Nine Angels

I’m a Seamstress! (well, sort of)

Having bought a sewing machine with good intentions when I had some spare time on my hands, I realised I hadn’t touched it since I started working again.

After the first attempt at threading it took 1 hour (yup, that’s what we’re dealing with here) I booked a beginners sewing course at Two Dolls HQ.

It’s been great, everything explained perfectly for the extreme beginner. We took our own machines and they don’t seem quite so scary any more. After a series of exercises, we earned our licenses!!

Then we moved onto bunting, I LOVE this stuff 🙂

And then we started to work on projects. Mine was this old (and I mean old) pair of curtains that the previous owners of our house had in the kitchen. I love the fabric and it goes really well with the deep green colour I’ve painted random bits of the kitchen, but they were falling to bits and I put my hand clean through one of them when I tried to open them! We replaced a strip on each curtain and I used my newly found “skills” for straight lines, hems and a little hand-finishing.


Now I have loads of new projects to add to my ever-growing list, thanks Jill!

Drum roll please…

I have finally finished the project from my first blog!!

I absolutely love this and since everyone who comes to visit seems to want to steal it, I’m keeping my eyes peeled for another one! I certainly have enough paint in my DIY (junk) cupboard…

This has to be my favourite charity shop find (even better than the old Swan teasmade I spent months trying to find!).

Apologies for the slightly wonky photography! You can see the before pic on my first blog 🙂

And the winner is…


Congratulations!! Please email me at with your address details.

I want to see a photo of you wearing your prize!

I have 4 of the handbag charms left, so if anyone would like to commission a necklace, you can use the same email address.

Thanks so much to all who entered my first giveaway 🙂

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: necklace 6 Anne 233cf8eb-881f-4121-8f11-089e484ab00c




Yay! To celebrate reaching 500 “likers” on Nine Angels’ Facebook page, I’m doing a little giveaway!!!

All you have to do is comment on this post to be in with a chance of winning this necklace. It features a vintage handbag magnet charm, one of 6 I found last year.

The others are available for commission…

And since I’m in a good mood, I’m offering 15% off items in my Facebook albums and free UK P&P!! Email me on or comment on the photos.

I’ll announce the giveaway winner on 4th June. Good luck!!

27th May, 1st of the remaining handbags –

More from Annie!

Real work has been taking up a little more of my time lately, so apologies for my absence! I’ve started a huge number of projects though, and have finally finished another.

I’ve always loved the shape of the fireplace in my bedroom, but the colour and texture weren’t quite right somehow.

Annie Sloan’s Olive paint was just what I needed. It was a little nerve-wracking making the first brushstrokes, but I soon got over that! As you can see, the rest of the room needs work, but you’ll know by now that I love a project I can finish in 1 day!

Here it is…

How I got there…


My favourite things…

I am beyond late with my April #charityshopchallenge, blaming all the excitement of the Royal Wedding 🙂

Here’s April’s best buy, this wonderful beaded bag from Barnardo’s in Dundee. My mum bought it for me, and since she’s a volunteer, it was discounted to £5. I’ve been wearing it with a Pretaportobello maxi dress and espadrilles (last year’s) and some handmade jewellery… well, until it started raining again.

My next favourite is my granny’s pie dish, housing my first ever pie! I’ve never made pastry before, and clearly I need to work on my presentation. It did taste good though, filled with veg and herbs from my garden, in a creamy sauce. I wasn’t brave enough to make a meat pie, so I served this with roast chicken. Any suggestions for simple pie recipes most welcome!

3rd, it’s my Samantha Eynon print, I originally bought it for the spare room, but I love it too much, so it’s going to be the inspiration for my dining room instead.


Last but not least! My favourite moments from last Saturday’s last home game of the 2010/11 season… It wasn’t enough.

Big Brother

My always surprising big brother has been a massive help as I attempt to enter the world of online trading, helping me to build this site and even finding some amazing beads for me!

Of course, I already knew his talents were varied, but I recently discovered some great music he’s been making. Gobsmacked! I have to admit to being a cheesy music lover, but I love the electronic music he’s created.

This is “Gave Us”, my favourite track, have a listen…

(he’ll be impressed that I even managed to get it to play here hehe)

Granny’s China

And another Annie Sloan project!

While raking through some cupboards for something, I came across a box of my granny’s old china that had been packed up since I moved in… 6 years ago.

Finally I had somewhere to display it. I found this sideboard in a second-hand shop. Free to a good home!

Ok, it needed a lot of TLC, but after I’d fixed the lock and handles, it was Go Go Go. I used Country Grey on the interior so the pieces would stand out better, and Graphite over Henrietta on the outside, followed by 2/3 coats of clear wax.

And here’s what I ended up with…






My favourite thing has to be their Ruby Anniversary cup & saucer

And you can just see my beautiful Russian dolls from Jack & Jill’s, love them!

The beginning of Nine Angels…

So, Oct 2010 wasn’t much fun…

I was made redundant and my football team, Dundee FC, entered administration. I thought I wouldn’t be able to contribute much to the fund-raising initiatives, but I’d been making jewellery and selling on a small scale for a while, so I decided that’s what I’d do to help. Nine Angels was born.

After a sale at the stadium, I created a Facebook page and a DFC collection, and everything I’ve made since has gone in the collection buckets. Nine Angels is now on its way to becoming an online store, featuring my work, that of some very talented designers, and vintage accessories.

A 25-point deduction seemed to mean relegation was a certainty, but 6 months later, after an incredible record-breaking run of results, our First Division status is secure, I have a new job, and I have Nine Angels. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s helped me contribute in a small way to the survival of our club. This has been the best season I can remember, the players, fans and club are one, and I can’t wait to party with everyone at Dens on Saturday!

As my favourite flag of the season read “Longmuir, Ballantyne… you picked on the wrong club”.

Fuzzy Felted Fun

I thought I’d share my favourite beads with you this week… felted and as bright as they come!

I took a jewellery course as a break from my medical research work and learned how to make fantastically bright and light beads under the instruction of the lovely Jude (half of Bunty and Bella). It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, a bit time-consuming, but well worth it, and great for the bingo wings!

After the first stage:

I Heart… is launching an eco-shop on 30th April, and I’m ecstatic that some of my felt pieces have been chosen to feature. I’ve also used some Mzuri beads in the collection, some amazing bark cloth and recycled paper beads from Uganda. They’re so light and perfect for summer festivals. I can’t wait to see the other eco-products!

The finished product:

If anyone’s in or around Perth, why not pop in and see Kirsty at Beyond Beauty? She’s having a shopping evening on 28th April, and you’ll find another of my felt collections there, along with some fabulous silver jewellery by Lesley B.