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Needle Art Jewellery

Embroidered Jewellery originating from Vintage Table Linen! Vintage embroidery work, cut out and hand-stitched onto a felt backing.

Book Paper Trophy

I have been focusing largely on paper art and craft lately  There are some gorgeous goodies in production at the moment.  I am loving the challenge of seeing just how much can be done, with vintage book paper in particular. Last week I received an enquiry about a...

Confetti..

Confetti - A multitude of pieces of paper... Things have been quiet on the social media side, because I have been so busy with a multitude of Freshly Found projects and orders. This custom made confetti from differently textured papers is the most recent one to be...

Pressed Leaf Art – Light, Leaves, Paper and Wax

I had some fun mounting leaves between sheets of wax paper. These small samples are mounted on my window with my Washi Tape. I believe the leaves will be fairly well-preserved and maintain some of their colour. I made some autumn leaf panels too and soon I will...

Glass Cloche

Glass Cloche or Bell Jar - Originally made for protecting plants from the cold.  I am using mine to protect [display] my bone china tea cup collection! It took quite a bit of manoeuvring to get this to work.  I turned the jar upside down, and stacked the...

Book Print Gift Wrap – Stitched and Printed

Patchworked, printed and stitched book pages - made up into gift wrap.  Featuring silhouettes of Dutch lace, ric-rac, etc. Finished size approximately 80 x 60 cm - [32 x 24in].  Ideal [but not exclusive] for wrapping Christmas gifts! Book Print Gift Wrap

Monopologami

Monopologami - a tongue twister title for this pic. I couldn't resist a wad of Monopoly cash on sale at a local charity shop. And I thought these notes looked quite good - all dressed up! [background paper is typewritten notes from my college days in the late 70's]

Recycled Vintage Doilies – Genteel and Affordable…

Recently I moulded most of my doily collection into little plates and bowls. Each doily is dipped into Plaster of Paris and is then coated and gently baked with a layer of sealant. This makes the delicate dishes slightly more robust and water-resistant. They look good...

The Girls!

A while ago I hinted about a series of cushions going into the Freshly Found online store.  Well today I am going to introduce you to the girls. The embroidered beauties were created by Claire Norden and inspired by some exercise diagrams from a vintage Vogue...

Vintage Grater Decor Idea – Grate Find!

This is why I love thrift [charity, or indie] shopping!  Because you come across some random circular grater inserts in a pile of rusty, dusty metal objects... And then take them home, insert some tea light candles and switch the lights off.

Shibori

If you follow me on Pinterest, you will realise that I am quite interested in Shibori - the Japanese way of dyeing cloth.  This past weekend I tried some of the techniques out on a few vintage cloths and new dish towels.  It was a good learning experience...

Paper Tube Hearts

I love working with paper - and this is my latest project! Tubes of vintage book paper connected into a heart shape! And I'm loving the large wooden chopping board I sourced at the SPCA last week. I scrubbed it clean, and now it makes a good background for pics! How...

Puzzle Hearts

We were so happy to have some new products at the market this week, and soon to be available online too! Claire Norden produced some gorgeous puzzle hearts for Freshly Found.  I have claimed the white one for myself. Claire colour co-ordinates the pieces before...

Book Art Wall Decor – Wall Sconces

I made these wall sconces from leftover book bits.  The top surface is nice and flat, but needs goodies that are not too heavy.   A peppadew gift from a friend, a Freshly Found Flower Pin and  this blocked illustrated page from a vintage 101 Dalamtions work quite...

Ready in Time for Valentine

 Hot off the press. Freshly Found Heart Cards. Ready just in time for the February i♥market. Hearts are made from vintage Romatic Record Covers, slightly padded and stitched together. A separate blackboard heart is attached on the back and the whole lot is held...