Friday, 31 December 2010


These are the last four Journal Quilts for 2010.  I have been making these now for four years . I like working in this small format as it gives the opportunity to experiment with different techniques and materials.  I am usually playing catch up but I get there in the end.  I always tend to use my own hand dyed fabrics and more often than not I get out the paints.  I wonder what the format will be for next year?  I have been thinking of ways to store all these little quilts and I have decided that I will turn each year into book form.  I love making books and sketchbooks and have already decided that I will get my extensive Family History research into book form.  This is going to be my number one project for 2011.  I have been thinking about it for a long time now and as I have decided to cut back on my 'day job' I shall hopefully have more time.

  This last year has been a very busy year and there have been times when I have been totally exhausted to the point of being im-mobile with all the travelling and packing and unpacking of cars and vans.  This has led me to take stock of my life and to decide that \I need to spend more time doing the things I have previously not had time for!!  I won't be giving up my Antique Textile life entirely, next year's Diary is almost half full already.!  I plan to spend more time on my website and to try to make that work more efficiently.  My plan is to build up a resource for other dealers, designers, textile artists.  The 'vintage' look is still big on the high street and one of the things I enjoy most is touring the fashion stores to see the end results.  One of the areas that fascinates me most is the colour prediction.  Over the last few years I have built up a customer base consisting of designers from all over the world.  I love watching them select articles from my stock and watch the colour palette grow.  Sometimes it amazes me that they have found such a wealth amongst  my stock.  When these things are spread around in various different boxes and containers they are lost but along comes someone with the right 'eye' who quite quickly gathers them all together and makes splendid concoction. This has prompted me to start colour co-ordinated boxes to make things a little easier for my designer customers and also make a pleasing display for my table.Yesterday I went into Debenhams to have a look at the sales, unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me, but I spotted one of these concoctions in the exact colour palette that I have been selling for most of the year.!  Seeing these colours turned into perfectly co-ordinated T-shirts, knitwear, skirts, scarves is to say the least very satisfying and I think one of the perks of the job.!!

On the family front this has been a challenging year for all of us with illnesses, redundancies, divorce, and two trips to Afghanistan for my eldest Grandson.  However, through it all we have remained a united front and managed to get through it stronger and a little wiser.  My daughter faces major surgery on her injured back next year as this is the only option now, hopefully this will be a new start for her once she has recovered.

Yesterday we said Goodbye to an old friend and local character.  I had known him since I was a child growing up in the Town Centre where his parents ran a notorious public house!   He was older than I so we were not playmates or anything like that.  In 1959 he took over the tenancy of a public house of his own and was to stay there for 40 years.  He became the youngest Landlord in the area.  His pub soon became very popular and very busy, he had previously been a merchant seaman and had worked on the local cross channel ferries.  As it was situated quite near to where we live it became our 'local' in the 1970's.  It was at this pub that the craze for New Year's Eve Fancy Dress began, although I never actually saw him dressed up at all!!, maybe a moustache pencilled on his top lip!!!!!   
He had a wicked sense of humour and infectious laugh and will be remembered with much fondness by a lot of people.  He planned his funeral about 3 years ago, with his favourite 'pop' music interspersed with hymns with a sea theme.  The final musical rendition at the Crematorium  being 'Smoke gets in your Eyes' by the Platters. !!
RIP Mickey - Once met never Forgotten .

Thursday, 2 December 2010


Orange with chocolate brown.

Chocolate brown with aquamarine

Orange with aquamarine

Mmmm Yummy!!!!!!!!


This was the view from my window this morning.  We had had snow fall overnight.  Being by the sea the rest of the country seems to get it before us.  As picturesque as it is I hate it.  Everything grinds to a halt and as we live at the top of a very steep hill we are virtually marooned until it decides to thaw.

There has been a lot of talk recently on the CQ yahoo site about snow dyeing and this seemed like an ideal opportunity to have a go.  Below are photographs of the fabrics squashed into colanders, covered with snow and dye poured on top.  These are then left until the snow has melted through the fabric and taken the dye with it.

If the colanders are placed in a container to collect the snow melt dye it can be used again by adding a little salt solution and soda ash solution.  Tomorrow I will take pictures of the fabric results.  If I say it myself they are looking good.


Found my camera at last and these are the pics I took on Monday when I had time.  The day was so busy there was little time to be away from my stand to take pictures. 


The Vintage at the Village Hall at Pamphill on Monday was fabulous.  In spite of the cold weather the hall was packed all day with eager and interested customers.  All due to the hard work done by Elaine and her husband in the organisation and promotion of what was a very successful day. Thank you both very much and we look forward to the next one!!!! I am sorry there are no photographs but my camera has gone missing.  It may be in the depths of my car but I have searched everywhere to no avail.  I have been poorly for a couple of days with some weird sickness bug so have only just missed it.  I felt too bad when I reached home on Monday night to think about a blog post.  The journey was a nightmare, weather being the problem, no snow but dark and frosty.  When I joined the Puddletown By-Pass I found the Police has closed it and we were directed through Puddletown Forest.  This is a lovely drive in the daylight and in Spring time but not in the dark in icy conditions.  They had closed the road all the way to Dorchester because of a four car pile-up.  No-one was badly hurt thank goodness. 
To add insult to injury I have killed my pay-as you-go phone.  After dropping my Blackberry in the Dog's water I have been using this spare one.  A lot of people still have that particular number.  Because of my sickness fuddled brain I had forgotten it was in my dressing gown pocket and this morning I found it when I emptied the washing machine!!!!!!   Hopefully the sim card will be OK.  Having lost all the information and numbers stored on the Blackberry this spare one still had all the information on the sim card.  Looks like an expensive week ahead - new phone and camera - just had a thought - can I claim on my house insurance????????