Saturday, 29 June 2013

I seem to have been away for longer than anticipated.
I seem to have been a little bit busy.
This week I have been

Immersed in beautiful fabrics.

Transporting my self back to the 1920s

Drowning in sequins

Cutting patterns for the lovely fabrics.

Spending lots of time with family and friends and feeling loved.

Experimenting with children, hammers and tin cans with mixed results.

And making prizes for the crafty tombola.
Phew I'm exhausted just looking at all of that.
I'm off to have a cup of tea and sit in a darkened room before the extreme excitement of the school summer fete.
Have a good one people.
See you on the other side.
Love Nora xxxx

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

I have been busy making posters.

Posters and flyers to be precise.

The poster is now insitue and the flyers have been printed.

I have to admit it gave me a little shiver to see thousands of flyers sitting in a pile with my own art work on them. It may have even made me a little misty in the eye department. But then it doesn't take much to set me off at these days.

If you want to know more about Crafty Pint's "Make Your own Fete" you can read all about it here.
We would love to see you all come along on the day.
Love Nora xxx

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Yesterday saw me in the car again travelling back up the A21 (can you see a pattern emerging here? )
Back to the old stomping grounds and The Railway, the fantastic hosts for all my kids classes.
It was the day of my last Children's sewing class before the summer break. We will be back in September, I am finding my self while it is only just spring casting my mind towards Halloween, scary stuff in too many ways.
But back to yesterday. 

I had decided to try something different with the kids and so booked local print maker Polly Burton to come in and teach the children how to make their own screen prints.

It was such fun and all the children, ranging in age from 4 right up to 10 printed the most amazing t shirts.

I never dreamt they would look so professional, no smudges, no splodges and beautiful clear designs.
It was one of the quietest and most focused classes we have held in a long time.

Because all the really time consuming and detailed work is done before the image is printed they could spend much longer than usual on their designs.

The look on their faces when they lifted the screen to see their design was brilliant.

I came home so fired up with enthusiasm that the Hippy and I spent the evening researching how to make silk screens on the internet. I have a few t shirts left over and thought it would be a fun thing for the boys to try and do in the holidays.
Though I suspect I will miss all of Polly's professional equipment and advice.
Still a bit of wonkyness is a good thing isn't it?
Love Nora xxx

Friday, 14 June 2013

On Wednesday I headed north on the A21 and went back to old and familiar territories.
Streatham in South West London to be exact.

The place that until a couple of months ago I had called home for 20 years.
I was returning to take part in one of the Crafty Pint evenings Gillian and I had organised before I headed out to the seaside.
Meet the craftivists, aka Megan and Sophie from Save the Children.
These fantastic young women are carrying on with the amazing #IMAPIECE campaign started by The Craftivist Collective earlier this year.

A heady evening of stitching, putting the world to rights, contemplation of the race against hunger campaign mixed with a bit of gossip, the trading of crafty ideas and the occasional glass of something cold. We made lots of jigsaw pieces, these are just some of them.

The exhibition of all 700 odd jigsaw pieces has been travelling the country raising awareness ahead of the G 8 summit.
We had a few examples of the beautiful work of fellow crafters displayed on the walls it inspire us. 
I fell in love with these two, sadly they didn't have a name on the back of them so I can't tell you who they were made by.

All the jigsaw pieces are being reunited this weekend for the G8 in Northern Ireland.
The girls have been busy helping organise displays and workshops for what sounded like a huge event to support the campaign.
Earlier in the year the boys and I spent a morning making jigsaw pieces. I feel very pleased to have a small piece of my work contributing to this and I'm sure every one else who was there on Wednesday evening felt the same.

We loved the evening and the huge enthusiasm Megan and Sophie brought to our gathering.
If you want to know more about the campaign you can find out about it here.
I find the idea that craft can be used to engage us with ideas that sometimes it is more comfortable to not think about fascinating.
I have mussed on world poverty much more this year than I have in any year since 1985.
In the past I would have signed an online petition or put some money in a collection box and then walked away and not thought much about it again.
I know from what the girls were telling us Save The Children have loved the response to this campaign and they are keen to keep the momentum going in the future, which I have to admit I find really rather exciting!
If you want to know more about the #IMAPIECE project then take a look at the Craftivist Collective site.
Love Nora xxx

Monday, 10 June 2013


I saw this.
I loved this.
I had to have this.
Beautiful detailed art collage in an old throat pastel tin.
Made by the amazing Viv of Hen's Teeth.
But I am biased, I have in the past bought less than a lot but more than a couple of her works.
I could buy more, but a. I would not be able to feed the kids as often, b. the Hippy would start to grumble, c. I would run out of shelf space to display them.
Some times sadly less is more.
If I indulged my every whim then the extra special would become ordinary and then what would I do for crafty kicks?
Love Nora xxx

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

I have been indulging in my love of maps again.

I found this fantastic one at a car boot the other weekend.
It has now been chopped up mixed up with some vintage embroidery and happy prints.

The result of a mornings work was a pile of oyster card holders grinning back at me, all destined for here.

I used this tutorial as inspiration.
After I had finished stitching for the day I took a wander in our new garden.

Its great seeing all the surprises it has in store for us.
I have always dreamed of living in a wisteria covered house.
Happy sunny days to you all.
Love Nora xxx
P.s just in case you were wondering I did ask permission before using some one else's tutorial to make things to sell, its only polite.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Today I have been researching in to the saucy side of life.
Saucy Seaside postcards to be precise.
We all know them, we titter at them, we all love them.
I have been developing a new idea for a workshop.
Stitched saucy summer postcards.

A collage of fabrics, trims and papers.
It was much fun to make and has had me sniggering all day long.
I am it must be said particularly pleased with the sun.

You can find out all the details of the workshop here.
Hope the sun is shining where you are.
Love Nora xxx