Frida and me!

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Since watching the 2002 film depicting the life of Frida Kahlo, by the fabulous Salma Hayek, I have been fascinated by the life and the art of this hugely iconic Mexican artist.

Frida Kahlo is a world known iconic brand.  A few months ago, I was searching the web for some Frida fabric and came across this great eye-catching print of Frida’s head on a green background.  I made myself a fabulous cushion and with the left over fabric, I made some purses and wallets to sell on my Etsy shop and I can’t believe how popular they have been!  I’ve had so many sales for the wallet in particular and seem to be making new ones every weekend. These little wallets have made it across the continent and the Pacific Ocean.  As this was so popular, I branched out and made sunglasses cases and a peg bag which proved just as popular. It just shows you that everyone knows Frida’s iconic face.

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Indeed this face is now so well know that you can see it on mugs, plates, cups etc.  Just one search on Amazon for Frida Kahlo gifts includes, socks, paper cups, bags and waterbottles, amongst others.  My personal favourite included the Frida Christmas bauble by Sass & Belle.  It’s still in my Amazon basket and I am not a fan of Christmas at all.  Saying that, I have purchased a Frida planter and a cup/saucer which currently houses a part of my growing succulents collection.

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If you visit my house, which is an eclectic mix of vibrant Mexican colours, vintage finds and generally lots of colourful things that I like to look at, then you will see the Frida Kahlo influence throughout.  There are various posters, including a huge A3 size that dominates the living room that I purchased from the V&A museum when I visited the Frida exhibition, “making herself up”, back in November 2018.  I may well also have purchased a photographic guidebook to the exhibition, plus the odd few postcards.

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Unfortunately, the exhibition was so busy and rammed with visitors, that it was difficult to spend much time reading the notices.  However, I did spend quite a bit of time staring in admiration at the costumes that Frida wore.  They were so interesting and amazingly colourful as you would expect.  I loved looking at the detail of the sewing and the cut of the garments.

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In my living room, greeting you on arrival there is a colourful green original Mexican oilcloth tablecloth from the lovely website, Viva La Frida.  They sell original Mexican oilcloth and have it shipped over.  I’ve bought a few of their patterns and colours over the years.

For Frida fans, there is the excellent Lacuna book by the author, Barbara Kingsolver. This book details some of Frida’s time in Mexico living with Diego Riviera and is a great read.

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I would love to visit the Frida Kahlo museum in Mexico.  It is called the blue house for the cobalt blue walls.  It’s a museum dedicated to the art of Frida and shows the rooms she actually lived in.  Via the Frida Kahlo museum website, you can go on a virtual tour.

i hope you enjoyed this blog. Let me know your favourite Frida things too!


Bags of Star Wars!

Gosh, did I have fun this week with my Star Wars fabric quarters.  I had been keeping them for a while as I was undecided what to make with them.  Any fabric like this normally gets turned into a PE/kit bag!

Then last week I decided upon turning them into carrier bag holders (so useful in storing plastic bags from the supermarket). Plus storing your plastic bags in this way is much neater and organised than shoving them in a kitchen drawer, like I used to do!

I have made countless of these bag holders and they have always sold out on my Etsy shop.  It’s a great opportunity to be creative with your pattern and fabrics and to also add touches like fun ribbons etc.  Plus, of course, the bag holders are also very practical indeed.

I had three different types of Star Wars fabric quarters so I decided to make three different bags.  All individual and striking in their own way.

 

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All are available to buy on my Etsy shop (see link above).  I can also custom make bag holders of your choice.  Just message me on Etsy.

Thanks for reading!


Simply Sewing Christmas!

Hi, I’ve been really busy with the lead up to Christmas this year.  I’ve exhibited at a local Christmas craft fayre and am working my way through Christmas orders.  So far, my farthest order has been a retro pink heart decoration to a lovely woman in Texas!

Plus, I finally achieved 100 sales with Etsy!  Yahoo!  It’s taken awhile but I’ve got there in the end.

Also Simply Sewing magazine contacted me with a view to a Christmas advert in their magazine.  It was bad enough trying to put together a half decent photo of my Christmas crafts, let alone writing a maximum of 20 words about what I do and who I am! Still, here is the finished proof.  The publication was out a few days ago….

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In the meantime, Happy Christmas to everyone and may you all have a peaceful and prosperous New Year!


Happy Retro Christmas!

As my followers will know I specialise in making crafty products from retro fabrics or anything just that little bit different!

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I started on my Christmas shop early October after having sourced some lovely retro Father Christmas fabric from Doughtys in Hereford. Last year I used a similar fabric and could have sold many of the items ten times over, they were that popular. I think it’s the fact that the items I make are distinctive. I mean who wouldn’t want a pink heart shaped retro Christmas decoration on their tree!

Last year I sourced some great fabric from Hobbycraft in the form of fat quarters a lovely pink and blue retro reindeer print especially sold well.  Sadly I can’t seem to find that lovely fabric  I had so many queries asking me where I sourced it from!  I can’t find it anywhere online either!

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This year I’ve concentrated on making Santa bags, albeit quite large ones ranging to small ones for little gifts!  I’ve also been making lots of pretty bunting as well as the retro Christmas tree decorations

 

I do admit to quite liking making bunting  its methodical and you get a quick return for your work  it’s a good choice to channel your inner creativity too!

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I hope you like all these handcrafted items and when you want a present that’s a bit quirky or different, please bear me in mind! If there’s a certain fabric or item you like then I can always custom make you something too

You will find these items plus many others in my Etsy shop. Just follow the link at the  top of the page.