Thursday, 27 December 2012

"The Heart"

Hello,

Well as you may or may not know Emily Peacock has a new cross stitch out :D  Which I have purchased!  You can have a look at all her other fabby kits here - http://www.emilypeacock.com



The design was inspired by a vintage matchbox and I think it is just gorgeous.  I can't wait to start stitching it up.  I am totally sorted for all those cold winter nights.

Dittery Dot
xoxo 

Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Is Coming!!!!! :)

Hello lovely people!

Hope you are well? Well that is us been in our wee house for almost 2 months now! and we finally have internet so my blog posts should be much more regular now :)

I thought I would show you some small projects I have been up to and some that my lovely mum made me.


These are wee christmas trees my mum made, aren't they lovely?  They are knitted and covered with brightly coloured buttons.  I am going to ask her if she will make me some knitted bunting too.



Another one of my mum's creations is this knitted holly wreath.  I chose pink berries and a white base because it matched the small rug we have :)


And finally this in Om Nom our christmas angel hehe.  For those of you who may not know Om Nom, he is the creature from Cut The Rope game, (which is really fun).  We saw him in a toy shop and I stitched some wings and a halo onto him.

Hope you all have a lovely christmas folks!

Dittery Dot
xoxo

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Kilt Pin Explosions :)

Hello everyone!

Well today I was sorting through all the scrap ribbons I had and was wondering what I could do with them.  I was just playing around and tying them onto a kilt pin I had and gradually I ended up with this!


I'm going to call them kilt pin explosions :)  I made several different ones and as you can see they really do brighten up a plain top!


Here are a few more that I made up.  I have added different button and flowers to each one.  Going to start selling them on my Etsy shop soon.  So keep checking back :)



Dittery Dot
xoxo

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Ribbon Madness

Hello,

hope everyone is having a lovely day today?  I recently went to Leeds Market with my boyfriend.  Inside there are loads of different stalls and shops selling all kinds of items.  My favourite stalls are the ones selling ribbons and lave and rolls of fabric.



I got this beautiful lace fabric at one stall.  I think it is for making sari tops but it was just sooo pretty that I had to get a bit.  Not sure what I can use it for yet, perhaps for covering a small canvas.



I also got some ribbons.  I spent about 20 mins ooooohing and ahhhhing over all the delicious colours and textures but finally decided to get a metre of each of these.  Adrian had wandered off by that point and think he was glad that I finally made up my mind :P.  The lace will make lovely flowers and the embroidered trim ribbon will look good around the edge of a top I have.

Dittery Dot
xoxo

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sewing Fills My Days, Not To Mention The Living Room, Bedroom And Closets!

Hello there!

I was walking around Leeds Market when I saw this beautiful fabric!  I just had to get some, and wandered home in a happy daze :)


I had some pretty bobble trim in my sewing box and a cushion pad so I decided to make another one!  I know, I know, my family keep saying where are you going to put them all!


So I measured my cushion pad and made a quick pattern for it.  I left plenty of seam allowance and a bit extra for when I put in the bobble trim because it can be the trickiest part. You have to constantly make sure that you don't catch your bobble in the stitched seam.


Before I inserted the cushion pad in, I stitched my wee dittery dots label onto the back.


Here is the finished article!  And here is a better photograph of my button cushion :)  I think they look pretty together and compliment each other nicely.


Dittery Dot
xoxo

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Buttons, Buttons Everywhere!!




Hello everyone!

I have been moving into my first house! So my blog posts haven't been as regular and I do apologize.  Hopefully I will get back to normal in a few weeks time :)  However I have been working on some more cushions!

I have an extensive button collection thanks to my mum, gran and by buying over the years.  I love looking at them from time to time and laying them out.  I sound like some sort of mad collector!  Anyway I had them out again and decided that I needed more cushions.  I had an old cushion cover to decorate and some gorgeous rope trim.


I started by sorting my buttons into colours - whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds, purples, blues and greens.


Then I started playing around with colours and placement.  The photograph below is the final placement.  I didn't have enough red buttons so I just left them out.


Then I started stitching them all down.  This took a while! But gradually bit by bit I got them all stitched down.


To finish it off I used some cream rope trim.  I looped it at the corners to add some more interest and stitched a button on the join to help keep it in place.



Tah dah!! I will get a better photo up on the blog but I wanted to show you the finished piece. I am really pleased with it and it will go with any decor because it has every colour! :)

Dittery Dot
xoxo

Monday, 5 November 2012

A New Home! :)

Hello fellow bloggers!

This is just a super quick post.  I just wanted to show you all my handemade things now that they are unpacked!  


One of my Grampy's stools that I re-invented with a quirky bobbin lamp that was bought for me!  I still need to get another lamp for the blue button stool.


The cushions I made are all unpacked and ready to be snuggled up against :)


Aaaaand my Kiss and Hug cushions are out on display after being packed away in a suitcase for month.

Dittery Dot
xoxo

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Get Out Of My Space!

Hello lovely people!

Remember a few months ago I did a post "Be Wild Like The Flowers", well I have created a new bit of work inspired by it.



My base fabric is just plain calico.  I hate sewing onto a plain bit of fabric so I used watercolour paint to add a bit of colour.  I then decided to make the coloured blobs into flowers, so used the free hand machine foot to stitch some big bold flowers.  I used colours from some graffiti pictures I had and the main colour was purple.  The stem was drawn on using felt tip then I made the colour bleed using some water.



I used black thread to stitch in the words "Get out of my space!"  Again this was done using the free hand machine foot.


I used acetate to build up a layer over the top of the fabric.  I stitched "nature" into the clear plastic which was quite tricky because it can rip easily.  Then stitched it onto the fabric with simple running stitch.  I left the threads loose because it added texture.  

I am quite pleased with the overall effect and will try some more samples to develop this a bit further.

Dittery Dot
xoxo


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Slowly Going Cross Eyed :S

Hey everyone!

I have been stitching this cross stitch for a while,  I first saw it in cross stitcher magazine.  It is by Michael Powell, he designs lots of really stunning kits.  Go have a look at http://www.michaelpowellart.co.uk





This kit is part of a set, (which I also have :P), but haven't started yet.  It is sewn on 14 count aida with anchor threads.  The colours are really pretty and delicate and I am sure that it is going to look stunning when it is finished.  I am just going a bit cross eyed because the holes are quite small and I am used to working on the canvas from doing Emily Peacocks' kits.  

However I will persevere and keep doing a wee bit at a time :)

Dittery Dot
xoxo

Friday, 12 October 2012

Lia Bowen



Hello everyone!

Hope your all having a lovely day?  I first saw Lia's work when I first joined Etsy and had her in my favourite list!  Her jewellery is a riot of delicious colours and textures and I am sooo excited to have her do an interview for my blog.  So without further a do, here it is! :)

-Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Lia Bowen and I am the designer/metalsmith/enamelist behind Bullfinch & Barbury Jewelry. I live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania - named after Buckinghamshire England by William Penn. The area is more historic than other parts of the States, and I draw inspiration from the colonial buildings, retired barns and fields around me. I have a home studio where I create my work - with the help of a chinchilla named Poirot, who shares my studio, and Thor, my rescued Fjord horse.

 

-Where do you get your key inspiration for your designs?

Oh, it seems like everything ends up in my sketchbooks and Pinterest boards somehow. Everything from cakes to rusty machinery to flowers to Film Noir movies . . .

I guess at heart I am enamoured by all things old, worn, caressed and loved into an antique patina. There is nothing as beautiful to me as a vintage farrier's hammer where the grip of hands have finished the wooden handle into a silk-like texture - or where stairs are worn because of a century's worth of feet climbing them. Some of the old pieces of furniture I find in farmhouses have a weather refinement to them . . . I love these things. 



-How did you first become interested in designing jewellery?

I went to school for illustration and somehow the medium - mainly the heat and fire (torches, kilns, crucibles, etc) really resounded with me. It was an instant addiction and I switched my concentration. 

-I love the wee collections of bangles ! Where did you get the idea to create these?

I love how many small parts can create this amazing statement. It's fun to give each piece a little something that makes it special, and then when it pairs with other bangles they all create this repetition of pattern and play off of each other. The first set I made was a "warm up" for some intense stone setting - they were made from scrap metal and enameled - I loved pulling them out of the kiln and seeing that glossy surface and colour!


-What do you aim to achieve with your unique style?

My goal is to make people take note - to cause them to wonder where the wearer got the piece. I love unique things and I love it when something as small as a set of bangles or a necklace can make an outfit into something of a personal statement. 

-Do you have any new pieces in the pipeline?

Right now I am working on some pieces for the holidays - I was looking at some old ballet costumes and really was inspired by the colours and detail. Can't wait to translate what I saw and felt into metal and enamel. ;) Also working on more geometric designs . . . and trying to infuse more poetry into my work (no, literally!). ;)



-What is your favourite piece to date?

I have a set of Bangles in shades of blue that has been added to over the years - I think it is about 14 pieces strong by this point. Haha! My other favourite is a set of charms depicting an anvil and hammer with my horse Thor's name on it - it was his halter tag when I first rescued him and he wore them for several months before I decided to make him new ones and keep the originals.

-Do you have any advice for other young designers?

Hmmmm . . . I would say that it never hurts to try something even if you have doubts. Sometimes it takes trial and error to figure out how to make a technique work, or a colourway blend . . . just give it a try. I'm amazed that sometimes my biggest disasters make way for my biggest accomplishments.


-Any exciting news to share?

Well, I've teamed up with a friend (Mr. Edmund Sparkler) who has been wanting to make some engagement and wedding jewelry based on his favourite French and Beaux Arts architecture - very lush. Lots of cushion cuts gemstones and diamonds! He really has an eye for design, but he also wants to hear my thoughts as a jewelry (and a woman!) . . . I'm excited about where this collection is headed.

You can see more of her work at her Etsy shop.  And go have a look at her lovely blog at http://bullfinchbarbury.wordpress.com/  

I would just like to thank Lia for letting me do this blog post. All photos are copyright of Lia Bowen.

Dittery Dot
xoxo

Monday, 8 October 2012

Stamp It!!!!

Hello everyone!

Well today my stamp arrived! I ordered a small stamp which said Handmade with love by dittery dots, so that I can use it to make business cards etc. And it has finally arrived!!! I was sooo excited and I think it looks fantastic :)



I think the stamp was lazer cut because the image was so fine and detailed.  I didn't have an ink stamp so I just used a black and pink felt tip pen which has worked really well.


So now I just need to get some nice card to make up my business cards :D

Dittery Dot
xoxo


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Be Wild Like The Flowers (Part 3)

Hello!

So this is the next part in the post about the project "Be wild like the flowers".  There are more pictures in the Gallery section of my blog so please go and have a look.  I have only picked out my favourite photographs.





This sample was a design development from the seed packet idea.  I used the same phrase and trapped lots of seeds in fabric pouches, which took a while and still had me picking seeds out from inside my sewing machine 2 weeks later!



The next 3 photographs are different design developments of layering, trapping dried flowers, words and threads.  I really liked the effect once it was all layered up because it was all busy and there was lots to look at.  




I tried several different methods of trapping seeds in the fabric but this one was my favourite.    
I just loved the effect I got when they were trapped close together and the long thread added to the effect.



I really hope you enjoyed looking at this project and its not finished yet, hopefully I will have some new bits and bobs stitched soon.

Dittery Dot
xoxo

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Evelyn Hodowany!


Good evening lovely people!

Phew I've had a busy day today, meeting a friend for lunch and looking around cute boutiques in Edinburgh!  My train was cancelled due to all the horrible wet , drizzly weather we have been having.  Luckily there was another one I was able to hop on.  Wish I could be a lady of leisure every day ;p 

Today I would like to share an interview with the loverly Evelyn Hodowany!  Her beautiful necklaces are just so original and fun, they make me smile :)  She has just set up her new website which is fab and you can buy her work in her Etsy store too.  Just see the link at the bottom of this post!

Enjoy!



- Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Evelyn Hodowany and I was born in Poland & raised in Australia. I studied Media Arts at Uni before moving on to Interior Design.  I think I’m allergic to maths and science because I have always gravitated towards art ;) and I've spent most of my life experimenting and working with different mediums.  Seven years ago my husband and I sold or gave away everything but our washing machine and books to live abroad.  We moved to Vancouver, Canada where we lived for 3 years after which we moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where we lived for 2 years.  During this time a friend of mine suggested I participate in the West End Fair during the 2010 Fringe Festival and that’s where MotherWasRight was born.   I've been living in Munich, Germany for almost 2 years now and I’m not sure where we’ll end up next, but I love my work and my range continues to grow so we’ll see what the future holds ;)

- Where do you get your key inspiration for your designs?

My inspiration comes mainly from our travels, from observing everyday images and materials I encounter and thinking of different ways of using them.  I have days where I can come up with loads of ideas if I’m really inspired so I try to catch them before they fly away.  I have a stack of paper scraps and post it notes with scribbled ideas and I keep a pad and pen beside the bed.

- How did you first become interested in designing jewellery?

When I look back on it now, I can see why I naturally fell into making jewellery -  it was a result of the change in my lifestyle.  I love to travel and I like to travel light (thanks to easy jet and ryan air luggage restrictions)  My standard travel clothes are mainly black or solid colours.  So I started to wear more statement jewellery that stood out but didn't take up as much space as clothes would in my bag.  I always treat myself to a unique handmade piece wherever I go, but I also started to make my own.

- I love the wee bench people necklaces! Where did you get the idea to create these?

The inspiration behind the bench people was beautiful Edinburgh.  There are lots of memorial benches dotted around this picturesque city.  My husband took a beautiful picture of one of them atop Calton Hill and the idea came to me as I was admiring it one day.


- What do you aim to achieve with your unique style?

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."  Biochemist Szent Gyorgyi I get a kick out of coming up with original ideas using everyday materials.  The wee people I use for my Park Bench series are made for architects and railway enthusiasts, but I love the fact that I can use them to create little scenes you can wear around the neck.  A mother and child on a bench will evoke a mother’s memory of when her child was young while an old couple on a bench symbolise a wish that a couple will grow old together.


- Do you have any new pieces in the pipeline?

I have loads of ideas. I usually have 2 or 3 I’m working on in the background at a time.  When I get stuck on something I move onto the other one and then the solution will present itself – more often than not while I’m in the shower or in the supermarket.  You’ll just have to wait and see ;)

-What is your favourite piece to date?

My favourite piece would be Estelle and Fred because I’d like to think that will be me and my hubby one day - just sitting there people watching and chatting away.

- Do you have any advice for other young designers?

Accept the fact that not everyone will like your work.  It might hurt a little because creating something yourself is a very personal thing.  That’s ok.  Some may not even appreciate the value of your idea or the work that has gone into turning that idea into something you can
actually hold in your hand or better yet - wear.  Creating is a gift you should embrace and there are many people out there that will appreciate and admire your work.

- Any exciting news to share?

Yeah :D my website is finally up and running ;) http://www.motherwasright.net


 Check out Evelyn's gorgeous website for more cute, quirky designs.  These mobile necklaces are just beautiful.  

I would just like to thank Evelyn for letting me write this post, all pictures used are copyright of Evelyn Hodowany.

Dittery Dot
xoxo