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!

Folksy Fhursday – Mice

June 24, 2010

This weeks Folksy Fhursday is a collection of mice related finds. Inspired by the fact that today I had to rescue two chickens that had been nibbled by mice while quietly minding their own business sat on a shelf in a craft shop. All they’d wanted was to find some friendly humans to take them home. Don’t be fooled by the cuteness of the mice you are about to see!

These Wee Mice from Quernus Crafts are annoyingly sweet, it’s very unhelpful when I’m trying to hate mice. They are sold individually and each one comes with a tiny piece of cheese.

According to the maker of Cara mousie, she was either named after Irene from Fame or the robust potato. Either way, she is another far too innocent looking mouse. Get her from Treaclezoo.

I love these postcards from Alice Wood. The mice have baked a tiny cake for Maud the elephant, they must be apologising for eating through something belonging to Maud.

This Mousie Mouse Moleskine Notebook has been gocco printed by Ink Me Up.

This Little Mouse Button Badge comes from Pixie Doodle Gifts. After picking this to go in this weeks Folksy Fhursday, I suddenly realised that the shop name was familiar because Pixie Doodle sells stuff in the very same craft shop that my damaged chickens were in. I hope it wasn’t this mouse that is to blame!

Swallows Cake Topper

June 21, 2010

A few weeks ago I blogged about one of the gifts that I’d made for my sister’s wedding and I mentioned then that I had also made a cake topper as a surprise… This is what it looked like!

My sister loves tattoos and has so many that we now lovingly refer to her as Doodle bear! Because of her love of tattoos, the swallows (which are a traditional tattoo) were used in a few places for the wedding, such as on the invitations.

So when our Mum mentioned that Jess had run out of time to sort out a cake topper I thought I’d have a go at making some swallows for her. I made them from clay and then painted them with acrylic paints in the same colours that were used in the wedding stationary. I later heard that my sister had mentioned wanting a swallow cake topper but didn’t think you’d be able to get one… Then make one!

Folksy Fhursday – Bikes

June 17, 2010

Today’s theme is ‘bikes’ as this week is National Bike Week. Also, on Sunday, it is the London to Brighton bike ride, which means getting anywhere round here will be a test of creative thinking, trying to get from one side of the route to the other!

First up this week are these Bicycle Road Sign Cufflinks. You can get them from I de Claire.

This Collage Glass Pendant or Ornament has been made from two glass microscope slides, vintage ephemera and a vintage photograph. It is one of a kind so get over to Come day go day quick if you want it!

These fantastic steam punk earrings are from Jezebel Charms. Driving anywhere on a Sunday usually involves getting stuck behind cyclists, I don’t think I’d mind though if they were on a Penny Farthing!

This Bicyclette – Silk Neck Tie is 100% silk with a bicycle screen printed on. You can get one from Projector.

The last pick for this week is this Panda print from Chloe Batchelor Illustrations. The cat in the basket looks like he is having a fantastic time!

Folksy Fhursday – Bunting

June 10, 2010

I can’t believe it’s Thursday again! Unfortunately, this Thursday is a little less sunny than last week so I thought I’d do a bunting theme to help us all feel a bit more summery!

I love this idea of a 3D bunting card from 1000degrees Art Studio. A message can be written on the post blocks or on a flag at the top.

I love this Bird on bunting coin purse. You can get this and other lovely things from Dinky Daisy.

For something a bit different to the usual fabric bunting, how about some vintage paper bunting? Get it from English Vintage.

This purse from Pants and Paper is really summery! It would be perfect for holding your holiday spends.

The last pick for today is this bunting from Nickynackynoo. Why have triangles when you could have stars?!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks bunting finds. If you are still yearning for more then have a look at the bunting that I made for my wedding!

Folksy Fhursday – Sunshine

June 3, 2010

This week’s Folksy Fhursday is a collection of sunshine inspired finds due to the lovely weather!

First up is this gorgeous ‘Sunshine days, Lady Mya Merino tops spinning fibre’ from My Heart Exposed. This 100% merino wool has been naturally dyed using daffodils and dandelion flowers to make it a lovely, sunshiny yellow.

This sunshine yellow ninja has been made by the lovely Vicki of Lilley’s. I love the tiny throwing star that he’s holding!

Use this Baby bird window decoration to ‘catch’ some of the sunshine! You can get one from Through The Round Window.

How about this Sunny Yellow Bow Headband from Lupin. Surely this would make you feel sunny even on a rainy day!

The last find for today is this Button Heart Giclée Print in shades of sunshine orange and yellow. Get one from Dig The Earth.

Hopefully the sunshine will hang around for the weekend, as tomorrow evening Joe and I will be having a stall at a garden opening and on Sunday, we will hopefully be celebrating our first wedding anniversary with a picnic!

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: http://wp.me/pzuiz-a9” 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 Random.org

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

Folksy Fhursday – Brighton

May 20, 2010

As we have been down to Brighton twice this week, (well, Hove really but Hove isn’t the inspiration for anything good!) I have decided to look for some Brighton inspired finds.

This set of 3 Pier illustration postcards is from Elli Moody. I love that the clouds seem to be cut from the patterns on security envelopes.

This photograph is of a roller coaster on Brighton pier. Get a signed print from Cassia Beck.

This is an original painting of Brighton pier in watercolour & ink, by Eddie Saul.

The final pick for this week is this sea pottery necklace made by the Brighton based, Beach Shack Project.

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!