– Valentines Day Crochet Hearts

Well being the industrious soul I am with a few spare minutes – been making some of these little hearts for Valentine’s Day gifts or just to say I love You for someone special in your life,  they were made directly from a tutorial at Meet Me at Mikes. (the image is pulled straight from there as the light is so bad here today, sorry Pip, needs must!)  Anyone interested in buying one mail me. I will, when I get the chance and some more red wool, be looking at making some larger ones with a view to doing something interesting with them. Keep you posted on that one. Website is still giving me a massive headache, so as yet the Heiress Apparent site still isn’t live to buy from but have been making a few sales of bags via etsy, folksy and MISI including the experimental Nappy Bag which seemed to be such a big hit (but alas a big trouble to make). Dutch buyer is very happy, so all good there … so farewell dear bag – which I believe now will be in fact just a one off until I can muster up the courage to attempt a replacement.

Tiny Crochet Hearts

Heiress Apparent Nappy Bag - SOLD


– Lucienne Day – A Sad Loss To The Design World

Starting my first blog of the year with a rather downturned mouth I’m afraid after hearing the news that Lucienne Day passed away on 30 January 2010, at the age of 93. She’s always been my favourite designer and I’ve absolutely loved her work. She was a true inspiration and is a huge loss to the design world. Here are just a few of her fabrics and my ever mentioned Converse Trainers using her gorgeous fabric calyx designs. A link to her obituary in The Guardian can be found here.

Below are just some of my favourites of her fabric designs.

Dandelion Clocks & Calyx


– My New Friend

Nice and early Saturday morning I decided to take a walk in the Clent Hills, Worcestershire. It was beautifully crisp and bright. Whilst strutting it out, blowing away the cobwebs and pushing an all terrain pushchair up a 1:5 slope, my daughter and I found a new friend, just sitting on a bench admiring the view. We kind of like him and have named him Brian. No idea what he was doing there, but of course I felt the need to bring him home, out of the biting wind, so he now resides on my shelf.

A very nice view it was too so we hope Brian won’t be too disappointed to join our humble abode. My daughter was stoked with such a find.

I’ve posted another image of the view from the observation point. Not the clearest of days but you can still see out towards the Malvern Hills.

Photos not up to scratch but that’s what you get for using a Sony Ericsson W995 phone instead of my usual digital camera. But the light was nice this morning and the camera does pick that up quite nicely, give it its due.

Rest of the day spent doing some clothing alterations and working on a master plan for my future! Personal/business/creative and otherwise … well overdue session. Which was actually quite productive. I thank the cobweb blowing for that.

Social Suicide

After a few days laid up with flu or something equally disgusting, I’m back to the grindstone, but not up to full speed. Have a pile of new fabric to turn into purses but hands too cold to sew right now. Doesn’t help it’s -3 outside and seems to feel like that permanantly in the studio space when you are run down.

Sofa patchwork pieces coming on a treat. Aiming to have those ready for the reupholstery two weeks or so time, ahead of time, whereas website ridiculously behind schedule, so looks like New Year new start for that and for lots of other things.

A friend was kind enough to shove me in the direction of Social Suicide  a week or so ago, it was love at first sight … men are so lucky sometimes. The tailoring on these is just exquisite, absolutely impeccible – Simon & Tig  I love you both. You are total geniuses, you have  motivated  me today to get my creative head back in the land it should be.

A few choice examples of their work follows. I had to narrow my list down else you’d have had at least 20 photos here!

Razzle in my Pocket


A favourite of mine is Bench Mark, no photo I’m afraid. Marked with green on back (think – sitting on a wet paint bench and you’re there) it’s adorned with a reverse brass plaque made in the most intricate gold embroidery – the lettering reading Social Suicide – no peace for the restless. Makes me smile just thinking about it.

If you can get to see a “shark” suit jacket in person, check it out, it’s gorgeous, simple … inspired, it’s all in the detail. And no, I have nothing to do with these people … I just wanted to share some bloody good design and originality in a world of mundane men’s clothing.