Things [ Hand Made ]


My chance to wonder about hand made things and tell the world about those I make, love and cherish!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Making:: Easter gift boxes

Making Easter gift boxes for friends who just need a little something to let them know how much they are loved but not making a thing so big that they feel overwhelmed by a gift.

Whitewashing over ready made useful boxes. You know the type, the ones that are hard to throw away and ypu put somewhere to use but never quite know what for.

Doodled over and filled with a bunny and a carrot.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Playing:: with English paper piecing

A winter project slowly coming to an end.


Deciding how to arrange the colours and excited to see it coming together.

At last. It's been a long winter and I am ready to be working with a new colour palette.



Using the last of the summer fruit from the garden to make apple and gooseberries pies.


Seeing how patchwork fills every part of life.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Enjoying:: doodling

Doodling birthday cards for friends with only a few pens.

Inspired by Cora Dantini this book


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Reading :: Cleo Mussi

and wondering if I have time to play around with some mosaic.

More here.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Windsurfing cakes

For a new 14 year old who loves his water sports.


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Teaching this week....simple bookbinding

Well, not exactly teaching it this week,

Still half term so catching up on things.

In between spending time with the kids

V. Long list.

A few weeks ago I taught a group some simple bookbinding and a couple of people were not able to make it to the group that day so I have just sorted out some samples for them.

If you are a member of that group that endured.....hmmm I mean...were shown a careful explanation of Coptic binding then this is the instructions I suggested you find.


A handmade life. Miss Ballantyne face cream

It wasn't till late last night that I thought of the hanmade thing I wanted to share with you this week

I have inherited my mothers good skin. I only had to survive a few spots through the teenage years so I have always had a simple approach to my skin. My mother taught me early on the benefits of moisturising each day and night. I have always used a plain cheaper brand of face cream.

Easy and simple.

A couple of years ago on holiday in Edinborough I went to a craft market and met Karen Ballantyne. She is a Canadian living in the Uk.

One of my closet friend is Canadian so I have always had s soft spot for them. She matches up to the other Canadians I have met and she was just delightful. Faced with wonderfully simple but beautifully packaged skin creams and a lovely person I could not revisit and I bought a jar of Blue cream.

From that day on, I use it everyday day. It suits my skin perfectly and has a lovely gentle scent of vanilla. It is one of those beautifully made hand made things that give me pleasure to use each day.