Folksy Friday - In The City

After our little trip in to Manchester earlier this week I decided to chose a city theme for this weeks Folksy Friday and show just a few of the prints which are available on Folksy.


Sheffield poster print


Edinburgh city skyline

Chester Eastgate clock print


Royal Albert Hall, London signed giclee print


Manchester pride parade

I hope you liked this weeks selection.
Have a great weekend.



Valentine's Day In Manchester

Anders managed to book Valentine's Day off work so we nipped in to Manchester. It's always a treat to go on our own because we like different parts of the city to the children. They would happily stay in the Arndale Centre all day while we tend to favor the Northern Quarter. I think that harks back to my younger days when I'd jump on a train most weekends just to go and rummage around Afflecks.
Opie was dropped off at my Mum's for a day of being spoilt rottten then we set off. It was spitting with rain when we arrived but I wasn't prepared for the bitterly cold wind, it was freezing.




Some street art that we spotted near the car park.



The first thing we did was look for a building which was used in a film (Habit) that we watched last year. I wanted a photo because you never know how long these old building will remain. 
Then we were off for a wander around.



In to the Empire Emporium to rummage through the vinyl and books.



I went in here to look for books but there was more porn than paperbacks.



Then off to Afflecks (I'll never get used to all those stairs)



I love this sculpture of Pan/faun from Pan's Labyrinth. It was created by local artist Lee Nolan using recycled rubbish from bins and skips. It was featured in an exhibition last year but now has a permanent home in Afflecks.



On the way by to the car I spotted this door, a bit of a gaudy colour and the graffiti does it no favours but the lion heads reminded me of the gargoyle door knockers from the film Labyrinth.



We had a great day even if we did get bit wet and windswept.


Folksy Friday - All Heart

Carrying on with last weeks Valentine's day theme, this week I've been looking at heart shaped items on Folksy.


Porcelain heart decoration


Copper heart earrings


Heart shaped bowl


Moonlight fox silhouette decoration.
A blog post showing how these were made can be found here. Thank you for sharing Jan.


Love heart garden

I hope you liked this week's selection
Have a great weekend

Folksy Friday - Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine's Day is almost here so I have chosen a selection of Valentine's cards for this week's Folksy Friday. There are so many different styles available it is difficult to pick just a few for a blog post. 
These are some of my favourites.


This card would be suitable for other celebrations such as a wedding or anniversary. I think it would also look lovely in a frame.


This one is my favourite. I know it's not for everyone but I love it 


I like that the type on this card has been done using a vintage typewriter


A pop up card


Hand stitched fabric card

I hope you liked this weeks Folksy Friday selection
Have a great weekend

Newmann's Flashes

On Sunday we decided to get out of the house and blow away the cobwebs while there was a break in the bad weather. We went for a walk around Newmann's Flashes which is only about a 5 minutes drive from our house.


The flashes are reclaimed lime beds which were once used by ICI and are now a popular place for walkers and birdwatchers to visit. It was the most busy I've seen it this Sunday, lots of dog walkers.


The trees and undergrowth are still bare but I did spot some signs of Spring.


Little L took her bike and got covered in mud. Opie got covered in mud due to running through it. Both seemed to enjoy getting as dirty as possible so it was bath time for those two as soon as we came home. 
It was good to get out even if it was only 5 minutes away. 

Folksy Friday - Bright Ideas

Since the middle of last year I have been looking for some battery operated led lights to put inside empty bottles. I never did manage to find any in a shop so I purchased some from Ebay last week for £2 each. They throw out quite a bit of light though one is needing a battery change already.


The theme for this weeks Folksy Friday is lighting.


Spring flowers block printed lantern


Beautiful barn owl bell jar light


Porcelain ivy leaf tea light holder


Light pull made from driftwood


I love the fabric used on the lampshade.

I hope you liked this weeks selection
Have a great weekend

Folksy Friday - Childhood Memories

With the popularity of the Netflix series Stranger Things and the film Ready Player One due to be released this year, the 1980's resurgence doesn't show any signs of waning just yet. I quite enjoy all the 80's references when I sit and revisit my teenage years. I'm glad I grew up in a time where it was the 'in thing' to wear electric blue mascara with purple eyeliner, something I'm certain I'll never do again. 
My childhood during the 1970's was a great time too. I do wish that I had kept more of my old toys although I do still have my beloved Sindy dolls in the loft.
Now that I've made myself feel old, my Folksy Friday theme this week is childhood memories.



Jessie Growden Design This Spirograph inspired necklace. Spirograph was one of my favourite toys when I was young. We bought one for Little L a few years ago but the new version is pretty rubbish in comparison.



Daisylions I love this Space Hopper decoration. Little L still bounces about on a Space Hopper here that belonged to Caleb when he was young.



Also made by Daisylions is this fun Dib Dab decoration. Sherbert was my sisters favourite sweet. She was forever getting shouted at by my Mum for getting it on the carpet and making it sticky.



Simon Lewis IllustrationI'm not much of a sweet lover now but I was as a child. We seemed to get loads of sweets in a 10p mix but then again half pence were still in currency. There was an art to eating those sweet necklaces without getting a sticky neck or twanging yourself with the elastic.



Nicely Made by Natalie This paper bunting is made using a complete vintage Mr Men book so that it can still be read.
I hope you liked this weeks selection
Have a great weekend