Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Granny Square Wheels

I decided that my bike wasn't suitably grannified enough, so to remedy I did this to the poor bugger
I think it sets off the leopard print saddle cover that I made a few years back and the lovely new (and rather loud) Dutch bell that Mr Right got me for my birthday last year, just need some sunny days to take it on a couple of road trips!

Linking up with Lakota's #TaDahTuesday over at Faith, Hope And Charity Shopping

Monday, 30 July 2012

This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

School hols are upon us so there won't be much Junk Shop Jewel action for the duration as my kids just aren't that into schlepping round charity shops when they could be slobbing about in the jimjams or playing in the garden and, quite frankly, who can blame them?

I've managed to squeeze out a post this week so here goes, first up this lacy cafe curtain that was the perfect size for my kitchen window, I was going to crochet something myself for this window to replace the grotty blind but I spotted this for £1.95 and decided to save myself the job
Mrs B and I attended the smallest table top sale in the world (there were 3 tables) but we still managed to find a bargain or two, I got this pretty cake knife for 50p
and this vintage pinny for 20p
I also managed to get this groovy single duvet cover for £2, I dunno, you wait for ages for vintage bed linen then it seems to be everywhere (I'm not complaining mind) 
Linking up with Liz and #MagpieMonday over on Me And My Shadow
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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Vintage Sheet Bunting

My extremely talented and very generous friend Mary recently sent me a lovely surprise in the post
It's one of her gorgeous Vintage Sheet Bunting kits and Missy was kind enough to entertain herself yesterday long enough for me to get it made.

It was so easy to do, despite my fear of the sewing machine and having a 2 year old running about the place I managed to get it put together in about an hour and a half.  I think the most challenging part of this project was the ironing (I don't do ironing) and working out the spacing of the pennants.

The fabrics are beautiful and this kit makes a generous 3.5m of bunting (15 pennants) although I must confess that I added two of my own prints into the mix as I was itching to use them having waited so long to find some vintage bed linens myself.

The kit comes ready cut so all you have to do is sew (and iron, but I'm trying to repress that memory so we won't speak of it again).

I've hung the finished article across one wall of my dining room and here it is...

You can purchase a kit from Mary's Etsy shop and whizz one up just in time for the one day of summer we've been promised next week.

This would make an ideal gift for a novice seamstress or a great mother/daughter (or father/son or any other configuration to make me sound more PC than I actually am) project too.

Thanks again to Mary for sending me the kit, I love it. x

Linking up with #HandmadeThursday over at White Lily Green

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Trash To Treasure

I was setting off on my usual weekly Sainsbury's shopping trip when en route I spied this out on the pavement in the pouring rain for the bin men 

so I skidded to a halt and stuffed it into the boot of my car and high tailed it home.

More lovely Lloyd Loom, this time for free!

It was looking a tad worse for wear but I scrubbed it, gave it a lick of paint, well actually three scant licks of paint as I was being careful not to bung up the beautiful basket weave work with too much paint, redid the gilt spray effect by hand using acrylic gold paint and an artist's brush and replaced the entire seat cushion and upholstering it in some gorgeous satiny fabric I got for a steal in a sari fabric shop.

Here's the finished item
It's a tad more teal than in the photo and I think I've been sympathetic with my restoration but also added a touch of opulence.  I can't stop looking at it!

Linking up with #TaDahTuesday over at Faith, Hope And Charity Shopping

Monday, 9 July 2012

This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

Only a few items to tickle your tat taste buds this week.

Firstly this pretty floral cake plate, my favourite item of the moment.  I spotted it in a charity shop in town and took it up to the cashier to pay.  Missy is going through that 'I want to be a grown up' stage and insisted on getting her little purse out to pay the £1.50 for it out of her own money for me so not only is it gorgeous it's the first item she's given me as a gift that Daddy hasn't had to be involved in and for that reason alone I love it all the more.
Next up some purple wool and a couple of pairs of plastic knitting needles, all for ongoing craftiness (£2.15 all in)
This pretty glass fruit bowl (£2)
And finally this beautiful white crocheted tablecloth, I was thinking I might make it into a blind for my kitchen window as it's too small for my table but I'm undecided (£3)
 Linking up with #MagpieMonday over at Me And My Shadow
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Sunday, 8 July 2012

Olympic Torch Relay Comes To Town

Today the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay arrived in my town, it passed by literally a stone's throw from my house so I couldn't not go and take a gander.  

It was shaping up to be a glorious summer's evening but about 20 minutes before the torch was due and in typical British style the heavens opened.  The downpour lasted for ages and was doing its best to dampen our spirits but thankfully about 5 minutes before the torch bearer arrived the sun came out and we were bathed in its late evening glow just in time for this...
After all the excitement we decamped to the B's house for tea and cake, the B's kindly provided the tea and I made some cakes
Mini Olympic torches.  Made in a similar vein to the Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes but with some red, orange and yellow icing piped on to represent a flame.

If the torch is coming to a street near you I urge you to go and see it as you'll probably never see the like again and also it's a wonderful excuse for some cake!

Faith, Hope And Charity Shopping Jubilee Blog Swap

The wonderful truly insane Lakota over at Faith, Hope And Charity Shopping hosted another of her spectacular blog swaps, this time with a Jubilee theme.  Having taken part in the Christmas swap with great results I decided to volunteer for more of the same.

The rules were as follows

* You need a blog to join in, and you must have updated in the last month - sorry, but this makes it a little easier for your swap partner, and hopefully ensures you're serious about taking part. If you have had problems in a previous swap, please let me know (privately)
* As usual, you need to send your swap partner a minimum of three items, maximum of five.
* At least one item should be thrifted/second hand - if everything is, great! 
* At least one item should be handmade - whether made by your own fair hands or bought from Etsy/local craft fair etc.
* This time - at least one item must fit the jubilee theme somehow. If your swap partner is a rampant republican/anarchist, that's fine - you can twist the theme to fit!
* No minimum spend, maximum £12.00, or the equivalent in your local currency. (this doesn't include postage, so remember you'll have to post your parcel too)
* Swap to be completed by 7th July or as otherwise arranged with your partner (if this interferes with holidays etc)

Lakota partnered me up with Sophie over at Threadhead and I couldn't have wished for a more fitting and generous swapper.

Where to begin...

When the parcel arrived I could smell lavender before I even opened it.  When I did break into it I opened the envelope contained within and knew immediately this swap was going to be a great one as Sophie had sent me this subversive cross stitch card which is totes up my street

There were several packages wrapped in gorgeous fabric and fastened with homemade badges that were a joy to behold
Here's a little run down of the secrets they held within
Some regal crown fabric which held the source of the lavender aroma, two sweet lavender bag hearts, one with a cross stitch of a crown with its gems and another little homemade badge in the same fabric.
A sweet little glass jelly mould to add to my collection which has now joined its cousins on my mantle and was the perfect size and shape to balance my collection, marvelous for my OCD!
Two gorgeous recipe books wrapped in some pink fabric, I thought I had every cupcake and cookie book going but these contain lots of inspiration for future baking exploits
 The most amazing book Second 100 Things A Girl Can Make (a couple of knitting and crochet patterns where inside the cover too)  The book is from the 1920s and contains some wonderful little makes, one of which I've already had a go at and if I get a chance I'll blog about it soon.  Sophie must have some great charity shops in her locale as the thrifted items she sent me are spectacular.
A holographic postcard of the ~Her Maj and a patriotic bank card sticker (who knew you could jazz up bank cards??)
And last but by no means least the piece de resistance a beautiful flamingo embroidery that it truly astounding, how Sophie hasn't gone blind with all the intricate stitch work that's gone into it I'll never know.
She's so glam with her pretty pearly blouse, diamond pendant and the exotic looking rose in her feathers, perfect!
Sophie was also kind enough to add a wallet of embroidery bumf this wonderful Yves Saint Laurent magazine pull out and some fab transfers
So stay tuned for yet another craft I'll be having a bash at.

I just want to say a huge thank you to Sophie for being a great swap partner and to Lakota for organising the swap in the first place, what lovely ladies you are.

Now if you want to see what's contained within these parcels that I sent to Sophie then you need to go here

If you want to see what all the other swappers sent each other then you need to visit Lakota's blog here

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Kitsch Kitchen


Regular Junk Shop Jewels readers will know that I finally managed to get hold of an item of vintage bed linen in a charity shop, admittedly it was only a pillowcase but it was a corker and at only 50p I was chuffed to bits
Well this week I put it to good use making a cushion cover for my rather unloved but much used kitchen step stool
And I still have a large off-cut left to put to some other use along with these gorgeous vintage sheet charm squares that I bought from my friend (and quilt maker extraordinaire) Mary's Etsy shop, I urge you to take a peek, if only for the fabric porn and quilt envy factors.
Look at all the gorgeous groovy patterns
Mary's always super lucky finding vintage sheets in charity shops and car boot sales, she's so lucky that she has far too much for her own stash so she's sharing the love and has kindly offered my lovely readers a huge 10% discount on all items in her Etsy shop but think fast as the offer expires at 8pm Saturday 7th July, just quote the code CTC0712 when you purchase.

Now I just need to get sewing!

Linking up with #TaDahTuesday over at Faith, Hope And Charity Shopping

Monday, 2 July 2012

This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

Whilst doing a spot of investigative journalism for my chazza shop blog hop post a couple of weeks back it would have been rude not to have made a few purchases (any excuse) so here's my haul

A lovely Ladybird Picture Dictionary 10p
This massive oval paper cutter, I'm hoping it will be good for cutting apertures in greetings cards £1.50
This gorgeous oranges and lemons decorated glass juice jug £1.50
Not sure if this was a butter dish or mini casserole minus its lid but for 75p I'm going to use it as a planter for the only house plant I own, a Christmas Cactus gifted to me by Mrs B (I haven't killed it yet Mrs B!!!!)
More wool for the old stash £3.70 (again currently being used on 'the project')
And yes, yet more Lexicon cards, ripe for more craft shenanigans 50p
Linking up with Liz's #MagpieMonday over on Me And My Shadow
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