Posts Tagged ‘creative’

Tent – Craft

September 8, 2010

 

As the summer draws to a close we thought it  fun to share a craft for an adventurous child (or a child at heart) who wants to play “camping” in the garden.  One last hurrah for the little ones before schools starts!  Straight out of Christina’s Vintage Crafts book, a simple idea that creates fun childhood memories.


Child’s Play Tent

Materials:

  • approx. 2 x 4 yds (2 x 4 m) of heavy canvas fabric
  • four 12 x 9 in. (30 x 23 cm) pieces of contrasting heavy
  • canvas for pockets
  • sewing machine
  • matching thread
  • strong string or washing line
  • 4 bricks or other objects

Step 1.

Make a single miter at each corner of the tent fabric and hem all around.




Step 2.

Miter the corners of the four pieces of fabric for the pockets and hem them all.


Step 3.

Stitch one pocket to each corner of the outside of the tent, so that a brick or heavy object sits on it long side on the ground.


Step 4.

Tie the string or washing line around the two trees or strong supports at a height of about 4 ½ ft (1.4 m). Throw the canvas fabric over the string. Place a brick or other heavy object in each pocket to weight the sides down to the ground. Always supervise children when they play.


To take a closer look at the Cabbages & Roses fabrics used in the project please click on this link.  We hope you enjoy the project, and we welcome your feedback.

Best

C&R

Sofa so Good

August 28, 2010

Kate (Christina’s daughter and C&R business development) has been moving house recently and decided that the huge blue sofa we have been storing in our warehouse would be prefect for her new living room. We all jumped to our feet to join in and help move it. None of us could have known it would take 6 women to move through the warehouse’s narrow walk way, negotiating around other pieces of furniture and general warehouse junk. Finally once out of the warehouse it was a matter of getting it round the corner.

See below for our obvious debate over size and weight.

After some deliberation, we left the sofa where it was to be collected and relaxed for a moment with an ice lollie or two.

Best

C&R

August 17, 2010

August 6, 2010

Thank You

to

Cristin

@

Simplified Bee

for writing such a lovely review of Christina’s new book,

At Home with Country

by CICO Books.





 

June 30, 2010

Marley & Lockyer

Today the lovely Ness of Marley & Lockyer has a guest post by our very own, Christina Strutt.  In the post Christina offers her own Top 10 Tips for home decor.  We have also collaborated with Ness for a sweet give-away!

Enjoy, and head on over to Marley & Lockyer.

Best

C&R

June 21, 2010

Thank you

to the amazing Laura

@

for her terrific interview with Christina.


We loved meeting you in NY, and hope to see you again on our next visit.

Best

C&R

Previous Post

June 20, 2010

Thank you

to

the wonderful Jenny

@



for her witty post about Cabbages &Roses.  Her adorable sense of humor made us smile.    Everyone should check out her beautiful blog and store.

June 17, 2010

We thought it would be nice to share some of Christina’s sewing and craft projects from her books, along with a few new ideas she will be developing on the Cabbages & Roses blog.  We are going to start with a Summer Skirt, which seems appropriate as we head into the heart of summer!

Summer Skirt

Made from a pretty floral print, these light cotton skirts are the perfect way to keep cool in the summer days.

Materials:

  • Cotton fabric:  measuring 108 in. x 42 in.
  • 26 in. of 1 in. elastic
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • 2 Safety pins

Step 1

Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, and stitch the sides.  Press open the seam.

Step 2

Hem the bottom edge of the skirt by turning over 1/2 in. and then 1 in. and stitch by hand or by machine.  Hem the top edge of the skirt by turning over 1/2 in. and stitch by hand or by machine.  Leave the edge over the seam unstitched to create an opening for the elastic.

Step 3

Attach a safety pin to each end of the elastic and feed it through the slot.  Gather the fabric to the desired size and stitch both ends of the elastic in position.

Step 4

Turn the skirt right side out.  Close the slot by folding in the raw edges and stitching by hand.

To take a closer look at the Cabbages & Roses fabrics used in the project please click on this link. We hope you enjoy the project, and we would love to hear your feedback.

Best

C&R

June 17, 2010

Sloane Square – June 2010

A feature article about Christina, and Cabbages & Roses ran in the June issue of Sloane Square Magazine.  The article speaks to Cabbages & Roses continued growth during these challenging economic times, which is a true testament to  Christina’s strong creative vision for the brand and her amazing staff that make it all happen. Congrats!

June 11, 2010

Thank you

to

Julia

@

for including At Home with Country in her Good Summer Reading list.

Love your television and movie houses, such a neat idea!

Thanks again Julia

Best

C&R