It may be a strange thing to hear that we are mainly indoors at the moment, at least in the daytime. In Britain when it's sunny you get out when you can, but this summer in France we are currently hiding from the heat! Over the last week, therefore, we have finished long-running projects such as Son 1's trebuchet (now capable of throwing blackberries for the dog to catch) and my rocking chair.This is the 'before' picture. Ben bought the chair for me while he was picking up our incredibly successful second-hand swimming pool - someone was having a kind of house sale. I liked the chair but never got round to finding successful fabric for the cushions.
This is some of the vintage fabric that I bought from the charity shop the other day.It was only when I hung it on the line to freshen up that I realised that the strident tones on the right side looked beautifully faded on the wrong side, so, if you look back up to my first photo, you'll realise that I sewed the cushion cover, quite deliberately, 'wrong side round'. Do you think I'm crazy?
I knew, as we stayed stuck inside, that the internet shopping would come into play... so far, it's window shopping only. I got an email about this wonderful collection today - it's now called 'Created', but in the past I've bought from it as Tearcraft. I guess that 'Created' is a better name - it's Fairly Traded gifts from self-help projects around the world and I love what they have this year. I fancied recycled packaging bins last year, but they were really expensive. How can a Fair Trade one be cheaper? This is only £14!
How could you not love this hand felted trivet from Nepal? £12. I could have a few of those...
More felt! Hmm... I have a lot of sheep stuff, a collection from when I was younger. Only £10!
Although I like an 'ethnic' feel in my Fairly Traded stuff, I can't avoid their 'Country Pastel' range either. These caddies are only £10...
And the blogging winner? I suspect it might be this one, at £12.
There we are, I've had my shopping fix without spending anything! (yet...)
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