I work with Copyright by day and Craft by night ....

Marguerite Designs is now a registered trademark for fashion and homewares.

Join my blog as I experiment with colour, pattern and textile arts ...

I love photography, drawing, painting, working with fabrics/yarn and anything vintage ...

Friday, 29 July 2011

What am I doing???

My fabric hunting habit has now extended to buying a cat lady's unfinished patchwork project - I know it's a cat lady because all the templates are made from the cardboard lids of a well known cat food brand ... I must be mad!  Though maybe not, as all the hard work of cutting out and hemming has already been done ...

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Versatile Blogger

Some time ago, Magpie Mimi at http://magpiemimi.blogspot.com/ kindly nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Thank you!  I've had to think of 7 things I can tell you that you may not already know about me.   So here goes:

1.  I'm learning to speak Italian (Ciao bella!)
2.  My middle name is Margaret (it's where 'Marguerite Designs' comes from, and the fact that I like the flowers...).
3.  I've met and spoken to Prince Charles (it was at Sandringham Flower Show and he asked if I grew my own vegetables!).
4.  I won a design competition at college for my umbrella cover (very apt for someone from Manchester).
5.  I collect owls (any sort - except real ones!).
6.  I am a member of the Women's Institute.
7.  I was East Midlands Sales Assistant of the Year in 1988 (for a major credit card company).

I also have to pass the award on to 7 other bloggers and I'd like these to be:

Debi at http://fashionsfromthepast.blogspot.com/
Kat at http://macskakat.wordpress.com/
Jane at http://daisydonut.wordpress.com/
Judi at http://sewblessedmaw.blogspot.com/
Charlotte at http://heartscottage.blogspot.com/
Rachel at http://houseofpinheiro.blogspot.com/
Jacky at http://www.northwestisbest.co.uk/

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Bohemian? Maybe / Maybe Not ...

1970's style tiered skirt made from a vintage sheet with lace detail

My inspiration for the skirt - I trimmed the tiers with the lace sent to me by Amanda D in my 'Travelling Package' 

Here's me trying to be all gypsy like and bohemian in an unweeded part of my garden (unweeded because I'm too busy sewing these days!)  I'm not sure that it's worked very well, number one because I couldn't find the top I had in mind to go with the skirt and this one kind of emphasises the top half.  Number two because it was uncomfortable standing around in the weeds - unsettling is the word I think - I really want to get at the weeds!  But I like the skirt and I know I'll wear it again.  Bringing back carefree art school kind of memories of years ago ...  I found the unused kingsize sheet for £1 in a charity shop - there's loads of it!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

How EXCITING is that????

My 'designer' labels arrived at the back end of last week ... I'm really pleased with how they turned out and I feel 'official' now in my capacity to have a go at selling things.  Also, I've been nominated as a 'fill in' over at The Sew Weekly while Adey Lim, one of the resident 'sewists' is on holiday!  Talk about 'bite my nails time'...  I've got to do a Western theme, for which I'll be doing a shirt.  Went out to my local fabric store yesterday and managed to find the right fabric for the main body and also found some authentic pearly/metal Western shirt style buttons.  Away I go, watch this space ...

I 'officially' exist!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Amy Butler Tote

I've made a Tote Bag, my design in Amy Butler fabric, which I've put up for sale at http://www.folksy.com/ under marguerite designs.  It's an experiment really, to see if anything sells and also how to price things.  It's really difficult arriving at a final sum, when considering the time and effort gone into the product.  I honestly don't think people realise ...

I'm doing a make-up bag to go with it as well.

Friday, 15 July 2011

More stunning roses ...

They've certainly been gorgeous this year, beautiful colours ...

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Orla Kiely - My latest jug

I wanted to own a piece of Orla Kiely work.  I already have the 'Pattern' book, which gives a great insight into her design process and an overview of products.  Here is the ideal addition to my jug collection.  There was just one left in the John Lewis sale, so I think it was waiting for me.  Lovely retro brown, with ochre and orange accents.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

WILLIAM - by popular demand...

Well, here he is, TED's replacement!  He's got his own particular character, and I do have other bears, but William is the one I feel I can take about with me ... He looks a bit more serious and grown up than TED, not quite so young and cheeky, more like his older more sensible brother.  He's mine though ...

Monday, 11 July 2011

Duvet at the Races

As you know, TED enjoyed a day out at Newmarket Races last week, where I had the opportunity to wear my Duvet Dress.  I made it with one side of a double duvet from a leading UK discount store, coupled with a Vogue Repro pattern from 1953 (which was a free special offer from a daily newspaper).  Will definitely make this again!  It's flattering to wear and is very easy to stitch up.  I like the front pleat instead of darts.  The crossover front also gives room to manoevre.

Sad day - TED'S gone!

TED went off on further travels today with dancingthroughlife (see http://daisydonut.wordpress.com/ for details).  I've had to get a replacement bear, WILLIAM, (though he doesn't quite have the cheekiness of TED) to fill the void ... (well, TED has been my constant companion for a week!)  I'm sure TED won't mind ...

Sunday, 10 July 2011

TED'S Resting

TED'S had a fun packed week so he's having a little rest now before finding out where his next 'aventur' is going to be ... I for one will be heartbroken to see him go!

Friday, 8 July 2011

TED at the Races

Too much contemplation doesn't do a small furry person any good at all, so, TED had a wonderful day out at Newmarket Races.  The only disappointment was that TED SPREAD was a non-runner.  However, the alternative, HARBOUR WATCH (maybe inspired by punt watching earlier this week), turned out to be a winner and generated some more funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.  Plus, TED found lots of new girlfriends ...

At the winning post!

Isn't he cute!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

TED in Cambridge Part II

All that cake handling and bike riding was quite exhausting so TED felt that a little light punt watching was the order of the day, together with sitting by the dreaming spires of King's College.

Hope they don't fall in!

Hmmmm .... TED PhD perhaps?

Monday, 4 July 2011

TED in Cambridge Part I

Ted excelled in handing out cake to my colleagues (I think he was hoping there might be a bit leftover).  By lunchtime, he thought he might like a rest and perhaps see the sights by bike, the traditional mode of transport for Cambridge.  As the Fitzwilliam Museum is closed on a Monday, alternative plans were made ...

I was so looking forward to seeing the pottery bears!

Don't stay there too long Ted ... You might get mistaken for an accessory!

TED travels

Ted thought the cake looked good enough to eat and agreed to guard it on the train to work.

Have you got me a ticket?

I hope there's a piece for me!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Chocolate Swirl Cake - TED supervises ...

TED is wondering what's happened to the chocolate ... Ah!  There it is!

She said this was chocolate swirl cake ...

She was right! 

Congratulations Macskakat!

You are the lucky winner of 'Sew and Save'!  I asked my friend at work to pull the name out of a bag and she came up with you!  (Actually, I'm glad it's going to someone I know about).  It's also a coincidence that my friend has just come back from a tour of New Zealand - anyhow, if you could send your postal address to my Inbox at Sew Weekly, then I'll happily post the book to you.  I want to make sure I have it right in that the ric-rac I sent to you went missing ...  

TED settles in

TED has quickly made himself at home, relaxing in the early Sunday morning sunshine with a cuppa and chillin' with the neighbourhood guys, after his epic journey from Oxford ...
One of the gang.

Lovely brew!


Saturday, 2 July 2011

The Arrival of TED

Someone special came into my life this morning in the shape of TED.  He is travelling around the UK, having started out in Wales at the home of his owners, Jane and Daisy Donut, http://daisydonut.wordpress.com/  (you can contact them if you're interested in having Ted to stay - UK only).  So far, he has raised over £1000,00 on his travels, raising awareness of Macmillan Cancer Support.  He is staying with me this week, having arrived 'bearing' (groan!) chocolates!  So thank you Miss Magpie from Oxford, his previous host.  Tomorrow, he will be helping in the kitchen, making cake for me to take to work next week.  He's also coming to work with me by train for a little tour of Cambridge.  On Thursday, he'll be at Newmarket races having a little flutter.  So, lots of fun planned for him!  Keep looking for further posts of his adventures.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Two Tops

Ok, as part of The Sew Weekly refashionista challenge, I took my favourite zipped shoulder dress (of which I've never been happy about the length and the way it shifts around my legs when I walk) and chopped the bottom off!  It now has some extra life as a tunic to my jeans or leggings.

Nice zips - shame about the length ... 

A new top!
 The next challenge was to complete a UFO (unfinished object to the uninitiated).  I finished Stevie's Market Tunic sewalong and have happily gone to work in it today.