This is my secondary blog and is designed as an archive of my handmade creations, past and present. I hope you will enjoy taking a look and perhaps you will recognise some pieces which now live with you! Niki x

Friday, 22 August 2014

Say 'Cheese'!

As the count-down to my shop's closure continues, I've been going through some of the stock that's hung around for a while and have been thinking of ways to repurpose some of the items. (Always something I've done to keep things looking fresh and to try to encourage more sales.) 
Today it was the turn of the antique photo drawer, where some of the scary Victorian ladies have lived for a while...
I thought I'd cheer them up with pretty floral hats made from vintage fabric cutouts...
Which I then turned into greetings cards.

Have a lovely BH weekend,
Niki x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Ship Ahoy!

Made this cushion today, using a vintage hand-worked tapestry panel and some antique French indigo ticking. 

Perfect for a boy's room or bathroom. 
Niki x

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Monday, 18 August 2014

Having Fun with Fabrics...

Last week's handmade items started with some useful pieces -
A hard-wearing vintage floral linen was used to make a peg bag... 
And a pair of cushions.

Having been sensible, I then worked on some pretty little frivolous items, which made use of lots of my scrappy scraps of precious antique French Scheurer fabrics...
These pretty pin cushions also have vintage hand worked crochet lace pieces stitched onto the antique French linen base.

Then onto card making again...
More Beatrix inspiration..

Then a selection made from the Scheurers - I incorporated scraps of antique lace...

and used the original fabric sample labels to enhance others, keeping them simple to let the beautiful fabric designs speak for themselves. 

Wishing you a happy week,
Niki x

Friday, 15 August 2014

Delightful Delphiniums

This week I used this lovely old barkcloth fabric to create another cushion. I combined it with a Laura Ashley fabric of a similar delphinium design...

As I worked with these fabrics, their washed-out look reminded me of the foxglove flowers that appear in the Beatrix Potter illustrations for the Jemima Puddleduck story...

Which inspired a new collection of handmade greetings cards
I used snippets of the fabrics alongside the illustrations from a vintage book. 

I'm itching to work on more now!
Enjoy your weekend, 
Niki x

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Lacy Laundry!

Been at it again creating a few more handmade cards with my left-over Beatrix Potter images...
Mrs. Tiggywinkle has washed her whites beautifully white and has hung them from her washing line to dry...
Lots of lacy vintage bits to brighten someones day...
Niki x