Thursday, 4 October 2007

Pompoms, polka dots and postal strikes!



I finally finished my tea cosy order today, right on time! Just in time to hear that the postal strikes are on again! Oh well at least I get to enjoy having them around the place for a bit longer. This green cosy is perhaps my favourite of the batch. I particularly wanted a soft, springy green and dyed the fabric.

I'm pleased with the results and like the way the colour is slightly dappled and varied, it's just how I wanted it to be (for once!). It did mean that for a few days my hands were a rather eerie shade of green (I like to think of them more as that moment in I Capture the Castle when Cassandra has dyed everything green and resembles something out of the House of Usher rather than Incredible Hulk).


I've made a batch in pinks, lilacs, blues and aquas and have used as much recycled fabric as possible too.



I love playing with the colours and have enjoyed making this lot up.

When it's been grey and drizzly outside it's been lovely to have such a collection of bright, fun colours around the place.


The pompoms are nearly done too.



A few more to be completed when I've found some more fabric. I seem to be devouring fabric at the moment.



I love adding the trimmings to my pompoms and cosies. When the cosies are finished and the pompoms are cut, the sherbet coloured ricrac and the polka dots and checks of my ribbons are the bits I look forward to adding. Let me loose in a haberdashery and I'm happy!

30 comments:

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Everything is so lovely, Kim! I especially love the green tea cosy the best as well! I love the mottled look of the greens. =)

I love the word "haberdashery"! We don't use it over here, and whenever I hear it, all I can think of is the old Britcom "Are You Being Served" in its theme song, "...wigs and haberdashery, kitchenware and foods: Going down..."

Suzie Sews said...

WOW WOW WOW...SO loving all these...

Country Cottage Chic said...

They're all so very pretty! I'm with you - I love haberdashery - some of it seems just too nice to actually use!

I'm also annoyed at the strikes as I can't post any of my customer's purchases.

Nan - said...

Those are just the cheeriest colors and they could brighten the cloudiest day. I think over here, haberdashery means a men's clothing store. I wonder if it is used anymore, though. I haven't heard it in ages.

Heidi said...

These are all so very spring Kim! It sounds like you are enjoying yourself with your crafts right now. I have been so busy with sewing Christmas presents and designing pincushions (you can see them on my needlework blog) too so I know how it feels. Doing this kind of this is tiring and yet gives you a special energy at the same time.

I too love the word haberdashery which only the English use. It is much more fun to go buy your bits and bobs in a haberdashery than a sewing or needlework shop. LOL! I would love yours as you have a pretty choice by the looks of it. I am always hunting for pretty trims and ribbons for my pinkeeps.

~~ Heidi ~~

Cathy said...

Those tea cosies are so bright and cheerful. I love your blog as it is always so full of colour.
I love haberdashery too...in fact so much that my basement looks like one at the moment!
Cathy X

Ali said...

Is there an official term for haberdashery addiction? Because I can spot a fellow sufferer a mile off!

dottycookie said...

Really pretty and cheerful! I can't resist a good bit of trimming either - precisely what I'll ever do with braid trimmed with tiny bells in shades of pink and purple I have no idea, but I had to have it ...

Thimbleanna said...

Owwww -- my hands hurt just looking at those beautiful cozies. And I'm with you -- the green is my favorite!

thehomelyyear said...

Oh yes, us too. I'm planning a trip to a haberdashers tomorrow...Noreen doesn't know yet but I'm sure she'll go along with it 'cause she enjoys it just as much. We can spend hours looking at all the fabrics and trimmings and choosing what we want. Your tea cosies are lovely, so colourful!
Margaret and Noreen at THYa

julia said...

I love those pom poms! And, as for those tea cosies, good enough to eat, although the ribbon may get stuck in the teeth!

Anything with polka dots I'm strangely drawn so I can understand the ribbon addiction.

Have a lovely weekend and don't let your hubby back in until he's been through every skip in the local vicinity!

Julia x

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

so pretty Kim!! What lovely colors you choose...always lifts the spirits to see your lovely work.

You guys really are having a time with these postal strikes aren't you??

Heather

Isabelle said...

All very pretty and I like your milk jugs too.

Lynda said...

Beautiful work, Kim! I love your bright colours ... and those ribbons!! *swoon* Hope the postal strike is short lived. ~ hugs, Lynda ♥

Amanda said...

They all look amazing - no wonder you're glad to have them around a few days longer!

Victoria May Plum said...

Hi Kim
As always you have brightened my morning. Your home must be like a beautiful bright sweet shop at the moment.
I love everything! Wouldn't those pompoms look great on a Christmas tree?

Postal strikes - nightmare!

Victoria x

belleandboo said...

pom poms rock!

Woolgathering while I sew said...

They are gorgeous Kim.
Alison x

The Rose Cottage said...

Your work is amazing, I love the colors you put together, they are full of sunshine, and I can't believe how you make things from fabric that look like this. You are very talented:)
My aunt in England tells me about boot sales, I think it's great wish we had them here.

Tea Time and Roses said...

These are all so pretty! What beautiful pompoms and the colors cannot help but make you smile...

Smiles...

Beverly :o)

She'sSewPretty said...

Ohhh those are all so cute. I go crazy over haberdashery too, though we don't use that word here anymore.

Mary said...

Fab colours

Carlinha said...

very pretty!

Tracy said...

Lot of raggedy beauties--very lovely! Love all those ribbons, and the word haberdashery! Hope the strike doesn't last long! Happy weekend to you & yours ((HUGS))

mollycupcakes said...

Well done Kim for getting it all done they look lovely and bright.
I can't wait for the flaming post strikes to end.
Enjoy the weekend and the great weather we're having.

Catherine x

meggie said...

Sigh! SO pretty!

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

They are so stunning-I would find it hard to let them go!!! xx

Sew Recycled! said...

Hi Kim!
Yeah I have caught up with you even if it is through blog land.
Yum, that green is grogeous. So sorry I missed your Birthday, lets meet up at THE cafe for a belated birthday capaccino!

dottycookie said...

Hi Kim,

You won my pincushion and glitter giveaway ...

Hope you're having a fun weekend!

Miles Away In France said...

Ooh such eye candy, lovely colours, I love your tea cosy's.

Racheal x