Great gift items like pendants, cufflinks and vintage finds. Thank you for looking to buy handmade and supporting indie artists.

This blog also includes items from my other store Maison Elevenses which has beautiful handmade home decor items such as throw pillows, coasters, napkin rings and tea towels.

Recycling, upcyling and repurposing...saving the planet one cool handmade thing at a time!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ear..ear...have you heard?

Inspired by the spring finally getting here and the return of our feathered friends are the next three newest additions to the store.
To see the snow receding and grass appearing brings about a happy refreshed feeling it has to be said.
My cat is equally as appreciative and loves to sit on the deck and miaow talk to the birds, he is loving exploring again in the garden and beyond.

It's also the perfect time over the next month to go for woodland walks, no mosquito's as yet, you just need you're welly rain boots on in case it's a bit muddy!

Melody of small feathers here and teamed up with ribbon
Hoop and wild feather earrings (close up below)

Silver wire with a grouping of soft brown feather
Rooster feathers with green shell, daring and spring like (close up below)

Rooster feathers, ribbon and round green shell

Finally I purchase these great Jasper beads and teamed them up with upcycled wooden beads and then wrapped them in silver wire.
I love the earthy colours of these mixed with the shiny silver wire.

Jasper and wooden beads.

How has spring inspired you, I would love to know.

Monday, March 21, 2011

It's Spring

It's officially spring and even though it is lightly snowing outside (grumble..mumble..grumble) I am posting about some spring time lovelies in my Change it up store.
One of a kind spring time bracelet, made from upcycled costume jewelry

Vintage key bracelet (Part of the vintage key range)

Vintage key, flower and heart in copper (part of the vintage key range).

My items can be found by clicking on the link on the side bar (Change it up).

I also like to include other peoples work from time to time...
Cream feather earrings (by Miss Fluff)
Leaves and purple flowers necklace (by Miss fluff)

These items and more can be found in missfluff's Etsy store, she does amazing jewelry from leather.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fun for your Kitchen!

Spice up things in the kitchen and on the table with these new items!
100% recycled magazine napkin rings 
A phrase that I use many times a day and now comes to you on a tea towel!
Fancy a brew? Tea on a tea towel...what more could you want?
For those messy people, time to help out!
100% recycled napkin rings made from newspaper, Hudson YLJ!

All of these fab finds are available at the Maison elevenses store!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Additions...waste not!!!

When I started off my business my first products were the poker chips, they are a great seller in craft shows but don't seem to be making the cut online.
I have tons of beautiful paper left over from this project and wanted something to do with it.
Answer making small notecards!!
These are perfect for saying, thank you, hi etc!!
I always like to send a notecard when I am sending one of my sold items out.

Damask set of 4

Spring time Geometric, set of 6.

Green croc textured cards, set of 4

These are all available from my change it up on the link on the sidebar to take you to my etsy store.


If you are looking for great gift tags then look no further than Chavaneth FRECKLE LIPS.
St Patricks day tags.
Pink tags, perfect for that girly gift!

Big button tags, cool and original.
Check out her store here!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Where inspiration takes you..

I have to say that idea's for beautiful handmade items for both of my shops are not in short supply.
Here are a few new items to wet your appetite.

Hair sticks, upcycled from chop sticks and wrapped in silver wire.

Round black shell bead with modern wire wrap

Perfect for spring time, beautiful lavender oval shell bead with modern wire wrapped circles.

Urban Chic pillow "Zip it".....drool drool..

All of these items available on my Etsy stores, click on the sidebar links to get you there!

Friday, February 25, 2011

More upcycled vintage key jewelry!

Carrying on with my collection of vintage keys which are sourced from a nearby antiques shop come these three pieces.

BOHO bracelet as seen as above and below, brown suede in light and dark wrapped around a silver plated washer.
A vintage key, pearl type beads and a heart are used as charms. 

Finally getting to use my metal stamps!" You are the key to my heart" with a small vintage key.

This is the same as above but comes with a larger vintage key with a heart shape on the key and the number 2.

All these items and more can be found in store!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Items

Just wanted to share some new items from both stores, plus news and stuff at the bottom of the post!

This throw cushion is the first in a collection called urban chic, it's very modern and like most of the collection will be based on Black, Grey and white.
Very spring and summer like looks in this new accent cushion, would look great in a bedroom or a sunroom..or wherever your happy place is!

Experimenting with a new modern way of wire wrapped jewelry, I love the look of the circles with the shell.

Check out Freckle Lips store tomorrow, she is saying she will have to giveaways and that is not to miss!

Plus I am working on new lines of jewelry with recycled items and will be continuing on with my urban chic range of throw pillows from Maison Elevenses.

I too will host my first giveaway in March so stay tuned!!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Introducing the Etsy single parents team

Last week I was looking around to see if Etsy had a single parents group I could join..did not find one and thought why don't I start one myself. Whahoo a captain of my own team!
Luckily next day came across Sammi whilst on twitter..she agreed to take the position of the team leader and off we went!

I wanted to introduce to you some of the items from these shops which are situated from across the world.
Note these are all very available and easy for you to purchase right from the comfort of your own chair!

Me (Team captain and owner of Change it up and Maison Elevenses)
Natural modern elements throw pillow 

Vintage key, bead and hand stamped washer pendant necklace

Next up is my wonderful leader of the team Sammi from the store Freckle Lips

I love these beautiful handmade tags they can have custom words printed on them.

Here we have artandwares, Taylour's store.

She creates these amazing pieces of artwork!

Next up we have Alexandra with her store Majentakauf

A must for any Etsy & online store..a beautifully designed store banner

Here we have Shannon with her store shannondzikas

Vintage jewelry, clothing and accessories ..take a look for hidden gems

Tamara's store is new visit her at Purple Dragon

Beautiful handmade pieces of jewelry

Sara aka MissFluff!  Her items are all handmade in England.

Each piece is made out of leather and fabric, check out her beautiful necklaces and earrings.

Here we have Victoria's shop beadsnpearls

Gemstones necklaces, freshwater pearls and supplies can all be found here.

Thy local organic pagan (Organic Pagan)

Truly beautiful and pampering items such as soaps, body butters, etc..

Necklaces, bracelets.. including a cool range of guitar pick items.
Jana from Vintage Chic (janamelinda)

Vintage finds like this beautiful compact.

All of these wonderful shops are worth a click...go ahead take 10 mins for a quick visit!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A few of my fave things!

I truly make what I love myself!
* start music* So here are a few of my favourite things....!

These vintage buttons were from another seller on Etsy, these are sewn on to  cream linen.

The rectangular version from the Modern comforts line, perfect to snuggle up to on a cold night.

Modern and fun, would also look great in a girls bedroom.

Vintage key collection, with hand stamped washer and vintage bead.

Vintage key collection, clover leaf (in time for St Patricks day) and Jade bead.