Zig Zags In the Kitchen

I am not a fan of the average dishcloth.  Partly because it means hard work is happening in the kitchen, but also because I find them not nearly absorbent enough for my liking.  I don't like coping with a soggy dishcloth after drying 3 dishes! So I've taken to making...

Bright Leaf Stencil for a Garden Wall

I can verify the truth of rumour I've heard. Putting your house on the market suddenly means that you make time to do so many of the tweaks that you've been meaning to do for years. That's us for sure. It's been fun. It's been HARD work. It's been so satisfying!  A...

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,...

Novelty Wooden Goodies

I had some fun with my macro lens, while photographing this pair of coathangers for the online store.   One is labelled with Union Castle Line, and I guess that means it may have hung up a sailor's uniform. The other one is a folding or travelling coathanger, and it...

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...

Emerald Incentive

I am partial to paisley patterns and energised by checks.  2 good reasons why I chose this rich vintage sari fabric to make a pair of new pillow covers for our Living Room last week.   We had guests coming round on the weekend, so I used this as an incentive deadline...

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...

Cushion Cover from a T-Shirt

Earlier this year, I walked in the Spar Woman's Race.   I didn't think I would land up wearing the official T-shirt again, so I made it up into a fun cushion instead! It's a bright, temporary, reminder of a fun event and it's beautiful! How you can quickly convert a...

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