Thursday, 11 January 2018

New year, new crafts

So its new year, well a few days in. My health kick lasted a matter of hours and I've already spent all craft vouchers  I got at Xmas on many craft supplies.

I just thought Id check in and say what I've been up to.

I may have mentioned that I'm trying to reduce my crafts so I can focus more. I'm focusing on rubber stamped or hand drawn greeting cards, sewing and soldering.

I think I will just bombard you with a load of images of what I've been making.

I had some drawing made into rubber stamps.

 Then I realised I could just draw things, scan them and create images with photo editing. I hope to make this little owl as a birthday card. I have to work out what she should be sitting on first.
 Another card from my rubber stamps
 Card and matching pillow box.

 I love seahorses so I drew a seahorse with a unicorns horn, no idea if they have a name, Im going to call them Sea-corns.
 A penguin and baby penguin, are they called pufflings? I'm not sure. I hope to make this into a birthday card too.
 This is my latest design, with people going through tough times in mind. The Juggler.
 I hope to make more of these paper doll cards too.
All of my work can be found in my Folksy shop and you can learn a lot more of the inspiration behind them,  or I have a number of other items in my Etsy shop. Ive reduced my handmade cushions and you'll find some jewellery on there too.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Ombre raffia tutorial

Ombre raffia tutorial-

I have had a great time messing around with water  and paints recently. I have also started drawing and I've made Xmas and birthday cards with them
Whilst experimenting with art, a lot like Leonardo Da Vinci, I discovered this decorative idea, so I thought Id share it with you.

 1.You will need a waterproof surface, a spray bottle of water, raffia in white(depending on what colour you want to achieve) and water based pens or paints.

 2.Spray a length of raffia with water and let it soak up the water.

 3. Add pen/paint colour to the centre of the raffia, then use a finger to squish it toward the ends of the raffia. Add more colour to the centre if required. Leave to dry.


If you want to make a bow. Create a bow with the raffia and spritz with water. Add water based colour to the centre of the bow and leave it for the water to carry the colour out. add more colours if you wish. Raffia can be uncrinkled to make the bow more voluminous (see pic.)
I hope that was of some use to you. Its a great inexpensive way to make a bow and brighten up gift packaging.

Here are some pics of my drawings and other items I have available like bags and jewellery. I have made some of my drawings into cards which you can see in my Folksy shop. Gifts and cards galore

Have a Merry Christmas and don't get too drunk or eat too many mince pies. I won't..honest.


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Costumes and me.

So it seems to have been months since I last blogged. Ive not been on any kind of espionage related adventures or gone into hiding as a hermit, just sorting my head out one weird thought at a time.

I realised that blogs are partly meant to be about the person writing them, so with each blog I shall add a bit about what I like.
I don't claim to be the most interesting person in the world, I still have a video player and Ive no idea who is at No1 in the charts(if its still called that nowadays). But I do like the fact that Im interested in things that people may not immediately think of as an everyday subject.

I feel the best place that my mind is show is on my Pinterest page. I have posted a link here before but I think I should pick out a few things that really float my boat. They may appeal to you, they may not but if you like an image enough for it to spark a new interest for you then Il be a happy blogger.

I shall add pinterest links so you can see what I am waffling about and I will try to pick out 2 or 3 images to talk about.

I am interested in costumes, always have been since I was little and had dolls. I can recall taking sleeves off a dolls regency dress and making clothes out of felt for them to wear.
So where on earth do I begin. ................................................................................................................................................

Pinterest Costumes

I love the silhouette of clothes the way they are constructed, how they are held together, the shapes of each piece etc
To me a costume has to be made up of appropriate fabric and maybe have an updated twist to it but nothing too unbelievable.
It jars my brain if I see something that doesn't work(in my opinion, Im no expert) I wasn't happy with the remake of Psycho, I felt the costumes of Anne Heche were all wrong, almost too young and comedic(no offence to her or the designer)even the earrings wound me up.
I have to admit to liking ladies costume more than mens but there are some films where I can't help but prefer the mens outfits, eg Rob and Jude Sherlock Holmes, Brotherhood of the Wolf.

I have a list of films I love due to their costumes,
Gangs of New York- amazing sillhoettes and bold flashes of colour.
Madness of King George. The clothes were meant to be seen by candlelight and I feel they really shine in their right environment.
Helen Mirren in The madness of king George, design by

                                                             Sue Honeybourne
                                                              Mark Thompson   
                                           image from

Gypsy, who doesn't love the clothes Natalie Wood wears in the last few scenes of that film!
Dracula (with Gary and Winona) Her red dress is breathtaking and Eiko Ishioka has designed some stunning costumes(also see The Cell  The Cell info)....
too many to mention
Also music videos have  had some great outfits eg Lady Gaga and Annie Lennox.
Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. Image from on Pinterest.
My heart skipped a beat when I saw these outfits. Amazing  proportions, unflattering, an interesting mix of cowboy hat and Edwardian dress. What I like about Lady gaga is that she isn't afraid to look hideous or interesting so she has doubled the amount of costumes she can wear. Most people want to look their best I whatever they wear, flashing a bit of leg or cleavage, but nope, Gaga has cola cans in her hair, strange make up and a phone on her head.
Annie Lennox and her Diva videos are one heck of a costume event to feast your eyes on, also Love song for a Vampire and No more I love you should get a mention too.
The overall look is beautiful, giving it a Victorian ethereal feel. This angel costume is so vaudeville and the colours go from pink sequins to rusty golds and moss greens. I havn't seen the videos for a while but Ive no doubt they are on some kind of social media
Annie Lennox Angel costume, picture from Costume supplied by Angels Costumiers of London.

I love the silhouettes of the costumes, she wears a crinoline dress for one video, the dress is a perfect bell shape, very similar to the dresses by Janet Patterson who was costume designer for The Piano.
Detail of Holly Hunters skirt in the Piano,
image from

The dresses and bonnets in this film are a perfect shape.
Image from

Now, back to reality and my makes.


On another note, Ive been crafting.  Ive decided its going to be 99% fabric items so the table has a theme, rather than a jumble of different things Ive made.

I still love to create things with sewing, here are a couple of OOAK shoulder bags in mid make, Ive used cotton, canvas and twill. I have a few to make, hopefully il get them completed before the fair.

Ive been making little dolls for card toppers, they've been fun to make, they include my love of photo editing.
Ive also recently acquired an embossing and die cutting machine so my cards have a bit extra going on with the textures and cut outs.

I made this skirt, the fabric was second hand and my jeans were falling apart so I used the pocket as a feature.

Xmas decorations are being thought about, I noticed last year that people like angels so Ive been experimenting. I think Il stick to the angels Ive made with smaller glass pieces, rather than the idea above, tho I do like the wings.

Im back into rubber stamping so Xmas cards have gone  a bit crazy with this little Santa fella.

More doll toppers. Who can spot the spelling mistake?

Ive tried to use my limited drawing skills for my crafts, I drew this little snowman, I havn't done much with it yet but I may give it  another go.
So, all the above was written in 2016.
I really must get into the habit of blogging and keeping things up to date.
Its now June 2017.
I had about 5 Xmas fairs last year, only 1 was profitable, so with that disheartening outcome and year another redundancy (my 4th) I think I shall give up actual craft fairs for this year.
Obviously the urge to make things is still with me. Ive focused mainly this year on sewing. Ive moved my sewing machine and overlocker about 3 feet from my sofa and my sewing output has seriously increased.
I attended a vintage outdoor fair a few weeks ago which was very busy and went well, luckily the weather was good so I made some crafting money there.
Here are some things Ive been working on.
My new sewing are and cutting table.
The floor has since become covered again.

A dress I made

Me in said dress(sorry about the bad photo)

Tote bags with vintage inspired touches.

Zipped make up bags. Somebody suggested they would be good for knitting and crochet projects.
Ive been trying to go through all my draws of craft making items. I found some film cell charms Id made years ago and made a pair of pirate earrings with them.
One of a kind pirate earrings
That's it for now. I hope my costume talk didn't put you off watching films. Il try to blog more regularly.

Friday, 29 January 2016

2016 - birthday keepsake crafts and a rethink.

We are well into 2016. I had a few fairs to attend at the end of last year, they went well but I'm having a rethink.
The new year tends to bring new thoughts to our minds, what can we change or improve?

Well on a non crafting side of things I have told myself I am going to lose weight (what an unusual thought for a woman to have!) Il say its all because my back hurts, and I heard that losing weight can help, but in actual fact I just want to look good in clothes so nice men will notice me(shallow I know, but Im still single at 40). Also my friend of 20 years is getting married in September(Im assuming Il get an invite), so I've given myself until then to lose 2 stone. The healthy eating is a challenge, I'm trying to make better choices but also I'm not denying myself a biscuit or two if I want them. I've found denying myself all treats in past weight loss efforts just makes me give up and I go back to my old ways.

So, oh yes, crafts.
Ive had a rethink. Ive realised that craft stalls tend to sell one kind of thing. There is usually a craft stall with jewellery, or everything is knitted etc whereas my stall has a mish mash of a number of different things eg fabric make up bags next to glass Xmas decorations. Maybe there's too much for the customer to see, and adds to difficult decision making.
If you are new to my blog here are links to my work ... jewellery  and home décor

Ive had a word with myself and I have to work out what I love to make and what I want to put my efforts into.
 Ive decided I love to sew and solder. The mixed media and altered art work that's popular in the USA is breathtaking with its olde worlde look, the mix of  lace, ribbon and metal really appeals to me. I have a board featuring some of it on my  Pinterest page, take a look  my messed up head in pinboard form or alternatively type in altered art into the top of the pinterest page and feast your eyes.

Sewing is still something Im very interested in. My job is sewing based, but its not very pretty(I use an industrial machine and use heavy duty textile) so Id like to carry on with designing my own images and having them printed onto fabric, but then do I sell the fabric on it own for people to make what they want, or make things myself? If so, what do I make? Its all in the thinking stage at the moment, I hope to progress with this side of my crafts later in the year.

Sorry this post isn't very picture heavy, there will be some I promise.
So I havn't really crafted much this year, Ive had to tell myself to stop having creative thoughts(which is tough when I have to walk past goodies in craft shops) my crafts are hibernating and I'm close to decluttering and throwing away draws of things I don't need, but hang on to just in case they come in handy.

Im making soldered keepsakes. Birthday ones at the moment, maybe a couple of mothers day ideas.

Here are a couple Im working on currently, its a bit macabre as their heads are either non existent or not actually attached to the bodies. Ive seen dolls made up of varying materials on Pinterest, they have a name, Assemblage Dolls.
I think we are all different so Im making them have different looks to them. The gothic keepsake on the right would appeal to me, but Im also making bright, happy smiley keepsakes too as Im aware not everybody is into the same things as me.

I bought some flowery fabric the other day as I thought I would make myself a summer skirt. I love a skirt with pockets so found a beautiful vintage handkerchief which I shall cut up(sorry) and add 2 pockets.

That's all from me for now. Sorry if I have waffled a bit, its Friday night and Im a tad tired  and Im trying not to eat an entire pizza with a chocolate bar chaser.

A few days later...
Sorry for the awful pic.

A few days later........ Ive kicked myself up the behind and finished a couple of keepsake dolls.
Birthday keepsake dolls

Sunday, 15 November 2015

New gifts listed ideal for Christmas

Well, the Christmas season is upon us. The twinkly lights are out, the craft fairs have started and the competitive  tv ads are in full swing.
I have a couple more fairs to do, I don't think people are in the spending mood as yet in early November, but I hope things will improve.
Here is a list of where il be selling my work.
Click on it for a bigger view.
 I forgot to add a venue at St Pauls Parish Rooms on Reading Road, Wokingham on Sat the 12th Dec, 2-5pm.
My Xmas decorations are being sold at these venues. Henley has ended, but Cranleigh is happening in December.

Folksy are having a free listing weekend so Ive added a load of items to both of my shops.
Some jewellery...Sparkly jewellery

Most items of jewellery have been reduced as Im not making it anymore, so please take a look, you may find an ideal gift there, also ideal bridal accessories.

In my other crafty shop Ive added new items, decorations, sewn items, earring holders..................Crafty bits n pieces
Mixed media Xmas tree decorations

Lined stockings which hold those huge tubes of sweets. I did extensive research to find that out. All sweets have now been eaten.

Glass Xmas tree decorations with Santa, a Victorian tree and robins.

How about cosmetic items..
a pocket mirror, 5 designs to choose from...

...make up bag.
Im also selling at a vintage fair in Reading at the end of the month. I managed to get my hands on some vintage 70's dresses..
I took the floaty sleeves off this to make it more wearable.

And I will be shortening this to a 60's style so its more appealing.
I have 70's necklaces in my Etsy shop which are ideal for this seasons trends...more vintage fashion here

Il be shortening this dress when it delists, so if you want it long grab it while you can.

So if I don't blog again this year, have a great Xmas, I hope Santa brings you all the craft supplies you want.