Well hello February already.  The scene outside my window today is definitely Wintry, very cold and snowy.  I can barely wait for warmer weather this cold seems to shroud my spirit.

Having said that, I adore seeing snow and snow falling, when settled it spreads tranquility and peace across the land creating its own unique and magnificent beauty… and there’s nothing like the snowflake for true beauty as Kenneth Libbrecht points out in his wonderful book “The Snowflake – Winter’s Secret Beauty”...

“You are a part of every snowflake: Snowflakes begin with water vapour in the air.  Evaporation from oceans, lakes, and rivers puts water vapour into the air, as does transpiration from plants. Every time you exhale, you put water vapour into the air – contributing to the ingredients of snowflakes…”

I like the idea of being part of a snowflake, it puts a fresh perspective on Winter.

Now back to the part of me that’s not being a snowflake and preparations for my 'Boro' workshop on the 3rd March 
(this workshop is currently full, but i will be doing more so if you're interested drop me an email and i'll add you to the list: tina@antiqueideology.co.uk)

I've taken over the kitchen table as my a sewing station at the moment, this is because i can multi-task and look after the shop as well.

I've also had some deliveries of wonderful Japanese fabrics, it's like Christmas all over again:

I've been longing to own a pair of these gorgeous Merchant and Mills scissors from the Antique ideology shop stock - we sell Merchant & Mills stock such as pins, needles etc but their packages always come sealed and unfortunately once opened they can't be sold! As customers want to see their contents, so it was only fair that i have one of everything so i could show them!



Happy New Year to you all

To this...

...From this

 Yes, my studio has now been transformed into a 'living room'!  Albeit a creative sort of space and still a work in progress, i haven't raided the shop yet for lighting and things to go on the wall!  and rugs are needed, should be quite cosy when finished.

and now i have this to contend with, my studio is moved to the top of the house,where it's warm, bright and cosy...if a lot smaller!

Now for some 'Works in Progress':  I've enjoyed making these new items over the Christmas Holidays...this just needs a fastening button.  I love this blue fabric, it's vintage bark cloth, soft and easy to sew, purchased from a shop in Ludlow two Summers ago, stitched and embellished with vintage/antique japanese fabrics

...and wallet for my male customers

A new 'Boro' Purse in the making, almost finished.  
 I love the beautiful reds in this mixed with the indigo of the Japanese boro fabrics.

 It has three pockets on the inside and one on the outside, just a few more stitches to go to tidy it up and it's ready for sale.

I've also been working on another 'Boro' Jewellery piece

My Studio, in it's current state:

I really don't mind the mess but it needs sorting to prepare for the workshop i have at the end of January.  It incurs some heavy lifting and moving out of furniture and moving something else in it's place.

This gorgeous haberdashery cupboard is being moved out to another room as there is now room for it in the Antique ideology shop, I'm a tad sad at losing it but it's what happens when other large items are sold in the shop, as i am only the guardian of these beautiful pieces until they're needed.

In return i will be the proud 'guardian' of a beautiful old school cupboard, which will also be useful to me.

This huge set of drawers are also going, as they need a little restoration and it's time.  The boro hangings will be re-positioned around the new furniture.

The table will stay for workshops and as this room is also the "Part of your Story..." shop (open by appointment only) and my sanctuary i have ordered a sofa to be comfortable whilst stitching.

More on the transformation soon 

I'm not normally a Winter person, more of an Autumn person really, but i'm loving being Cwtched up in my studio here in rural Wales slow stitching whilst the wind and rain howls and rages around outside.  Hot coffee, 1945 black and white versions of Sherlock Holmes on Youtube, the company of my gorgeous Lizzie dog and i've managed to finish these beautiful scarves. 

They are all for sale, please see the "Buy Accessories" page link above for details.