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Adventures in up-cycling, remaking and general thriftiness.

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New Year New Adventures

Posted by [email protected] on January 2, 2018 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The New Year is always a good time for reflection & I have been spending the post Christmas period having a good tidy up. I thought I would share a photo of my one and only Craft Fair this year which was a small collection of local Brighton artists and makers. There was a usual selection of salvaged paper and prints alongide some of my cacti dolls heads.


Winter Wonderland

Posted by [email protected] on December 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

My Mother always manages to pull together some wonderful decorations at Christmas & this is just a flavour of her Winter Wonderland.

I hope you all had a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and if you received something made by me this Christmas I hope you enjoyed your gift.

Nearly Christmas

Posted by [email protected] on December 12, 2017 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We are rapidly approaching Christmas and this weekend is the last weekend of the Artists Open Houses.The Stanley Road Store will be open all day Saturday and Sunday if you are in need of some handmade loveliness for last minute gifts.

I am pulling together a limited range of decorations made from minature dolls heads with a glittery Christmas twist. 


Christmas Chaos

Posted by [email protected] on November 30, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It's that crazy time of year when I wish i was better prepared. Currently burning the midnight oil finishing off projects in time for the Artists Open Houses and my only Craft fair of the year which is this Sunday at Exeter Street, Brighton.

As always the theme is making from items i have salvaged over the years including a new range of glittery dolls heads which sold out on their first weekend. 


Halloween Decorations

Posted by [email protected] on October 2, 2017 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I like my Halloween decorations to be on the dark side with more of a nod to gothic traditions.

I may be running a workshop for a friend soon and if we can get a date agreed i think the theme may be Halloween Decorations either mini trick and treat handmade  envelopes or possibly bunting with a twist.

Details will be posted shortly.

Salvaged Pages Greeting Cards

Posted by [email protected] on September 26, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

My Salvage Pages Paper packs usually include vintage book plates which can either be hung as decorative prints or reused in a variety of craft projects.

This weekend I put together a new range of handmade greeting cards based around some beautiful botanical illustrations salvaged from a book from the around the early 1900's. The book itself was extremely damaged and some of the pages show sign of aging but this seems to enhance the charm of the finished card. I paired these cards with a complimentary handmade floral envelope so 100% upcycled but they would look equally nice with a plain envelope.



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.



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