Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Define Your Blog Part 2: Modern Country Crafts

 On Monday, I shared how I think through
Inspiration Posts for Modern Country Style,
and today, I'm going through the same process for
Modern Country Crafts.

 I have two definitions of Modern Country Crafts.

  1. Modern Country Crafts are rural crafts that have been updated so that any fussy, fusty, fuddy-duddy elements have been removed.
  2. Modern Country Crafts are crafts that give some nod to the beauty of how things were made in the 'olden-days'.

I want the very best of Country Crafts...wreathmaking,  sewing, crochet....but in a way that appeals to me now in the 21st century.

I'm positively evangelical about this.
Crafts don't have to be out-dated or old-fashioned.
No matter what kind of interior you're after, there's a
lovely piece of gorgeousness waiting
just for you to make....

Okey-dokey, the best way to demonstrate what I mean is to show you just some of the crafts that I've shared at Modern Country Style in previous posts so that you can get a sense of what I'm looking for when I put together a
Modern Country Craft.

{Once again, you can click on any of the photos to be taken through to the original post...which is usually a tutorial of how to make your own.}

Click on the image for this three-part tutorial for a piped cushion with a button-heart panel

Want a modern interpretation of pot pourri? These smell divine and look so pretty too.

I love this nod to vintage labels...but using our wedding day as inspiration. Click on the image for details...

Learn how to make your vety own wreath-base using bits and bobs from your garden.

...and then click through to learn how to design your own beautiful Spring wreath....

...or click on this photo for something a little more autumnal...
Vintage Scrabble tiles make perfect the image for an easy-as-pie tutorial...

I adore these votive holders, made using vintage books. Wanna know more?  Click on through.

A tea-towel and old school trousers? How can that be? Click on the kitten to find out...

My daughter made this heart using berries from our garden. Isn't it cute? Click for a tutorial.

Our friends LOVED these as our gift for their newborn. Want to make your own? Click on the ballet shoes..

I made this Scandinavian Santa using tea-dyed cotton and red velvet. Want one? You know what to do.

Click through for a cinnamon starburst wreath...OR candle centre-piece. I'm cunning like that....

Wanna make your own? Click on the hearts...
Well, I hope you enjoyed that glimpse into the crafty workings of my mind.

In tomorrow's linky party post,
I'll be defining the renovation part of
Modern Country Style.

I hope I'll see you there...

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bikim said...

love the photos!
take care,

the fishermans cottage said...

Some really good ideas here.. I love your stamped valentine cushion with the pulled threads, gives it such a lovely finishing touch x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Lots of beautiful, inspiration lovelies here dear friend...I love the Spring wreath...must have a go at this!
Susan x

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Ooh, I'd forgotten about your fabulous wreath making skills (among all your other skills, of course!). I'll be clicking on your spring wreath tutorial in a minute. Bye bye xx

michele said...

everything you make is charming, Sarah. can't wait for your party, but it's made me kind of a nervous wreck! what will i post? no idea yet!

love to you.


High Street Cottage said...

What a delightful post, I absolutely love your Modern Country Crafts, Sarah. I do think they have a certain style. I honestly cannot choose a favorite but if I had to it's your Anniversary Pillow.
I have an old alarm clock in my office and the time is set at our Anniversary, so far, Hubby's never forgot;)

Teacup Moments said...

sarah, you work such magic with your hands! lovely lovely crafts! and i will see you at the party, though i've yet to decide on my contribution. :)

Bonnie@ The Hopeless Romantic said...

Sarah, u are so talented! Im tryin to be alittle more crafty lately so i will check out a few of these...I love the pillow with the heart, and the sweet little crochet ballet slippers. I use to crochet, but havent done it in a very long time..........Bonnie

Anonymous said...

Wish I could smell through the computer screen. Okay, that would be weird. The pot pourri letters and anniversary pillow are so romantic and charming. I love the pulled thread technique. I want to try that one of these days. Modern Country crafts are very fresh and today. I like the spin you put on them, my talented friend!

Look forward to joining in tomorrow. It will be fun! I'm still hemming and hawing over ideas.
Michelle :)

Lila said...


Looking forward to getting my spring ideas! said...

Hi sweetie, love your vintage tile square magnets. They have them by the bucket full at the Rose Bowl Flea Market...I'm going to have to get me some.

Unknown said...

Hello there talented lady, your crafts are so sweet but the 'anniversary cushion' is just fabulous - I love it.

Can't wait for tomorrow, I'm all ready! Woohoo!


Privet and Holly said...

I remember them all
and oh-so-well!!
I'm actually going
to put up my
"defining blog" early
Friday morning USA
forward to it....!
xx Suzanne
PS: Did you get my

Tricia said...

Hey woman! Love all your crafy goodness. I'm workin' up a post for your party today...I'm going to put it up today too :)

I don't know what's up with my goofy party button, hopefully photobucket gets their problems fixed and it comes back soon :(


Unknown said...

Hi there...I just popped into your blog from another and am enjoying going thru and seeing all your cleaver ideas! I've added myself as your newest follower. It's fun to see what people around the world are doing. I hope you come by my blog and visit some time soon! Happy Spring to You!

Daydream Living said...

Hi Sarah,
Girl, you are very creative! Love the cushion, hope to make it tomorrow, gotta go now, way past my bedtime x

bj said...

I love some of these olden crafts a lot. Especially loving the candles and olden books...gonna try that one.

michelle said...

I can't wait for your party! I love all your crafts my dear friend, you are so talented and so creative! I think I missed your candle lite mantel, it is beautiful!!

Town and Country Gals said...

Love your take on crafts, very clever! I especially like your anniversary pillow and the santa, very cute. I used to x-stitch a lot but haven't for awhile and really miss it. Great idea for a party, wish I knew how to link! Lucky you that you got to go riding last weekend, I haven't been in forever! Glad you liked the book, in the stores it's about $60.00 but on Amazon it's $25. My pics didn't do it justice.

heather said...

i love your bookish votives!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

You make the most beautiful things, Sarah. I just love your pillows. Beautiful, beautiful!

Travel With Lulu said...

Sarah, so great to see the crafts you worked on before I had discovered you :) That wedding pillow is still my all time fav, but those Scrabble pieces are a close second. You rock! XOL

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Unknown said...

Love your handmade decorations!
Enjoy a beautiful day

Em from Faded White Linen said...

Brilliant craft projects! perfect. And I can't believe that you live ten mins from oxford - how amazing is that. I can just imagine some beautiful country village!!! I can dream hey. xx

Meera @ firstsense said...

I was totally singing along with you to Brown Girl In The Ring... tra-la-la-la-laaaaa :)

You are so creative Sarah, your crafts are AMAZING! You are inspiring me to get crafting too! :)

By the way, I know what you're saying about the doors... if I ever have a warehouse/loft type space, I'm going to roam Italian flea markets to look for some eighteenth century doors!

Meera xx


Beautiful, fun and very doable projects. Thanks for this motivating post, Sarah. Can't wait for the party.


Debbie @ OtRD said...

What a wonderful collections of projects! Love them all!!

Unknown said...

Great projects! I love that they are achievable, and I'm loving the heart motifs.

Erin said...

I do love your projects Sarah, you do things that make me happy and think home:)

Miss Char said...

Cute, cute, cute. I'm in love with the first pillow with the buttons. Thanks so much for sharing.

Plumfield House Gardens said...

Very cozy, your home in Cotswold sounds very romantic,love the heart garland,

abeachcottage said...

Lovely adorable projects! Glad you added your link at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays!

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