Just wanted to post a pic of my garden shed. It’s a little beach hut shape shed that I painted last year. I love it and thought I would share it. Won’t show you the inside though, that still needs a bit of work!
As I do the majority of my craft work in the living room, I need to be mindful of packing it away quickly and easily when required. Recently I acquired a basic wooden box, originally I think from ikea. The box is the perfect size to fit behind the door of the living room so I stated to store my current projects in it. Well if you sit still long enough in my house you will get painted!
I’m really pleased with the finished result. I used left over egg shell paint from various projects and some clear varnish I found in the shed. The design is a word theme I have been working on for a while, I also made a memory box for my boyfriend in a similar style. I love the detail and concentration of hand painting the words using a print out and light pencil outline on the wood. It’s a really effective way of personalising an item and in this case giving the box a distinct purpose!
I wanted a statement necklace to finish off my new outfit but couldn’t quite find what I needed. Cue plain necklace, ribbon collection and 15 mins! I’m really quite pleased with the final result, tempted to pick up another blank necklace and make a brighter one next. I think these could be great for the summer, will have to look for a cheaper necklace base.
In the last few months a couple of my friends have got engaged so it gave me a chance to create some new cards. I’ve never made engagement cards before and to be honest I’m not entirely happy with my creations.
The silver heart one seems a bit traditional for my liking. I’m much happier with the bird one however I think if I was going to design them properly I would try and be less twee about it. The way things seem to be going I am definitely going to look into a proper design for some cards, think I few more might be announced in the next year or so!
Way too much stuff! I had grand plans to be ruthless in sorting out my craft room but I didn’t happen. Yes I have way too much stuff, but I genuinely seem to need it or think it could come in handy. I have come to the conclusion I just need better storage. I currently have a couple of sets of plastic drawers, but am thinking a ceiling height cupboard might be a good option. When I get the chance I think a trip to a second hand furniture store might be a good idea (it’s a hard life but some ones gotta do it).
My other issue is having a workspace that is easy to manage and can be tidied away quickly. Most of my time is spent in the living room, spreading between the coffee and dinning table – anything but ideal. My plan is to try and source a small writing bureau that I can upcycle and make into the perfect shabby chic project space. It should have a couple of draws to store any current projects in and with the foldaway desk is perfect for instantly looking tidy!
Better start hunting, I smell some painting coming on!
So I went a bit mad with some beads one afternoon and heres are what I made. Really enjoying coming up with totally original designs and i’m getting lots of compliments at work!!
It was one of my best friends birthdays a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to give her something I’ve made, only trouble is she isn’t a jewellery person, which is my staple birthday gift, so I decided to try out a new bag style. So a tote bag it was, she loves shopping and lives in Wales where they have to take their own shopping bags or pay for the privilege of collecting plastic bags (a great idea I think).
I wanted to make a really strong one so went one better than the single layer calico bag, this gave me the chance to use some of the gorgeous fabric I’ve collected over the years. I chose a Paris inspired cotton and used a thick calico for the outside. To pretty it up a bit I appliquéd the word happy to one side, my friend is a very happy person so it suits her well.
I really love this bag, better I think than the slouch bags, so the next one I make will be for me – the main perk of being creative! I think these bags are also a definite for my business, I’ll have to start thinking of some themes and some key word to put on them?
I recently went to Paris and wanted a lightweight handbag that could be folded up really small but also hold the seemingly endless amount of useful stuff I require when on holiday. I shopped around for a while but couldn’t find anything remotely close to what I had in mind – cue new project! I got a few ideas together and with the help of my trusted sewing machine was able to make a really great bag that fitted all my needs and in my favourite colours, blue and orange. Since the Paris bag I’ve made 2 more for a friend from work and her daughter, they are just perfect for holidays and can be made in almost any size and colour. I really enjoyed choosing the fabrics, I especially love the girlie lining to this yellow bag, it’s so cute and my friend’s daughter is now telling everyone she has a designer bag!!