Monday, 4 October 2010

Driftwood Dreams

I have always loved driftwood crafted items - something so raw about them, all those worn down curves on something that's usually so the first attempted item was simple - bookend for MummySew! Tom and I had some trouble thinking of something cool to get mummysew for christmas last year...she had seen these on folksy and wowed at them, sew we thought we would have a go.

We went to the beach somewhat doubting that we'd find any driftwood at all...but look at our spoils! It was pettycur bay we visited, in Fife, and despite it being a scottish November, the sun was shining and with all the rock hopping and digging, we soon warmed up :)
I hosed them down in the shower to get rid of all the sand and crawlies and then leant them up against the radiator to dry...which took weeks. About a week before christmas tom got to work finding dowels. He made two lead dowels for weight which he slotted down into holes he drilled in the base...and then he drilled down the lead dowels to add wooden ones that would hold the upright of the bookends in place.

They have quite a good weight now to keep them upright and rubber feet on their base for grip. Between us we came up with the design, trying to keep them both slightly different - quirky?
p.s. can you tell how behind I am with posting? i'm still catching up with last years chrsitmas presents!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Elephant Cushions

Remember this? Well I found a ready made matching cushion a few weeks ago in a charity shop that totally matched! I absolutely had to sew up my scrap to make a matching pair...

They're boasting on my new bed in my new flat in Glasgow West End - very chic!