I am developing a very healthy obsession with thrift/charity shops. The deals you can find are so awesome and easy on the wallet!
My latest finds were treats for my wardrobe: a fabulous floral garden party dress and a beaded geometric necklace.
Dress cost: £7
Necklace cost: £3
That’s a sweet new summer outfit for just £10! Happy indeed!
I love playing dress up! 🙂
Here we go, here we go, here we go now!
It’s a cold, wet Friday here in not-so-sunny London.
Today’s Five Minute Friday topic is: VIEW
Here’s what I had to say:
The view from where I am sitting is bleak. Fat grey clouds punctuate a gauzy skyline. Haze and blur as far as the eye can see. The rain is periodic. It comes in sprinkles and scatters, splashes and splatters. The wind whips the soggy leaves around my drenched garden and I think, thank you mother nature for this practical joke – surely this can’t be summer. Such a view. What a view. Perhaps I should change my point of view? The ground is nourished, my thirsty tulips sip each drop of water that the clouds release. Bursts of fresh new green abound. Soon the view will blossom and bloom thanks to this momentary gloom.
Annnd, I’m done. Trying to see the positive side of 8 degree (Celsius) weather and incessant, drizzly rain. The last line rhyming was unintentional. 🙂
Happy Friday! Hope the weather where you are is much more cheery!
I love home-made jewellery. You get to create designs to suit your style and when someone admires it you can proudly say “I made it myself!”
Today I’m going to show you how to make a quick, quirky vintage button necklace. It really is super simple!
Lately I’ve been raiding my jewellery drawer to find old, broken, or “out of fashion” pieces that I haven’t worn in ages. A few days ago I found a bracelet that I’ve never worn. It had a pretty piece of floral chiffon type fabric woven into it so I pulled it out and thought, yep I can make something out of that!
Have a dig through your own jewellery stash or just snip some fabric from an old dress, sheer curtains, or any type of airy material. Go on a rummage at your local charity/thrift shop and scoop some vintage-y buttons. A bit of felt and a hot glue gun are the last two ingredients required to make this snazzy piece. Ready? Get to it!
You will need:
- 2 thin pieces of fabric long enough to tie around your neck
- a piece of felt in your choice of colour, cut into a wide triangle shape
- loads of vintage buttons, beads, fabric rosettes, whatever you fancy!
- hot glue gun
How to make your necklace:
- Lay your buttons out on top of your felt until you are happy with the arrangement. Don’t be afraid to overlap or experiment with different sizes and shapes of buttons!
- Using little dabs of hot glue, glue each button in place. Working from the middle outward helps.
- Grab your strips of fabric and tie a knot at one end of each piece, leaving about an inch of fabric loose at the end of each knot.
- Flip your felt/button piece over and hot glue the one inch loose end (the end with the knot in it) of each piece of fabric to each side of the felt triangle.
- Ta da! All done and ready to wear!
I feel pretty! How about you? 🙂
Just a quick post before bedtime (and just before midnight) to show you my latest crochet project.
Yesterday I was laid up in bed feeling pretty crappy, for lack of a better word. I reached for my crochet hook and a ball of yarn I had purchased at a craft fair a few months ago but had forgotten at the bottom of my basket. I decided it was soft yet sturdy enough for a pair of baby booties and I got to work. (you gotta love a hobby you can pursue while lying snuggled up in bed!)
I made the first bootie and saw it was good. Then I made the other. Then I decided I wanted to sweeten them up a bit. So I designed a pair of cherries and they looked awesome! I was super proud of my effort!
Here are the finished booties:
Aren’t they just too cute?! And if they really take your fancy, they are available to buy in my Etsy shop!
Until next time,
Shhhh…. it’s Saturday, but I won’t tell if you won’t.
My Five Minute Friday is a little delayed but better late than never I always say!
This week’s topic is: SONG
So without further ado:
I’ve always wished that I could sing. And by sing I mean having a half decent singing voice, not the crackly strained alto I currently possess. I bravely took up choir in high school, secretly jealous of the sopranos with notes like tinkling bells, while I slouched in the back row and croaked along like a timid toad. But honestly I’m not that bad. I think. I held out hope that my kids would be blessed with better pipes than I was. Until recently that hope was high – and then I caught my daughters’ rendition of Incy Wincy Spider. Clearly the inability to carry a tune runs in the family. As I type this I can hear my mother churn out a song in the kitchen. It is being butchered. Something mournful and reminiscent of ancient Sunday services in the parish church. Scary yet somehow soothing in its familiarity. Sing, song, sung.
True story. And I made myself chuckle!
Happy Friday, er Saturday!
My spiffy new FREE business cards arrived yesterday. They have a Folksy logo on them (hence why they were free) but they are just so darn cute I don’t mind.
So of course with all these cards I needed something pretty to carry them around in.
I made this:
Cute as a button and a perfect new accessory!
I love any excuse to create something new! 🙂
Howdy! If you’re reading this, you are seeing my brand new blog theme! I love the subtle handmade look — the notched ends of the pages bar reminds me of ribbon and the dividing lines on the sidebar are perfect pinked edges! I also added a new header combining my love for craft, photography, and writing. Yes, that’s my handwriting (hehe) and it is an excerpt from my favourite poem, “The Walrus and The Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll.
What do you think of the new look?
Today is Thrifty Tuesday. Which simply means I’ll be showing you my weekly haul from local charity and thrift stores. I scooped the vintage thread spools, wooden buttons, and ribbon rosettes all for 50p. Absolute bargain and great craft room decor!
This is my absolute favourite find of the week — old postcards. From all over the world. At 10p each I grabbed 19 of those with the most interesting photos, handwriting, and subject matter. The oldest is dated 1939. With a few strips of washi tape I created a collage out of some of the nicest ones above my mantle. Each time I glance at them I get a wonderful sense of nostalgia and feel a bit privileged to have a sneak peak into the personal correspondence of people I’ll never meet.
I also love trying to decipher the handwriting. My former job as an archivist comes in handy for this — I used to spend hours poring over historical documents and updating databases! This one was easy to read:
Thank you so much for the photo, we think it splendid Mr. Wright is a very good amateur; you are on the mantlepiece of our new dining room…
And my final thrifty item is actually something I made rather than bought. A soup tin, some patterned tissue paper, and a few dabs of watered down pva glue created this sweet little holder for my crochet hooks (or pencils, or scissors, or paintbrushes…). It was simple, took 5 minutes to make and cost me nothing at all. My kind of crafting!
Have you scooped any thrifty finds lately? Send me a link below!