Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Something out of nothing



I have spent the past fortnight being too busy to do much gardening. Now that I've got some time to play with, it's raining, cold, windy and grey! I don't have any indoor plants to tend (for some reason I've never successfully kept a houseplant, apart from the violets in my bathroom) and, having promised myself a few days of doing what I want, I turned to ragging.
With my mind still on the garden, I decided to make some more corsages. I love mixing the colours, textures and prints in these brooches and part of the fun is trying out different colour combinations. I often recycle fabrics and its fun seeing things appear in a different guise. One of the favourite things I ever made was a rug for my oldest daughter when she was just a toddler, I used her tiny tee shirts and baby gros as fabrics and they were transformed into a colouful rug which held very special memories for me. Unfortunately my daughter also loved it too and the years of spilling her drinks (and other things) over it took their toll and it was sadly replaced a couple of years back.



Sometimes I dye the fabrics I want to use and I love to see metres of fabric in vibrant colours drying in the garden (back to the garden again)! It's also fun to experiment with fabrics that you wouldn't usually have used, trying to recycle as much as possible of what's lying around and catches my eye. Making something out of nothing is what it's about.

This one is definitely a bit of a hybrid - belongs in a bright, sunny border I think! Perfect for summer and days when the weather needs cheering up.

18 comments:

Sew Recycled! said...

Yummy! What gorgeous clours, they look great in that box too!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

I LOVE your creations! You are so talented and I love all the pretty colors! I can just see all the pretty ribbons drying in the garden.

Heather

Thimbleanna said...

OhMyGosh! I just love your corsages. Your pictures are so pretty with the fabric in the boxes. I went to your Etsy shop and that pretty pink and aqua one jumped into my cart. And since you have to send it to me, tuck in some mashed potatoes. Wait! Make it Bangers and Mash. (Seriously, you really don't like that stuff??? It's the best! Yuuu-uum!!!)

PurpleFlowerFairy said...

i love 'em all! debbie =)

Alison said...

I love these corsarges that you do Kim.
I can whole heartedly say that they are more beautiful in the flesh - so to speak. I wouild recommend everyone visits Kim's shop...you wont be disapionted!
Take care,
Alison x

Amanda said...

They are so gorgeous! I love recycling fabrics and recently bright colours have taken my eye - must be the summer drawing in!!

Clare said...

Hi Kim, You put such brilliant colours together, everything looks wonderful! The rug sounds as if it was lovely - a shame it is no more, but then beautiful things are to be seen and used aren't they? Clare x

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Oh those are so lovely and cheery! I am so glad I can call two of your creations mine! =) I love your idea of a rug made from your toddler's clothes - how sweet! I can just imagine all your pretty colored textiles hanging in the yard to dry.

Karen said...

Kim, your cheerful colours brighten up the dullest of days. It's lovely to click over here and always see such pretty, happy things!

Betty @ She's Sew Pretty said...

Love that yellow and pick combination!

Heidi said...

You are very much on a creative flair lately. They turned out beautifully and so vibrant. I love seeing the cutlery tray holding the fabrics. That alone is a fun thing to use as a decoration in your home.

Lynda said...

They look gorgeous, Kim! I love the way your creations come together! Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! ♥

the flour loft said...

Hi Kim,
I agree, it's so rewarding to create something from nothing.. Your corsages are beautiful as are all your creations. Lovely blog too.
ginny x

Victoria May Plum said...

I love the way that you are so inspired by your garden, it really shows in your creations. It is such a shame that it is raining at the moment, I know that we are both longing to get out into the sunshine - but be patient, it won't be long now
Victoria x

Liz said...

My corsage arrived today and I love it. Beautifully packaged too and with a little extra one. Thanks so much.

andsewtosleep said...

Hi Kim your corsages are very beautiful and perfectly displayed. Mary

Marie said...

Kim, What lovely colours - perfect for spring/summer.

Marie x

weirdbunny said...

Do you use wool or acrylic felt. If you use wool do you find it easy or hard to get hold off. In South Wales it's a nightmare to obtain ?