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, 18 July 2014

Inspired by Summer

Some of the items I've created this week...
A pair of cushions made from a vintage cottage printed tablecloth...
combined with a 90's Laura Ashley chintz with fabulous hollyhock design. 
I also made a matching tote bag with the same fabric combo. 

A few of my antique fabric heart cards to re-stock the shelves. 
And an extra large pillow cushion (filled with a goose feather and down pillow), made from a vintage hand worked tapestry panel and a classic Sanderson rose printed cotton.

Thanks for stopping-by.
Enjoy the sunshine,
Niki x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Tartan Terrier!

 Putting our house on the market and having strangers come to view our home has been somewhat stressful so far, and so I took some time out to create something just for us, to take my mind off things for a while... 
As I mentioned on my main blog, I bought some beautiful woven tartan fabric remnants on our recent holiday to Edinburgh and I was looking to create a souvenir of the trip.
What I had in mind was a large cushion, but first I needed a centerpiece. 
In my workroom I found this wonderful old embroidery transfer from 1937. It being a free gift from Woman's Weekly magazine all those years ago, I had no idea if the ink would still print...but it was worth a try...
I found a lovely old piece of buff coloured linen fabric in my supplies...Set my iron to HOT and pressed the reverse of the transfer onto my cloth. 
Miraculously, it printed pretty well! 
Its been years and years since I've done any hand embroidery, and with no written instructions for this piece, I kept the design simple, just filling in the markings with lots of random straight stitches with silk embroidery thread. 
Despite my rustiness, I'm quite pleased with how my Scottie dog turned out...and he didn't take that long to finish either...

Then it was time to add the tartans. The collection I had bought varied in size and shape, so I had to patch them randomly to make the front section large enough to fit a standard bed pillow.

The reverse was a bit of a hotchpotch too, but showcases a lot of the lovely wool tartan designs.
A reminder of a wonderful trip and its very comfy too! :)
Niki x

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Wallpaper Whimsies...

Thought I'd revisit an idea I had a few years ago for pretty gift sets.
I bought several bars of Pears soap this week; the traditional transparent one that they've been producing for over 200 years, which comes in a lovely sturdy box... 
I wrapped each one in a section of vintage floral wallpaper from my collection. This was held in place with a soft green ribbon tied in a bow, which I decorated with a coordinating vintage millinery flower.  
I then teamed each wrapped soap with a pretty vintage china saucer, which make sweet informal soap dishes. To finish, they will be individually wrapped in clear cellophane when I get to my shop tomorrow...
A charming little gift that's just a bit different.

Another craft project for this week involved this tiny cabinet...Not sure what this once was, but suspect it may have been a clock case? It had lost much of its wood veneer from the front and was generally quite scruffy...which I liked! I didn't want to lose its signs of age under a coat of paint or other such makeover, so I decided to revamp it with an antique hand blocked wallpaper. I only had this small scrappy piece in my supplies...
Anyone who has used antique wallpaper in crafts will know, that the brittleness of the paper can make them very difficult to work with. I decided that this fragile nature of the paper would hopefully work to my advantage in giving the cabinet a genuine antique look.
I used PVA glue and carefully stuck sections of the paper down, not worrying about small tears or wrinkles, and actually ripping the paper now and then to scruffy-it-up even more.  

I decided to line the inside of the cabinet with antique ledger pages. I've had these squirrelled away for a few years now - They were part of a swap gift I received from Heather of Pretty Petals blog. They were just the thing to continue the theme of the little cupboard.

I must confess I am quite pleased with the way that its turned out and I may just have to keep this project! I'm usually pretty good at offering my handmade (or hand-tweaked!) items for fact I don't very often have the time to make things for myself...But it does look pretty nestled on the old writing desk with my collection of Water Babies books...
And then there's the fun of adding little treasures to the inside...

Time will tell if it stays with me...Rather appropriate for an old clock case! ;-))
Hope you've enjoyed the beautiful sunshine today,
Niki x

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Vintage Bazaar, Devises

I shall be offering my wares for sale at The Vintage Bazaar, Corn Exchange, Devises, 
on Saturday 31st August 2013, 9.30am to 3pm - Admission £1. 
(My shop will be closed whilst I attend the fair - Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.) 
My latest collection of fairy dolls and some of the other handmade items I shall be taking with me can be seen on my other blog here
Niki x

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Garlands, Greetings and Gift Ideas

My latest handmade items can be seen on my other blog...Including a garland I created from these vintage hand embroidered flower motifs...
Lots of handmade greetings cards...
And several painted projects.
Niki x

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Pretty Coat Hangers

I've been working hard on this collection of padded coat hangers - Each stitched entirely by hand.
I use antique or vintage fabrics and decorate with antique lace and a vintage costume brooch, which can be removed and worn if desired. 
These are all sold - Thank you! 
Niki x