21 May 2017

Storing and displaying pins

I’ve had to find some ways of storing and displaying my growing pin collection, because they were starting to take over, and it was hard to find what I was looking for! I started off by storing them beside some of my badges in a small box, but they were getting a bit muddled in there. So here are some of my storage and display ideas.

I made a pin banner

And a pin frame

I often use this soap dish, especially for pins that I’ve just bought, and all the other little dishes around it

A small cup is great for holding a small selection of pins

Use a jacket or waistcoat

I even had the idea that I could put some on the curtains in my bedroom, but I haven't tried that yet!

20 May 2017

Pin frame

Because I was running out of space on my pin banner, I whipped up this frame in five minutes to display and store some more pins!
1. Remove the glass and backing from the frame

2. Cut a piece of plastic canvas to fit behind the frame

3. Glue the canvas in place with hot glue.

4. Decorate with pins!

If you want to match it to your colour scheme, you can spray-paint the frame or the plastic canvas or both!

19 May 2017

Pin banner

Once my pin collection started growing uncontrollably, I needed to find new ways of displaying and storing them. So I made this pin banner, in a matter of minutes!

1. Cut a rectangle of fabric, about 60x20 cm or whatever size you like.

2. Fold in half, and cut the open corners off to form a peak

3. Turn inside out, and sew around, leaving about an inch at one side at the top, and a few inches at the other.

4. Clip the corners, then turn the right side out through the larger hole.

5. Top stitch around, leaving about an inch at each side so the dowel will fit in.

6. Check that the dowel will fit in, and pin next to it then remove it.

7. Sew along this line.

8. Insert the dowel.

9. Take a piece of string and tie the ends of this to the ends of the dowel.

Unfortunately my banner has filled up so quickly that I’ll soon have to make another! To save on storage space you can hang the banners one behind the other.

17 May 2017

Shopping for pins

Enamel pins are my new obsession! They’re small, so I don’t need a lot of space to store them, they’re fairly inexpensive, so I can afford to treat myself to quite a few, and they go with almost any outfit!
So how do you find pins and what are the best places to shop for them?

I started off my pin collection by browsing Etsy. You can just search for “enamel pin” and browse all the results, or you can narrow it down by adding another keyword (cat, for example). Postage on pins from outside your own country can sometimes be expensive, so you can either narrow your search to items only from your country, or check the postage price before adding a pin to your wishlist.

Some of the sellers that I love on Etsy are:

Instagram is another great place to discover pin designers. If you search for tags like #pingame, #pingamestrong, #enamelpin, #pincollection, you will find some great photos of pins and usually the designers are tagged. And once you start following some of these pin collectors and designers that will lead to more and more!

And, of course, if you have some lovely independent shops locally you can find pins there. I like Hannah Zakari and The Red Door Gallery in Edinburgh.

Most designers who are not on Etsy accept PayPal, so it’s always quick and easy to buy pins, and it’s a great way of cheering yourself up! And, unlike my other frequent small treats to myself of nail varnish and chocolate, there's no risk of damaging my nails or putting on weight!

15 May 2017

How to wear pins

The great thing about enamel pins is that there are so many ways of wearing them! Here are a few of the ideas that I’ve either tried or seen other people wearing.

I’ll start off by talking about the ways you can wear them on your clothing, then move on to how you can wear them on your accessories too!

Denim jacket

This is the classic way of wearing pins! You can either have a few on the pocket or collar, or go all-out and cover the whole jacket with hundreds of pins!


I’m on the lookout for a denim waistcoat to wear my pins on, but in the meantime I’m using this little grey one that I found for £1 in a jumble sale!

Jacket lapels

This is a great way of adding a fun touch to anything from a denim jacket to a smart suit jacket.


I wear a cardigan nearly every day, so this is my go-to way of wearing pins!

Shirt collar

This looks especially good if you have two matching pins, or pins on a theme. And if you're worried about making holes, use a shirt that already has buttonholes in the collar.


This is a great way of wearing pins in the winter time, and I’ll have to hope that I can get Hello Sunshine’s scandi style jumper pin for next winter to wear in this way!

Dungarees or dungaree dress

Another classic way of wearing pins. You can wear them on the pocket, across the top above the pocket, or on the straps! This is one of my favourite ways of wearing pins!

And now here are a few ideas of how you can wear your pins on accessories.


Whether it’s a handbag or a tote bag, this is a great place to wear your pins. I prefer to only wear them on fabric or jelly bags, because I’m afraid of making holes!


Pins are a great fun way to brighten up your ID badge lanyard at work!


I hope I've given you some ideas of how you can wear your pin collection!

14 May 2017

Sunday self-portraits: Botanic garden

When you go to the botanic garden in an outfit that perfectly matches the colours of the rhododendron blooms, you just have to take selfies! These were just some quick photos on my phone.

The garden’s silver-coloured gates are based on rhododendron plants, and they are a perfect selfie spot.
And the little building in the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden is full of my initials!

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