So we’ve been busy restocking our Etsy page and I hope you’ve all taken a gander at our hard work! 😛
We are having a sale on our summer products so why not head over and grab a bargain!
It’s been a long time coming but I’ve finally got our new range of jewellery up on our ETSY page!
We’ve got new earrings, necklaces and collar clips which are perfect little gifts for Christmas. I have a few already made up and all are make to order. So please check out our page and see if there’s anything you like!
I hope you like them!
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It’s been a great week of crafting: I got the old crafting clay out and made some earrings I’ve been planning on making for ages! These aren’t a new idea or anything but I’ve been wanting these for a long time and it was so great to finally have the time to make them.
Here’s a step by step on how I made them:
1// Gather your materials.
2// Kneed the craft clay and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball.
3// Use a craft/clay knife (or a regular knife in my case) to cut out a heart shape.
5// Bake in the oven at 110c for 30 mins. Do not bake over 130c!
6// Wait for the hearts to cool then glue the earring back to the back of them.
7// Use the nail polish to paint them. Nail polish gives a really nice finish, it dries quickly and it leaves no brush marks.
As a side note – in the 30 minutes these were baking I made a couple more things with the craft clay and with some of the thread I hand hanging around.
Do you like? I was thinking of putting some of these things on our ETSY page.
Carrying on with the pastel theme I’ve been scouring ETSY to find some nice things in this colour spectrum. I love this palettes(still not as much as monochrome) but it comes in second place.
I think I can speak for Victoria here too when I say the best colour is mint green. It’s everywhere right now but it looks so great. Victoria is very blonde and has fair skin and the colour looks great on her, and I have dark hair and more olive skin which the mint green highlights, so it’s a brilliantly versatile colour.
1// The Belinda clutch – GraceDesign
2// Cat Brooch – SketchInc:
3// Bow Necklace – iloveyoujewels:
4// Geometric iphone case – AnotherCase:
5// Stud Earrings – Belle Acessoires:
Loving all these items!
So I was kinda really busy at work yesterday that I forgot to upload my Feature Friday! I know; naughty blogger!
This week’s Feature Friday is all about the hot trend of terrariums (a word I have severe trouble saying and spelling). I had been thinking about planting some of my own succulent plants after I did my previous Feature Friday about house plants. I took the opportunity to do so when my good friend Emma came down from London for the day.
It’s always nice to do different things and I thought it would be great it Emma and I got our fingers green. I had my very first solo trip to the garden centre; when I say first solo trip I mean not having to be dragged, bored out of my skull, by my parents… I think I’m getting old!
Being from London, where they don’t have country side, Emma was slightly confused as to what these mysterious green things were: they’re plants, Emma dear :P. Hehe, just kidding!
We found some great plants and headed home from our very grown up trip (well slightly – we may have used the trolley as a go-cart down the in-store ramp).
Now this was our first time ever planting anything so I was a bit worried that we’d get it wrong and the plants would die within a week, but we went ahead a followed the tutorial on how to make terrariums.
So it’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve planted these bad boys and as far as I’m aware Emma’s plants are doing fine… mine however are not! I had to replant the above succulent that I’d so carefully planted into my awesome glass tea pot: back into it’s original pot it went in an attempt to save it’s life.
Any advice on the matter of why they might have started to die would be greatly appreciated!
Anyway on to the Feature Friday aspect of the Feature Friday post; I decided that instead of bringing you a range of projects that I’d treat you to a few Etsy finds I’ve stumbled across in relation to terrariums and succulent planters.
So here are a few modern planters you can use to make your own terrarium unique!
1/ The felt pod planter:
TheYarnKitchen has the cutest collection of handmade felt planters! I think these would be a great addition to any mantlepiece, or even as a gift! I’d love to receive these as a present!
2/ Hanging planters:
PotteryLodge has this brilliant black and white hanging planter that I love because a/ it’s black and white and b/it’s so adorable!
3/ Geodesic planter.
Totally modern with it’s angles and cement finish: this would be a great feature in any home. Good work RoughFusion! Love it.
4/ Fabric Planter
From Nestahome, again loving it because it’s black and white, but also what a clever idea! So unique – brilliant gift!
5/ Up-cycled planter: DingaDingTerrariums.
Now I’ve seen these around Pinterest for a while but that doesn’t stop them being awesome!I love how ‘quirky’ this is. Hey if you’re stuck for a gift idea for a boy – check it out!
Anyway I could go on and on because there are so many great ideas out there – but when it boils down to it, the essence is that they look modern and will make a great feature to any room in any house – so get involved!
The world cup has started which has given me an excuse to spend as little time in the living room as possible, and more time in my craft room making stuff! The first game was last night and I managed to bosh out four new flower crowns instead of mindlessly watch that mindless sport.
I think this meme about sums up how I feel about football:
Needless to say I’m not a fan. Though, to completely contradict myself, I will be supporting Ghana: this may or may not have something to do with what I did, or did not, pull out of the office sweepstake hat.
So I went a little flower crown crazy:
These aren’t available on ETSY yet because we’ve decided to do a last minute stall at the Kent and Sussex fair!
We’ll keep you posted!
I’m really sorry for missing Feature Friday! I’ll be sure to keep my eyes open for inspirational crafts this week. If anyone has any suggestions of what kind of crafts they want to see please let us know in the comments below.
We’ve had a mixture of almost biblical rain followed by glorious sunshine over here in the UK – I’d be happy with just the sunshine thanks!
Here’s a few varied snaps from my week.
Keeping up with Flower crown demands. This one is on Ebay.
This creepy cat appeared on Tuesday…
… and again on Wednesday! Stalker cat!
Photo day! Getting all our new products ready to put up on our Etsy shop!
Taking a Saturday stroll when this quintessentially British shot appeared! Pretty.
Hope you’ve all had a splendid week!
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:
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…
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!
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…)
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.
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.
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.
E and V x
We’re so happy that you all loved Victoria’s Inspiration – weather post! We thought we’d show you how that inspiration has been reflected in our own crafty designs.
You will need the following (photos not our own due to camera issues!):
Step 1// Cut out cloud shapes from the felt. Make one slightly smaller than the other for a layering effect. If you have trouble with cutting out shapes free hand then it’s best to print off a template and cut round it.
Step 2// Cut three pieces of jewellery chain of different sizes, the longest being approx 2 inches long. Superglue the chain to the outside of your biggest cloud shape.
Step 3// Either stitch or glue your smaller cloud shape on top, so the chains are sandwiched between.
Step 4// Measure a length of chain that will fit over your neck and attach to the back of the layered cloud… you can either stitch or glue! You can add a clasp if you desire – in this case measure two lengths of chain and attach the clasp to the end.
Step 5// Prepare your beads. Thread a headpin through the bead and loop the end. You can the attach the beads to the three hanging chains with connecting rings. You will need pliers 🙂
Ta da! One weather themed, handmade necklace. If you would like to purchase our above necklace please click on the image.
Hope you enjoyed!