Sunday, 10 July 2011

Holiday souvenirs

Is it a bad thing that before I washed any of our holiday clothes on our return home, the first thing I put in the washing machine was my new fabrics?!!  At least they're all washed, dry and ironed :)

I was very lucky to find loads of lovely fabric shops while we were away on our holiday.  So, many of my holiday 'souvenirs' were and haberdashery!  I also ended up having a good rummage through a few charity shops in search of some bargain fabric or haberdashery items.  I wasn't disappointed either! 

These are the gorgeous fabrics I chose for myself. The threads are very thick - like quilting thread, and they were bargain charity shop finds at 30p each - they are big fat rolls and they kind of reminded me of my 'sew ray me' colours.

I was luckily enough to be able to visit 'Ticketty Boo' while I was away.  It was lovely to meet Angela and we stood chatting in her studio/shop for ages.  If you haven't seen any of her work, go and take a look at her website, I just love her style, everything is just gorgeous, I could happily own it all!  I was especially pleased to discover that she also sells fabric.  I chose these ones -

These 3 beautiful fabrics will be made into new cushions for my sitting room. This range of fabrics is by 'Clarke & Clarke' and I didn't realise that it's in the same range as the fabric I used for my tab top curtains and dining chair cushions, so any scraps I end up with will all go together.  (Oops, that reminds me - I never did get round to making the other TWO dining chair cushions yet!!)

I also got some gorgeous East of India ribbon from Ticketty Boo -

I got some more bargain finds from charity shops, one in particular had a huge box full of buttons!  You can imagine my delight!  These are some of the ones I got, each set cost only a few pennies -

Yummy!  Good enough to eat!

Oh, and I also got these ones.....

I may have some sets of doublers in there as I went back to the same shop twice for a rummage through the buttons.  I love all the colours I chose - lovely shades of purples, blues and neutrals - some gorgeous wooden ones and mother of pearl - which I love. 

Did I get a little carried away with the buttons??

Well, I also got this -

But, it's a jewellery box, so it's functional and doesn't count as more buttons! 

I'd say I did pretty well considering we were only away for a week, and to the countryside at that where there weren't particlarly a lot of shops.... I seemed to be good at sniffing out the fabric shops though :)

In my next post I'll show you some of the hand sewing I did while I was away.  Meanwhile, any suggestions on what to make with all of my new buttons?!

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  1. Such lovely finds! I really want to make a buttons on ribbon bracelet :)

  2. Great finds! I love all the buttons, I think I must go into our charity shops on the wrong days, they never have anything I want! The fabrics are great, lots of great patterns and colours. I've just been bad and 'accidentally' bought some more fabric from fabric rehab! Looking forward to the post this week! :) x

  3. Have stumbled upon your blog and am so glad to be here- such lovely, sewing treats! You are very inspiring, which is what I need, having recently dusted off my nan's old sewing machine!
    Am going to be your newest follower so I don't miss out on your clever stuff!
    If you have the time, do pop over and visit my end of blogworld. I love a bit of crafting, crochet and (VERY basic) sewing too!

  4. Love all the finds! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower!!
    Hope you had a great weekend!
    Hope to see you over at my blog sometime!

  5. Hello! Thank you for visiting me - it's so brilliant to hear from new people and to meet fellow craft-aholics.
    Love your recently-acquired fabric stash and those buttons are beautiful - you could try making them into bracelets?
    I'm having a bit of a sewing-fest myself at the moment - (more) bunting for our tent, lavender strawberries for my wardrobe, a little skirt for my little girl - isn't sewing brilliant for a spot of instant gratification?
    Have added myself as a follower so I can keep up with your crafty goings on
    Emily x

  6. I just happened upon your site today - and I think it's great!!! Sewing is my 'main' craft too (although I'm relatively new to it). I also enjoy other crafting adventures (although my latest - knitting - isn't going all that well). I am VERY jealous of all your holiday finds - especially the buttons!!! I can never seem to buy enough buttons (even though I have 5 jars full already)! :-)
    I'll DEFINATELY be dropping by again soon.....


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