Sunday, 21 October 2012

Autumn Sun

Thank you for all the get well messages - I feel so much better this week...although I've yet to venture back into the workshop without a mask (when I say mask I mean a dust mask, not a random Halloween one!) I've still spent an inordinate amount of time ignoring the state of the boys bedrooms (really, REALLY grim) whilst crocheting away in front of the TV.
 EVERYONE in our family is getting a crocheted gift this year for Christmas (in order to justify my habit) and with plenty of boys in the family that's no mean feat. Thus justifying another addiction...Pinterest!

The annoying thing is that I can't show and tell for risk of ruining the surprise.
Anyway, since I've been more sedentary than ever before I've noticed how many beautiful shadows the low Autumn sun creates in the lounge. Obviously they don't translate well on a photograph, 
but you get the idea?
 Since putting up the cheapo Ikea nets 
the whole wall is frequently covered in a shadow of lace...
 The sun also looked inviting on the stack of cases 
under the loft stairs
When I have been working it's been weddings and anniversary commissions galore of late. Here are some of them, starting with a winter white Christmas wedding. The snowflake blocks are reversible, with hearts on the other side for the rest of the year...
 A traditional white wedding:
...and some first anniversary blocks. Matt and Amy's anniversary is on the 15th October - I don't always have the right numbers to do a date but did this time...
 I used plenty of book print as they are celebrating their 
'paper' anniversary
Amy wanted their wedding vows on the biggest block. I decided to make life really hard for myself by making them run along the whole set. Especially hard when the blocks are different sizes so you can't lay them on the desk and stamp flat.
If I make a mistake with one letter I have to 
remake half the block again. 
No singing while working that day!
 I love making signs - and I like the sound of this cosy corner:
 Last year I made a few double sided Family blocks - this set is for a regular customer Sallyann who requested browns and creams on the regular side

There's not a hint of Christmas until you turn them upside down...
I'm hoping to get some made for my shop this year!

That's it for my makes...happy new week, fee x


  1. I've just put my request in with my two for a set of knit blocks for my Christmas present! Amanda

  2. Ria....have a nice

  3. Looking forward to seeing all the crochet creations (in January)! :)
    I love the little snowflake blocks and such a clever idea with the family blocks!!
    Vivienne x

  4. WELCOME BACK FEE! I am sorry to hear that you were not well....and you have to wear a mask? Did you have a bad cough?

    OH TO SEE YOUR WORK is exciting, as ever. I am glad to see you are filled to the brim with ideas and orders. Things have picked up for me but not on Etsy, rather in my town. I have three major projects I am preparing for, one an art festival, a beautiful consignment shop and the best part, a window display for a bridal shop. So I am busy and also doing some substitute teaching.

    BE WELL, and I hope your son is doing better as well! LOVE, Anita

  5. Such a gorgeous post as always with beautiful photography and lovely creations.
    Anne xx

  6. LOVING those suitcases! And the way the Autumn light makes everything so cosy inside. Good to hear you're feeling better - and at least you have an excuse for any build-up of dust... mine is sheer neglect! ;-)
    Have a good week,

  7. Gorgeous post Fee, such pretty shadows!
    Victoria xx

  8. Beautiful products...and I LOVE those cases! You must have such a pretty living room.
    Take care,
    Sarah xxo

    PS you'll have to show your makes after you've given them, because I am dying to know what they are ♥

  9. Lovely post and those suitcases! How many have you got now? I love old and battered, they all tell a story I think :) xx

  10. I love the blocks, they are beautiful, how do you get the letters so perfect?? Kay :-)

  11. ooh you are getting so good at crochet and leaving me behind. I need more time!!! I have had a fair bit of work recently so no spare time at all! worried I will forget how to crochet at this rate! I do a bit of my giant granny blanket but that's the same thing over and over. I need to practise other stuff!
    glad you have your asthma under control. mine was bad a few months ago and I saw a doc, an asthma nurse and went for a chest x ray. all good now though.
    hope you having lush weekend. I have done all house work, put my crockery and rose garlands on my Welsh dresser, fed the kids and am now planning a walk on the beach and blow away the cobwebs.
    happy Sunday x x x x x

  12. Glad t hear you are feeling more yourself.
    Absolutely love these glimpses and the shadows are just tantalizing making me wonder what more delights there could be. How is it you make a stack of suitcases look so good....mine are all under our beds or tucked away up high in cupboards! I'm going to have to seriously review them and look at them with a Chipper Nelly eye.

    Take care now

    Amanda :-)

  13. Oh my pie those crochet are too too clever Mrs Chipper of the Nelly. Speaking of which glad you are....feeling more chipper!

    Sarah -x-

  14. What beautiful photographs - some of them make it look like you live in an enchanted forest (or something)! I was in the craft and design centre the other day looking at Lee Page Hanson's work. I really NEED some of his work, but how to decide which ones?!
    Glad you're feeling better. xxx

  15. Glad you are feeling better fee!
    Those blocks are stunning... I am just going to weep quietly in a dark room.....
    Jane P. x

  16. Woah, woah, woah! Back up the page a bit...bit more...and stop at the Vintage Suitcases.
    How did I miss these? You must have surely blogged & shared them? That case at the bottom is...a mourir pour!
    Lovely jubbly

  17. I am feeling a very bad bloggy buddy, time is so precious at the moment. Working day and night and attempting to finish a big baby blanket destined for Ireland in a couple of weeks. I feel like I am constantly chasing my tail. It is already 9.52pm and I have just finished my dinner!!! But I do see the light at the end of the tunnel :) Glad you are feeling 'chipper' (hehe) again. Your suitcases are just devine my friend, your blocks, beautiful as always and the shadows....magical.
    xoxo Sandi

  18. I'm so glad you're feeling better...and the crochet gift making sounds just the right occupation while you recover! I loved all the photos in this post (well, I always do love all your photos!)...the lace shadows are beautiful, and the old suitcases in the sun look so atmospheric. Each set of blocks you make looks really special and different....I especially love the ones for the 'paper' anniversary and the family ones :)
    Wishing you a happy week!
    Helen x

  19. Really like the idea of blocks being Christmas just on one side so you can continue to use the rest of the year - genius! Amy and Matt's are truly gorgeous. And who doesn't look forward to a crotchet gift? I would suggest all mine will be knitted but you will probably receive them approx 2014, still not finished this dam hat.
    Nelly xxx

  20. All so beautiful! Golly, I never knew how much I needed some blocks til now, lol. Love'em! xo

  21. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Crocheting gifts for boys would be a bit difficult but I have no doubt you are well on your way to getting things done. Your blocks are all so beautiful ... so much work and detail. Love how they can just be flipped around to reflect a new color scheme and season. Have a great rest of the week. Tammy

  22. Bit late with this, but I'm glad to read you're feeling a good bit better Fee.

    I can't imagine what you're crocheting for boys! It all sounds very inventive.

    Loved the shadow photos :D

  23. Hello Fee...Glad to hear that you are feeling so much better...I think a bit more crochet rather than cleaning the boys bedrooms is still a good idea for a while of course (hehe!)...and I love the fact that you are spreading the crochet love to all the boys too...can't wait to see what you are doing!
    Your latest blocks are the snowflakes and the wedding are so clever Fee...I can never work out how you do it when i look at mine!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Knitting for me....
    Susan x

  24. Hello, what a super blog you have....
    I am feeling rather smug as I type this that I only have one son! but come to think of it he makes enough mess for three!
    Bestest wishes, and get better soon,
    Daisy J

  25. Hope you are feeling better my friend...I really can't wait to see what you are up to on the crocheting end of things...BECAUSE I CAN'T Crochet and have been feeling a little left out lately. Happy creating my friend. xoxo

  26. Sorry to hear you've not been well, hope you're tip top now missy. Love your observations of beauty in the simplest of things, I never take time to smell the roses as it were. x

  27. Oh! I really love your blocks so much!
    They are all fantastic, but those with children's books (one of my passions and collections) are my favorites. I always remember Alice in Wonderland's set in that pretty box...!
    There are lots of nice things and crafts in the web but your blocks are the best of all for me. I enjoy your blog a lot.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  28. Poorly? Poorly schmorely! Man up!, what was wrong? I having a catch up so I'll soon see. Glad you're feeling better now though my gorgeous one. I hate to think of you all poorly and feeble when you are so vibrant and fun.



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