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!
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
Step 1. Lay out your fabric out flat and fold in half
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.
Step 5. Use this technique or every 15-20 mins pull your fabric out to the next pin
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).
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
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.
Hello Me Oh Myers,
Welcome to our new feature, Creative Lives.
Recently I’ve been enjoying the ability to do NOTHING. If feels very weird but it’s allowed me to find my creative side again. Being able to get lost in my thoughts in the summer shade is a great starting point for creativity.
Since I started teaching I’ve thrown myself into it 100% and have found myself working every hour possible to ensure I do the best job I can for my students. But since starting my new job as Lead Teacher of Humanities, free time has been gained (not through lack of effort might I add) and I’ve discovered a part of me that has been hidden away for a while.
I didn’t exactly lose my creative side over the past 2 years, I did some making, but I must admit I have found it difficult to relax enough to come up with original ideas. Pinterest has been the source of much inspiration. Whilst that isn’t all bad, I do like to come up with ideas of my own.
Ever since I can remember I’ve been crafting and making. I’ve tried looking for a number of old pieces I’ve had since I was a little to share with you, but can I find them? Of course not. But I did find these former creations on my old cut out and keep profile. I joined the site over 7 years ago, I was 20 then, days were longer and more beautiful (I was at it Uni, it was by the sea). I was massively inspired by nature and recycling as at the time I worked at an inspirational eco centre in the depth of the Pantperthog valley. I still care about the environment but I’m not as pro-active and involved as I used to be. Teaching kind of takes over your life and you need to set your priorities, unfortunately eco-activism isn’t one of them any more.
Anyway back to crafts from the past… all of these at the time were original creations. They were my ideas that came from inspirations around me. Whilst I love Pinterest, I do feel it kills off individual creativity in some ways.
Almost everything I make has a backstory, a reason or purpose. I’m one of those crafters that needs to have a purpose to make. For instance the notice board I made for a Craft Swap and sent it to a girl in the USA. She loved it. The theme was ‘Your Country’ and the idea has been that you send something associated with where your from. Can you guess the associated country for the notice board? (post your answers in the comments). It was time consuming with the sanding down of the picture frame but it was really easy to make.
The Tree of Life necklace I made as a leaving gift for a friend I worked with at the Eco Centre. I wrapped it up in a gift bag made from an up-cycled cereal box and newspaper, super cute.
The embroidery hoop I made to decorate the wall in the porch of our ‘new’ home at them time.
And leaving my favourite until last the ring pull brooch. I loved these, so fiddley to make but doesn’t it look cool? In my teenage years, I hung out with the punks and rockers we drank a lot of … canned beverages, being the horder I am I collected the ring pulls and kept them attached to a giant safety pin on my handmade denim bag. When that bag fell apart (as it would after 5 years of use), I stored the ring pulls in my craft collection for a future project. This was it, several years later I started to make these ring pull brooches. These came about as I started making and selling jewellery I made out of bottle caps collected from the pub I wourked in, I hated seeing all the caps going in the bin each night so started to save them. That’s when I created my alter ego, Skacore Princess she made upcycled creations. These in turn were a design I added to the collection,however unfortunately the shop that sold my wares closed down and my side project flopped But I learnt a lot about jewellery making at the time and it meant I bought the basic tools I needed to make well finished pieces.
I love this feeling of being inspired again, having ideas pop into my head and then having the time to try them out.
However I had better not get used to it, only 3 and half weeks left until the new school year and next year I will have 2 classes sitting their GCSE’s at the end of the year. Eck.
Until then however I will get back to enjoying this crafty ideal and plan for the Christmas markets.
p.s. We would love to hear about the creativity in your lives and are looking for bloggers to guest on our new Creative Lives feature. Interested?
Email us or leave a comment below. We look forward to hearing from you. x
It’s Saturday morning and the past week has been hell in work. This is why school terms should be no longer than 5 weeks, it’s exhausting both for pupils and teachers. Despite that I still woke up at 5:30am on the dot and couldn’t get back to sleep. Overtired perhaps?
To counteract the being up totally early I decided to start the day right with some simple crafting. Bliss. With it being so early I decided to make a few very simple modern ‘friendship’ bracelets.
As a teenager I used to wear vast quantities of friendship bracelets; beaded, plaited, rubber you name it I probably wore it. I still love the feel of stacking bracelets on my wrist (not so many theses days though), it takes me back to easier days. Although with that moody teenage expression you wouldn’t think it was easier.
Here’s how you can make your own modern ‘friendship’ bracelet
You will need
Step 1. Cut your chain to size using the pliers. I cut my chain to 10 links, approximately an inch.
Step 2. Cut your embroidery thread to length. You will need two strands for either side of approximately 30cm and folded in half. Step 2. Thread the two strands of thread through one end of the chain.
Step 3. Thread the thread through the other end of the chain.
Step 4. Tie a knot in the thread nearest the chain to secure.
Step 5. Tie a know at the end of the thread.
And you’re done. Time to wear it either by itself or stacked with other on trend bracelets.
Long time no speak on my part! You ever have one of those weeks where you don’t have time to breathe let alone keep up with writing!? Well it’s been one of those weeks, which has been made worse because the weather is so perfect right now and all I want to do is be outside :(. I think I might be cold blooded because I love basking in the sun.
Anyway today was another one of those glorious days and we spent it at the Kent and Sussex Show at Bewl Water. Now Bewl Water is my idea of perfect. If I was asked to describe my happy place it would be like one of those places in those American Camp movies: lakes, boats, green hills all around and happy families running around – well this is Bewl Water! I loved it.
See what’s not to love? There were boats and everything!
Unfortunately we were stuck in a little car park and not over looking this view so I couldn’t enjoy it fully.
Doing the fair was a bit of a last minute deal and I’ve spent all week frantically getting together a gazebo, a table and then making more products! It’s really worth just going for these things even if you’re not fully prepared – I had only 5 evenings to organise myself and I managed to borrow a table and a gazebo (I just harassed everyone I knew and those I didn’t too!)
I may have also managed to blow up a glue gun, but we don’t like to talk about that!
I was a bit apprehensive because I wasn’t sure what to expect and the title ‘Kent and Sussex Show’ made it sound like a big trade show – I pictured wall to wall stalls of professional craft businesses. Even though I felt we might be a little ‘handmade’ for the show we went for it, because after all what’s the worst that can happen?
Lots of new and awesome products we made for the stall and for ETSY. Victoria has made some really great jewellery. Talented that one, ay!
Unfortunately the day was quiet and the sales were low. However it was still worth it to meet some of the other stall holders and get to work on building a network and community.
All of our new items will be up on ETSY by tomorrow, but why not head over there now and take a look at the new flower crowns?
Take care all and enjoy the sunshine!
P.S I realised half way through the day I’d dressed like Rosie the Riveter! #wecandoit!
Beads! I love them, ever since I can remember I’ve had a stash of beads in my home. A few years ago I amalgamated my many bead supplies into my mum’s old sewing tin (shhhh, she doesn’t know I ‘borrowed’ it when I went to uni). There are some beads in there that I have had since I were 7/8 years old… can they be called vintage?
Whilst sorting through my craft supplies recently I came across a variety of seed beads in my tin and felt inspired to make use of them and in preparation for our stall next week I decided to make some bracelets with them.
To make your own you will need the following
Step 1 . Take your wire and cut it to size. I cut mine to 2 inches.
Step 2. Using the round nose pliers, at the end of the wire create a tight loop.
Step 3. Feed your seeds onto the wire. Leave at least 1cm to finish the wire.
Step 4. Once your wire is complete, finish the wire off with another loop using the round nose pliers.
Step 5. Prepare your chain. Using the wire cutters, cut the chain to the desired length.
Step 6. Attach your findings to the chain at either end, in this example I used a clasp and split ring in my example. I also added a bead to the split ring for decoration.
Step 7. Cut your chain in half using the wire cutters
Step 8. Attach the chain to the wire using the split rings.Step 9. And your done! Time to wear your seed bead bracelet with pride.
Hope you’ve been inspired.
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
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.
(*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.
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.
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.