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Hi welcome to our blog. Davinder and I are married and love all things textiles.We have a passion for pattern and have decided not to only make our products but share a bit about the things we love. We hope you get inspired and please leave comments we love to hear from you. Enjoy!! Davinder and Caroline

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Wedding cushion's

This month I got a lovely request from a customer through Not On The High Street to create an Ampersand cushion with her Son and future daughter-in-laws initials.
The customer liked my Alphabet cushion available on the site.
This is quickly becoming one of my best selling products especially for boys!! 
The customer hoped I could make three for her Son's wedding but of course using different fabric. 
The theme of the wedding was a bit of a country/vintage/ theme and the idea was to have these cushions on display as a surprise for the Bride and Groom.
So I sent some fabric ideas. 
This was probably too much choice and it took a while to decide but I am sure we came up with the best choice and I was so thrilled with the finished result.
The customer loved them so much and wrote me such a kind email here's a snippet......

I could not ask for better praise from a customer so delighted she was happy with them!


I also suggested adding the wedding date and couples name and this worked really well. 

I used this pretty fabric on the back of all the cushions and of course my lovely 'My poppet Petite' labels stitched to each one.

Contact me if you would like something similar the cushions have a zip opening filled with a feather cushion pad and the size 35x35cm (14x14") they are available in my shop.
www.notonthehighstreet.com/mypoppetpetite 
 
Or you can contact me direct. 
Would love to know what you think so please do leave some comments lovely friends. 

See you back here again soon.
Caroline x

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Green and Yellow

Well two weeks ago a lovely Etsy customer contacted me she liked two cushions I had in my Etsy shop but wanted to give them as a gift to a friend who loves Green and Yellow. These colour combinations don't really feature in my collection but that was not a problem I was happy to make this unique  order, and she was thrilled with the results. 
The customer wanted one of my Home appliqué cushions along with a Suffolk puff cushion. 
These suffolk puff cushions are so tactile and have real impact mixed in with other prints and appliqué cushions. 
So be confident with your colour and be bold with your cushions, these two cushions look great and I would get some other printed cushions to mix in with them just to add some other elements of colour. These two cushions are not holding back on the colour and as the customer said 'she can't wait to give them as a gift' 
Don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you want a very unique order and have special colour or fabric requirements I will be happy to help and you won't find anything like it on the high street. 
To see more of my products head to my Etsy shop or my not on the high street shop. 

Friday, 11 October 2013

Create with clay

I am doing a series of blogs heading up to 1/2 term to give you some great ideas of things to do with your kids. 
This is a great little project to do at the start of the week. You use air drying clay available at most good craft or art supply shops, it takes a good 48 hours to dry so plan do do this early in the week so that you can finish them with paint at the end of the week.

You will need:
Das Modelling clay in white 
Rolling pins but not your special home baking one just a cheap one for kids play dough etc!! 
Items to print with wood blocks, lace textured items.
Shape cutters
Paint
Varnish
Ribbon.

Make sure you put paper down and really keep everything away from your best furniture this can get a bit messy!
You need to add water to the clay to make it pliable, then roll it out and cut various shapes. 
We did lots of hearts and some stars and butterflies. 
Then we used various printing blocks and lace to add pattern. 
We have picked up lots of lovely Indian printing blocks on our travels but you can use all kinds of materials to leave an imprint on the clay such as leaves buttons jewellery chains etc..
Once you have made all your shapes make sure you have made an ideal hole for the ribbon to fit through once they are all finished.
Then leave them all to dry on a tray that you have protected with cling film or tin foil. This will take at least 48 hours but if you have your central heating on already maybe not so long! 
Once they are all completely dry you can get started with the painting. I tried to direct the kids with colour choice and got them to imagine that we were making them for a shop so needed to be beautifully made and painted.
We picked some lovely pastel colours we used gouache but you can use regular kids poster paint or household paint.

Make sure you paint the whole thing leave one side to dry for 30 mins then paint the back side in the same colour.
Leave them all to dry then give them a coat of matt varnish to give them a professional finish!
When they are all painted the wonderful patterns really stand out well. 

For the very finishing touches put ribbons through the holes in various colours and then you are all finished. You have some lovely hanging clay decorations that make a wonderful gift. 
The kids were so pleased with them that they even plan to send Daddy to work with them to sell for a £1 how industrious
Of them!  And Naomi has already given one to her teacher. 
 
You could make these for Christmas using lots of lovely bright red and white paint! Have a go with your kids I am sure they will love this craft. 
Happy creating and do comment and let me know how you get on creating with your kids. X
See you back here soon
Caroline x

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

It's been a while


It's been so long since I last posted on my blog, perhaps because I've been a little distracted by a wonderful little boy who has brought so much Joy to our family and will be two years old this coming November.
I can't believe where the time has gone I think since he's my third child life is so very busy you barely have a moment to stop.

We moved house last year and Caleb started school and Naomi changed school so there has been a lot of transition for the kids and for us making new friends and getting to know our town of Market Harborough a little better.
My children seem to be growing up so fast and we have got busier taking them to clubs and activities in the week. 
But as Joshua is getting bigger now and sleeping through the night it is giving me the creative space I need to devote to my business again and begin making and designing new things. 
So in the coming weeks I'll share with you new things I have made and new things we are doing as a family, creative crafts, sewing, baking, country nature walks, shopping, magazines, vintage finds and generally anything that is interesting me and my family. 

So come along with me and get inspired by all that we are doing and see my small business 'my poppet petite' grow as I begin to create new product for www.notonthehighstreet.com
And my etsy shop. 

So will meet you back here very soon. X
Caroline. X