Posted in Commissions, tagged baking, commission, cooking, custom order, mrs beeton, recipe box, recipe cards, recipes, recycled, shabby chic, upcycled, vintage on March 4, 2013 |
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At the end of December I was contacted by a woman who wanted a recipe box. She’s taking part in a Secret Friend swap and as the person she’s taking care of this year is a recipe collector, she wanted something unique for her. She’d already seen this, which she partly liked but…
…they can’t personalise anything and I think I would prefer something a little more unique, and UK based. Do you think you could work with me on something similar but more awesome?
Of course I said I’d be delighted! I had a bit of a think, and then remembered that back in 2011 I made this memory box. I really enjoyed making it, but never got round to using it, so the tin has been languishing in my house feeling pretty unloved ever since. Time to give it a new lease of life!
I stuck to a simple colour scheme of white and lilac cards, and the divider cards (Starters, Vegetables, Fish, Meat, Baking, Puddings, Condiments, Drinks and Miscellaneous) were made using pages from a vintage copy of Mrs Beeton’s Puddings & Pies, embellished with ribbon and little hand-stamped labels. I know I’m biased, but it does look incredibly pretty – slightly vintage, slightly shabby chic, and totally unique.
For those who like to know these things, the tin measures 21.6 x 9.3 x 8.5cm (WxDxH), and the cards are 10.2 x 7.9cm (WxH).
I hope that the recipient enjoys using it, and I love the thought that she’ll be adding all her own favourite recipes to it over the years to come.
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Posted in General craftiness, tagged book, gulliver's travels, journal, notebook, recycled, recycling, travel journal, upcycling, vintage on April 16, 2012 |
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This time last year I was 7000 miles away, celebrating my 30th birthday in Jakarta whilst surrounded by relatives. Today I’m at home, and all by myself – and I have to say it’s utter bliss. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family… but I’m very much a loner and this is much better for my sanity!
I have been thinking of that holiday though so I’ve spent the morning repurposing a vintage copy of Gulliver’s Travels so that it can be used as a travel journal or scrapbook.
I was able to retain the original end papers which I’m really pleased about as they do look lovely. The book now contains 104 pages (208 sides) of 140gsm recycled cartridge paper. It can be found in my Etsy shop, and I hope that it will go to a good home.
I think that’s plenty enough work for one day (especially as I’m supposed to be having a day off!), so I think I’ll down tools and head to the cinema!
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Yes, I’ve returned to the slightly bonkers dos-à-dos bindings. I’ve been itching to make some more, but they do take ages, so I’ve been prepping the covers for these over the past week whenever I’ve had a spare hour to myself. Today I finally had time to sew the pages into them, and it’s such a satisfying feeling now they’re finished and I can sit back and look at them. Two of them feature pages from a vintage copy of Jane Eyre, and the other two use pages from a vintage road atlas.
These four are now available to purchase in my Etsy shop.
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