Friday, 30 March 2012

So Retro!

My parents were married and bought their first house in the 70s so, even though I was born in the 80s, I grew up surrounded by 70s prints on the carpets, curtains, bedding, lamps, crockery...  Pretty much everywhere.  My childhood was floral, orange and brown.  So today we have a lovely selection of 70s-inspired items off Etsy.  Enjoy.

70s Flower Print Bag by audreyscat
£24 (+ £2.75 p&p)
A great fun floral design for the summer - a great shape and very useful!  Fully lined with new cream cotton, Vintage Button loop closure and internal patch pocket.  The full length of these bags is approx 65 cm from 'top' of strap to base of bag, with the main body of the bag being approx 40cm wide by 40cm deep.

Embroidered Bookmark by madewhilstlistening2
£4 (+ 97p p&p)
This bookmark is made from funky 70s vintage 100% cotton and decorated with an original hand embroidered picture of an open book in black cotton.  The bookmark has been interfaced to keep it's shape and to keep it firm and not floppy! It is the perfect size for both paperbacks and hardbacks at 22cm x 7cm

Pink, Blue and Orange Fabric Bunting by amooma
£15 (+ £2.50 p&p)
This is bunting is made from an iconic 1970's vintage design, it would make an amazing statement at a celebration, or as a decoration in your home. Length 89 inches, 226cm, with an additional 18 inches 45 cm on white bias binding tape for hanging.  There are 12 triangle each has a width of 5.5 inches, 14 cm, hight, 6.5 inches, 16 cm.  The bunting is double sided and the triangle flags are attached to a white coloured bias binding tape.

Flower and Lace Cushion by RedFoxCurios
£12.90 (+ £1.16 p&p)
Handmade cushion cover measures 16 x 16".  Front side is made from repurposed vintage fabric.  Its a lovely sturdy medium weight cotton fabric - the weight of it really helps the cover keep its shape.  Cushion has an envelope back for easy filler removal in cheerful 'deckchair' stripe - also in a durable heavy cotton linen

Vintage Fabric Dachshund by aliceapple
£12.50 (+ £2.50 p&p)
Handmade from original 1970s fabric.
Contrasting ear backings and base.
Nose is handmade from felt and the eyes have been chain stitched on by hand. Stuffed with polyester filling.
Measurements (approx):
12"x 4" (30cm x 10cm)

Hot Air Balloon Screen Print by liwbanks
£70 (+ £5 p&p)
"Modular Balloon" is a two colour, hand pulled screen print inspired by vintage 1970's fabric design. It is taken from an original hand drawn illustration that was painstakingly scribbled with fine liner pens!  It is printed on to a 71 x 50cm (28 x 19 1/2") sheet of 50% cotton, acid free Fabriano paper. The printed area measures 47.5 x 47.5cm (18 3/4 x 18 3/4").  Limited edition of just 20.

"Interesting Bits" Creativity Kit by JulieKirk
£9 (+ £1.30 p&p)
The kit includes:
* various co-ordinating patterned papers in shades of orange and brown
* a sheet of original retro wallpaper

* lots of die cut shapes in co-ordinating shades some with a lovely flocked texture;
* several ribbons and self-adhesive trimming;
* assorted embellishments ;
* a range of buttons, brads and tags

Vintage Print Fabric Backed Notebook by Rocknrolldiaries
£9.68 (+ £1.29 p&p)
A4 lined notebook backed very professionally in vintage fabric.  Would make a fantastic gift for a loved one or yourself!  These notebooks have a really nice handle and are a pleasure to use. 

Handmade Vintage Fabric Purse by Janefoster
£15.23 (+ £1.48 p&p)
This large purse has been handmade from some wonderful vintage 70s Scandinavian fabric. It's perfect as a purse or make up bag. It measures 16cm by 11cm and has been lined with a contrasting pink cotton. The reverse is a bright green soft baby cord fabric and a fabric Jane Foster tag has been sewn inside the purse. 

Original 70s-style Watercolour by CaraTilson
£41.94 (+ £3.23 p&p)
Original watercolour of a 70s scene.


Thursday, 29 March 2012

Lemon and Lime

It might only be March but it definitely feels like summer this week, so I'm doing a colourful, summery, lemon and lime blog.

Felt Bird Wedding Toppers by feltmeupdesigns
£32.50 (+ £2.50 p&p)
This lovely pair of tweets is made from 100% organically farmed merino wool tops, one has pale yellow hearts on a grey background, the other has grey hearts on a yellow background, both have black and white accents for eyes and a single heart on their bums! They can be used a wedding cake toppers or simply as an ornament. The stand at approx 3 inches tall and can be arranged in various poses, standing toe to toe they will perch on a 6 inch base.

H. P. Lovecraft Quotatin Bangle by JezebelCharms
£25.89 (+ free delivery)
Believe in little green men or monsters under the bed ? Lovecraft stirs up all your horrors in his fantastical science fiction stories. Scripted quotation set upon a Sci-Fi shade of green with shadowed edging. The brass cuff measures 1.5" tall and 5.5" round with an opening of 1.5", easily adjustable by using slight pressure once on your wrist. The brass (an alloy of zinc and copper) ages beautifully and uniquely; it will change patina over time and this is completely natural. 



Large Beaded Hand Sewn Earrings by LilygraceOriginals
£35.60 (+ £2.27 p&p) 
These earrings are made from olive coloured pure silk (shot with red giving a brown look from some angles), hand sewn with a mixture of vintage rhinestones, vintage beads, sequins, vintage german glass jewels and polymer clay green disc gleaming with a layer of gold leaf just beneath the surface. The earrings are backed with butter soft dark green suede which is stiched to the front with tiny blanket stitches in metallic gold thread. 



Miniature Fairy Village by fizzyclaret
£24.60 (+ £1.94 p&p)
A tiny little fairy village of 5 mini fairy flower houses handmade from polymer clay and decorated with acrylic paint in lovely orange, lemon and green colours. The smallest house is 1 & 3/8ths inches (3.4cm) tall and the tallest is 1 & 5/8ths (4.1cm) inches tall.
Bicycle Kindle Cover Case by beetrootshed
£16.18 (+ free delivery)
Hand screen printed kindle/ereader case. Purple bicycle design screen printed on lime green cotton.  100% cotton cover with screen printed design.  Layer of natural cotton wadding/padding.  Lined with cotton.  Button and elastic loop



Lemon Meringue Marshmallow by sweettreatsbakery
£3.40 (+ £1.94 p&p)
A surprisingly moreish gourmet marshmallow with a tangy lemon twist. Made with freshly squeezed lemon juice these fluffy handmade marshmallows really do taste (as their name suggests) just like a lemon meringue pie - yum!  Made with love, hopefully not too much sweat, and only sometimes a few tears, these are real marshmallows made in the traditional way - all by hand and with no added nasties. 

Coffee and Donuts Memo Board by eternalearth08
£17.47 (+ £3.56 p&p)
Fabric covered & lightly padded to front & finished with ribbon & studwork. Fully lined on reverse & ready to hang. A place to keep all your invitations/reminders/business cards & photos - just slide them under the ribbons

Table Runner with 4 Matching Place Mats by CraftStall
£20.71 (+ £2.91 p&p)
Long table runner with 4 matching placemats in gold damask. 100% cotton.  Lemon and ivory floral print with black border.  Table runner measures 17" x 55"

Naturally Dyed Yellow Cotton Scarf by lissionetsy
£16.50 (+ £1.95 p&p)
A pretty lightweight long cotton scarf in a refreshing yellow shade, dyed using a golden rod based dye; both ends tied in a random knot in the centre whilst in the pot to produce uneven colour tones throughout.... Measures 195cm x 90cm

Fairytale Sweetheart Dress by ScarletCrafts
£108 (+ £3.75 p&p)
Quirky and adorable this 100% cotton dress is super flattering. The 50's style silhouette features a sweetheart neckline that does wonders for your bust, and a full circle skirt that kicks out to create the tiniest of waists.  With its far far away landscape, fresh summer colours and sweet embellishments; this dress will make you feel like a funky fairytale princess.  The cute turquoise polkadot binding is hand made and hand stitched, making this a one of a kind design

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Ten Little Ducks

The problem with having a toddler is that when I'm looking for inspiration for my next blog post my eyes will inevitably rest on something of his.  So today we have a ducky blog, inspired by the army of rubber ducks which seem to have taken over the house, but these ducks are much cuter.

Pair of Mini Lampwork Duck Beads by bykeiara
£8.35 (+ free delivery)
Two ridiculously cute handmade mini ducklings in bright yellow with orange beaks.  Ducklings are 15mm beak to tail. All sizes include any raised decoration. This pair would make an adorable pair of earrings or two dainty pendants or charms! 

Rubber Duck Baby Shoes Knitting Pattern by madmonkeyknits
£2.54 (pdf sent by email)
The actual shoes are knitted in one piece and the head only requires the most basic embroidery skills. The knitting pattern provides full instructions for 4 sizes so they can be made for preemies, tiny babies, newborns and babies up to 9 months old. They can be made in any dk yarn (8ply) of your choice.

Duck Greeting Card by LydiaCrook
£6 (+ £1 p&p)
This hand cut animal greeting card is great for all occasions. It is also a brilliant gift as the paper cutting can be easily removed and framed to become a lovely piece of wall art.
+ Card size – 150mm x 150mm
+ The animal silhouette is lightly stuck onto recycled 250 gsm card
+ Each card is supplied with a recycled Fleck Kraft envelope and an artwork title sticker, signed by the artist.
+ Inside has been left blank for your own personal message


Set of Three Red Ceramic Flying Ducks by PrinceDesignUK
£44.34 (+ £7.07)
This set of bright scarlet red ceramic flying ducks for your wall will add a pop of color and a little cheer to your home decor.  The surface has the texture of flock wallpaper, and they are finished in vibrant scarlet red.  These are great for a splash of colour in kitchens and bathrooms because they won't mind if it gets a bit steamy! Just gently wipe them over when they need it with a damp cloth. They are ready to easily hang inside your home using picture hooks or nails. 

Duck Crayons by MuckyPupCrayons
£5 (+ £2 p&p)
MuckyPup Crayons are hand-poured using re-designed & recycled high-quality non-toxic crayons and Eco Friendly Soy.  Girlie Duck Set MuckyPup Crayons measure 4cm. This pack will have 4 Chunky Ducks in Pink, Yellow, Orange and Red. All packs will include a MuckyPup Sticker.

Hand Printed Duck Family Cushion byhelkatdesign
£37.27 (+ free delivery)
Hand printed in Wiltshire on a ribbed cotton in a muted blue a hen duck and her ducklings with the usual bespoke back and trim comes with a 17 x 13 inner

Wood Duck Photo Print by riverskye
£9.64 (+ £2.57 p&p)
A rare photo of a wonderful. male wood duck in his full colours on waters that were so calm that he's gentle movements produced the most amazing reflections. A lovely photo of a truly beautiful bird.

Sock Ducks by ToobsnPurds
£3.99 (+ £1.50 p&p)
Small handmade sock ducks in a variety of colours.

Blue Pocket Tissue Cover by HeartofHolland
£4.50 (+ £1.05 p&p)
Fabulous to give as gifts for teachers and hostesses. A pack of tissues are included.  This tissue cover is a cute dutch blue duck fabric with blue gingham accent.

Wooden Duck by danirose777
£2.57 (+ £1.29 p&p)
Waldorf inspired wooden duck - ideal for your nature table.  It's 3 cm tall and 6 cm wide.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Really Easy Tutorial Tuesday

Good morning everyone!  It's Tutorial Tuesday once again and this time we're taking things easy.  It's all about quick, simple makes anyone can do and I challenge anyone to find an easier project than the snood!  Ok, we'll kick off with the tutorials....

No Sew Bunting Tutorial on noodleBubble

Create bunting with fabric, bias tape, glue and pinking shears.

No Sew Fabric Mail Organiser on Mimi's Crafty World

Make your own mail organiser from a cardboard box, some old clothes and lots of glue.

No Sew Patchwork Table Runner on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Make a pretty table runner using fabric and no sew hemming tape.

Learn to Sew on Tilly and the Buttons

A complete course to learn how to sew on your sewing machine including some easy projects to get you started.

Snood Scarf on Pom Pom Emporium

The easiest make in the world.  Ever.  Guaranteed.





















 And now for the kits....  These are all available from Folksy.

Bunting Kit by Eljo's Haberdashery
£9 (+ £1 p&p)
Make your own bunting with this easy kit - 8 x pre-cut flags, 2m x lovely ribbon; just waiting to be stitched (or glued) together. Embellish with buttons & beads to make something really special...

Red Felt Butterfly Sewing Kit by Kitty says.... Get creative with 'make & sew'
£8.50 (+ £1.50 p&p)
Kit contains:
* Felt butterfly with pre-punched holes
* Blunt needle
* Sewing thread
* Stuffing
* Ribbon
* Label
* Decorations
Russian Doll Plush Kit by Zouzou Design
£9.75 (+ £1.50 p&p)
Make your own Russian doll plush with the minimum of of time and effort. This easy sew Russian doll measures 23cm (9) high when finished and makes a lovely ornament, toy or gift.  The kit contains fabric and instructions, all you need to provide is thread and the stuffing of your choice.

Peg Dolly Kit by Pecan Pie
£4.50 (+ £1.50 p&p)
Kit Includes:
4 choices of dress fabric
3 strips of pretty ribbon/sequins
2 pieces of netting
2 wooly wigs
2 dolly pegs
and lots of magic

Spider Badge Kit by Mirrors
£2.50 (+ £1 p&p)
A friendly spider badge to make yourself, measuring 38mm in diameter, not including legs! 'Pin-pals' are D.I.Y. badge kits which contain a hand-pressed felt covered badge and plenty of felt pieces and of course, googly eyes. In addition you will need glue, PVA is fine and scissors. Simply follow the picture supplied and have fun....! 

Monday, 26 March 2012

New Shops for March

Good morning everyone and happy Handmade Monday!  Here's my bit of show-and-tell for this week - Emergency Hair Fix Kits.  It's a small purse (so far I've made one leather and one hand-woven wool) containing a folding hairbrush, clips, grips and bobbles.  The clips and grips are attached to the purse by a cord with a spiral wire in the end for the bobbles so none of them will get lost.  I'm going to list them on Etsy later today so fingers crossed they'll do well.

Todays blog is about the shops which opened on Etsy this month.  As always, I encourage you to pop along, have a look and show some support for the new shop owners.  Etsy gets bigger and harder to get noticed every day.



Butterfly Button Picture by helenrobin
£35.58 (+ £3.88 p&p)
A great deal of TLC has been put into creating this unique, framed Butterfly picture.  It has been lovingly handmade with a large selection of colourful, old and new buttons and retro style pin badges.  Each piece of embellishment has been carefully selected and individually applied. Mounted on to a painted teal background that really helps the bright colours of buttons pop!

Knitted Chick by nlangsdale
£5.28 (+ £1.94 p&p)
Stuffed knitted toy or decoration ideal if looking for a fun way of livening up your Easter decorations 

Mrs Heart by mrsgumi
£20.70 (+ £2.59 p&p)
Looking for something to decorate your wall? Why don't you try this lovely Mrs Heart - it will bring pretty colours into your wall! It comes framed so it's all ready to put up! Framed handmade felted hearts in red, pink, orange and beige.
Size 25cm x 25cm x 4.5cm (framed)

The Ancient House Print by MogiKa
£29.11 (+ £3.23 p&p)
Limited Edition copies of 30, printed with archival inks onto acid free natural paper. It measures 210 x 297 mm, black ink drawing. Each print is hand-signed by the artist.  It will be sent and packed with great care inside a cello sleeve and shipped in a protective envelope. The digital sign will not be on the drawing.

'Hi!' Speech Bubble Decorative Plate by lloydloves
£7.76 (+ £4.53 p&p)
Hand painted decorative wall plate.  8 inches in diameter.  Brighten up your wall with a Hi!

200 Recycled Origami Stars by StonesButtonsAndBows
£10 (+ £1 p&p)
Paper origami stars from recycled magazines. Pretty and perfect home decoration. Display in a vase for a simple and stylish look or scatter across the dinner table for a unique decoration.  A variety of colours and patterns.  Each star measures approx 2cm.

Floral Butterfly Ring by GraceFaceBoutique
£6.50 (+ £1.99 p&p)
This cute ring is made from floral cotton covered wooden butterfly on silver plated adjustable ring, which is finished with a anti tarnish coating. Fits ring sizes L-P. Ring measures 2.5cm wide.

Cat Scratching Post by KoogaTree
£89.99 (+ free delivery)
Beautiful handmade cat scratching post tailor-made to perfectly suit your interior decor and keep your cats happy! All Kooga Tree products are handmade from locally sourced timber with individual character.