Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I call him Cedric.

Cedric McPleasant, the half-a-pheasant.  
He keeps an eye on things in the lounge room.

I found him at the Bust magazine Craftacular a couple of years ago and knew he had to come home with me. He is the work of the very talented Jazmine Miles-Long.

Spectacles added by me. I felt like he should wear spectacles.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Wedding shoes for Mr & Mrs T

One of the good things about being a shoemaker is that I have the opportunity to make some very special occasion shoes for friends. This past 18 months has been a good time for friends getting married, and I feel so lucky to be able to contribute in a small way to their big day.

These are the 'his and hers' wedding shoes I made for Mr & Mrs T. They got married on a beautiful summery day in an amazing old barn in the country side. There was sunshine, fields, more beautiful gingham bunting than you could shake one of the delicious canapes at, and all-round merriment.

These are Mr T's shoes. He wanted some classic oxford brogues in a mid brown. The stitching is in a darker brown and I burnished the brogue holes to a darker shade as well.
Leather soles and stacked leather heel with a layer of rubber which can be easily replaced once worn down.

Mrs T was wearing a beautiful, fairly traditional white wedding dress, so naturally these are the shoes she requested...
Oh yeah! Red gingham peep toe court shoes with 4 inch heels, a one inch platform, with applique leather cherries motif on the front and back!

Mr & Mrs T.   awww!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

things that take time...

watching a sweet potato vine grow...

finishing the hand stitching on my first quilt...

...especially when you put it away in the cupboard over the summer months and only bring it out again once the weather turns cooler.
The quilt, that is. Not the potato.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

a year from now you may wish you had started today...

with that in mind, I have decided to step through the mysterious golden doorway and begin my blog...