Tuesday, 10 May 2011

101 things to do in 1001 days

Last night I was round at my friends house and she started making a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.
I thought i'd give it a try too.

I don't want to share the whole list but heres my top 10 from it

  1. Learn how to lampwork
  2. Read more often
  3. Draw More
  4. Set up my online shop
  5. Start a zine
  6. Try Fondue
  7. Finish my crochet blanket
  8. Make something every day wheather it be large or small
  9. Try snow boarding
  10. Clear out some of my hoard

And to finish this post heres my plan to make my tomato pencil case.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Lots of lovely new things!

I haven't posted for a while but I've got a lot of new things to share with you.

 Here's a photo of some drying owl t-shirts. I'd just finished painting them and when they dried I attached buttons for eyes.

 Another thing I've made recently is a bag. I dismantled an old suede jacket I was given to make it from. 

Here's some photos of the finished bag. I based the design on the satchel bags which are in fashion at the moment. The entire bag is made from reclaimed fabric and the fastener too. The only thing I bought especially for the bag was a reel of cotton. I used the pockets on the jacket at the front of the bag and the lining is made from an old pair of curtains.

The latest fimo animal I've made are hedgehogs. Earlier today an old friend on mine came to visit a stall I was doing and she brought her hedgehog mad friend along. She saw the turtles and asked for a hedgehog so when I got home I made these little guys. She's also been looking for a hedgehog duvet cover and pillow case so I've been commissioned to paint one of them so keep your eyes peeled for it arriving on here.

I love this journal cover I bought today made by KIRO-Arts. Its removable so when I've filled it up I can pop it on a new journal and start again. It's very well made and I'll be using this for years to come. The fabric is an original design.

Finally I'll bombard you with some photos of my most recent addition to my stall; earrings and some new charm necklaces I've made.


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Blast From The Past!

As a new regular feature I'm going to start posting some of my older work that I've got stashed away on my PC. Hopefully you'll enjoy a look back into my creative past.

I made this on the 3rd year of my degree in Graphic Design, Illustration and Digital media.
 I'd just finished a project in which I'd written and illustrated my own childrens book called The Attack Of The Killer Tomato. Later I realised it was very similar the name a cheesy horror movie from the 70s Although my book is nothing like the film. These were part of a project following on from that where I designed and made some merchandise for my book.

This is a kids t-shirt I made by appliquéing felt to the front. If your curious felt does survive the washing machine at 40°C but I'd recomend using 30°C.

 This is a calico bag I made then applied images from the book onto it using t-shirt transfer paper.

Here is a pencil case with a stationary set that I made. The case is made from red leatherette for the front and green fur for the back. Its lined using calico and I appliquéd felt to the front to create the face. 

The tomato was by far the most difficult thing I made. It's made from the same materials I used for the pencil case. It's lined in the green fur and I quilted the back panel and straps for added comfort.

The lovely green furry lining
I went all out with this project it has to have been my favorte project from uni and I hope you enjoyed having a look at it.

Party Time

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Personalised Charm Necklaces

Here are a few charm necklaces I've made no too long ago.

This one was for my mum in law for mothers day. The little dog charm is her own dog Esther. It took me a quite few tries to get her right. 

This one was my friends birthday present. It's got some of her favourite things on there, a rose, a cute bunny and a sims plumb bob to represent her obsession with the sims.

This one is a commission I made for a friend to give as a gift. The request was owls, butterflies, yellow and turquoise

I'll try not to leave it so long between my next post this time :)

Monday, 4 April 2011

Tatted Flower and Princess Necklaces

Here are some of my latest creations tatted lace necklaces. The Ivory coloured lace is made from vintage thread and they are all on organza ribbon necklaces.

Tatted Flower Necklaces

Gothic Princess Necklace

Cosmic Princess Necklace

Here's a bag charm I've made as well using tatted flowers. I did have another one which had wooden beads but unfortunately I've lost the photo before uploading it and I've sold it so I can't take another.

And to finish this post here is a photo of all my phone charms. I'll be updating again soon with some photos of some special charm necklaces I've made as gifts.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

New Stock, Floral Necklace and a Customized purse!

This is my bracelet display for my stall. I have a few stalls coming up the first one is this Saturday. If you want to see more of my new stock check out my Flickr photostream to the right.

Here are some of my new charms and beads. I recently bought a mini oven to bake shrink plastic and fimo in seen as I'm going to be making many more things out of them I don't want to be doing that in the same oven that we cook food in.

This is my favorite thing I've made a floral necklace made using shrink plastic and an organza and cord necklace. This first ones for me but I'm going to make more!

And finally I needed a new purse so I bought a cheap one from primark but it was quite dull so I decorated it with some tatting. Tatting is a type of lacework made using a shuttle it's tricky to get the hang of but once you've cracked the technique and learnt the basics its easy to create complex and pretty lace.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Shrink Plastic tutorial + Fimo tortoises & purple turtle

Shrink plastic is brilliant way to make your own charms, badges and magnets. When its baked in the oven shrink plastic becomes 7 times smaller and thicker. It's something anyone of any age can enjoy and is a good craft for children with adult supervision.

 You will need: 
  1. Some shrink plastic. (I've got crystal clear shrinkies)
  2. Something to draw on them with. You can use crayons and gel pens on the opaque ones but for the clear you need permanent markers.
  3. Some scissors. Don't use an expensive pair as the plastic is thick enough to blunt them.
  4. An Oven
  5. A heavy book (Not your favorite book!)
  6. Optional: A one hole punch
  7. Optional: an image to trace from. It could be something you've drawn or found.

I use sharpies to draw with they have a nice choice colours and are good quality pens.

Step 1
First draw the outline of your image, here I've used black but you can use any colour you want. For example you might want to use a darker shade of the colour you filling it in with. Or you might not even want to colour it in depending on the image.

Step 2
Now its time to colour them in. If your just using lines skip this step. 

 Step 3
Next cut out your image, you want to leave a bit of a gap around the edge. I find small scissors easier to use when cutting out something small. If you want to attach it to a keyring or phone charm use the punch to make a hole before cutting.

Step 4
Cover a baking tray in foil and place your image on it. If you have multiple images like me then make sure to leave about 1cm between each one. Pre heat the oven to gas mark 3, 175°C or 350°F.

Step 5
Put it in the oven and keep an eye on it. It only takes a few minuets for it to shrink, it will curl as they're shrinking. When it lays flat and its stopped moving take it out of the oven and quickly move onto step 6.

Step 6
This is where you need the book. As soon as you get it out put the image on a work top and put the book on top. If you've done a lot at once like me then you can put book on the baking tray but don't leave it on for too long as the book will get hot, around 10-15 seconds should be enough. This flattens them out and you need to do it while the plastic is still flexible.

Step 7
Enjoy the result. Now you can make into a keyring or phone charm if you punched a hole in it or you could stick it to a broach back or magnet.


One of my friends wanted me to make some tortoises out of fimo and another one who was there asked for a purple turtle.

Here they are cooking. It's been years since I've used fimo and I've been wanting to start using it in my jewellery making and this was good practice. The two smaller tortoises have holes in the middle and are going to be made into a key ring and phone charm. The biggest is around 5cm tall.