Archive for the ‘awesome’ Category

Where I’ve Been!

August 26, 2010

For anybody that is wondering why Junky Chicken has gone a little quiet lately, this is all due to the owner of this tiny foot! My husband and I are now proud parents of a baby boy and have been busy enjoying him.

Junky Chicken will be reopening again soon but if you are desperate to spend money then you can always have a look in our felt shop which has been reopened today. We are offering a 10% discount on all orders placed between now and midnight on Friday.


Popular Crafts/Junky Chicken Giveaway

July 12, 2010

Just a quick post to let you know that Popular Crafts are holding a giveaway at the moment in which you can win a pack of my sheet music envelopes. Head over there now if you want to enter! The giveaway runs until Friday 23rd July.

Junky Chicken Reopens!

June 26, 2010

At long last, I have finally had a spare moment to get round to sorting out my Folksy shop! A little while ago I asked for your opinions on whether I should open a new shop so that my url could match my actual shop name, or whether to stick with my original shop. The clear winner in my poll was to open a new shop, and that is exactly what I have done!

I will gradually be filling it up over the next few days so keep an eye on it to see what lovely things might appear. There are only a few items so far as it is best to list new items frequently so I don’t want to list everything in one go!

100th Post Giveaway!

June 2, 2010

I should have reached post 100 a lot sooner but, at last, I have finally made it! To celebrate I am having a giveaway. In a minute I will tell you what you can win, but firstly I would like to explain that I’m hoping that it won’t just be the winner that benefits from this giveaway but also my parents. For as long as I can remember, my parents have been talking about having a bit of land and dreaming about growing their own food. They have now put their house on the market and are planning their escape to Wales.

This is the house that my sisters, my brother and I grew up in and we are all hoping that somebody nice will come along and buy it soon. If you are looking for the perfect house to raise a family in, a house in a good position for commuting to London, or the ideal house for having all your Grandchildren round to stay, then this is the exact house that you are looking for! Go look at the details now!

If you aren’t looking for a new house but you do want to win something awesome, then you can still help us hopefully find a buyer just by entering and sending people in the direction of this post.

Now for the prize that is up for grabs! Sticking with houses, the first item (that’s right first item!) is one of my lavender houses. You will be able to pick your favourite from my shop, which should reopen any day now. The lavender that I use has actually come from the front garden of my parents house 🙂 Finger’s crossed that their new house will also have a lavender patch!

The second and third items will be a ‘Good luck with moving’ card and an ‘In a pleasing manor’ card, donated to the giveaway by Joe.

The fourth and final item will be a voucher for 10% off at The Felted Rainbow. This one maybe doesn’t fit quite so neatly into the houses/moving theme but it might come in useful all the same!
All you have to do to enter is help spread the word about this giveaway in one of the following ways:

1: Tweet about the giveaway saying “I’ve entered the @JunkyChicken 100th Post Giveaway here:” then leave a comment here saying that you have tweeted.

2: Blog about my giveaway, linking to my post and leaving a comment here linking to your post.

3: Link to my giveaway on your Facebook page (if this is how it works, I’m a non-user of Facebook so it’s all a mystery to me!) and then leave a comment here to say that you have linked.


– The giveaway will close in 2 weeks time at 11.59pm on Wednesday 16th June. (If the house sells sooner than that then it will of course have to finish sooner.)

– You can enter more than once, but each entry needs a separate comment to count.

– The giveaway is open to all readers of my blog, wherever in the world you are.

– The winner will be picked at random using

Good luck to everybody that enters and thank you in advance for all the linking that I hope you all get up to!

Wedding Photo Booth/Board Thingummy

May 15, 2010

On May day my little sister got married. The wedding was 50’s inspired and as a gift to her and the new brother-in-law, Joe and I made them a photo booth/board thingummy. I have no idea of the actual name for these, but as the wedding was to be in a hotel opposite Brighton’s Palace Pier, the original idea had been to make one of those seaside board things with the holes cut out for your face to go in while you have your photo taken. (If anyone knows the name for these then PLEASE tell me! It has been driving me crazy!) After seeing a link to this tutorial on CRAFT though, I decided to make my own version of this and to introduce some 50’s touches.

This was the view from my Mum and Dad's hotel room where we all got ready!

As is often the case, in my mind this was nice and easy to make and wouldn’t take too long, in reality it wasn’t so easy and it took much longer than planned! Even shopping for the materials to make it was a little more difficult than expected. We merrily assumed that the large piece of plywood would nicely fit into the boot of our new, old estate car Howard… Unfortunately this wasn’t the case and some creative thinking was called for. Thankfully the two, very helpful guys that served us at Travis Perkins came up with the genius idea of binding it to the roof rack with the plastic stuff that pallets of bricks and things are usually tied up with. Driving back to my parents house in the middle of rush hour was scary and slow but luckily we made it without the wood moving even an inch!

The next challenge was getting the wallpaper onto the board. Wallpapering seems to be a talent I don’t have so thankfully my Dad came to the rescue and re-papered the board for me. He also cut the board to a more sensible size for me and cut out the ‘face hole’.

Other than the vaguely 50’s style wallpaper, the main 50’s touches that were added were in the form of some Photoshops of the bride and groom in a few different 50’s situations! If you want to see what they looked like though, you will have to head over to Joe’s blog.

Thankfully the photo booth/board thingummy was finished in time and now fitted into the boot of the car so getting down to Brighton was much easier! It was great fun watching people enjoying using it and hopefully my sister and brother-in-law will have some great photos. Here’s one of them!

I also made a cake topper as a surprise and I will be blogging about that in a few days time so make sure you come back to have a look!


May 14, 2010

Earlier this week I was reading Sooziebee’s blog and saw that she had found some slight seconds of some of her prints and was offering them to anybody that might want one. I have been a fan of Sue’s work since first noticing her on Folksy, so of course I left a comment straight away to say YES PLEASE!

This is the print that I was lucky enough to get a copy of and I was very excited to find that it had arrived in our post box today. Thank you so much to Sooziebee for the print, I can’t wait to get it framed and get it up on the wall.

For all the people that are now insanely jealous of me, head over to her shop and be tempted by all the lovely things there 🙂

Architecture In Helsinki – Like It Or Not

February 2, 2010

I came across another awesome crafty video thanks to Mr X-stitch. This one is by Architecture in Helsinki and it involves embroidery. Enjoy!

Make Your Own Fonts

January 24, 2010

Yesterday was ‘National Handwriting Day’ over in the USA, and I thought that I would let that inspire today’s blog post.

For those of you who haven’t yet seen the website that I made for my husband, go and check it out now! While you’re there, make sure you take an extra close look at the font that I used, as we made that font using Joe’s own handwriting! It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and so when I read about a fantastic site that allows you to make fonts from your own handwriting for FREE, I had to have a go. (Unfortunately, I have just found out (when going to find the link) that they are no longer offering this for free as they are now out of beta 😦 so apologies for getting you all excited!)

Firstly, we had to print out a chart for Joe to fill out with upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers and some punctuation and things. When this was complete we scanned it in, tidied it up a bit and then uploaded it to the site. Within seconds the site had turned it into a font… AMAZING!

Now I’m off to cry quietly to myself as I’ve missed the chance to make a font with my own handwriting!

The Felted Rainbow

January 12, 2010

Last week my husband and I launched a new shop on Folksy stocking craft felt made from recycled plastic bottles. We stock 34 different colours of felt and the next lucky customer will receive 10% off their order (excluding postage) as part of our opening offer. Your discount will be refunded via Paypal after we have received your payment.

If you would like to keep informed on what we are up to at The Felted Rainbow then keep an eye on our blog and come and follow us on Twitter!

New Website For Joe Hurry Creations

November 10, 2009

I know that it’s been a while since I last blogged, but now I’m back and this post is about one of the many things that I have been up to. I have finally finished making Joe’s website and it is now online for all to see.


I’m so pleased with how it has all turned out and we are especially pleased with the font. We made it using Joe’s own handwriting! I will blog about how we did that tomorrow, so you will have to come back if you’d like to see how it was done!


Making the gallery for the site was the hardest and most time consuming part, mostly due to the huge number of drawings that Joe has done! There were so many links to put in, thumbnails to make and details to add but I eventually managed to complete it. No more gallery building for me… until more drawings are drawn that is.


Every image in the gallery has details for the inspiration and the location in which the drawing was conceived. These may not be entirely true facts but they are definitely worth reading. Please do. I lost the skin on my fingers from typing it all out. It’s the least you can do.