Raspberry+Navy – Forest+Mint Block Printed Hankies

Unbelievably I returned from India a whole year ago! You can see my little picture story in this blog post

This is a little introduction to a new mini-range of ‘The Crafty Prawn’ Hankies
— made using fabric sourced while travelling in Rajasthan —
— from an amazing Aladdin’s cave type shop in Jodhpur —
— trundled back to the UK folded neatly in my rucksack —
— ready to use to make hankies + pocket squares for the fine folk of Etsy and beyond —
160111_indian block printing-01 — A pair of beautifully hand-crafted double-sided handkerchiefs —
— Made using high-quality genuine Rajasthani hand-block-printed 100% cotton —
— Hankies can personalised with hand-embroidered initials, name or text —
etsy_2_blog size-01THE HANDKERCHIEFS:
— very special set of two co-ordinating, patterned, monogrammed handkerchiefs —
— Perfect as…
~ a sweet personal gift for your Pa on Fathers Day or your Ma on Mothers Day.
~ a snazzy birthday present for your Grandpa or Grandma.
~ a treat for anyone who has some spectacles that need a regular polishing!
~ a thoughtful pressie for a green-minded mate who prefers the eco-friendly way of blowing your nose (no wasting trees here!)
— carefully hand crafted using two squares of co-ordinating fabric, resulting in a double-sided absorbent hanky —
— top-stitched with a co-ordinating coloured thread around the edge for a neat finish —
— hankies are totally reversible with no raw edges or seams visible —
blog_1-01PERSONALISE:
— why not monogram-up your hankie with 1, 2 or 3 hand-embroidered initials for just £1.25 per letter —
— stitched entirely by hand, each letter is embroidered using colour-fast stranded cotton in a delicate satin stitch —
***PLEASE NOTE: full name embroidery is also available – please contact me for a quote.***

DIMENSIONS:
— hankies measures – 33cm x 33cm or 13″ x 13″ —
— hand-embroidered initials are dinky, measuring approximately 1.5cm (W) x 1cm (H) [0.6″ (W) x 0.4″ (H)] —
— initials will be positioned in bottom left hand corner of the hankie, unless you specify otherwise —

— shown here in raspberry+navy and forest+mint colourways —
— you can choose any combination of indian block printed fabrics you like for your handkerchief set–
please choose-01Available to order via Etsy HERE

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Where have I been (Take 2)…

Just been browsing my poor neglected blog and stumbled across this little ‘Where Have I Been…’ post. Not that I’m under the illusion that people all over the land are busting to know, but making these montage-y collages some how gives some order to my scatty brain life so I shall do another one in the hope that I will proceed to pick up my blogging habit again in earnest now the update has been brought up-to-date as it were!

a little run down of the past year…

moved to sunny bristol with the boy in SePt2014…
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went to india…
which was epic of course and involved lots of cows – monkeys – camels…
ranthambore safari_sml150929_india-01(quite a few little picture collages needed for this one)
…stood next to lots of amazing big trees + temples…
…had indian christmas in a beautiful fort…
…saw many a bizarre-ness – chickens in boxes and flirty butter pats…
150929_india1-01…loved brahman blue Bundi + Jodphur…
…wondered around lots of beautiful palaces and places…
…got an indian shave (not me)
150929_india2-01…more monkeys and banyan trees…
…visited the amazing desert tribes and various crafts of Kutch…
…Rajasthan to Gujarat – 14 hour bus journey to cross just one little state…
…Ranthambore safari…
150929_india3-01…oh yeah and saw some tigers! :)
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…THEN…returned to rotterdam to see some beautiful friends.
….and welcome their new little greek girly bundle
…and top-up on the rotters vibe…
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pootled about in my new fine city of bristol…
…cycled 15miles to the Clevedon seaside…
…BBQ’d, potted lots of plants and enjoyed my backyard that is Netham Park (whey for under-rated Redfield/St. George area of Bristol!)
…enjoyed being closer to ‘home’ and seeing this lot more often…
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…spent rather a lot of time working at this lovely place…
…No.12 Easton – best coffee and bacon waffles in the land…
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…acquired a new love of my life
– – – Gertie the dog – – –
proceeded to spend a high proportion of my time in the park…
…with a frisby…and a pocket full of liver cake…
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…all that, with a bit of making and designing on the side a’course. More on that to follow…
great ran of kutch_smlthanks for scrollin’.
x

Insane Quilts in Bath (Stuff and Things…catch up!)

6 months…no blog post…Oops.
I blame this partly on my jet-setting lifestyle – ha! – and partly on acquiring a smart phone…Instagram = death to the blog it seems!
I will do another ‘where have I been’ post soon – just to wow you with all the fun stuff I’ve been doing (ha! again) – but I’m starting with a post about some INSANE quilts I saw at The American Museum in Bath. Yes, it was a little while ago (ahem, November) but these pictures want to be shared. And quite frankly after 6 months, I’ve forgotten how this shiz works, so I’m easing myself in gently! :)

Welcome back…

We went to see the Kaffe Fasset exhibition which was basically an extreme saturated colour bomb, in textile form – what’s not to like – but I was also won over by these insanely eye-squintingly intricate quilts hanging in the staircase – I think they’re part of the museums’ general quilt collection. Which is vast and interesting and beautiful and well worth a look. You should go!
2012-02-28 07.08.20_smlitsy bitsy teeny weeny patchwork insania…
…and Kaffe brilliance and joy.blog-02-01some more Kaffe crocheted craziness…
…and a cute little picture of Rachel to show the INSANE scale of that quilt.
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Where have I been…

…and where has the past 4 months gone! Here’s a little run down.   .   .

We left our sunny Spring-time beloved Rotterdam, beloved Albert in tow, but I shall always leave a bit of my heart at that salmon-walled flat on Van Cittersstraat…the move-01-01…needless to say – it was raining and overcast when we got to Wales. But I was still pleased to see the hills.
Life in a Europcar van right there…
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Had a bit of a mooch about in the hills in Wales, with nephews and nieces and wheelbarrows…
…temporarily claimed my poor p-rents conservatory as The Crafty Prawn’s studio space…
…missed my Albert cat, but replacement waggy-tailed studio assistants made up for it…
home mooch-01…proceeded to make rather a lot of hankies and quilts – more about that later…
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Went to beautiful Greece…
…hung out with the goats – got beaten up by sea anemones…
…lived in a tent and a boat…got caught in a scary storm…
greece-01…didn’t manage to brown up them legs…
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…and now we live in Bristol. more on that to follow.
xxx

Scrappy Catty Mini Quilt for Albert

So as I’m currently sans-Albert the cat (boo hoo, sniff) – although I’m sure he’s in marvellous pro-catty hands in Cardiff (as apposed to the doggies-might-chase-him-up-the-garden-never-to-be-seen-again environment here) – here is a rather indulgent catty post about a little quilt I made for my beloved feline friend from quilt wadding scraps and fabricy scraps and lots of quilted lines!
blog-01-01blog2-01003 (2)_sml—warning! no cats were coerced into posing under quilts for this blog post!—

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