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Sunday, 19 August 2012


So in last week's handmade harbour blog I alluded to my weird and wonderful shopping list which intrigured a few people:

  • Cath kidston napkins
  • Empty stella cidre bottles
  • Fabric samples

So this week's handmade harbour blog is dedicated to what I've been making with them!

First up - Glass bottle vases
After being soaked overnight in hot water and wahsing up liquid to get the labels off and make sure there's no cidre smell, bottle is then tightly wrapped with twine to make this very cute vase.
I could have bought the bottles in but thought I'd keep costs down by recycling them instead. They do use a lot of twine though so have ordered 500m!
My other half isn't a crafty person at all and very often doesn't like / understand my stuff but even he came home and said how nice these were. So nice he's letting me put two up either side of the fireplace!
Here's one of the places the napkins also come in too...
If you strip away the thicker layer of a napkin you can use decopatch glue to glue it to the twine!
So here's the bird / flower Cath Kidston design napkin also glued on in two bands.
These are £6 each without the design and £7 each with them but are limited due to the number of bottles we can drink at a time!

Second up - Storage boxes
These cute papier mache storage boxes are 10.5cm x 10.5cm and are so much fun to make. Using the napkins again to rip bits of the design and glue them down. I prefer ripping to cutting as it gives it more of a natural look.
Think these have got quite a vintage feel to them. I only posted photos of this on my page on Friday and yesterday I had an order for 2! Off to get more of these boxes tomorrow as they come in hearts, rounds and stars!

Morer! - That dreaded C word

I finally caved in and started thinking about Christmas. So on my facebook page I've added to the Christmas is coming album and also created an album for Christmas gift ideas that don't have a christmas theme. 
So I've used some of the fabric samples I bought and make some Christmas looking bunting. Got a matching felt backing and letter with a nice red polka dot ribbon to hang it up by. This is £1.50 per letter but this fabric is limited!

There's more - Smelly heart hangers

Like moths, I'm not a big fan of lavender but stick these hanging hearts in your wardrobe and your clothes will be moth and Tasha free!
The top heart is 8cm and the bottom one is 4cm so not very big but they are lovely to make.
Selling a string of 2 hearts for £2 or a set of set |(as pictured) for £3.50.
Again, posted this up on Friday and already had an order for some green ones.
However, seems that people are after different scents so I've also ordered lots of dried rosemary and mint so people have the option.

Last but not least - Prototype air freshener

Nobody's seen this yet!
A fellow crafter emailed me and asked me yesterday about taking the hanging heart idea and turning into it an air freshener for their car.
So, after an hour here's what I came up with.
Just waiting for the rosemary and muslin to arrive as these will be refillable (there's a button on the back to pop a new one in). I've also bought some elastic to try that out too!

On top of my super crafty week, I also went out for a meal with some of my girly friends last night. Didn't end up eating until 10pm so we were all a bit too full to party. But here's me before I went out. I'm only sharing this as it's not a bad photo of me for a change and I think it's great for people to see the face behind the business every now and again!

It's been great to try out some new things and really got me biten by the crafty bug again, here's to another fab week before the bank holiday weekend yey!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

The castle is back!

After a bit of an absence all round (facebook, blog, networking etc), THE CASTLE IS BACK!

I decided to close the business for a few weeks to get my head together and have a bit of time to myself before I went on my holidays.

But pleased to say, I'm back as normal so here's my handmade monday blog!

So where to start...

It'd been a long time coming but me and King Neil finally went on a proper holiday abroad and with our best friends and godchildren too. We went to a lovely place called Sisi in Crete where it was 33 - 39 degrees every day.

When we got to our hotel, they'd put the 6 of us into a family suite on 2 floors. The terrace was beautiful and had this gorgeous view from one side and a view of the sea from the other. This is me and Neil on our second night before we went for our evening meal. When we got back to the room and the girls were asleep, we'd spent many a night lying back looking at all the stars in the sky. It's amazing how much more you can see without all of the street lights!

The sun beach in Malia. We had a day trip here and it was just beautiful. The sea was wonderfully refreshing after an hour or so sunbathing. And there were lots of little fishes in the shallow rock pools.

Spinalonga from the boat. If you haven't heard of Spinalonga it's a tiny island that was used as a leper colony from 1903 - 1957. Very humbling place and worth reading up on.

Me in my big floppy hat, which proved very useful for reading in the sunshine!

So back from my holibobs and I'd like to say I'm feeling all refreshed but after nearly a week of being back at home, Crete feels like a life time away! Roll on November when we have our long weekend in Snowdonia!

New stuff

I think one of the reasons I got a bit disheartened with the business was because I wasn't doing anything new and exciting, I didn't feel I had anything to network about.
So I've had a nosey online for some inspiration and have a few new things in the pipeline which I'll hopefully be able to show you in the coming weeks.
Here's a sneak peak of my shopping list:
  • Cath kidston napkins
  • Empty stella cidre bottles
  • Fabric samples
  • Ric rac


This is another thing I just lost all motivation for. I'm not into these liking ladders and tagging sessions as I don't think people end up looking at your page they just like it for likings sake. However, I know I need to get back on top of it, so first thing I'm going to be doing is sharing a link to this blog!

And that's it really. I'm always open to suggestions on what you want to see on the blog, 
on my facebook page 
and on the website (which I will be updating over the next couple of weeks).

Hope you all have a good week, happy crafting