Botanical Bottles

We have made a huge decision - to put our house on the market.  With that has come a mix of emotions  -  the heartache of leaving a much-loved home full of memories behind and the excitement of the adventure of finding something new. It has also resulted in action,...

The Same

There is something so pleasing about having collections of similar things - Similar shapes, Similar sizes, similar uses and similar colours.   For a while I have been collecting wooden goodies - spoons, apples, egg cups, bowls, knife handles and even a shoe polish...

Crochet Cushion from Tapestry Scraps

 Crochet owes it's widespread appeal to the fact that it is easy to do, and lends itself to so many delightful interpretations. The simplicity and adaptability of the basic stitches tempt the novice to try her hand, and the expert to outdo herself The Complete Book of...

Pretty Pillow Covers from … Vintage Table Cloths DIY

Here some vintage tablecloths make pretty pillow covers, with no cutting and minimal sewing.  I have used these covers in my guest room as a decorative and useful way to store spare pillows. If you would like to make one yourself, you will need: 1 embroidered...

Cross-Stitch Therapy

A dishcloth to add to your collection. Finish this quick and easy cross-stitch pattern in an evening and satisfy your need to create something with your hands!    Use a black crochet thread and a budget checked dishcloth.   The crosses on this one were worked into...

FOUND! Tropical Tapestry Parrot

This pretty polly was a stray from the SPCA.  I knew I could give her a happy place to stay, so took her home with me, and set her free from the mouldy frame she was trapped in.   She brightens a corner of my living room now.  I can leave her cage door open and don't...

Paper Teapot Trio

I am a collector of vintage How-to books.  I love the hand drawn diagrams and antiquated pics. I love to catch glimpses of the history of modern crafts and I guess I am hopeful of perhaps rediscovering a forgotten craft. What a great find the Book - Secrets of Origami...

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...

Quick Cake Stand Tut

Here's a quick project to put together, using spare vinyl records and some vintage vases.  This cake stand is made from stuff you probably already have at home. It can add a touch of whimsy to your table setting.  Use it to serve delicate cakes or biscuits. You will...

Book Paper Candles

Book paper candle holders - now available in the shop. A folded recycled book with a recess to hold a tea light. Seen here with laser cut coasters from Green Grass http://handsomethings.com/2011/04/20/green-grass-parkhurst/ -  a recent buy from their amazing shop in...

Serviette Garland

These gorgeous cotton serviettes were a recent exciting find.  They are hand embroidered, edged with cotton crochet and in pretty good condition! I made a garland from the serviettes - A pretty way to store them until needed - Folded, pinned and clipped onto thick...

Seed Curtain

My life philosophy is to use ordinary vintage and found objects as material for something a little extraordinary. And so I used the seeds from the Liquid Amber Tree in my garden to make an outdoor curtain for my patio. I love the softness of the round shapes and the...

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