Friday, 29 January 2016

In Betty's Bubble

On a rainy, windy day in Betty's Bubble, the guided tour begins…


These three lovely vintage dolls are a new addition this week. They may become brooches or bag decorations or they may stay with me because I think they're great!

Some of my tiny treasures, displayed in an old printer's tray. The little hand mirror was given to me when I was a child, the china cradle was on my christening cake and there's my first silver ring, bought for me over thirty years ago by my mum. 

These patterns belonged to my mother-in-law. 

Wooden toys from a school reading scheme in days long gone.

And here's the room (my Bubble) where I do all my creating!

I keep pattern pieces that I've made on the ceiling - it's a room up in the eaves of our barn! I love the window; I can look up to the sky - and the light's perfect for stitching.

I have so many vintage books!

I've spent many happy days in The Bubble through the winter - it's been so wet and windy outside! Now, I'm getting ready for my first fair of 2016 which is in two weeks time - the Tavistock Vintage and Textile Fair on February 13th in the Town Hall. 

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Betty's been stamping around!

One of the things I want to do in 2016 is to try new things, so I started by doing a bit of metal stamping. The ladies at Bunyip in Exeter were great at getting me started. These are my first efforts on aluminium discs with black ribbons - 'let your spirit sing', 'let time stand still', 'I will always love you' and 'tell me a story'. It's taken lots of trial and error with the stamping as well as working out what was best to use to get the black colour into the indentations (lots of people seem to use a sharpie or acrylic paint but in the end for me, it was a Stabilo OH permanent pen for smooth surfaces). I've also found that they're tricky to photograph as the slight indentations, reflections and shadows in the metal end up looking like extra marks! I'm going to keep stamping ready for the Vintage and Textile Fair in Tavistock on 13th February. Betty x


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Betty's Hand Spinning Kits

 Hand spinning kits are now available on the website ( In each bag, there's a top whorl spindle, all set up and ready to go…

 a bag of lovely clean fleece…

and instructions. There are photos to go with these on the 'Hand Spinning Instructions' blog post in 2015.

The perfect gift for anyone crafty who'd like to learn a new skill in 2016.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

The ladies have a friend!


As one of Betty's 'ladies', I've been rather lacking in male company of late and so I complained to the management. I'm pleased to say that a companion has been provided! I'm assured that people can be made with any hair colour/length and clothing colour, which means that you can send a photograph of yourself and a friend or partner and have yourselves made! How exciting! We're not on the website as each one will be made to your specification - just send us a message to order. As you can see, Betty's put us in a box frame with some vintage text (from her favourite book) and a tree - we love thinking inside the box!

Happy New Year, Everyone! Betty x