Sabaidee! Did ya miss me? God how I missed you… so here’s a giveaway!

Hallo lovely peeps. First off – can I just apologise for the radio silence in terms of my comments on this blog and others for the last couple of weeks? I’ve got a good excuse though – I’ve been in Laos and Thailand soaking up sun and culture! By the wondrous power of wordpress  I was able to pre-schedule a couple of posts to publish while I was away but responding to comments and keeping up with all my favourite blogs proved to be nigh-on frickin’ impossible. I did log on once to google reader to find no less than 468 unread blog entries to get through (I follow A LOT of blogs). I’ve given up on trying to catch up – I’m afraid I did the unthinkable and marked ALL AS READ. Don’t hate me! This is year dot. Let’s begin again, eh?

And what better way to begin again – than with a giveaway! My first giveaway in fact. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for ages, considering I’ve already benefitted from the most marvellous giveaways from Jane and Marie. I’ve just been looking for the perfect item – and I think I’ve found it.

Laos (along with  Thailand) is known for producing beautiful naturally-dyed silks. Whilst in Luang Prabang I was lucky enough to witness the daily dawn offering of alms by the locals to the monks who walk barefoot from street to street in total silence. The meditative peacefulness of the event, along with the beautiful saffron robes of the monks was really something amazing to behold. Here’s a (sensitively taken! no flashes and more than three metres away from any monk) picture:

Monk procession through Luang Prabang

Inspired by this I came across three metres of this rather stunning silk, purchased in Luang Prabang and I’m giving it away! It’s the most gorgeous saffron-orange – the picture probably doesn’t do it much justice but the way it shimmers in the sunlight… bliss! It’s not very wide – about 88 cms so hopefully the length should help you do something with it.

Saffron silk

All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on this blog entry telling me where you’d love to go for an adventure! The giveaway is open until 8pm (GMT) on Friday 17th February and is open to anyone anywhere in the world. Good luck!

P.S. Going from 35 degree heat to sub zero London does not a happy Joanne make. It took me an hour to defrost after walking home from the tube last night! I was most unsuitably dressed (denim coat, pumps, light trousers) for the big freeze. Brrrrrr!

Foxy! Fabric!

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In the words of Rolf Harris, “Can you guess what it is yet?” No neither can I to be honest…

Today I am extolling the beauty, nay the majesty, of animal prints. Not the striped, speckled or spotted kind, mind. No – for me the joy of a good animal print is seeing the little critters gambolling all over my wardrobe. I’ve already sewn up a whale blouse and a rabbit smock top. I also have a blousy tunic from Dotty P’s sprinkled with kitties.  I plan to build on this menagerie and breed the little blighters further.

I’ve been thinking about foxes lately and a quick bit of research on the interwebs has unearthed some charming examples of foxy fabric that would make the cutest dresses, the sweetest shirts and the most darling bags. Check them out…

Foxen by Holli Zollinger (Spoonflower)

Foxen by Holli Zollinger (Spoonflower)

Foxy by Anika (Monaluna)

Foxy by Anika (Monaluna)

This particular fabric has been used beautifully by Isabel over here.

Foxes fabric by Nicola Clare (Spoonflower)

Foxes fabric by Nicola Clare (Spoonflower)

Little Red Fox by Fabric by Bora (Spoonflower)

Little Red Fox by Fabric by Bora (Spoonflower)

How about you? Is there a particular species within the animal kingdom that you just can’t get enough of fabric-wise?