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

 

ETSY: NEW Products – Check it out!

Hi all,

So I’ve been super busy putting all of our new products up on our ETSY page! So please head over and check out all the handmade items we’ve been busy making!

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We always appreciate feedback so please make sure you send us a comment!

Take care,

E and V x

 

Events ~ Who likes giveaways?

Wow,  what a response we’ve had recently to our posts. Lots of you have been reading,  liking and sharing them. Thank you so much for supporting us on our crafty adventures.

To say a big thank you to you all when we reach our 50th follower on here, the Me Oh My! blog,  we will be picking a follower to send a wee weather* related craft kit to. Giveaway Cloud Kit
(*our Inspiration ~ weather post was very popular so we’ll go with the flow)

Your craft kit will contain enough materials to make two embellished cloud brooches like the one below. cloud brooch edit

If you like and share this post we’ll pop your name into the draw twice, yup that’s two chances we are giving you to win this cutie.

Good luck
V & E X

 

p.s. If you’re not lucky enough to win our giveaway you can always purchase a kit over at our Me Oh My! Esty store.

Tutorial ~ Easter Egg Necklace

Hi all,

Here is a super quick craft for you this Good Friday.

Egg Necklace

All you need to make this super cute necklace is the following

  • Embroidery Needle and Thread
  • Felt
  • Necklace or chain and fittings
  • Split ring
  • Paper and pencil
  • Pins

Step 1. To make your egg simply draw and cut out an egg shape from the paper.
Step 2. Pin your template to the felt, cut out the egg shape.
Step 3. Using the needle and thread embroider a pattern of your choice onto the felt egg.
Step 4. Attach your split ring through the top of your felt egg.
Step 5. Using the split ring attach your egg to the necklace chain.

Voila!

Hope you all have a fantastic Easter weekend.

Enjoy!

V x

 

 

Tutorial ~ Cloud Necklace

Hi all,

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!):

White felt

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Headpins

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Jewellery chain, blue beads and connecting rings.

Jewellery chain, blue beads and connecting rings.

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.

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Step 3// Either stitch or glue your smaller cloud shape on top, so the chains are sandwiched between.

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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 🙂

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Ta da! One weather themed, handmade necklace. If you would like to purchase our above necklace please click on the image.

Hope you enjoyed!

Take care,

E x