Bella Does Brighton

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Adventures in up-cycling, remaking and general thriftiness.

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The Stanley Road Store Pop Up Shop

Posted by [email protected] on September 6, 2017 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

When I was a little girl i always wanted to be a window dresser. Today I got the chance to help the lovely Maxine set up her latest adventure and pop up shop. This was me playing around unpacking stock and i managed to sneak in some vintage posters i picked up.

Air plant Vintage Dolls Heads

Posted by [email protected] on September 3, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I've just had a rare week of work and decided it was time to tackle tidying up my workshop. Not my favourite job but i did come across some wonderful vintage bisque minature dolls heads. I had purchased these a while ago and never used them but think when paired with airplants they make an interesting and unusual decorative detail especially when displayed against a dark interior wall.

Salvaged Elements

Posted by [email protected] on August 24, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

For some people flea markets and car boot sales are a bit of a marmite experience. Today for the grand total of 50 pence I picked up my favourite book of floral illustrations and some wonderful vintage flowers which were free as had been thrown in the bin. I love the colours of these blooms and i plan to put together a new range of Salvaged Elements including a mix of ephemera and other found items of interest.

Works of Staggering Beauty

Posted by [email protected] on August 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This was a recent £1.00 find in a book bin in a London market. Dated 1853 and still in remarkably good condition so too nice for me to use any of the pages for salvage.

12 plates, all hand coloured or hand drawn and in stunning detail.

Salvaged Photo Props

Posted by [email protected] on July 30, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

My planned car boot road trip today with Lost and Foundry Lighting was pretty much as wash out. I did however pick up a really lovely weathered vintage cake tin for a £1.00.

Items like this which have aged with use can make cheap and interesting display items or photo props such as here as a back drop for one of my cacti dolls heads.

Summer Road Trips

Posted by [email protected] on July 29, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The plan for this weekend was a road trip around the car boot sales and flea markets with Maxine from Lost and Foundry Lighting.Unfortunately the heavens have opened this weekend and the grey and damp weather makes it feel a million miles from mid Summer. 

Whilst tidying up I came across some lovely old illustrations from one of the books that came from the pulp bin. It made me think of Autumn and mushroom season just round the corner.

Salvaged Pages

Posted by [email protected] on July 18, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is a more detailed image of the tri fold page of butterfly illustrations that came directly from the bin. I think it would have been a shame for this not to be reused and it's now going to feature in a box of butterfly creative inspirations i am putting together and will be listing on the website.

Salvaged Books

Posted by [email protected] on July 18, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Bella Does Brighton is all about salvaging books and then trying to use all or elements of them. I find them in all sorts of places but gathering them direct from the pulp bin is a first. 

The second image is a wonderful tri fold butterfly illustrations which came from one of the books i found.


Botanical Envelopes

Posted by [email protected] on June 26, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

There is something very therapeutic about making envelopes from hand. I am in the process of making tiny botanical seed envelopes for a friend which would make great presents for garden lovers.

There is also something lovely after the frenzy of making getting something  boxed up ready for delivery.

Vintage Paper Packs - Source Materials

Posted by [email protected] on June 18, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Bella Does Brighton specilaises in making  paper packs from vintage paper that might otherwise end up in landfill. The following images give an indication of the type of source materials used in my packs. This is a stunning book but has been scribbled on and poorly repaired. In a few days I will post some of the packs that have been made using this as source material.