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Hanky Panky

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I try very hard not to get seduced by vintage listings on eBay as they are often not as described in my experience. However, I saw these and they had to be mine……all mine! Silk,vintage,hankies! How could I go wrong. They arrived,lovingly wrapped,individually in tissue,so as to heighten the anticipation. I was not disappointed…..a joyful bundle indeed. For a while I just looked and stroked as they sat in my studio and then d day arrived. Decision made….cushions it shall be…..

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These 3 had a distinct Scottish flavour so I used the same 70s print on all…..hopefully to encourage multiple sales,although they work well alone. I love the Scottie dogs and of course “cock of the north”brings a few smiles!

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These two worked beautifully with the hand embroidered table cloth and the colours in the edging pulled it all together. Perfect cushion for lovers of Kent or The Queen I feel.

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And the last two were made using t towels.

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Dogs are always popular and this little “revolutionary”was no exception. I added some vintage buttons and he was ready for his public…..and went to a new home almost immediately! The Australia one was made by appliquéing onto a 70s print t towel. I cut the map and all the wildlife motifs from a cloth that was too soiled to use complete and I was very happy with the end result. Looks as though it’s part of the design originally I think.

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I put them all on display at the vintage fair I did last week and the last two were snapped up……which is always a nice feeling. And the rest are off to church……so here’s praying. Aaachoo!!!

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My Jane Austen Week

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It all began with my friend Jo asking me to look after her hairy boys while the family went on holiday. I have done this in previous summers and always enjoyed my time with the dogs, Humphrey,on the left and Bernie on the right. I called this time with them my Jane Austen week as I would take lovely walks in the countryside,do lots of reading and some sewing and generally be a lady of leisure for the week.

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The countryside seemed at its best and I felt rested and inspired all at the same time. It made me realise that we don’t need to travel very far to feel renewed and all this is 5 miles from where I live! We just need to take time to just BE!

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And how about this as a reminder of how lucky we all are…..a little building in the churchyard used to educate the poor of the parish. Makes you think doesn’t it?

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…..of course I wasn’t totally idol and had great fun with a pile of souvenir t towels and some lampshade frames I had been meaning to do something with

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Such fun and I am looking forward to my next stint as Miss Austen……shame no sighting of a moist Mr Darcy…but a girl can’t have everything…can she?