What is your favourite colour? For most of my life, I could always answer this questions, easily. But not anymore. I love colour. I love sewing with colour. I love painting with colour. I love all colours. It is safe to say, that rainbow is my favourite colour now.
Last year, this idea came to me. It took months to finally make them, with Christmas and a house move keeping me busy.
But here they are, my first zippered bag range, featuring my own screen printing. 8 different coloured zippered bags, representing the colours of the rainbow. These ones have a cotton inner lining, next time I'll make some with waterproof fabric.
New in my etsy shop this week, are 5 more Vintage fabric hexie flowers. These ones can be worn as a necklace or a brooch, thanks to a special nifty clasp used on the back.
Vintage fabrics used are from my collection and from Mia of The Raisin Did It (used with permission). The dress I am wearing below is one of Mia's beautiful creations. Her dresses are so very comfortable, I own many. And pockets - most of them have pockets.
Lately, I have been hand sewing these sweet miniature hexie flowers. They can be worn as a hair clip, a brooch or as a necklace. I wear one in my hair often.
They are therapeutic to make, slowly stitching them together, there is no hurry. It is lovely to have a little slow in my day, in contrast to all the busy of modern life.
They have been made with vintage fabric scraps I received from Mia of The Raisin Did it. Mia's creations are stunning, We own quite a few items of her clothing (I have a collage top and a few dresses) plus a few kids t-shirts.
Last week I posted a little parcel of handmade goodies to Deb. You could call it a random act of kindness. I wanted to make her something, to say thank you for being herself. To me, she is so inspiring. I love reading her blog and following her on Instagram. She makes beautiful quilts. She works hard at studying at University and raising her kids. I really love her honesty on her blog and on Instagram. She is not afraid to talk about difficult things like her feelings. I wish I could be so honest.
I included a letter with the handmade goodies. I only meant to say a few words, to thank her for being so inspiring and honest. In the end, it was a few pages long, confessing how 2014 had been the worst year of my life and the reasons why. I talked here about my grief at losing both my Nana and then my Grandma last year. There were other things that made 2014 an awful year. I am not ready to talk about them here. Maybe one day I will be ready.
Once I had posted the parcel to Deb, I worried that I'd dumped all my pain on her. She has experienced her own share of pain and grief, she is open and honest about it on her blog and on Instagram. I felt relief to have shared all this in my letter but part of me felt guilty for burdening Deb.
I did not and could not know how she would receive my letter. It was a complete surprise to me that my letter did not burden her but uplifted her. (She wrote about it here on her blog). I could then see clearly, by sharing my pain and grief with her, I was acknowledging her own pain and grief. We all feel better when we talk about these things, it is part of the healing process. It is not healthy to anyone to bottle up their emotions.
Deb has helped to heal me. I feel stronger. I feel supported. Deb is my friend (even if we have never met). I loved making all these goodies for her.
Earlier this year on one of my trips to Sham Shu Po, I chanced upon a new-to-me shop selling ropes and natural trims. I bought some gorgeous jute/cotton blend rope and proceeded to become obsessed with it. Within days, I needed more as I'd sewn it all into bowls.
The colour and texture of it are so beautiful, so simple.
I have now been sewing the jute into nesting bowls.
They are now in my etsy shop with a blue bowl feature. You can find them here.
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