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Ties

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As you know my friends, I occasionally work on cruise ships teaching crafts. I am always on the look out for interesting, new crafty ideas, and as such have come up with a project using silk ties. I could use polyester but silk would be much nicer. I therefore started to search charity shops and quite frankly can’t believe the price of second hand ties! Polyester are generally around £2 but silk ones are about £4.50 Why on earth are they charging so much more for silk ties? There are dozens of them in the shops and are obviously not selling. I don’t want to pay too much as I need at least 30!

That took me to eBay where the plot thickens. I found great silk ties at a cheap rate (£1) so I decided to order three as samples to see if they will work. OK they are coming from China and won’t arrive until May! But hey! I can wait. I placed the order and then realised that they might be clip on or elasticated! I contacted seller who seemed very sweet but there was a language problem Chinese v English.

A short search later I found a private seller with one silk tie for sale. Well it was a start! A lovely silk tie in girly colours and great condition.

IMG_0176The tie arrived promptly this morning and it is very nice. I then turned it over and Amazingly Naked ladies! Tasteful but naked.

IMG_0178This is an interesting craft project indeed.

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China Stash

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Today I added to my burgeoning stash of China cups and saucers. I bought this…
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And this……
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This delightful China cup and saucer is marked “Laura Ashley” and has a quirky handle placed at an angle and is gloriously pink.
I also bought this……image
These are just simply elegant.
I don’t quite know what is going on with this collecting lark! Perhaps something happened in my childhood leaving me with the need to hoard and not throw away. Actually I enjoy the searching, and sometimes finding exactly what I need (and certainly can’t live without!)
Charity shop hunting is a great hobby, doesn’t hurt anyone- except Hubs when he trips over my stuff. It also supports charitable causes.

Vintage Cup Candles

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imageimageimageI have started work making candles in vintage cups ready for a craft fair in a couple of weeks. I collect, hunt down or otherwise acquire vintage china cups all year round. Each year at this time I fill them with perfumed wax in readyness for Christmas fairs. Over the years the cups have got harder to find at reasonable prices. I suspect that this is because the charity shops have got more savvy on prices and vintage china is more in vogue. Still, it gives me something to hunt for!

I always use Soy wax as it burns with a delightful creamy colour, no soot and a clear bright flame. As well as being Eco friendly. The candle making is time consuming but good to do. This batch I have perfumed with Baby Lavender and my house smells delicious. I will also put some in my Etsy shop over the next few days. Pay me a visit at noddfa.crafts on http://www.etsy.com

I just love the sign in the first picture which I bought for Hubs last Christmas and is so true!  ” The more people I meet the more I love my dog”. I also love the bottle of Schnapps next to it which is a raffle prize to give away!

Special Stash and Goldwork

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Firstly, I love the journal idea that I re blogged earlier today. I can’t start one just yet but I might keep my eye open when trawling through charity shops. Something else to seek and search for! Thanks to Sarah at The Thrift Store Crafter for the original blog🙋
Whilst continuing to “sort the stash” I came across a box of beads and sequins that had belonged to my Grandmother, Nanna Amy. This lady was my original inspiration for sewing and knitting. She was fond of embroidery and loved Crinoline ladies that were the fashion in the 1950s and 60s. Along with the box of beads was a picture of a galleon which she made in the late 60s. These treasures are lovely and hold great memories money can’t buy.
Maybe something that I make will last a long time and become someone’s treasure in years to come.