Everyday Etsy: Tin Toyland

I have always had love for tin toys, whether modern or vintage they make me feel incredibly nostalgic and want to play like a child again. All the the finds below are vintage pieces and all appear to be really well looked after and in good knick. Would love for my children (when i have them) to be able to play with toys that are built to last like these precious gems obviously were.

tin toyland

I love the tin toy duck from SeattleCollectibles because my uncle and auntie have one on a window ledge in their conservatory and i always loved playing with it. Bring back a lovely memory. I would also die to play with the wind up frog from GreenandBrown, he’s so cute and still works according to the shop owner. Lastly, i love the tin teacups from SunnyDayVintage they would make lovely decorations and even prettier serving dishes for nuts and crisps. Click on the picture to find all the other vintage pieces in this collection. Click on the main picture to find the rest of these vintage finds.


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Folksy Friday: Perfectly Peachy

Not a massive supporter for valentines day, personally i think its a waste of money and ivented by the card companies but i do like the idea that it can ‘force’ people to make time for each other. We seem to be so busy rushing around that we don’t have alot of time to spend with our loved one all the time and i think it gives a perfect opportunity to have to quality time together. With this in mind i have a little shopping guide to help you out if you want to get a little something for your sweet heart. I have done an overtly girly one today as i found some lovely pieces and i really enjoyed this colour combinations.

perfect peach

I love Cassia Beck‘s photographic prints and this magnolia tree is no exception. They are beautifully photographed but i love the highlighted colours and the slightly vintage feel.  The Autumn Orchard delicate petal earrings are lovely and would love a set or two in the many colours they stock.  My favourite though is the Peach Parasol Print found in Steves Art Shop which is subtle in colour but hits big in its simple beauty, so much so i had to allow a full length photo of it to do it justice.

The Peach Parasol

Click on the main picture to find the rest of these items and have yourself a lovely weekend


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Everyday Etsy: Mustard Love

I love the colour mustard and since i am moving soon i would love to include it in my redecoration for the living room, so i thought i would find some great pieces that i would love to give a home to and quite likely you will too

Mustard Love

The vintage clock from ARoadThroughTime was the first thing i spotted and i love its simple bold look, unfortunately it got sold the day i put it on the treasury! :( Guess some one saw it on my board and just had to snag it. Darn! Luckily i found some other delight to get my mustard fix. Love the backpack from ickadybag, really beautiful design and lots of pockets. Would make a great over night bag. Lastly i am charmed with the bohemiana teardrop earrings MerelaniDesigns, they are just my kind of style and a lovely colour of course ;P Click on the picture to find the rest of these beautiful pieces


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Gotham Knight by John Scarratt

Nananananananana BATMAN

It was my friend Rob’s Birthday today and i bought him this super cool print from John Scarratt. He is a really big batman fan and he loved it when he opened it, even more so because it was signed by the artist and obviously handmade. I bought a frame and painted it black to match the print but unfortunately it got smashed at his birthday party on Friday night, i’d have to blame a drunk stumbling into the bookcase it was on. silly silly.


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Folksy Friday: Geeks United

Whether it’ you or a friend everyone knows a nerd/geek/dork. A catch all term that is kinda hard to define but we all know what one is whether is a game nerd, a science geek or a computer dork. Here are a few favourite geeky items available on Folksy today.


Geeking out in third place is  are the computer keyboard earrings  from Menoyu Jewellery, subtle to give just a hint to your geekery. Second for me is the Dinner Dinner Batman poster by hello DODO it just makes me laugh and love going dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner etc. First place for me though is the Mario Ice flower card from MinXtures clothing and accessories as i am a big mario fan and its such a quirky little card to get some one.

Are you a secret geek for something?


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Going international

air mailIf you saw my Everyday Etsy shopping feature earlier today the theme was Come Fly With Me, showing a choice selection of handmade and vintage for your holidays. This in fact was to celebrate that both Maker’s Meadow shops on Etsy and Folksy are now shipping internationally throughout the world! Hooray! Our products will now be available to purchase no matter where you are on this fine earth. I had slight trepidation about posting abroad but i have never had a problem with deliveries being sent my way so i shouldn’t worry about it vice verse and i have had such interest from America and Europe in particular that it seemed silly not too. If you have any questions that you’d like to ask me before buying feel free to get in touch on Folksy, Etsy or my email makers_meadow@hotmail.com.

Happy Shopping


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15 uses: Old Music

This week in the UK has seen some major closures on the high street, namely HMV and Blockbusters both sell/rent music, DVDs and games . They have both gone into administration as the claim as a result of being unable to compete with the online market place. The outcome will be the lost of 4000 jobs from each company. It appears they did not act fast enough when it came to evolve as a company and it seems pretty silly almost considering that the internet was obviously in full swing and evidently the future even over a decade ago. Businesses must evolve but this is not a new concept to the music industry, first vinyl, then cassettes and now CDs are fading into obscurity remaining the joy of only avid collectors and hoarders. However there is hope yet because you crafty people can turn the defunked into something funky. Here are 5 uses each for vinyl, cassette and CD, what will you make?

5 uses for old vinyl

1. A clock. Many of these are sold on etsy and i love the look of theme but why just stick to black. You can paint Vinyl in any colour combination you want. They also have a handy center hole so you can attach a clock mechanism straight away.

2. Bowls, There are many tutorials online for melting bowls so google for instructions. Once again why don’t you paint it in your own colour scheme rather then leaving it black, you can make lots of coordinating pieces

3. Coasters. Carefully cut out the central disc to make easy and fun coasters for any music lover.

3. Cake stand. Attach ready made cake stand attachments or charity shop vases to vinyl using smaller ones for the top

5. Book ends. Use a hot glue gun to attach several vinyls to a metal base and you’ve got instant cool book ends.

cassette copy

5 uses for old cassette tapes

1. Got an artistic flare, create some rock start art with the tape, glue in place and attach to your wall. The Jimi Hendrix one is my favourite

2. Use the winding wheels, pins and tape to make a typography piece. Glue each wheel and pin in place, wrap the tape around the points and glue ends together, making sure its pulled taut.

3. Make a interesting light box by threading cord or wire through the holes in the cassettes, string each together and forming a box. There is no exact way to do the threading  but its probably easy to go in a snakes and ladders shape going up, across, down, across, repeat.

4.  Use the tape as you would thread or wool and crochet something. Bag would be the most practical as i think a hat or scarf might be a bit prickly

5. Using the same principal as the cassette light box, string together tapes to make a chair cover. For the seat part you might want to use strong cable for the threading so you don’t fall through it.CDs copy

5 ideas for old CDs

1. I had to include this because it just made me laugh. Store your bagel in a CD holder ready for lunch. Simple but effective

2. Use glue to cover CD in pretty fabric or paper to make lovely coasters.

3. Cut up CDs to make a reflective wind chime for the garden. Attach pieces to cord and hang from trees, you can even add bells for a musical charm.

4. Smash up CDs and glue the pieces to a polystyrene ball.Add a loop of cord to the top and you have a disco ball. The music might of stopped but you can still party.

5. Though Christmas is now long gone its always good to collect inspiration for next year . Glue nativity or snow scenes to CDs and hang with some ribbon to your tree

For any of the tutorials or links see the pinterest board and don’t forget to like us on facebook for special offers and up to date news on the shop


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A Malt Sack Journey

Upcycling is such an important part of my life, both for Maker’s Meadow as a shop and within my home life. ‘Going green’ is a journey for me that will continue for the rest of my life and it makes me so happy to be able to reuse and remake items for another use. Today i will show you the journey of the malt sacks i use to create our shop items from origin to product, including a little bit of info on malt and brewing. I use any waste materials the Geeves brewery supply me with and any new item always brings on a spur of inspiration and imagination as to what i could use it for.malt bags

As i have said the malt sacks i use come from our local brewery but before that they come from Fawcett & sons Maltsters, in Castleford, West Yorkshire. A maltster prepares the grains/malt for brewing, they do this by first soaking the grains and then drying them out using hot air, this changes starch in the grain in to sugars which in the brewing process will be turned into alcohol. The grains are then packed into sacks and delivered to the brewerymashing in

When brewing a mixture of grains are used to give different characteristics to the beer. The grains are added to what looks like a giant pot called a mash tun, they are slowly added to it along with very hot water, this is called mashing in. They are left in there for an hour+ till the sugars are extracted into the water (now called liquor) and this is transferred to the next part of the brewing process.Once the mashtun is empty of liquor and the grains have been washed to get out the remaining sugars, the malt is put back in to sacks. Our brewery gives these sacks to a local farming college for composting and to a local venison farmer who feeds his deer with it, making sure there is nothing going to the landfill. They then collect the malt sacks and give them to me at Maker’s Meadow, reducing their waste further.

malt in bag

The first step before making a product is the worse and that is cleaning it.Soapy hot water and alot of elbow grease generally does the job. I then cut out pattern pieces from the sacking, using it just like i would a piece of material, as well as any other fabric pieces i need for the design. I then construct the product using mainly my sewing and overlocking machine, as well as some glue and hand stitching. Each product can be completely different, depending on the sacking design position, color and any warping so each piece is unique.

sew sew sewing

I then photography each product and list my items on Etsy or Folksy. Once a customer orders an item i package it in recycled brown packing paper , sewing together the edges after inserting my business cards, a few freebies and special offers. I then trot down to the post office and send it off, happy that some one has brought from me a handmade and eco friendly product. Its not just malt sacks that i reuse though, i also use the packets that their hops come in for my cool bags, plastic wrap for packaging, and i get oodles of string which i will be using i a new project ( i’ll keep you posted). If you want to know more about brewing check out CAMRA for a guide and to see the rest of our products check out our Etsy or Folksy shops.

green geeves

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Shop News: Bottle Carriers

4 pack blue bottle top

Happy Monday every body and what a monday its been. Work at 6 this morning, finished at 9, did the food shop, put away the washing, put more laundary on, general tidy round, cut out pieces ready for sewing some new cool bags and aprons, cheese toasty in hand, writing this short post and it’s only just past 12 o’clock yet.phew! I think it must be one of the first good Monday feelings i’ve had in a while and i might just be because i love my new range of items i’ve been making for the shop. Bottle Carriers.

                                               black full

Made from Maker’s Meadow staple material malt sacks from Geeves Brewery, the bottle carriers came to me like a stroke of genius, even if i do say so myself. The boys at the Brewery have recently started bottling their wares and it seemed like a bottle carrier made from the malt sacks whose previous contents where used to make the bottled beet would be a perfect partner to a few of their tipples. The malt bags are sewn into a circular holder containing 6 or 4 pockets one for each beer. The sacking is super strong, so there is no chance of rips or tears, and the cotton handles make a comfortable strap to carry but are triple stitched to add further security to the holder. Nothing worse then precious beer being spilled.green geeves

We think they make a great present for beer lovers, just add a few of their favourite bevvy’s and you’ve got a ready made gift. If you want to try some of Geeves brewery new beers they are now being stocked online at Best of British Beer & Barley Hops. If your in South/West Yorkshire they are also avaliable at Beer Huis, Ossett,  Yorkshire Ales, Snaith and Blacker Hall Farm, Wakefield as well as many pubs we supply cask to as well. All the bottle carriers are now avaliable online on our Etsy or Folksy Shops and more colours will be avaliable soon.

Any beer fans in the readership today?


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