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, 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

Monday, 12 August 2013

Shoe Stretchers

Been busy making-over a collection of plain c1930's shoe stretchers.
I bound the metal shafts in velvet ribbon and decorated the toes in vintage/antique fabrics. 

I also re-covered this little wooden stool, adding a fun 50's animal print fabric to the seat. 
Have a great week,
Niki x

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Bottling Things Up

I gave a plain chocolate brown draylon headboard a makeover this week, by stapling a cheerful Sanderson floral fabric in place. Headboard will fit a standard 5' king-size bed. 

A little French vitrine was also in need of some TLC...

A couple of coats of pale grey paint soon had it looking a lot smarter.
Thought I'd jazz-up some empty antique bottles, too. I used snippets from a French magazine dated 1909 to create the labels on the fronts, and scraps of vintage lace were tied to the necks.

All have arrived at my shop today. 

Bottle/brooch combos.

These were another little make I created this week. I'd dried some pretty pink roses a while ago - I was able to gently squeeze a flower head inside the neck of each of the clear glass bottles. Scraps of lace accompanied them and I sealed each one with tightly rolled-up sheet music.

Looking forward to making lots more pieces for the shop and all the vintage fairs coming up (a list of the fairs I am attending can be found on my other blog and my website.)
Niki x

Monday, 5 August 2013

Rain Didn't Stop Play!

As the rain fell from the sky on Saturday, scattering the customers from the Market Place, I stayed nice and dry inside my shop, sat at my sewing machine...

I rustled up a couple of pretty summery (!) bags...
One a shoulder bag...

And the other a smaller bag with short handles.

The off-cuts of pretty hand embroidery were combined with vintage fabrics to make some pincushions. 

I also made another floral cushion...
With a stunning Sanderson chintz for the reverse.

Have a great week,
Niki x

Thursday, 1 August 2013

August Already?!

Summer is in full flow, as is my production-line!
More cushions have joined those already for sale at my shop today...
This one is made from a lovely summery vintage floral fabric - Same both sides.

And this one I made from a vintage Sanderson floral...
and I've applied this wonderful hand embroidered linen circle to the front...
With cute blackbird details. 

Reverse, with pink rose fabric tie fastenings.
Handmade handbag, made from a fabulous c1950's satin weave dress fabric. Lined inside with another floral print fabric. Fastens with a fabric loop and wooden button.
The production-line continues tomorrow...
Have a lovely evening,
Niki x