Sunday, May 31, 2015

Vintage Black Glass Buttons

I have listed some buttons from my own collection on Ebay - all with the start price of just 99p per lot! Please click on the link at the end of the blog post to go to the items for sale.

To see all my items for sale, please visit my Ebay shops LoveButtonsHQ and jkw_fire_horse

Auctions for the buttons shown above finish on Sunday 7 June 2015 at around 7.00 pm BST.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Red and Blue: A Folksy Gift Guide

Two of my favourite colours, and great for adding a striking Summery touch to your home decor. Here are some of the items I found on Please click on the link below the photo to go to the item for sale.

Driftwood Doorstop, £29.99 from Reclaimed Time

Nautical Coaster Set, £12.00 from Kayleigh O'Mara

70s Fabric, Red, White & Blue Cushion Cover, £21.50 from Retro68

Ceramic Lidded Pot, £22.00 from mecki allen

Red, White & Blue Wall Hanging, £125.00 from me!

See the full Red & Blue Pinterest Board here! It has 37 items on it.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Kippford Walk, Stone Creatures and Lunch

[Rob's photo of a heart-shaped fern emerging]
 Rob, Brock and I went on a favourite walk of ours today, from Kippford to Rockcliffe and back. There is a circular walk through woodlands full of bluebells and ransomes, at this time of year, to Rockcliffe and back along the shore path, with views over the inlet, the mud flats dotted with picturesque boats, to the next peninsula with its woodlands and hills.

[Brock on the beach at Rockcliffe: the half-way point]

There is a garden on the return leg, where someone makes strange little stone creatures out of rocks, pebbles, found items, teddy bears' eyes, and sometimes teeth. There are always a few new ones to spot.

We decided to try a new place for lunch: The Mariner Hotel, Restaurant and Bar We sat in the beer garden with Brock. There were quite a few tables available outside, with good views over the marina. There is plenty of indoor seating in a conservatory, for when the weather is less clement.

We ordered orange squash, mineral water and two portions of the vegetable curry with rice (Rob had half rice/half chips). It arrived fairly quickly, and was a good-sized portion. It was tasty: quite mild, English-style curry, with a fruity/spicy flavour; plenty of chickpeas, sweetcorn, greens (chard, I think), red pepper and onion. Rob said that the chips were very good, too. The bill came to just under £20. The choice was a bit limited for vegetarians apart from the curry, (mainly cheese-based dishes: macaroni, salad, or panini). But at least there were two gluten free, veggie choices: the curry and the cheese salad.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Standing Wool Hanging Decorations and Trivets

I have been experimenting with a new (to me) technique called 'Standing Wool', and of the sub group 'Beaded'.

Circles Wall Hanging - Shades of Green

This traditional construction technique dates back to as early as the 1870s in America. Rugs were often made with strips of worn out clothing, blankets etc. I first learnt about it through Diana Blake Gray's website, Rugmakers' Homestead.

Black and Yellow Wool Trivet

I am currently making a small bedside rug from a recycled woollen blanket and have made some trivets and wall hangings from re-purposed fabrics and craft felt, respectively.

It is quite time-consuming as each strip has to be cut, coiled and hand sewn. Before that you have to decide on the colour combinations to use and the thickness and type of fabric; size and thickness of the 'beads'; and where the piece will be used.

Standing Wool Trivet - Pastel Shades

The size of the 'beads' can be varied to create a free-form design, but if you are sewing a string of 'beads' from the centre in a spiral, they will tend to form a hexagonal shape like honeycomb.

Circle Wall Decoration - Shades of Grey and Tangerine

I find it a very appealing technique, with great potential for large and small projects. Watch this space!
Little Cloud Hanging Decoration - Shades of Grey, Lemon Yellow and White


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