Dinosaurs + Plates = 1983

What is the first thing that springs to mind when you think of 1983? Shoulder pads? Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’? My Little Pony? Well, according to the artisans of Wedgwood nothing says 1983 quite like dinosaurs!

Whilst trawling for vintage goodies I was genuinely stunned by the discovery of this Wedgwood calendar plate known as the The Age of Reptiles plate;

As you can see it has a dinosaur for every month of the year, all of which are listed on the reverse:

What a find! It is so unusual and quirky, I couldn’t possibly leave it there, all alone, nothing but it’s gift box and leaflet for company! What can I say, I’m attracted to oddness πŸ˜€

There are more pictures of this wonderful ceramic creation in this listing in my Etsy shop

Nocturnal Whirlpool Tea Light Holder Listed on Etsy

Last night I listed my latest tea light holder in my Etsy shop. It too was inspired by waves on the beach, but at night this time. This is definitely one of my favourite pieces so far! To get this effect I produced what is know as a ‘Skinner Blend’ (this is where two or more colours are blended together to create a blend running through one colour/shadeΒ  to another) in shades of aquamarine and cobalt blue with just a hint of sparkle, reminiscent of the foaming waves crashing to the shore whilst the ocean glints in the moonlight. It has a gorgeous, dreamy feel to it which I just love πŸ™‚

This, along with my other creations, can be found in my Etsy Store.

Whirlpool Tea Light Holder

Here is my latest piece which was sort of a custom job and sort of a happy coincidence! I was working on a blue and white design, inspired by the crashing ocean waves , when I was contacted by a friend who wanted a gift for their ocean loving mother’s birthday. I mentioned what I was currently working on and he said it sounded perfect!

I mixed three different shades of blue which show through in a very subtle way and combined with the translucent clay for a beautiful glow. The white ‘foamy’ aspects of the swirling pattern are blended translucent and glitter white clay which gives the whole piece a gentle sparkle, just like the the sea on a sunny day πŸ™‚

From start to finish this candle holder took 4-5 hours! I’m very happy with how it turns out and I hope it brings a smile to a special lady’s face πŸ˜€

Green Retro Geometric Tea Light Holder

Happy Monday everybody!

Today has been a beautiful, sunny day here in lush, green Shropshire and I have spent all day indoors at my computer posting new listings to my Etsy store!

In addition to a haul of vintage royal memorabilia, today saw the listing of this gorgeous thing:

I’ve had so much interest in this design that I thought it was time I gave it a re-visit. I’ve created two of these pieces in the last 24 hours, taking around 9 hours in total but it was well worth the effort!

I’m delighted with how these pieces came out and whilst one is reserved for a friend the other is available HERE. I think I’m actually grossly underselling at this price, but if I were to factor in the time taken to create, photograph and list this piece I’d be charging upwards of Β£30!

Green Retro Design

I struggle to bring myself to charge for the time taken on these pieces and would love some feedback: Is Β£30 a reasonable price for a handmade item that has taken nearly 5 hours to create? My brain says ‘yes’ but my desire to get my creations out to new people tells me to keep my prices low. What a conundrum!

Well, that’s my ramblings done for today, come back soon and I shall endeavour to witter on needlessly once again πŸ˜€

Esso Sucks Tshirt Cushion

It’s official, I am the luckiest girl on the planet! My ever wonderful husband bought me the most awesome of all birthday gifts: a sewing machine! Words simply cannot express how happy I am!

Unfortunately I appear to have hit a snag. I cannot get to my fabric stash until I do some major clearing out, so there will be no sewing for me until some intense tidying has been done.Β  “Nooooooooooooo!Β  What have I done to deserve a fate such as this?? What do you mean, not tidying up my own mess? Shut up, inner voice.”

However there was one project that had been hanging around in the living room just waiting for repair and of course I had to make sure the machine worked, that’s like, some kind of law or something! πŸ˜€

This cushion cover used to be a ‘Stop Esso’ campaign tshirt. The tshirt was well worn and mis-shapen and sadly no longer fit for use as clothing, but that certainly didn’t mean that it’s useful life had come to an end.

I had originally hand stitched this (using awful quality thread I picked up from a charity shop. Lesson learnt!) and it fell to pieces very quickly. All I needed to do was re-stitch and there it was, all finished and nice. πŸ™‚

This is the first thing I’ve sewn in a very long time but it certainly won’t be the last! Look out world, I’m gonna stitch you right up!

Purple Sparkle Tea light Candle Holder Listed on Etsy

Today I finally got around to listing this beautiful purple sparkly tea light holder in my Etsy store! It’s already had lots of interest which really makes me smile πŸ™‚

I love the way this piece is just glitzy enough, without being gaudy. The sparkles are just subtle enough to be very pretty whilst avoiding that ‘covered in glitter by a six year old’ look!

I’m also really pleased with how the swirly ‘jellyroll’ aspects of the mosaic turned out. My husband says they remind him of budding flowers, just perfect for the upcoming spring – joy! πŸ˜€

You can find the listing for this piece HERE.

You Can’t Sink A Rainbow

You may remember I mentioned a little while back that I was planning on contributing to a very important cause and would reveal more at a later date? Well, that date is today, people! I’m delighted to announce that I will be putting together a ‘Rainbow Collection’ to be auctioned in the Spring to raise funds for the new Rainbow Warrior! Let me explain why the Warrior is so important to me…

There are a lot of charities and NGOs out there in the world, all doing wonderful and important things, but there is one in particular that has a special place in my heart and that is the mighty Greenpeace. Greenpeace defends the natural world and promotes peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions. A most noble and incredibly difficult mission!

Unlike the majority of organisations, Greenpeace relies entirely on donations from individuals like you and me to keep afloat, receiving no financial assistance from corporations or governments. This, for me at least, is part of the beauty of Greenpeace – it is accountable to no-one and thoroughly independent.

After 21 years as a Greenpeace ship the current Rainbow Warrior is heading for retirement and Greenpeace needs your help to replace her.

The new Rainbow Warrior will be one of a kind. As the world’s first purpose-built environmental campaigning vessel ever created, she will enable us to take action more often, more effectively and in more places around the world than ever before. That persistence and dedication is what enables Greenpeace to win important victories. And we need those victories more now than ever before.

As part of her role the new Warrior will work at the front line to:

  • Promote clean, green energy – blocking coal shipments and launching activists to draw attention to the desperate need for a global revolution in renewable energy.
  • Defend our forests – she will track illegal shipments of timber, collecting the evidence needed to prosecute rogue companies and bring about tougher government regulations.
  • Protect our oceans – her helicopter carrying facilities will enable us to spot illegal fishing operations from miles and bring criminals to justice and work towards establishing marine reserves.

The new Rainbow Warrior will be:

  • purpose built to the highest environmental standards, primarily using wind power instead of fossil fuels
  • custom-designed to campaign, educate and take action both at sea and in harbour
  • able to transmit compelling images of environmental injustice to the world’s media in minutes

Now, Greenpeace need your help to cover the costs of building the new ship. Please donate today.

For full details check out this amazing website: http://anewwarrior.greenpeace.org/

I’ll be updating regularly as I put my collection together but in the meantime why not stop by the Eshop and spend a Euro or two on some boat parts, or visit the donation page? It’s for a very good cause, after all πŸ™‚

On a personal note here’s a picture that reminds me of a very happy day in 2009 when I was lucky enough to be invited aboard the Rainbow Warrior II, whilst she was moored on the River Thames near Tower Bridge.

Good times indeed and long may they continue. πŸ˜€

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