Giveaway: Rabbit Egg Cosy…

Oh joy, in print and in one of my favourite magazines, oh comely.  I’ve been a subscriber since they ran a competition with Folksy back in September 2010 (one of the winners being the wonderfully talented Kirsty of Sixty One A), so I was thrilled to be asked if they could use my Rabbit Egg Cosies in their March edition.  Now, if you haven’t heard of oh comely, Monica over at Quilt While You’re Ahead said ‘It’s like a really cool blog, but in print format’ which I think is spot on, even my uber cool Berliner husband, who noticed it laying around, commented on it so high praise indeed.  They say of themselves:

‘oh comely is a magazine about people and their quirks and their creativity, rather than money and what it can buy.’

‘It’s a magazine that inspires people to be creative, talk to their neighbours and explore new things, rather than buy stuff or lose weight. Imagine sitting down with a cup of tea and a creative friend to hear all the strange things she says, all the curious stuff she does, and about the things she loves.’

You can buy a copy in WHSmith or subscribe here for £18 per year.

It did prompt a quick Rabbit Egg Cosy replenish as stock was very low.  I’d forgotten how tricky they are to make, getting the ears to match is a nightmare as they sit on a curve and tend to spring out at jaunty opposing angles, however much I baste them.

The linen is also very difficult to iron, even with a damp cloth and lots of steam.

Then again,  I am a bit of a perfectionist.

They are available to buy on my (fancy new! – more about that later) site or on Folksy.

I have 2 egg cosies for giveaway, cute though they are these ones have wayward ears and I’d feel bad selling them.  Just leave a comment, nothing more and I’ll pick two names out of the hat on Sunday 20th March, as always I’m happy to post Worldwide so this is open to everyone.  Nice and simple 🙂

Spring is springing…

Oh sunshine, now isn’t that a treat?  I was about to go for a potter in the garden but on opening the door realised it might be sunny but it’s not very warm so I though I’d catch up on some much needed blogging instead.

I noticed these in our lawn the other day, I shouldn’t be a surprise as I planted them last year but I forgot they were there, it’s so exciting to see the first signs of colour in the garden and it inspired me to make up another batch of Linen Mice

this time in my favourite colour way of the (expensive…whimper) linen I adore, the colour is aptly named ‘Snowdrop’ which I think says it all and teamed with some of the Kaffe Fassett Spots in Lilac makes a very Spring like Mouse.

I had bought the ‘Snowdrop’ linen some time ago (from Tinsmith) especially for making Blossom Egg Cosies, we have a Japanese Cherry Tree in our garden that I love, the frilly pale pink blossom really lets me know that Spring is here and I thought during Winter it would make a nice focus for some Spring products.

I knew how I wanted the cosies to look so it was just a case of working out the best way to make the blossom, in the end they are done exactly the same way as flowers we made at Primary School to decorate Easter Bonnets each year, isn’t it funny how you can remember such odd details?  I can precisely  imagine making these with the headmaster’s wife, minus the beads and in crepe paper not felt!

For the final cosy, I opted for single coloured blooms, it works better and is less fussy with only one pink used, I am really pleased with the result and feel these are very ‘me’.  I have kept one to add to my kitchen shelves where I keep a mixture of vintage and modern glassware.  They were listed a short while ago and a few sold rather quickly so I only have 6 left, not sure if I plan to make more before Easter as they are quite time consuming.  The other pink flowers will not go to waste, I had planned brooches which were, of course, all for Mother’s Day but I also think they will make nice Easter gifts.

Still in love…

With the Kaffe Fassett prints paired with linen. This time, I made a batch of new Mouse Egg Cosies using my current favourite combination of brown and yellow.

As with the recent Bunny Egg Cosy (which I realise, have yet to be added to the shop) the lining is in red herringbone brushed cotton with a thick interlining between so the cosies do, actually, keep the egg cosy!  I am running out of the recently purchased brown linen, originally bought for the Linen Mice, it’s so expensive but kind of perfect and although I have tried I can’t find a cheaper replacement.

The Ladies (see last post) have been very helpful this week, they came over yesterday to look at the pricing of all my products, we had everything laid out and they put them in price order and said what they felt was a fair amount to ask.  Generally they were a little higher than me, but they have a good eye and both sew so it was a very useful exercise.  As a result there has been a little price shuffling on both the Folksy and Linen Cat shops and I am finally getting on with listing all the new products, there’s still a way to go but I’m getting there and everything should be updated in the coming days.

Lastly I have been finishing off half done projects

and packing up orders.  Lets hope for some brighter weather for photos in the coming weeks 🙂