Textile Jewellery

 

This piece is a lasso style necklace that I made a couple of years ago. It’s definitely a very unusual statement piece! I made it using wool, felt, crystal chips and ribbon. I think perhaps I was more adventurous then than I am now?

Hugs, Caz x

Salvaged Roses Necklace

I made this necklace this evening. I named it Salvaged Roses because the main piece is actually a broken cabochon that I’ve had lying around for ages. It is so pretty I wanted to salvage it somehow & this evening I figured out what I was going to do with it! I have sewn & glued it onto five layers of felt so the backing is very sturdy. Then I’ve simply slipped it onto a silver ball chain. What do you think?


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Awesome Tutorials

I thought I’d share some of the fabulous tutorials I’ve seen dotted around with you in case you haven’t spotted them yourself..


This jumper is AMAZING!!! Um, also, this one isn’t actually a tutorial but if you pop over to Tiny Owl Knits you can buy the PDF pattern & make your own! If you can knit. Which I can’t!


How to sew all those fiddly felt bits without them going wonky over at Future girl


A cute spool necklace tutorial over at Wild Olive.


Bright colourful friendship bracelets over at HonestlyWTF


Lovely necklace over at Elsie‘s…


And this gorgeous felt-leaf garland on Instructables.

I’m off work for a week so I might give the friendship bracelets a go… and maybe the leaf garland.

Have a great weekend,

Hugs, Caz x



Botanical Pendants

The above one is a 1976 stamp featuring a Grandpa Dickson rose.


This one & the one below are from a postcard featuring ‘Embroidery’ by Dorris Kirlew, a watercolour artist from Brighton whom I believed passed away in 1998.

This one is from a 1976 Royal National Society envelope.


Another 1976 rose stamp.. this one is Rosa Mundi.


And this one is 1976 Sweet Briar stamp.

All of the 1976 stamp & the envelope are from a 1976 Centenary of the Royal National Rose Society envelope with four brand new issue stamps on it. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of these as the stamps are the perfect size & the colours are gorgeous!

What do you think guys? Hopefully they will soon be available for you here.

The Bride

I didn’t take this picture but it sums up the bride perfectly… doesn’t Claire look absolutely gorgeous?!

The necklace she’s wearing is the one I made for her which I showed you here. Luckily the pearls matched exactly with the ones on her dress which was a sheer fluke as I hadn’t seen her dress beforehand!

I have some pearls left over so i may use some of the smaller ones to make her some earrings for her birthday in November.

Today’s The Day!!!!!!!!



Today my best friend is getting married!!!!!!!

Which means that I’m in Newquay, Cornwall, trying not to ruin my make up & signing the witness papers… exciting!

Above are the necklaces I made a couple of days ago.

These three are for the bridesmaids, as thank you gifts from the bride. The first one is a vintage fashion illustration from a 1977 book, the second is from a postcard & the final one is actually fabric with a ball of yarn motif on it.

I’m hoping to sell the others… every single other one was made using vintage stamps, who knew they had such cute designs?!





Bridal Necklace

Not the best photographs in the world but a few peeks of the bridal necklace I’ve made for my best friends wedding which is coming up VERY soon! It’s a classic pearl strand made using South Sea 8mm pearls & 3.5mm freshwater seed pearls strung onto stainless steel flex-rite nylon coated wire… & no, I didn’t make the clasp! (Maybe one day I’ll be able to do that too…)

On the wedding day I’ll make sure I get some shots of the beautiful Claire in her wedding gift 🙂

The Pink Post


I think that by now you probably know that I like tea. And who would be able to resist this sweet set?
How gorgeous is this elephant collage? DB loves elephants so I’m tempted to recreate something similar…
How awesome does this store look?!
I don’t have an iphone but if I did I would have this case!
I’ve always wanted to live in a cottage & what could be more perfect than a pink one?
Great graffiti.
Deliciously cheeky cupcakes!
I love this little camera necklace, unfortunately I don’t know where I found the picture. If you’ve seen it let me know where so that I can credit it.

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Turquoise

What can I say, I fancied a change from pink!

Love the bowl, it would look so pretty by my bedside table, maybe storing all my jewellery & hair bands.
LOVE this illustration.
How gorgeous is this necklace? I love it!
Turquoise doughnuts? Yes please! 
Love this necklace too. The designer is a graphic designer you should check out her shop. (link below).
I really really want this apron!
Couldn’t resist posting this bunny picture!
How awesome are these leg warmers?! Gorgeous.
Loving the seventies vibe of this picture.
This is Stef. She is partly responsible for the previous picture. She & her friend Erin run a mobile vintage shop & blog. It’s my new favourite read!
Work & life in general have been quite busy busy busy these last few days so my beloved laptop has been skulking in a corner! My summer project for my Art course came through, I have all necessary components to start work on the bridal necklace I’ve got to make, Drummer Boy had another gig, we had his daughter, A, over the weekend & now I’m off for a hen-do!
All very hectic but I’ll attempt to touch base & should have some great hen-do photos for you next week!

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Friday Fashion & Lasagne-how-to

(All pix sourced from weheartit)

This weeks Friday Fashion is all about jewellery… absolutely adore the last ring… amazing! Jewellery is all I can think about right now. I’ve made earrings all week & am now having to design 4 necklaces… 1 wedding necklace & 3 gifts that all have to be person-specific. Totally failing to do what I promised myself here I still haven’t bought a new battery for my camera but pix of the earrings will be here soon I promise!
I’m baking lasagne tonight for Drummer Boy & his daughter, Alia, which always goes down a treat… My version is dead simple, I make my own sauce but cheat on the white sauce step! You need…
Minced beef 
Tomato passata
onions (or spring onions)
mushrooms (sssshhhhh, don’t tell Alia!)
lasagne sheets
streaky bacon 
peppers
creme fraiche
parmesan
medium cheddar
garlic
vegetable oil
worcester sauce
black pepper
fresh basil
dried herbs – oregano, ‘italian seasoning’
Method: *Fry off chopped garlic & onion is vegetable oil (or sunflower or olive oil), add mince beef & brown. *Pour in tomato passata, add fresh basil & dried herbs, simmer… *Add roughly chopped streaky bacon… *Add sliced peppers & mushrooms… *Allow to simmer & thicken & add a good glug of worcester sauce. *Once meat sauce is ready spoon a layer into the bottom of an oven dish… layer over with lasagne sheets… *next spoon over a layer of creme fraiche & top with grated parmesan… *repeat until everything is used up then finish off with a top layer of grated cheddar & parmesan… *pop in the oven for roughly an hour et voila! Scrummy lasagne!
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