Thursday, 27 June 2013

Matlock Bath Crafts, Gifts and Food Fair

Evening all,

Just a little reminder that if you are free on Sunday and love Derbyshire, please nip into Matlock Bath and visit the Crafts, Gifts and Food Fair

I'll be there selling my lovely items...and there are always some beautiful locally made items, including lots of yummy food and cakes. :)

Thanks a lot - pass it on!


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Tins, tins, tins!

Good afternoon, thank you for dropping by.

I want to show you these that I have just finished, in preparation for my Craft Fair coming up in Matlock Bath on Sunday:

They are re-worked tins made into pencil, pens, make-up brushes, utensils or 'what-ever-you-like' holders!

I prepared the tins for use, then lined them inside and out. For the inside I used felt and for the outside, I used craft paper with embellishments. Pretty cute, right?

You can see from the picture above quite clearly the felt lining and the contrasting base colour that applies to most of them, and then the ribbon around the edges. I liked using two different designs on most of the tins to add a little fun. They can be placed in any position and will always look cute!

The one above here has cute little cupcakes and stripes and so would fit into many places of the home, including as shown above, in the kitchen. There's really no excuse. ;)

This one is made using a smaller tin and so I made it a child's tin. It still comes with 12 crayons as the others do, it's just a little smaller in stature. The rabbit will hopefully appeal to many.

And the second of my children's pencil holders is this brightly multi-coloured one. I love this! It is of the small size but packs a punch. There's no chance of losing it...

Back to the full size again and this one will fit into many areas of the home again. And like I said before, they don't have to be just for stationery, they can be for make-up brushes, hair brushes and combs, utensils, paint brushes, scissors, bingo dobbers (!) - what ever takes your fancy. 

And finally I made this one that is a little more hard wearing and will suit tools and equipment as it has a more 'hardy' appeal. This is lined in one colour felt (black) and has upholstery material on the outside, from floor to ceiling, that will manage many knocks. Perhaps one for the men in our lives? Or is that too stereo-typical?

Anyway, I know there will be more to come, but wanted to share these with you for now. 

What do you think? I'd love your comments and I take questions too, please get in contact. Don't forget you can find me on Facebook

Thanks for reading, take care.

(C) FMN Crafts 2013

Monday, 17 June 2013

Two New Items - Beautifully Eye-catching Oilcloth Shopping / Tote Bags :)

Evening all,

I'm just going to throw these at ya'

This is how the story goes...I was playing. Yes, playing. I had done my jobs for the day (it was Saturday, so it was washing, bathroom cleaning, shopping, you know the drill) and I just wanted to play around at something that I could make for myself (which does NOT happen very often.) I looked around my workshop, saw the oilcloth sitting there - it was sitting as I haven't had much to use it for recently - and I thought about making myself a shopping bag. One that would hold frozen or refrigerated goods that would look pretty, yet be sturdy and could be wiped out when I got it home. 

The oilcloth shopping bag was born.

I designed a shape, the sizes and the materials to use, I got the complimentary bias binding and the cottons needed together and got to work. I was suprised and very pleased at how quickly it came together (I am referring to the bag at the top). Happy me! Or so I thought. 

I made the second one today (after nipping to the material shop), the red, black and white one, and have just found myself listing both items on Etsy. Damn it! I meant to keep the first one for myself...

Oh well.

I have more material, so I can always make another one I suppose.

Anyway, what do you think? Do you like them? Please leave me a comment, or Share this, or Like me on Facebook.

Have a nice evening, lets see what I can create tomorrow. Maybe something for myself.... ;)

Thanks for reading,

(C) FMN Craft 2013

Friday, 14 June 2013

Personalised Cross-Stitch Hand Made Bookmarks

Hi all,

I have a little post to bring you today of a new item I designed and made recently - personalised bookmarks.

If like me you love to read, you will no doubt have a few bookmarks strewn around your home. But, do you have one like this?

You will notice immediately the initial - that is the point (personalised) and then the pretty blue and pink rose background. On the reverse it is blue with tiny white polka dots and is complete with a pretty little pink ribbon.

Here is one in action:

And here is a little collection of pictures:

In the picture above you will see 7 that I have made so far, there are obviously more to come and I will be posting on Etsy in a moment. I cross-stitched the initials which took a while as I haven't done any cross-stitch for about 4 years and my wrist was aching (!), the interior is interfaced so the bookmark remains in shape throughout it's many years of use and the ribbon is pushed through a metal eyelet.

Do you like them? I have a kindle Fire HD and I love my books on it - but/and I love a 'physical' book too - how about you? At £4.49, can you resist? Hand made remember...

Thank you for reading, if you like my little blog please leave a comment, or Like me on Facebook or share this.

Take care,

(C) FMN Crafts 2013

Monday, 3 June 2013

New Item - Beautiful Patchwork Curtain Material Shopping Bag

Hi all,

I have JUST finished making this - I designed it only a few days ago and completed it today :)

It is called a Patchwork Curtain Material Shopping / Tote Bag and I think that is self-explanatory enough, except that I need to point out these TEN things about it!

1) It is a large 'bucket' of a bag with plenty of room to hold a lot of shopping with no obstructions
2) It has long handles so it fits comfortably on the shoulder yet can be held at arms length if needed
3) It has a large outside pocket with snap closure that can hold a multitude of sins
4) It has an internal pocket that can hold your mobile phone, keys or purse for easy access
5) It is made of beautiful curtain material so has automatic strength and durability, whilst remaining soft to the touch
6) It is made of 8 patchwork pieces and has re-enforced 'hot spots'
7) The colours are eye-catching, smart and go with all outfits
8) It folds up small so it can be held in the palm of your hand or thrown into another bag
9) It is fully lined in complimentary cream 100% cotton
10) It has webbing straps that are hard-wearing for some serious shopping.
Need I say any more?? Someone needs this bag in their life - and I am making only ONE of these! Oh, and the button on the front that disguises the magnetic snap inside, guess what it is made of? Coconut! Beautiful. If this is not bought very soon, I will be keeping it for myself! ;)

So what do you think? You can see it on Etsy now - if you like it (buy it) please share it with your friends, leave me a comment and/or Like me on Facebook!

Thank you for reading, if you are in UK enjoy the much needed sun, if you are elsewhere, enjoy what you have!


(C) FMNCrafts 2013