Rose Cottage Handmade

Handmade Dolls, Puppets and lovely things!

I Won!

You’ll never guess. I entered one of those ‘giveaways’ on one of my fav blogs…. and I won. A pretty purple brooch/pin. Thank you Laura!
Just click on the picture to visit her shop and get your very own eco flower.

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Busy, busy, busy, and having fun too!

Just thought I’d post a few pictures of projects I’m working on that generally make me smile and feel oh so good.
1. I’ve finally gotten round to trying to mount a few of my favorite Alfred Gockel prints, so colorful and musical, I just love his work.
2. Puppets, what can I say, right now I’m waiting for my puppet fabric to arrive so I can really get going. I had so much fun making these first-ever two though.
3 + 4. I bought 2 embroidery pillowcases for next to nothing from my local craft store, slowly working on the first one, it has a space for an initial to be embroidered on it. I love the colors but it’s quite time consuming.
5. I got an order for some very friendly multi colored bunting last week so I’m working on that, should be finished by the end of the week. This is my very first order I’ve received from my etsy shop, this makes me very happy! 🙂

Alfred Gockel prints

Puppets, my very first attempts

Pillow embroidery

Pillow embroidery

Bunting in the making

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Spring things to do

leaf-stencil-red1I thought a good and positive start to the beautiful month of May would be to list all the things I would like to do now through to late summer.

1. Make a new bag just for me using the new pattern I drafted. The fabric I have chosen is a kind of oatmeal colored linen, and a red gingham with tiny flower all over for the lining. It will have a personalized embroidered decoration on the front pocket. I absolutely LOVE the design, let’s just hope it turns out alright… sigh!

Mon. May 04 – DONE! YAY! I will post a picture in Tuesday’s post.

2. Make some wall art using fabric (applique) with this saying incorporated into it: Let me be often standing now on Faith’s lofty eminences. Looking for the rising Sun that is to set no more in weeping clouds. Life has been hard this past year and a friend sent me that saying to cheer me up. I need to make something beautiful so I can display that thought and be encouraged.

3. Embroider set of linen handkerchiefs. I love to embroider, and this would be a great (small) project.

4. Make a sunny new dress or two to celebrate… being me! The best way to be creatively you is to make it yourself, there’s something so satisfying about making your own treasures from scratch; choosing the fabric, thinking up the style and …. doing it and wearing it. My dad was a tailor and his mother was what they called in those days a seamstress. I grew up watching my dad in the midst of his patterns and huge pairs scissors, and bolts of fabric, and pins and buttons and sewing machines and all kinds of notions.

5. Start making some simple plush toys, just for the fun of it!

I should be able to make something with something here

I should be able to make something with something here surely

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I spotted these at fabric.com, my favorite colors these days are purple, lime green and orange. These are so pretty to me, they make me feel so happy! : )

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