So it would appear that somehow, without me noticing, 5 whole months have come and gone since I blogged last – and I was on such a roll too! I think posting so regularly and giving myself categories and deadlines and scheduled posts, took the shine off the whole process for me a little. Instead of being a space to share my crafting with you all (and admittedly promote Wonderland Boutique as much as I can without driving you all away!) and also getting to impart all those marvellous finds and treasures that my vintage and handmade world discovers along the way; it was instead turning into a chore and pile of post that simply listed things I wanted to buy but couldn’t afford to – I’m being honest here. I see too many blogs that have gone this way and I didn’t want to become one of them, so I took a little break that unintentionally turned into a pretty long one.
Now, that isn’t to say that there still won’t be post listing lots of wonderful things that I yearn to own and want to share – I think that it is an intrinsic part of the vintage and handmade community that we all champion one another’s work and spread the word as it were; and I am constantly coming across indie designers and vintage enthusiasts whose collections and creations I know you’ll adore as much as I do. I will however, aim to intersperse such posts with more personal ones, I want to write more, to debate more and share a bit more of myself than simply the sewing side of my life. I also think that I should check myself less – I am always better when I simply write, rather than pouring over each post and editing/deleting my thoughts with abandon.
Having said that, things here at Wonderland Towers are pretty much the same as they ever were however, which is both fine and infuriating, in equal measure. I’m glad to see that Summer is fading out though I have embraced it this year more than I ever have. Trips to the beach and park with my 2 little nephews and baby niece will make even the palest girl dive into the sun headlong. I am starting to so enjoy that little nip in the evening air that has come with September’s arrival and I am resisting the urge to dig out my scarves in preparation for Autumn proper.
In celebration of the impending cooler months, I want to share with you all a little side-project that I have had on the boil. It is a new Etsy shop, opened in a month ago to showcase my lovely Mother’s remarkable knitting talents – Knitted by Nannie. My Mum has always knitted, taught to do so by her Mother (who was taught by her Mother and so on – sadly, it appears to have skipped a generation when it comes to me, I cannot knit for toffee!) and is rather brilliant at it. My brother and I were always decked out in handcrafted jumpers and cardigans and hats, and baby blankets and mittens were never shop-bought. As we grew up, she knitted for us less but there was always someone who was having a baby or knew someone who was and so she knitted handmade loveliness for them instead. Now, with the utter joy of being a Nannie for the past 6 years and 3 times over no less, she has relished knitting again for her grandchildren and it is with that that I have convinced her to open up her own Etsy shop, in an attempt to share her lovely handknitted babywear with the world. I would appreciate it if you can please take the time have a little look around, favourites (and of course purchases!) would be so warmly welcome – help me to convince her that Etsy really is the place for her to showcase her knitting.
I shall leave you with some examples from her store and know that she is more than happy to replicate anything you see listed in different colours and/or sizes – custom pieces would be a pleasure. So, if you or yours want to wrap up your little ones this coming season in some truly lovely handcrafted knitting, then look no further than Knitted by Nannie: