Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Lotti's (one)

Every now and again I get little glimmers of opportunities to work on wonderful and exciting projects that allow me to escape the studio walls - always a good thing to escape every once in a while.  Most of the time I have to turn them down...mainly because they are either too far away (one of the downfalls of living up north as most offerings are in the south) or I can't weave them around school runs and the kids or on rare occasions, requests are made, where it would involve blood, sweat and tears for the equivalent of £1.23 an hour (if you are lucky)...
Last month I met two lovely ladies - Mum and Daughter - Michelle & Lotti -  who were to open a Tea/Craft/Natterings & Chatterings/Cake Filled/Meeting Place/Making Place/Supporting Local Businesses kind of Tea Bar in the day Cocktail Bar of an evening.  

(a) Would I like to be involved?
(b) Would I be interested in holding workshops?
(C) Could I make a few lovely pieces to sell?
(d) Can they be inspired by my studio to inspire its decoration?
(e) If so - can 'I' come along and make the furnishings and frills using my palette of fabrics?
(f) Would I mind coming over and helping style the Tea Bar too with a little stamp of The Linen Garden....

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, YES please!!!!

So here is stage one of this little project 'Lotti's' and the brief is to make furnishings and similar in the style of everything that is displayed in my studio on a daily basis.  So I am given free reign to produce a collection of floral fancies for a new Tea Bar that is to open close by in Stokesley (North Yorkshire) next month.  
 So here is the selection, so far, for a mammoth cushion making month. 
A big floral soup!
I'll keep you posted of how things are tinkering on - it is so refreshing to work on an interior as a blank canvas.  I'll write more too of the concept behind the Tea Bar as it is all so inspiring - but one exciting aspect is that every once in a while the main room will become my new space to hold workshops.  So I had better get my thinking cap on.  If you would like to be popped on the mailing list for the workshops (once they are invented) then either leave a message here with your email address or pop a little message over to me at info@vickytrainor.co.uk and I will let you know when we are ready to go..........wish me luck - I'm a tad excited about this one!!!

...if you fancy a little cushion making yourself - I have just ironed 
and neatly folded a whole collection onto the shelves of The Linen Garden

Saturday, 19 April 2014

gathering and listening

 ...I have just taken a few days away with the family to hibernate for a while in our caravan...a break is always needed and embraced and treasured.  Our caravan is our little haven where I truly allow myself to relax and recline into a horizontal state of mind.....a wonderful calmness.  Days sat outside wrapped in blankets...little days out and treks across the varied landscapes of North Yorkshire.  We tend to stay close to home...but I love how places that are very familiar to us can be seen so differently when visiting as a 'holiday maker' ... and ....as I return back to work I love how the studio feels different...deliveries have arrived while I have been away...so much loveliness to make with 'and' for you to make with too as some treasures are about to be placed on the shelves of The Linen Garden.....including this years collection of reclaimed crochet packs.....I hope, you too, have managed to find a few days to make life stop and spend time with family and friends 'making memories' xxxxxxxxxx

....and listening to Elbow (alot)

Friday, 4 April 2014


the starting journey to a few new mini 'gatherings' of collage

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Little Bet

Little Betty has finally found her spot 
after all the sorting and tidying and re-arranging of the studio - 
she is rather ornamental than use these days but very treasured.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

studio snippets

...today is sooooooooo floral...

...a sunday sigh...

...when you treat yourself to a little something that you know you will own forever...
my new 'old bag' 

Monday, 24 March 2014

CRAFT, SHOW & SELL - book giveaway - WINNER!!!!!

.....can you email me Charlotte over at info@vickytrainor.co.uk .......

gathering and listening

....I promised myself, one simple thing, when I took my first step into this year; the simple indulgence to take some time to draw and paint again.  This 'time' was not to be just a few hours here and there but to allocate approx a month out from the making diary.  Drawing used to be such an important part to all my creative paths and the last few years my art box has remained under the table.  So, I have just made up a card board box in the studio and have started to collect ephemera and such to help inform a series of paintings and sketches and collages. Now all I have to do is patiently wait for natures treasures to grow so I can study 'the botanics' .... BUT most importantly I have made a start and when that month arrives I will be prepared and inspired and ready to start with an equally eager art box......

.....pottering done while listening to....

Monday, 17 March 2014

the gathering wall - stage three

...as I work on the canvases - a little everyday - 
I love how they fit together as a patchwork on the studio wall.