Welcome to Tillywats Crafts! My name is Amanda and this is my online shop. Everything you find in my shop is made by myself or my partner John.
My shop came about for 2 reasons!
1. I just LOVE creating things, simple things that look beautiful!
2. I HATE throwing anything out that I think I can use!!
I love making things, I started with Stained glass... I just love the way the light comes through all the different coloured glass, but unfortunately there are only so many windows you can fit in your house (!!!) so I had to find other ways of using glass. Making Stained glass windows also leaves you with loads of small pieces of glass and I have been pondering over what to do with them for years!!
Then came the sewing! Not a favourite subject of mine at school but I like a challenge! First I needed Kitchen Blinds, then matching cushions for the window seat, then the porch seat, then cushions for my sisters 3 piece suite...etc.etc... and again "leftover" fabric! I just had to save it all from a life stuck in a plastic bag at the back of the cupboard! So with my trusty sewing machine I started making pretty things!!
John is a Cabinet Maker and builds beautiful bespoke kitchens from Tulipwood or Oak... (check out his website!!!
www.woodbydesign.me.uk ). He generates loads of offcuts which end up coming home as kindling for the fire! After years of rummaging thorough the kindling bag saving useful pieces of wood only for them to be hurled into the fire I finally convinced him he could make something wonderful from them and so the Trugs were born! This has inspired him to see his "offcuts" in a whole new light and he now regularly brings me useful odds and ends to transform into lovely things!
I guess I'm recycling all these "left overs" by turning them into beautiful things!! After lots of experimenting a "Tillywats Creation" is born and goes into my shop for you to see and hopefully buy! Everything is different from the last and some are true "one offs" as no one "offcut" or "leftover" is the same as the next!
I hope you find something you like! If you have any queries just let me know!