Free label Photoshop brush

 

My friend’s birthday is today and, like us, she loves to craft and sew.  I really didn’t know what to get her but knew she would appreciate something thoughtful and hand-made. Finally,  hit on the idea of a little hessian drawstring bag prettied up with some home-made fabric hearts and cotton border. The little heart-shaped button and ribbon came from a beautiful M & S bra that gave up the will to live and its underwiring in the tumble drier one day.

And inside…. lovely things, darling! Gorgeous things! I put together a few spools of ribbon from the East of India range. The spools they are wound on are objects of delight. Hardboard reels (if they could have been wood though! *Sigh*) but tough and beautiful in their modest simplicity. I always keep them and am very pleased I did. I bought a couple of metres of narrow ‘lace’ from Hickey’s haberdashery and wound it onto an empty reel and pinned it in place with a round-ended dress maker’s pin. They come in lots of colours.

Also included is a new stitch ripper, as she is forever mislaying hers, and they are so useful to have. Plus there are a few embroidery flosses, needles, fancy tiny buttons and a pin cushion I made a while ago. It’s the sort of gift I would love to receive and think she will like it too.

But back to the East of India spools! The price sticker left a rough patch on the spool where it had been affixed.  To sort that little problem, I opened Illustrator and created a label to print and stick onto the spool. Simple concentric patterns with some text typed onto a circular path with some adjustment to the kerning to get the spacing to look neat. If you want to make your own, the diameter of the spool is 80 mm and the hole in the middle is 19.5 mm.

You can always use mine:

It’s here as a .png or you can register and download it as a PS / PSE brush:

Click here to download the label graphic – you will need to register but it’s free!  Label for ribbon spool

I cut the labels out and Modge Podged them onto the spools. For good measure, I coated them with some Modge Podge on the top surface as well to make them waterproof and protect the image so that it doesn’t bleed.

See the sewing machine in the picture? It’s about 100 years old and still works. Its mechanism is smooth and makes a lovely sound when the handle is turned. I bought it a good few years ago for about €25 and they still cost around the same now! That’s of no matter. To me, it’s a thing of beauty and displayed as an ornament though it is missing a cover for the side compartment. The box is lovely, too but  hides the machine so I keep it and when I need the space, box the machine up and put it away for a bit.

Every so often I visit a local auction and sale room to see if I can get the all-in-one machine and treadle table but not lucky so far. However, I think I can get a treadle on its own so might buy it if it’s cheap enough. The treadle  has been converted into a table with a top made from a block of pine which doesn’t go at all but that can be covered with a fancy-edged table cloth. I have the perfect material – an almost sepia coloured linen with a vintage print that will do the job nicely so my plans are made!

Just look at the beautiful details! The gorgeous authentic antique  typography!

 

The front plate with its lovely embossed metalwork of leaves and tendrils. Still shiny and crisp.

 

Not so shiny! It’s old and very rusty but it’s unmistakably a Victorian (or is that Edwardian? I looked up the serial number and it is, apparently, 102 years old which would make the year of manufacture 1911… nope not Victorian, not Edwardian but Georgian! George the 5th was on the throne.) ruffler foot. That is, if the ruffler was made at the same time as the machine, of course!

 

And a tiny bobbin reel. Like something from the Bagpuss shop! It fits inside a solid capsule-type case in ‘the workings’ hidden from view!

They don’t make them like this any more, do they? Bet my electric machines won’t be working in a hundred years time! Still, not like I’ll be here to bother about that!

While UK seems to be covered in blankets of snow and Oz is having a heat wave even by Australian standards, we’re still just cold, wet and very windy here though it did sleet a little this morning. The forecast is for snow showers throughout the day. We shall see how it goes.

Take care wherever you are and hope you have a great weekend.

Hel

 

Christmas lights with free PS/PSE brush

Thought I’d show you the lantern now that the pillar candle has gone down a lot and lights up the globe better. There’s something so very relaxing and mesmerising about candle light. I enjoy curling up on the sofa with a hot drink  when I get in from the cold of an evening. It gives me some quiet time to reflect and decompress. I am reading a lot of Louise Hay, Florence Schinn and John Kehoe at the moment and this is a good time for following their advice and weeding out stray thoughts of negativity and replacing them with strong, healthy thoughts of  growth and positivity.

I went to the Citywest Convention Centre for the festival of Diwali, or Festival of Lights a little while ago. It’s a tremendously beautiful occasion celebrating the triumph of good over evil, the joy of life, light over darkness, and enlightenment, that is,  knowledge, over ignorance.  It was a glorious and uplifting event. This is my personal Diwali but on a MUCH smaller scale!

This week we see the passing of that eccentric old astronomer, Patrick Moore. My son developed an interest in astronomy thanks this this chap’s lifelong passion and his programme, The Sky at Night. And I’ve bought a telescope or two…

A great sadness in his life was that his fiance was killed during a bombing raid over England during WWII. He never got over her death and never married or had a romantic interest in anyone after she was killed. He NEVER forgave the Germans. That kind of bitterness is nothing but poison. You cannot drink from a poisoned chalice and expect it to injure anybody but yourself.

Still, crusty old so-and-so that he was, his mind was sharp and brilliant and he illuminated the minds of many more with his passion for the stars and planets. And, in my romantic notions, I hope he and his wartime sweetheart are together now. May old bitterness and blames be forgiven.

And today I read that Ravi Shankar has passed also. I have a CD of sitar music by Ravi Shanker that is truly lovely to have wafting around my home. And I didn’t guess for one second that Norah Jones is his daughter! I have a CD of hers also!

But so Atropos cuts the thread of life and hopefully releases our energies to an infinite life of joy. Bless them both, bless all.

Anyway, I must get on. Thought you might like a little freebie – a Photoshop ABR (PSE) brush to ‘stamp’ your winter projects with:

Click here for your free PS/PSE brush:

Winter wishes free Photoshop / PSE brush

Byeee

Happy Christmas cut out SVG topper for sale

Anyone else inspired by the paper cutout work featured on Kirstie Alsopps’s Vintage Home programme? If you get a chance to view it, you’ll see it’s all fussy cut by Poppy Chancellor but as Black Cat Cougar and other cutting machine owners know, manual is not what we do! Why buy a cat then miaow yourself?! Okay, to you purists out there, it’s the difference between Indonesian reclaimed floorboards and good, common, serviceable ones from Woodies…  only discernible to those with ‘The Eye’ and the critical faculties that ‘get’ the nuances and subtleties lost on the rest of us!

I made this cut-out this afternoon. It needed a couple of little tweaks as one or two cuts are a bit fine when it came to removing it from the carrier sheet, but the few I’ve cut will be used on cards this Christmas despite one or two leeeetle breakages here and there. The tweaks are the work of minutes but that bed won’t make itself and there are a few other chores (‘What chores?’ ‘Thank you, I’ll have a cup of tea, please’) so I’ll do them tomorrow.

There, all tweaked and easy to get off the carrier sheet! It’s for sale here at 2.50 euro. Payment must be made through Paypal which will deal with any currency conversion. You will receive the SVG file electronically in your e-mail within 24 hours of receiving your payment. Thank you for looking.

Click here for the file:

Happy Christmas cutout topper SVG (€ 2.5) Happy Christmas cut out SVG topper €2.50

 

Also for sale is a high-res stamp of the cutout (ABR Photoshop/PSE brush) €2.50

Happy Christmas cutout topper stamp (Photoshop/PSE) brush (€ 2.5)

So, have a good evening and speak tomorrow.

 

Christmas tree and sentiment brushes (for PS and PSE)

A couple of  Christmas brush stamps for sale today – a very pretty tree and Merry Christmas sentiment stamp for you to start your Christmas card and fancy trappings projects. They’re 300 dpi so high res and can be rescaled to suit your needs.

They’re just €2.00 and available here:

Christmas Tree and Sentiment Brush set Christmas Tree and Sentiment brush set for PS / PSE (€ 2)

Payment is to made made via Paypal and a zipped file containing the brushes will be sent electronically to your e-mail address within 24 hours after the funds have been received.

Some dates for your diary – don’t get caught out and miss the post! Eire – Last Posting Dates for Christmas (pdf format):

Eire Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2012

 

 

2013 Victorian Calendar brushes for PS / PSE

There’s an oxymoron for you! Another set of 2013 calendar brushes for sale. Payment is to be made through Paypal. Your brush set will be sent to your e-mail address once payment has been received.

2013 Calendar brushes for use with Photoshop/Photoshop Elements and other quality graphic applications.

Available to buy here, price = €3.50:

2013 Victorian Calendar brush set for PS / PSE (€ 3.5)

Thank you for looking

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