Goodbye from me!

Hello Me Oh Myers,

Victoria here.  You may have noticed it’s been a little quiet around here recently. Apologies for that.

I’ve just logged in to say I am no longer involved with Me Oh My, so no more tutorials from me I’m afraid.

Thank you for  all the likes and comments over the last year and a half. It’s been appreciated.

Due to work I can longer commit to the project but thanks for the support.

Best wishes.

Victoria

Events: Crafty Beggars behind the scenes!

Hi all,

We did this post way back but the episode just aired so we thought we’d go back and take a look behind the scenes again.

So as you will know, if you are an avid reader of ours, that last weekend we were fortunate to be part of a TV show called Crafty Beggars.

We stumbled across the application a fair while ago and just thought ‘why not?’ We applied and went to meet the presenters and Hobby Craft, who sponsored the show, and were invited to be on the show.

The premise of the show is a two team competition where both teams have a £20 budget to spend on materials. They have a day to beg, borrow and buy all they need and make everything they want to sell the next day on a craft stall. The idea really is to spend as little as possible by being frugal and upcycling.

In the beginning we brainstormed (or mind mapped – ay, ay) and had tonnes of ideas from cork coasters, twig decorations, drift wood signs and map items. We thought about what the cheapest materials were we could use, aiming for low cost but with a high quantity and we decided that our best bet was felt! We love felt!

We planned and re-planned and planned again. There were sheets and lists and phone calls and recce’s!

In the end we narrowed what we were going to make down to felt brooches and necklaces, heart cork boards and beaded jewellery – we figured (even though sometimes it feels like it) that we aren’t super human and that unfortunately there aren’t enough hours in the day to make everything we had original wanted to.

We planned everything in detail including our stall:

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Ooo look at that! Pretty!

So after all the prepping and planning the day of filming arrived… well actually before that there was the manic rush home from work on the Friday evening, piling everything into the car (so much stuff) and quickly scoffing dinner. Then there was the frantic rush to Brighton and final preparations! Oh yeah and not forgetting the utter panic when I realised I had forgotten the most important bag of materials in the chaos!

We were exhausted already! But the next day arrived and filming commenced…

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The morning consisted of standing around awkwardly while people got busy establishing shots of us, most of which were of us walking un-naturally trying to generate ‘natural looking’ conversation and then rushing around collecting all of our materials!

We had arranged to collect a whole box of wine corks from a local Brighton wine bar, Ten Green Bottles and the rest was felt and jewellery bits. We then spent the rest of the afternoon, evening and a fair portion of the night, making all of our items!

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The next day of filming was a bit of a tired, hazy blur that started with the panic making of tissue paper pom poms (as someone may have left that bag at home too, but we don’t like to talk about that…)

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I would like to highlight how great Victoria is looking in that picture seeing as she was a/ tired and b/really poorly! Like a trooper she didn’t let a silly soar throat or stuffy head effect our day.

The rest of the day was spent luring people to our stall and being filmed selling what we could. We were really pleased with how everything came together and it was awesome to see it all complete and together.

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Vikki working away

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We worked hard that weekend and we’re really proud of the results. We owe a big thanks to everyone who helped us out and all of our items will be up on our ETSY shop within the week.

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The show doesn’t air until the Autumn so we’ll keep you updated! You’ll have to wait until then to see how we did.

Take care,

Victoria and Elisa

 

Feature Friday: Halloween!

Hi All,

Long time no blog! I’ve been terrible! However we’re back this week with a scary bang! Halloween is looming and we’re loving it.

Over here in England it’s not such a big Holiday, but that doesn’t stop us enjoying all the inspiration from across the pond.

Here’s a few categories and a few ideas to try for yourself.

1/ Decorate with a difference – Pumpkin decor.

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I’m a sucker for black and white and I love the idea of painting your pumpkin and making them pretty. They’d be great for table center pieces!

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Add props to make your pumpkin stand out. I love the candle holder idea and the animals are so cute!

2/ Deadly decoration

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Small touches like these are brilliant to add atmosphere to your Halloween party… how great are those candles?

3/ Scary snacks – Halloween food

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Can’t wait to try those black toffee apples!

4/ Deadly drinks – Halloween cocktails

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These cocktails look awesome no? I would love to try them all!

Lots of brilliant and creative finds this week. What are you planning for Halloween?

Look out for our scary Halloween costume/make up finds coming this week!

Take care,

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Feature Friday – Collar Clips

Hi All,

Well it’s been a while! I’ve been on my holidays and Victoria has returned to school, so time has just got away from us. Fear not! We are back from our breaks and will be keeping you up to date with our finds and tutorials.

This week I have been a little bit obsessing over Collar Clips! I saw a set of these in Edinburgh and fell in ❤.

In case you’re wondering what they are let me introduce you to a few of my favorite finds, and if you are in the know then marvel at these awesome creations!

1// Balloon Collar Clip by @clustercuss (follow her on Instagram – she’s marvelous!)

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2// Washing line Collar Clip – Unknown but too cute to ignore!

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3// Classic Heart Collar Clip DIY tutorial by Lexy Levin

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4// Clip on animal Collar Clip by Minted Strawberry (with free printable template)

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5// Upcycled Collar Clips by Tigerlilly

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All so adorable right! I’ve got a whole long list of ones I’m going to make – it’s my new project!

Right I’m off to buy some shirts!

Take care,

Elisa Signature

Feature Friday: Fun with cement!

Hi all,

It’s that time again! Friday woo! Shamefully I am one of those people who can’t wait until the weekend. When that clock hits 5:30, I’m outta there!

So on my lunch break yesterday, and not when I was procrastinating… I stumbled upon such a cute little project using cement. This obviously isn’t a new material and it’s been creeping around the craft blogs for a while, but it’s something I’ve been meaning to use for ages.

It seems really easy to use and I like the juxtaposition of the industrial connotations the material has compared to the dainty projects I’ve been seeing.

So here are my favorite cement projects:

1// Concrete candlestick by Evenyaru.com

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2// Concrete ring bowl by Land of Nams

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3// Concrete quartz necklace by the uber talented Francesca over at fallfordiy.com

Seriously check out her page – it’s awesome and she has lots of different concrete jewellery tutorials!

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4// Cement Christmas (eek I said it) decorations by fellow fellow

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5// Cement key chain by sayyes.com

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Right so I’m off to buy some cement and some molds!

Enjoy the weekend!

Take care,

Elisa Signature

Tutorial ~ Easy Peasy DIY

Hi all,

So I decided it was about time for a DIY tutorial, don’t you think?

I was so inspired by the hand crafted Jewellery at Black Box Boutique the other week that I went straight home and did some making! Obviously I’m just a hobby crafter so don’t have access to any technical tools so I decided to go simple and use craft clay.

This takes 30mins so get your oven on, wack it on to 130 and start following these simple rules.

You need five things:

  1. Craft clay
  2. A skewer
  3. Hot oven (130 – or whatever temp you craft clay says)
  4. Nail varnish
  5. Jewellery bits – chain, clasp, wire and connecting rings.

Once you have these things simply follow these super easy steps.

1// Portion out your craft clay. Kneed it until soft and roll into a ball.

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2// Once you have the amount of balls you want, at the size you want, start using the skewer to make them into beads:

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3// Bake in the oven for 25 mins (or however long the craft clay packet says) and leave to cool.

4// Once cooled use the nail varnish to paint them. The nail varnish gives a lovely shiny finish. Leave to dry.

5// Once dried use the wire to attach the beads together:

Bend the ends like this from the stackable beads tutorial

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6// Use the connecting rings to attach the bead pendant to your chain. Add the clasp. And boom: you’re done!

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Really easy ay!

Take care,

Elisa Signature

Feature Friday! Interview with Black Box Boutique.

Hi all,

Eeek it feels like I’ve been away  for ages! Victoria has been doing a great job while I’ve been tottering around the Scottish lands. I had a great time, thanks for asking. Lot’s of walking, seeing sandy beaches and fun family times! A much needed break!

I didn’t forget about you guys though! Whilst on my travels I was looking out for things to report back to you all and success! As I was puddle hopping my way around the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh (a place I highly recommend you all go. Now!) I stumbled upon a wondrous, almost magical, find: Black Box Boutique!

Black Box is the wonderful creation of Hannah and Sarah: together they have created this charming boutique shop, almost like a bricks and mortar ETSY shop!

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Situated on the winding West Bow street in Edinburgh’s old town this little treasure trove is stuffed full of imaginative and creative products. Not only was I in awe of the hand crafted jewellery, illustrations, cards and supplies but the interior was magical!

 

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I love these sort of finds; I love being transported into the world independent shops like these create. But rather than me gab on about it why don’t we hear from the lovely ladies themselves! I was able to ask Hannah and Sarah a few questions so I hope you enjoy!

1/ Please introduce yourselves and your business.
Hello, I am Hannah, and I run Black Box with my good friend Sarah. Black Box is an independent design boutique based in the heart of Edinburghs Old Town. We stock a wide range of stationery, illustration, homeware and gifts, but at the heart of it we are a jewellery boutique. All of our products are made by British-based independent designers and small companies, with a few from a bit further afield. Both myself and Sarah are jewellers, and we have our workshop at the back of the shop so our customers can peek at jewellery being made.

2/ How did you start out and how did black box boutique evolve?
Black Box is a family run business, but to begin with we were starting from scratch. Our initial vision for Black Box was to be a sort of wonderland with the jewellery displayed in unusual ways, enabling the customer to feel like they were discovering hidden treasures throughout the boutique. So often jewellery stores are rows of endless glass cabinets, where the jewellery almost becomes lost. We wanted to have each cabinet tell it’s own story, and in turn the jewellery comes to life!

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We’ve come a long way from when we opened, and our designer base has risen from 25 to begin with, up to around 100 at the moment. It’s a constant learning curve, so we continually update our displays, and strive to deliver something fresh.

3/ You have so many amazing handmade goodies in your shop; what are you loving right now?
It’s so hard to choose, we love all of our designers! Wolf & Moon and AndSmile are going down a storm with our customers, as is the new collection from DeeLyn made from recycled guitar strings. Both myself and Sarah are totally in love with Yasmin Everley’s Entomology collection, and I might just have to treat myself to one of Myia Bonner’s new initial necklaces…!

4/ What or who inspires you most?
Black Box grew from a love of fairytales and secret things, childhood curiosities and particularly books like The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. It’s always been important for our boutique to mix the old with the new, so we source old furniture and objects to include in our displays. I’ve collected ‘antiques’ for years, not for their value (which is little) but for a love of imagining what sort of history the item could have had; who owned it, what sort of life did they lead, if the object could speak what tales would it tell? etc. There is such value in history, it’s all so fascinating, and really the only limit is your imagination!

5/ Do you have any advice for those creative people out there looking to open up a crafty business?
Make sure that your craft is your passion. Being a creative and a business owner is often difficult, as the two tend to be at crossed purposes in terms of motivation, but it can definitely work. I’d say that feedback is invaluable, because it’s always vital to gain a fresh perspective. Listen to your customers, and don’t give up. Persevere and believe in yourself – You can do it!

A huge thank you to Black Box Boutique for answering all of our questions! We hope you all enjoyed hearing what they had to say and if you’re in the Edinburgh area get your Google maps out, type in this address: 98 WEST BOW, EDINBURGH, MIDLOTHIAN, EH1 2HH, and get your behinds down there!

Take care,

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Feature Friday ~ Back to School

Hello Me Oh Myers,

This week Elisa is off swanning around Scotland (I’m sure we’ve some great photos to look forward to), so it’s Victoria here with this weeks Feature Friday.
I love this time of year, going back to school for the simple fact I can stock up on vast quantities of stationary, post it notes, stickers etc. etc.

But rather than purchase run of the mill designs I want something individual and unique this year. So let’s get creative.

1// The Essential Equipment

Pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers… all essential whatever stage of education you are in, even in the workplace we all need them. Why have boring when you can have bright?

Create some of these super cute colour block pencils in colours of your choice by The Crafted Life

 

 

How about using the totally brillaint washi tape to make custom designed washi tape pencils. The possibilities are endless.

Or if you haven’t time to customise you own you would get someone to do it for you like Anna-Marie Loves. Perhaps add inspiration quotes to make you smile.

 

2// Note Taking

How about making your own up-cycled note books. I love these from Creme de la Craft.

 

They’re really easy to make, I made them with my Eco Art club last year and they loved them.

Already bought your books why not decorate and customise them?

How about creating a Pointillism Notebook, what a great idea from The Crafted Life

Or how about a chalkboard notebook like this one from Honest to Nod

or how about using stamps to create a custom design like Claireabelle Makes has done. Not only has she stamped the cover, she also make it.

3// Super Storage

We all need somewhere to store our stationary, whether at school, in the office or at home.

Pencilcases? Anyone still use those? I love this glittery number from Vivid Please! You could follow the tutorial or if you’re really lazy just buy a plain pencil case, then glue + glitter = awesome. How easy an effect to achieve right?

I love these dinosaur and animal storage jars from Room to Bloom. Definitely the next project on my list  of classroom makes.

 

How about reusing some of those jar you’ve had stored away? A bit of chalkboard pain, perhaps some washi tape and bang! Chalkboard storage jars ready to fill.

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Well I’ve hope you’re feeling inspired. Have a creative weekend.

Enjoy!

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Tutorial ~ Chalkboard Storage Jars

It’s that time of year again, it’s time to go back to school. Like many teachers when I refer to the New Year, I don’t mean January 1st. Nope, our new year begins when we go back to school. It kind of reminds me of being young whilst also it gives me a sense of  panic. Have I done everything? Argh, I’ve not done this or I’ve not done that. There is this internal sense of dread, but in the end it turns out okay.

In my efforts to stem the panic I’ve spent the afternoon making storage for my classroom. I HATE my classroom not being organised but at the same time I HATE having to spend money on more resources. In my efforts to be frugal (not cheap) I’ve created these chalkboard storage jars.

 

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To make your own you will need

Chalkboard paint
Sponge Brush
Tape
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I had planned on using spray paint to colour the jar lids but decided against it. tools

 

Step 1. Mark out using the tape where you will place you chalkboard  label. Ensure it is firmly pressed against the jar.

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Step 2. Using the sponge brush carefully apply your chalkboard paint to the jar. Be careful of paint running or getting under the tape.

step 2Step 3. Allow to dry for half an hour to an hour. If your jars need another coat of paint, ensure the bottom coat is dry first. I made the mistake of not ensuring it was completely dry on a few of them and the paint cracked. Not a good look.

Step 4. Once dry remove the tape and fill your jars with pretty things. I even added some washi tape to a few of them for colour.

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What do you think? It makes me a little excited to go back to school, just so I can fill them with stationary, I know totally lame.

Anyone else heading back to school soon or already back? What did you make for the new school year? Share your ideas with us.

 

Enjoy!

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Tutorial ~ Dip Dyed Tablecloth

Here it is Me Oh Myers,

I have another dip dye creation for you. Yay! The dip dyed tablecloth. If you’re wondering why all my recent crafts have been dip dye related,  having bought the manufactured non-natural stuff I felt I had to make the most of it. I dyed everything I thought suitable including cotton for tablecloths, t-shirts, rope, ribbon… the list continues. Hope I’m not boring you with them yet.I’ve only one more to share after this.

I actually carried out the dying process over two weeks ago but this one I’ve needed to finish before I could post the tutorial . I kind of kept putting it off as it meant I had to dust off the sewing machine.  Tut tut. Just after I created this I spotted this lookalike on  Brit & Co. Great minds and all that.

To create your own you will need
Dye – follow the instructions on the packet
Cotton fabric cut to the appropriate size
A suitable container Rubber gloves
Dressmaker pins

Step 1. Lay out your fabric out flat and fold in half

step 1 Step 2. Fold in half again lengthways

Step 2Step 3. Place pins along the edge to indicate your changes

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Step 4. Ensure your wearing rubber gloves at this point. Hold your fabric at the very top along the fold and lay your fabric in the dye bath to the highest pin.

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Step 5. Use this technique or every 15-20 mins pull your fabric out to the next pin

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Step 6. Once you have reached the end of your fabric and you are happy with the results take out and rinse in luke warm water and then allow to drive out of direct sunlight.

Step 7. Once dry, lay it out and  it should look something like this (hopefully).

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Now you can leave it as it is or finish it off with a simple double folded hem

To finish it off you will need

A sewing machine
Thread of a suitable colour
Dressmaker pins
Iron

Step 8. First iron your material and then fold your material over 1/2 an inch so the wrong sides are touching. Iron flat.
Step 9. Fold it over 1/2 inch again to encase the raw edge inside of the hem; pin in place.
Step 10. Neatly sew along the edges and trim any loose ends.

And your done., now you just need to invite a few friends around to show your accomplishments.

Enjoy!

Victoria Signature