Friday, 28 September 2012

Guess The Theme 22

Good morning one and all!  I'm not going to waffle on much today as I'm running a bit behind on my jobs this morning. The answer to last week's Guess The Theme was... Captain Planet!  There was (not in order) Captain, Planet, Gaia, Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Heart.  Gooooooo Planet!  Today we're moving away from entertainment and into science and nature.  I don't think this one's too hard, so if you have a guess you'd like to share, you can leave it as a comment here, on facebook or on twitter (@cutekidsclocks).  And while you're at it, why not pop over to the Buy Handmade British facebook page and click 'like'...  it could definitely do with a few more likes. I'm  particularly rubbish at promoting my facebook page.

Baby Sheep Hat by BabaMoon
£17.72 (+ 95p p&p)
Crochet soft little lamb bobble hat in white and brown. Baby boys and girls will look so sweet in this spring time beanie Handmade with love by Babamoon.

Polar Bear Hot Water Bottle Cover by FrangipanCrafts
£7.99 (+ £2.50 p&p)
Bear Hot Water Bottle Cover, to keep you snug on a chilly night
Size 9 1/2" x 14" (24.13 x 35.36cm)
Decorative and very useful.
Original Design by Claire Youngs. 

Church Wind Pointer Original Art by LittleRedUmbrella
£24.05 (+ £2.22 p&p)
Original art work ~ Church Wind Pointer Chicken Wind Vane Painting.
Oil crayon and gold flakes painted on linen canvas panel.  The canvas is 10 x 10cm.

Pink and Purple Sparkly Afghan by Sassytastic
£45 (+ £6 p&p)
Made from 48 individual granny squares, made in a variety of combinations of 3 purples, and surrounded by a beautiful border, this is a super cute blanket that is both practical, and makes a statement.  Hand crafted with love, pride and attention to detail, this cozy afghan is perfect for a loved one young or old, as a winter warmer, baby shower present, cot blanket, lap blanket or simply treat yourself to some home-made snuggly indulgence.

Greyhound Terminal Art Deco Model by ChiselandMouse
£91.77 (+ free delivery)
The old Greyhound Terminal was built as a terminal for Greyhound Bus Lines. Greybound cleverly adopted the beautiful art deco, streamlined shapes of the 1930's to suggest speed, style and forward thinking.  Each model is individually hand crafted in our studio in Sussex, England. They are made of strong plaster that has a reassuring weight and smooth, cool feel. The window frames and door are made of etched nickel silver.

Medieval Heraldic Livery Bull  Badge by DeborahLoughCostumes
£9 (+ free delivery)
The black bull was a heraldic beast associated with the Dukes of Clarence.  This badge is machine embroidered, in rayon threads, onto a woollen ground. The badge has a special backing attached, so that it can be applied to a garment (or other item) by using a hot iron. There is also a narrow border of the woollen fabric, so that you can also sew the badge to the garment, for extra security, if you wish.  The badge measures approximately 4" x 3" (10 x 7cm).

Mountain Cabin Silkscreen Print by mengseldesign
£85.44 (+ £3.16 p&p)
Brand new silkscreen print by Luzelle van der Westhuizen. A limited edition of only 55 hand pulled prints, "mountain cabin" was entirely drawn by hand and silkscreen printed using traditional methods by the artist.
Paper size: Standard A2 -59.5cm x 42cm (23.42" x 16.53")
Print size: Approx A3 - 42cm x 29.7cm (16.53"x 11.7") 

Sausage Cat Hand Knitted Scarf by SausageCats
£25.31 (+ £3.16 p&p)
A fantastic way to keep warm with this lovely woolly cat curled up around your neck.  Hand knitted bright pink scarf with a wonderful had sewn face for it's unique character.
32cm (13")wide
112cm (44")long
140cm (55")full length (paw to tail) 

VW Campervan Toy by GracesFavours
£20 (+ £2.70 p&p)
This Campervan can be personalised with your choice of name on the number plate and also with colours to make either a monotone or two-tone vehicle. This plushie is filled with polyfibre toy stuffing and measures 6" long, 4" wide and 4.5" high (15cm high, 10 long and 11.5cm high)
Shepherds Delight Textured Handspun Yarn by RebekkaLeigh
£20 (+ £3 p&p)
This yarn includes some very lovely Merino, Teesewater Locks Angelina Sparkle and Banana Fibre, it also includes some Dorset cross Texel fibre.  78Mtrs/85Yds.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Some People Think I'm Conkers...

I've hit a couple of landmarks this week - over 250 Twitter followers and my 20,000th blog view.  Woo!  Thanks everyone.  Especially those of you who followed me over from the old URL, I'm really glad you stuck with me through my hosting issues.

Ages ago (ok, so it was only 2 weeks ago but it feels like ages ago...) I had an idea to make Christmas decorations using conkers.  I've no idea if it's even possible so I'm itching to get hold of some conkers to start experimenting.  But they're just not falling off the tree fast enough!  So until I get my conkers here's a conkery themed blog...

'Anja in the Horse Chestnut' Giclee Print by thehermitage
£100 (+ £12 p&p)
A high quality archival giclĂ©e print of an original watercolour painting by Rima Staines - 'Anja in the Horse Chestnut'.  The print is made on beautiful 310gsm Hahnemuhle German Etching paper and is mounted between an ivory coloured mount and stiff mount board backing.  The image measures 225mm x 335mm and the mount is 50mm wide all round.  Overall measurement is 365mm x 470mm.
Autumn Bird Roasted Chestnut Lesser Spotted Tweet by feltmeupdesigns
£14 (+ £3 p&p)
Autumn Bird in Chestnut brown. This little tweet loves walking in the autumn woods, kicking up leaves and collecting nuts and berries from the hedgerows. He especially love collecting and playing conkers, he's very good at it! He loves all the colours and smells that autumn brings.  This lovely tweet is made for organically farmed merino wool tops in gorgeous rusty red brown with red and orange highlights and black accents and a tiny fleck of white for each sparkly eye. Tweet has lovely coppery coloured legs.  Tweet measures approx 3 inches tall

Autumn Colours Blank Greeting Cards by KuduStudio
£5.06 (+ 95p p&p)
Set of Four Greeting Cards of autumn subjects, Colours, Fallen Leaves and Conkers.  All images taken from original photographs.  A6 in size, each card is blank inside for your own personal message and provided with an envelope, ready to be sent! 

Conker Goblin Head Lampwork Bead by Pandanimal
£18 (+ £3 p&p)
A sculptural goblin head bead made from ripples and swirls of brown and red and tan glass, smooth, round and shiny as a conker.  Inspired by the work of Brian Froud, who draws the most detailed and wonderful fairies. He measures 26 mm from the back of his head to his conk (nose) , 23 mm from side to side and 18 mm hole to hole. The hole is 2.6 mm in diameter. All measurements are approximate. 

Conker and Pink Necklace by Starfishpaws
£12.50 (+ £1.50 p&p)
Necklace made from large, gorgeously glossy wooden beads set with pink flowery fabric beads on dusky pink suede...with a starfish charm at the clasp.  Drop is 22cm 

'Conkers and Chestnuts' Yarn by KnitwitOriginalsUK
£9 (+ £2.50 p&p)
A super warm and strong sock yarn to use with your favourite sock pattern. Colours used were Mahogony , rust, chestnut, moss and flame, will self stripe as you knit.  Suitable for crocheting too.
Weight 100gms 4ply
Length 420m
Content 70% wool, 20% Bamboo, 5% Mohair

Hand Drawn Blank Card 'Conker' by LittleManCreations
£2.50 (+ 70p p&p)
This Handmade card is drawn on 240gsm textured white paper.  It measures 102mm x 102mm (4" x 4") and comes with a 120gsm white envelope, all tucked inside a celo bag.
'Handful of Chestnuts' Lino Print by adeegan
£25 (+ £2.50 p&p)
A reduction lino print in rich browns printed on buff-coloured heavyweight Somerset paper. Only 13 of the prints were made. These items are hand-printed and so vary slightly depending on ink density, character of the paper, pressure of the press and the way the wind blows (ok, maybe not the last bit).

Conker the Pocket Size Christmas Fairy by Fairyshack
£8 (+ £2 p&p)
Conker the Christmas Pocket Size - is a mini version of the original fairy and is approx 19cm (15cm when hand bent over) and is handmade in felt. This cheery but shy little fellow is sure to bring a smile to your face and some Christmas Cheer to your house. If you need help with your present wrapping or eating mince buys then he's the fairy for you. Beautifully handmade from felt, he looks very festive in his green floppy cap, red tunic and green sleeves and leggings. He makes a delightful jingly sound with his little golden bell (can be made without bell upon request). 

Poppy and Conker Crochet Beret by Fairysteps
£14 (+ £2.50 p&p)
The prettiest, most perfect, keep forever beret ever... now made even slouchier!  Made in Summer cloud soft wool in a dramatic duo of Poppy and Conker striped crown. Complete with that all important perky beret centre to pull it off quickly when needed. But you won't want to... The hat has been carefully designed for a comfortable 'stay on' fit.

Monday, 24 September 2012

New Shops for September

On Friday I was feeling a little decadent and stayed up until gone midnight, gambling on the hope that Merlin would let me sleep in til about 8.  But, my little boy had other plans...  At 5.30am he started screaming as only a toddler can.  Being a slightly lazy mummy, I fetched him from his cot and brought him into our bed, which stopped the screaming (yey!) but instead of going back to sleep he sat up and started babbling away.  He kept saying "tower" and "big tower".  By 6.30am he decided we obviously weren't going to give him what he wanted so he was going to escape from the bed and play without us.  As a result, I was up at 6.30am and I had company walking the dog on Saturday morning.  Being out that early we got to see the sunrise, which was so nice my son clapped and said "pretty".  Bless.  But he was right, so we headed home and got the camera.  I was too late to photograph the lovely golden light we saw first time around but I'm pretty happy with the pictures I got.  And once we got home my little boy spent the rest of the morning building towers in his bedroom, so everyone was happy in the end.

It's that time of the month again (already!) when we look at some of the new shops on Etsy.  It's a nice diverse selection this month.  Enjoy!

Beach Huts on the Sand Cushion by BespokeHomeByYvonne
£24.95 (+ £3.95 p&p)
Handmade with care Beach Huts Cushion with Curled Feather Inner.  Cream Cushion with Beige dots, 4 Beach Huts on a band of Beige Linen acting as the sand. Zip opening to the back and piped edging. This will make a fantastic addition to any room in the house.  Size 18"x18" 

CD/DVD Case with Frame by SteffsEmporium
£9.99 (+ £2 p&p)
Handmade case for discs with frame to add a photograph. Made with Mulberry paper in a colour of your choice. Tied with ribbon or twine with a "made with love" charm added.

Driftwood Inspired Cabinet with Sand Carved Butterflies by DuCrowDesigns
£399 (+ £25 p&p)
This truly stunning cabinet features 'Butterfly' steel hinges and door handles which are heat treated to bring out the array of colours and then lacquered. The glass door is hand cut and frosted with the butterfly wing shadow frosted onto the glass. All the Butterfly motives are sand carved into the wood, four on the front and two unpainted on the sides. The cabinet casing is built to the highest of standards with the sides let into the top and bottom panels. The cabinet has two frosted safety glass shelves and is finished on the back with a steel hanger bracket with keyhole mounts.  H = 54cm W = 22cm D = 22 cm 

Grasshopper Bars by WildflourKitchen
£6 (+ £4 p&p)
A layered dessert bar - chocolate brownie, mint cream ganache, and a dark chocolate topping. 8 pieces. 

Green Squiggly Stripes Votive Holder by KnicKnackNook
£9 (+ free delivery)
This votive holder made of very high quality, 3/16" thick glass. It is hand painted in green squiggly stripes. It creates beautiful stripe pattern when lit up and is suitable for every occasion.  The dimensions of the holder are: Size: 2"(W) x 2"(H).

Hanging Heart Sewing Kit by HomeStitchedHome
£5 (+ free delivery)
This is a sewing kit containing everything you need to hand stitch your own beautiful hanging heart. The kits contain all the fabric and trimmings that you need, as well as the pattern, instructions, stuffing and even the needle, thread and pins. It comes to you in an attractive brown box which can be re-used or recycled. All you need is a pair of scissors and a bit of time and creative spirit.

Love Cats Tote Bag by FlyMyPrettyUK
£15 (+ £2 p&p)
Applique cats onto 100% cotton shopping tote. Measures approx 44 x 35 cm and is completely machine washable. 

Pink Hand Knitted Bunny Booties by JessicaMonkey
£5.99 (+ £1 p&p)
Pink hand Knitted Baby Bunny Booties 0 - 3 Months 

Portal Companion Cube Inspired Bracelet by JohnsonsLemon
£3.50 (+ £2 p&p)
Ever wanted to show your love for the companion cube but don't have the hands to carry around an actual cube? Well now you can! This bracelet was inspired by the ever faithful companion cube from the Portal video game series.
It contains a mixture of glass pearls, plastic beads and plated acrylic bead caps, and is made from elasticated beading thread. 

Black and Red Silk Ribbon Handbag by Bagsforoccasions
£20 (+ £4 p&p)
Hand bag made in a basket weave design using black and red silk ribbon. Fully lined and with cord in handles to prevent stretch. Magnetic fastening to close. 

Friday, 21 September 2012

Guess The Theme 21

Good morning all!  How are you today?  Looking forward to the weekend?  I'm on a bit of a go-slow this morning...  Everything seems to be taking a little longer than usual.  Even Merlin's having a lazy morning.  I was going to have a bit of a moan today about the terrible customer service I'm receiving from a fellow crafter, but I'm in a good mood so I'll give them a couple more days to sort themselves out.

What do you think of having to wait a week for the answers to Guess The Theme?  I have some readers who like to play Guess The Theme but don't read the blog on Monday, so I've moved the answers later in the week for them.  And it keeps all the theme guessing fun together in one place.  Last week's theme, as correctly guessed by my hubby, was the Strictly Come Dancing 2012 contestants.  This week's theme is an entertainment question again, but this one is for people who were watching kid's tv in the 90s.

Captain Quackers Handpainted Duck by NeilinCoGeekCreation
£8 (+ £3.50 p&p)
Hand-painted novelty rubber duckies needing some serious love! All are painted in acrylic paint and then sealed to prevent discolouring and damage over time. Although water-resistant they are not water-proof so please do not subject these poor wee guys to a bath!

Caribbean Waters Lampwork Glass Pendant by ajennodesigns
£20 (+ £3 p&p)
This unique piece features a blue and green hand worked Lampwork glass focal that measures approximately 25mm in diameter and hangs from 18 inches of synthetic suede cord. All fittings used in this piece are Sterling Silver.  Each piece of Ajenno Jewellery is a unique one off design, you will receive the exact item pictured in this listing. All Ajenno Jewellery pieces are lovingly and carefully handmade from top quality beads and findings.

Silver Double Heart Bird Brooch by somethingxtraspecial
£31.25 (+ £3.23 p&p)
This cute little silver love bird brooch is made in solid recycled silver, and fitted with a sterling silver hand crafted brooch fitting. The bird has a satin finish body and a double love heart for wings.  Measuring approx 2.7 cms (just over one inch) from the tip of his tail to the end of his beak.

Fire Lizard Embroidered Roundel by RuthOLearyTextileArt
£75 (+ £5 p&p)
This dramatic display piece is a striking interpretation of the classic motif of a lizard biting its own tail.  It is entirely worked in a fine red leather, each section precicely cut to shape and appliqued to the black silk satin background. Each section is outlined in gold metallic thread, and gold kid leather is used for the eye.  Diameter 18 cm (7")

Blue Glass and Polymer Clay Gaia Pendant by OakFaeArts
£20 (+ £3 p&p)
This pendant is a unique piece of art comprising of individually fused glass art and Polymer Clay.  It comprises a piece of my handmade glass featuring various shades of blue which almost echo the movement of the earth. The piece is encased in a lovely copper polymer clay and the beautiful goddess symbol sits over the glass, the glass with the light shining through illuminates her, very special, different and unique.  All pendants come with a complimentary thong and velveteen pouch as shown. 

Planet Love Original Watercolour by BlueWhaleStudio
£23.45 (+ £1.90 p&p)
Painted on 300gsm watercolor paper.Varnished to prevent fading.  Approximate size: 6 '' x 8 3/4'' (150mm x 210mm).  Not mounted.  Signed and dated.

Poppy On The Wind Wall Stickers by WallStickersWorld
£20 (+ free delivery)
Very Quick and Easy to use. No paint, no tools, no sticky paste necessary Just peel and stick these wall decals without a hassle to most smooth surfaces.  Wall decals are a custom cut, vinyl material that are sticky on one side. Wall decals are durable, long lasting and will never peel off any surface. Wall decals can be added to almost any surface, such as glass, metal, wood, plastic, painted walls and more.

Tiny Earth Sodalite Stone Necklace by DearOhDeer
£10 (+ £3 p&p)
Its simple, really. A single stone bead, deep, swirling blues, with white and burnt umber accents. Not exactly the same as our little earth, but not entirely different either.... A single sodalite bead on silver plated chain with gold findings. The chain is 50cm long, to sit just below the collarbone.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Upcycled Denim

This week I seem to be timing my morning and evening walks really well, so I get to see the sunrise and sunset every day.  This is this morning's sunrise.  Check out that cloudless blue sky!  Lucky us.  It doesn't have anything to do with today's blog, I just think if you're up before the sun comes up you should at least get some pretty photographs.

Today we're actually looking at upcycled denim, because I love upcycling and I've not done an upcycled blog for ages.  Ways to use old jeans is particularly close to my heart at the moment because, as a result of all this dog walking, all my jeans are falling off me.  I need to go out and buy several pairs of new, smaller jeans.  And then I'll have to find something fun to do with my old jeans...  I'm sure I'll think of something.

Denim Basket by SewDanish
£21.48 (+ £4.11 p&p)
This rustic basket is woven/plaited with strips cut from recycled blue jeans. The basket has it own 'personality'. It is casual looking with slightly fryed edges. During weaving the basket the soft fabric stips took on an organic life of their own, adding to the relaxed look.  The basket has been treated with diluted acrylic paint to stiffen the surfaces making the basket firm to the touch.  Height 8 cm, Diameter 22 cm.

The Garden of Denim Blue and White Dress by JoannaMichalska
£160 (+ £5 p&p)
Fantastic little denim dress which can be worn really for any occasion.  The dress will be made to order. You can choose from two designs:
1. Different shades of denim connected with white denim details
2. Different shades of denim connected with navy denim details

The dress can be made in sizes 38, 40, 42  

Blue Denim and Grey Leather Bag by sheakoffee
£34.74 (+ free delivery)
Lovely slouchy relaxing bag to carry around all your favourite essentials.  Its like an old jumper or pair of sock that keeps you warm and keeps a smile on your face.Blue denim jeans recycled into usable original bag.  Sides & bottom of bag are recyled leathers in greys and blues.  Inside bag, there is a large pocket, lined with a repurposed ikea table cotton cloth, white with grey stars.
width 45.6cms
height 33cms
handle length 51cms 

Necklace with Denim Fabric Beads by AstridsJewelGarden
£28 (+ £2 p&p)
Necklace made with handmade recycled denim beads capped with Tibetan silver bead caps. The bracelet has pretty Tibetan silver beads linked together with silver plated wire. It has been finished with a pretty toggle clasp, just so you can wear it short or long.

Denim Patchwork Windbreak by nellieandeve
£43 (+ £11 p&p)
This groovy windbreak is made from preloved denim jeans and lined in vintage fabric. Use it on the beach, in the garden, as a privacy screen whilst camping at a festival. Wherever you choose to use this fabulous windbreak,one thing is for certain, your neighbour will not have the same and you are sure to stand out from the crowd. You can even use the pockets for storing little items!  Size: 2.55m x 89cm approx.

Recycled Denim Rag Quilt by OriginalCloth
£25 (+ £4.50 p&p)
A fabulously versatile rag quilt, made with a mix of different denims, and pieces of fabric from check/plaid cotton shirts. Lots of colours here, blues, reds, greens, purples and more - but we all know everything goes with jeans!  The quilt is constructed from two layers, stitched together with the seams exposed. The seams are then frayed to give this distinctive texture. This is really durable, and will only get better with washing and use. It measures approx 34" square (87xm)

Sling Handbag by LibbyRoses
£22.99 (+ £4 p&p)
This old pair of jeans needed a revamp and here's what they got! A new life as a bag. All the pockets are useable and very handy for mobile phones, keys and purses. The lining is a beautiful floral cotton.

Snow Jeans Handspun Yarn by LondonHandspun
£14.21 (+ £1.90 p&p)
This two ply yarn is made from a bright, snow white fiber that comes from recycled plastic bottles, more familiarly known as the super soft 'fleece' that lines your winter jacket. And the blue part is made from denim scraps left over from blue jeans manufacturing, blended with some Merino and Corriedale fleece to make it spinnable. Knit yourself a winter hat or handwarmers that will keep you really warm and match your blue jeans!

Reversible Denim and Shweshwe Waistcoat by leonandcoco
£28.74 (+ £1.47 p&p)
Bold reversible waistcoat that can be worn just as well on parties and weddings as on every day occasions.  Made with upcycled denim on one side while the other is of a gorgeous shweshwe cotton in indigo blue with white flowers. The waistcoat is closed by press stud buttons. (chest 63cm).
Denim VW Campervan Picture by lemonyjen
£15 (+ £2.70 p&p)
Freehand machine embroidery and applique picture - Denim VW Campervan.  The background is white cotton drill.  The van is in blue denim from some old Levis and the stitching is in red.  The frame is black, 8.5" x 6.5"