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

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 ~ Ombre!

Hi all,

This week I’ve been playing with pastels: it is everywhere from clothes to cakes so I thought I’d jump on the band wagon and join in. Here are a few snaps from this week!

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My pretty pastel thread that was on offer!

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Some new bracelets I’ve been working on this week using my pastel thread.

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Beautiful Ombre cake courtesy of Cocolicious in Cranbrook

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My DIY cork board.

I’ve also noticed a lot of people are using pastel colours to achieve some really, really nice ombre crafts so I thought it would be a perfect Feature Friday! Here are some of the great ideas and tutorials I’ve found:

1// DIY Ombre cement candle holders by Homey oh my.

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A really cool project with amazing results. I love these and I think they would make for a really great gift as well as a great feature in your own home. Such an easy tutorial; all you need are the right tools!

2// DIY Ombre Cloche by the crafted life.

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So, so simple! All you need is a spray can. The crafted life use this as way to display photo’s but I think it would great in a cluster, or hung from the ceiling, or even as a light fitting.

3// DIY Ombre pendant lamp by design love fest.

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Talking of light fittings these are so pretty. This would really take any plain light fitting and make it into a really nice feature with hardly any effort.

4// DIY Ombre lampshade by P.S – I made this.

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I love PS -I made this! She has gone ahead and made it even more simple by making this tutorial a video. I’m always looking for ideas to upgrade the decor in my home and this is a really effective way to make what might be a boring lampshade into something great.

5// DIY Ombre tights by Brit + Co.

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Ombre can be so versatility in that it can look great across a variety of mediums: decor, fashion and beauty! These tights are awesome!

6// DIY scallop Necklace by Craftaholics Anonymous.

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Love how pretty this is. You could make this in leather, plastic, and wood and it would look great.

7// Ombre nails.

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Will definitely be trying this one out… do you think it’ll work on my tiny nails?! I’ll probably end up just making one giant mess, but that’s the fun in trying these things out – sometimes great things come from the mess!

Have a great weekend all and take care.

E x