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Photography Prints – “Vintage Marbles”

I am thinking of doing a limited edition poster print run of  “Vintage Marbles”  – If anyone would like to place an order, please leave me a comment or tweet me at @polly_orange, or send me a message on my Facebook fan page!

The poster would make a fun and unusual addition to any room, particularly a playroom or a children’s bedroom!

#13/365 - vintage marbles

15″ x 10″ Poster prints inc. p&p – £15

18″ x 12″ Poster prints inc. p&p – £20.

Prints will be on superior quality 200 year fade resistant paper & will be sent unframed, 1st class in sturdy postal tubes.

Other sizes or products may be available upon request.

Please get in touch if you require any other information 🙂

Orders will take between 10-14 days.

ETA… ORDERS FOR THIS PRINT ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Click to view on Flickr.

*Please note: the “#13/365” in the bottom left-hand corner will NOT be on your prints.

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“Vintage Blues” – custom order

I’ve not blogged for ages sorry! I’ve been meaning to write-up some of the processes behind recent custom orders & never got round to it, but I’ve done some custom bead bracelet orders in the last few months that I am very proud of, so thought I should document them here!

Firstly, back at the beginning of the summer, I was asked if I would do a bracelet for a fellow crafty lady – Shirley of Pussygalore Sockcats & Diddybears fame!  She sent me some photos of some new outfits/materials, described the type of colours she wanted, and I set to work sourcing the right beads.

Vintage lampwork beads 1950's

In my mind, I envisaged a sort of “eclectic cluster” of beads with a vintage feel, and was so chuffed when I managed to source some vintage 1950’s dark blue beads, along with some Wedgewood inspired vintage glass mottled beads dating back somewhere between the 1920’s-1950’s. (above).  These were to be integral to the design of the bracelet & also were to be incorporated into a delicate pair of earrings to complement.

During the process, I had some very sad news which set me back a little, but Shirley was very patient, supportive, and understanding, which helped spur me on to complete the order when I was doubting myself & my abilities. So, I have a lot to thank her for as this piece got me back on track!

It was an anxious wait whilst I waited for her approval of the finished set, but luckily she loved it! Even dedicating a whole thread on Folksy to it!!

So here is the finished piece… “Vintage Blues” bracelet & earrings…

"Vintage blues" charm bracelet
"Vintage blues" charm bracelet.
"Vintage blue" earrings

“Gorgeous eclectic cluster of various vintage and new glass beads, and silver-lined crystal seed beads.

Featuring, blue & white patterned vintage 20’s/30’s 9mm glass beads, in Wedgewood colours, 6mm round blue ab glass beads, 7mm vintage 50’s Czech glass violet blue lampwork beads, pale semi-opaque blue/white glass nugget beads, (possibly vintage), all interspersed with a mix of pressed glass beads, Czech glass, and white beads.

On a silver-plated charm bracelet with toggle fastening, measuring approximately 19cm in length,
The bracelet is gorgeous and dangly to wear, with a substantial weighty feel on the wrist. (Approx. 80g)”


Thank you Shirley for giving me the opportunity to make something for you! Hope you still love it 🙂


“Cherry” bracelet

I haven’t been in a creative zone for a while for many reasons, plus it’s hard to get time to make jewellery when you have a 15 month old toddler (and two other children!) – and when the toddler doesn’t sleep, the motivation to spend the evenings making jewellery is even harder!

To ease myself back into creating something, I had a friend with a birthday coming up, and she needed a present! Unfortunately, her dear Mum had not long passed away, but after the funeral, I was honoured to be given a box of her buttons as a gift, many of which were vintage, which I love.

I felt that to make something for my friend using some of the buttons I was given would be a touching and fitting present, so I set about sorting through the stash to see what beautiful buttons I could choose! Firstly I found some larger semi-translucent greeny/turquoise buttons with shanks, and based my design around these. I interspersed these with a mix of pearly rectangular buttons, various silver coloured buttons, and some dark greys.

I was really pleased with how well the bracelet and the colours worked, particularly as I managed to just use her buttons and had no need to raid my own supplies, so knowing the complete bracelet was made entirely using her Mum’s (Cherry’s) buttons made it an even lovelier project to work on.  Note: since the photograph, I did add a couple more buttons near the clasp!

Although I was apprehensive when giving it to her, thankfully she loved it! It was a real honour to do something special that I knew would mean a lot to her.

So here is the “Cherry” bracelet

More photos can be found on my Flickr page.

Story of a bracelet – “Jardin d’Eliza”

I recently made a bracelet I was proud of. Dare I say, I love pretty much most of the things I photograph and try to sell, if I don’t love it, I don’t sell it. It’s that simple. But, this particular bracelet I was quite captivated by, even when I was making it, I knew it was special. It took quite a while to collate all the right buttons that I felt worked with each other. I have quite a substantial button stash now, but I have particular favourites, some are pretty unusual and have sentimental value due to where they came from…quite a few of my favourite buttons featured in this bracelet.

"Jardin d'Eliza"

I started giving my items “names” or an “identity” of some sorts, as it helped me keep track of what I was making, and I feel it gives each piece a personality or theme. With this bracelet, I couldn’t quite get a name I was happy with, until I sent out a message on Twitter and someone responded. Not just any old someone, a friend who had been through some real personal turmoil in her life, and in particular the last year. Her username inspired me immediately, and looking at the bracelet, it all fitted into place. The colours, the flower, the contrasts between dark, and light… and so “Jardin d’Eliza” – Eliza’s Garden, was “born”. I listed the bracelet for sale on Folksy, and it sold within 40 minutes, and whilst I was happy to have a sale, there is a little part of me that could easily have kept it for myself! I am just happy it’s gone to a very lovely lady who I am sure will love it as much as I do.

“…Eliza looked to the stars on a dark winter night; with the gentle touch of her childrens’ hands intertwined with her fingers, she took gentle steps into springtime and the promise of a warm loving future…”