Friday, September 30, 2016

Market Day Tomorrow

I have had such a busy week but not too busy to package up my new stash of vintage buttons. I will be at the market tomorrow in Havelock North.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Thread Tin.

Lavender and Rose geranium hearts, handmade at the Sweet Mary studio, are finished with a wee bit of stitching using thread from my old tin of threads. As is usual, my collection is a mix of newly bought and vintage found. I am not an embroiderer but I can manage a competent running stitch and the odd flourish after consulting my handy "stitch" book. However, my limited skills do not stop me from fossicking for old thread in charity shops. New or old, the colours are always enticing and come home with me to take up residence in the "thread tin".
Click HERE to view and buy a Sweet Mary lavender&rose geranium heart.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Winter moves into Spring.

After many months of gorgeousness, the winter pansies are coming to a finish and spring is here. My studio looks out to the garden and in the afternoons as I sew or potter, the birds flutter about, gathering bits of straw and twigs for their nests. Charlie pretends to sleep but really he is watching these birds. I imagine he is dreaming that his ability to run and chase would extend to flying and then he could really tell them off for entering his domain. In reality, there is an occasional fluffing of feathers or fur but mainly, dog, cat and birds all coexist fairly happily in this garden.
Spring is also a time for me to start a few projects, starting with bunting, very special bunting which will decorate the country garden of my son and his girlfriend when they get married next year. A beautiful combination of soft and rich peaches and greens which should fit very well in that setting.

The market was fun on Saturday, thanks for coming, the next one is on October 1st.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Vintage and pretty

Lots listed in my in my felt shop: lavender and rose geranium filled hearts. Handmade with rescued vintage embroidered linens and filled with my own homegrown sweetly scented mix. Click on the highlighted "felt" word to buy online or come along this Saturday to the Piece-Makers Market in Havelock North. Starts 9am next to Hawthornes coffee shop in the village.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


When I am making a quilt it seems to go on for ages, in a flurry of activity I pick it up a few nights in a row then leave it somewhere for a few weeks. It can go on like that for months, then all of a sudden the last hand stitch is done and its time to trim and finish the edges and then two hours later its finished! I always wash and dry after making so I can get that vintage used look - the fabrics and stitches shrink a tiny bit and I get the crumpled look I like. This quilt is a floor quilt for newborn twin girls, they will fit on together easily and maybe it will be kept as a momento of those early days. Now back to finish my lavender Amour hearts ready for the market on September 3rd.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Love, Lavender and Nostalgia

'And still she slept an azure-lidded sleep,
 In blanched linen, smooth, and lavender'd.'
Keats - The Eve of St.Agnes.

Today I am making lavender filled AMOUR hearts for the upcoming Piece-Makers Market to be held in Havelock North on Saturday, September 3rd. I will be there with my Sweet Mary banner and all manner of vintage and vintage style treasures. I have lots of lovely vintage buttons, many still on their original cards, bits and bobs of haberdashery, needle books, pin cushions and my always popular lavender hearts.