Saturday, 19 November 2011

Why is it I cannot seem to focus on one thing at a time. (Because I am female, a Gemini, a crafter)
I am sure I am not the only person like this. My trouble is I feel I do lots of things but nothing really well, perhaps because I never stick with something long enough.  I have tried to teach myself crocheting but move onto something else and when I go back to it I have completely forgotten what to do and have to look at my instructions again, same with knitting I  just about suss casting on/off basic stitches stop and veer off to something else so forget again. With clay this week I wanted to focus and practice but for some mad reason I decided to go back to making things with felt. Anyhow I supose it keeps life interesting. I have however noticed my children seem to be following in my butterfly footsteps, particularly my daughter.

Recently I have been making some more felt brooches.

Then I decided I would use felt to make some bookmarks.

A friend liked the camper van bookmark very much and asked me to make 2 for her boys I made one in dark blue and one in red and embroidered their initials and age on the front numberplate and their names on the bac, with buttons not hearts as headlights.. They did look quite sweet and she thinks they will like them which is great.

Now I have started making felt Christmas decorations, not as lovely as those by Clare at selfsewn, so my new clay cooker isn't getting as much use as I thought.  And talking of lovely things for Christmas Pippa at Pips has been making some beautiful items for all the craft fairs she will be doing, she is going to be very busy.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. xx

Friday, 11 November 2011

Bargins and Beads

Its been a little while since my last post. Partly because I have been busy using my new oven as some friends wanted some of the dolly mixture and allsorts bracelets I had previously made.  I feel I have done enough sweetie beads for now, but I am really pleased that they liked them so much.

I finally got around to attempting another flower cane and though not perfect I felt I am a slowly getting a step closer to getting the hang of it. As they say, you learn from your mistakes so next time I know what I will do differently. One of the purple clays came out much darker than I thought it  would after baking, but I still quite like them.

As I have mentioned  I love to collect vintage china and pretty bits and bobs. a few weeks ago I went to a local auction and was excited to spot these fab vintage sherry glasses with a lot of china and glass, seeing some other bits that looked interesting I decided I had to try for them so for the first time ever bid and won at an auction.
I love them like this

But even more like this!

 But even better was spotting this.

Having seen the wonderful trollies  by Jane at  Teawagon Tales, I had to have it and I will try and follow her example and make a lovely vintage craft trolley. Thank you Jane for your advice.  I will get round to actually painting it one day.

I have also been trying to make some polymer xmas tags for friends at work ( I know they don't read this so it is safe to show them).  I have tried to emboss their names on the stars but they do not show very clearly. I Inked in one to make it stand out. 

One day I hope I can make beautiful things similar to the ceramic Snowflakes designed and made by Cathy at Potter Jotter, (for which you can enter her give away). she  makes absolutely gorgeous ceramics.

Well I will stop rambling on and hope you all have a lovely weekend xx