A Heart Handmade Blog Holiday Feature
Today’s feature spotlight should give you some good ideas on how to display a few of the ever-so-important aspects of your holiday dinner – THE DESSERTS! Inspired by shabby chic and vintage elements, Deborah puts rare, antique and one of a kind pieces together to beautify your holiday table.
I have a background in Genetics.
I am scared of worms and caterpillars.
I want to learn to carve my own stamps.
I would love to visit the Louvre museum one day...dreams...
What got you started crafting?
My mum got me crafting when she taught me to cross stitch when I was four or five years old. She was the one who taught me a lot of the crafty skills I know, but my dad inspired me to craft too as he was quite good at drawing and hand writing fancy fonts.
What is your source of inspiration?
I love looking through old photos of homes and interior decorating back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. And I also loooove browsing through the crockery and jewellery sections at antiques stores and bazaars. There is just something so elegant and luxurious about those vintage designs.
What have you made recently?
I have been focussing on making vintage doily and napkin buntings of late. I recently expanded my range of buntings by teaming gorgeous linen napkins (which had the most feminine crocheted edges) with a ruffled strip of vintage hemtape in baby pink.
This particular bunting was inspired by the crocheted edges of the vintage napkins. I get many enquiries from brides wanting vintage buntings for their weddings and the design of the crocheted edges made me want to create a really elegant and feminine bunting one could use for a wedding.
This bunting took me quite a while to create as I carefully hand folded each ruffle into place before sewing it onto the bias tape holding my bunting together. The ruffles aren't perfectly even, which adds to the handmade allure.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell my crafts online via the handmade sites Etsy and Madeit. I sometimes attend craft markets, although this is hard for me as I am a mother to two little ones as well as working a day job. My friends love to pop round to my place for a cup of coffee and browse through my creations as an easy, and relaxing way for them to shop handmade. :)
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I love handmade because you are usually directly supporting the creator of the item you purchase when you buy handmade. And my handmade purchases are generally fairly unique due to the one of a kind or limited edition nature of handmade items.