As predicted, Nathan’s departure for Copenhagen last weekend signalled the start of a very quiet period within the MR household (well – kinda!) Having lived pretty much ‘on’ the runway at Heathrow airport for several years before relocating in October to this wee slice of heaven known as Aberdeenshire I am used to having a little more background noise! Not foolish enough to let the opportunity pass I have now spent an entire week indulging in all manner of musical guilty pleasures! I can now recite Donna Summer’s Macarthur Park word for word, as I can K.D. Lang’s entire Ingenue album (who I am kidding? I wasn’t that far off to start with!) Indeed, even as I write this I am merrily ‘bopping’ away whilst my Whitney Houston Live DVD plays back at great volume! And later I’m pretty sure I’ve got a date with Randy Crawford….
I would love to tell you that I have spent my free week out exploring, but unfortunately it is simply not in my make-up to consider going out alone these days! Nathan tells me that he had to go and eat in a restaurant by himself on his first night away – just the notion makes me feel ill! I think I’d rather starve – I would be so self-conscious! Anyhow, I spent my time instead working on another rabbit doll! I thought Emilia deserved a mate and I derived a surprising amount of pleasure from sewing the first one. I thought I’d make some changes to the design this time and just see how things turned out, so this one is made from upcycled denim and stuffed much more rigidly. I also added an extra gusset to widen the head and lower the ears…
I used my trademark vintage fabric (an embroidered tray cloth in this case) for the inside of the ears and to make the jaunty little neckerchief!
I designed a completely new wardrobe this time around and put the rabbit in a nice pair of hickory stripe denim cropped trousers and a dark denim top. The slightly ‘nautical’ look was unintentional, but I kinda like it!
One of the women that runs my local Post Office is a former interior designer and shares my passion for fabrics. I was lucky enough to be asked if I would produce a few things to pop into their premises for customers to browse and purchase and, given that stamps and envelopes aren’t much competition in the excitement stakes, I obliged. My little bunny friends are, therefore, no longer residents of the MR household, but Aboyne P.O. Still, I’m sure they will be very happy!
I also whipped up some little ‘love tokens’ ready for Valentine’s Day and was thrilled when one of them was purchased the moment I got it out of the bag!
AAhhhhhh….. “Love is in the air, everywhere I look around…”
(And yes – this picture is supposed to look like that! I’ve discovered some of the ‘filter’ settings on my photo suite and was trying to be arty! Photography is not, needless to say, my strong point!)
I also took a few cushions that I already had made down to the P.O. and this, in turn, led to a commission, so things are definitely looking pretty good on the crafty front…
Now that the word seems to be getting out that I am obsessed with vintage fabrics (I use that phrase SO often on this blog that I may just have to start abbreviating to VF or something – it is starting to lose it’s meaning!) I am receiving all sorts of lovely little tips and bits of advice telling me where the best places are to scout things out etc. As if this wasn’t generous enough, on Monday I was also the lucky recipient of this…
I’ve no idea what it’s final incarnation will be, but hello – FREE VF! (see what I did there!)
I think I’ll leave it there for today – I do have some other small tidbits of news to share, but given the wild, rock and roll lifestyle that i’m currently living I think perhaps I ought to ration! Besides, I’m not sure you’d all cope with that level of excitement!
Hoping that your week has been more interesting than mine,
MR x x x