Posts Tagged ‘craft’

Vintage sewing boxes

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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vintage wooden sewing box with reels of thread

We bought this gorgeous little sewing/work box last week.

open vintage wooden sewing box with reels of thread

We often come across this type of concertina box at markets & auctions, but this one had that little bit of extra quality. It dates from the 1950s and has a lovely, rich colour. It’s cute & compact, but there are lots of compartments for small tools, threads & pins. It has little splayed feet and there’s a nicely turned wooden handle and knobs to top & sides. A real sweetie!!

detail of vintage wooden sewing box with reels of thread

We must have had dozens of vintage sewing boxes in stock over the years and this one has to be one of our favourites. Here’s a little montage of some of the others.

montage of vintage sewing boxes sold by H is for Home

Craft room

Friday, May 24th, 2013

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view of our craft & sewing room

In last week’s Mapping the World post we talked about finally sorting out what had become a storage room after last year’s flood. It didn’t end after hanging a few maps, so here’s a short follow up to show what else we did in there.

view of our craft & sewing room showing a vintage printers tray full of cotton reels

It has evolved into a combined craft room & spare bedroom. We’ve put an old, rustic work bench in the large window area to make use of the natural light. On it sits a vintage Bernina sewing machine that’s just had a full service; also drawers, jugs & baskets full of thread, pins and craft tools.

view of our craft & sewing room showing a vintage hanging industrial lamp

When the sun goes down we have a couple of task lights – both have an industrial look. The first is a pale blue touch-sensitive desk lamp that we reviewed for John Lewis. The second is a vintage hanging work light with metal cage to protect the bulb.

view of our craft & sewing room showing a vintage black painted iron bed with vintage floral quilt cover in shades of orange & yellow

And last but not least a bed – we bought this Victorian folding metal bed at a flea market for £20 which was a bit of a bargain. It looks lovely with its bright floral linen. If you overdo it on the crafting, you can just flop into bed a few feet away!

Christmas Countdown: Not on the High Street

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

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selection of festive, personalised Christmas items available on the website

Not on the High Street has only been around for six years or so, but they’ve gathered together a growing group of British designers and crafters who produce very high quality, handmade objects. The website is full of items that can be personalised with the names of friends, family members, special dates etc… perfect for gift buying!

1. placemats | 2. mugs |3. rubber tamp

4. chocolate bar | 5. gift bag | 6. sloe gin

Christmas Countdown: Folksy

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

selection of festive handmade items on the Folksy website

Folksy is the British version of Etsy and is a great website to trawl through if you’re looking for Christmas gifts & decorations that are handmade and just that little bit different!

1. three wise men Russian dolls £95 | 2. Christmas fairy £8

3. hand blown glass baubles £9.95 ea. | 4. Scandinavian toy angel £12

5. stained glass mistletoe sprig £30 | 6. Christmas pudding soap £6

Tuesday Huesday: Arline Fisch

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

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Arline Fisch's "Corals", 2009 made from crocheted coated copper wire. Image credit: William Gullette
Image credit: William Gullette

Arline Fisch is an American artist, jeweller and author. Much of her work is created by crocheting coloured, copper, silver or gold wire into sculptural, organic shapes. The piece above is entitled Corals – part of an amazing series she produced depicting jellyfish, sea anemones and other sea creatures.