Friday, 31 August 2012

Guess The Theme 18

Greetings from the Paralympics!  I went to watch the Wheelchair Basketball last night and we're off to the Athletics this morning, so I'll be back with tales of my Paralympic adventures on Monday.  As I'm in a good mood, I've made Guess The Theme really easy this week.  So I expect lots of right answers in the comments, on facebook and twitter (@cutekidsclocks).

Bubbly Wavy Fused Glass Dish by HazelBunyan
£50 (+ £4.30 p&p)
Waves and Bubbles fused glass dish, Made with Bullseye Glass in Tealy Green with Rich Violet on a clear base. Deeply textured with raised waves and clear bubbles. It looks great in the window on a stand if you don't want to hide the design with fruit, sweets or trinkets!  Size: 197mm square - 6mm average glass thickness - curved height 20mm 

Cream and Brown Layered Felt Buttons by chocolatecupcake
£5.67 (+ £2.82 p&p)
You will receive 9 x felt embellishments... they may not be the exact ones as shown but they will be just as nice. 9 embellishments per pack. 6 are 1.5" and 3 are 1.25". Each one is handmade using layers of felt with a cute button sewn on top. Some have stitch detailing while others are plain.

Crochet Ripple Blanket by KookieCrochet
£25 (+ £3.50 p&p)
Kookie crochet coloured ripple blanket. Made with Traditional Yarn & a 4.5 size Crochet Hook.  Made in colours/size etc of your choice.

Double Decker Bus Notebook by TeaAndCeremony
£3.50 (+ £1 p&p)
Accessorise your desk with this handy little notebook.  Professionally printed onto 350gsm gloss card and hand assembled, the cover design features an old style orange Manchester bus that ran in the north of the city. Inside there are twenty blank pages onto which you can pen your thoughts and ideas.  Designed and hand assembled by Tea & Ceremony in Lancashire. Printed in England.  Notebook Dimensions: 10.4cm(w) x 14.8cm(h) 

Lions by PyjamaFarmer
£10 (+ £2 p&p)
A handmade pyjama pet made with love from the Pyjama farmer!  These pyjama Lions are made from lots of old well loved pyjama's!   The Lions are machine sewed with hand sewn finishing.  Stuffing is hypo allergenic and conforms to current standards.  Similar can be made from your own favourite fabrics!  Suitable from birth to old age!! 

Mini Alphabet Soup with Crunchy Number Croutons by HandmadeByAlison
£58.37 (+ £4.54 p&p)
There's one of each letter in the alphabet - in many different fonts and styles and measuring between 5/8" (L) and 2 1/4" (j) tall. The majority of the letters are between 1"-1 1/2" tall. This set has an added bonus - "croutons" of numbers and punctuation to float on the soup. There's a full set of numbers from 0-9 and a teeny, tiny Plie of Punctuation too. The tallest number (0) is 1 3/8" and the smallest (9) is 5/8". The punctuation varies between 5/8" and 2".

Samsung Galaxy Note Sleeve by LilliansBags
£11 (+ £1.50 p&p)
This sleeve will protect your Galaxy Note from scratches and dust and will carry it around in style. It is made out of good quality cotton with matching cotton for lining and is interfaced with vilene felt. It is roomy enough so that you should be able to fit both phone and cover inside the sleeve if you have chosen extra protection for your phone. 

Spring Whisper Earrings by Chameleonite
£14.59 (+ £3.21 p&p)
Pretty and feminine vintage lucite lilies in a delicate shade of pink form these earrings. A trio of copper ball stamens tipped in Swarovski crystals peep beneath their skirts and another crystal crowns the top of each translucent flower. These sweet lilies swing from antique copper French hooks.  The delicate pastel pink and lightweight style is perfect for summer!  Flowers 17mm, Crystals 4mm, Total length 50mm - 2"

Decorative Claret Red Glass Swirls and Twirls Motif by Loutul
£16 (+ £3.20 p&p)
Claret red decorative glass bottle with pewter embossed swirls and twirls motif that fits right round the bottle. This 250ml Claret Red round cork mouthed bottle measuring 150mm (6") x 65mm (2½") diameter. It is an ideal bottle for the bathroom or bedroom. By removing the cork you can use it as a single flower vase and display it anywhere in your home or on your desk at the office.

Yorkie Puppy Keyring by artbyeliza
£3.89 (+ £1.95 p&p)
The design is taken from an original painting by the artist E Whaley.The keyring is made of plastic and has a silver ring.The print insert measures 50mm x 35mm.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012


I'm all excited today because it's the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.  Not that I'm particularly excited by opening ceremonies, but tomorrow we're off to London to watch the Wheelchair Basketball and Athletics, which is very very exciting.

But that's tomorrow, today we're explorers discovering new lands and bolding going where no man has gone before.

Bahia Palm Trees Skinny Tie by MamaWolfStore
£25.94 (+ 65p p&p)
This collection is inspired by 15th century Amazon explorer Francisco de Orellana. Orellana was a Spanish explorer and the first European to travel the length of the Amazon River . He completed the first known navigation of the length of the Amazon River, which was originally named for him, but which he later re-named 'Amazon' after reporting battles with female warriors.  Width at widest point 2.2", Width at smallest point 1.1", Length 57.2

Boy Explorer Print by dreamymeisme
£14 (+ £1 p&p)
This is a print from a watercolour illustration in my picture book 'When nothing happens'. This book tells the adventures of a girl and her bird friend. The story is a celebration of the power of imagination and the illustrations through it try to inspire a creative view of the world. Signed and dated illustration reproduction printed on Epson matte 167gms paper. It measures 20 x 21 cm (8 x 81/2 aprox.)

Ephemera Scrapbooking Scallops by amaretto
£7 (+ £3.05 p&p)
Ephemera Scrapbooking Labels. Set of 24 vintage style scallops. Each scallop has been created individually - cut, given special vintage charm, stamped with a compass and "DISCOVER". Each tag measures 1.5 inch diameter.

Explorer with Pullcart by COMEBACKPETER
£10 (+ £2 p&p)
100 percent pre shrunk cotton t shirt. handmade screen printed. 

Girls Brigade Doll by ECDesignsToys
£4.25 (+ 25p p&p)
This knitted doll would make a great present for any past or present member of the Girls Brigade. This is a knitting Pattern Girls Brigade, Explorer & Junior.  A PDF and will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment and the minimised 20mm badge posted to you by first class post. This is a PDF pattern with step by step instructions, colour photographs and useful tips.  Comes with a badge posted by first class mail.

Kayak Pendant by shinykayaks
£38.88 (+ £2.43 p&p)
This is a silver kayak pendant created during the adventures of Steve Ugg. He left his kayak with an Artesan in the Andes and asked for it to be copied in minature. He then assisted in the final design before making a small quantity. These were then sold to help fund his river adventures.  The Kayak is approx 3.3 grammes of sterling silver hallmarked in the Birmingham Asay Office, UK. The overall length is 32mm or 1 1/4 inches. It is presented on a waxed cotton cord & clasp, in a recycled card box.

Explore Dream Discover A6 Mised Paper Journal by badbooks
£19.46 (+ £3.24 p&p)
A6 blank journal with a brown faux leather soft cover. The inside cover is hand painted with a blue, turquoise and white checkered design.  Over 80 pages of assorted paper. The majority of the pages are unlined and neutral in colour (cream, white, buff, off-white, sand) but vary in texture and weight.

Never Stop Exploring Print by FreyaArt
£48.64 (+ £4.54 p&p)
This image is printed onto gorgeous heavyweight (255gsm) archival Somerset Enhanced Etching Paper using the finest archival fade resistant inks.  Your print will be signed and dated, sealed in a protective cellophane sleeve and sent in a very sturdy cardboard mailer to ensure it arrives to you in perfect condition.

Steampunk Explorer Brass Star Cuff by dreadnoughtdesigns
£10 (+ £1.50 p&p)
Rich, forest green tapestry fabric with an all-over diamond pattern flecked with deep gold. Deep gold 100% wool felt medallion serves as the background for the large focal piece. Delicate large brass stamping, with intricately swirling tendrils and an amber colored stone at it's centre. 2 button closure with brass metal buttons.
Travel Journal by WickedFaerieGifts
£9.99 (+ £3.75 p&p)
Just around the corner, or along the road less travelled, whilst sitting outside a cafe sipping coffee, or on a cliff-top watching the sun set into the sea or relaxing after an enjoyable day spent with family and friends; the memories have to be remembered. In words, in sketches, or in collected ephemera, this book is the perfect thing you need. With 24 plain white pages (48 sides) embellished with vintage style cardstock with hand-stamped images, a collage of papers, distressed and stamped luggage tag all on a travel theme and wood veneer pyrographed with the word, ‘Explore’.  Size A4, measures 11 ¾” / 30cm x 8 ½” / 21cm.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Extreme Blogging

Ok, so there's not really anything extreme about my blogging practises other than today's blog theme.  This weekend I whittled a large crochet hook from a bit of an old wardrobe and then spent the next couple of days experimenting with extreme crochet.  I eventually ended up with this ear flap hat made with 3 strands of DK wool.  You can't tell it's made with 3 different colours of wool on the picture so you'll just have to take my word for it.  And I thought it might be fun to see what other extreme goings-on I could find on Etsy (leaving out anything too rude/fetishy, as usual).

Before we start I must say congratulations to my mother-in-law, Patricia, for correctly guessing that Friday's theme was UK shipping zones (or the shipping forecast, as I was thinking of it...).  Hubby also got it right, so I think Shetlanders had an unfair advantage with that one.

Black Gothic Nails by Lhouraii
£15 (+ £3 p&p)
Simple, black gothic nails. The ring finger is silver, glittery and has 3 black roses on.  Included are 10 nails:
Thumb: 15mm
Finger 1: 11mm
Finger 2: 13mm
Finger 3: 12mm
Finger 4: 9mm

Extra Large Knitting Needles by CutletCountryCrafts
£13 (+ £3 p&p)
These needles are extra large 600mm X 24mm.  These are used to 'Extreme Knit' using between 2 - 200 yarns at once to create your own unique item.  The most popular knitted item on these needles are rugs, blankets, cushion covers, bags, but the list is as endless as your imagination.

Ice Cream Time Mega Yarn by OutwardImages
£68 (+ £5.60 p&p)
Mega yarn for use on 19mm and above knitting needles & crochet hooks. Can't resist a taste of ice-cream, can you? These colours reminded me very much of childhood and running up to the ice cream van in summer with eager anticipation. This skein weighs about 825g and has an approx length of 65.5m. 

Extreme Knitted Rag Rug by DesignsByGill
£175 (+ free delivery)
This rug measures 24" by 36" and has a boxpattern worked into it.  It has a striped pattern worked in dark green with a light green centre section.  It is a wool mix designed to be hard wearing.  Full care instructions included.

'Festival Fields Forever' Seamless Felted Tie Dye Hat by Innerspiral
£74 (+ £5.60 p&p)
Seamlessly felted merino wool and then beautifully hand dyed in our own custom tie dye shades of jade, green and blue. Finished with a purple band and one of our own hand tooled wood buttons from from a rescued branch of a plum tree, finished in natural wax. 

Handmade Dressed Sleepy Sock Doll by ToobsnPurds
£12.99 (+ £2.99 p&p)
Here we have a beautiful handmade sock doll, with carefully embroidered features - closed eyes and a big yawn! The hair is hand stitched, as are the pyjamas.  The pj's are fully removeable too! They fasten with poppers hidden underneath the buttons.  Made from polyester cotton, and stuffes with washable polyester, this doll is just made to be loved, cuddled and hugged. And because it's made from poly cotton, and stuffed with poly, it is washable.

Tea Cosy with Subtle Stripes and Extreme Warmth by Cosies
£22 (+ £2.50 p&p)
Stripy moss stich in mauve, pink, brown and green soft Alpa wool, fully lined with green moss double knitting.  This one has an old-fashioned feel and appeal, being delicate but very thick to touch.  Fits a six-cup round teapot.  Wash carefully in luke warm water. 

T-Rex Extreme Gardening A6 Postcard by JurassicPanda
70p (+ 80p p&p)
Ever wanted to send a cheery little note to a friend but could never find any stationery to show off how truly brilliant and awesome you are? Well look no more!!! Here we have a fantastic A6 postcard featuring everyones FAVOURITE Pre-Historic Dinosaur T-Rex and everyone's favourite mammal the Giant Panda!!! One thing that people don't realise about the T-Rex is that they are not only keen horticulturists but that their height and vestigial arms makes them PERFECT for handling a plethora of gardening equipment!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Guess The Theme 17

Yesterday I heard the neighbours bickering in the bath.  I took Merlin out so he could go to the toilet and I could hear arguing.  And splashing noises. And then she shouted "You should be thanking me for letting you share my bath!"  Thanks for spelling it out for me.  Really didn't need that image.  Think I'll start taking my mp3 player when I take the dog out in the future to prevent myself accidentally overhearing things I don't want to hear.

And now I've shared that with you, let's get on with Guess The Theme.  I think it should be fairly easy for Brits but I don't think the rest of you will have a clue.  Sorry rest of the world!  If you think you know the answer you can share your guess here, on the Buy Handmade British facebook page or on twitter (@cutekidsclocks).
Cromarty Shoreline by KaathovenPhotography
£19.39 (+ free delivery)
Landscape in Black & White - Detail of the Cromarty Firth shoreline in the Scottish Highlands.  High quality C-type Fuji-Gloss print - 8" x 10"

Crystal Sole Baby Shoes by CustomisedShoes
£20 (+ £3.85 p&p)
These are a beautiful Pair of Crystal Sole Covered Baby shoes. 0-4 Months. They have approx 400 crystals per Pair, they have button fastening & come in a clear box.  Perfect for your new addition. Also sell in Pink, Clear and irridescent.

Forth Railway Bridge Photograph by JPWPhotography
£6.46 (+ 65p p&p)
Original Gloss Photograph of the Railway Bridge over Firth Of Forth, Scotland. You can just see the famous Forth Road Bridge behind. 7x5 inches.  Professionally printed on Fujifilm Crystal Archive Photographic Paper.  Titled and Signed, Suitable for framing.

King Fisher Postcard by zaragardner
32p (+ £1.29 p&p)
Who can deny the regal King fisher his right to a crown? Not me!  Original illustration in pen & ink.  Professionally printed on heavy card stock.  Comes in a protective cellobag.

Large Fair Isle Tote by BluebellGlen
£145 (+ £3.50 p&p)
Beautifully hand knitted one of a kind Fairisle Bag. Knitted in 100% Scottish Lambswool. Fully lined with firm cream cotton and with a beige cotton braid handle. Fastened with a crocheted loop of lambswool and a beautiful shell bead. Knitting has been lightly hand felted - it just slightly softens the stitch definition rather than obliterating it completely.  Bag sizes (approximate) - 40cm wide x 37cm deep. Handle is 86cm long (total length).

Reversible Forties Bandana by SallySweetlove
£5 (+ £1 p&p)
A really pretty hair tie / bandana
Approx measurements
Width at narowest point 4.5 cm
Width at widest point 10.5 cm
Total length 81 cms
Curved edge to fit your head
Red flower on a lilac gingham on one side purple and red ditsy floral on the other

Vintage Thames Map Lamp by 5ftinf
£45.23 (+ £7.75 p&p)
This is a beautiful lamp made from an original 1920's vintage Bacon's map of London.  It features the Thames and South London from Greenwich and Blackheath to Clapham.  It stands approx 31 cm high and has a diameter of approx 14.5 cm, which includes a small wood type base.

The Tyne and Sage Original Pencil Drawing by Basement71
£85 (+ free delivery)
An A2 print of original black and white pencil drawing of the Millenium Bridge and Sage building, on the Newcastle quayside, UK. This is a fine art digital Giclee print on premium paper to enhance depth and beauty of the pencil strokes. Printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308g.s.m. This is a heavy art paper, with a fibrous finish. The paper softens the image and mutes the colours giving a authentic hand-drawn quality to the print.

Portland Cement Travel Bag by FIKAY
£38.77 (+ £9.69 p&p)
This Fikay Sport's Holdall from our Elephant collection is a unique bag that will make you stand out wherever you are, from the gym to the beach!  The bag is made from recycled Portland cement bags meaning that it should be able to cope with your laptop or your trainers! There are also small pockets stitched on the inside so you can store your mobile phone, ipod or wallet in safety. Combine this with a classy retro design and you have a really special bag.

Silver Viking Knit Necklace and Bracelet by StyrkaSilverScotland
£70 (+ £3.20 p&p)
A very sturdy yet flexible weave, this technique has a simple, clean feel to it. Woven from three strands of silver plated copper wire, finished with Tibetan silver end caps and a spiral clasp. This set would make any Viking maiden proud. Each piece is made with care and attention to detail.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Sweet Charity

Before we get cracking with today's blog, I thought I'd show you this vest I painted.  Inspired by Monday's blog I've been making stencils so I can decorate some vests and t-shirts.  It's good when my own blog inspires me!

We had a very productive weekend.  My little boy discovered that from his cot he could reach the drawers next to his bed, open a drawer and empty all his clothes into his cot.  So we spent the weekend rearranging his bedroom.  It looks much better, and if he tries to empty the drawer now all he'll find is a couple of double duvet covers.  The downside is our bedroom is now full of all his old baby things that he's out-grown.  They spend the day on our bed, at night they get moved onto the floor in front of the wardrobe, and in the morning they have to be moved back onto the bed again.  So tonight I need to go through everything and decide what's going to my pregnant friend (who's having twin girls so probably won't want most of the boys clothes), what's going to the charity shop and what's for the bin.  We could probably sell a lot of it (high chair, pram, toys he's hardly touched, clothes he wore once and out-grew...) on ebay so I'm having internal dilemnas as to whether I should sell them or be nice and give them away.  While I debate the merits of giving to charity versus having money, have a look at these items by very nice people who have decided to give to charity...

Charity Art Greetings Cards by ARTZEN
£3 (+ 90p p&p)
Pack of 4 original greetings cards.  All proceeds from the sale of these cards will be donated to Atherstone Parkinson's Support Group.

Beastie Boys Charity Art Print by scottmuldoon
£34.59 (+ free delivery)
A3 litho-print on 300g uncoated stock paper.  Limited Edition (200 copies).  Signed and numbered.  All proceeds to be donated to the Tibetan Independence Movement in honour of the late Adam Yauch aka MCA 

Handmade Fine Silver Breast Cancer Ribbon Pendant by WildSilverJewellery
£36 (+ £3 p&p)
The Ribbon measures 1.2cm from side to side and is 2.2cm from the top of the bail to the bottom of the leaf. The pendant is sold in a recycled cardboard jewellery box. and is strung on a 16" sterling silver snake chain.  £20 from the sale of this necklace will be donated to the Barnstaple Chemotherapy appeal.

Hundreds of Hearts Wall Art by LittleDarlingsUK
£80 (+ £15 p&p)
Mounted on thick board, hundreds of individual hand cut card hearts form a large heart, with a piece falling away, creating a brilliantly textured, apparently fluttering piece. All captured in a deep wooden box frame.  All profits made from the red heart pictures on white mount will go directly to the Childrens Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, with 20% being donated from all other colour choices.

Julian the Jellyfish Blue Acrylic Necklace by beckybutton
£9.75 (+ £1.95 p&p)
10% of the proceeds from Julian will be donated to Fauna & Flora International, who "act to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take into account human needs".  He's been laser cut from 3mm transparent blue acrylic and his body is approximately 4cm/1.5in wide and 3cm/1.25in high. The longest of his beautiful rainbow chain tentacles is 10cm/4in long.

Pale Blue Origami Crane Pin by matinlapin
£3.25 (+ £1.30 p&p)
The cranes are individually drawn and made from shrink plastic, with a brooch back affixed with hot glue.  All profit from the sale of this pin will go to Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Porcelain Dish by seaurchin
£16 (+ £5 p&p)
This small bowl has a deep, multi-layered crater. It has been glazed with a glossy chocolate brown stoneware glaze and filled with teal and green glass.  The dish is 2 7/8 inches/7cm across and 1 3/8inch/3.3cm high. The list price of this dish will be donated to The Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal.

Romantic Handmade Book by Ktffos
£4.55 (+ 49p p&p)
The book measures 11 x 8cm when closed and the cover is handmade paper.  $1 from the sale of this book will go to Henshaws Arts & Craft Centre, a centre for visually impaired and learning disabled adults to have lessons in all sorts of crafts, music and horticulture.

Hair Fork in Madagascan Rosewood by NaturalCraftUK
£26.50 (+ £1.50 p&p)
This is a Hair Fork with three prongs, measuring about 5.5 inches in total length. The Fork has been hand-carved from a single piece of Madagascan Rosewood. The design is a tall forest with canopy on top, supposed to be a homage to the Madagascan rainforest. The Hair Fork has been sealed with Danish Oil and polished with Creamed Beeswax. All proceeds from the sale of this hair fork will be donated to the World Land Trust and will secure about 1/4 of acre of rainforest, safe-guarding it for future generations.

Tan Wooden Jasper Cuff Style Bracelet by PegasusJewellery
£8.84 (+ £2.80 p&p)
A gorgeous piece made with flat ovals and 8mm wooden jasper rounds. Each bead has a different pattern and tone of colour giving the bracelet a one of a kind look. The colours range from a pale grey/blue through to tan and to a chocolate brown. A great statement piece the colours work well with vibrant or neutral colours.  The bracelet is 8 inches long and an inch wide. 10% of the sale will be given to Balls To Cancer.