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Busy Days

I`ve just had a busy two weeks, making stock to top up Flux, the Lucie Fenton Gallery and Miss Katie Cupcake, plus working on a collection for a new stockist, The Wild Thistle in Braemar.

What a complete contrast the two weeks were! The gorgeous first week felt like we had by-passed Spring and gone straight to Summer. I spent long days in the garden, sewing in the sun. I love sewing in the garden, surrounded by birdsong with my trusty radio at my elbow (radio 4 all day!).

I made owls and birds;

cotton rosebud corsages;

more embroidered brooches;

tweed heart brooches;

the tulle and lace brooches and finally, rosette corsages;

Then last week I was huddled next to the radiator, watching snow falling outside! I made a huge batch of decoupage brooches. Sticky fingers all week!

I`ve been using a lot more stamps with this batch.

I made some using Queen`s head stamps to celebrate her jubilee. I even did a version of red white and blue. The Queen looks so beautiful in these 1950`s stamps.

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More Decoupage…

This has been a busy week, I`ve been catching up with more Jaunty Jim caps, making some new fascinators and doing lots more decoupage work.

There are some more wall panels, photoframes and a fresh batch of decoupage brooches.

Each piece is a labour of love, I seem to spend more and more time over them as I slowly build up the layers of papers.

My collection of papers is growing too, with more vintage-style scraps, folders full of magazine and catalogue clippings, recycled gift wrap and pieces from old books.

My boyfriend let me plunder his childhood stamp collection and gave me on old stamp book to store stamps in. They are sorted not by country or age, but by colour! I think they look beautiful like this!

There is now a lovely selection of wall panels and a fresh batch of decoupage brooches available in Miss Katie Cupcake, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh. They fit in perfectly in her beautiful shop.

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Spring Fever!

The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, Spring flowers are peeping their heads above ground and I seem to have gone into creative overdrive! Too many new ideas to keep up with. If only there were more hours in the day!

This week I have been busy developing my decoupage work, working on a Spring collection for my Jaunty Jim caps and making more mini embroidered brooches.

I`m very excited about my decoupage ideas. Decoupage has got a bit of a tacky reputation these days as it has come to mean sticking layers of naff cartoon teddy bears on top of each other  to make 3D cards, and things of that ilk. Well each to their own I say, and there is a place for everything, but I`ve been looking back to the Victorian fashion for decoupage. This was a way of decoratively covering everything from little boxes to firescreens with images cut (coup) from various papers, using mementos to create a new treasure.

I remember as a child visiting some friends` grandparents who had a Victorian room screen which was covered in decoupage. It was truly magical, three hinged panels about 5 foot high totally covered in layers of lovely images. I was fascinated by it, everytime I looked at it I could find something new.

Yesterday I finished off my first batch of decoupage beads. My boyfriend has made me a handy rack to dry them on!

Then, after finishing off a Jaunty Jim cap, I got stuck into making my first two decoupage wall plaques.

I`m really pleased with them and there hardly seemed to be a transition from layering eclectic fabrics to adorns men`s caps to layering lots of papers to make the wall plaques. I love the way you can play around and layer contrasting styles of illustration, colours and textures to make a harmonious  whole.

I can see that I`m going to get a bit obsessed with decoupage from now on! My new collection of papers is steadily growing. I`ll try to use mainly recycled papers, using cuttings from magazines, old books and giftwrap, and incorporating stamps and vintage-style scraps of butterflies and flowers.

Using scraps is very nostalgic for me as I used to collect and swap them as a wee girl. I never thought I would be playing with them again after all these years!

What next in my decoupage adventure? I`m thinking wall plaques in various sizes, photo-frames, necklaces and lots more brooches!

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