Loving the vintage vibe!
I'll sharing with you my favorite fabrics, my 'adventures" in dressmaking using vintage patterns, some home furnishing ideas and no doubt I'll be telling you about any exciting finds! Love to hear about your vintage adventures too!
My first Shop was AudreysCat ( online shop May 2010) , but my new logo / name - WittyDawn , arrived Jan 2014.
I hope you'll have time to browse my shops too !
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
I'm very excited to be setting up new artwork shop - Audrey's Art on Folksy this weekhttp://www.folksy.com/shops/AudreysArt . I've already had a few sales and people seem to like my work so that very encouraging. This horse has already been very popular!
ACEO is an acronym that stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.These are becoming highly collectable and trade'able. At the moment I'm filling my shop with prints of my existing artwork but I'll also be adding original pieces too. There's currently a lot of people trying their hand at this form on Art on Folksy and some really interesting pieces being created.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Well It's been a long unproductive week or so as I've had this grotty cold/cough ....and I don;t function well on only 5 hours broken sleep a night. My Twitter buddies will have become familiar with my hate: hate relationship with 'Chesty' the cough. Yes he has been hanging around long enough to develop a personality - think Father Jack from Father Ted - a very apt suggestion from Twitter buddy @hhjtinygems (psstt...follow her she's lovely)
BUT BUT BUT this has made me smile every time I walk into the room. Finally got this framed thanks to some birthday pennies from Mum. Itsn't it just fab ! jealous much....?
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
I am finally getting this fabric made into a Wall Hanging - Ta! Mum for some birthday pennies for this.
Each horse is about 30 cm high and the total size will be over 1 m squared - I have a very retro room for it to go in - 70's sideboard, orange feature wall etc.!
There be a bit left over which I might use for a cushion or a feature panel on a bag or two ( one for me, one for sale ? maybe...)
Monday, 1 November 2010
This competition is running from Mon 1st Nov from 9am until 9pm Sunday 7th Nov.
The prize is this very cute make up bag / purse made in unusual vintage fabric. This fabric is a countryside design called 'Bardfield' by Moygashel. I will post this free of charge to the winner. It is lightly padded, fully lined in cotton and has a good quality zip. It measures 17cm by 15cm ( or approx 7 by 6. inches).
You will be entered in this competition if:
1. You Retweet the competition Tweet AND Tweet about any other item you like in my shop. If you include @audreyscat in your tweet it would be useful.
2. You follow me on here and also add a comment to the Competition Post mentioning any other item you like from my Folksy shop.
I will pick the winners name out at random on Sunday evening (7th Nov) and contact the winner on Monday 9th.
I am thinking about doing a monthly Competition like this, if this proves successful - what would you like to win next time??
I will be listing some more make-up bags in this fabric on Folksy if you want to buy one!
Thursday, 28 October 2010
500g Beetroot (cook,drain,blend,cool), 250g self raising flour, 225g sugar, 1 teaspn baking powder, 2 eggs, 75 ml veg oil ( I use Olive oil), 75 ml milk and a handful of white Choc chunks.
Mix oil, eggs and sugar, add flour/baking powder, add cooled/blended beetroot, add milk.
Bake for about 20 to 30min on about 180. Check after 20min as ovens do vary. You'll get about 12 to 16 larger ones but this year I'm going to make mini muffin sized ones so I should get loads!
Monday, 25 October 2010
By Malice in Underland 'Alice in Wonderland Gothic Lolita Art Print' http://www.folksy.com/items/843737-ALICE-IN-WONDERLAND-Gothic-Lolita-Art-Print
It's all about the prints 'Ackerrari' http://www.folksy.com/items/821285-Ackerari
GhettoGran Stencil Art 'Marilyn Manson' http://www.folksy.com/items/900709-MARILYN-MANSON-hand-painted-canvas-pop-art-original-stencil-artwork
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Primarily because we have a had a recent MOT bill ( boooo….).
Now I hate driving …I mean REALLY hate it.
I only started driving again recently after a break of about 20 years, lost my nerve after a couple of accidents ( and no I wasn’t driving at the time). A patient driving instructor has got me on the road again with a refresher course. Now I know I can actually drive ok, but still don’t want to ….and after years of not doing it find it had to build it into my life!
However I do like stylish cars and loved being driven in the Citreon DS we used to have. Our best moment was when after a heavy rain storm a section of road was flooded – we just set the hydraulic suspension on it’s highest setting causing the car to rise up higher than normal and just coasted thu’ causing some amazement – my niece wanted to know if it could fly too!
So anyway thought I’d do a car’y blog featuring some Folksy sellers and maybe give some ideas for more bloke’y Xmas pressie. Enjoy…..
Mini Illustration from Lynsey Hunter Illustration http://www.folksy.com/items/781485-Mini-Cooper-car-Ink-and-collage-illustration?shop=yes
VW Bugs Photo from Alice’s Photo Shop http://www.folksy.com/items/735125-Bugs-
Camper Van Cushion from Top Floor Treasures http://www.folksy.com/items/572961-VW-Camper-Cushion-by-Top-Floor-Treasures
Vintage Car Clock from Fizzy Popov http://www.folksy.com/items/867281-Vintage-Motoring-Tin-Wall-Clock
Thursday, 30 September 2010
SO... here’s a selection of Horse inspired items from the Folks at Folksy!
Striking Collage Horse Picture by Mangle Prints, for more info click http://www.folksy.com/items/760053-Folk-Horse-Paper-Cut-Collage
A rockin’ rocking horse by CherryLoco Jewellery, for more info click http://www.folksy.com/items/589273-The-Horse-of-Rock-necklace
A stylish lampshade from Zedhead LTd , for more info click http://www.folksy.com/items/689925-Horse-Print-Lampshade-Cream
Friday, 24 September 2010
Some of the lovely Red/Black/White things on Folksy
‘Love’ artwork by Pen and Ink, beautiful work, I bought ‘Singer’ for my Mum http://www.folksy.com/items/600373-Love-Ink-Drawing-Print-
A fun ‘True Love’ necklace by Cherryloco http://www.folksy.com/items/835385-True-Love-NecklacePendent by NRJevelleryDesign , fantastic jewellery click http://www.folksy.com/items/792321Tiger-eye-pendant
Red flower necklet by Uniquely Yours - you can’t have this one because I bought it but have a look at her other lovelies ! click http://www.folksy.com/shops/uniquelyyours
Thursday, 23 September 2010
1/2 lbs Marg or butter
2 lb Apples
1/2 lbs Sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Boil and pulp apples on pan, add sugar and margarine/butter. Reduce heat to gentle simmer slowly beat in the eggs. Cook gently for 1/2 hour add lemon juice. Cook and fill clean ( ideally sterililzed) jars. This will keep for 2 months - a bit longer if kept in fridge. You could spice it up a bit with cinnamen.
Friday, 17 September 2010
Some of the lovely things listed by the ‘September Stars’ on Folksy
(September stars is a daily listing group – the idea being to list something every day in Sept)
By Pants and Paper click http://www.folksy.com/items/813201-Brooch?shop=yes
By Whimsical Wren click http://www.folksy.com/items/814173-Alice-in-Wonderland-Charm-Bracelet-2-?shop=yes
By Odd Girl Creates click http://www.folksy.com/items/814513-CUTE-STUD-EARRINGS-Black-Cat?shop=yesBy Miss Bohemia click http://www.folksy.com/items/814849-The-Mermaids-Song-Oberon-Fantasy-Necklace?shop=yes
Thursday, 9 September 2010
As part of Folksy "September Stars" , list an item a day challenge I'm going to working may way through listing this little lot! ( and that's not ALL my cushion - oh no....) Don't they look fab together?
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
This is a DAIRY FREE recipe, keeps well and freezes beautifully - I usually make 2 at a time, one for now and one to freeze. I've also used the same recipes for muffins just reduce baking time to say 20 mins.
Need: Loaf Tin 9" by 5" , ideally loaf tin liner/greaseproof paper, Oven pre-heated to 175 C
FOR PUMPKIN LOAF
8 oz Plain Flour
1 teaspn baking powder and 1 teaspn bicarb of soda (Baking soda)
1 teaspn of cinnamen
1/2 teaspn of salt
8 oz Sugar
6 fl. oz of Olive Oil
8oz of mashed/cooked Pumpkin (which equals 12oz when uncooked)
6 oz raisins ( or chopped apricots or apple whatever)
FOR CHOCOLATE COURGETTE LOAF all the same BUT:
1. Replace pumpkin with uncooked grated courgette (zucchini) 250 grams
2. Add 2 or 3 heaped table spoons of Cocoa
3. Raisins are fine in this but chopped apple or raspberries are even better
Combine sugar and oil then add beaten eggs
Add dry ingredients
Add your choice of pumpkin/courgettes/fruit/cocoa
Bake for approx 1 hour - CHECK - may need another 15 to 20 min depending on your oven
Friday, 3 September 2010
Had lots of fun selling on my stall and did quite well. It was a very busy show with lots for the kids to do. Hardly saw mine all afternoon !
Came first with this entry and in 2 others in the painting/craft sections of the Horticultural show. No veggie entries this year as my allotment has been sadly neglected - too much decorating to do after the building work
Monday, 23 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Well lots of Folksy and Etsy people liked the idea of an A-line 70s Maxi skirt! but here's some other suggestions ( sorry if I've missed anyone!)
Covering cushions on a 70’s ‘Danish’ armchair from http://www.folksy.com/users/prettygoods
Framing using embroidery hoops http://www.etsy.com/shop/SouthernSkirts
Great advice about block framing from http://www.etsy.com/shop/MutantAngel and http://www.etsy.com/shop/jensdreamdecor
A bed headboard ! fab! http://www.etsy.com/shop/SomeWheninTime
Laundry Bags http://www.etsy. http://handprinter.blogspot.com
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Monday, 9 August 2010
Sheila is the driving force behind a number of Vintage events in our area, and as well as clothes, jewellery and other vintage ephemera specialises as a vintage hairstylist and make-up artist. Have a look at http://www.furryfeet.tv/cotswolds/venue_photos.php?id=297 to see more of "Sheunique".
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Well this is my entry for the Vintage Vogue competition. The fabric came from a bolt of silk that I bought for curtains/cushions for my new bedroom. It was so stunning when it arrived - and there was so much that I had to make a dress too! ( this is a 5m 'New Look' Dior style dress). This was made specifically for a 40s/50s event here in Cirencester and caused quite a stir ! the organiser contacted me later and said I MUST enter it for the competition. Although I love it I'm not sure it stands much of a chance because I think they prefer interpretations of their patterns for this particular comp and this is just tailored to me and the sleeves shortened. Anyway worth a go - what do you think?
The hat was bought locally, is original and in superb condition - for only £10. The bag I made also and I will be listing custom makes in this fabric and others in my shops over the next few weeks.
Friday, 6 August 2010
Hope you like the pendent from Mirribeads - has a kind of retro feel.
I've left my stained glass on for a bit - can you see how the design relates to the fabric on my featured bag? This was just a little left over bit from the fabrics and cushions which I've made for my family/dining room. We not very into subtle in our house !