Rose Cottage Handmade

Handmade Dolls, Puppets and lovely things!

Done and Dusted… well at least one anyway!

I finished my first order for celebration bunting, should be shipped out today. Yay! I feel as though I’ve accomplished a lot this week. I still have a lot of designing to do, and guess what!? Some of the fabric I ordered has come! When I ship to my customer tomorrow I’ll pick it up then. Thanks Sharla! Sharla has a oh so wonderful etsy shop with all sorts of goodies in it.
Here’s a link to Sharla’s sooooper etsy shop.

Here’s some pictures of bright and beautiful bunting!

Piles of pretty bunting!

Piles of pretty bunting!

Bunting bag with pink double ribbon ties

Bunting bag with pink double ribbon ties

Pennants stitch, tapes pinned and ready to sew!

Pennants stitched, tapes pinned and ready to sew!

Bagged and ready to ship!

Bagged and ready to ship!

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To Do List

Figured I’d better make a list of everything I hope to complete this week.

leaf-stencil-red11. Finish and mail off bunting for customer.

leaf-stencil-red12. Start to design a cartoonish animal puppet with an old and seriously pilled dark green fleece blanket I have lying around.

leaf-stencil-red13. Now that September is here, I really need to get organized for the christmas season. I need to put together my new ideas for garlands, dolls and gingerbread men, and such like.

leaf-stencil-red14. Play patio tennis with my son, Jacob, and actually win!

leaf-stencil-red15. Start making time to relax and read some vintage children’s books that I used to LOVE as a child.

leaf-stencil-red16. And, design the measurements for some patio seating so I can be outside more.

leaf-stencil-red17. Last but not least, smile and laugh more, be thankful for everything I have.

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Bucket Bags & Embroidery

leaf-stencil-redI’m tired now, I went out today to buy yet more fabric, I think I have everything now… except transfer paper, I can’t find any anywhere, I may have to order it online or get someone in the UK to fedex me some. I need it bad, it will really make life so much easier, especially with my embroidery.

I bought some 100% white stripe on white linen the other day too. I just had to have it, it was so nice. I could picture my embroidery stitches covering it. I was reading some Aesop’s Fables and some Hans Christian Anderson stories online the other day, I found some really beautiful quotes and expressions in them, so I took some of them and filed them away, I hope to use them in my embroidered wall art.

I would really like to hurry up and get my Etsy shop stocked already! But I’m still faffing around trying to sort out the shipping costs for the items for sale. Also, in an effort to get organized I am going to be making some bucket bags tomorrow, I have some canvas and I bought some fine weave green burlap (and some loose weave natural burlap, that scares me!), I’ll post some pictures… if they turn out ok! 🙂

Mmm, what else? Ah, yes. If you want to know what’s going on in my doll making world, you can visit my doll making blog. And go visit my Flickr pictures too, if you have time.

Chat soon, bye!

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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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