Monday, 16 January 2012

♥ Hearts ♥



Well I'm sitting here writing this with a perfect blue sky and sun streaming in the window - so beautifully clear and fresh it's been these last few days, if a bit bracing... it may be sunny but it's very, very cold!

Makes a lovely change to the drizzle anyway and the better light has meant that I've been able to do some long awaited photography of some of my Valentines products. I've been quietly sewing and making up samples of various things for the last week or so, though it's been quite slow going - I've had a horrible cold/cough/bug/virus for over a week now and boy has it made me feel awful!! Feels like I've just been existing in a thick fog for the last week but the fog is slowly starting to lift now, even though the cough is still lingering on. Hopefully will see the back of it this week! 

So anyway hearts have been the order of the day...



I've cut into my super duper thick felt from Blooming Felt to make these simple heart mirrors, which can be found here... At first I thought they were too simple, too plain, but the more I look at them, the more I like them. Sometimes it is definitely true, less is more!! I'm just not very good at the whole 'less' thing!



I've also been designing a few more personalised products to add to my range. My 'I love...' mirrors and badges were so popular last year so I'm building on that with these new designs - a personalised date mirror to celebrate special anniversaries, weddings, birthdays etc and a personalised couples initials mirror, perfect for Valentines :)



The lovely thick felt came out again for these personalised heart initial badges, found here...

...and then with my 25mm die I set about making these teeny weeny ones!




I couldn't decide how to package them at first but think they look quite cute like this!



And lastly, to add to my badge cards, a simple heart design, which you can see here!

Anyway so that's pretty much been my last few days... the photography and uploading always takes so much longer than I think it will, but nearly there now! As I mentioned in my last post, I'm changing things around with my shops this year a bit, with more of an emphasis on my little gifty type products. I sold off quite a few of my older designs from my NOTHS shop last week which has freed more space in my little studio (though the freed up space has already been taken over by about a million padded jiffy bags and other random packaging... but at least it's all in one place now! )

I'm also a bit behind as usual, but here are a couple of projects I designed for Crafts Beautiful magazine's January issue (last months). A quilted hottie...


and some padded hangers and a little lavender heart...

 For more crafting ideas go to www.crafts-beautiful.com

I did both of these commission months and months ago, so it's really lovely to see them in print, at last, and to have them back again - the heart has a new home on my dresser! Anyway hope you all are having a good week and enjoying the sun. I think our Tesco shopping is here as I can hear the van reversing so  I better go! 

Actually just very quickly before I do go, I thought I would share this amazing photo I came across a few days ago... I posted it on my facebook page too so apologies if you've already seen it, but I think it's worth a second look anyway ;) 


It's of the world's biggest patchwork crochet 'quilt', where thousands of small crochet blankets were joined together on the steps of Helsinki's cathedral in Finland for a Guinness world record attempt! How amazing is it?!! Imagine being there and seeing all that colour all together, I think it's fab! Apparently they had around 8000 crochet blankets made, but they could only fit 3800 of them on... just wow! And on that happy note, have a great week! xxx


16 comments:

Jooles said...

Gosh you have been a busy bee! So glad you are feeling a little better now, i felt rather like you last week.
i am loving your new heart-y goodies x
have a great week
love jooles
p.s that crochet photo is amazing!

♥coco rose♥ said...

Glad to hear you are feeling on the mend again. Feeling so rotton can be so terribly draining. I love your latest pieces. I cannot believe we are half way through January already. Feb will soon be upon us!

I love the hot water bottle. I really need to make something like that. I have two hot water bottles waiting for some love and attention in the way of a cover, but I fear they may be waiting a while! I have to become friends with my sewing machine again.

Have a fab rest of a day and week!

Vanessa xxxxxxxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

You have been busy, I admire your patience with all those tiny hearts, everything is so pretty.
The crochet photo is so amazing, all that colour. :)
Hope that cough clears up soon!
V x

Poppy said...

I love simple..... less is definitely more. Beautiful!!!
The crochet picture is amazing! :0)

Lou x x x

Andrea said...

Hi Jenny,
Lovely, just lovely they are all perfect!
Sorry you have not been so well but glad you are on the mend.
Fab fprojects in CB as always, the hot water bottle cover is great and just what we all need now!
The crochet pic is great isn't it? a few people are talking about that.
Have a lovely rest of the week,
Andrea x

Caroline Lovis (Redneedle) said...

Hi Jenny, sorry to hear you've been unwell. I love the mental picture you paint of being busy designing your gorgeousness. These little hearts are just the ticket for valentines.

Country Rose said...

Sorry to hear that you've not been feeling 100% lately. I hope your on the mend..!
I love you new items, the heart mirror is so so pretty. I like the fact that the red heart is made from plain felt, makes the mirrors look really striking.
The items you were commissioned to design are gorgeous, I made a similar quilted hottie myself just before Christmas.

Ashley xxx

magie said...

I hope you start to feel better soon! Love the valentines items you have made..you sure have been busy :) What a lovely idea to do personalised ones. Thanks for sharing the craft article you did. I like the fabric covered hangers,they are just so pretty.
Have a lovely week :)
Magie

Helen Philipps said...

Hello Jenny I loved everything in this post! The little hearts are adorable...so tiny and perfect, and I love the pretty little bagful! Your new mag work is gorgeous, love all those colourful fabrics. The HuGe crochet blanket was an amazing sight! Hope your cough disappears and you feel back to normal very soon.
Helen x

Mary Jane's TEAROOM said...

Hello Jenny!....Your heart mirrors are just perfect...a sure winner!...I love your little padded heart and I really need to make some of those pretty coat hangers...
Congratulations on your magazine features too...they are always so well deserved...love all the pretty colours!
Hope you are feeling much better by the time you read this post lovely,
Susan x

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Hi there! blog hopping has me arriving at your wonderful blog. Such a feast for the eyes, love it all. Suzy

my4lilgirls said...

Hi Jenny what a thrill reading this post. Love all your new designs, the simplicity is great & i know exactly what you mean ......its hard to stick to simple, feels like its not enough, but it def is on your new designs, beautiful!
Wow I was blown away by your mag piece, its fab, the projects really are lovely...congrats :D
Love that pic of the blankets!!!
Have a sweet weekend Karen x

do you mind if i knit said...

That huge blanket on the steps! AMAZING! Very inspiring, thank you so much for showing us, I've not seen it before today. Your hot water bottle cover is just beautiful, and I love the simple graphic designs you use in your work, they are so effective, the hearts series is just wonderful. People don't often realise that simple is a lot harder to achieve than busy. You do it beautifully. Love Vanessa xxx

Red Rose Alley said...

Hello,
I visited your blog today - I saw you on 'Teacups and Bunting.' Your blog is so pretty and colorful, and you have many creative ideas. I love the red felt hearts. While I wzs scrolling down, I noticed that you have many red treasures, and it made me smile, as our blog is called Red Rose Alley. I read that you love fresh flowers also. I just did a post about my lovely flowers. Me and my daughters started a blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you. Your blog is so cheerful to me. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

bellaboo said...

Your designs are beautiful! I wish I had your talent.
Hope you feel better soon. ;0)

Em said...

Love your Valentines heart mirrors and badges! They are v cute x

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