I started making an owl brooch for a friends birthday and ended up with a range of woodland animal brooches to sell in my shop and on Etsy, you will also be able to find them in Berylune, 45 Park Street, Leamington Spa.
I was very pleased with my final version of the owl and then came up with the fox which I like for its simplicity. The badger took a little work to get right, but the more of them that I make the happier I am with how they have turned out. I hope you like them.
I love a vintage tin and have quite a collection of my own, they are so useful for storing little bits and pieces and look prettier than a cardboard box. I was quite excited to find this Blue Bird Assorted Toffee tin featuring a Yacht Racing picture. The bottom of the tin is a lovely blue colour and there is a lovely design inside the lid. This tin is available here.
If you want to bring a bit of vintage into your home an easy way to do it is with some vintage books. Lots of people choose Penguin Books like these that we have in our living room.
Another good choice is Ladybird Books, I have built up a large collection that we have on our landing.
There are lots of other options such as these books published by The Reprint Society in the 1950s. Look out for books with attractive covers that feature mid-century designs and colours.
One of my favourite brands is Rosti, originally a Danish company. Although the company is still going it is the wonderfully bold coloured melamine items they made during the 1960s and 1970s that I love. I have a large collection of their mixing bowls and utensils, but it is the egg cups I like the most. These egg cups were designed by Bjorn Christensen.
I am trying to build up a collection of all the colours, I still need to find some in blue and white. If you like these egg cups too there are four available from The Granny Square.
The egg cups have space in the middle for your egg and a wide rim for your spoon or toast soldiers. The design means that they are easy to stack for storage or display.
There are some vintage knitting patterns available in my shop now. You could make them up for an authentic piece of vintage knitwear, or they would look nice framed.
The pattern on this small purse or make-up bag is so psychedelic and the feel of the materials says to me that it must be from the early 1970s at the latest.
It would make a good sized purse or, as it has a plastic lining, a useful small make-up bag.
You can purchase this item in my shop.
This set of four napkins is presented in a nice box and still has its cellophane wrapping.
Each cream linen napkin features the same floral design embroidered in vibrant colours.
You can purchase this set in my shop.
When I found this cat cruet I wasn’t sure if I liked them, but they have grown on me and I am now rather fond of them.
Both shakers still have their original plastic stoppers in the base so they can be used as functional items as well as making great display pieces.
The cats have leather ears, green ribbon bows around their necks, and nicely painted faces.
These cats are available to purchase in my shop.
Welcome to The Granny Square.
My name is Zoë, I have been blogging at my personal blog, Zoë’s Crafts for quite a while now and have decided to take my love of vintage and handmade to the next level with my new venture, The Granny Square.
The Granny Square is a place for me to sell vintage items and my own handmade creations, especially those made from vintage materials or using vintage patterns. Items will be available for sale through my online shop.
The Granny Square is a work in progress so watch this space, you can also follow me on Twitter.