Nautical Homeware

Currently for sale in our Etsy shop

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Personalised Girls Boat £12.00

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Hanging Driftwood Fish £18.00

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Tie The Knot Rope Ampersand £10.00

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French “La Mer” Boat £20.00

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French Hessian Sailboat £12.00

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Hanging Wooden Fish £5.00

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Personalised Mummy and Baby Whale Sets £15.00

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Personalised Love Boat £12.00

wordpress10Personalised Striped Hanging Anchor Name Plaque £6.00

wordpress11Nautical Striped Starfish £5.00

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Nautical Anchor Pumpkin

With Halloween fast approaching I got busy carving my pumpkin. Naturally it was going be nautical style!

I decided to use an anchor shape. To make yours simply paint an anchor and then carefully cut around the painted outline with your knife (I used a craft knife). I wanted to carve away just the top layer  of the skin, but if you want to cut out the shape of an anchor you will need to remove the inside of the pumpkin first.

You will need to buy a fairly big/tall pumpkin for this design. I hope you have fun making yours.

Happy Halloween!

Nautical Anchor Button Tutorial

 

On a recent trip to Hobby Craft I came across Fimo which is a polymer clay. I have never used this product before but after studying ceramics at art college I thought I’d give it ago. For this tutorial I have decided to make some nautical anchor buttons for my navy cardigan.

I’ve always had a love for buttons and have them stored in tins and jars around the home.

For this tutorial you will need: Fimo, sculpting tools, a round cutter or stencil, a plastic rolling pin, a needle, a craft knife,  a board to lean on and a plastic sheet to roll you Fimo out onto.

I chose white Fimo for my buttons as they will stand out on my navy cardigan, you can used what ever colour you like.

Because Fimo is new to me I don’t have all the correct tools for the craft… I ended up using a deodorant can as my rolling pin!

I used a round stencil for the outline of my buttons. You can use a round cutter or make your own stencil by using a piece of card and a protractor.

You will then need to cut out your buttons with a craft knife if you don’t have a round cutter.

You’ll need to repeat this for however many buttons you need.

To make the anchor shape, I used a large needle to make the holes. I then placed them onto a tin foiled lined baking tray and placed them in the oven for 30 minutes on 130 C.

This button is fresh out of the oven!

I used navy thread to sew my buttons on.

This is my finished cardigan, I’m really pleased with the finished result. I will definitely be making more Fimo buttons in the future.

Here is a close up of  my finished nautical anchor button. I hope you have fun making yours!

 

Let Your Dreams Set Sail

These little wooden boats came about after sitting in a cafe on holiday over looking the Harbour at La Rochelle in France.

The Harbour was filled with little yachts.

La Rochelle is very picturesque and I thought making the little boats would be a great way of capturing that in a decoration.

I wonder how many people have this photo in their holiday snaps? I couldn’t resist!

My Father inlaw has a workshop at his home in France and he makes the boats out of reclaimed wood, some of the wood is burned during the winter months but this is a much better use for it!

Ray enjoys to work outside in the sun!

The first batch of boats, shipped to England (pun intended) awaiting their sails.

I decided to give them all French names and add hand painted details to the sails.

This boat has a hessian sail with fish detail and hand stamped ‘La Sardine’ name.

I used fabric paint on the squid detail and then hand stitched him on to the sail.

The names are stamped on with a letter stamp kit, making mistakes is easy! I then paint over the wording, let it dry and gently sand of the excess.

Please visit my Folksy shop where you will find my little French boats for sale wood & rope