Tag Archives: recycled

7 days to Christmas

18 Dec

With the last weekend of shopping until the big Day, how about these recycled notepads as a stocking filler gift, or even to use yourself to jot down those last minute bits and bobs you still need to buy.  Just as useful all year round too for shopping lists, doodles, song lyrics, poems…

Find a selection on my Folksy SHOP.  If you would like a special one making up with a different message, let me know and I will see what I can do…

18 days to Christmas

7 Dec

We are getting closer every day, so if you haven’t got all your Christmas Cards written yet, today might be the day to sort the last ones.  If you are buying handmade presents this year, there’s no need to stop with that – you can find loads of lovely handmade cards on Folksy.com, all made in the UK by independent designers.

I have my own new designs for 2010 for sale in my Original Minnie Folksy SHOP.

Each design features pretty varigated holly photos taken by me, printed, cut, and then finished with a juicy red berry button.

Every card comes with an envelope made from recycled paper, and packaged in an eco-friendly ‘compostable’ clear bag made from corn starch, NOT plastic!

Handmade for £1.50 each, or buy in bulk and save money with 3 cards for £4.  If you would like to mix and match designs just message me and I can sort it for you!

Folksy Shop Updated

21 Apr


Just a quick post to let you know that I’ve updated my Folksy shop, adding new items including my geometric Felt Bib Necklaces for 2010.  I made a small collection of them, each different colours, using new and reclaimed felt, hand painted textiles, and reclaimed/vintage buttons.

They are one-offs, each unique – perfect if you want a statement necklace.

So keep checking as I upload new colour ranges, or get in contact and I can give you more details of the colours available.

Folksy Shop Updated

16 Apr


Just a little post to let you know I’ve uploaded some of my new recycled stationery onto my Folksy SHOP, including …

Some of the new Basic range of Cards (basic because they don’t have inserts or buttons attached, and are a bargain £1.50 each).  They are still made using quality recycled card and recycled envelopes, and have hand stamped messages onto the front.

I’ve also uploaded some of the new Recycled Notepads, with hand stamped messages of ‘HOPE‘ and ‘dont forget‘, so you can always remember that shopping list, or song lyric in the future with these lovely little pads.

If you have any wording or messages you would like putting onto a card or notepad, please get in touch and I will see what I can do!

Mothers Day

11 Mar


So, I’m just realising that Mothering Sunday is this weekend, not next! Doh.

I’ve recently finished some Mother goodies, including a new range of recycled notepads which could make a lovely gift.  Recycled tags are attached and hand-stamped with various messages, and hand-punched with either a heart or star motif.

I also have a new range of Mother/Mum/Mummy cards, which are blank inside so could be used all year round for birthdays, thank yous, invites, etc.

For other designs, check out my Folksy SHOP.

I’ve been sewing and stamping

10 Mar


Getting ready for the double event weekend thats just gone, I was manically sewing new ‘felt bib’ necklaces – using reclaimed felt for their backings, and vintage/reclaimed buttons to embelish, finished with co-ordinating new ribbon. They are a new experiment for me – what do you think?

Grey felt bib necklace © Original Minnie

Grey felt bib necklace © Original Minnie

Pink felt bib necklace © Original Minnie

Pink felt bib necklace © Original Minnie

I also want to expand my stationery range, so have sourced some simple, cute little notepads (made from recycled paper/card of course) which I’ve then embellished with tags (also recycled), and then hand stamped little messages onto them.  Simple but effective.

I’m also developing a ‘basic’ range of cards which are simpler to make and don’t have inserts (unlike my other cards), so will be that bit more affordable – I will update my Folksy shop, so keep checking to see the new designs…

Original Minnie 'HOPE' Notepad

'HOPE' Notepad © Original Minnie

Quick Weekend Report Part 1

9 Mar


Original Minnie 'dont forget' recycled notepadI created some new necklaces and stationery for the whammy weekend, including this hand stamped ‘dont forget’ recycled notepad

© Original Minnie

So, on Saturday I was in Leicester at Fabrika Independant Arts Centre, (a few doors down from Primark).  It’s an interesting building project – The Arts Organisation in Leicester is re-developing it at the moment – the room we were in, is to be a public Gallery space apparently.  Some parts of the building are still being painted and spruced up, but with a cafe there already, and plans for a monthly craft market, I think it’s somewhere to be put on the radar…  I am not familiar with Leicester, so I intend to go back some time to properly explore…

The event was organised by Wood Jewellery who works with an amazing range of naturally colourful woods – think much more than just ‘brown’.  I also met some lovely stallholders including Adelina Lucas who recycles scraps of fabric and plastic bags into attractive gifts and accessories, and Bee Designs who makes beautiful stationery, and whom was also at the craft event I did the next day – it’s a small world!

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Visit to RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009

24 Aug


I know the RHS Tatton Flower Show happened last month, but here are a few pics from my visit anyway…

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 rose

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - Roses

There was glorious sunshine when we arrived as the photo below proves, but moments after this, the rain absolutely poured down, so we rushed into the nearby RHS Floral Marquee to wait it out…

RHS Tatton Flower SHow 2009 Giraffe

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - Giraffe sculpture

There were some beautiful displays in the massive Floral Marquee (as you would expect) and fantastic, vibrant colours – some inspiration for future creations maybe?

RHS Tatton Show 2009 Hydrangea

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - Hydrangea

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 Bougainvillea

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - Bougainvillea

RHS Tatton Chrysanthemum

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - Chrysanthemum

There were some stunning displays in the Floral Design Studio marquee too, including this one which grabbed my attention as soon as I walked in – ultra modern and sculptural, its large scale can’t really be appreciated from a photo.

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 lilys

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - Lilys

I also liked the use of old-school vinyl records in this music themed display – it just wouldnt look as good with CDs!

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - Vinyl

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - Vinyl

During a brief break in the rain, I walked past this outdoor display, and had to take a photo – promoting the use of recycled materials, pupils had made decorations for the School Garden display.  This particular creation represented the ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ nursery rhyme (the one with the cat, fiddle, cow, dog, dish and spoon…) and it caught my eye because they had re-used buttons to decorate the cow and cat – an excellent choice!

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 Cow

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - School Garden Cow

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 Dish and Spoon

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - School Garden Dish &Spoon

Eventually, the rain beat us on the day, but on our retreat out of the Park, I noticed these beautiful deer – not bothered as we drove past them, so I had to take a quick pic…

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 deer

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - Deer

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 more deer

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2009 - more Deer

all photos taken by Original Minnie

For more information about Original Minnie, or the recycled/reclaimed Button jewellery I make, and more … why not have a look at my Folksy shop or website (open in a new window).

©  Original Minnie