Oh Deery Me!!

Well, my planned trip to London got off to a very scary start! We take our dog to a day care facility when we are out all day, and during our journey there, we hit a deer! There was no chance of avoiding it, the poor deer managed to run away, I hope it’s OK.

When we got to London feeling very shaken, the whole event was put into perspective by the tragic death of a cyclist that had happened just as we arrived at Victoria Station. If any of you cycle on the roads, please,  from the bottom of my heart be very careful.

On to happier matters, we made our way from the lovely Liberty,

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to the streets of Soho, and the original Yo Sushi in Poland Street, sadly without its beer serving robot!

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A trip to Yo set us up for a walk down the road to Berwick Street and our first stop….

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The embellishments were out of this world…

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And the silks and satins were amongst the best I have ever seen…

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And how about this fabric, embellished with giant pailletes…

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We bought this stunning embellishment for my daughters prom dress…

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Find them online at http://www.silksociety.com.

With our purchase in hand we visited both of the Berwick Street Cloth House stores. The first carries beautiful cottons and linens and huge range of trims etc, the following pictures are from the second store which is beautiful inside,

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and carries more luxurious fabrics, look at these velvets,

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They also stock really unusual trims and vintage buttons

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And as we all can’t get there when we want something, the good news is , they are online at http://www.clothhouse.com.

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From there, we went to look for trimmings,  we found New Trimmings Ltd, this my darlings is heaven!! It is about the size of my front room, but has EVERY type of ribbon, trim,button,bead and sequin you can imagine!! Have a look at just the pink and purple sequins..

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Maribou trim to die for…

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Here is just a small selection of the beads…

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And finally a tiny view of the ribbons…

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They told me that they have a bigger store around the corner, but by that time I was so overwhelmed by choice I think my head would have exploded! Again you can find them online at newtrimmings.co.uk.

At this point it started to snow and we called off our visit to Kleins and headed home. My view of the day? this is where you head for serious fabric, for that special project when you need the very best. I’d like to thank all the stores for being so welcoming and giving permission for these photos.

Have you got a favourite fabric shop? Would you like to see all my purchases? How about a fringed clutch tutorial?

Be careful out there,

Kisses

Karen

 

Flower Power!

Good Morning my lovelies! Spring has definitely sprung at WDS HQ, everything is coming up crocuses!image

The only flower that has not flourished is our winter pansies and that’s a shame because I love them, look at this beauty,

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In this situation there is only one thing to do, make one! Here’s my scribbles,

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If you want to make one, you will need some paper for your pattern, felt for the petals and leaves, embroidery thread in either toning or clashing colours, and beads (optional ).

First I drew a fat figure 8 to make one set of petals,

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Cut this out and draw around it twice to make two sets of petals

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Cut these out and place one on top of the other at right angles so that you can see 4 petals,

Starting in the middle, with one of your embroidery silks and using two strands, make long and short stitches to give the pansy its face,

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Then take your second colour and make the same stitches in a row around the first,

 

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The next step is to decide whether you will embroider the centre, I suggest a yellow toned silk in a french knot or beads, because I wanted a more vintage look I put a faux pearl in the centre, I also drew a larger figure 8 for a set of leaves,

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And what to do with it now? You could stick a flat brooch back to it, you could use it as a card topper, I used a slightly different flower to make this wreath,

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I put crystals in the centre of these flowers and tucked ribbon loops in between, a nice make for Mother’s Day! All felt and ribbons come from Felted Fancies Supplies, they don’t sponsor me i just love Katie and her lovely themed boxes and the fact that she sends you a packet of fizzers!

Have a great week and watch out for next weeks post which will feature my trip to what I’m told is London’s best haberdashers- Kleins of Soho!

Kisses

 

Karen

 

Hi! I Am Karen And I Am A Languid Lavender!

 

Colour, really that’s what this whole blog is about, whether it is the pastel delight of macarons or the frosted purity of our frozen wood. So while we are on the subject, have you ever wondered why some years everything in the high street is pastel? The couture runway shows filter ideas and colours to the high street but almost more importantly its down to a company called Pantone. Used by anyone who has to use colour in their work they define a palette for each season and a colour of the year. So drumroll please, here is Spring/Summer 2015…..

 

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As you can see we are still in the grip of pastel but these have a strength, an edge that isn’t sugary or girly in any way. You are now armed with the knowledge! If you want to update a little you can choose a bag or shoes in one of the above, or go the whole way with a complete new look. Or, ignore completely…..more of that later.

Last year I bought a book, claiming that we are influenced by colour according to our astrological star signimage

, load of rubbish right? this is my astrological colour….

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Its nice I thought to myself but not what I would normally choose, except when I looked in the handbag wardrobe, (yes wardrobe, its a problem!) I saw this..

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Colour influences us more than we would think!

Back to what’s hot and what’s not for summer, you can totally ignore the pastel trend and do black and white, khaki is a big trend again mixed with gold and other metallics and finally florals, or wear what you like! maybe I will be languid in lavender all summer!

And if you now can’t get enough of colour prediction, here’s AW 2015…..

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Kisses

Karen

Here’s The Keychain For Your Imagination Key!

Last week I offered a tutorial for the macaron key chain in last weeks post, I was delighted that the lovely Mrs P from Craftodessy really wanted one, so here we go!

First collect your supplies, you will need:

three or more colours of Fimo or similar oven bake clay

head pins ( nice long ones),

a key ring or clip on bag charm ( I tend to cannibalize old ones from free key chains or cracker prizes )

jump rings,

an Eiffel tower charm ( or go wild and make a different theme),

a small piece of narrow ribbon,

needle nose pliers,

wire cutters or old pair of scissors,

a cutter for the clay- I find piping nozzles or lipstick caps are the perfect size around 1- 1.5 cm wide,

something to roll the clay, I use a marker pen.

superglue (optional).

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So first we make our macarons, warm up your clay until it feels soft enough to roll out to a thickness of 50 – 60 mm.

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Then cut out two circles for the body of your macaron.

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Next take you filling colour and roll out to a slightly thinner depth and cut one circle. Then pop your three circles together, now it’s time to add detail, take a pointed object and make little dots around the edge. Round the top and bottom of your macaron for that slightly domed shape.

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You may want to customise your colour, I wanted a paler pink which wasn’t available in the shop, just take a small ball of the darker colour and a medium size ball of the lighter colour and squish! Squish until the colour becomes even, adding light or dark to customise as you go.

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When all three are done carefully insert the head pin up through the middle of all three and out the top. Following the packet instructions,  its into the oven and as they say on the Bake Off: BAKE! Allow to cool. You may want to put a small blog of super glue on the bottom macaron where the head pin goes in.

Now we have to make a loop from the head pin so that we can attach the key ring and other charms. First make a right angle close to your macarons ( I couldn’t do this because I broke the head pin, Doh!)

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Next cut off the excess to about 1 cm

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Now we need to make that 1cm part into a loop, grab the end of the wire with your pliers and turn it over on itself.

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Keep turning towards the bend until your loop is formed.

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Now attach the macarons and charms to the key ring with jump rings, these are opened by holding either side with two sets of pliers, or if you are me your finger and one set of pliers and twist one side forward and one back.

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Once all your charms and your macarons are attached to the key ring, you can tie a small bow to finish. Et voila! You made the key ring for your imagination key!

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Now go start your unicorn!

Let me know if there is any other tutorials you would like, so long as it’s not car maintenance or marathon training I’m your girl!

kisses

Karen