Wedding season is in full swing in Malta, and amidst attending a few myself, I also get a fair few wedding gift commissions. This particular order was one of my favourite yet, as included two pieces which go together – first, a pair of embroidered pillowcases, and second, a set of six embroidered linen dinner napkins.
Having spent the festive season in the United States, first in New York then with short stop overs in Philly, DC, Baltimore and Atlantic City, I had loads to do upon my return – hence haven’t found the time (till now!) to share some of the lovely crafty things I brought back from my trip.
As well as some beautiful velvet ribbon and wooden gift tags from the lovely Anthropologie, when in Philly, I treated myself to a little (ok, not so little) shopping spree at arts and crafts superstore AC Moore. With seasonal discounts and nothing even close (both in size as well as stock) to this huge warehouse of craft supplies back home, a short visit soon turned into a two-hour-long spree, much to the chagrin of my long-suffering other half!
One of the first orders that claimed my attention after the Patches artisan fair was this pair of custom embroidered pillowcases. Commissioned by a friend of the couple as a personalised wedding gift, they feature the couple’s initials surrounded by a floral wreath design inspired by the bridal bouquet.
Fresh from the madness running up to Patches artisan fair on December 1st, comes the Christmas order rush. With not long to go before I close up shop for two weeks for my festive holidays on December 21st, there’s plenty going on. Before I can share any of that however, I’m so pleased to finally able to share a selection of photos of the project that filled many a day’s work pre-market craziness: custom souvenirs for a winter wedding.
On my recent trip to France, I was shown to the mother of all craft shops and a true crafter’s paradise. It goes by the name of Cultura, and stocks all sorts of things you’d need for a massive variety of crafts from painting and sewing to scrap-booking and card making.
Last weekend, my boyfriend and I took a much needed break from the daily grind to go on a mini road trip. We started in Turin, Italy, drove through the Alps (literally, via the Mont Blanc tunnel!) into Bourgogne in France (more specifically, the Cluny and Macon areas) and back again for a night in Valle d’Aosta, in the mountains.
A little while ago, I was commissioned to come up with some embroidered wall art to celebrate the birth of a little baby girl. Equipped with a photo of her adorable nursery for reference (where it would finally be displayed), I started out with spray painting a vintage wooden frame white, in order to match the decor.
Patterns patterns everywhere and not much time to sew! When you’re into sewing and needlework, fabric is pretty much an essential part of the equation, but as anyone who is unfortunate enough to be privvy to my moaning and groaning would know, one of my pet peeves is the poor selection available to us on the island.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found a few gems in my day – but such finds (unless I’m looking for basic linens for embroidery projects) are few and far between. This is why I’ve taken to ordering fabrics from abroad, ensuring my items are made from fabric that’s gorgeous as well as good quality 🙂