Welcome to Powder Monki!

In my shop you will find handmade retro badges/magnets and retro keyrings, as well as other craft items including jewellery, makeup bags, sparkly badges and greeting cards.

My blog is for places I go, things I find and stuff I make. I have a love of photography, am a self taught web designer and a keen genealogist.

Along side Powder Monki, I run a 1980’s-90’s toy collectors website called Ghost of the Doll, a website for retro ads and catalogue scans called Retro Musings, and my genealogy site Tracing Ghosts.


  • Random Bead Earrings
    My mum gave me a selection of beads a few weeks back to turn into earrings for her, and I finally got around to it yesterday!
  • Roman Baths
    It had been abut ten years since I last did the touristy thing in Bath, so visited the Roman Baths, Museum of Fashion and the Victoria Gallery on a special ticket thingy.
  • “From Here To There” Exhibition by Bath Textile Artists
    I was lucky enough to visit an exhibition by the Bath Textile Artists whilst visiting Corsham back in March called "From Here To There". I found it very inspirational and took a few photos for my own records.
  • St Bartholomew, Corsham, Wiltshire
    Mum and I visited the historic market town of Corsham back in March. It was a lovely day so we took a few photos of St Bartholomew's church with its graveyard full of primroses (and a very friendly cat).
  • Potato Print Bird Cards
    Sometimes I feel inspired to make my own arty Christmas cards, and last year I created these potato print birdies with real feather tails. They came out slightly more sinister than I meant them to be!
  • 78rpm Record Hoard – Charity Shop Buys
    I picked up sixty 78rpm 10" records on my way home from work a few weeks back. An absolute bargain! They are all singles, and in OK condition with very few either jumpy or broken. Most are from 1950's, a few from the 30's/40's and one is from 1912 or there abouts.

Retro Musings