Friday, 28 September 2012

Cardiff Fashion Quarter

Ok so I've got some crazy news and a huge jump forward for Nelly's Treasures! I am proud to announce that we'll be setting up shop in the new Cardiff Fashion Quarter on Womanby Street opposite Cardiff Castle! It's been a whirlwind few days but we should be up and rolling next week, ready for you to drop by and take a peek in the flesh!

I'm soo super excited so wanted to share the news and a few pics of how it all looks at the moment! There is going to be such a great atmosphere in there I can't wait, already with people decorating their spaces and setting up the fixtures.

You can kinda see our other wall in the 2nd photo but it's a tad obscured by next door ;)
I've started a bit of painting, the blue is a gorgeous teal, I'm picking out some furniture tomorrow to fill it too!

I know lots of the other stall holders, so it's going to be great fun and they're even putting in a small cafe! I'm looking forward to a good community vibe in there too.

I'm going to have so much to blog about over the next few weeks! Busy Bees here for the foreseeable future :)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Crafty Stall

I just wanted to quickly share some photos from the stall Tom and I did on Saturday in Cardiff. It was bloomin' freezing but I enjoyed it a lot and can't wait to get making loads of stuff over the next month!


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Very 1st Embroidery!

Here's the very first embroidery I did. I used a Sublime Stitching pattern that I transfered using the ol' iron on to fabric that I'd dyed myself in uni years ago. I'd picked up a stash of embroidery floss from the charity shop and went to town =)

It now lives on the wall of my workroom! So you get a little of my view today!


Sunday, 23 September 2012

Craftster Swap

I use a crafting forum called Craftster on a regular basis, I mainly like looking at all the things everyone has been making but it also hosts a huge amount of tutorials and nifty 'how to's'.

One of the girls I chat to about screen printing and embroidery asked if I would be interested in making some work to swap. What a fun idea huh! So I can finally share what we've both done as everyone has received their surprise packages!

This is the package I sent to sheepBlue; two screenprinted and embroidered hooplas a screen printed handmade tote bag and some mesh for making your own silkscreens.

I made a tote bag with some polka dot handles using fabric I printed with a lion repeat. Its an old drawing but I like the effect of the repeat.



The space hoopla is very similar to the last one I did, although I used a purple print on the line work instead of navy, there had also been a second layer of colour print in my original one as I'd mixed in some halftone texture that we had on another screen in a light blue. I wanted to try and give it a more 1970's feel with psychedelic rainbow colours =) 

Mr Zebra hoopla was just a bit of fun really. It's only a 3 or 4" hoop, so really small, I had a few scraps of the zebra repeat after making a knitting tidy for my mum ages ago. (I posted about it on Craftster). So I decided just to do some fun fill stitches into the zebra and a bit of scallopping too.

It was my first attempt at putting a felt backing on the hoops. It's not quite perfect for my liking but not the worst thing either.

sheepBlue loved her package, I'm super happy as mine was pretty awesome too! You should definitely look at her blog and Esty shop. I bought cat cards from her in the past that are a beautiful print.

Here are my beautiful gifts! A stunning printed embroidered flamingo print hoopla and some brillliant jaw bone printed pillowcases. You can read more about how she made the pillows here. She's a nutter and did each print indvidually, but she's working from home rather than having a studio so big ups to home diy crafts!



So I will end this post with something special as it's a long one and I'm impressed you're still reading =) Thanks to Lulu from A Vintage Daydream for this one! I can't wait to see my gift!!

What's going down:

The first three people to comment on this post will receive a little gift - something personal from me to you.
Within 2 months I'll create something unique to share with the first three people to comment on this post.
But in order to receive your present you have to play along.

Spread the love on your own blog promising to send a little special something to the first three people who comment on your post. You get 72 hours to re-post, or I'll have to move on to the next person. Please only comment if you're willing to pay it forward. If you want to receive something unique from me in the mail and if you are willing to do the same for others, leave a comment below!

Please leave your email address so that I can contact you directly! And blog URL so that I and others can visit your blog! Again, I want to emphasize that please only comment if you're willing to pay it forward. Nobody likes a taker.

Who's down for paying it forward craft style?

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Did you know I like Batman?

I don't want to get into the habbit of posting things that I haven't made or that aren't handmade but this is just tooooo cool so I had to share. The Batmobile telephone!

I do love eBay! It came with the original box and a 1989 guarentee! Oh and the head lights flash when it rings.

I also bought a beautiful mini rose plant for the bedroom this morning. The decorating's nearly done so I can get on with some proper work this week! What I call work anyways :)


Sunday, 16 September 2012

Re- vampery

So yesterday, in the wake of me realising I have to make a whole heap of stuff to sell on this market stall I'm going to be doing, I went on a revamping spree. I've been collecting old clothes from friends for a little while now; most people if they're having a clear out will give me a little nod to a bag in the corner to look through before they take it to the charity shop! It makes me very happy giving clothing a new lease of life, so I had a fun day. Here's a few snap shots of what I got up to, mostly adding lace to things it seems!