Monday, 18 February 2013

My Space


 When I was shopping on the market this morning a couple of ladies asked for a closer look at my skirt as they reckoned patchwork was a dying art. They've obviously never visited my blog. 


We've had a change round this weekend, there's not enough room for me and my vintage stock in my office any more so my desk's been shifted to the middle room and, like the rest of the house, it's a veritable patchwork-fest.


Clockwise from top left: All clichéd bloggers need a rotary dial phone (mine was £2 from a car boot years ago), stationery stored in a 1970s Elizabethan Pottery Portabello jug, 1920s filling cabinet (donated by my friend, Fi), old school desk (£1, jumble sale), 1960s psychedelic paperweight (20p, car boot sale)

Laptop? Internet-enabled mobile phone? I-Pad? Don't be daft, this ancient PCs served me just fine for years.



Dee's recent blog post inspired me to make my own patchwork lampshade.


Unlike Dee's mines a lot more slapdash. My pinking shears are blunt (they did come from a jumble sale) so I cut my scraps out with the kitchen scissors, arranged them in layers and attached them with bog standard PVA slapped on with an old blusher brush. Despite the make-do method I'm rather pleased with the result.


This is what I bought at the market this morning, some groovy multi-coloured pom-pom braid (£1.50 a metre) from the Indian haberdashery stall. I think the poor bloke's still recovering from the day I took the blogging gang to visit him. The Art Deco standard lamp originally belonged to Jon's grandparents, it was passed on to his Mum, inherited by my Mum and now it's ours. It won't be plain wood for much longer if I have my way.


I got a bit carried away with cutting out patchwork squares so I whipped up this cushion with the remnants. Tamera sent me the vintage cocktail decorated fabric.


We wallpapered this 1960s stacking chair (rescued from a skip outside the local church hall) with the rest of the roll we used on the stairs.


I'd show you the rest of the room but it's a disgrace. It's a work in progress, watch this space.

Customised 1960s leather jacket, 1970s souvenir Madeira bag (£5 and £1.95, local charity shops), 1970s patchwork maxi (£6.19, eBay), old school leotard (20p, jumble sale), Ethnic beads (fabulous Heather)
We're changing internet providers today so if I disappear for a while it could mean it's all gone horribly wrong.

See you soon (I hope).

PS Linking to Patti's Visible Monday.

73 comments:

freckleface said...

That is so amazing. I have a post ready to go, of where I do my blogging and was going to ask other bloggers what their space looked like, and here you've done it!

What serendipity!

Naturally your workspace is a haven of style and calm. All that patchwork and colour looks so lovely together. xxx

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Patchwork: a dying art? No way. Squealing and drooling simultaneously over your patchwork lamp with the multicoloured pompoms and I'm in love with your patchwork skirt...mmmmm.

I'm a patchwork maniac here and have just finished my 3rd patchwork project - yet another blanket. I can't stop! xx

Jet Kuhn said...

You do patchwork so well! I love the lamp with the pompoms! I also love peeks at your home, so interesting, something to catch the eye wherever it may rest (I happen to adhere to that principle so it a compliment!) XXX

Mum said...

I've enjoyed your feast of colour today. Great lampshade fabulously finished off with the bobble braid. I'd be taking a closer look at your skirt as well then going back home to crack open the material stash!
Love from Mum
xx

Shubhi said...

Oh, my patchwork lady!
The chair and lamp are breathtaking! I am inspired, really! Running off to find my scissors and cut up some old clothes!


Lots of Love and Admiration,
Shubhi's Revels!

Tasha said...

I love seeing the glimpses into your house! How could anyone possibly ever be in a bad mood in there, so colorful and cheerful.

Patches are like colorful little spy glasses back into history!

Krista Gassib said...

No one does the patch work quite like you, the originator of the patchwork curtains! I love all of this I think it brightens up your house bigtime! This skirt is gorgeous and so are you! I also love the new spot in the main room for you:).

I love the lampshade bigtime and remember that stall of beautiful embellishments, I still need to put mine on something. Talk to you soon unless something wonky happens!
Love you xxxxxooooo

MyStyle said...

Hi there! Wow, you are certainly a patchwork Queen in a patchwork palace, you are so very creative and it all looks so uniquely stylish, well done! I really love your maxi skirt too xxx

Silhouette de Femme said...

Love the picture window for your office.....what a lovely spot to be!
Denise

bettybuttons said...

Good luck with the switch over. I am mega impressed by that lampshade and cushion. love them both. : ) xx

triggermyfashion said...

My eyes well fed with the patchwork- fest at your house..Loving them.& my Dear VIX, you look amazing in any piece of fabric on your body...

Liz said...

Wow - just love all the patchwork! Your skirt is gorgeous!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Trudie said...

Absolute stunningness you are in that skirt with gorgeous blue top and your eyes, absolute perfection. I ADORE this whole outfit, your home and you. X

judith said...

Me encanta la chaqueta!!!
Saludos
http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

Valerie Beattie said...

All that colour must cheer you up on grey days. I always swoon over white minimalist spaces but in reality I could never live with it, I love colour pattern and texture too much.
V
xxx

thorne garnet said...

Oh, be still my beating heart.....multi colored ball fringe! If I had my way, every costume I make would have ball fringe on it. Yeah, to patchwork!

Vintage Jane said...

Your space looks every bit as colourful and original as you ... I love it! AND, you have inspired me to make my own patchwork curtain for our door. M xx

Lucy Nation said...

I have been inspired by your good self and other talented lady bloggers to buy some fabric chalk and proper fabric scissors and get going on my huge stack of old fabrics. I started in December and then got waylaid but dammit I'm going to get it out again and have a bash. I've used your idea of a shoe box lid as a guide to make curtains with. I bet it'll take me about 2 years;) xxx

Janice Tutone said...

I think you really have an artistic eye! Your work space looks great! I love the photos of you in front of the orange van. Looking as beautiful as always! XXX

Wean said...

I have a skirt like that - somewhere ! I must find it. I also have made patchwork curtains but the lampshade is awesome ! I'm going to try to make one of those, I have a lovely standard lamp base that is just crying out for a shade like that.
Your home is so warm and cosy.

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

I am in love with all of the colors and patchwork in this post! I have a lamp that I inherited from my Gram that is without a shade. I think I might make a patchwork one for it! If I am successful, I will send you a photo!

Val Sparkle said...

Patchwork is such a good way to use little pieces of pretty fabric. And the pom poms on the lamp are a perfect touch!

I have a rotary phone, too, but not orange. It's beige, so I added little sparkles to it (fourth picture in the slideshow here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/SparkleParkDesigns/about/). I love using it - so solid, nice bell, and I like the slowness of dialing a number with it!

Patti said...

I adore patchwork too and my eye is always drawn to it (it couldn't be my late 60's upbringing??) Adore this maxi skirt! Thanks for linking up to Visible Monday.

makinggooduse said...

Your patchwork lampshade looks wonderful. What about some cerise pink paint on the wooden lampstand? Then it would match your wallpaperd chair.

VintageVicki said...

Love a bit of patchwork :) Its just so cheerful :)

Am having red phone envy - my Grandma had one like that in her house when I was little - she insisted on a red one and paid the extra because she didn't want cream like everyone else!!!!!

Sue said...

I am in awe of your patchwork talent. My favourite has to be the lamp!! Wow!! You have inspired me, and I canot wait to see what you do to the wood.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

OK so you had me at the patchwork skirt and the world's best jacket, then you raise me bleedin' blood pressure with your new 'puter nook complete with gorgeous filing cabinet, phone, THOSE curtains and the LAMPSHADE!!!!!! Oh it's simply perfect, it really is, especially with the pom-pom trim!!!!!! Love the refashioned chair and your glorious cushion ... I love it all!!!!!!! Lucky for my wallet, but depressing for my soul, we have no wonderful Indian haberdashery/knick-knack shops near us ... POO!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

grunge-queen said...

I love patchwork, especially in decor (once saw a patchwork couch in the boho-chic store Anthropologie - the pricetag was whopping but someone crafty like you could pull off a custom patchwork sofa cover, I'll bet). Your work nook looks delightful, and so inspiring in front of the window.

Ah, how I miss the red rotary phone I gave away when I moved to the UK - at least it's at my sis's so it's still in the family. :)

Your new leather jacket just looks great with everything, Vix - great buy! xoxo

Ofelia said...

For me patchwork is a lot of work and for that reason I haven't done it since the late 90's.
I absolutely adore your curtains!
I also have a very old laptop as well as an even older digital camera.
I refuse to pay more of a new one until these ones are not longer able to function.
I hope all is well with your internet provider.
Besos,

Ronnie (RR) said...

It's nice to see Gilbert again. Always loved your patch working, but am very impressed with your lampshade. I have one waiting to re cover as I strung glass beads all over it but its time for a change, might follow your lead if I ever get time. You look great btw :)

edie pop said...

What a vision, your space is bright and colourful, the sun light was perfect to emphasize your great work, I love the lamp with the pom pom trimming and your famous courtains (I'm one of those that tried your great tutorial, but I didn't have enough fabric to finish it!).
The skirt is beautiful too and your gold and green jacket is perfect on everything!
Lots of love xxxxx

FASHION TALES said...

Patchwork is hardly a dying art! And you wear it so well. I love patchwork because I'm into using excess fabric for multiple things. What a superb lampshade, so clever and cool!

Robyn said...

I'm surprised that they thought patchwork was a dying art - there's loads everywhere, albeit in the Cath Kiston-and-bunting fashion and not as bright as yours. I'd love to have a very black, minimalish room with a few accents exactly like your lovely lamp, that'd be awesome.

Louise Mc said...

Patchwork is so pretty isn't it? I love those patchwork lamps. I love school desks too, £1, what a bargain! X

Frocktasia said...

I've never seen multicoloured pom-pom trim before, it's fab! You are a DIY patchwork goddess & you look lush wearing it too.
I'm still hankering for that fab jacket of yours, gawjus!
Lot's of love,
Jennie
xXx

Rebecca said...

I ALWAYS love seeing the patchwork - clothes/curtains/cushions - no difference! The lampshade is amazing. And I can't wait to see what you do with the wood on the lamp. (I have 2 wooden floor lamps & it's never dawned on me to DO something with them!)

Hope you survive the internet provider switch. I need my Vix Fix!

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

I'm really enjoying this wander round your home! I adore patchwork and I'm collecting vintage wallpaper for a patchwork wall and trying to resist the temptation to sell it on ebay as it fetches a fortune! Your skirt is fabulous!

Helen Le Caplain said...

You, and your patch-worked home, look absolutely glorious!! :) xx

www.mancunianvintage.com

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I love all the patchwork-- really great job on that lamp!! Love the patchwork skirt with the painted leather jacket- it really is perfect on you
Becky :)

Ivy Black said...

I do love a nice bit of patchwork and can you ever have too much? I don't think so. Always lovely to see inside your bargainacious home and it's so true what you say about the telephone. Mine is the same one my grandparents had years ago. The lampshade is a triumph, the trimming is lush and so are you.
Emxxxxxxxxxx

kaffesoester said...

You really have some great patch work pieces! I love what you did to the lamp shade (and how and with what!), and the chair.

Your green jacket caught my eye - is it leather? It look fantastic, and perfect with the busy pattern on the patchwork skirt! I really love how it allows you to show off your beautiful bangles!

pastcaring said...

Your new spot for the PC looks great, Vix, love that desk, and of course the chair and cushion and the famous patchwork curtains are triumphs of handmade decor!
And what a great job you did of your Dee-inspired lampshade. I was scoping out a haberdashery stall on our outdoor market last week, and saw they had pom pom trim - I'm thinking of adding some to something I make, though not sure what yet! And it reminded me of the Indian stall in Walsall, and Krista being here, and what a lovely day we had. Lovely memories!

You are rocking the patchwork maxi, and I think that little leather jacket is quite a favourite of yours - and no wonder, it looks great with everything!

Don't disappear - I miss you when you go away! Love ya! xxxxxxx

CameronPoe2409 said...

The colours look so fab, your patchworking puts a smile of my face xx

Fiona said...

Loved viewing your patchwork pad and bargain furniture, espesh the filing cabinet and red phone. I had one just like it, great for when you're in the garden, it's so loud you never miss a call. I too have an ancient desk top, if it ain't broke don't fix it I say. Gorgeous patwork maxi but I've told you that before.
x

Veshoevius said...

Wow you have been busy! Look at all that patchwork! I remember having one of those phones in my house as a kid. Hope the internet switchover goes well - please don't disappear for too long xx

Style Sud-Est said...

wonderful post! you look lovely!
I love you work space all that patchwork is wonderful
I adore your skirt

Ariane xxx

Lucys Lounge said...

wow I love your house, the curtains and the lampshade . your outfit is very nice too especially the skirt. lucyx

Lucys Lounge said...

wow I love your house, the curtains and the lampshade . your outfit is very nice too especially the skirt. lucyx

Rose&Bird said...

What a great space, so much light shining through those beautiful curtains! Loving the paperweight and can't believe the desk was only £1! You look great today, hope you're not out of touch for too long x

rosyragpatch said...

I love your patchwork pieces -your house looks so lovely and colourful. And although I'm sure I've said it before - your patchwork maxi skirt is gorgeous, I'll make one myself one of these days.xx

tanaya said...

God I want to live in your work-space, one day I hope I get to have a house half as awesome as yours. Gaah only if I could use a sewing machine I would patchwork right now...Maybe old school hand stitched patchwork curtains? Hmmm! The lampshade is divineeeeee! And you look like my imagination came to life...Okay I am off to the charity shops looking for treasures xxx

tanaya said...

And please don't vanish, Internet Gods be kind...What would I do without your regular doses of awesome?

menopauselsupermodel said...

I am in patchwork LOVE!!! The skirt, the curtains, the lamp, the cushion!!! DIVINE!!
Oh my I must be making some patchwork lovliness of my own!!

Debbie Baker Burns said...

That skirt is marvelous! I loved all the patchwork. I shared a link on my thrift store's Facebook page. (Burning Springs Thrift Store).
There's some great ideas here for cutting up and using old clothes and material. Love it! Debbie

Helga! said...

Fecking FANTASMO work, Vix!!! That lamp is now a true treasure, and the cushion is too divoon for words! AND a fabulously reworked chair!!! Jaysus, woman! The crafty brush has well and truly touched you!
You are looking GORGEOUS, sweeping your mane out of your eyes! Looking a little brighter there?! The mornings are getting a little darker here, but daylight saving isn't set to finish until April.
Hope the provider change goes smoothly, it's a dim world when you're not in it!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

Hippy at Heart said...

Nobody rocks patchwork better than you, babe! love your work space and the lampshade is phantastic.

Kezzie said...

Your patchworks are so lovely! I have a sort of patchwork batik throw from Bali but not much else!

The Style Crone said...

Ahhhh your gorgeous patchwork. The lamp is a work of art, especially with the pom pom trim. As is your maxi and your talent for pattern mixing.

Hoping that you don't disappear, even for a short time. You always brighten my days.

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

Man I'm in love with your space. Now I'm inspired to put those yards of odd fabric to use. And you look superb as usual!

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

You leave no one indifferent right? Do you get (positive) comments whenever you leave your house and meet people?

Camelia Crinoline said...

I love your red phone. I can't believe it was 2 pound. Here they are always ridiculously expensive. I love all your patchwork. The lamp looks great.

Wean said...

Me again ! just to thank you for the link on my blog to Bus Stop, I've found out they have a vintage Fair in Shrewsbury this weekend - perfect timing - so I'll be going over and see what I can find out and get some first hand experience - thanks again.

Style Eyes said...

I love your patchwork house! the lampshade is amazing and I am very tempted to get some of those pom poms, so many possibilities.

delia hornbook said...

I was just admiring your desk and objects and those lush curtains when i saw your lampshade and i did smile it looks fabulous maybe we could set a trend and get every blogger to make one :-) I adore the pompom trim it looks bloody smashing i might have to add something to mine now. I hope you manage to change providers ok. Must plan another bloggy meet up soon. hugs, dee xxx

Melanie said...

Love your little space, it looks so sweet and I love your outfit. I think there are more people patch-working and quilting than people realise these days xxx

Loulou said...

I love your patchwork creations. They're so cheerful. And speaking about cheerful, how about that pompom trim. It's fantastic! Now I'm on the lookout for some of that in our sewing shops here.

Vintage Coconut said...

All your patchwork is simply divine. I need more in my life. I love that shade you made.
Your skirt is perfect.

Misfits Vintage said...

I do NOT have enough patchwork in my life. I absolutely LOVE that gorgeous skirt - and as always, I lovelovelove having a poke around your house. The patchwork lamp is incredible - the curtains are GORGEOUS and I would steal them and wear them given half a chance.

Love you more than cheesecake!

Sarah xxx

silkpathdiary said...

LOVE your little space, mine looks very similar minus the patchwork curtains and lampshade - have patchwork cushion though! I don't have an iphone or ipad either, prefer my pc. Actually I have an ancient (5 yrs old but in technology terms pre-historic) laptop as well to use which is so heavy I literally can't carry it about - used to stick it in the pushchair when my youngest was a toddler lol!

Forest City Fashionista said...

I believe you will be single-handedly responsible for the resurgence of patchwork as an art form. I love that green jacket with the patchwork skirt! I had to laugh at the telephone comment - I still have my very first phone - a black rotary dial, and it still works!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

You look brilliant, I still really love that jacket. It's gorgeous. All the patchwork is so pretty, it really brightens up a room, with minimal cost - prefect. The lampshade looks excellent, I have a similar slapdash approach to crafting. I like what you've done with the chair xxxx

Mary Lou said...

wow you are the queen of patchwork!!! i haven´t seen so much patchwork in any other place, so your home must be patchwork heaven;) i love your maxi skirt to pieces and gosh i would like to steal you that green jacket!!!

Bella Q said...

I can't help but gush at you dear Vix. I love the bright spot of color you seem to bring everywhere. Love this lost art, found in your home and on your person. Love you.