Monday, 22 May 2017

Marc’s Christmas Tree Bauble.

I found this Christmas bauble on Marc’s top shelf, it looked soooooooo expensive and then Marc laughed and told me that it was made from a polystyrene ball and a pair of old glittery tights!
IMG_2185He said he made a hole at the top of the ball, then cut a section (possibly the foot) from a pair of purple glittery tights, forming it round the ball and gathering the ends into the hole, securing with glue and a spare hanging fixing from another bauble.
IMG_2184He then decorated it using small squares cut from a mesh of faux jewels (I found an identical length of the same material in Home Bargains wedding section for 69p for 2 metres) and strands of very small silver plastic ball chain artistically swirled and glued.  It is stunning! And now, when I see glittery tights around Halloween I shall certainly be availing myself of a pair or two to see what I can come up with.  I am already thinking swimming noodle door wreath?

Saturday, 20 May 2017

London For Eurovision

Eurovision will never be the same without sharing it either in Worcester or London with Marc and Rick and this year was no exception. 
IMG_2158Our money was on Belgium to win and Spain to get null points, but, what Rick and I were really thinking was that which ever country won, it would be one that was fairly easily to travel too, Stockholm was supposed to be a once in a lifetime, bucket list occasion, but somewhere along the way we really got the bug………
IMG_2161…….. so our attention in the next 8-9 months will be firmly fixed on the Portugal Eurovision website.  The competition for tickets is sooooooo great, as we have found in the past, so we have a plan, one of us will try to get tickets for the final and the other for The Judges Final and fingers crossed one or both of us is successful.
IMG_2159Inspiration wise, Marc’s flat never fails to get my creative juices flowing with all his bits and pieces and how they are displayed, I make no apologises if I am repeating some pictures of my favourite pieces throughout this post.
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When not gearing up for Eurovision, we spent a lot of time watching videos YouTube, mostly crafts but a few “choice” others too, some of which had us in fits of hysteria or leaving us absolutely gobsmacked!
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Now, about once a month I may do a post on my latest charity or Poundland purchases but on YouTube there are hundreds of people with their shopping bags making regular films on their latest shopping expedition, just type in “Poundland Haul” ……. I am just such a none starter!!!!!  I am really not tempted to follow suit ……. but, I did think that if I was ever in a mischievous frame of mind and I had indulged in an extra Asti Spumante or two I might, one day, do a spoof!!
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We watched several videos on using gilding flakes, something I was given several years ago, but have never used, but Marc raves about and uses a lot.
IMG_2179It was his gilded seashells that inspired me, as I have it in my head to one day decorate a mirror using shells, coral, pearls and jewels etc. and the idea of  having a few gilded bits here and there really appealed.
IMG_2189I think I must drive Marc mad as I go mooching along his shelves, as he says, nothing’s new, but I see something new each time……..
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…….. but the one constant object of desire is the venetian mirror in the lounge, my eyes are continually drawn to it ……. it’s the real deal, so well out of my budget ……… but, never say never ……
the one that got away_thumb[2]……. you may remember me finding this mirror in Georgian House Antiques in Evesham in December,  it was near enough the real deal for me ……..
Huge ornate mirror_thumb[2]……. I had got it down to £160 including delivery, until I saw sense!  It was stupidly large and was so heavy it would have taken my walls down!!!  However, I have decided to take in a few pictures of Marc’s into the shop and ask them that if they find anything similar on their travels to give me a call.
IMG_2198My flat still feels very, very new, but I know it will evolve as I become more settled and start looking round it again with fresh eyes and changing tastes,  and then it will be the time to get Marc and Rick in to advise me as how to be more adventurous with colour and the placing of things, not everything has to be centred to an inch of its life!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

A Gothic Punk Style Popsicle/Lolly Stick Fairy

I am still experimenting with my fairies, this time going a little Gothic, inspired by some black feather butterflies Marc sent me, many moons ago, in the early days of our friendship.
Popsicle stick Gothic Fairy with Butterfly wings I think this one may be my favourite so far.
Halloween popsicle fairyInstead of using cake cases as I have before, I used a large, scallop edged punch to make a short, and full, five layered skirt which I think makes her look a bit punkie/gothic in style.
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I made a small slit using a craft knife in the centre of the all the layers to push through the fairy’s body.
Halloween popsicle fairy cI wrapped wool round the top for hair but to go with the darker style, coloured it with a black Sharpie pen. 
Popsicle Stick Gothic FairyNatural coloured wool and wooden beads create the arms and hands ……
popsicle fairy hands …….. and one of Marc’s butterflies makes her wings, with a few clear, flat backed gems for some extra fairy bling.
Popsicle Stick Fairy with Butterfly wingsWhen stuck down with a glue gun the butterfly wings hid the back of the stick and safely secured the arms.  I could cover the centre back of the butterfly if I was being really pernickety.
popsicle stick fairy feetI used tiny gems on the fairy’s slippers and top and a small gem flower in her hair.  If I could improve her any more, I might add a little Ranger Glossy Accents to accentuate and shiny up her slippers.
A thread looped through the fairy’s hair would be easy to add so that the fairy could be hung on a Christmas Tree.
I hope you are not getting sick of my fairies, it’s just that as soon as I make one, I get another idea, and, though I love making cards, at the moment I have a very limited outlet for them, I would rather keep having fun making lots of different fairies with the intention of giving a selection to family and friends, instead of a Christmas card to put on their tree, to come out, hopefully, for a few years to come, rather than a card that generally just put out for one Christmas only.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Christmas Snowman Altered Domino Christmas Tree Decoration

I found a box of “proper” white dominos in a charity shop for £1.99, well, it would have been rude not to buy them. I have seen dominoes used for making pendants and decorations with stunning results before and thought that this would be my opportunity to experiment on a budget.
snowman domino 3Compared to other ideas I have seen this is very amateur attempt, but it’s a start.
Christmas Domino ArtI started by directly stamping on the domino using StazOn ink, let’s just say it took quite a few attempts to get it right, and the image is still not as crisp as I would have liked.  If I were to want to use a stamp on a domino again I am afraid I would create the whole scene on a piece of paper cut to size, which I would then glue to the domino. The StazeOn wouldn’t completely come off the dominos from my unsuccessful stamping attempts, but no doubt I will find ways of covering it up on later projects.
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Once successfully stamped I coloured in the image, added the sky with a Sharpie pen, with added silver stars and snow using  translucent micro glitter, followed by a good layer of Ranger Glossy Accents.
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Once the Glossy Accents was set, I put a narrow strip of silver adhesive foil round the edges of the domino, it went on like a dream!  I then drilled two tiny holes at the top and the bottom of the piece to hold two equally tiny eye screws.
snowman domino tI used E6000 glue to help secure and keep the eye screws in place.  Using a split ring I attached a snow flake charm to the bottom screw loop. I now need to find some very narrow white or blue ribbon to thread through the top screw, with perhaps a small bow and/or tiny jingle bells, so that it will then be ready to hang on a Christmas Tree or used as a tag on a parcel.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Little Robin Christmas Tree Decorations

I have discovered mini craft sticks in The Works ……. and these little robin decorations are the result of my first experiment with them.
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I started by deciding that I wanted to use them in a triangular shape, then coloured enough sticks on both sides with green Sharpie pens to make three decorations.
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I glued the sticks together using E6000 so that they would be securely stuck, but PVA would have worked equally as well.
Mini Crfat Stick Robin Christmas Tree DecorationsI then cut six holly patterned triangles as the background, sticking two back to back so that they were double sided for a neat back, as you may have realised I am a bit anal about the derrieres of my tree decorations, in case they twirl round and expose a tatty backside!!!
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I also added a metal pendant loop to the top of the back so that a ribbon can be threaded through to hang on the tree.Mini Craft Stick Christmas Tree DecorationsThe final touches were made by finally adding the glittered paper robins, their feet and faux stitching round the edges using a white gel pen.
Robin CRaft Stick Christmas Tree Decoration bLooking at the pictures now, I think they need a little something else to really finish them off, a small red bow and perhaps a pair of jingle bells at the top????  I will post another picture when I have found some suitable ribbon, what I have at the moment is too thick, and you know me, it’s all about the proportion!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Off To London ……. And An Object Of Very GREAT Desire!

As you know, it’s Eurovision this weekend …….. last year I was there in Stockholm with Rick, Marc’s partner for what, for both of us, was a dream of a lifetime, and I know on Saturday night we will both be wishing that we were there again this year, but there was just something about travelling to the Ukraine that made us hesitate about trying to get tickets.

Eurovision 2016However, on Friday I will be travelling down to London for a long weekend with Marc and Rick, having already sat through all the semi finals to familiarise myself (as has Rick, no doubt) with all the runners and riders ……

Eurovison 3It is entirely probable that several small vodka and cokes will be enjoyed, along side a box (or two) of Maltesers and other such delicacies, with both Rick and I keeping our fingers firmly crossed that a more accessible European country will be the victors so that perhaps we could have another bite of the Eurovision cherry …… and, if we do, Rick is determined that we will be standing amidst the throng at the front ……. and that would be so, so brilliant!

In between the Eurovision brouhaha I think Marc and I are going to have a go at soldering, Marc having just bought a soldering kit in order that we can continue our quest (now in its four year at least) to make “the perfect” microscope slide Christmas decoration and other potential jewellery charms ……

And my object of GREAT desire ………..

tri. bbbbbbI have always, always, always wanted an adult tricycle, you just wouldn’t believe how much …… and this one was just £300 and didn’t even look like it had been ridden. Sadly, it will have to remain where it is, as I just don’t have anywhere to keep it, it’s quite large and my flat is very small, it would fill my whole hall and I couldn’t live with that.   I might just have a look on the estate to see if there is a bike shelter ……… but for now, to quote the late Matt Munro, I think it will have to remain “The Impossible Dream” …….

triIn the same shop as the bike was this 50’s/60’s kitchen cabinet, it’s quite an iconic piece (see below)  ….. it’s not to everyone’s taste, but I love it.  I keep on saying I need two flats/houses, one to live in and one to do up.  My flat is modern with no quirks at all …… if ever I win the lottery, I would definitely buy a terrace type house just to indulge my hobby!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

What A Total Crafting Mess! – Something To Make You Laugh Today

Sometimes things start out well, and then go horribly, horribly wrong! Sometimes you can turn it around if you put something away for a week or two and then go back to it, but on other occasions you should just have the good sense to bin what you’ve done and forget about it!
Christmas Crafting Disaster……. And that’s exactly what I should have done here, instead of heaping layer upon layer of more mess!
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All started well, when I covered a few children’s picture dominoes with blue paper and glittery, self adhesive snowflakes, followed by a layer of glossy accents.
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But when they were dry I didn’t know what to do with them, in my head I wanted a snowman’s head coming from the side ….. but as I didn’t have a stamp or any suitable embellishments, I thought I would just add a “casual” Let It Snow sentiment printed on my computer instead ….. plus another layer of accents and some stars  …… but the ink ran!
So instead of cutting my loses then and there, I hand wrote Let It Snow again in biro as I knew that wouldn’t run and stuck it on top of the original wording and added more flipping stars. Why mix stars and snowflakes, goodness only knows?  And as you can see all I did was create a hideous mess, now thankfully in a landfill site up the road!  But I hope I gave you a chuckle and what the …..? moment!