Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Make Your Own COLOURFUL Wooden Puzzle Bracelet - Jane Foster

I bought a cellophane bag of wooden puzzle pieces the other day in Oxfam for 49p and have been wondering what to do with them! I remember them as a child and still love the primary bold colours. I suddenly had the idea that I wanted to make a bracelet with the vintage pieces. This is how I did it!

I added small pen dots to the corners of each piece and then used a very small drill to drill the holes.

I then took two pieces of elastic and started threading them through the holes - initially just as two lines until I discovered crossing over looked quite good!

As I've got quite wide wrists, I figured I needed 4 square pieces to fit. I kept a pair of scissors handy as whenever the ends of the elastic frayed, I trimmed them a bit.


I got my partner Jim to tie the bracelet around my wrist and knot the ends before trimming.

I couldn't not let our eight year old daughter have a play too - she decided on a whole new style and without any help, did the following. All I need to do is find some more of the puzzle pieces to make more! Does anyone know the name of these?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Mollie Makes Instagram and Pinterest Takeover Guest - Jane Foster

I was thrilled when Mollie Makes asked me if I would like to be a takeover guest on Pinterest and Instagram for a few days. I've been a huge Mollie Makes fan right from the very first issue. Here's a snap shot of just some of my back issues that I have on my studio shelf! They've followed me during three house moves!

Before Mollie Makes was launched, I always felt there was a gap in the market for a cool trendy magazine and it seemed to coincide with the increased popularity of blogs, Facebook and Pinterest. I've been lucky enough to have had my work featured in at least 7 Mollie Makes issues to date and my favourite one was when I designed the free cover gift of a small red sausage dog to sew. I still have a spare copy with the gift stuck to the magazine front! 

Here's a photo of me from years ago when I was featured in my Brighton home - this was the upstairs room my creative career started in! If you look closely, I was putting together some screen prints along with retro and vintage fabrics to sell in a local shop in the lanes called Appendage. I still have the Orla Kiely wallpaper covered cupboard with sliding doors (originally from Ikea) and my favourite green and white striped Orla Kiely dress. Oh, and I still have the white Mac Lamp that I bought from Brighton Boot Sale!

The photo below shows some of the Mid Century Modern fabric cushions I used to make and sell in my early days. This was how I first started out  -  I was obsessed with collecting as many different patterns from the 50s and 60s that I could find and would get a real buzz if I was lucky enough to find some original Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler or Terence Conran. (I was such a fabric geek!)

I shall be adding posts to Mollie Makes Instagram (@molliemakes) from this Thursday to Sunday and I shall be pinning to a special Pinterest Board on Saturday called Craft With Kids.

I hope you get a chance to have a peep at my posts and that you enjoy them x

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Screen Printed Linen Purses - Jane Foster

I've really enjoyed adding more purses to my existing range this week. All of these are hand screen printed and made by me in my Devon studio - each one has originated from my illustrations. They can be found on my Etsy shop here.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Jane Foster's Vintage Fabrics going on sale! Thursday May 5th

Those of you that have followed me over the past 10 years or so will know that I have loved collecting fabric. I used to make and sell vintage fabric cushions before I started to take my new career more seriously. Gradually, my time has gone over to illustrating and screen printing and I no longer spend hours (and often days!) searching over the internet trying to source the fabrics I like, staying up to some ridiculous hour to win eBay bids buying fabric from countries with a different time zone etc.. I still love fabric but have a new rule with myself - unless I'm going to use it or enjoy it in some way on a daily basis, I cannot keep hoarding it! We moved got our current 60s home nearly 2 years ago now and have only limited wall space for pictures and framed pieces of fabric. (Our previous home a 4 storey town house that was more spacious for displaying more items).It seems a shame that I have a few suit cases full of fabric that I don't get out and enjoy so my life now moves on and I'm going to part with some of them. I've decided to open  'Vintage' shop section in my Etsy shop this coming May 5th at 8pm. I shall be listing very special fabrics from my collection that although hard to part with, I know will go to good homes for others to enjoy. Much of the fabric will be rare Mid Century pieces - all originals (I know some of these have been re-produced in the past few years but mine are all from the 50s and 60s). Here are some snap shots of examples of what I shall be listing  - some yellow Marian Mahler, some Swedish Pythagorus fabric by Sven Markelius
( an original 18 colour screen print!) and some Conran children's fabric. I shall also over the next few weeks be adding some more affordable pieces too for those of you that cannot afford the rarer pieces.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Simply Sewing Magazine Feature - Jane Foster

I'm thrilled to be featured in Simply Sewing Magazine this month - (Issue 16). There's a 4 page feature on me and my work and also a lampshade tutorial from my First Craft Book Fun With Fabric.
Here are some snap shots - it's a great magazine brimming with ideas and projects and is available to buy in WH Smiths and other stores.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Living room makeover in our 60s home - Jane Foster

We moved into our 60s house over a year ago now but hadn't time to renovate the living room until this past week. My partner did the renovations - first he added a wide window sill and tongue and groove cladding under the windows to create a wide shelf (and to also insulate under the windows.) He then painted the floor white with a large roller before we moved all the furniture in again. (Well, not all of it - we wanted it to look more spacious so left a side board out!) Here are some snap shots  -  it's looking very calm at the moment - not my usual style of filling every bit of wall space with all our pictures! I imagine more colour (and clutter!) will creep in gradually.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

B baby magazine - issue 6 Spring 2016 - Colours book giveaway!

It's been a while since I've looked at a baby magazine as my daughter is now 8 but I did however really enjoy receiving this new baby magazine 'B' through my letterbox recently. I loved looking at all the beautiful well designed products and photographs and was extra thrilled to be featured on a few of it's pages shown here below. The current Spring issue 6 has a special feature on the Best of British.
 The magazine are giving away five copies of my new 'Colours' book  - visit their website to enter.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

My day in Porthleven, Cornwall - Jane Foster

My partner and I took a spontaneous trip to Porthleven yesterday. We'd not been there before and once we we there we fell in love with the area and the wonderful light. Here are a few snap shots I took. My heart skipped a beat when we came across a wonderful old guy (who'd lived there all his life) who collects old life buoys and other old fishing bits and bobs. He sold me a few which I've added to my growing collection outside the studio - gives me the feeling of having a coastal garden.
I especially loved the light in Porthleven and all the little cottages, granite Georgian houses and cute little cafes and galleries.