Folksy Friday 29th June

My Friday favourites are here again………comes around quick, doesn’t it !!

the weeks are flying by , only 3 more days of school and they’re not back till the 27th of August  !

Right then ,,,,,,   let’s go shopping   🙂

NO..1    Tea with Rachael & Stephen.

You’ll come across lots of fun cushions , cards and party invites in this shop , the hand stitched bicycle cushion I’m featuring today is 10″  x  8″ and has a great backing in red , blue and black , depicting scooters , tandems , tricycles and American style pull carts , you know !   the trendy red ones  🙂

NO..2    Saffron  Barr.

OOOOOOOOhhhhhhh , doesn’t it look too delicious for words , I love handmade soap , the more rustic and lumpy the better  🙂

 Patchouli essential oil and rose fragrance oil combined,  making an exotic looking soap with the advantage of a long-lasting fragrance.

Most of the soaps are 100g  and others  for sale in the shop are   ~   Juicy Pear  ~  Rose Geranium  ~  orange Spice  ~ and the best seller Black Raspberry and Vanilla…..sounds heavenly, mmm…..

NO..3    Monique Boutique.

Here we have a chunky black wire knot key-ring , I really like this idea , so simple but it looks beautiful , will be strong enough to hold plenty of keys and especially important in most bags…be easy to grab !

At Monique Boutique there’s fabulous jewellery made out of keyboard parts , bags , toys , baby shoes , cards and oodles more…65 things to be precise .

NO..4    ~        Light and Dew.

Here’s a lovely thing …. I adore antique furniture , especially classics like this Thonet chair , the modern fabric perfectly compliments the 1920’s chair and brings it bang up to date.

Originally a desk chair the legs have been reduced slightly making it perfect for a bedroom or perhaps a fireside chair , it’s made of beech with a dark stain. It’s measurements are  26″  x  21″  x 18″ and it has the original Thonet makers stamp on the base.

NO..5    Rebecca  Kemp    ~    Guildford.

Rebecca makes one of a kind curious creatures called Pheeples.

This one is Walter , crafted from grey Merino wool with a purple ‘heart’ and turquoise wire glasses , he’s just toooooo cute  !!

Walter measures 90mm high by 60mm …………………….and……………..he has friends……………….  x

NO..6    Kathryn Driffield    ~   Les Petit Anglais.

Oh , how I’d love my daughter to be 2 again……….this is theeeee most adorable party dress!   it’s got everything going for it , flowers , red , fluffy ruffles and an absolute must…… the twirl factor  🙂

Kathryn has some gorgeous girls’ dresses in her shop including one very special dress-up costume…….none other than a Kate Middleton wedding gown , click on this red ruffled wonder and be transported to girly heaven  🙂

NO..7    Megan Cheetham    ~    Salisbury.

In Megan’s shop, Married to the House you can buy funky applique cushions decorated with applique and machine free arm embroidery…something I’d love to try someday….once I’ve unearthed the sewing machine from the dark recesses of the workshop  😉

This little painting caught my eye ,   ‘Finished Coffee’ , it’s an original acrylic , gloss varnished on canvas , measuring  6″ x 4″ , the outside is  5.5 x 7.5 allowing a good-sized area for framing.

NO..8    Linda Carmichael    ~    Northern Ireland.

A super fun shop , you have to take a look !     this resin bangle featuring real colouring pencils is just one of a range Linda makes for Ruby Bijou , her shop on Folksy.

Other items in the jewellery range are studs , brooches , necklaces and drop ear-rings all fashioned from pencils  🙂

NO..9    Raw Dezign    ~    Birmingham.

What a statement wall clock………it’s a Polyhedra ( news to me 🙂  )

It measures 7″ diameter and has a non ticking clock mechanism , you can choose from gold , black and silver hands and custom colours are available.

Raw Dezign individually casts  resin to form all sorts of homewares , lampshades , chandeliers , vases, more clock designs and they also sell bowls made from melted toy soldiers ….fab !

So there we are Folksy fiends , another week of lovelies.

Enjoy the week-end and I hope the sun shines for you  x

toodleoothenoo          ~~~~( *.*) ~~~



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Folksy Friday 22nd June

Hellooooooo   chooks……..

Friday is here again , I have 9 lovely shops for you to look at , as usual just click on any of the photographs to go straight to their sites   x

Apologies to some sellers in previous weeks whose photos didn’t link , I did try…I really did  !!

NO.1   Jenny  Greenslade    ~    Little Red Robin , Bristol.

First today is a beautifully simple copper and silver bangle , it measures 2.5″ across.

I love the fact that it’s hammered , it gives the bangle an antique quality that’s wonderfully complemented with the small modern heart.

Jenny has 66 products for sale , click on the photo for all the details.

NO.2    Ruth Seddon    ~    Mimi-Ruru.

This is such a lovely baby quilt………I’ve got a thing about quilts and eiderdowns n’ blankets n’ rugs n’ cushions n’………….anything squidgy !

I would cheerfully use this myself as a bit of extra snuggly comfort on the sun lounger or deck chair , it’s just the right size for one   x

It measures 69 x 91 cm , the modern fabrics are not babyish , just cheerful and vibrant , it’s an absolute bargain too at just £20  🙂

NO.3    Ian Bradbury  , Bolton    ~ Bits and Badges.

I thought these would be great for kids’ teachers at the end of term , funky , inexpensive Lego cufflinks , just the kind of thing your average 7-100 year old boy would go crazy for and  would be absolutely   ‘AWESOME   !!! ‘ or so my 11-year-old says.

Also for sale in the shop are dinky boxes made from Lego especially for your cufflinks or anything else teeny tiny and precious.

NO.4    Frank Austin    ~    Swansea.

This is an A3 print from an original oil painting, printed on archival matte paper , it’s signed and titled.

Frank has plenty of prints for sale and like this one they are beautifully executed , true to life , dynamic works of art.

NO. 5   Naomi & Anna    ~   The House of Mouse.

This is Mrs Whiskers , she’s completely hand sewn from felt , beads , ribbon and card.

Complete with a mini book and ruler and adorable copper rimmed glasses  x

Her clothes are not removable and she’s 2.5″ tall.

All   House of Mouse  creations come with a certificate of authenticity, there may be some very slight variations but the design will remain the same.

113 tiny critters are patiently waiting for good homes at House of Mouse.

NO.6   Christina Allen – Cole    ~    Apple Crisp.

Here we have a linen bag with a hidden jazzy pleat , I love the navy ,red and turquoise combination.

The bag measures 31 x 37 cm and the handles are 66cm , Christina makes some really lovely bags , I especially like her large utility bags , such great storage and so pretty too !

NO.7   Tonia Debbie    ~    The Feathers and Bows Couture Millinery.

Lime green and black pill-box hat , hand blocked in sinamay with black veiling , Tonia can make any colour you wish to match an outfit , it can be created on a rigid or elastic hairband and either left or right positioning. Lots of options  !   just as you’d expect from a bespoke designer. The shop is full of beautifully made creations , check out the tangerine pill-box hat……… unusual !

NO.8   Stephanie Bertenshaw    ~    Felt Mountain Studios.

‘Create yourself ‘,       Volume 1   ~   Vintage Home , this is the first in a series of booklets to help you create items with a vintage feel for your home.

Using mainly recycled materials , this 60 page book will have you making stylish , handcrafted goodies to beautify your home ,  gifts for friends and loved ones or even for your future Folksy shop  🙂

There are umpteen projects within the book and reusable templates at the end , all in all a great , inexpensive read , full of inspiration !

NO.9   Vicki Spencer-Brown   .

Oh my………what I would give for half a dozen of these lovelies  !!!

A 24 drawer vintage steel cabinet……sooo industrial………..soooo gorgeous !

Measuring 102cm high by 63 wide and 49 deep.

At Blakeley-Browns you’ll be tempted by a whole array of deliciousness  , from theatrical lights to church pews and vintage metal signs.

There you are gorgeous ones , I hope you like my selection , have a browse through the shops and part with some cash… you know you want to     x ! x

Have a lovely week-end and I’ll see you next time…x


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A New Addition

We’ve got a new baby………….

She’s been about 9 months in the making , give or take a few 🙂

Here’s a photo.

Our new extension has begun………..yeeeeeeeeeeeeee   haaaaaaaaarr!

The flat roof is being replaced on the adjoining room,which is, at present a damp , soggy , mould infested dumping ground. That part is  going to be our bedroom with the extension forming an en suite and boxroom at the side of it.

I’m sooooo excited………..all the planning , waiting etc etc , it’s wonderful to have it actually started , there’s 3 men working on it at the moment, I love all the activity !  they can make as much noise and mess as they want….I don’t care   🙂

The roofer said he’d never seen a roof in such bad condition , we knew it leaked when we bought the house but a year and a half later emptying the 3 buckets every time it rained was getting a bit of a bind , there were times if it was really bad weather I couldn’t go out even for a couple of hours in case the buckets overflowed.

I think I’ll even be able to stand up in that little loft….hee hee,  there’s no other loft spaces in the house so it’ll be good to have somewhere for the suitcases and Christmas tree  🙂

See you Friday    xxx


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Folksy Friday 8th June

Helloooo   Cheery  Buntings

I ‘ve been busy browsing Folksy  and have another 9 gorgeous makes for you……..Ok.lets get  shopping  🙂

NO..1   Helen Newton    ~    LillyBlossom.

PDF for a reversible tea towel tote.

This simple tutorial will be sent via email to your inbox , 11 pages full of clear and easy to follow instructions , very little is needed to make your tote bag , just a couple of coordinating same size tea towels , cotton tape and thread.

Why not whip one up for this Summer  🙂

  NO..2    Eduardo  Hirschfield    ~    East London.

Beyond Fabrics is a fabric and craft supplies shop based in London, they have a super selection of colourful fabrics and this unusual ribbon.

2 metres long and   1 1/2 inches wide , each ‘ticket’ is   1″ x 2″ , it comes in 6 other colours too.

NO..3    SciArtImages.

Mouse mats in a huge choice of amazing designs , the clever folks at SciArtImages  have captured microscopic images and transferred them onto bookmarks , cufflinks , key rings , mugs , cards and mousemats , great Father’s Day gifts.

NO..4    Lucy Smith    ~    Love Lucy.

Lucy is an artist who’s published greetings cards are stocked by Marks and Spencer and through Phoenix Trading.

Here on Folksy she produces the most beautiful personalised paintings , this is one for the boys, with a football inspired theme.

Measuring  18x13cm , the mount isn’t included , Lucy paints in watercolour and gouache onto 300gsm Fabriano card.  There are New Baby , Father’s day ,Wedding , Best  Teacher , and  little girls   x

NO..5    Anetta’s Craft.

This shop has a very vintage feel , mainly brought about by the antique style prints Anetta uses to decorate her cushions and wall decor.

This delightful  cushion cover measures  16 ”  x  16″  , made from heavyweight hessian with a cotton centre depicting an illustration of a whale.

Anetta has 19 cushions with a similar look to them , I love the Penny farthing bicycle , the old toys and the vintage roses.

NO..6    The Urban Magpie    ~    Zoe Mitchell , Leeds.

This is a fun necklace made from recycled bits of jewellery , vintage glass beads and a doll house tea set , it measures 43cm.

The Urban Magpie is full of quirky , well  put together jewellery , just the kind of pieces I’d wear myself  x

NO..7    Heloise V    ~    York.

We’ve all got tins of lip balm scattered here and there …but there’s never one when you want one  !!

This is a handy crocheted cover for your tin which clips into your handbag easily and securely ……….you’ll never lose it again  🙂

Available in lots of lovely colours crocheted with soft cotton.

NO..8    Sally Kelly    ~    Preston.

This is a glorious acrylic abstract , Sally has 20 others for sale in her shop.

Painted on a 16mm deep canvas it measures 40  x  30cm.

Sally , a qualified architect got into painting just over a year ago after she bought her children some acrylics and canvases….she’s never looked back since having sold over 150 from various different outlets.

Her talent is most definitely in creating beautiful , colourful landscapes full of interest and life !

NO..9    Chris Logan    ~    Hampshire.

Faux books to glam up your Kindle…..these covers by Klevercase were brought about by The Manor Bindery , a book binding and faux book manufacturer in The New Forest.

Available for all Kindle models , made from super strength card with a moulded interior made specifically for each model , the ‘Classic’ covers come in a huge library of titles with the likes of Sherlock Holmes , Jane Austen , Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Dracula.

Please excuse the tiny photos this week , WordPress wasn’t playing  😦

That’s all folks……………….    🙂

Grab yourself a bit of hand crafted  loveliness ………… register at Folksy today, you’ll be glad you did  x


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Folksy Friday 1st June


How goes it with you all ?

At our house , children are, at last ! getting to sleep before 10pm………… I’m thankful for the cooler temperature ……..I don’t know how many more nights I could stand of  scratching midge bites…..’cool’ water bottles……… that were too noisy and all the other excuses for getting out of bed and running round the bedroom  !!

Ok then , lets shimmy on over to Folksy and have a peek at some lovely things.

  NO.1   Caroline Mouran    ~   East Sussex.

This is an eye-catching , tropical looking little hanger , sure to cheer up a dull corner.

It’s made with a combination of kiln fired crushed glass, silver dichroic fish and measures   18   x  8 cm .

Caroline can make you a hanger that’s a little bit larger with 3 fish for a small extra charge.

NO.2   Sarah Morgan Bridal.

‘Grace’…………it’s not often I’m stopped in my tracks when it comes to bridal wear but this gorgeous creation just took my breath away   x

Grace is made of pure silk chiffon adorned with crystals and pearls, the bodice is hand ruched and Sarah will happily make it with or without a train.    Made to measure, the gown would be with you from between 6-8 weeks plus delivery.

NO.3    noodlebubble.

I’m gushing at the cuteness of this …… ‘Bunch of Flowers’ is 5cm in diameter , made from black felt and decorated with hand embroidery.

In the shop there are more lovely brooches with a mainly black theme.

NO.4     Pierre Cochon.

Want your website , YouTube channel or Facebook page to get more clicks ?

Have your own personal QR code printed on a T-shirt , all someone needs to do is scan the code with a smart phone…great huh  !

Loads of sizes , loads of colours… on good quality cotton,  have a look for yourself , the shop has loads of other cool shirts for sale.

NO. 5    Windswept and Interesting    ~    Cornwall.

Two   ‘Pieces of  Eight’   handmade and cast in lead free pewter , all the way from the sunny Cornish coast where many a shipwreck can be found down in the murky depths.

They’re 2cm across and are ideal for drilling so perfect for charm bracelets , ear-rings or whatever you fancy making with them  🙂

The shop is full of lovely pewter charms and jewellery , it was the stripes cat I noticed first of all , great fun !        go and have a peek , he’s lovely x

NO.6      Jackie Power    ~    London.

What a lovely bag………..candy stripes with a sugar pink centre !

This is beautifully made from cotton canvas, inside are 3 pockets ,one zipped.

The strap adjusts from  29 1/4 ”  to  54″ and the bag itself measures 13 1/4″ high and varies between 14 and 17″ in width.

Jackie has lots of very stylish bags in her shop…go and have a browse , you won’t be disappointed   🙂

  NO.7       Laura ~ Seaglass Sparkles    ~ Ayrshire.  

‘All who wander are not lost’……….. a  true statement  indeed.

This is a  very pretty necklace, Jackie has hand stamped the phrase on a silver tag along with some waves , she’s combined it with a freshwater pearl and a nugget of her lovely sea glass , it hangs on an 18″ Sterling silver chain.

There are 120 products for sale at Seaglass Sparkles , necklaces, bracelets , personalised discs……Jackie can combine all her techniques to make you a very special custom piece if you wish , go and have look at all her beach finds , you may be inspired to make some jewellery of your own !

   NO8.    Janine Basil    ~    London.

What a shop  !!!    120 amazing hairbands and  fascinators ,  this one is positively tame compared to Janine’s other wild creations , you   Really  have to go and look for yourself , they’re incredible  !

This hairband  ‘Glamstars’ is super sparkly blue on black and attached to an elastic so one size fits all   🙂

NO.9    Sall Clapham    ~    Ruby Blue cards.

Isn’t this sweet  … so simple……modern and uncomplicated.

15cm square approx , made with heavy textured card , Sall can personalise any of her cards for a small charge.

You’ll see a variety of card styles in the shop from cutesy or structured and more in the style of this beautiful Wedding card , just wonderfully elegant.

Well now,  I’m off to recover from this morning’s bike ride , haven’t been on a bike properly for about 25 years    ….. shame on me ….

sore bum tomorrow  !

Take care Folksy fans   ~  till next time.


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Folksy Friday 25th May

Helloooo   super   peeps  …………. the sun , sun ,    oh the  SUN  is shining  yee haa !!

Isn’t this weather glorious  🙂

Lets get started on Folksy Love shall we  ?

NO.1   Rock Princess.

First up is a funky chain maille bracelet by Rock Princess , it’s made from pink and black anodised aluminium jump rings and measures 19cm long , I think this is really cool and most ages could wear it   🙂

No.2  Teresa Hollins   ~   East Yorkshire.

‘Ruby and Precious’   , A superb gouache painting on textured card , I think I could look at this every day and never tire of it ,  it just makes me smile  🙂

The two lovely sheep , born last Spring are part of a flock of mixed breed sheep that Teresa has in Yorkshire, they’re now most definitely staying part of the family  x

The little painting measures   7 1/2  ”   x   4 1/2 “.

NO.3   Sam Walker   ~   Wotnot Pig Ceramics.

A bits and bobs dish , perfect for all your ‘pretty things’ , I have a couple of little dishes like this for jewellery I wear most often , it’s handier than scrambling through a jewel box !

White earthenware clay has been given a blue wash of glaze , Sam has  hand stamped the dish which is 10.5cm  with flowers and words … very sweet x

Also at Wotnot Pig are more lovely dishes , mugs and some very cute heart hangers , I very nearly chose one of those to feature today , they’re well priced and would make a very nice gift.

No .4   Marna Lunt   ~   North Yorkshire.

OOOOOHHHH …………too many bits of gorgeousness all rolled into one…where on earth do I start  ? ?

This cushion couldn’t be more up might street if it tried……  I    L*O*V*E   IT

Measuring 40x40cm it comes complete with a feather pad  , Marna has hand stitched the ruffles of a rosette onto linen and appliqued fabric circles  in a lovely subtle combination of patterns  , then added a glorious mix of wonderful ribbon…..Yummeee .

Marna has eight more cushions in her shop along the same lines , all  fabulous !

No.5  Molly Ginnelly   ~   Fife.

This little bird brooch caught my eye this week , made by Molly from Fife , it’s made up of wood and Formica with artwork which has been laser cut.

The brooch is 3.5cm in diameter , also for sale are other similarly styled brooches featuring deer , trees and more sweet little birds .

Have a look at Molly’s  ‘Flower stem Necklace’ ( page 2 in her shop) , I would have chosen this if I hadn’t already found a necklace to showcase , it’s absolutely gorgeous !

No.6   Lotti Rains   ~   Holsworthy.

‘Fish Bead’  in glorious shocking pink  ! !

I could eat this right up  🙂        The way Lotti makes her beads look like fish is remarkable , she has one in her shop which is silver and green , truly stunning , at first I didn’t know it was a bead !

This pink one measures 31mm x 20mm and 12mm thick , it’s been kiln annealed for strength.

No.7  Penelope Teapot   ~   Liverpool.

Now I’m not normally one for cross stitch but occasionally one will pop out at you , this  Kawaii cup cake is just that one , pink , girly and cute.

This is a kit to make the cross stitch  , which measures 4″ x 4″ , everything you need is in the kit and it comes in lovely packaging so ideal for gift giving  🙂

NO.8   Lorna Whyte   ~   Rowan bags.

An Authentic Harris Tweed in wonderful purple and turquoise , one of my favourite colour combinations for as long as I can remember.

The tweed is called Kaona and Lorna has paired it with luscious velvet and lined the bag  with quilting cotton , inside there’s a mobile pocket and it fastens magnetically.

The bag is 30cm across the base , 23cm high and 6cm deep , the handle is 65cm long making it suitable for over the shoulder or simply to carry.

Lorna has 5 other bags in this style for sale in her shop Rowan Bags.

NO.9   Maggie Jones  Enamels.

This is Maggie’s version of a Welsh rain cloud , I love this , there’s something so beautifully simple about a rain cloud motif.

The necklace measures  50 x 25 mm and it’s created with copper , Sterling silver , kiln fired enamels and fresh-water pearls.

Maggie has used a variety of transparent blue enamels with a touch of grey to achieve the thundery look of a cloud that’s about to burst.

Have a peek at the shop for oodles more lovely enamelled jewellery.

So there you are lovely sunny people , my 9 Folksy favourites this week.

Enjoy the sun this week-end   x

Take care till next time.

Alexis x

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Craft Room Love

Looky looky my lovely craft loving buddies , have you ever seen a room sooo devoted to order  ???

Some might say there can’t be a lot of creating going on here but this is my idea of crafty heaven , I do like everything in its place , my garden may look like a weedy wilderness but I don’t like stuff where it shouldn’t  be  🙂

Do you know there are websites dedicated to craft rooms !!  it’s eye candy without a doubt , what I can never get over is the sheer amount of stuff people have , I thought I was bad but this lady’s room is way off the scale……….

I think I’d have a bit more colour here and there but over all…….goes all dreamy eyed…………wonderful  x

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