Loving the vintage vibe!

Here's where I'll share my obsession with vintage fabric! It's taking over my house!

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 !

Thursday, 30 September 2010

A Horse, a Horse my Kingdom for a Horse!

A Horse’y Obsession – In my youth I was a very keen rider, working at a local riding school and involved in training young horses. I always used to draw horses when I was younger and have resumed that habit! My new venture in 2011 is to open another shop with my artwork – but I don’t just do horses…..In the meantime I will be regularly featuring some of my work.

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

Cute little orange horse from Court&Spark (reminds me of my carousel fabric) , for more info click http://www.folksy.com/items/851077-Dala-Folk-Horse-Decoration-Pale-Orange

A stylish lampshade from Zedhead LTd , for more info click http://www.folksy.com/items/689925-Horse-Print-Lampshade-Cream

Friday, 24 September 2010

A bit of a Red,Black andwhite theme

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-Necklace

Pendent 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

Autumn Harvest - Apple Curd

If you've loads of apples like us you might like this? It make a good Xmas pressie as well though you'd have to make it later on in Dec.


1/2 lbs Marg or butter
2 lb Apples
2 eggs
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

September Stars for w/e Fri 17th

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=yes

By Miss Bohemia click http://www.folksy.com/items/814849-The-Mermaids-Song-Oberon-Fantasy-Necklace?shop=yes

Thursday, 9 September 2010

A Cascade of Cushions

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

Chocolate Courgette Loaf / Pumpkin Loaf

Hi all, a few people have been asking me for these recipes. The Pumpkin Loaf recipe was orginally given to my by a fellow Allotment holder on my old plot in Enfield. I've adapted it for courgette as well.

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

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
2 eggs
8oz of mashed/cooked Pumpkin (which equals 12oz when uncooked)
6 oz raisins ( or chopped apricots or apple whatever)

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

TO make:
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

At the Stratton Show - Bank Holiday Monday

Me and a 'friend' at the Stratton Show. This lovely event was brilliantly organised the Stratton School PTA. We had had a great time at the show - lots of live music, stalls, reptiles( !) and circus tricks. There was also the Annual Stratton and Baunton Horticultural show - lots of huge veg and lovely craftwork.

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