Folksy Friday - Storage Solutions

Little L has been on school holiday this week and she spent most of the days de-cluttering her bedroom. This was her own idea as she feels that she has outgrown a lot of her toys. She has done a good job too and manage to clear out 7 bags and one large tub of toys.  The stuff she no longer wants then gets passed on to our relations for their children and a children's hospice.  
The Folksy Friday theme this week is storage.

 Shelves are an invaluable means of storage in our house. These cloud shelves would look lovely in a nursery.

The Icon Workshop
I love this display shelf to store cars. Little L keeps her cars in a big bucket that used to store icing (my Mum used to work in a bakery)

This is a great way to display to display Lego figures 

Tatts Treasures
Drawstring bags come in useful for storing bits and bobs. Little L still uses one that I made for my oldest boy almost 20 years ago. I love the applique work on this one.

Pallet Earth
This wooden chest would be an ideal toy box or handy place to keep bedding.

Ruby Gingham
I like lovely nautical print on this fabric basket

I hope you liked this weeks selection.
Have a great weekend

Horror Film Embroidery

As you will know if you have read this blog for a while, I love horror films and books and recently I made a couple of embroideries inspired by this interest of mine. 

This first one features quotes and taglines along with a little picture to represent the film. It wasn't something that I planned out and just popped some calico in an embroidery hoop and penciled on the wording as I went along (this is why things are not evenly spaced)

I quite like the little shark and fangs but I should have made these a bit bigger to fill the space.

It was a fun trying to decide which pictures and quotes to use as I went along but if I were to make another I would make an embroidery pattern.

The next one I made is a dessert tub from the 80's film, The Stuff. 

Both have been covered with felt at the back.

Folksy Friday - In The City

After our little trip in to Manchester earlier this week I decided to chose a city theme for this weeks Folksy Friday and show just a few of the prints which are available on Folksy.

Sheffield poster print

Edinburgh city skyline

Chester Eastgate clock print

Royal Albert Hall, London signed giclee print

Manchester pride parade

I hope you liked this weeks selection.
Have a great weekend.

Valentine's Day In Manchester

Anders managed to book Valentine's Day off work so we nipped in to Manchester. It's always a treat to go on our own because we like different parts of the city to the children. They would happily stay in the Arndale Centre all day while we tend to favor the Northern Quarter. I think that harks back to my younger days when I'd jump on a train most weekends just to go and rummage around Afflecks.
Opie was dropped off at my Mum's for a day of being spoilt rottten then we set off. It was spitting with rain when we arrived but I wasn't prepared for the bitterly cold wind, it was freezing.

Some street art that we spotted near the car park.

The first thing we did was look for a building which was used in a film (Habit) that we watched last year. I wanted a photo because you never know how long these old building will remain. 
Then we were off for a wander around.

In to the Empire Emporium to rummage through the vinyl and books.

I went in here to look for books but there was more porn than paperbacks.

Then off to Afflecks (I'll never get used to all those stairs)

I love this sculpture of Pan/faun from Pan's Labyrinth. It was created by local artist Lee Nolan using recycled rubbish from bins and skips. It was featured in an exhibition last year but now has a permanent home in Afflecks.

On the way by to the car I spotted this door, a bit of a gaudy colour and the graffiti does it no favours but the lion heads reminded me of the gargoyle door knockers from the film Labyrinth.

We had a great day even if we did get bit wet and windswept.

Folksy Friday - All Heart

Carrying on with last weeks Valentine's day theme, this week I've been looking at heart shaped items on Folksy.

Porcelain heart decoration

Copper heart earrings

Heart shaped bowl

Moonlight fox silhouette decoration.
A blog post showing how these were made can be found here. Thank you for sharing Jan.

Love heart garden

I hope you liked this week's selection
Have a great weekend

Folksy Friday - Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine's Day is almost here so I have chosen a selection of Valentine's cards for this week's Folksy Friday. There are so many different styles available it is difficult to pick just a few for a blog post. 
These are some of my favourites.

This card would be suitable for other celebrations such as a wedding or anniversary. I think it would also look lovely in a frame.

This one is my favourite. I know it's not for everyone but I love it 

I like that the type on this card has been done using a vintage typewriter

A pop up card

Hand stitched fabric card

I hope you liked this weeks Folksy Friday selection
Have a great weekend

Newmann's Flashes

On Sunday we decided to get out of the house and blow away the cobwebs while there was a break in the bad weather. We went for a walk around Newmann's Flashes which is only about a 5 minutes drive from our house.

The flashes are reclaimed lime beds which were once used by ICI and are now a popular place for walkers and birdwatchers to visit. It was the most busy I've seen it this Sunday, lots of dog walkers.

The trees and undergrowth are still bare but I did spot some signs of Spring.

Little L took her bike and got covered in mud. Opie got covered in mud due to running through it. Both seemed to enjoy getting as dirty as possible so it was bath time for those two as soon as we came home. 
It was good to get out even if it was only 5 minutes away.