This is my secondary blog and is designed as an archive of my handmade creations, past and present. I also add dates of fairs I'm attending, where I offer for sale my handmade pieces and also carefully sourced vintage goods. I hope you will enjoy taking a look, Niki x

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Last Handmade Items of 2011! (Probably! ;-))

I've been using some beautifully hand embroidered natural vintage French linen to make my latest batch of goods for the shop...

There's three cushions...

And an assortment of bags...

A medium sized gathered hand bag with Deco button.
I sold today - Thank you!

A larger gathered bag, ideal as a knitting or craft bag.

Lined inside with C1940's floral linen.

And a smaller tote bag, with striking rose embroidery.

I sold today - Thank you!


I shall be open as usual tomorrow, then I'm taking my Christmas break. I shall be closed from 24th December to 5th January inclusive.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...

Lets hope its a good one for all!

Thank you to all who have stopped-by my blogs, on-line shop and physical shop over the year - I am grateful for the support and kindness each of you have shown.

Niki x

Monday, 19 December 2011

Key Elements

I've made a new collection of key ornaments, ideal for the Christmas tree, for garlands, or for decorating cupboard doors etc at any time of the year.

I used vintage beads, glass chandelier crystals and lace wired in place to make the top sections.

Gold metal thread creates the hanging loop.

An old pair of scissors joins the line up!

Niki x

Lace Baubles

There's been a few more festive additions at the shop...

I had this box of old glass baubles, which I felt could do with a makeover.

I glued lots of scraps of antique lace to them, with a loop for hanging.

Mica glitter and glass glitter resembling snow was sprinkled on the top to finish.

Niki x

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Bottling Things Up...

Not great weather today for taking photos...And I haven't had a lot of crafting time at the shop so far this week as its been busy with Christmas shoppers...NOT complaining, obviously!! :)
So I've stood at my counter and glued bits and bobs to tags and bottles during the quiet moments...

I have a lot of old bottles in the shop, as they are really good sellers, but some of the plainer ones have been around a while, so I upcycled with antique lace tags and stoppers made from sections of old maps, rolled up.

This bottle had lace glued directly on to it.

Also at the shop is this very large French picture frame that I painted yesterday.
A lovely display/statement piece, or a frame for a mirror.

Thanks for stopping-by,
Niki x

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Play Time!

In between some particularly lovely customers to my shop today, I've been playing with fabric and glue! These vintage toy wooden bricks that I found at a flea market were a little past their I decided to cover them...

I used some of my rare antique French fabrics and created a whole selection of fabric bricks.

Lovely as 'bowl fillers'...
Or to use as little stands for some of your treasures on display.

I've also been using up more of my antique lace fragments.
A variety of lace rosettes to wear on a lapel or in the hair.

They have antique faux pearl stamens in the centre, and a crocodile style hair pin on the back.

I displayed them on a lampshade in the shop this afternoon.
My other latest handmade items can be seen on my main blog here.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Niki x