Objects old, vintage, hand made or upcyled, and old techniques with a modern twist

Archive for March, 2015

Monday Mood Board

Grouping unrelated random objects together (in this case by colour) can help me to see them in a different way, often inspiring new craft projects- particularly when aiming to up-cycle a vintage object or two…




Pinterest update- new board!

Hello lovely people, just thought I’d let you know that I’ve just added a new board to my Pinterest account: called ‘Blossoms and Buds’, it is full of lovely spring flowers.

I am adding more pictures to the Many Bright Things Pinterest page on a regular basis: whilst some of the pictures are featured here on my blog, you will also find plenty of new ones.

You can find Many Bright Things on Pinterest by clicking here.

Monday Mood Board


Some lovely British spring garden blooms…





DIY Lanyard Project

Like many people nowadays, I have to wear a lanyard at work with my ID badge attached. The standard work-provided lanyards are rather boring, so I thought I’d make a few more attractive ones for myself and some friends.

This is a VERY easy project!


Materials required:

  • Grosgrain ribbon- this holds its shape much better than satin ribbon, and looks crisper.
  • A split-ring (like the sort on key rings)
  • A trigger-clasp, preferably with a swivel attachment, so that your ID always lies flat when the lanyard is being worn.
  • A rivet (large enough for the split-ring to pass through comfortably)
  • Some suitable glue


First of all cut the ribbon to your preferred length- it needs to be long enough to pass easily over your head, but not so long that the lanyard gets in the way/is annoying when being worn!

Line the ends of the ribbon up so that one end protrudes approximately 1cm beyond the end of the other. Glue together flat (with the glued area running approximately 1cm up the ribbon. Next, fold the extending end of the lower piece of ribbon up and over the end of the upper piece of ribbon. Glue into place: it should look like this:


Using an awl (sharp, pointed tool) pierce a hole through the ribbon where you would like the rivet to sit:


insert the rivet, and use rivet pliers (or a hammer) to fix the rivet in place:


The back of the rivet should be folded back and sit flush with the surrounding ribbon:


Using rivet pliers (rather than a hammer) means that the front of the rivet will keep its rounded ‘doughnut’ shape:


The final step is to use the split ring to attach the trigger-clasp to the lanyard- see what I mean about being a quick project?!


Easter is Coming!


Easter is definitely my favourite holiday of the year- it’s colourful, it means that spring is here, there are flowers in the garden, AND it’s an excuse to make stuff! What’s not to like!


Every year I seem to add to my handmade Easter decoration collection, and this year is no exception- DIY blog post to follow soon!

Vintage Sewing Advertisements

Whilst flicking through some sewing magazines from the 1940s and 50s the advertisements caught my attention:

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There was obviously no shortage of gadgets being marketed at home sewers and knitters…

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…and as can be seen in the advert below, kittens were used to sell things back then too!

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Monday Mood Board


When I spotted these two Molinite cabochons (natural stones) I was struck by how much they resemble a sunset over water. Living near the sea – and on the edge of an estuary – it is a sight we are fortunate to see quite often. Some amazing colours can be seen, if for only a few brief moments:


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