Figgjo Flint


I have always loved old vintage pots and kitchen wares,so opening a vintage shop seemed a natural thing to do.That way I get to hunt for lovely vintage wares that catch my eye and learn a little about each piece.

Since opening my shop early this year I am really enjoying the ‘journey’ of finding beautiful old kitchen and home wares and learning of different producers of pottery,ceramics and china.Some of them are no longer in operation,others still continue to produce work now.

This week I came across a beautiful vintage serving plate in a second hand shop.It caught my eye and as soon as i picked it up could tell it was of beautiful quality.Once home I did some research and found it was produced by Figgjo Flint…

On doing research on Figgjo Flint,I found that the styles they created differed greatly.The plate I now have in my shop is beautiful,chintzy and floral.The other style of work produced by the Norwegian company is much different,very folk art orientated.The images are very simple looking and often include people,from fishermen to dancers.

The company was formed in 1941,producing porcelain ceramics.The name Figgjo Flint came about in the 1960s,when Stavengerflint merged with Figgjo Fanjanse.The company continue production today under the name of Figgjo AS at Figgjo in Norway.

As a lover of folkart and Scandinavian style art this kitchen ware really appeals to me!

Below are a few of my favorite pieces…..

Below is the piece I found in a second hand shop that lead me to discovering Figgjo Flints wonderful ceramics,I feel an urge to make room in my kitchen for a collection of this!;

Blessings,Fiona Gypsy ๐Ÿ™‚

Upcycled scarves


As you will know if you have read any of my previous posts,I love a bit of recycling! If I can use items that no longer serve their previous purpose and turn them into something new,then I will…

I am terrible at throwing things away as I just know that at some point there will be that moment of ‘ahhhhhh…THAT’S what I can use that for!’

Which is one of the reasons I have so little space to work in my studio…..but….it also means when that ‘ahhhhh’ moment comes along I am grateful I didn’t get rid of things I need ๐Ÿ™‚

So when I had the idea to create some scarves and a few rough ideas in my head on how I wanted them to look,I knew that they needed to be made from recycled fabrics.I wanted that bohemian/hippie look to them,something that couldn’t be found elsewhere.Something that recycled fabrics could give me.

I love playing around with mixing texture together and a large variety of fabrics enables me to this.I also feel that recycled fabrics have their own ‘character’ too,which can lend itself as part of its new identity.

Using recycled clothing for this collection of scarves is perfect! I love how part of a shirt can become a feature in a totally different way,something that probably wouldn’t happen when faced with a piece of new,unused fabric.Recycling fabric is something I have had a fascination with since a child,when I would disappear to the garden shed {much to my dads despair!},with an item of old clothing,scissors,needle and thread.Usually small stuffed animals would be created back then,which progressed as I grew older to creating my own style of clothing.

So I’m loving how these scarves are coming together! I love scarves anyway and have a large selection which continues to grow.They are just so versatile,and can add a different look instantly to anything you wear…as well as keeping you a little warmer ๐Ÿ™‚

These first two I’ve made as cowl scarves,so easy to wear and not bulky like larger scarves.One is made from a recycled shirt which i have used the pleated button through front as a feature,adding some natural cotton yarn flowers and vintage buttons for extra detail.

The second is made from a lovely silky cotton fabric which was originally a pair of wrap around trousers,so both the trouser legs and the contrasting waist band and ties have been incorporated into it.To this one I have also added some really cool large oval beads,recycled from a stash of jewelry,saved for times like this!

Both are now listed in my newest Etsy shop,which is gradually being filled with gypsy/bohemian style bags and accessories.In the new year I plan to start adding upcycled clothing too.

These can be found in my shop at ,more are being created and added too…

Thanks for stopping by,Blessings,

Fiona Gypsy

Vintage Treasures…


My love of collecting and hunting for vintage home wares is growing with a passion!

From being a teenager i have always loved a good rummage around flea markets,table top sales and second hand fairs in village halls.In fact much to my parents dismay,most of my clothing came from such places,and once i discovered there was treasure within village halls i was addicted!

Now there are so many more ways to feed my passion with the addition of car boot sales,second hand shops,charity shops and of course the internet!

I love collecting and finding out as much information about each item as i possibly can.Often spending hours a day searching through the internet and books on vintage,antiques and collectibles till i find what i am looking for.When i do find information i can then photograph and list them in my shop,carefully wrapping each piece and placing in storage containers until they go to their new homes… has now grown from me just selling my art work and hand crafted creations,to include all kinds of vintage treasures too,and i just love the direction in which it is going and growing! My Etsy store,which i opened for vintage wares and bohemian makes,is growing daily along with my passion for it!

I have many new items listed regularly each week in my shop and you never can tell what may appear in there next from treasure hunts! It takes time to find information,photograph and list all my treasures,so if there is an item you are looking for in particular,please feel free to message me as i may just have it hidden away or be able to source it for you.

Below are some of the more recent additions to Bohemian Blessed,i now have over 100 items listed and more being added daily.


Fiona Gypsy Bunting


New Butterfly range …


I have just started a new range of butterfly prints which i’m really excited about!

I’m totally loving the old age’d look of them so far,they remind me of pictures in an old illustration book of insects…

I have listed a few greeting cards in my etsy shop so far,but i have luggage label gift tags being finished ready for listing in a couple of days,wooden hearts plus I shall also be creating a variety of labels and images for scrap book and journals.

As my daughter loved the first card i made so much,she asked if could create something a little larger that could be framed to hang in her home.This is something i already had in mind,so these shall also be added to the range.

Lavender/herb bags,hand stamped and sewn in my studio…also on the list! ๐Ÿ™‚

Above are a few pictures of some items already available,to keep up to date with my progress,please call back here or you can follow my progress daily on


Blessings,Fiona Gypsy )O(

Vintage in Bohemia…


I have always been drawn to ‘old’ and ‘loved’ things.They seem to have so much character,almost like they have stories to tell of their previous lives! I wonder if it is because they bring back fond childhood memories.Memories of spending time at my grans house whilst my parents were working.Of being allowed to play in my grans spare bedroom,a room which was filled with ‘treasure’ for the imagination!

I clearly remember there being the old solid metal trunks piled up in the corner.On top of them where folded blankets.My sister and i would clamber to the top of them and they would be included in our many games.

But my favourite thing at my grans by far though,was a tin!A tin she kept in the pantry.It was a dark rusty looking oblong tin,smooth to the touch i remember.Now that tin held so much fascination for me…and hours of fun! On the occasions i stayed over night there,my gran would make me toast for supper and then she would hobble to the pantry in her full and worn apron she always wore,and return with THE tin! {Now i feel before i carry on i MUST say that my grans toast was the best toast ever,anywhere! I couldn’t tell you why,it was hovis with butter as we had at home,BUT it tasted soooo good! Now don’t even get me started on her pancakes}!!!

But back to the tin! That tin was magic! It contained hundreds and hundreds of…buttons!!! So many different buttons of different sizes,different shapes,different colours,different materials,weights ets etc! Some of them had small pieces of fabric attached to them as they were being ‘recycled’ from old clothing and nothing then went to waste or was thrown away if it could be used.Some of them were from old uniforms too.I had my favorites among them of course,but each and every button would be used in my ‘game’ playing with them ๐Ÿ™‚

So back to where i love of ‘old’ things,things that had character,or that could be re-used in the same or a different way.Things that conjure up memories.Some of my favorite ‘old’ items i use regularly that i found at second hand markets,are blue and white striped.I am really drawn to this style{below is a vintage jug,now stained with paint inside i may add,but holds my brushes perfectly},i also have a large baking bowl,french i think,which is also vintage and used for mixing and baking.These blue and white striped treasures are i’m sure loved by me so much because they remind me of my grans kitchen!

In a previous blog i wrote on ‘Bohemian Blessed’,i talk about my love of old and unusual clothing as a teenager.{This as with my need to change haircolours/styles,is still something i love}.Clothes and indeed hair,are without always realising it,our way of ‘expressing’ ourselves.It is something that should be encouraged,especially when we are younger.But sadly often it isn’t even today.In schools,on tv,magazines,news,with celebrities,in shops,on the High street…we are all encouraged to be exactly the same! … But that i think could be a whole other blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So from being a teenager really i have sought the unusual,the ‘loved’ items,the worn and the re-usable.Vintage and pre-loved are a part of both my home and my wardrobe,and after 30 plus years of collecting such treasures,they always will be.The feeling of coming across such things i love is a real pleasure! Some items that were made so many years ago,by far outshine many items manufactured today.And with tlc,will no doubt out live many things made today too!

In my mind I have always had an image of the kind of ‘shop’ i would love to have.What it would sell,the ‘feel’ of it,the look of it,the reason behind it,the whole package.By adding vintage items to my Bohemian Blessed page,i feel i am finally pulling all of my passions together,mixing them up,re-arranging them.My Heart of Nature Studio shop combined with my Bohemian Blessed shop,together,mixed,re-arranged,they are unmistakably me/myself/my passion,all together in…Fiona Gypsy….

A short description of this selection of vintage items is on each image.There is also link to my Bohemian Blessed shop where there is more info on each item,plus more vintage treasures for sale,and direct payment methods through paypal and my Etsy shop…

I am Blessed to be doing something i love so much…

Blessings to you too,Fiona Gypsy x

Folk art and chickens!


One one of my recent scavenging hunts in town for vintage lace,linen and crochet,i came across 3 sad looking wooden chickens.Now being a chicken lover{not a lover of eating chicken as i’m a veggie!},and an enthusiastic upcycler,i could not walk away and go home without them! So i purchased the hens,whispering to them whilst putting them in my shopping bag,that i do solemnly swear to love,paint and make them beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ … yes,yes,i am a little strange{at times!} …

So with chickens safely rescued i continued on with my hunt for all things lace and linen and generally pretty or vintage.That is a whole other story,but i shall add that,yes i succeeded in my quest and came home with a separate bag stuffed full of said lace,linen,crochet and cotton…and a BIG smile on my face! Now THAT is the kind of shopping that makes me happy! ๐Ÿ˜€

Once home,coffee made and back in my studio room,i emptied out my bags of goodies and smiled at them like a child at Christmas! I sorted through all the fabrics and lace first and put them on a gentle wash,going back to sip my coffee and chat with my chickens…

Over coffee i decided how i would like these chickens to be decorated.I really love folklore,folk art,tole painting,that kinda style! I looked at the chooks and thought,yes,that will suit you! ๐Ÿ™‚

So i sorted out the colours i wanted to use,i stuck to cream,black and red,mixing a little grey and pink from them too.The chickens had a little sanding to remove their existing paint and then i got started on them with the paint,and wow,did i love decorating them! Once finished they had some coats of varnish and little bits of lace or fabric for decoration and voila…..beautiful folkart chickens!

Since listing these in last night,2 of them have sold,in fact one sold within a couple of minutes,the other not much longer either! Once i had finished painting them i got inspired to do something i had wanted to for quite a long while and never got around to it,a painting of a chicken! So i have one in progress as i type! Although the chicken is actually more of a rooster,but either way is looking pretty cool i think so far ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully over the weekend i shall be able to complete him in between a bit more gardening,listing some new items in my shop and all the other things on my growing list ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for dropping by,

Blessings,Fiona ๐Ÿ™‚

New work,inspired by Spring and Ostara


For my birthday this year i was given a gift of a lovely new compass set! Now you would be forgiven for thinking that this is not a very exciting gift,and is reminiscent of past school days!

Yes,i probably would have thought the same some time ago…..until….I became hooked on creating Mandalas! And creating Mandalas without a compass is,well,it’s achievable,but hard work!

The other reason this gift is so appreciated is because although i did already have a compass,it wasn’t shall we say the sharpest compass in the box ๐Ÿ˜‰ No,really,it wasn’t! In fact it was actually easier to draw free hand than to use my less than sharp compass that had a wild and abandoned free will of its own!

So i have been rather excited to get my hands on this new beauty,and already had a few ideas whizzing around in my fluffy head in which the compass would be of much use.As the weeks have passed since my birthday at the beginning of February the nights have gradually become lighter.The days are generally becoming warmer and the sun,well dare i say it,it has been doing a wonderful job on and off of warming the earth and our hearts and faces ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes,on the odd occasion as the days have passed into weeks,it has felt decidedly springlike!!! Wooohoooo!!! On recent walks we have spotted catkins and pussy willow in the hedgerows,along with snow drops and daffodils! Some of the larger trees appear to be sprouting teeny buds and all around everything is starting to look,greener,fresher,as though waking up after a long sleep! The trees seem to be standing taller,upright,saying look at me,i survived another winter of being blown around and it is so nice and welcoming to feel the sunshine on my face again!

Indeed the birds are that bit noisier and that much happier,chirping their wonderful melodies from the branches above,as they know that easier times are around the corner.That the sun shall warm the earth again,making their task of finding worms and food that little less difficult,but at the same time thank full to Mother Nature for providing a spread of delicious red berries from which to feast over the cold winter days…

All of which,along with my compass,inspired me for my latest piece of art work,i mean,how can you NOT be inspired by Nature and the turning of the Wheel and the Seasons! So all of that…led to this! The ideas flowed and Ostara,the Spring Equinox,and as always Nature,were the inspirations…

So,i gathered up my sketch book,pencils and compass,and scribbled down a few ideas i wanted to incorporate into my picture…..

To include:

~The Sun God;The spring equinox sees the return of the Sun God.After a long winters sleep he stretches and slowly awakens.With the heat radiating from him he begins to warm the earth,ready for the next season and the seeds that will be sewn and nurtured this coming year.

~Dream Catcher:To represent the Wheel and its turning,and i also wanted to include the web.As i wanted this to catch all the dreams that are cast and sewn with the seeds at this thought provoking and awakening time of the year.To me it is a time to think about what we really would like to invoke into our lives and to focus on these things,then nurture them and help them to grow throughout the year.

~The Hare and the Goddess;In many Celtic traditions the Hare is sacred to the Goddess.{There is a wonderful traditional Tale of the The Hare,the Egg and the Goddess,which I shall post at the end}.The Goddess most closely associated with the Hare is Eostre or Ostara.As the hare can conceive whilst pregnant,it is also a symbol of fertility and abundance.

~The Egg; The Egg symbolizes new life,the rebirth of nature and the fertility of the Earth and all creation.The ‘Cosmic’ Egg contains the perfect balance of male and female and light and dark.The yellow yolk of the egg representing the Sun God,enfolded by the White Goddess,so it is quite appropriate to Ostara and the Spring Equinox,when all is in perfect balance for a short time.

~Flowers;I wanted to include flowers because what could show us more that warmer,brighter days are ahead than the beauty of a flower,who has grown from the earth in the warmth and love of the Sun.

This is still a work in progress,but very near completion!I chose do this piece in black and white and i’m really loving it,i actually think it would make an amazing tattoo ๐Ÿ™‚

Once finished it shall be sent to the printers and available as greeting cards and prints…

As promised in the Hare and The Goddess,here is the Traditional Tale i mentioned of The Hare,The Goddess and The Egg.

~ ย  Once upon a time the Animal Kingdom gathered together for a meeting in a flurry of great excitement.ย  There was to be a Very Special Party and a Very Special Guest was coming to visit them.ย  The Very Special Guest was none other than the Goddess herself, and every creature wanted to give her a Very Special Gift.

Now some of the animals were very rich and some were very poor but off they went to prepare their gifts, for only the very very best would do for the Goddess.ย  Hare was very very excited, he dearly loved the Goddess and although he was very poor he had a big generous heart – he was going to give her the very finest gift he could find!

Hare rushed home to see what he could find to give to the Goddess – he looked everywhere, in the cupboards and under the bed but there was nothing, even the larder was empty, he had absolutely nothing to give Her.ย  Except for one thing.ย  On the shelf in the larder was a single egg.ย  And that was it.ย ย  It was the only thing he had left.ย  Hare gently took the egg out of the larder and lovingly decorated it and took it to the party.

Hare was very worried, all the other animals gave their gifts of gold and silver and precious jewels and all Hare had was the egg.ย  Eventually all the gifts had been given and Hare was the very very last.ย  Hare very shyly presented the Goddess with the egg.ย  She took it and looked at him and saw the true spirit of Hare.ย  And there and then the Goddess appointed Hare as her Very Special Animal – because Hare had given away everything he had. ~

Wishing you Bright Blessings,Fiona Gypsy ๐Ÿ™‚


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Upcycling,me … and a candlestick !

As you know,i love a bit of upcycling!!! I think it is something that has always been in me since a child in one way or another.Some of you may remember the days of the tv show Blue Peter? I would love this programme,however my mum{who i seem to remember was always in the kitchen cooking tea at Blue Peter o’clock},must have kept glancing at the nearly full fairy liquid bottle and thinking,oh please don’t let it be that which is needed this week! Let it be the egg boxes,they’re empty….!

But these kind of programmes inspired me to CREATE,to recreate,to recycle,upcycle,and…have fun in the process!

I was very Blessed in that my father was also quite creative,and liked nothing better than to sit at the kitchen table with me,both of us surrounded by news papers,cardboard,boxes,empty containers,glue…anything and everything we had that we could craft and create with! I remember making all kinds of things from the things that would be thrown away otherwise,and i really loved those times spent as a child…….

Later on as a teenager,more into art and painting and drawing by that time,i also discovered my mums sewing machine! Put my mums sewing machine together with learning how to use it in sewing lessons at school and i was,well,kind of excited! Put that together with me having what some called a ‘strange’ dress sense{possibly still have that ๐Ÿ˜‰ }…… and i realised i could cut up clothing,re-use it,re-design and make it into something completely different!

Around that time time i also discovered a whole new way of finding and buying clothing that wasn’t in every high street shop and that wasn’t as pricey as those either!

Jumble sales!!!!!!!! Oh wow,i loved them! They were at our local village halls quite regularly,at church halls and other local events,i forget exactly how i ended up at my first visit to one,but after that i was hooked! For a small amount of change paid on the door you gained entry to a wonderful,crazy,busy and totally random half hour or so..or as long as it took to run out of money ๐Ÿ˜‰ I loved how it was all just piled all over the tables,strewn over chairs,door ways,any where and everywhere there was space,there was ‘jumble’.But it wasn’t was treasure!!! I would go with whatever money i had and leave with bags filled with the most wonderful treasure,treasure i could take home,alter and make into other treasure,or treasure i could just wear with something i already had and make totally bizzare outfit that would not be found on the high street..yes…i LOVED it! The only problem with jumble sales was,they were usually held during school hours,but there was no way i would miss one,so yes,i would be a ‘little late’ for school on those days ๐Ÿ˜‰

So as I’m sure you are aware,recycling/upcycling has been around for a long time in various ways,and once you start you are hooked! I cannot pass many second hand sales,flea markets etc without being drawn into them to see what treasure they hold.It is a battle indeed to walk past any items that ‘shout’ to me,that i can visualise being made beautiful! I have as i’m sure most artisans/artists/crafters do,limited space! There is only so much i can upcycle and keep as mine around my home.So rather than not keep this passion going,i am incorporating this passion into my new venture,Bohemian Blessed.I already have several upcycling projects on the go,including bowls,and small items of furniture.One i have just completed is in the photographs at the top of this page,a wooden candlestick.I came across this solid but sad looking candlestick and immediately knew what i wanted to do with it,and i am really pleased with how it turned out,even lovelier than the vision i had for it!

It needed lots of TLC,lots of sanding,a beautiful selection of colours from my stash of paints,mixed with some imagination,patience and varnish! And finally it was finished and looking just beautiful in its jewel like colours!

It is now listed in my new Etsy Shop and i shall continue working away in my Derbyshire Studio to create more treasure from finds to add there too ๐Ÿ™‚

Blessings,Fiona Gypsy

Bohemian Blessed is born……


Those of you that have followed the progression of my work through Heart of Nature Studio,will probably have noticed that i now have another little ‘love’ in my life,along side Heart of Nature! …

That little ‘love’ being Bohemian Blessed!

And you may be wondering….why? So let me explain! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have many things that inspire me creatively,these things inspire me to either paint,or to ‘create’ in other ways. I am drawn to so many different styles,colours,eras,textures!

I love,as i always have in different ways through life,to mix these inspirations together and see what transpires! To grab a BIG palette,a large paintbrush,a selection of threads,sewing needles,a few coloured pencils,a large canvas,the words of some wonderful poetry….and mix it all together into a whole new and beautiful creation! Metaphorically speaking ๐Ÿ˜‰

…And so i created Bohemian Blessed! Which is THE place for all these creations and inspirations! Though my 2 passions are very similar in style….{my art work /and my more textile/wood based/upcycled creations},i felt they needed to be separated to be appreciated for themselves!

I feel they both come from the same inner loves and inspirations,just created in different materials! ย  ย ย So what are my inspirations? What are the things that make me want to grab my materials whatever they may be,and CREATE…?

The list grows as i do,but here are a few words that may hopefully conjure up the same wonderful,colourful,textured,beautiful,warm,unusual,eclectic mix of home decor vision,that is inside my head right this very second! Think Morocco with its bold colours and patterns,think vintage with the textured lace,the fringing,the lampshades,the crisp cotton linen,think Bohemian…ahhhh..Bohemian..i have long since been drawn to the whole wonderfulness that is Bohemian.In fact since being a young teenager,when on a family trip we visited London,and WOW! I can still remember the scents of incense and oils wafting from the shops and stalls,the colours the amazing mix of colours from creams through to beautifully patterned spice colours,deep colours,textures,dream catchers,woodenbeads,painted beads…ohhh the beads,the fabrics,the clothing and….the FEEL of it all!!! Totally magical!!!!!!!!

I seem to remember being dragged away eventually by less impressed family members lol!But that trip will always stay with me because i remember feeling totally inspired by it all,awoken,happy,and at home! ย  So..mix all of that above with the words of poets,the feel of grass beneath my feet,soft sunlight,love,and the Magic of Nature and the Universe and well,you cannot help but feel … Bohemian Blessed!!!

It is very early days yet for BB,but i have so many ideas,so much inspiration and so many directions for it to go,i cannot help but feel very excited and very Blessed to be on this amazing creative journey!

You can keep up to date with Bohemian Blessed at ย  ย and ย

For my art work which is nature/spiritual/folklore/bohemian inspired,you can follow me at ย  and ย

Blessings,Fiona Gypsy ๐Ÿ™‚



Greeting Cards


I am pleased to say that i now have a selection of my artwork available as greeting cards!

These cards have been Gallery printed to high standards and are of beautiful quality.Can you tell i love them!!!

They have been printed at a Gallery in Somerset and i chose recycled card as my preference for printing on.I have four designs available at the moment but i’m very excited to be working on some more designs specifically aimed at greeting cards,plus i shall be having some of my previous art works printed and available too in the near future!

They make a beautiful more individual gift card than picking one up from a card shop in town where you will possibly find little choice from shop to shop! Not only that but the recipient also has a piece of art work to save after the occasion! win win!

I don’t know about you,but i really love browsing and buying cards designed and printed by artists!

We don’t always have the space to hang all the art we love and would like to own,so buying a card is an option if you have limited space…

They are also great if you are on a budget but love art and would like to own some of your favourite pieces! Indeed they can be bought,fitted in a mount,a frame added and there you have your favourite art ready to hang at an affordable price!

All of that said,there is also another very important reason to purchase an artists card.I read an article on this a few years back{wish i could remember the link to it!},but it was very interesting and thought provoking too!

It was something along the lines of ‘Just a Card’….. and the basic content/concept being that if people that visited either art fairs/craft fairs/galleries/online artist shops etc etc,bought just one greeting card from the artist,it would help that artist stay in business.It would help keep art alive,not only for the artist but for the viewer! Understandably not everyone can afford to buy a large piece of art or indeed has room for it.But for the price of a coffee for instance,you will have something that will bring joy either yourself or the person who would receive it,for much longer than a coffee would last…

And not only are you buying a little piece of art,you are also buying a small part of the artist.A small part of the heart and soul that went into creating that artwork,and therefore a small part of the artists dream and being part of helping keep that dream alive,growing and thriving!

Thank you for reading,and as always,Bright Blessings to you all ๐Ÿ™‚


Above are a selection of the Gallery printed cards available,titled;

‘Leaping Hare’ ย  ~ ย  ย ‘Mr Fox’ ย  ย ~ ย  ย ‘Raven Woods’ ย  ย ~ ย  ย ‘Circle of Life’

Available at