Monday 27 August 2012

Easy make inspiration

I found this photo of the pretty cotton blanket I crocheted earlier in the Spring this year and it's fresh colours just gave me instant joy. I must get around to using up the rest of my Planet Penny Cotton some time soon. This photo has nothing to do with this post but I just couldn't resist having it here!

I am supposed to be doing 101 other things and not blogging but how could I resist now I am on annual leave for 10 days? I wanted to show you two sweet tea cups I found in a local charity shop. Their pastel colours lured me out of my stupor just as I was about to give up and feel like I never seem to find any fun crockery anymore. 

I like their individual names and think these are rather pretty which I'll look forward to wrapping up together with some homemade biscuits to give to my friend in the Cotswolds whom we are visiting this week.

I also had a few stolen moments to make myself a little card wallet inspired from the glorious Alexandra of Lola Nova blog here. Such an easy and simple idea which anyone with a sewing machine can make. Go and have a read on her blog for clear instructions on how to make this.

Take some cheap/scrap oil cloth (I got my scrappy bit from here) plus a cheap plastic card wallet or some clear vinyl which you may have in your stationary supplies/scraps or can buy cheaply from here.

I followed Alexandra's instructions with a slight tweak of making rounded rather than 90 degree angle corners and popped up into the attic which is my summer time sewing space (no heating in the winter) and sewed the wallet together in no time. It's not as neat as I would like it but as a first attempt at sewing slippery oil cloth I'm not complaining. 

This is a quick and easy project which would make the perfect little homemade practical gift for friends and family. Thank you Lola Nova for your tutorial and inspiration, I believe I will be making plenty more of these :o)

Hope you also feel a little inspired now.
Love that about blog-land, how the inspiration is a chain reaction that just goes on and on and on!
Cheerio and thanks for stopping.


  1. Hi Penelope,
    I love this post ...from the colourful cotton to the pastel cups, to the pretty wallet. All gorgeous. Thanks for the link .
    I love your comment about inspiration chain reaction true and long may it last :0)
    Jacquie x

  2. So lovely and bright and happy, this post. Your little cup finds are delicious - you must have been chuffed to bits when you found them! :)

    I love that tutorial too - must try it and make a cover for my Oyster card - it's perfect for that. Actually those would make make fab little gifties to pop into a pressie at Christmas - just a little something extra.

  3. Great colours in your first picture, I do love a good old brights in a crochet project, in fact I'm sure it's what i'm hankering after in a project at the moment.

    Lovely cups, such pretty colours.

    Your purse is a great idea indeed, you're right, an inspiration to get out the sewing machine.

    Enjoy your leave!

  4. Such a pretty colourful post :)

    The card wallet is very pretty - look quite simple to make too :)

  5. The card wallet is great - you have certainly inspired me to go and chop a corner off my tablecloth! Those cups remind me of cricket teas when I was small - they always seemed to have that style cup in a rainbow of pastels.

    Pomona x

  6. Hi, I love how you say...just a few stolen moments takes me ages to make the simplest things! Looks good though! I want to make some bunting out of some old Cath Kidston oil cloth I have....when I have a moment! Have a good day! Ada :)

  7. What a lovely colourful post Penelope. Love those rainbow colours and your little wallet is lovely.
    Victoria xx

  8. Beautiful cups. I shall have to give that card case a go if I ever get back to England - there's an Oyster card/case sitting in my suitcase, just ready to be covered in fabric glory.

  9. love the tea cups, they are so pretty..

  10. Gorgeous! Absolutely love the tea cups - what a briliant find.

    Have a fab week hon,

  11. Thank you so much for the kind words! Your card wallet looks amazing, so glad you enjoyed the tutorial and I love the rounded corners! Oh, and those tea cups are fab.
    Have a lovely day!

  12. Hello!

    What fabulous fabric and make - I love the Meakin Rosa, but it's very hard to find around these is the yellow, but blue and green is always in abundance.

    Have a fabulous weekend,

    Nina xx

  13. Missed this ... the wallet is lovely, fabulous idea. Hope you've had a great time in the Cotswolds :D

  14. I stumbled across your blog today and was reading away, looking at the lovely pictures thinking I recognise that beach, and what do you know, turns out you live in the same town as me! How wonderful! Love your blog and that you're a fellow Bexhillian :) x