Monday, December 31, 2007

The last post....

and Penny.

Our last post of 2007 to say thanks to you all for visiting our blog over the last year. We have both really enjoyed reading your comments and hope you'll carry on coming here to see what Toby is making and to say hello to us next year.
We have been to London these holidays to The Tate Modern to see Shibboleth and the Louise Bourgeois exhibition, if anyone is interested, have a look here:

Looking forward to more blogging next year!
Penny and Toby.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Once upon a time, in a flea market not too far-far-away, i bought a job-lot of broken jewels.....

In amongst these were odd earrings, baby resin cameos, tumbled stones, and pearly charms......

With these treasures, i crafted a magical bracelet of jumblecharmtreasues........

All connected on a reclaimed chain, with a tiddley brass clasp......

And all these lonely earrings lived happily ever after in their new, and bracelety home.......


£12 plus p+p....

Saturday, December 22, 2007

from Penny & Toby (click on image to enlarge)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Bored wiv' da braaaacelets... innit maaaan....baaaaa.....

My imaginary "chav sheep" seems to think you will be getting bored with my bracelets by now ( after about 4 bracelet posts ) so here's something different!
This is the clock i recently made in design-technology. It is made with green acrylic-cut, sanded, and polished by me- and with a design in yellow sticky vinyl on the front.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Buy now!

All in a flurry!

A mad rush to get things done - luckily Toby has a hoard of his handmade polymer clay beads in stock and he has already made some lovely large felt beads, using merino wool tops in various colours mixed together and rolled by hand. Last night was spent sifting through draws of buttons selecting colours to compliment the felt beads, and then stringing them together using beading elastic to make his wonderful collection of bracelets, all for sale, buy here before Friday night, or in Hebden Bridge after the weekend.

Felt beads and lotsa buttons are £10 each, plus p+p
Handmade polymer clay beadies are £5 each, plus p+p

Pretty gift box, £1

Hurry! - email Toby before the bracelets whizz off to Hebden, and he'll post one to you this weekend.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

hurry, hurry hurry !!

Toby has just had fantastic news! A couple of weeks ago he delivered a large collection of his jewellery to a shop in Hebden Bridge, they phoned this afternoon to say they have sold lots! and does he have anymore?!! So, he'll be busy making new creations in the next couple of days to take along to the shop on Saturday.
The bracelets above, will go to Hebden Bridge, unless....anyone here would like to buy one, a Christmas present perhaps? if you like the look of any of them, email Toby before Friday evening.
They are £5 or £6.50 each depending on the design.

Monday, December 10, 2007

frost-thistle II

This a brooch i have been commissioned to make, just thought i'd give you all a peek!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Have a heart for Christmas

Necklaces for sale at £12 each plus p+p.
Toby bought some lovely Murano glass hearts, and using silver headpins and extra little beads he has put them on to Sterling Silver chains to make these sweet little necklaces.
If you scroll down to a couple of posts ago, you can see the 4 necklaces on a stand.
They would make lovely Christmas presents, he has presentation gift boxes for them at £1 each.
email Toby at:

Thursday, December 06, 2007


We have mentioned Woodcraft Folk before I think. Toby is a member, they meet up weekly and also go on camps all over the place.
This summer Toby went to Northern Camp, in The Lake District, with groups from all over the north of England.
The year before he went to 'Global Village' which was held in Kent County Showground, there were around 6000 people camping from about 20 countries from all over the world.

Have a look at this link here:

Occasionally I volunteer, helping out with his group. Tonight I am doing a craft activity, based around seasonal decorations. I will take along a box full of bits and pieces for the members, all between the ages of 10 - 13, in Toby's group, and they can make whatever they fancy. Most have lots of ideas and usually come up with wonderful creations, for anyone uninspired we usually make a couple of things at home first to give them a start.

At home, I started off by buying some polystyrene balls from Ebay, then Laurence made a special needle to use to thread some stretchy silver chord through the middle of each bauble. These can now be decorated in any way.
I tore up some blue tissue paper into small pieces and covered the bauble with it using pva glue. When it dried, Toby decorated it with silver pen, and I finished it off by adding glitter.
We have a collection of old plastic medicine bottles here at home (as you do!), so I did the same with one of those, covering it with blue tissue. The glue and tissue dried leaving a nice crinkly texture which I then lightly brushed over with metalic copper coloured paint. I glued on some braiding ribbon around the neck of the bottle and added a button to cover the join.
Toby made some flowers using Laurence's coloured electrical wire, however these little bottles are watertight, so they could be used for real leaves and flowers.

Anyway, thats what we've done, I'll take it all tonight, along with card board shapes we've cut out, lots of wires, shells, ribbons, paints, glue, glitter etc etc and leave it up to them!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Just 2 more bracelets for sale, here.....
The first one is medium-small bright yellow and buttonated! £6.50
The second one is also medium-small with pale green and pink handmade beads.£5
Both are strung on clear beading e-l-a-s-t-i-c.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Introducing number one Attrill !

Here are some pics of the other Attrill in our household, well Laurences hands anyway!
Toby went to Hebden Bridge last week to deliver his jewellery to a lovely shop that sells artists work and fairtrade goods. He presented some pieces on his display stands, which the owners of the shop really liked. So, Toby said "my Dad made them!" and came home to Laurence with a commission to make 14 for the shop.
Laurence went off to buy the wood, then set up the machinery in his workshop downstairs, table saw, belt sander etc and cut everything out, then finished each piece off by hand with a plane and sanding block. While he was doing this I added a few more to his list, some for Toby to use, a few larger bases, and some with with wider slits to hold plywood acrylic paintings, plus some extra to sell (hopefully!)
So, if any of you reading this have a shop, do craft fairs, or would like one of these for any reason, please dont copy us, but contact Laurences agent (Toby!) to arrange your purchase.
They are handmade and cost around £7 each, depending on size and quantity of order, plus p+p