Tuesday, 22 November 2011

holiday how - to #1 ...vintage baubles

.........don't worry I haven't started putting up the Christmas decorations already, it's just a quick little way to spruce up some old baubles :)

a load of old baubles!

 *first you need to find some very plain old bauble shaped decorations
*next you will need some vintage decals - mine came from eBay (very easy to find just type in floral decals and something comes up)
*finally some lovely ribbon (thinner is better than very thick)
* a bit of p.v.a glue and some glitter

clean up the baubles and pop the transfers onto the front using a cloth and very hot water
(there are really good instructions on the papers that come with these transfers, but they are really easy..a bit like applying those kids tattoos)
clean up any sticky bits left behind and dab little glue dots here and there then sprinkle a bit of glitter onto the decal for a sparkly finish :)

remove the original hanging loops and replace with your lovely new ribbon,
if you are going for a collective dangly look like mine then use different lengths of ribbon....

there we go..... my first Christmas tutorial and it's only November!....I apologise if this is too early for some but I figured if you fancy a go you might need to stock up on supplies first :)
...........more simple holiday how - to's to follow soon...
PS I may have peaked too early, I have already watched Elf......but I haven't had a mince pie yet.....
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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

the first....cut.....

Days in the shed are much more fun now I have heating..... I am so at home in there, with all my things around me and being able to sew and then leave something half finished on the table is such a treat :)

...so I have been busy sewing pillow covers made from my favourite fabrics....with some of these I had to take a deep breath and close my eyes as its hard to cut into your favourite piece especially when you don't know if you will ever find anymore.....

I have been thinking long and hard about my fabric stash and my little shop and what next year may have in store.... for now though I am working on some tutorials that I would like to share...hopefully before Christmas if I have the time :)

*** new pillow covers in the shop .***

Friday, 11 November 2011

deer derek.........

derek overseeing a photo shoot
............one day when out shopping for crafting supplies ( trying to be very organised and starting to make christmas gifts ) derek appeared and found his way into my basket, I honestly am not sure how it happened...one minute I was talking to the assistant , she disappeared stating there was one hidden away in the store room...next minute my purse is considerably lighter (£££) 
and he is sitting on the car seat next to me :)

obviously before even taking off my coat...the p.v.a was mixed and the papers were out (derek was a brown paper model before I got my hands on him )
As usual I didn't plan...at first he was much paler with more retro papers.....no not quite right.....then he became this combination... 

I spy deerdre in the mirror eyeing up the new boy :)
he is great I love him, he reminds me of the Moose head from the Banana Splits....

but the colours aren't working, I am thinking of spraying him gold or just painting him white...or should he be left as he is ....he might grow on me ????

Thursday, 3 November 2011

spring cleaning.............

.....unfortunately not of the home cleaning kind (much to my family's disgust).....no this is spring cleaning my brain!.....I guess I am not the only one who sometimes gets into such a pickle with everything that it becomes impossible to get anything done...

so....with that I have decided to clear out all the stuff going round and round in my head, that wakes me up in the middle of the night and makes me realise halfway through a conversation that I haven't been listening to a word that's been said.....(this can be quite embarrassing.......)

my keep stash :)

A while ago I mentioned I felt a change was on its way....still not sure what it is yet but I am making a start to find out by having a big clear out....hence the piles of fabric....gulp...

shop stash :)
I am working my way through the stash and trying to only keep the ones I know I will use....I have spent all week chopping and folding and photographing and they will be going in the shop in the next few days :)
I have put some in little bundles as I thought they might be nice little christmas gifts for crafty types.....

and then with a bit more room in the shed..I might find a bit more room in my head........

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