Saturday, 31 October 2015

Someone's Treasure

Do you know anyone with the initials REC? I have this lovely enamelled piece that can be attached to a Memory Pocket Book or a Memory Bag for a very personal and lovely gift. It was in a tin of buttons and things that I bought once - I'd love to find it a special home!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Vintage Time - Pocket Watch Medal Brooches

The tools I'd ordered have arrived. A set of small files, a pair of pliers, some small screwdrivers and a metal hole punch. 
Almost too nervous to begin, in case I spoil all the lovely treasures I've been given...
The first task was to work out how to remove the sharp pieces from the back of the watch faces without damaging them. The pliers and the files worked a treat and I got away with minimal trauma to the faces (although I have to admit, there was a bit of trauma to my fingers!).
Flat, smooth faces. Now the fun with ribbons and stitching can begin!
Vintage midnight blue velvet ribbon and... 
 beautiful vintage silk sari ribbons.
Working out the best way of stitching everything together so that it's secure and takes the weight of the watch face took some time but I learnt a lot from doing the first one (as always).

So, now I know what I'm doing, here come a few more!

I'm really pleased with these brooches - just in time for the artisan market in Tavistock on Sunday! I'm going to investigate time quotes to go with them. Now I just need some sunshine so that photographs show the colours accurately!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Betty's Bunting




I've been making bunting using pages from vintage books - these are mainly Ladybird. String is provided. All you need is a glue stick, and a few minutes of time (preferably with a cup of tea and some cake!). The flags are not attached to the string when you get them. This means that they're more flexible - you can have them all on one long length of string or on a few shorter lengths. The number of flags vary according to the number of pages in the book so the prices vary. 
In case you're wondering, I don't destroy really good books - I only take apart those that have been spoilt by an over-enthusiastic reader or where the cover has been damaged over time. If the cover is still useable, I usually make notebooks from them! 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

"It is mine, this minute," said Betty.

I'll be taking three one-off clocks to the Tavistock Textile and Vintage Fair on Saturday, along with some new Vintage Time creations…