I have been a bit quiet on the sewing front but did make these cushions over Christmas. I took a long hard look at bits of fabric and realised that there was no point in having it just sitting on a shelf. It has always been my intention to make cushions but was waiting for new seating and the floor to be sanded. Just before Christmas this was all done - the sanding of the floor was a marvel! We had it done 'properly' - just for once we didn't hire a sander and do it ourselves - no - we 'got someone in'. Had I known the difference it would make I would have had it done years ago. A hundred years of patchy varnish and staining all gone (no - it didn't look 'arty' - it just looked a mess). It took FOUR DAYS and all gaps were cleverly sealed = no gaps, no creaks, no drafts!! TA DAH! Anxious moment re: seating as not 100% certain that we would get new ones in! Had to keep old sofas just in case - but it all went in fine and dandy. Rang the charity shop and an hour later they came to collect the old ones (not bad for the Saturday before Christmas) - if you are interested they are currently in their shop window for sale!!
Anyway 'the choosing of the fabricos' took a fair while - there are other patterns that I like but they did not really go (the common denominator being grey/red colours)- decided that some of the Lucienne Day fabrics I will frame to go with the 'street fabric' . However I was very bold with the scissors and snippity snipped some wonderful original Marian Mahler fabric and 50s Herzberger fabric (this has featured several times on this blog here and here and indeed here and - good grief - here! - I think I like this fabric greatly.... ). Well, that is what is was made for! Sorry that I am showing the 'zip end' of some cushions...
A tower all the way to the framed fabric!
I particularly like the fabric below and found that I had some with a grey background which I really liked - sadly not enough for a cushion...or even a cushionette.
What I like about my cushions is that I have been able to use original fabric FRONT and BACK (am I shouting??) and they are a nice plump size (am I being gloaty?). That really is the great thing about making things yourself don't you think - you make it just how you like it. TA DAH again!
Don't be daft - I just put them like this for the photo!
Jenny are those more Chinese Lanterns.......I keep them up until Chinese New Year....
This looks a bit spartan....I shall have to get some stuff out of the cupboards!
This was me trying to be 'arty' whilst the Christmas tree was up (mmmm - nice picture of a plug!)
Sofas moved around to accommodate the tree. If you have extra, extra beagley eyes you might see the 'heart' hand warmers that I made for the 'Mollie Makes' blog last year - yes I do use them! (Arthur: "Are you interested in this Martha?" Martha: "Not really....")
Let us carefully consider these two photographs and 'spot the difference'. Things do not stay the same for very long in our house... (Arthur: "Same question as before...")
I was going to get rid of my chest (steady Arthur) as seen in this photo. It is a nice enough Victorian one - bought about 25 years ago at Greenwich Market (I have another one so don't worry!) - but Maille has collared it for her room....what goes around.....
Talking of getting rid of stuff two of my sisters recently had a stall at the vintage jumble sale in Northampton - I have been passing on stuff to them for that over the past year! They told me that it was packed and we/they got rid of loads of stuff - wishing that I had not got rid of my 1960s Noddy clock for £1.50. That - ladies and gentlemen - is why I am not in business....sniff, sniff. If I read within the next week or so that YOU have bought a nice Noddy clock at a jumble sale I will be coming round....ha ha
I think that is it for Christmas photos don't you !