Month: October 2016

Proops Brothers Shop


Did you know we have a shop, not an online virtual one, but an actual premises where you can come and browse and buy?  We live in an age where online shopping has become the norm for a lot of us and don’t get me wrong, I am as guilty as the next person.  There is nothing easier than sitting on your sofa with a cup of tea and a biscuit while you order your shopping to be delivered directly to you – no hassle of finding (and usually paying for!)  a parking space, queuing to get served, lugging the items you have bought back to the car, then having to drive through the traffic back home again.  These are all the reasons why we have brought you our online shop and we love getting your orders but sometimes there is nothing better than going and having a look and feel of something before you buy it, especially if it is something you have not bought before.  Our shop has all of the items you can buy from us online – if it’s on our website, we have it in stock.  We have free parking right at the door and a great team who will help you find what you are looking for and answer any questions you may have. The shop is easily accessible, no steps or stairs and the aisles are wide enough for mobility scooters and wheelchair users.  And just to tempt you a little more, we offer a 10% discount on all sales made in the shop. We are based in Fleckney, a small village in Leicestershire, so if you are local or passing by why not pop in for a look, we’d love to meet you.

Our staff: Bill, Ellie, Anita and Stefan and of course one with me.  Don’t you love how happy they look at work?

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Car Park facilities



Thanks for stopping by, have a great week.




Pumpkin Carving



Yesterday I was searching the kitchen drawer for a knife to use for carving the pumpkins for Halloween when I had a thought that our wood chip carving knives would be perfect for the job.  So the pumpkins came to work with me this morning so I could test the knives out. The girls in the office and I got busy and creative and we found that these were indeed the perfect tool to use.  The blade length is ideal and the handles are comfortable and easy to hold, certainly much easier to use than the kitchen carving knife!  Have a look for yourself at our efforts and see what you think. (I also used some copper wire to attach the teeth and we found that our goose neck shaped scraper was the perfect tool to scrape out the inside of the pumpkin – just one of the many benefits of working at Proops is you have access to lots of tools.)

(Please ignore all the clutter on my desk – I always have about 10 products lying around at once!)

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And, the finished pumpkins:


Of course, these lovely knives are also perfect for wood whittling and carving and being carbon steel and Sheffield made they are guaranteed to last.  Our set of three gives you a straight, a curved and a skewed blade – great for all sorts of detail. We also sell them individually.

What we used:

Chip Carving Knives, Free pumpkin patterns, mixing bowls, brass wire, wood cabinet goose neck scraper.

Please be careful, these knives are very sharp and are definitely not suitable for children to use.


Thanks for stopping by. Happy carving.



Macrame Halloween Projects

Autumn has arrived and with it colder days and darker evenings. It’s the perfect time of year to get cosy and crafty indoors and with Halloween approaching our thoughts here at Proops have turned to all things black and orange. Now I have to confess my macrame skills aren’t the best, but I did find these brilliant Halloween themed macramé crafts on, along with lots of other ideas, patterns and tips for macrame projects.

Macrame Halloween jewelry from “This Year’s Dozen”


We have a range of different sized macrame rings available in our shop for all your macrame projects. We’d love to see what you make.


Have a great week and happy crafting.




Halloween Craft

Macrame Craft