Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Handmade at home-Violet's

I have finished and delivered some lovely bunting to a friend Sophie who has just opened up a tea room in the next village.  The tea room is called violet's and it is inside the old post office, you can find out more at Violet's tea rooms at it's very own Facebook page.

I was so lucky to find vintage fabric that matched the decor so well, and a perfect sunny day to photograph it too.

I was hoping to use these colours for bunting to go in my kitchen but just had another commission so lets hope there is some left for me.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Handmade at home-Busy

I feel like a little sit down! I have been so busy making and listing in my Etsy shop amooma .  I have also started to build my own web site, not finished yet but you are welcome to go and have a look at it, here is the address amooma.co.uk.

I have made my first Treasury on Etsy, I used all my favourite things on my wish list

It's quite nice to see all my favourite dream buys all together like this, now all I need is a little lottery win.

I have one more favourite at the moment and that is some new bunting I have made. When I put the colour combination together it brought back childhood memories of my local sweet shop where you could buy one penny sweets (can you still buy one penny sweets)?  The colour of the bunting reminds my of super sugary sweetie necklaces and tutti fruit's (not sure about the spelling)

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Sugary sweet 

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Very hard to find, my husband went to 4 shops, in the end I had to get them from eBay

I have decided to use this bunting to make a bunting banner for when I have the confidence to do a craft fair, I though it would look good with felt letters spelling out ammoa.co.uk.

Bunting handmade from vintage fabric eco friendly

I am learning and concentrating so much setting up my etsy shop and trying to make my website, that when someone buys something from my shop it comes as quite a shock. I have sold another item on etsy and it did comes as a shock!  I now have had 3 sales whooo!!!

I hope to be back later this week to show you a commission, I've made some bunting for a new tea room that has just opened in a village near me.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Home-Crafting companions

The weather is so nice here in Cornwall, I thought I would spend the late afternoon outside and cut out some bunting in the garden.

Crafting companions

Thought it would be nice to let the little beasts out too.

Crafting companions

Had a lovely afternoon in the sunshine and got a lot done, in-between stopping the chickens going into the woods ( I am sure they have a death wish) and throwing ball's for my boarder collie. After an hour or so things got a little friendly down on the craft table.

Crafting companions

These two are so nosy they are always the firs to meet you when you go down to see them. They get so excited they sometimes fly straight over the fence to see what molasses you have brought them.

Crafting companions

Sneaky peak at the vintage lace, I think some wedding inspired bunting may be on the cards.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Handmade at home - Don't buy me!

I don't really know what to say about these buttons. They are just amazing and I am so happy I found them. They sparkle in the sun light like little jewels.

They all so make me think of elegant boiled sweets if a thing has ever existed. I bought them as they compliment some vintage fabric I have, but now I have them I not sure if I can part with them.

Vintage plastic buttons
unnecessary photo of buttons

I decided to make lavender pillows and used the button to adorn them. The lavender pillows are only filled with lavender there is no stuffing, to help keep the pillows a little more rigged I have sewn a piece felt inside the pillow, this makes them quite tactile.

I will put a link to my Etsy shop amooma but please do not buy them....... well you can but only if you love them as much as me!

Show a bit of button love
unnecessary photo sorry

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Vintage finds- Spring in a cup

I found these tea cup in a little second hand shop in Liskeard in Cornwall about two years ago now. I do not use them to drink out of, but to but things in.

Do not drink

As Spring is here (though still a bit chilly) I have bought myself some lovely miniature daffodils and put them in the tea cups not an original idea but a cute one!

Tea cup and daffodils

One pot only cost £1.00 and it has filled three tea cup's, bargain. I thought they may look nice in the centre of my dinner table, I am hoping they will last till the weekend as I have some friend over for supper.

Miniature daffodils in vintage tea cups

My mum always calls daffodils daffs which I love. I have made some bunting, which is inspired by my new daffs. It's in my Etsy shop if you would like a closer look.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Handmade at home - New drawing pins

I have made these really cool bush pins to go with my fabric notice boards, they are as cute as a button don't you think!

The pin part is quite long which is really good for fabric memo boards. I was a bit worried how I was going to package them and send them in the post without hurting the postman/women. Thanks to my husband, as he came up with this idea of using corks(he had been saving them to make a pin board, we now have three boxes of corks in the garage)

I have them in pink too!

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Handmade at home - The sun is shining

Cannot stay long the sun is out and I am photographing like mad new items for the shop, but as promised here are other colours of the pin boards, so far!

Fabric pin board

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Handmade at home - can not wait any longer

I am rather happy about my new creation. I have my sister Helen to thank really. You see I made my niece jessica bunting for Christmas, and did not know what I could make James my nephew. I asked Helen if there was anything he might like that I could make for him. Helen said he could really do with a notice board, you could do that, a little voice said in my head, OK I will make him a notice board. How I am I going to make that I later thought. After a bit of fiddling I had made one notice board for my nephew.

Well then the alarm bells began to ring, I could make theses in some vintage fabric and sell them in my Etsy shop. It gave me a real boost, as my shop had had only one sale, and I think the notice boards may have real saleability.

pin board yellow and oranges 5

I now have about ten made and I am busy photographing them and getting ready to post them on Etsy. I have this orange and yellow fabric board on Etsy now, it is the same fabric as the bunting I posted about last week.

Instead of making just a fabric notice board, I have made half into to a pegboard, some where to keep photos or other memento's you do not what to put a tack through. Will show you the other colours soon and I have some very nice tack's to show you too.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Home-The long wait is now over

We have been very patient, waiting for our Lavender Araucana to lay a prized blue egg. On 15th February we finaly have a beautiful blue egg.

First blue egg 1

I was so happy when Adam came in the house and said that he had found a blue egg. I had heard an old wives' tale that says chickens start to laying eggs on Valentine's Day. Did not quite make Valentines, but the 15th will do for me(we get engaged on the same date nearly 8 years ago)

First blue egg 7

Who gets to eat the first one?

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Handmade at home - Re-opening my Etsy shop!

It has been quite a while since I had anything in my shop on Etsy, (or posted to my blog) but I have started to list new items in the shop. (and have a new focus for my blog)

With spring in full swing It is time to get the bunting out, so that is what I have been busy making, lots of bunting, not any old bunting, this is very special, as it is not only handmade by me in Cornwall, the bunting is made from vintage fabric.

The bunting above is made from material from two vintage duvet covers. The orange one is from the 1970s' and was sold by St Michael known today as Marks and Spencer. The other was raided from my mother-in-laws laundry cupboard (she did say it was ok) and is well over 30 years old, for the age of the material it is in amazing condition. I have lots more to make and post so will keep you updated of new items.