Saturday, 28 April 2012

"Down The Rabbit Hole" Altered Book Sculpture

What to do on a couple of Rainy Days stuck at home..... An Altered Book Project!!!  And here's the finished result "Down The Rabbit Hole".  I love anything Alice so it seemed only right that my subject matter on this dull and dreary day be something dreamy and other worldly like the Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.
As many of my readers will know, I volunteer at my local Oxfam once a week, and I hate to see lovely old books that are too damaged to re-sell go to waste, so quite often I bring them home and turn them into something else, upcycling them into something whimsical is so much fun and a lovely way to spend an otherwise dreary day.
I began this project by cutting out the "Rabbit Hole" a very satisfying job, I love the wonderful texture that the paper makes when you cut deep into the book.  Next came the trees, I wanted these to look feathery and very whimsical so I drew my tree shape and the re-used the template to create the other trees varying it a little from tree to tree.  I then secured the trees by cutting a small slice into the book and inserting the base of the tree into the hole and then securing with some scrunched up book pages to serve as the base of the tree stumps.
The book is quite heavy and I think I will purchase a nice shadow box to display it in and protect the finished piece. 
If anyone is attending the "Make It Yours Workshop" launch evening on 2nd May I will have this piece on display there.  For more info on this event please visit the Workshop Facebook Page.

Friday, 20 April 2012

A "Wonderland" Cushion

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" Alice, Alice in Wonderland
Just finished these Alice in Wonderland Cushions ready for the Vintage Pop-Up Fair in Hassocks tomorrow, created using pretty green Alice in Wonderland fabric, with an accent pocket at the front they hold a vintage style Alice fabric doll, limited edition to just two in this style.  Also making a debut at the Hassocks fair are whimsical net skirts made exclusively by Isabella Rose for Maygreen Fairies, so if you are in the area be sure to pop on by, there are over fifty vintage stalls with a Pop Up Vintage tea rooms also!!  Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Pop-Up Vintage Fair - Brighton

I am so excited to be a part of this new Fair that is happening just outside Brighton in the Historic Town of Hassocks on Saturday 21st April.  There will be over forty stall holders specialising in vintage homeware, Jewellery, Furniture and much more. You can also have a rest after all that shopping and enjoy refreshments at the Pop-Up Tea Room!  Just think, you'll be in vintage heaven, you can browse among vintage linens and fabrics, pretty painted furniture, clothes and accessories and of course the Maygreen Fairies whimsical vintage items.
I am hoping there will be lots of visitors as the Fair has been widely publisized and has even had a mention in the April Homes & Antiques Magazine.  So with that in mind I have been busy creating,  my new hand embroidered vintage style cushions, they were such a hit at the Kitsch and Stitch Fair, I thought it only right to get sewing and produce some more for this Fair along with all the other regular Maygreen Fairies merchandise.
So to find out more about the Pop-Up Vintage Fair please visit their Facebook Page here!    I do hope to see you there, please pop by and say hello if you get a chance, it's always so nice to meet and catch up with my blog followers and any new customers out there!

Monday, 2 April 2012

A Fine Fair

The Kitsch and Stitch Fair went very well last Saturday, there was a good turnout and lots of lovely stalls to browse around.  The Maygreen Fairies stall looked particularly whimsical in the pretty surroundings of the Cranbrook Vestry Hall.  Above is a shot of the stall just as I had finished dressing it, the beautiful Farrow & Ball type colour on the hall walls looked fab against my vintage screen, it really set it off.
I had purchased a new iron display stand for my gift tags and they looked very pretty grouped together on the stand.  It was nice to see them displayed hanging up and I didn't get left with a messy tag box at the end of the show like I have done in the past... this way of displaying them was so much more practical and effective.
 My cushions went down well, especially the new hand embroidered ones, they were very popular.
All in all the Fair was another success, the ladies that organise it do a fabulous job it is always such a pleasure being involved with this Fair.  For more info on the Kitsch and Stitch please visit their blog.