Posts Tagged ‘craft’

Tuesday Huesday: Ampersand Design Studio

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

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Selection of Ampersand Design Studio fabrics available on the Hawthorne Threads website

I discovered Ampersand Design Studio’s Cream and Sugar range via the Hawthorne Threads webshop and immediately fell in love!

I had my Bernina sewing machine serviced recently but alas it’s been lying dormant ever since. This fabric is just the thing to make me get off my proverbial and get creating!

Tuesday Huesday: Painted feathers

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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DIY painted feathers from a post on the Free People blog

I saw this image of painted feathers on one of my Pinterest forays, it’s originally from the Free People blog. I’m always collecting pretty feathers on my dog walks along Rochdale canal or in the farmers’ fields up above our house. They’re normally from ducks, geese, crows and magpies – I’ve got a couple of beautiful jay feathers with their shock of blue.

I come across lots of drab ones that I don’t bother picking up but I may start pocketing those ones too – feather painting could be a new little hobby!

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

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