Thursday, 15 November 2012

T-shirts and Tea Towels and Sachets, Oh My!


You were all so nice about the bags I made. Thank you.

Can I show you some of the other bits and bobs I made? I have t-shirts for girls and boys. They are bought from the supermarket or online, then perked up with some motifs. The dog and racing car designs are by Cath Kidston, all the others are mine. My absolute favourite is the Liberty print apple on the teal blue background. The photograph doesn't do the colours justice. If it doesn't sell I will give it to Bella. If it does sell, I will make her one anyway. Angus love the fire engine design and, if a three year old could be said to be dropping hints, he is definitely dropping hints ("My like this one. This one for Angus?").

I made some more tea towels, very quick and easy on simple cotton. Tea towels to be used and washed hundreds of times, to get faded and stained and become part of the kitchen.

Lavender sachets..remember the lavender the kids and I picked from the garden back in October? As planned we dried it and made it into little muslin lavender sachets tied with ribbon. Although next time I suggest "quickly" embroidering seven small bags with a lavender motif, someone please slap me around the head with one of these bags.

And lastly, some mulled wine tea bags. When I make mulled wine I empty a bottle of red wine into a saucepan and add a little sugar, a slice of orange, cloves, star anise and a cinnamon stick. When it's warm I have to strain it with a sieve and always end up spilling some and missing a clove which someone ends up swallowing, so I thought...what about a sort-of spice teabag? Something you can fish out and throw away. So I dried oranges and tied ribbon and hey presto. They smell like Christmas. Maybe I could market them as organic room fragrance and charge double the price? Hmmm...

Endless fun was had with my new letter set. I like the wonky, smudged typewriter effect. John asked me if one of the kids had made the labels. They hadn't.

If you made it to the end then thank you for sitting through that. It is so nice to be able to share my winter craft fair makes with you all. Your support and feedback is worth easily as much as a sale! And coming from a girl who spent her career in retail, that's quite a compliment. 

28 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous makes ... you must never be idle Gillian ... they are all beautiful ... love the t-shirts and I love Angus dropping hints ... very clever boy ... I hope you sell out ... you certainly deserve to ... Bee xx

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  2. I am totally in awe of your crafty genius, these are all beautiful things, I would be delighted to own them all! Love Thebes tea towels - the pear one is previous. And I like the homemade look of the stamped letters, it's bang on trend (in that my lettering looks like that too!) x

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    1. 'Thebes' tea towels??? Previous??? I kind of meant 'the' and 'precious'
      *shakes iPad in annoyance*

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  3. oh Gillian, I think maybe the short nights lately aren't all down to Angus' waking up a few times... You have been so very busy in your happy little cottage industry! I really hope the sale goes well and I also want to find out what your feedback on the prices is!
    And please post a picture of the fire engine t-shirt- or did I just not find it in the abundance?
    I would take it as a big compliment if one of my boys dropped hints regarding my crafting (I live in hope!).
    Love, Debs x

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    1. Sorry, I forgot to include the fire engine one! It's too big for Angus anyway...I till try to remember to take a photo. x

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  4. Oh Gillian, everything is just beautiful! I love the sweet little shirts. Your children are so fortunate to have such a crafty mother! And the tomato tea towel has my name all over it! How gorgeous it would be hanging in my kitchen!! Love all of your work. You are one talented girl!

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  5. I love the tea towels and T-shirts so much. Just so sweet and gorgeous. You're very talented!

    PS: I would like to invite you to enter the inHomewares giveaway at my blog. Enter for your chance to win $50 voucher! http://www.underlockandkeyblog.com/2012/11/inhomewares-giveaway.html

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  6. Hello Gillian,
    I am impressed, you have done so much and it all looks wonderful. You have to think about an internet shop soon (Etsy). Angus's comment made me smile (a lot) and I laughed about the room fragrance bags as I was thinking the same thing before I finished reading it! Hope it all goes well.
    Ivan

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  7. I don't know if I told you, but I used to sell my handmade children's clothing on Etsy years ago. So I greatly appreciate all the love and time put into each piece. Your work is beautiful and so LUVLY!!

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  8. Er AMAZING! you talented lady. I've just had a look at your last posts ( as blog reading is rare at the moment ). You'll sell out and you should have a shop! x

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  9. You must have been sewing every spare second you had!
    All of your makes are superb.
    Lisa x

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  10. Love the rocket T-shirt Gill x all your wares look super :-)

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  11. Wish wish wish I had a boy small enough for the rocket t shirt - I may have to commission an iPad cover for a big boy with the same design!

    YOu need an etsy shop = these are FANTASTIC!

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  12. Oh My Goodness ....what a beautiful collection ..... you won't have a thing left, so i am sure you will be making extra for your little ones :o)
    good luck with it, can't wait to see some more photo's
    love jooles x

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  13. Oh my indeed! What lovely lovely things! You will have a sell out! I know what you mean about doing multiples of things - enjoyable for the first few, a bit of persistence required for the next few and by the last few one's wondering who signed one up to do so many and what were they thinking of?! Love the lettering on your labels - wondering whether to treat myself to an early Christmas present of a set of those stamps! Happy selling! E x

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  14. Such lovely creations, I hope you sell them all at craft fairs.

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  15. Dear Gillian
    WOW! What an amazing collection of goodies. Your stall will sell out for sure! I am particularly enamoured with the star T-shirt. I am also thinking I may have to purchase the stamps too - I think the lettering looks very vintage and hand made and adds a certain something to the labels.
    Congratulations on your hard work.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  16. These all look fantastic Gillian, you have been busy! I'm sure you'll do brilliantly at the craft fair. xx

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  17. They're all wonderful makes. I can see it's going to be a sell out at the craft fair.

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  18. They they all look great, I have one of those sets too, I think mine were a little too wonky, need to practise more (my life really!) :)

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  19. Good luck with the craft fair. Everything looks amazing! x

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  20. Love it what you make!! Wish you succes. Groetjes, Gerda

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  21. Wowzers lady! You must have been up all hours. Fabulous! Xx

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  22. Jeez you've been soooooo busy. They all look amazing, I'm sure you'll do so well at your craft fair. x

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  23. Wow, you've been busy! You must have had a very successful career in retail because you have such a good eye for colour, pattern and styling. I have a smaller set of the letters which I bought in America several years ago and really like the homespun look they give too. x

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  24. Thank you all so much. You are very kind! :-) And I am very tired. I need a break from sewing I think! xx

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  25. I just CANNOT get over how adorable and beautiful all of these creations are! I'm so excited for you and wish you lots of luck and lots of fun at the craft fair!

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  26. ADORE the little T-Shirst and tea towels, especially the apples and pears!

    Holly
    www.LoveThomas.blogspot.com

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