Friday, 31 July 2015

A DotCom Day Out!


This post is a bit late, but I wanted to write about a lovely day out that I had on July 2nd.

A few weeks ago, I received an invitation, as a blog writer, to attend the Press Event for the release of the new Autumn/Winter/Christmas items from DotComGiftShop.

If you've been a follower of my blog for a while, you may remember this post about bunting, which DotComGiftShop sent me, with a request to review it on my blog.  I'd been a fan of their lovely retro-feel bits and bobs for some time (see also this post from 2009!) and responded to a call for submissions from blogs, when they were compiling a list of favourite blogs that they had found.  

 

Anyway... It seems that they kept my blog on their list of favourites, because I received an invitation to attend the Event and bring a friend.  The Press Event was in London, so I set off in the train and met Keri-Anne at Euston Station, where she had arrived on her train.  

We walked down to the gallery where DotComGiftShop were holding their event and were made very welcome.  

Drinks in little jars, sweets to nibble... very welcome after our walk from Euston. 

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Then this is what we saw...

...a roomful of wonders and treasure!
There was So Much Lovely Stuff, that it would take several blog posts to show you all of it (of course, you can go to their website/shop and have a browse for yourself).  Here are some of my own favourites from the Day: 


There's a big wildlife theme going on - in various styles - and I loved these little storage suitcases, with wild birds painted on them. Who could resist? 

There was a whole range of lovely items with the wild bird designs all over.  Coasters, mugs (in lovely giftable boxes), storage tins, a tower of lovely lidded glass bowls, glasses and drinking bottles, even a flour or sugar dredger for your kitchen.  Oh, and not to forget the pretty case for my glasses... Tempted again! My favourite is the Blue Tit design - I really like blue-tits.  


Still on a wildlife theme - Rusty and Friends.  A second set of suitcases, this time with woodland creatures on them, along with a number of other goodies, including these brilliant breakfast sets in melamine.  I could cope with eating my porridge, toast and orange juice from these and I'm sure my little nieces would love them! 

Then there were some great retro-themed items
Kitchen timers!  
A row of adorable and gorgeous china cups, that look like old-fashioned enamelware (memories of camping, anyone?).  The red one is my favourite, though I remember my mum having a white enamel mug, with a blue-painted rim... and actually, I love all four colours.  Have been trying to think of a good excuse to buy these - perhaps an "accident" will occur with our existing mugs (all 20 or so!)?  Maybe I can find someone to gift them to next Christmas! 

Alarm Clocks! Old-style clocks, like the ones I used to have on my bedside table when I was a very little girl.  Updated now to have a battery-powered clock and a beeping alarm, instead of the old bell-alarm that I had in mine; still just as appealing and I love the colour range! 

Then there was the Japanese Design Porcelain... 
Look at these!  They draw inspiration from Japanese pottery designs, each one being different and special.  I would love to have All of them in my china cupboard.  They are just lovely... sigh... There's a Moorish Stoneware range too, which is also gorgeous! 

There were items to appeal to all tastes - it wasn't just "pretty things" and items for children: 

For the Bicycle Fan in your life... 

For the Dapper Gentleman... 



Keri-Anne and I had a lovely time browsing the little Aladdin's Cave full of treasures. 



You can see that there were loads more things to look at - I just haven't room to tell you about all of it!  If you are interested, do go and browse their website shop - it's full of great items, for yourself or to give as gifts.  After all, there are only five months to Christmas! ;-)  


We were sent on our way with a little shopping-bag full of goodies - aren't these lovely? And look, blue-tits on a cover for my new tablet pc! 



Many thanks to DotComGiftShop for your invitation and hospitality.  I had a really fun time and a lovely day out.  

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And then we had Pizza for lunch before heading back home (spot the Selfie in the mirror!).



The End. 

Friday, 17 July 2015

Wednesday Worktable - Wednesday 15th July - Little Notebooks

This is my contribution to WOYWW (What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday), over at JuliaDunnit's Blog. Each Wednesday, Julia invites fellow crafters and bloggers to show a photo or two of their worktables, and explain what they've been doing.

I am late in posting again (!), though this is what was going on on Wednesday! 


Notebook-filled Table! 
I'm making little 6"x 4" notebooks just now, with little windows in the covers, through which you get a glimpse of the design on a decorative end-sheet inside...  


Four floral notebooks, with lined pages.  All cut and ready to be hand sewn with linen thread. 
Three woodland-themed notebooks.  I've made (and sold) quite a few of these recently. This batch are a bit more experimental than before - I've tried changing the position of the window and showing two creatures peeping out from either side, and also making a larger, rectangular window, with a bigger view of the wood and a fox.  I think they look nice.  There is plain, cream paper inside these books.


Finally, two little dogs - a Scottie and a Westie - cute little partners!  I'm going to bind these with red thread, for a nice colourful pop.  I think I may also add a little Scottish touch, with some tartan ribbon.  These books also have ivory paper inside, printed with lines in grey.  Very nice (but then, I'm biassed!). 

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Thanks for dropping by to see what I'm doing.  I hope you like the notebooks-in-progress. They'll soon be finished. 
 
I hope you'll come back and visit again soon. When you've finished browsing around on my blog, do return to Julia's Stamping Ground, to see what's going on elsewhere this week. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Wednesday Worktable - Wednesday 24th June - More About the Leather Journals

This is my contribution to WOYWW (What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday), over at JuliaDunnit's Blog. Each Wednesday, Julia invites fellow crafters and bloggers to show a photo or two of their worktables, and explain what they've been doing.


This week I've at least managed to get my post written on the right day of the week (after two late Thursday posts)!  However, my desk looks increasingly more scary, as I haven't had time to tidy up; the stuff just gets "pushed back" and new tools and materials put in the newly-created gap. 

My plan chest/ work surface... What a mess!
To the left are some attempts at the new Origami Bows, that are so popular just now. The largest is my first attempt, which wasn't bad, but they did improve as they went along, so that I'm quite pleased with them.  More practice needed, I think, to perfect them.  

In the middle are various bits and pieces that I was using to make leather journals.
You may have seen last week's post, about two leather journals I was working on...  



The two pieces of leather, from last week... 


 Here they are now, on my little table, almost completed.  


This is the cream leather journal.  It is now bound into its cover and has a gold loop-and-button fastening.  I have also painted the edges of the cover in gold.  


The cover is lined with a dandelion patterned Italian paper, with an ivory background, printed in gold and a green-grey colour.  The pages are my favourite, beautiful crisp cream text paper.  There is one section of paper, with forty pages.  It's stitched with a very soft mossy green linen thread, to echo the green-grey of the lining paper.  

This is just about finished - it just needs to be under weights for a while, so it will sit flat and open nicely.  Then it will be in my shop, for sale. 



This is the duck-egg blue journal - you can see the beginnings of the cover in the photo from last week.  I had cut the leather and painted the feather onto it.  Since then, I've added the piece of wine-coloured suede leather, for a beautiful contrast with the duck-egg of the leather.  

You can see that I had to hold it with a finger, to get a good front-cover shot, as it keeps springing open.  I'm trying to decide if it needs a fastening - we will see how "springy" it still is, after a while under weights.  



Covers are lined with a rather wonderful paper, printed with a marbled design.  I love how the colours echo my choices of leather and suede.  You can also see that the suede strip is folded over, as an edging on the inside of the flap, as well as on the outside. 



The book has two sections of paper, which I bound with a cross-stitch design, in a plum-coloured linen.  



Here is the painted feather, next to the suede strip.  There is a plum colour under the gold of the feather, so it all goes so beautifully together.  I'm very pleased with this book.  

Close-up of the feather - can you see the plum-coloured background in this shot? 


Anyway, this is my work area today.  Seriously messy, but with some good stuff happening. Hopefully I will have some time free in a few days' time, to have a good tidying up session in the studio! 


That's my contribution for this week.  I hope you'll come back and visit again soon. When you've finished browsing around on my blog, do return to Julia's Stamping Ground, to see what's going on elsewhere this week.  

Thanks for Reading! 



Thursday, 18 June 2015

Wednesday Worktable - Thursday 18th June - Leather Journals

This is my contribution to WOYWW (What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday), over at JuliaDunnit's Blog. Each Wednesday, Julia invites fellow crafters and bloggers to show a photo or two of their worktables, and explain what they've been doing.

I'm late again... It's Thursday evening and I'm only just ready to write my post. But I'm trying to join in regularly, so here I am.  I was out yesterday evening, at our local Crafters' Club.  I spent my time stitching a pair of tiny trousers... about which, there will be more - eventually!

Meanwhile, on Lizzie's Desk, there is a whole heap of mess: 




Scary, isn't it? 
So, I'll explain a bit... I'm busy making several things at once (that's how I work, I'm afraid, though today it's more messy than normal).  
To the left is a parcel that contains some pretty dresses for my niece's little girls. Must see her, so I can hand them over! 
Then there is a miniature press, which I have used for tiny books, but just now it contains a large flower head, which I'm pressing.  
The clutter of bits is actually the pages for two leather-covered journals, plus linings of patterned paper for each book.  There is also a leather piece, with a practice at painting a golden feather.  And clutter... always plenty of that! 



This is my small table, with two leather book covers, that I'm making.  You can see that the cream leather cover will have a button-and-loop fastening. The duck-egg cover has the painted feather on it.  I'm still working on that... 


Here's the feather!


And wrapped up safely, are four greeting-card notebooks, with all pages cut, ready for binding.  

That's my contribution for this week.  I hope you'll come back and visit again soon. When you've finished browsing around on my blog, do return to Julia's Stamping Ground, to see what's going on elsewhere this week.  

Thanks for Reading! 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Wednesday Worktable - Thursday 11th June (!) - Finished and About to Start...

Hello, thanks for visiting my blog! This is my contribution to WOYWW (What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday), over at JuliaDunnit's Blog. Each Wednesday, Julia invites fellow crafters and bloggers to show a photo or two of their worktables, and explain what they've been doing.

I'm late this week - it's Thursday lunchtime already!! Busy, busy... but I did want to join in and I hope you will all forgive me!

Well, last week I posted about a broken car windscreen, which I'm happy to report was repaired by Thursday evening, so I could go out to our regular Craft Club at the local sewing and quilting shop.  I took along my in-progress bookbinding project, that I had posted about last week: 

 
This! 



It's now completed and you can see it on my desk this morning:


A bit of a messy workspace today...  

So, in the middle is my bookbinding project.  It's actually for ME, just for a change.  I made myself a sketchbook, using one of my favourite cover papers (I do love peacock feathers) and a piece of favourite silk for the edging of the covers.  

A couple of detail shots, for anyone who's interested: 

Front Cover (pen is just for size reference!)

Binding - I used a hybrid Coptic/French Stitch binding, to make it pretty.  Stitched in deep turquoise linen thread.  



Don't know if you can see... the pages are a mixture of cartridge drawing paper (l/h side) and mid-weight watercolour paper (on the right), so I can scribble away, but also add some colour if I wish.  

 
Of course, being for myself, I didn't need to make it 100% perfect.  So, I took the opportunity to use some paper that had been mis-folded when working on a previous commission project.  I don't mind the crease-lines down the edges of a few pages, but I wouldn't want to sell a book that was like this!


And just to return to the Desk...

To the left is a pile of prints, which are drying out.  I wrote about how these came into existence in This Post!  

To the right there are some greetings cards, with designs from Russian/Soviet matchbox art.  In a previous post, I showed a notebook that I had made with a Zebra card...



... I now plan to make a set of these notebooks, as the Zebra looked really good.  


As for the rest of the table... well, it's just clutter. But it wouldn't be an authentic Lizzie Desk, if there was no mess!  

Anyway, this is my contribution for this week.  I hope you'll come back and visit again soon.  Meanwhile, once you've finished browsing around on my blog, do return to Julia's Stamping Ground, to see what's going on elsewhere this week.  

Thanks for Reading! 





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