Hand-Made Christmas Cards





I love the idea of giving something personal and individual at Christmas and I think hand-made Christmas cards are a great way to do this.  I have found some wonderful hand-made cards made using the art of paper quilling which I have added to our pinterest board.  Quilling has been around for hundreds of years and has become very popular again in recent times.  It is not an expensive hobby as the list of items you need to get started is minimal – a quilling tool, paper, glue, some cutting implements and patience.  Designs can be very detailed or relatively simple and the 3-D designs that quilling produces are perfect for personalising hand-made greeting cards, as well as lots of other things.  This is a great way to pass some of the time spent indoors during the damp, cold days of autumn and by Christmas card posting time you will have a stack of beautiful, individual cards all ready to send to your friends and family.

As always, we’d love to see some of your designs or any tips you can share for those new to quilling.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week.



Quilling Tools

Cutting Mats and Glue Sticks

Frosty Mornings



How quickly is this year going by? I can’t believe November is here already and I am not enjoying leaving for work at 5.45am on these dark, frosty mornings.   De-icing the car is just another chore to add to the list of things to do before we can get off to work or the school run.  Well, here at Proops we can’t help you to get the cereal on the breakfast table or get the pack-ups made for lunches, but we can help get the car de-iced with one of our multi-purpose scrapers. They are great for clearing your windscreen of ice and dare I say it, snow.  The plastic scraper is made here in our factory by our parent company, Linic Plastics and with a 6 inch size available you can get the job done even quicker, before your fingers start to freeze.


Linic 6″ Scraper                                                                Linic 4″ Scraper

The beauty of these scrapers is that you can use them for so many other jobs as well – filling, scraping, decorating, plastering, Polyfilla and even cake decorating! Such a handy product to have around the house.  They are so useful, I always keep one in my car and one in the cupboard in the house.

We have also just added a new ice scraper to our range.  It is made from clear polycarbonate making it really robust for those extra frosty days!


Linic Polycarbonate 3″ Ice Scraper

Thanks for stopping by. Safe driving.



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 macramelovers.com, 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








Engraved Hangers

These pretty engraved hangers by WillowGraceBridal will serve as a great reminder of the day for your bridesmaids.

They could also make for a pretty special bridesmaid reveal. Check out how to make them.



This is such a great way to make your day extra special. You could produce your own personalised hangers with our products.

What you will need:

  • Wooden Hangers
  • A Pencil
  • A Pyrography Kit
  • A Date, Bridesmaids, and Preferably a Partner (or a tree – apparently we live in that time)


The Different Types and Uses of Jewellery Pliers.

Jewellery Pliers! There’s such a huge range to choose, with a variety of different uses. Emma at Make and Fable posted a great tutorial to explain the different types and styles of pliers. Make sure to show her site site some love and check out some of her other posts if you find this helpful.

Which jewellery making pliers do I need

There is an every increasing amount of different pliers available to help you in your jewellery making exploits, but when starting out, which do you really need?


DIY Starbucks Frappé Candles!

Who doesn’t love coffee? Actually quite a lot of people. Weird, weird people. I assume since you’re here you love coffee too! That’s great. We stumbled across two tutorials that when combined together… well, they could change things. Your Saturdays could be spent with the smell of the beautiful aromas found only in the depths of your favorite Starbucks. In the comfort of your own home. Maybe if you grab your speakers, put on some coffee shop background noise and dust off your french press skills you could have yourself some reasonably priced goodness!



Reclaiming wooden furniture with fire!

How many old horrible dressing tables, coffee tables and other old fashioned pieces of furniture do you have lying around? Personally, I haven’t one… But I know where to pick one up! (Runs to the charity shop).


What a great idea. Kendra Ochal from Buffalo, NY creates her furniture with heart and soul. “Everything you see is me. Love it or hate it; it’s every feeling and emotion poured into each item made”. Her shop KengCreations on Etsy has lots of wonderful creations to explore through. She also takes custom orders.

Why not upgrade one of your own awful old dressers to give your room a new lease of life?

What you’ll need:

  • Pyrography Kit, with 14 different tips for different shading and burning techniques.
  • An old piece of wooden furniture.
  • A Pencil, for the first draft (Unless you’re awesome and can do it by eye).


Spoon Stamping


Metal stamping is often associated with jewellery making but recently here at Proops Brothers we have noticed an increasing trend in metal stamping on cutlery. Metal stamping, specifically on spoons, can be a great way of adding charm and uniqueness to your standard silver spoons and are becoming more popular to buy on sites such as Etsy.

Jessica Numbers inspired us to write this blog as we love the quirkiness of the products she creates. Why not have a look at her shop on Etsy, jessicaNdesigns, to get some inspiration; whether it is to make your own or to buy as a gift.