Week 5: Anchor brooch

Spotted this cross stitched anchor in January’s Mollie Makes Magazine and as it says on the top I thought ‘I could do that’.


It was a rather simple pattern that I copied straight from this image and used some scrap blue fabric for the rosette. Might look for a ribbon like in the image to add to it.

I made them in two sizes, two small button sized ones and one with the stitches doubled.


Think they would look quite nicely on a simple white blouse for a 50s sailor style.


Vintage hunt at Sunbury market

Last Tuesday I rose early to go to Sunbury Antiques market at Kempton Park race court. It was freezing cold, but fortunately the sun had come out and snow stayed away. Despite the weather there was still a fair amount of buyers and sellers. I arrived at 8am and by 11 I had only seen the outside part, by the time I got to the inside market they started packing up.

If I had the space and money I could easily have filled a van full of stuff. Instead I came by train (which always gives a fun challenge) and a £50 budget.

My first buy was this silver coaster set for £2. When you’ve been walking around for about 20min without any luck it’s always nice to start with something cheap and safe. They have some stains, but I hope my silver polishing will do miracles.


Next were 3 porcelain cups for 50p each. Already had some mismatching saucers so now have a nicely mismatched set when someone comes for tea. I could have bought up the whole porcelain stall, but again where to put it? I have enough trouble fitting these 3 somewhere decent (they now live on top of the wardrobe). I might venture into making candles in the cups.

Then came my favourite item for the day: a wooden letterpress tray/drawer. I’ve wanted one for ages and the first one I saw today was £50! Fortunately later I found this one for only £20. I’m not entirely sure about the legs sticking out, might saw those off eventually. Ideally I like to hang it up on the wall, but for now its balancing on a pile of old books.



I became a bit of an obstacle with that drawer under my arm, but it didn’t stop me finding this serving platter for £1 in a box of porcelain.


Also got materials for a future 52week project. Found these two 1950s dress patterns for £2 each and fabric for £5 to make the shirt-dress.



At the very end on my way to the exit and train station I came past this footstool. Last time I was at this market I regretted buying another lovely footstool and as the seller started packing up he sold me this one for £10.


Overloaded I took the train home and still had enough money to buy a cup of tea to warm up.

Some things I managed to resist:

Week 4: Photo cushion

Months ago I bought this special printing paper to iron on fabric. This week I decided to try it out and turn it into a nice little cushion.


To print I choose a picture I took with my Diana Mini analogue camera on Brighton pier. The ironing on was extremely easy, only shame that it couldn’t be bigger than A4 size. Maybe I’ll make a separate border around it another time. For this project I jazzed it up with a red pom-pom border.

This time I didn’t depend on my old singer (see week 1) but instead I ventured out to ‘Sew Over It’, a nice sewing cafe in Clapham. I would absolutely recommend going there if you are in London and in need of a sewing machine (or just some equipment). It is a great space where you can use sewing machines, overlockers and all other equipment, including free cups of tea (isn’t that one of the most important components for creativity).



Week 3: Silhouettes

When I came up with the idea for this weeks craft I started making it straight away, so lets go straight to the finalised product. This week no fabrics or danger with needles and sewing machines, only paper, scissors and glue.

I love victorian silhouettes, there is something very strong in a black profile of someone and how by the outline of the hair or dress you can straight away see from what period or class it comes.

On last weeks post you might have spotted my ‘Mr Darcy’ on the wall between the cross stitches (see here). I also love Downton Abbey and between the great paintings in the background upstairs, my favourite is the silhouette next to the door in Mr. Hughes’ pantry. I wanted to recreate this look, but of course a little more crafty.

I found a silhouette of this victorian lady on google (credit to whoever it belongs to), printed it out in A4, cut it out and pasted it out on a piece of cardboard covered in book pages. I’ve got a pile of old books I got given and like to take pages out to use as a little more exciting background.

Silhouette Lady

Later in the week I got into London Victoria’s tube station and came eye to eye of late Queen Victoria’s silhouette. I took a picture and edited it to another black silhouette. I printed this one out smaller so it would cover only one page. Maybe a nice idea to turn these into postcards later.

Silhouette Victoria