I had a custom order for some bunting so I figured I might as well make some more Beatrix Potter bunting while I was at it. Click here to see what’s available.
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If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt then please visit Kirst’s blog to see how this all began. Jenna over at Timballoo is acting as guest host again this month, so if you somehow came here first then please do go and visit her blog to see who else is taking part!
I’ve been incredibly disorganised this month and completely forgot about the hunt, which led to me running around like a lunatic yesterday afternoon trying to find things to photograph at the last minute. I managed all bar one photo…
If you’ve been following my work this month you’ll know that Beatrix Potter’s work has been a huge source of inspiration.
Something I Made
It’s been a productive month and I was a bit spoilt for choice, but in the end I opted for a quick snap of my needle felted doglets. Look at their little faces!
Major fail here. In my last minute panic I didn’t manage to think of anything I could photograph for this category
As a result of leaving these photos to the last minute there was nothing specifically Easter-related in the house. So I went for an arty shot of some eggs instead…
I do a fair amount of recycling and repurposing, and my favourite new thing is to make bunting out of old book pages.
I’ll be hosting again this month so please check back on Tuesday 1st May to find out what the new topics are going to be!
Yesterday I mentioned that I’d been using old book pages to make bunting, and said that I’d post more details later this week. Well, no time like the present!
I saw some bunting made with book pages quite recently, and although it was pretty I thought it a little plain (it used pages which were all text) and dreadfully expensive (£22 for 1.2m of bunting is ridiculous in my opinion!)… so I thought I’d see if I could do any better.
It was actually really easy to make, even for someone like me who’s not particularly quick or confident with a sewing machine. The pages are backed with felt and the edges are cut with pinking shears, so there’s no need for hemming them. The flags are all joined together with bias tape. See, that is easy, and doesn’t take too much time either (I’m still a bit slow but I daresay my speed will improve the more I use the machine!).
I believe that handcrafted items should be worth an amount which reflects their, well, handcrafted nature… but I also believe that you shouldn’t charge a disproportionate amount for an item which is purely decorative. Felt doesn’t cost that much, nor does bias tape (in my case I had quite a lot of both already stashed in the house), and as for book pages? Well, for me they’re a by-product of the vintage books I repurpose but even if you have to buy a book in especially then they’re not that expensive. So I do think that the other bunting I saw was way too expensive.
I’ve decided to price my bunting at £10 (plus postage), which I think is far more reasonable. I’ve also decided to use pages with illustrations as I happen to have quite a lot of these at the moment and I think they’re far more appealing than pages of bog standard text. I think it’s safe to say that my bunting is a success already because I made six sets on Monday, and five have already been sold (with two more custom orders). Yay!
Posted in General craftiness, tagged beatrix potter, beekeeper's quilt, bookbinding, bunting, enid blyton, hexipuffs, miniature bunting, notebooks, patchwork, peter rabbit, quilting, the leopard anchor on April 25, 2012 | 2 Comments »
I’ve got quite a lot on the go at the moment, inspiration is a lot like London buses – you wait ages for an idea and then three turn up at once. The past few days have therefore been a flurry of activity and there really haven’t been enough hours in the day to get everything done.
I’ve been playing with old book pages and felt to make bunting…
… I’ll post more details on the bunting later this week.
I’ve got more vintage books to turn into notebooks…
…and I’m hoping to get some of these finished today.
I’ve taken up an interest in international mining…
…not really, but were you worried for a moment? I’m working on a custom order for someone and she’s provided her own artwork for the cover, so she needed something to protect the artwork in the post. What do you do when you haven’t got any stiff card? Use a random magazine of course!
I’ve been playing with quilting again…
…and hopefully this will be turned into something very soon…
And finally I’m still happily working on the Beekeeper’s Quilt…
…and it’s going well. I’m knitting in front of the telly most evenings and it’s wonderful watching my stash of hexipuffs growing. I’ve now got 73 so I’m well on my way to my new quilt!
Posted in General craftiness, tagged beatrix potter, benjamin bunny, children's literature, coptic binding, flopsy bunnies, jemima puddleduck, jeremy fisher, mr tod, mrs tiggy-winkle, mrs tittlemouse, notebooks, peter rabbit, recycling, squirrel nutkin, tailor of gloucester, tale of two bad mice, upcycling, vintage on April 18, 2012 | 1 Comment »
I’ve had a bit of a yen for Beatrix Potter recently, and my latest batch of notebooks is a bit of a dead giveaway. I bought a batch of vintage Beatrix Potter books and then wondered what to do with them…
They look pretty much like you’d expect these books to look, but I was delighted to remove the dust covers and find that the actual books were in fact green.
Far too pretty to cover up! The illustrations are, obviously, a major part of the books too so I wanted to include those in the notebooks. Thus began a fair amount of faffing to get the original pages out intact (a bit tricky as they’re glued as well as sewn in) but it was worth the effort. Each notebook includes 16 pages (32 sides) from the book out of which it was made.
I kept the binding simple and stuck with coptic binding, this also allowed me to display the original endpapers
There are twelve of these notebooks and they’d make a great gift for any lover of classic children’s literature. Click here to visit my Etsy shop.
Posted in Boot sale bargains, tagged beatrix potter, boot sale bargains, chiswick car boot sale, garden obelisk, ordnance survey map, portmanteau, scrabble, this life, victorian plant pots, vintage board games on April 5, 2012 | 3 Comments »
It’s been quite a while since my last boot sale bargains post but circumstances seemed to be conspiring against me. The big sale in Chiswick doesn’t normally take place in January, it was cancelled in February due to the snow, and the one in March was pretty much a non-event due to the torrential rain.
The first Sunday of April dawned bright and clear though, so off to Chiswick I trotted and here’s what I got…
The complete DVD set of This Life, £2. Complete and utter bargain considering this normally goes for upwards of £20 on eBay!
Vintage Scrabble set, £2.
Vintage Beatrix Potter books, seven for £5 (should have been £1 each but I haggled). They’re a bit tatty but I have plans for them…
Vintage map, £1. This might not seem hugely interesting to most people but I bought it because of the area it covers – it’s got my dad’s home village on it (Titchfield, in the close up) and I know he’d have liked it.
Vintage book, £3.50. This was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but I did haggle him down from the starting price of £5.
Victorian plant pots, 50p each.
Gorgeous obelisk, £20. Quite pricey but it was brand new, and that’s actually a pretty good price for a good looking obelisk!
There was, once again, so much I wanted to buy but simply couldn’t afford. Here are some of the ones that got away.
I desperately wanted this portmanteau (is that the right word?!), and it would have been so perfect for me… but at £100 I had to regretfully walk away. I thought it was actually a pretty fair price, but fair or not it was out of my very small budget.
Old French bottles, £10 each or £90 for a full crate load. I don’t really have room for these either but I did like them!
I thought this vintage egg case was beautiful. Still complete in every detail down to the cardboard between the two padded layers. Gorgeous but definitely out of my price range at a whopping £160.
Once again I left the boot sale wishing I’d had a bigger budget (and a bigger house in which to hoard things!), but it was a great morning and I was really pleased with the bargains I picked up. Looking forward to the next one, and fingers crossed that the weather is just as good next time!