Wednesday, 30 January 2013

a lightbulb moment...

 i am still a bit giddy from yesterday. 
for those of you that follow me on IG you will know what i am talking about...


the wonderful and talented Leanne Fanny of the little house martin sent me some of her amazing fabrics....and i mean amazing!
we follow each other on IG (i'm blueberryathome, Leanne is leannefanny) amongst other places and we got chatting about doing a swap of our fabrics. i was certainly up for that!
would you just look at what came in the mail yesterday!



Leanne's designs and colours are just too stunning for words.
i have always been a fan of her dotted leaf design so was delighted to have a couple of those in the bundle.


 as for flower pop...just darling and such gorgeous colours.
Leanne mixes the most stunning colours and i am determined to spend some time on doing what i started doing a couple of weeks ago and mix better colours. it makes such a difference.



you may have come across her sewing machine patch that she has made a very cute needle case kit with. i think that is due to be in the shop very soon.



so there i was, lucky me, with all this sitting on my desk. 
taxes were done so there really was nothing (imminent) stopping me from creating with them.
as soon as i opened them and pulled (in a very refrained kinda way - obviously) them out i knew exactly what i was going to do with them. I had no preconceived ideas at all and thought they would sit on my desk for several days waiting for something very special to use them for.
but no sewing commenced rather swiftly...

 i was being a little bit of a tease posting photos on IG for Leanne to guess. she had absolutely no idea and nor did anyone else, although i did like one suggestion of it being a headboard for a bed.

 in typical karen can't-possibly-stop-to-rest-eat-or-do-anything-until-it's-finished mode at about 9.45pm last night the patchwork lampshade was completed. 






 i absolutely love it.
Leanne absolutely loves it
and judging by the reaction on IG last night a load of other lovely folks do too!
i can not tell you what a pleasure it has been to get to know Leanne and to have this wonderful experience with someone so lovely.
in fact, in less than 24 hours we have set up a collaboration of working together to devise the first in a series of lampshade kits! (there is already a very exciting second one in the pipeline, but can't say any more at the moment)


these kits will be available very very soon (or to buy ready made if you don't fancy making your own) so you too can have your very own beautiful Fanny Park lampshade in your house!

15 comments:

Kate said...

Love it, perfect idea for those fabrics and I love how it is done in strips!

Elisabeth said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! I think I might have to go and buy a nice lamp once those kits hit the shops.

Sonia said...

I was one of the ones enjoying your teasing pics on IG yesterday. Such a stunning focal piece for any room - inspired! x

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

Its fantastic!!!! Absolutely stunning! I think I'll be needing one too

Mary said...

Stunning fabrics and an inspired use for them. I could definitely be tempted by one of those kits.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous fabrics and the lampshade looks amazing! I love the colours and patterns - please ask Leanne to add more to her etsy shop!

Charlotte said...

wow!!!! It's beautiful!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love it! You two are so talented it'd be easy to hate you ;o) Good job you're both so lovely with it!

Rachel said...

Fabulous!

Isisjem said...

Brilliant and yes Leannes fabrics are lovely - just as lovely as yours!

Di said...

Patchwork lampshades are going to the next level.....husband beware! Di x

lamina@do a bit said...

That's AWESOME!!! Woo Hoo...I love how wonderful things can happen when youleast expect it! Love the fabics and the lampshade... Gorgeous!

Jo @ life in lists said...

Amazing! ~I knew this was going to be the next blog post I read from you. Such a great way of showing off those gorgeous colourful prints.

Kay said...

Love the work! her fabric is gorgeous, I really like the bright teal prints.

Barn House Antiques said...

This is a fantastic lampshade!