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Deptford Market ‘haul’ – 15th January 2011

I’ve been stuck in bed for nearly a week with norovirus – so this weekend – when I was on the mend I got my ass down to Deptford Market.  As we’re on a budget at the moment I set myself a £5 limit.  It’s quite fun setting yourself a limit because then you don’t come home with just anything – although you may feel that looking at what I did buy that’s what I did!

Things that got away:

  • A set of 1930s camera magazines – £4
  • A 1970s coffee table – no idea on price – wouldn’t fit in our tiny lickle flat!

However we managed to get some bits of cutlery.  I don’t like having matching crockery and cutlery – it just reeks of my old life.  So we got ourselves some bits of cutlery:

Cutlery

Air France and Saint Spoon 🙂

The flat based ones are actually Air France forks – Thrifty Boy has a real obsession with logos and branded items and these fit our collection perfectly.  On the left is what I’ve always known as a ‘Saint Spoon’ – however apparently they’re called Apostle Spoons .  When I was growing up my neighbour, Hilda (who was like a grandmother to us) always used these spoons and I’ve had a fascination with them ever since for some bizarre reason.  So here is my first Apostle Spoon 🙂

Next to the Apostle Spoon is a knife.  I really liked the handle of it and although it isn’t silver I thought it might make a nice piece for a charm necklace along the lines of:

Damselflygemma on Flickr

Stumpy25's Flickr

I’m really not sure how to start – also I’m allergic to most metal so I’ll have to coat it in something – but it’s so pretty.

Next mugs:

For our collections!

I really love The Little Prince (in fact my next tattoo is going to be a Little Prince one) so finding this cute little plastic mug will add to my collection of bits and pieces well.  I would like to turn it into one of these cute little pin-cushions:

Sister Valentine on Flickr

but it has this cute little design in bottom of it:

Stars

and I don’t really want to lose that.

We also love Commemorative/ Royal Wedding/ Jubilee mugs and found this lovely one:

Stoneware Charles and Di wedding mug

We’re very excited about the upcoming wedding in April between Kate and Wills – hopefully the junk markets and charity shops will be full of tat very soon!

Finally the obvious wander to the book stall – I really must get some photographs of Deptford Market to accompany my ‘hauls’ from there! It has to be seen to be believed :):

I bought this book as I love Britishness.  I’m proud of being British – not something a lot of people say.  I love our eccentricities, our small houses, our quirks, our crap weather etc.  This book collects together some fantastic photographs that capture British life very simply – AND it opens with a postcard showing Ipswich my home town 🙂  The photography reminds me of Martin Parr – which is NEVER a bad thing 🙂

Smash Hits Shit Book

I actually said to Thrifty Boy the other day that I really wanted this book – and what happened? It turned up on the market so I had to pick it up.  Why do I call it a Shit Book? Well, this is my really classy way of referring to the books we have in the bathroom for reading while we’re on the toilet!  This book is perfect for that.  As Thrifty Boy is a few years younger than me he lost out of being brought up with Smash Hits so it’s a whole new world being opened up to him.

And finally a book that I wanted as a teenager and never got round to buying because I was too busy buying music and tickets to gigs:

At last!

So my total spend?:

  • Books – £2
  • Cutlery and mugs: £2
  • Total spend: £4

HURRAH!

 

 

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C30 C60 C90 GO!

I’m a child of the 80s.  I’m a child who sat next to the radio waiting to press ‘record’ when my favourite tracks came on the Chart Countdown.  I’m a child who sat with her microphone and recorded her own radio stations much to her elder self’s disturbance.

As I progressed into the 90s, tapes took on a whole different meaning.  I remember becoming friends with the ‘coolest’ girls in school because one of them had Cupid & Psyche (Scritti Politti) and Songs From The Big Chair (Tears for Fears) on tape and she dubbed them for me (as you can probably tell – the cool kids in my school weren’t the ‘rich and trendy’ ones). As your collection grew you started making mix-tapes for your friends.  Or ‘taped letters’ for your pen-friends.

Fast forward to discovering the opposite sex.  I was kind of a late bloomer – I didn’t get my first ‘proper’ boyfriend until I was 16 (believe me, that was late amongst my friends!) and I remember making him mix-tapes.  He never liked the ones I made – and a mix-tape I made him as I went off to Uni and he stayed at home ended up sparking the argument that eventually caused our break-up.

The end of mix-tapes occurred for me a few years after I’d finished uni.  I was working in a video shop and we used to listen to music in there – often the staff would make mix-tapes to listen to – mine never got played as my music was a bit too ‘alternative’ – however – one special day a colleague of mine made me a mix-tape.  I had to go and have an endoscopy and I was going alone.  My friend felt bad he couldn’t come with me and posted a mix-tape through my letterbox that morning to cheer me up. My boyfriend at the time wasn’t happy about that and started to read things into the lyrics of the songs on the tape.   Apparently ‘Things Change’ by The Bluetones was a message for us to split up.  Eventually my bf’s paranoia and obsession drove my colleague and I into each other’s arms – we’ve been there ever since – some 12 years later!

So as you can see, the mix-tape means a lot to me.  I have so many more memories of creating tapes for my sister, my pen-friends, the pain at a tape getting eaten in the cassette deck … I love tapes and so I’m loving this whole 80s revival.

You can see where this is going can’t you?  Yup – my love of tapes made me look into what you can turn the humble tape into if you don’t want to keep it in its original form.  I wasn’t prepared for how diverse the tape has become – it can be turned into almost anything – and here are just a few of those things:

Art

ifi5 has produced some amazing art from recycled cassette tapes:

I really fell in love with her art and found it difficult to feature only a couple of pieces. She states on her website that:

“I am a self-taught artist who works with non-traditional media. Most of my materials have been discarded or donated at some point.

I try to express an idea, through the arrangement of very common things, with the hope that some message is conveyed without words.

I love the nostalgia of the archaic and I hope that not everything which has outlived its use goes to waste.”

HEAR HEAR 🙂  That’s what we like to hear! One day I hope to be able to afford one of her pieces – I think it would look awesome decorating our walls.

More wonderful art incorporating cassette tapes and other media.

I love the imagination behind this work – and the colours ROCK.

Household goods:

Obviously because of their shape and size cassette tapes make excellent frames as this shows.

I need a new jewelry box – I like this idea – though it’s made me think of another way of doing it – just need those tape cases without the poky bits!

This is by far my favourite invention of what to do with cassette tapes (although I do think that perhaps these are mini-tapes as this lamp would be freakin’ HUGE if they were normal sized ones)  The light it reflects is beautiful and the design is so simple.  Obviously there are many impersonators around trying to create the same thing however I’ve not seen one that is entirely successful.  Well definitely not as successful as this one.

I’m intrigued as to how they find a bulb that won’t melt the tapes – most tutorials I’ve seen suggest fitting it around an existing cheap Ikea lamp, however that doesn’t really sit with my ‘second-hand life’ ethos.  So I’ll have to think into this more about how I might try and make one of these.

JEWELLERY (of course!)

I think almost everything can be upcycled into jewellery. And cassette tapes are no exception.  Here are three of my favourites:

I especially like the first example of crotcheting the tape to create that beautiful neckpiece.  The other two designs have given me ideas (oh dear) of how to create some wicked earrings and cuff using cassettes.  Such great imagination though!

Journals and Note-books

This is the final section (for now) – as always I have found NUMEROUS examples of how to upcycled your cassettes however I just think I could overload you (and myself) with ideas – so I’ll save them for a later post!

I’m fascinated by the idea of creating my own journals and notebooks, I think I’ve previously mentioned my obsession with buying stationary – so it’s natural that I should think of upcycling paper to create my own.  I especially liked the idea of a tape sized note-book:

I especially like this one – it’s simple and streamlined design really makes me think of Muji products.  So … I thought I’d give it a go.

Polly’s Craft A Week – Week1 – Making my own journals:

In my usual way I don’t make things simple and streamlined – I tend to go overboard.  Also I find tutorials very difficult to follow – I’m a kinaesthetic learner through and through, I need to learn by either doing or being shown.  Reading how to do something doesn’t really help.  So I just botched this one together and I think it’s alright actually.  It’s a tribute to the mix tapes of old with loads of the magazine cuttings we still have from a collection we were going to use for mix-tapes (how sad are we?).  So it’s a bit rude (which is my way sometimes) – however I’ve got other ideas about how I’m going to create another one using my collages:

As you can see I didn’t finish it off very well and there IS a reason for that.  This was just the trial run.  I’m going to give it a go with one of my old Marc Almond tapes.  I’ve got the album on CD so I don’t need the tape any more – we’ll see what I come up with eh?

If you want to try and follow a tutorial on how to do this you can find a couple here:

Cassette Case Note-book

Cassette Tape mini-journal

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Upcycled fabric jewellery

Like a lot of people who work with fabric I have a lot of bits left over.  And being the woman that I am I obviously don’t throw them away.  Some find their way onto my ever growing ‘crazy patchwork’ bag – other stay sitting in a bag waiting to be turned into something.

Recently when I couldn’t sleep one morning I found a tutorial on making fabric beads – and started playing.  I’m not very good at following tutorials and started kind of making up my own fabric bead design.  The final result was this:

old dressing gown becomes upcycled necklace

old dressing gown becomes upcycled necklace

I’m not entirely satisfied with it – I think it might need a lot more work – however I have a lot of other beads that I’ve made some I’m going to try some different designs.  I also think that I should add some more beads to the top right hand side (where I’ve already started adding beads) as a focus.

In the meantime, here are some wonderfully exciting upcycled/ repurposed/ recycled fabric jewellery pieces that really inspire me to be more creative.

Fabric bracelet by Little Miss Crafty

Fabric bracelet by Little Miss Crafty

This little bracelet seems so simple yet so cute and fluffy. I love the colours (although they’re not the type I’d wear) and it just is SO yummy.  Makes me want to go out and make my own cute little fluffy bracelet.

Read more of Little Miss Crafty’s adventures here:

http://www.littlemisscrafty.blogspot.com/

Hand Made jewellery by Medusa - http://www.labottegadimedusa.com/

Hand Made jewellery by Medusa - http://www.labottegadimedusa.com/

I’m in love with this wonderful piece.  It has its roots in vintage style and is a real focus piece.

Absinthe and Orange

Absinthe and Orange

Absinthe and Orange creates such beauty out of repurposed material and clothing.  Again, like a lot of things I love, the colours aren’t something I ever really wear, however to own a piece like this and have an excuse to build an outfit around them would be something too good to miss! With fabric jewellery like this you KNOW that everyone will keep looking at it and noticing new things that make up this beautiful design.

Sonya's Boutique

Sonya's Boutique

Sonya’s fabric necklaces are real focus pieces that combine strong colour palettes and inspired designs.  Check out her etsy store – I cannot believe how cheaply she sells her work! Honestly – it’s worth more than this! Once I can get properly onto Etsy (it’s playing up for me at the moment) I’m going to purchase one of her pieces before prices sky rocket!

Finally I’m in love with the unusual work of Beehive Girl

I love her combinations of bones and lace – and I love the way in which her pieces aren’t just ‘focus’ pieces – they make you sit up and stare! You can’t stop looking and if you’re me – you can’t stop wanting!

Really – how can you NOT be inspired by these wonderful women’s designs?

Here are some tutorials – often showing you the steps for building up your designs:

How to make a necklace from fabric scraps

What to do with all those scraps

Ruffle necklace

Fabric Flower Necklace

These are just very basic instructions – I figure you can adapt each tutorial to add more and more to make a wonderful statement piece.

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We’re off to button moon …

A few months ago one of my favourite markets closed down.  Greenwich is renowned for it’s craft market – however I was fonder of the second hand stalls that occupied the less ‘pretty’ part of the market.  Then the area was closed down – probably to make way for flats or office blocks knowing this current climate.  My husband and I went to the market on the last day – we hadn’t been there for ages.  I was at the beginning of my obsession with crafting and sewing.  One of the stalls was almost giving their stuff away – and I asked how much their buttons would be.  Instead of me going through them to find my faves, he offered me the whole lot for £10.  I jumped at the chance and have ended up with boxes full of buttons (as well as various other trinkets that were hidden in with them):

(if you so desire to see more – there are more photos here )

However – once you own that many buttons you realise you need to make something with them.  I’ve used them to decorate my bags and various bits and bobs.  I then thought about jewelry after seeing a colleague’s necklace.  So I started looking up button jewellery.  I’m still to make something of any worth – but I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite upcycled button beauties 🙂

First up is Lorimarsha – honestly – I think this talented woman will appear in many of my blog posts.  I love the boldness and brightness of her colourful designs.  She truly is an amazing crafter –  click on the photos to take you to her etsy store.

Lorimarsha - original bakelite jewelry

Lorimarsha - original bakelite jewelry

How cute are these bracelets? Wonderfully bright colours and I love the addition of the beads at the end.

Lorimarsha original bakelite designs

Lorimarsha original bakelite designs

I’m in love with these rings too – so bold and exciting.  If only I didn’t have such horrible stubby fingers (I’m not a huge fan of my hands) I’d be buying these straight away!

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH … I have totally fallen in love with the beautiful vintage buttons used by Buttonz – honestly – the Blondie is the most beautiful button bracelet I’ve ever seen:

Blondie

Blondie

I want want want want! 🙂

Upcycling at its best I think – to make buttons look this classy is so awesome.  Most of the time when you use buttons they can look quirky and kitschy – and there is NOTHING wrong with that – however I believe that Buttonz produces jewellery that is classy and classic – in keeping with their vintage feel.

As we get classier – let’s look at Grandmother’s Buttons:

Stunning vintage buttons set into stunning pieces of jewellery:

Grandmother's Buttons

Grandmother's Buttons

Grandmother's Buttons

Grandmother's Buttons

And now for those all important tutorials:

Shank Button Designs
Simple button bracelet tutorial
Crafty Suzanne’s tutorial

If you have any others you’d like to share there’s space here to add them 🙂

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