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 – 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,

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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,

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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,

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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 ~ 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

 

 

The Realities of Creative Thinking

Sometimes on pinterest you come across pins that just make you giggle, right? Particularly the ones that feel true for you.

This morning I came across this one and it’s so very true.

 

I could sit there for hours in an evening trying to jot down or come up with  ideas and nothing, yes NOTHING. Yet the moment I give up and go to bed wowzer, head full of the darn things.

Anyone else experience that?

Do you keep a notepad next to your bed or rely on your memory?

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Event ~ Birthday Giveaway

It’s our birthday and we want to share it with you. We’ve got a GIVEAWAY!

We’ve created this super cute craft pack to give away to one lucky person. We’ve taken inspiration from the snail-mail revolution to create this beautiful gift pack.

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In the pack you will find a variety of handmade surprises, materials to make one of our tutorials and a selection of super cute craft supplies.

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All of which are packaged beautifully in handmade envelopes just for you.

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We won’t show you what’s inside just yet as it will spoil the surprise when it lands on your doorstep.

How to Enter

For your chance to win head over to either our Rafflecopter  on our giveaway page or our Facebook page (unfortunately we can’t add Javascript to WordPress, boo).

It’s really easy to enter simply complete the 3 mandatory parts of the entry

1) Leave a comment for us below linking to your favourite Me Oh My blog post
2) Join us on Facebook
3) Follow us on Twitter

Easy right? Just make sure you confirm each action on the Rafflecopter. 

As a bit of extra fun to earn additional points our final action is post a crafty Instagram photo with the hashtag #meohmycrafts.
We’d love to see what you making or taking inspiration from.

The giveaway opens today Friday 15th August and closes 12am Friday 22nd August. We will announce the winner soon after.

Good luck.

Victoria and Elisa

Inspiration ~ Dip Dyed T-shirt

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This summer as I’m sure you’re aware by now I am hooked on dying. I’ve tried creating natural dyes  out of black beans, elderberries, strawberries, raspberries and even spinach leaves. After our recent post on dip dye ideas and my failure with my attempt at using natural dyes for dip dying I resorted to having a  go using manufactured dye. It was really easy to do, in fact I did it at the same time as making a dip dyed tablecloth (that’s a future post).

To make my t-shirt I simply created the dye bath with the salt fixant as instructed on the packet. Laid the t-shirt over the side up to the highest point I wanted to dye to reach then every 15 minutes I lifted the t-shirt out. Unfortunately the photos don’t show the variation in colour quite as well as the real thing, but I reckon it looks good all the same. What do you think? tshirtcollage

It definitely turned out better than the natural dye, was it the material I used or the dye itself I wonder? I really love how it turned out, plus it looked great on (I hate having photos taken and this was the best of a bad bunch my boyfriend took 🙂 ).
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Anyway have you had a go at dip dying yet? Been inspired to have a go yourself?

Share with us your ideas and creations in the comments below.

Enjoy!

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Tutorial ~ heart shaped earrings.

Hi all,
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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.

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2// Kneed the craft clay and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball.

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3// Use a craft/clay knife (or a regular knife in my case) to cut out a heart shape.

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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.

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7// Use the nail polish to paint them. Nail polish gives a really nice finish, it dries quickly and it leaves no brush marks.

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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.

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Do you like? I was thinking of putting some of these things on our ETSY  page.

Take care,

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