Monday, January 30

fabby fabric from a silly old suitcase...

oh golly gosh, nothing quite like a piece of fabby vintage fabric to get my creative soul feeling a little crafty and that is exactly what happened when a wonderful parcel full of peachy goodness arrived on my doorstep a few weeks back.


lovely Maartje from silly old suitcase blog had a give away, a very generous give away where upon several of us won! when i heard the news i was pretty giddy with the anticipation of what my little prize would be. for just one look at Maartje's world with her crafty vintage talent has my little heart beating faster. on a side note here, if perhaps you are amidst the blearghy winter feeling where every thing around appears a little dreary and drab, may i suggest you visit Maartje and her 'silly old suitcase', to me it is a 'light box' blog, one that is bound to lift your spirits and you are left feeling like a little ray of sunshine has been to visit. such colour and such prettiness abounds from every photo you come away ready to fend of Mr Deary and Mr Drab with a "be gone dull guys! i do not have time for your depressing ways, no sirree, i am filled with happy sunny colourful thoughts thanks to Maartje and her little old suitcase filled with happy things"

and so my package of goodies arrived before Christmas, where upon i hung several dingly danglies around the shed made by Maarje's own fair crafty hands and then i sat and hugged the other part of the parcel, for it contained a length of vintage fabric like no other i had seen before. a fabric worthy of a long hug, my very fabby fav type of vintage fabric...
ugly pretty no less!!


with a shed full of gleeful decorations and clan, i wisely placed my new love where i would see her daily, reminding me of things to come when the shed was cleared of decorations and clan. so i waited and whilst i waited i pondered, for such was her ugly pretty beauty i knew i needed to do her justice.

roll on to January, i was in full on shed clearing mode and along with the crappity crap things like cleaning out drawers, recycling and thrifting, i interspersed it with jolly things, like re-covering our old IKEA couch with a  pair of wonderful vintage Sanderson curtains found on Ebay, which had also been biding its time waiting for a quiet moment. once the loose cover was miraculously made, i realized my couch was no longer a couch, but a settee, for a settee sounded so much grander and Sanderson fabric is grand in my books. i dared to wonder if the handcrafted gods were on my side, after all i had managed to make a slip cover out of 2 curtains surely they were... 



and they were, for unfolding my lovely bit of 'silly old suitcase' fabric i discovered there was enough to make 3 spiffy back cushions for my newly Sanderson-ed settee.


oh joy, oh happy day, when once again i stood back to see the completed transformation of IKEA couch into a settee of vintage Sanderson goodness along with some ugly pretty cushions worthy of a joyful tear or two



how marvellous i think to myself every night whilst sitting upon our settee, that i was lucky enough to win such an amazing piece of fabric and my hope is Maartje will see just how suited it is to living in our Mossy Shed. thank you kindly Maartje, for your lovely fabric, your wonderful happy blog, for cheering up the cold winter months and indeed your silly old suitcase filled with crafty vintage goodness


once again she finds herself waiting in anticipation of Mr Postie and what he carries in his Van ~ Tif

28 comments:

fee @ chipper nelly said...

everyone loves a giveaway!
What a treat...
fee x

kelli may-krenz said...

i love your wit and writing my dear. the anticipation leading up to these darling pillows was clever and oh so fun to be on this little adventure. nicely created. adore as always. thanks for the happiness times one million. skipping as i leave your post today. twirls to you. your friend kelli may

Monica said...

awesome.

Rachel Hauser said...

A lovely story. Thanks, Tif.

silly old suitcase said...

Oh my, Tif, your lovely words...thank you so much!

Those cushions are so great!...did you really had enough of it to make three cushions? wow!
It looks lovely.

I always hope to bring happiness with my treasuries from that silly old suitcase, well... i did.
:-)

Thanks again for your sweet words, it makes me shy and my cheeks red and hot, but i like that ;-)

xx

Daisy said...

I can fully understand your excitement. They look wonderful sitting on your settee. xx

noknittedknickers said...

Ikea never looked so good! How lovely. C.x

Jolana said...

Really nice fabric! And the pillows are lovely! J.

Hannah Dolan said...

Ohhh EPPP! LOVELY FABRIC! and your settee, well that's just darn fabulous!

Zara said...

Oh you lucky duck. As cushions the fabric is perfect, loving the transformation to settee. x

Unn said...

Your blog is so inspiring, and you are, too!

Unn :)

Donna -Little Tiny Stitches said...

Aah Tif, such splendid fabric my dearie :o)

You have made some stunning cushions there. And silly old suitcase excelled herself in sending you those winnings :o)
What a lovely parcel that must have been to open!

Have a fantastic day my dear. Hoping you are all well at Mossy Shed and beyond..
Sending you love and a hug across the pond,
Donna xxO

dottie angel said...

hurrah hooray for a peachy start to the week my dearies! many thanks for your comments and many thanks Maartje for your kindness and lovely blog :)

Tania said...

Those pillows are gorgeous x And i love the term "ugly pretty" !

Rebecca Williams said...

your makings and ramblings makes my heart sing - and I am also a huge fan of gorgeous silly old suitcase. She is a doll.

Lavender Playground said...

Always inspired by your creativity =)

Jane said...

so lovely :) I too have some of Maartjes suitcase treasures and her lovely blog is such a treat, your cushions look very at home there..perfect x x x x x

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Oh I love that giddy feeling, when doing a housy project! Fab cushions!
Take care
Denise

Folk City said...

Tif,
Just saw the new issue of 91 Magazine online and greatly enjoyed the article about Dottie Angel. Your photos of Mossy Shed are lovely!

Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves said...

that is a fab green fabric very jealous

Nicolette xo

wood & wool stool said...

suits super de luxe!

Charis said...

Oh so lovely Tif! what a lucky crafty lady you are!

Annie said...

What fabulous fabric and more - what a wonderful blog you have referred us to. I'm following her now. Definitely a light blog, as you say.

dottie angel said...

many thanks indeed my dears for stopping by to read my ramblings, and be most kind,
happy crafty days to you all :)

Eleni said...

That is the most perfectly patterned fabric I have ever seen!

Katie said...

Those pillows are so perfect on your Sanderson-ed settee. It's rather hard to believe it came from ikea--though I do rather love that place--with such a sweet and cheery covering! Brilliantly done once again!

Majal said...

hello! i have been reading your blog for the past few months and have been much inspired!! i had a question for you- in the last photo, there is a lovely framed floral picture on the wall. do you happen to know who the artist was for the print, or how i could find something similar? i love that "look" but i don't quite know what to call it when i am looking about on etsy and ebay and such.

thank you! -m

dottie angel said...

when i am looking for such prints i put in words such as 'vintage flower picture' or 'vintage flower painting' and just trawl through the crappity crap until i spy something! most of the time though i find these at vintage malls. i do not have many, they are hard to come by. this one has a little 'forsaken soul' in the picture, hence it spoke to me :)
hope that helps you