthy tones. I love earthy/natural and jewel colors! I'm imagining chocolate brown, wheat, natural white, plum, all naturally shades of green, spicy yellow, burnt get the idea. Any knit or crotchet stitch is welcome, patchwork and embroidery are also welcome! I would love it if you could put your name or something on the patch somewhere so that I will can remember each person who helped create my blanket.
I would love your help! I'd be honored if you'd take part. If you'd like to, please leave a comment and I'll get back to you with you address and any answers I can give.
Speak soon! x

Friday, 19 February 2010

Prizes and Post!

Thank you VICKY!!!!

Do you remember a couple of weeks ago I won a blog contest?!!!!!! I along with a couple of other lucky girls won the gorgeous handmade treats from Alexandra's Wishes!!!! 
Well, I LOVE getting you know....and then it was a prize in the post!!!! Woo Hoo! 
My fave thing is the needle book! I've wanted one for a loooooong time! This gorgeous needle book will live in my sewing box along with my pin cushion that Vicky also made for me! 
I've worn the bow and gotten compliments! I can't wait to wear the brooch! 
I got an unsolicited prize in the post yesterday! I'll have to get some pix and show ya later what funness arrived on my doorstep!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

What's Your Type?

Thanks Pentagram for combining two things I love - typography and quizzes! This one is especially interesting I think!  

Why did Brian Wilson use Cooper Black on the cover of Pet Sounds? Why did Obama use Gotham for his election propaganda? It has long been apparent that typefaces reflect the character of the person using them, and that type choice, as well as the words that are typed, is a powerful conveyor of meaning.
At Pentagram, we wanted people to be able to understand that meaning properly and use it more consciously. Hence our ‘What Type Are You’ application. Researched over seven years with a team of 23 academics across Eastern Europe, ‘What Type Are You’ asks the four key character questions of our day, analyses your responses in exceptional detail and recommends one of 16 typefaces as a result.
Find out your type at Enter the password “character.”

I am Pistilli Roman: Emotional. Assertive. Traditional. Disciplined.
And I like it!

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Hedgie Heaven *sigh*

If you know me in real life you'll know all about my prickly princess Poppy. My adopted "daughter" Poppy Woodhouse, she is an African Pygmy Hedgehog. And she's the prettiest pig in the whole world!


*be prepared for a cuteness overload!*

oh! those tocks!

here's mini Poppy:


Now....look what I found for V-day.....


she's giving away free template - yipeeeeeeeee!!!!

What do ya think of my wee lassie? Isn't she wonderful x

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Phew! New Listings Finally!

I've been busy! I'm working on patching up my new/old 1946 sofa and chairs - yes, a vintage living room suite and sideboard and dressing table! I know you're gonna pound me for not telling you or posting pictures yet! I will eventually! I've also been making jewellery like mad and listing the jewellery to etsy! I started taking photos of the jewellery at about 11 and I've just finished listing things on etsy and it's 3:30!!!!!! I'm pooped!

I thought I'd show you my new pieces that I've just posted! I had been on an etsy downer for a few months, but after having two things purchased and then some non-etsy orders I've been encouraged to really push myself and get back in the ole saddle!

Here are some pics of what I've been up to!

Gorgeous Green Necklace

Carnival Colorful Bracelet

Food Lover Necklace

Classic Little Black Earrings

Bluebell Earrings

Vintage Blue Bird Brooch

Lush Purple Earrings

Come see me on etsy!!!!!

Friday, 5 February 2010

The Fabulous Damn French Desserts!


1. Hello Damn French Desserts! Why don't you introduce yourself and tell us about YOU!
Hello Felicia, we are Damn French Desserts, Purveyor of Exquisite Knick Knack, a shop that sells stationery little wonders on Etsy. Our headquarters is established between Madrid and Barcelona, where the three masterminds behind our shop live, work and enjoy life as much as they can!

2. Does your shop have a special name? Where did that name come from? 
That one is easy … Damn French Desserts came after its founders' nicknames: Chantilly and Créme Brûlèe. We have always been in love with our Granny Valle's confectionery books. They were full of delicious recipes, beautifully illustrated with half-tone plates and every speciality had an amazing flowery name that always sounded way better in french to us! We randomly chose these two delicious confectionery french terms as nicks in the net, and when we teamed up to sign our graphic/web design works we added the word "damn" to those "french desserts" as a humour touch to emphasise how good they are.
It wasn't until November 2009 that we joined forces with our friend Anna, whom we invited to be part of our adventure due to her amazing skills as photographer. Aside of being part of our team of designers, she's the responsible of capturing the very essence of our products with her special sensibility and her collection of cameras.

3. What was the last treasure that arrived in your mail? 
Initiative Dharma Kit, for sure! I'm a bit geek when it comes to collecting little treasures and being a die-hard fan of Lost as I am, this impeccably designed package was a must! I absolutely love the series, the characters, their viral marketing campaigns … It's brilliant Oh, AND my Iron Man's Collector's Edition, which I had to purchase AGAIN because the helmet packaging accidentally broke and even though the discs were intact, I can get a bit too much Big Bang's Sheldon Cooper when it comes to this kinda stuff…. I'm the worst ever, I know!

4. Where in the world would you like to visit? why?
There's a road trip across the mythical Route 66 that I've been planning with some friends. It's something that has been in our minds for quite long and every time we meet, we end up talking about that trip. Someday we'll make it for sure, sooner or later.

5. What 8 records or books would you would take with you to a desert island (you can tell us why if you want to)? 
There's one record the three of us would take for sure, in fact our passion for his band was the reason that we met, so I'll say that The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails would come to this desert island for sure!

Watership Down by Richard Adams 
Thirteenth Step by A Perfect Circle
Aenima by Tool
Larousse Gastronomique which is also Hannibal Lecter's fave book Downward Spiral by NIN
Highway to Hell by ACDC
The Waves by Virgina Wolf
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol 
In Rainbows by Radiohead

6. If you could go back and live in a past decade or century, when would you choose and why? 
 I think I speak for the three of us when I say that we are fond of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was an amazing time full of inventions that changed the world completely. We love the books and catalogues from those years. The old encyclopaedias and those anatomy compendiums that could be equally fascinating and spooky. I think I could enjoy walking around those days in a gorgeous victorian dress!

7. What is your favorite thing about creating something by hand? 
The challenge that implies having an idea on mind and being able to make it something real. All the process in between is so satisfying.

8. Please list three of your favorite things. Why are they favorites? 
Brulee: My Moleskine travel notebooks. I love writing about what I do in my trips, adding what I would describe as "psycho scrapbooking" … Not as much as Seven's character John Doe did with his notebooks but pretty close.
Chantilly: My silver Peace Dollar dated 1925, inherited from my grandfather. I take it everywhere I go!
Grin: The sea. Couldn't live without it, it relaxes me a lot.

9. What could you eat/drink every single day and never grow tired of?
Drink: Every single day I drink at least two cups of coffee … I'm a bit picky when it comes to how do I like my coffee in fact … I like it espresso with a thick lid of crema that stays forever!
Eat: I love eating and the ritual that goes with it: sharing a dinner with friends in any of my fave restaurants, finding new places to eat in every city I visit, enjoying family/friends meetings at home and being the guinea pig for every new recipe is something that I love! So even though it's kinda tough for me to pick just a few fave ones, I'll give honourable mention to my sister's cheesecake with white chocolate.

10. What is your favorite place? Will you describe it to us? 
The place where I do my Etsy work is for sure one of my favorite places. I spend a bunch of hours in there,  so I assured myself to make it comfy. I have my macs, my music on and my myths and muses around to inspire me on my creative work … or at least to delight myself when inspiration comes late!

Example of cards that you can find in DFD,  "Fragile Handle with Care"

An example of the bookmarks that you can find in DFD,  "Young Bibliophile":

An example of the prints that you can find in DFD, "Jump Right In":

And now, a couple of items that you will find on DFD from February 2010

Luggage Tag, Keep Fit Die Healthy:

Notebooks, Top Hats and Skulls:

Thanks so much Girls! Isn't this fun! You will find DFD in my fave etsy shops! I just love their work! It's out of the ordinary and it's got unique humour! Ya can't beat that!
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