Friday, 29 May 2009

Nifty Thrifty + Competition!

And the winner is.....

Number 3- Here Pretty Kitty!

Well done! I have lots more competitions lined up for the next few weeks, so check back soon :)

A few days ago I got a little package through the post from the lovely Tracey, who owns online shop Nifty Thrifty.

Wrapped in some tissue paper....

... was this beautiful, corsage made from scraps of fabric left over from her other creations.

Isn't it pretty? And what's more, Tracey has kindly donated it for one of you lucky people to win!

So what does Nifty Thrifty do then?

As well as creating brooches, Tracey also makes doorstops, cushions, jewellery and much more while aiming (and succeeding) to show that recycled products can be cool, contemporary and innovative.

Tracey states 'I make use of everyday clothing and re-purpose them in surprising ways. I take surfy t-Shirts and turn them into travel backgammon sets and men's cotton work shirts are transformed into cushion covers adorned with flower corsages.'

These two cheery little birds are doorstops, made from shirt sleeves with contrasting wings and vintage button eyes. They are stuffed with polyester and have rice in their bottoms to weight them down.

Much prettier than a wooden wedge-and less likely to hurt if you stub your toe on them!

There is also a very sweet star gazing bunny available and all three are priced at £15 each.

Not letting the sleeve cuff go to waste, she has created these yummy cupcake pin cushions, which are £8.

The main part of the shirt is turned into a cushion or a backgammon set-who know you could get so much of out one old shirt!

Thess pretty and very girly cushions (check out the little flower details!) are between £20 and £30 and Tracey will even do a custom cushion using one of your old shirts.

She has also just started making jewellery and has some very tasty gummy bear necklaces listed in her Folksy shop.

To find out more about Nifty Thrifty recycling ideas visit Tracey's blog and to join the mailing list go to the Nifty Thrifty website.

Now to the bit you've all been waiting to win that lovely brooch.
I've decided to keep it very simple this time (after over complicating mine!). All you have to do is go to the Nifty Thrifty website, pick your favourite item and then leave a comment telling me what it is!

I will give 1 extra entry each if you blog and/or Tweet about this competition! Just leave a comment with your links so I know about it.

The winner will be picked next Friday, 5th June using a random number generator. Don't forget to leave an email if you don't have a blog/website so I can contact you!

Good luck!


Alice said...

what a lovely brooch form nifty! Hope you get a good response for the comp!

Anna said...

My favourite item is a brooch featuring a green vintage button:

Hope the image works. Great competition! I'm Zennith Zark on Folksy if you need to contact me :)

Here Pretty Kitty said...

What a lovely feature, Nifty's stuff is rather gorgeous. My favourite item in her shop is the blue backgammon board.

Christals Creations said...

I love the light blue pinstripe cushion. x

Christals Creations said...

I have blogged for you.

theothermousie said...

I love Nifty's stuff - but I'm a sucker for cake so my favourite thing has to be the cupcake pincushion!

Anonymous said...

I fell in love with this brooch
and I @replied you my tweet about the competition

Fabric Nation said...

My fave are the cupcake pin cushions. I love how they demonstrate how any fabric can be recycled and reused to create something new that is useful, beautiful and witty.

Kim said...

My favorites is the blue striped cushion. Please enter me in your great giveaway - Thank you!

minishoes1 said...

I love the bunny doorstop! How cute! The adorable cupcake pincushions are adorable too. Thanks!

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