Archive for January, 2011

I’m a creature of habit, and therefore tend not to click into unfamiliar areas on Etsy – which is why I didn’t know about the Activity Feed.  It shows, amongst other things, whenever anyone features an item of yours in a Treasury.

So I had a quick look, and it turns out that people have been including my things in their Treasuries without letting me know, which is a shame because I do love a bit of cross-promotion.


Jane, of SDJ Jewellery, included one of my Butterfly Kiss notebooks in her ‘So pink and so blue from British sellers‘ Treasury.

Tanya, of Wiccan Style, included my Lament of Galadriel leather wrap cover in her ‘Fae’ Treasury.

Hogwarts Forever included my Pygmy Puff in their ‘Hogwarts Forever‘ Treasury.

Meiniac featured one of my Inspiration by Post pieces in their Treasury entitled ‘From whence we came and where we’re going

Lauren included my Hogwarts stationery in her ‘Hallows & Horcruxes‘ Treasury.

They’re all lovely Treasuries, so please do pop along and see what else they contain!

Read Full Post »

Well, it’s been a very busy week for me.  Sometimes the creativity just strikes and I’m at the mercy of it until it subsides.  It hasn’t quite finished yet, but here are the pieces I’ve finished so far this week… (for full details on each piece please click the links to view the Etsy listings)

Map of Middle Earth

Lines on a Map


Cherry Blossom


The Lament of Galadriel


Seeing Stars

Silver Birch





Read Full Post »

I’ve been caught in a vortex of creativity this week, and will post the rest of my new creations in a separate post but I wanted to show this one off separately.

It’s entitled Thai Silk.  Not because it has any silk in or on it, but because the beautiful paper which I’ve used for the covers was once part of an envelope that housed a silk shirt.  I was sent a handful of the envelopes by a friend whose husband bought the shirts in Thailand a few years ago.

Anyway, enough waffling on, here are the photos!

It’s quarterbound with the beautiful printed paper on the covers and a rough kraft-style card on the spine (the card originally came wrapped around a purchase from the V&A museum – I really, really never throw anything away!).  A thin brown ribbon has been added to the cover to complement the colours of the paper, and I’ve hand-sewn headbands with embroidery silk.

The book is A5 in size and contains 96 pages (192 sides) of 90 gsm white paper.  The end papers are brown murano paper.

Read Full Post »

Towards the end of last year I was approached by a lady who wanted me to make her a leather journal cover.

I was wondering if you could make a book cover with soft leather that has four flaps and has a string that wraps around the cover when closed. I was thinking something that looks like a cross between the Leaf of Lorien and the Owl Post notebooks you made. Basically it is a Leaf of Lorien type cover with two extra flaps and no journal attached.

She specified the details that she wanted on the cover, as well as the size of the journal it would need to house, and then left me to my own devices.

After much thought I sourced some leather that I thought would be perfect, and here’s the finished product:

It’s a very simple design in terms of construction, but it works so well – I sometimes think that simplicity is the key to an elegant product.  The design has been burned onto the leather using pyrography.

This is a bespoke piece, but I’m so in love with the finished product that I will be making some different ones today which I will add to my Etsy shop very soon!

Read Full Post »

Kristi, of SassyShades, kindly featured one of my latest notebooks in her Treasury.

To visit the Treasury and see what other fabulous items she picked, please click here.

Read Full Post »

I’ve finally added some new books to my Etsy shop

Pop along to my shop to have a browse, and see if anything else takes your fancy.  Use coupon code blog24012011 at checkout and receive a 15% discount!

Read Full Post »

Another wee crochet catch up.  I treated myself to a set of new hooks – they range from 2.5mm up to 10mm in size, and they’re so pretty and colourful!

I’ve already used the largest (10mm) hook to make a start on a new throw for my bedroom:

Alas, I have now run out of yarn for that so it will have to go on the back burner for a while until I can afford to order some more.

To soothe my frustration at having to pause mid-throw I tried making myself a hat.  Just something simple, but it worked beautifully and I wore it all day today while out at my studio and then working in the garden:

I think that’s quite enough crochet for now.  Tomorrow I’ll be back with some notebook updates.

Read Full Post »

Michelle Bush has kindly featured my Labyrinth notebook in an Etsy treasury.

Click here to visit the treasury and see what other gorgeous items she chose.

Read Full Post »

It’s been a while since I posted about anything crochet-related, so let’s do a little catch up.

After finishing my dad’s blanket I still had some yarn left over, so I started making octagons and squares.  Earlier this week I edged them all with cream yarn and then joined them to make this:

Quite pretty, isn’t it?  It’s still quite small, only 62cm x 100cm, so it’s more of a lapghan than an afghan at the moment!  I’m undecided as to what to do with it.  I originally thought I would give it to the day centre at the local palliative care unit, but it’s not really big enough to be useful to anyone yet.  Mum’s become very fond of it, so it’s tempting to keep it.

I think I’ll hang onto it for a little while and see if I can make up some more octagons and squares (the squares are cream, and fit between the octagons, in case you were looking and wondering where they are!) when I next have some leftover yarn.  When it gets a bit bigger I’ll put a nice edge on it to finish it off, and then we’ll see what happens to it.

I did start another project last Thursday… I picked up a couple of balls of bargaintastic chunky marbled acrylic which I thought would make a good rug:

But then I thought it made the room look a bit cluttered, and I do love my new floor and it seems a shame to cover it up.  So… I frogged the would-be rug, and am going to make a throw to go on the bed instead (which will be useful, as none of my bedding goes with my room).

For now I’m working on my ripple blanket again.  It sort of fell by the wayside when I started making dad’s blanket, but it’s on the hook again now and I’m hoping to make good progress with it and get it finished by the end of February at the latest.

Read Full Post »

Time for something a little different.  Not crafty per se, but it’s been creative, challenging, and very cathartic so I thought I would share.

I still live at home: what with one thing and another it’s been easier to live here than move out.  My bedroom has been my bedroom since I was a baby, and the last time it was decorated was over fifteen years ago (I will be 30 this year).  Yeah, I know.

After dad passed away I felt the urge to do something, so on 27th December I emptied all my stuff (books, clothes and other miscellaneous junk) from my room, and on the 28th I crazily ripped everything out of my room so that I could start from scratch.

Now, you’d think that taking the furniture out of a room wouldn’t be that hard, but you’ve not seen what my room was like.  It’s the box room of the house (measuring just 183cm x 243cm) so in order to make the best use of the available space my dad built the furniture into the room.  Have a peek at what it looked like:

There were cupboards (repurposed kitchen cupboards) fixed under the bed (and the bed was fixed to the wall), the desk was a board fixed on top of an old book case, which was in turn fixed to both the wall and the wardrobe.  Plus all the shelving on the walls.  Here, see what it was like when I’d moved most of the stuff out:

Taking all my stuff out caused problems in itself.  Because of the amazing amount of storage space there was actually a disproportionate amount of stuff in there considering the size of the room.  I ended up filling the living room, my mum’s room and the kitchen with all my things!

Ripping the furniture out was very cathartic.  It was hard work, because (as a make do and mend family) my dad had reused old screws of all sizes – so I used pretty much every screwdriver we own, as well as a hammer.

It was so strange seeing it empty.  I repainted about fifteen years ago, but the furniture has been in place about twenty years (possibly a bit longer, it’s difficult to remember that far back).  As you can see there’s some subsidence, which was patched up by the council about ten years ago before we bought the leasehold, but I decide to ignore that for the time being and just decorate over it…  The rest of the day was spent sugar soaping the walls and then filling holes and cracks with Polyfilla and hoping for the best.

That was the first two days, which I did on my own.  Matt had gone away on the morning of the 27th, so you can imagine his surprise when he came home on the night of the 28th!

Day 3:  Today was all about the stripping of the skirting board and door frame, as well as taking out the old carpet and underlay.  We also went out and bought paint, other supplies and the flooring.  Stripping the woodwork was interesting – apparently my dad hadn’t got round to stripping it when he and mum moved in over thirty years ago as there were colours of paint under there that neither mum or I had ever seen before.  After the woodwork was stripped we gave the ceiling and walls a first base coat of brilliant white, and then the room looked like this:

Day 4: today was very exciting.  We put another base coat on all the walls, and a final coat on the ceiling… then the first coat of colour went on.  Victorian white on the two large (hah!) walls, and marina on the other two.  We also built two book cases, but you’ll have to wait to see those…

Day 5: the second coat of colour went on today, as did the first coat of dove grey on the woodwork.  Then we lost half a day by going out for brunch (well, it was new year’s eve, we had to do something relaxing!).  After we got back from brunch we got the other storage sorted out.  Two shelves (with a third piece of wood at the top – for aesthetic as well as practical reasons) which run the width of the room and are 40cm deep.  Plenty of room to keep clothes there while this is still my room, and when it becomes the guest room (we’ll be converting the loft this year, which Matt and I will move into) we can use these shelves to store other things.

I’m going to get some fabric and make a blind which will cover those shelves like a screen, so you won’t be able to see what’s stored there.

Day 6: Oh the excitement!  Today the book cases went up, the woodwork got a second coat of paint, and I moved all my stuff back in!  I’ve decided to use the camp bed as my new bed (but with my super special mattress on it), and have pinched a small set of drawers which were my dad’s, but this is pretty much all the furniture I’ll have for this room.  I intend to build another set of shelves in the corner to the right of the window, but not until later this year.

Matt was exceptionally proud of the book cases as he’s never helped build anything before 🙂  The only thing missing from the room at this stage was the new floor, which had to wait a week… but it’s finally ready:

Beautiful, isn’t it?  I love that floor soooo much!  Oh, and my mum made the new blind for my window:

I’m going to have the same fabric as the blind to cover the overhead storage, but will have to wait a few weeks before I order some more as I’m now officially skint.  Total cost of doing the room was just under £400, which included the flooring, paint, timber, fabric (for the window blind) and various brushes, rollers and wotnot.  Not bad, but I need to let the finances recover before I do anything else!

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »