Art & Design, Craft, Musings and personal, Uncategorized, Writing and blogging

Super sparkly party pants ๐Ÿ‘–

So I ventured up to the big smoke last week, mainly to get acquainted with some lovely fabric suppliers at the Textile Forum www.textileforum.org and two, to visit Berwick Street and check out their lovely fabric shops – and what a feast for the eyes.

I decided (as I’m still frantically trying to work off my cake shelf in time for impending holiday) to see London this time by foot, whilst still clocking up my Fitsteps on to my Fitbit. I didn’t use the tube once and my Converse were bloody painful by the end of the day but no pain no gain“. 

With me being on my ped’s I also got to discover and accidentally fall into a couple of vintage shops….well it’d be rude not to…The lovely guy in Bang Bang informed me on entrance that it was their clearance promotion, so all items would be half price or less…so my nimble fingers quickly took to the rails.. And what a beaut lay in wait just for little old me…

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This lovely full circle skirt by Monica’s of Paris, named Diligence. It may have lost a few sequins but with a nice little vest and paired with the right pumps, it’ll be a lovely 1950’s look in no time

So I carry on my London spuddle and head towards Berwick Street๏ปฟ (any wannabe fashionistas, costume designers or fashion students please go and take a look at this road full of beautiful fabric, the shops are full with every material you can imagine. And if you are a budding designer they aren’t too precious about handing out a few samples here and there) to check out the Cloth Shop and a few others before finding The Cloth House, another Aladdin’s cave of beauty.๏ปฟ     

A beautiful selection of cottons, wool and organdie fabrics…and a mountain of haberdashery items

So if you are in that neck of the woods, definitely take a look – I was in love – and they also have a website (the link’s above) and the minimum spend for some fabrics is just half a metre and the carriage isn’t astronomical.

So…… after drooling over those delights, off I trotted with iPhone map in hand once again and carried on my journey to One Marylebone for The Textile Forum. 

I was immediately taken by the vibrant colours of Nunoya‘s stand which stocks magnificent Kokka cottons in both luxurious and playful prints. 

 

Prints I would love to use in my shop and that would look absolutely terrific transformed into a tee, skirt or baby bib. So I registered my details with the boss man Sean and off I trotted…..

I had a good look round, surrounded by rails after rails of amazing samples, with fabric stockists and wannabe designers desperately wanting to get their order in for this season’s latest print, leather or lace. And I don’t know if it’s my crazy cat lady style or a bit of a case of mistaken identity that seemed to highlight me amongst the crowds, but I was soon accosted by a very lovely lady; the show’s co-founder and organiser, Linda Laderman. 

Linda invited me to have a quick chat about why I chose to attend the forum and what I do – cue bright beetroot Tasha, camera lens touching nose, trying not to bumble and stammer her words to explain why I am there – but I did it! Said my goodbyes, handed my card to a few suppliers and then went in search for a Saturday night outfit.

I’m not a big fan of Oxford Street…I’d much prefer searching through charity shops or vintage stores but I was in a hurry to catch a train so needs must, I bagged myself a pair of very tight fitting gold glittery trousers. I might look like an 80’s xmas decoration on the night but it’s a silent disco so it’ll be dark!!

T x  

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Art & Design, Craft, Health and wellbeing, Musings and personal, Uncategorized, Writing and blogging

Does Blue Monday last a month?

January – the start of a new resolutions.
January – a celebration of a new year, new starts, new things – a month that starts with the best intentions; more visits to the gym, less fat more thin, honing ourselves for the better…or in my case, a bikini for a summer holiday (here’s hoping…I think I’ll still keep my full Anne Kellerman style costume handy for this summer, to save the other holidaymakers peepers!)

Ok so went off on a tangent there….back to January… A dry January – a whole month without alcohol, a month of shaking off the dirty daytime drinking habits of Christmas and the over indulgence of let’s face it most of December (Christmas is a month long, right?)

That’s one effort I have made – no alcohol this month. Although, I (in quite a ridiculously backwards way) will celebrate my month of saintliness, by cracking open a bottle of fizz on Sunday to mark how amazing I have been, ahem sorry hubby, we have been, we have been.
It’s been worth it…annoyingly worth it….I haven’t lost a pound, I have however learnt that water is quite refreshing, alcohol added to food improves its taste no end and its nice to have a month free of a hangover, as with age comes great hangovers…piggy eyed, sallow skinned, zombie apocalypse looking Tash hangovers…….

Anyway! Back to January….January that place for new bright things and motivation? Err…no…Why? Why is it that I feel like I’ve lost a bit of creative mojo – and when I say creative – I mean sewing.

Sitting here crocheting in an evening still holds enjoyment, as does needle felting (although I’m only in the early stages of both), but sewing, that pushing myself in to the ‘make’ is something I’m finding difficult.

Maybe it’s just this month – that January feeling – when we can’t all afford to just stop but really feel like we still want that break of Christmas…the time of feeling happy and nostalgic and not giving two craps about money, as we spend more than a small fortune on our little people or loved ones. But it’s not a lone feeling…
My husband has struggled to get back into the swing of things – he’s an electrician (he makes these amazing lights for me in his spare time)

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and I think the thought of these dark mornings and cold starts is just as off putting as the quick trek in the rain for the school run.

The only thing I have been motivated about is my 10,000 steps a day, the magic of the Fitbit. And if you are thinking of getting fit or just wanting to make small changes, I highly recommend the Fitbit Charge – counts steps, calories burned, floors climbed and even tracks your sleep and gently wakes you with it’s vibration feature every morning. That has kept me motivated…in a totally different way to one I’m used to. Maybe that’s the problem..we can’t focus our energies on to too many things or we will fail at at least one of them…

But I need to get my sewing head back on and develop a few new ideas that have been circling in my head since Christmas. It will come…tbh it would come back a lot quicker if I could find a decent and fairly priced fabric supplier.

I desperately want to make lots of children’s clothes but sourcing the right prints at a wholesale cost is something I’m struggling with. I love Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller and I’ve found some other beauties from the States but, as I’m in the relatively early stages of my craft and not wanting to order 100’s of metres, I’m sure I’m a bit too small fry for them to give an account to – any advice greatly received here ๐Ÿ™‚

I am hoping to visit the Textile Forum in the next couple of months (4th and 5th March for those of you interested, just have to apply for an entrance ticket http://www.textileforum.org.uk) so hopefully that will open a few doors…and fingers crossed a few accounts…to allow me to sew lots of items for a cost that appeals to all.

Here’s one I made last month…

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it had quite a bit of interest as the print is so pretty, so to be able to offer them in all shapes and sizes and to have fabrics of all prints in abundance would make me one happy Tashi..where there’s beautiful fabric, there’s always a happy crafter.

One last little thing before I go…and these seem to be trending all over Facebook at the moment…People’s Seven Secrets – those seven points about you that not everybody knows, and a fair few have given me some proper belly laffs…

Here are mine, well those that are suitable for a blog ๐Ÿ˜‰ ….so spill lovelies, what are yours?

1. I was a standby for the children’s Christmas edition of the Crystal Maze after winning a competition.
2. I can fit my whole fist in my mouth and I can touch my nose with my tongue.
3. I’ve been in love with my husband since I was 12.
4. I’m terrified of flying, even though I was an air cadet and did an amazing victory roll in a Chipmunk when I was 14.
5. I have Misophonia…especially with people eating.
6. I can’t cartwheel.
7. I have one extra long toe, it’s disgusting to look at. The older I get the more it pains me….I think it needs to come off!
Ha!

The creative mojo will return….I think I’m just stuck at point 4 at the mo!

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For those of you that haven’t lost it…send some stitch and positivity my way ๐Ÿ™‚
Ta ra for now xx

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It all began with Betty…..

Well..this is all new to me…Wordpress I mean…I did once have a dabble in the world of blogging but I got too confused by all the techy talk and ran to the hills…
But..I wanted to move in the direction of a possible blog attached to a web domain, “thinking outside of my nine dots”, as my nan would say, to a possible larger market for my little old Betty and Peg.

And talking of Betty, that’s what brings me here…as without the lovely Betty May Ansett, I would not be as fortunate to sew on my lovely Frister Rossmann Cub which is my pride and joy for creating all my crafty bits – an inherited gem – although I fear one day soon I may have to cheat on the poor old gal (the machine that is) as if I’m to carry on crafting, I’m gonna need some muscle behind the material and some fight to my fabric to bite the bullet and invest in a machine that can take my makes to the next level – to have a needle finish up out of a garment would be such a luxury!

I’m sure most of us learn to sew in the laps of our “olds”, and it is something that we as adults treasure, especially knowing how impatient it can make you, when you just wanna push that 7yr old outta the way to take charge of that little bear she’s been trying to sew for the last half hour…but we relent, and smile and let our little darling carry on humming her happy tune whilst she attaches Babbitbaby’s arm into place.

But for me, it didn’t come naturally, I did not inherit any skill from a long line of machinists or natural self garmenting fashionistas. I’ve had to learn it all from scratch; from simply learning that my machine winds a bobbin, rather than winding it by hand (yes I really did do that once!) – to creating a complex pattern to recover an armchair (I did do that!) and that’s all thanks to a wonderful lady, my sewing tutor Deborah Good – check her out here: www.prettygoods.co.uk or prettygoods2.blogspot.com – she must have the patience of a saint, to be able to show me the ropes or in this case piping cord.

Well, I think I’ve said enough for a first post….and I’m hoping after writing in that little ‘About Me’ box up top that it actually shows on this page to give all a bit more of an idea who this crazy lady is; sitting, hiding behind her ipad, writing in her very loud lounge surrounded by very loud little people….off to make a brew…

and remember..life is like a cup of tea….it’s all in how you make it ๐Ÿ™‚

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