There’s a hole in my jeans!!!

Hello,

Its the first day of winter here in Queensland, the mornings have started to have a bit more of a nip to them so the other day, I found my good, old jeans from the back of the wardrobe. I do love Queensland winters, there is normally only a few days that I’m feeling quite unhappy with the weather, the rest of the time I can wear my winter warm things comfortably without feeling as though I’m going to freeze. As you may be able to tell I love the heat of Summer rather than the temperatures of winter. Living in the UK, I was always wrapped up even in the Summer months.

Anyway, getting back on track. My jeans!! I had forgotten that when I put them away at the end of last winter, holes were starting to appear in some embarrassing places. The first time I put them on, I tried to get away with the gaping holes but I did get a comment. Therefore I decided that something needed to be done but what! I didn’t just want to sew on a patch and be done with it. I needed to inject some of my style into it!

Here is the result!! Total Wardrobe Care loved the result on Instagram and I was thrilled to be asked by them to do a guest blog post on my jeans repair. To read the blog post about my inspiration for the first pair of jeans and how to make the little Suffolk puffs, check outhttp://www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk/blog/

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My jeans have now been washed a few times and they have stood up to the rigours of a washing machine, I felt confident about tackling the next pair of jeans.

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This pair had even more holes!!

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I used teals, olives, turquoise and eau-de-nil with sparkling beads and sequins. First I repaired the hole with cotton to bring the fabric together and then for the re-enforcement, I used Suffolk puffs / yo-yos. I started using the antique gold beads but soon decided that they were going to be too big and it would make sitting down a bit uncomfortable. The colour scheme will go beautifully with a new cardigan I bought from Next when I was in the UK last Autumn.

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I have finished the back tear, just under the pocket. I have added some lazy daisy embroidery stitches so now the Suffolk puffs look like flowers and the stitching looks like leaves.

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Just have to keep going until all the beads and sequins are on, it’s a working progress but what do you think?!!

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

 

 

Chickens love flowers!!

Hello,

Sorry I’ve been absent for a while due to some changes in my work life. I wanted to show you what I have been up-to recently and what I have just put on my Etsy shop. This is my latest embroidery of some cheeky chickens eating flowers in a garden.

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I love the combination of colours of duck-egg blue with cream and sand. It reminds me of the  various shades of eggs available. The greeny eggs come from a friend and I have blown them so I can keep them for decorative purposes.chicken embroidery2-Lilibet Stanley

I have used suffolk puffs with french knots and satin-stitch.chicken embroidery3-Lilibet Stanley

chicken embroidery4-Lilibet Stanley  I have used a variety of fabrics including silk for my embroidery. The artwork would add a country-living feel to any house. Please visit my shop to check out the new embroidery and all my other products.

Enjoy!

Lilibet

Lilibet_Velvet @Spoonflower

I was very excited to receive my first parcel of my printed fabric designs in the post from Spoonflower.com. I have set my designs so Spoonflower customers can buy my new range. It can be printed onto different types of fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. You can buy my fabric designs at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/lilibet_velvet

fabric-Lilibet StanleySpoonflower.com is so easy to use!

spoonflower colour chart-Lilibet StanleyYou upload your design,choose your colours from their colour chart, choose your fabric and then simply wait for the designs to arrive. It does take some time to arrive from America to Australia but I loved the thrill of opening the beautiful parcel when it arrived!

I’m going to be making something out of my fabric, I will show you when it’s all finished. I can’t wait to get more of my designs printed.

Thank you Spoonflower!

Until next time,

Lilibet

 

My First Custom Order!!

I was very excited on Monday to receive my very first custom order on Etsy. A lovely customer wanted bunting in peaches, pinks, golds and creams. I worked with her with all the different colour combinations and finally came up with a Peach, Pale Peach and Cream combination in my triangular bunting range for her daughter’s birthday.stamp-Lilibet StanleyI enjoyed packaging the order up and just hoped it would meet with her approval!

Peach bunting preparation-Lilibet StanleyI included a new item in my shop, the horse bunting as a big thank you for being my first customer and my first custom order customer!

Thank You-Lilibet StanleyI enjoy making things look beautiful!

Peach bunting packed up-Lilibet StanleyWhen my customer received her parcel, she said “Love them!!! Beautiful job. Colours are perfect and beautifully presented!!”. I was thrilled with her remarks! If you too want custom-made bunting, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

 

A lovely reason to party!

The sun was shining, the bunting was out flapping in the gentle breeze, Saurday afternoon was a perfect time to celebrate a friend’s forthcoming first born child.

bunting-Lilibet StanleyI love any excuse to put up my colourful, handmade bunting!

flowers-Lilibet StanleyEveryone helped make it a very special occasion. The sweet perfume of the Rosemary was beautiful!

table-Lilibet StanleyI really enjoyed having a good reason to go-to-town on the nice-cities and prettifying!!

cupcakes-Lilibet StanleyDo you like my bunting being used as decorations for my homemade cupcakes I made earlier in the week?

cakestand-Lilibet StanleyThere was so much food, I didn’t have to do much cooking in the evening!

sandwiches-Lilibet StanleyBeautiful, delicate afternoon tea sandwiches. If only we had the time to dine like this every day!!!

teacups-Lilibet StanleyTo me, there is nothing better than a cup of Twinings afternoon tea blend served in a lovely cup and saucer.

scones-Lilibet StanleyScones aswell topped with jam and cream! I love the colours of aqua, candy pink, cream and red together.

fruit kebabs-Lilibet StanleyThe fruit skewers looked very mouth-watering!!

prizes-Lilibet StanleyThe games were fun, trying to guess the size of the Mummy’s tummy with a piece of string. I’m sorry for my guess, I was way out!! However lovely prizes for the winner.

present-Lilibet StanleyPlenty of presents for the forthcoming little one! Hmm, there is something that tells me that it’s going to be a boy!! There were plenty of presents for the Mummy as well as the Baby…

daddy present-Lilibet Stanleythe Daddy didn’t miss out either!!! I really hope Mummy has a well-earned rest in the weeks approaching the birth.

Saturday was a fun day and a beautiful reason to get together with people that I haven’t seen in quiet a few years.

Until next time.

Lilibet.

 

 

 

 

A Country Adventure

Hello,

We spent some lovely, relaxing days in January  in the country around Wide Bay. We are lucky to have friends with a house surrounded by cane fields.

canefield-Lilibet Stanleyand the children just love having the space to run around.

truckinmud-Lilibet Stanley  They pass their time playing with trucks in mud!

treehousesteps-Lilibet Stanley or playing in the tree house,

cubby-Lilibet Stanleymaking cubbies!

magicshow-Lilibet Stanleyand putting on magic shows! All the stuff that childhoods should be made of!!

swing under the mango tree-Lilibet Stanley My Little Lady loves nothing more than to be pushed on the swing under a mango tree and what a nice way to spend a late afternoon, once the sun has done down a little!

sewingbox-Lilibet StanleyThere is plenty of time for me to get out my sewing box and add more suffolk puffs to my quilt as well as joining in with all the fun and games on the verandah.

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quilt1-Lilibet StanleyMy Little Lady’s quilt is really starting to grow and look more like a quilt now.

cup of tea-Lilibet StanleyEverything stops for morning and afternoon tea on the verandah!

suffolkpuffs-Lilibet StanleyThen I start sewing again surrounded by the noise of the chooks and the rooster crowing whenever he feels like it, it’s not just first thing in the morning you know!

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mango-LilibetStanleyOccasionally, there is a terrific bang on the roof and that is a mango dropping from tree. It does tend to give you a shock in the middle of the night!

mango on the ground-Lilibet StanleyThere are so many mangoes to collect, some start to rot before they are collected.

chicken eating mango-Lilibet StanleyEveryone loves mango, the chickens love them…

cow eating mango-Lilibet Stanleythe Jersey calves love them… (that’s obviously how you make mango smoothie!!)

pig eating mango-Lilibet Stanleythe pig next door loves them…

mango in box-Lilibet StanleyThere is plenty for everyone to have their fair share!

mango chutney-Lilibet StanleyWe have even being enjoying some homemade Sweet Mango chutney with curries since we have returned from our galavanting around.

calf4-Lilibet StanleyIt’s always hard to say goodbye when we had so much fun and it was especially hard saying goodbye to this adorable Jersey Cow, who could resist those eyes!!

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

Loving the waves!

Hello,

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by all the colours you can see in the sea and how the white horses break the blues and greens up into scrumptious stripes.

Seascape6-Lilibet Stanley It’s the designer in me that loves to see the world through colour and pattern!

Seascape4-Lilibet StanleyFor me, late afternoon is the best time to go down to the beach to be inspired. I’ve heard early mornings are great also but I’m not by nature an early-riser!!

Seascape3-Lilibet StanleySlightly stormy afternoons and the sea goes all mean and moody with dark, slate tones.

Seascape2-Lilibet StanleyThe sun setting and all sorts of pastel colours come to play with pale pinks, salmons, baby blue with a hint of green.

wave embroidery1-Lilibet StanleyI thought I would show you some of my textile work I have done over the years based on waves and the sea. This embroidery was based upon a sketch that I did of Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, England, many moons ago when I was young, free and single and I could spend time sitting, sketching and observing.

wave embroidery-Lilibet StanleyI tried to create the movement of the pounding waves against the beach by using frayed silks and net loose for emphasis!

close up of wave embroidery-Lilibet StanleyI used many different techniques including Free-Machine Embroidery, French Knots, running stitch and trapping bits of fabric to create a sumptuous, rich carpet of colour in tones of turquoise, aquas, slates and indigos. Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are a strong influence in my textile embroidery work.

porthmeor beach-Lilibet StanleyMy sketch of Porthmeor Beach! I remember sitting on The Island with waves crashing beneath me and my view was the busyness of Porthmeor beach with the waves crashing and children playing in the sand, whilst I painted in peace. St Ives is a beautiful place and a great place to paint!

close up of porthmeor beach-Lilibet StanleyI have never managed to finish the embroidery off to include the houses a long the beach- jobs, children and other projects came along! One of my many unfinished projects!

I’ve enjoyed sharing with you my love of the sea and how I have interpreted it in textiles.

Until next time.

Lilibet