I’ve Had An Idea!

You may recall a blog I wrote sometime ago, Poppies.image

Well for reasons way too complicated to go in to, the cushions never did get out to Aruba.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, that dreadful war that cost our nation so dearly. It did inspire the wonderful poem Fields of Flanders and of course Armistice Day. The 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour.

I am proud to say that in my lifetime, in fact in recent years the armistice silence is so faithfully observed in the UK. Only a few years ago I stood in Kings Cross, a phenomenally busy train station as the 11th hour was announced. The whole station came to a totally moving silence and stand still. It moved me deeply.

Well now …. My idea.

These here poppy cushions. I would like to somehow promote a raffle to win the set, proceeds of the raffle to go to The British Legion.

So far my idea has got as far as asking a local shop to display initially pictures of the cushions (to avoid fading of the actual cushions) also offering the raffle tickets for sale. Could be good business for them as I think the local press would quite like to do an article.

Spread this out over the year to allow for as much money as possible to be raised for this wonderful charity who do so very much for all military families, to culminate in the winner being selected immediately after the armistice silence.

What do you think?

Additional ideas to promote and raise more greatly welcomed.

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Army Stands Guard …

.. For me, my growing army brings feelings of great satisfaction. 

Not only do they guard my precious textiles but everytime I walk into what was our daughters bedroom ( was, as in she went off on a hoolie to the caribbean to stay with my darling friend at Coral Reef Beach, Aruba) I smile at those stylish old stylie guys.  Once a pair of barkcloth curtains they are bit by bit growing into my very own army!

As much as I love them they will have to be sold, for some reason the bank manager is very insistent on the mortgage being paid which is a dreadful bore!

You can see the bedroom rather resembles a girl cave, full of my favourite things and I am happy to report my much needed stock for Judy’s Vintage Fair in Spitalfields on 2nd November is beginning to shape up. Eldest daughter has also been hard at it so her little cottage is brimming too. Come the day we will have plenty of fare for the fair!

Keep your fingers crossed for us please, our tiny fledgling business may, with a kind wind behind us and an appreciative audience with money in their wallets could launch us in the direction we have dreamed of for so very long now.

As my faithful and kind readers I feel it only right that I whisper to you, and only you the new name we have decided upon, so sssssshush for now, just between me and thee:

ULTIMATE VINTAGE CYCLING by sewinloveuk

Next a proper, grown up website to sell our beauties. Feeling both excited and pretty darn scared, a healthy mix I am told.

Have a super weekend lovely people and hope your weather forecast is better than ours….. Rain, rain and more rain.  (Yep, the Brits really do always talk about the weather) x

 

Purple Brocade …. Buy Of The Decade!

This is off to DD1, her favourite colour. X

This is off to DD1, her favourite colour. X

Don’t think for one second a deal can’t be found on the internationally known bidding site. 

It can and here is my evidence Ma Lord!

Very heavy weight satin brocade that sat in a lovely ladys Mums house for over 30 years. Can you believe it is in such fantastic condition still?

6 meters all in perfect condition and an absolute steal. In fact I do rather feel like I mugged her but she was happy and willing to sell…… Surprise I was happy and willing to buy!

hey Murdock …. I love it when a plan comes together 😉

Poppies

Poppies

Just 2 short hours later the poppy cushions have multiplied. We now have a family!

Do I sell them as a set or individually?

As you know dear reader, they are TOTALLY unique as the fabric was a barkcloth 1950’s curtain that I have upcycled ….. No chance of walking into a friends house and seeing the same cushions 🙂

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One Hour Frenzy …

The sewing mojo was hiding somewhere the past few days but when I got up this morning I saw it peeking out at me from under a pile of clean washing in my bedroom.

A gorgeous poppy vintage barkcloth from circa 1950’s that I bought a few weeks back was staring me full and square in the face!

I’ve known for a while now that I wanted to make some lovely simple cushions for Judy’s Vintage Fair. I love the straight forward cover as it shows the beauty of the fabric, both design and texture. Now don’t get me wrong, I like any girl love bling! Just not for home furnishings, plus the purist in me pushes to the front. Hence, I can’t bring myself to put frills etc onto cushion covers!

Sporting the, pulled through a hedge backwards look I set to work …… Yep, in my dressing gown. Yipee! Mojo found 🙂

In an hour I had my first cushion and I am so delighted with it, many more will be made today to create a family of poppy cushions.

hope you like them. 

Karen Inspired It … Lara Wanted It!

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Absolute Beginners …

This is a 3 hour workshop that I run from the superb facilities at my friends haberdashery shop My Sewing Basket in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.

My attendees have little to no experience so we explore how to thread a machine, wind the bobbin, practice a bit of sewing in a straight -ish line and then I throw them right in.

Although at the beginning they are a little nervous a real comradery builds amongst them and before I know it the volume level is through the roof…..just where I like it!

 

By the end they start to turn through their cushion slips and I just stand back and watch their faces as the penny drops with them how this inside out thing really is a cushion cover, they insert the cushion pad and laughter is the over riding sound. How fantastic is that? To know I helped get them there.

Happy Faces Are My Favourite Thing

Happy Faces Are My Favourite Thing

I must make mention to the lovely lady with the ‘book’ fabric. She came along with her own machine but didn’t know how to use it, she was rather nervous and we took it all nice a gently, at the end she waited so she could speak with me alone and said “I honestly can’t believe I have spent 3 hours with you and I can now use my machine and I am taking home a cushion I made all by myself”. I was just so thrilled, there lay the reward, happy faces. LOVE IT!

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The Greens Have It …

The Greens Have It ...

This acid green was popular and I think it looks really great, popping out of the picture at us

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Very Green Very Happy

Very Green Very Happy

Another very happy lady who was delighted that inside 3 hours she went from zero knowledge to trainee hero knowledge!

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