I know it’s been a really long time since I posted anything newsy or projecty, so here comes the new years resolution of catching up with it all! I have got a good reason though I promise. As well as the general hullaballoo of just having opened the shop, I also found out I was pregnant in November and I’ve been struggling with fatigue and the dreaded morning yuck. But it seems the corner is turning and I’m feeling a bit more myself again!
SO Happy new year to all my lovely readers. As a treat for your well earned patience here’s a photo montage of my latest collection of accessories. I hope you enjoy and I’ll catch you on the blogosphere again v.soon!
Blue Velvet cuff with Cameo and aqua gems
Blue velvet background with pearl and marcasite jewellery statement alice band
Blue Velvet sets off this reloved marcasite brooch beautifully on this statement alice band
Blue and pearl resin brooch reloved into this cute hair comb covered in mushroom ribbon
Collection of handmade combs, some are buttons some are vintage jewellery but all are unique
1950’s necklace reloved into a 1920’s style hair piece, looks awesome with a flapper dress
Handmade felt brooches, all made with offcuts and end of roll trims to prevent wastage.
So I thought it would be fun to share some pictures with you of the shop so you can see where my new home is and where I’ll be blogging from now on. Next week I’ll be catching up with my personal projects, so you will see a lot of new posts next week. Thanks all for bearing with me over the last month or so while I’ve been a bit quiet. Now I’m all settled in normal service can resume!
Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my new home! See you soon for project fun times
My Threads have lived in a wire basket for sometime. Not my best organisation I’ll admit. The threads have been getting tangled and I can never find the colour I need. So I decided to relocate them to something a bit more practical. The jewellery box is thick card but it’s lovely and strong and the inside is in great condition. I picked it up from a thrift store years ago for pittance but never found a use for it. I like the pattern outside but the top is quite stained. Roll on the Re-loving. . .
One old Jewellery box
lots of silk roses
rustic peach roses (silk)
a lot of thread spools
That’s the end of the catch up marathon, thanks for reading, see you next week for project 16
So Monday 1st October was our first wedding anniversary. Yay. So last week I combined the gift with my project, but I’m going to say up front, whilst the actual design and materials used to create it were things I already had or borrowed, I did pay to have it mounted and framed. However this was a gift and not for my own personal gain so I haven’t broken any rules but I still wanted to share this with you . This is what I came up with for the traditional paper gift for a first anniversary.
Vintage Estelle Lingerie Catalogue
A lot of patience
Usually I post tonnes of photos to explain the method. This time it would ruin the effect, so instead I’m just going to give you a brief idea and let you marvel at the print in all its completeness.
First I cut out about 20 red felt hearts
Then I cut out 20 felt hearts within the hearts already made
Then I faffed for hours and hours trying to lay them in a heart on rainbow paper.
Then my very honest friend told me it looked like a gay pride flag, which is awesome, but not the look I wanted for my 1st wedding anniversary gift to my husband.
Then I got my hands on the centre page of an old lingerie catalogue and decided to combine the two, photograph it, frame it and present it to my husband. I told him that good wives give p*rn. He laughed and told me it was quirky. I think he liked it.
Hope you enjoyed this mildly naughty project!
See you tomorrow for the 3rd instalment of the project marathon weekend
This week my project was to do something to save my favourite scarf. It’s a lovely soft wool scarf & it had a beautiful white furry trim. However after putting it through the wrong wash cycle, I had to stretch the wool out repeatedly until it was the right size again but there was no saving the cute trim. I really didn’t want to chuck it so here it is, my favourite scarf 2.0.
Old but loved scarf
Black braided trim
It took a long time to thread through the new trim after I’d cut out all the old trim, but it was very satisfying to see how quickly it progressed. I’ve got some matching gloves somewhere too so when I find those I’ll give those the re-loved trim too!
This week I taught myself how to make felt from some natural insulation I had. Combined with a need for a new pin cushion, I bring you the 100% homemade pin cushion (from totally re-loved materials of course)
First I pummelled my wool in a hot sink of water. Then I compressed it to get all the water out & realised that I would need to repeat this process many times to turn it into felt! I think it was six times in total, but it was a joy! Sadly I did not manage to take pictures of this bit as I was a bit enthralled & forgot (sorry.) But here’s the gallery of how the rest of the project progressed – enjoy!
Handmade felt from organic wool insulation
scraps of felt from old projects (purple & navy)
needle & thread
Handmade stuffing made from organic wool insulation
Hope you enjoyed this week’s experiment, see you next week for Project 9!
I discovered a whole new medium today. Frankly I was enthralled. I was searching for a way to transfer photos to fabric, when I stumbled across a method for printing directly onto fabric. I read this post & was completely inspired to try it myself. See the gallery below for how I Re-Loved an old shopping jute bag.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks project & will come back next week for Project 7! There will also be a bonus post midweek about my progress & the “non buying” element of Re-Loved 52.
“The Flame I Hold For You in My Heart is Stronger than Olympic Gold”
Out of nowhere I have become glued to my television. Normally I’m a radio girl. But the Olympics have won my attention. I don’t know why but I am completely enthralled. I had planned to do a project involving a lot of sewing but I changed direction at the last minute when I came across a nearly full tube of relief outliner cream, some empty mason jars & realised that I could do this whilst watching the telly.
Regular followers will notice the change in format for this project. Follow the pictures through the gallery to see my creative journey unfold this week. . .
I came up with the quote “The flame I hold for you in my heart is stronger than olympic gold” because I am really enjoying the Olympics and it seemed appropriate as my husband is off on a boys holiday this weekend & absence really does make the heart grow fonder,
I am one of those people that is a little bit addicted to stumble upon & pinterest. In passing I have seen a number of different tutorials on how to decorate blank china. Some of them require specialist things (which I can’t buy due to the project rules) but then I saw one which used a simple sharpie pen. I had a dig around my pen box and found a nice pink sharpie (yay) See results below:
1) 4 blank teacups & saucers
2) one sharpie pen
3) an oven
Firstly I made sure all the cups were clean before I started. Sounds basic but it’ll be much harder to get a stain off once you’ve “baked” the cups in the oven. Then I decided what I wanted to write on the cups. I decided to do two that are a pair as a he + she matching set and then the other two are a little bit random! My favourite is the one which says “I lied, it’s not decaf (sorry)” The other one says “instant coffee is for philistines”
I didn’t get it exactly how I wanted the first time so I did wipe them clean (warm water was fine) until I got all the wording positioned and sized how I felt it looked best. This was a little problematic on the saucers as I kept ending up with big writing at the beginning and small writing at the end. Once this was sorted, I spread them out on a baking tray and well. . . baked them! 30 minutes on 180 degrees (celsius) was plenty to “seal” the ink.
Once they were good and baked I left them to cool completely and then checked the lettering was secure by rubbing them with a damp sponge. Yup all good & safe. I now have four wordy cups which I can hand wash to my hearts desire (I don’t think they would stand up to dish washing though)
This was a really fun project, I felt really naughty writing all over the cups but I think for cheap blank mugs it’s a lovely idea to make them into something personal. I think this would be a really fun & easy gift to make for somebody. Perhaps with an “altered christmas carol” or birthday greeting.