Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Beautiful Boho Beads from Fabric Scraps

Hello Bloggy Friends,

What a bright and beautiful morning it is here in Norfolk UK, I hope you are having a happy day wherever you are in the world :o)

I treated myself to a lovely long cotton summer dress a couple of weeks ago and, because I am a little vertically challenged at 5' 2", I had to take a good 5" off the bottom. The piece I cut off didn't go to waste, as I used it to fashion some straps (my strapless days are a dim and distant memory, I need sturdy upholstery these days!) - but I still ended up with some small scraps, which I was about to chuck in the bin, when inspiration struck me ... I remembered some YT vids I've been watching showing how to turn fabric scraps into beads.

So, I sat in the garden with some glue and a barbecue stick, winding the scrap around to create beads and finishing some of them with bits of lace. Result - a necklace to match my new dress ...

Some of the clever people on YT make much more elaborate ones than these, with beads and fibres added, and all kinds of colours and textures. I will definitely have another go, as I have a mountain of fabrics, beads and fibres which I'm sure would work and it really was very easy to do - the kind of thing I could take to our monthly crafty session and do whilst yakking and drinking coffee :o)

Thanks for visitng me today, see you again soon!

Annie xxx

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Printer Tray Love

Hi Everyone,

Today is our wedding anniversary - it's SIX YEARS since John and I were married - how did THAT happen so quickly?!

Instead of a card, I gave John this little house-shaped printer tray which I made at the Mattishall Mixed Media/Craft Group a couple of months ago, using a kit from Tando Creative ...

The lovely Di Oliver from Tando supplied the basic printer tray kit, as well as a selection of chippie pieces, stamps and stencils, and various Decoart paints and media to choose from and play with. We each brought our own little treasures to add to our projects as well, so every single one was totally unique.

I'm very happy with how mine turned out - I added lots of little love tokens and symbols and wrote a message on the back with a Posca paint pen. John was very pleased with it too :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon !!

Annie xxx

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Teeny People on a Big Adventure

Hi Bloggy Friends,

Hope you are having a happy weekend wherever you are in the world - it's sunshine and showers again here, but I'm hoping to do some more sorting in my garage today, perhaps discover some more forgotten treasures.

My day started well, when the postman brought me a package from China (crafty goodies) and a little envelope from my kind friend Karen, who sent me these REALLY teeny people ...

They must be 24th scale I think (I put a biro there to give an idea of their size) and I have no idea where Karen got them - maybe they're for architects's models or miniature railway scenes??

Anyway, all kinds of possibilities await them - my favourite idea at the moment is to create tiny worlds for them in unexpected places ... what would YOU do with them?

Thanks for visiting today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

WOYWW #428 - in which theTrash Dolls move one step closer

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Pals,

It's Wednesday (well it will be by the time you read this) so it's time to show the world What's On Your Workdesk this week, by linking up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and then having a wander around lots of other creative spaces all over the world to see what everyone else has been up to.

Here's mine this week - slightly more colourful than last week, when these were just empty packaging boxes and ribbon spools ...

First I covered them in old book paper (from an algebra text book which used to belong to my husband when he was a schoolboy) ...

Then I coloured them with Golden fluid acrylic paints - brilliant for this, as they're translucent and very pigmented - love those juicy colours!!

Next week, I should be able to show you my finished Arty-FArty Trash Dolls!

Meanwhile, I'll be popping over to Julia's to have a nosey at everyone else's workrooms - see you there :o)

Annie xxx

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New Baby, Bad Hair Day

Hi everyone,

It's a funny old day here in the East of England - at the moment, it's stopped raining but it's still very damp and grey. Later on it's supposed to be "getting out" as they say around these parts - i.e. the sun is going to win through after all - in which case, I plan to finish sorting out the years of accumulated clobber in the garage, hopefully unearthing some long-lost treasures! :o)

Here's a little gem of a photo which had been buried and recently resurfaced. Before you look, imagine this for a second ... you are 21, you've been in labour for three days, you feel sweaty and bedraggled, but you are totally in love with your perfect new baby boy ... your husband goes to take a photo of you and the baby and you say, "Wait! Does my hair look ok?" and he says, "You look fine!".
It's the olden days, so you wait three weeks for the film to be developed, then eagerly open the envelope to see how the photographs turned out ...I was not best pleased with this one, but it does capture the moment ...

 This page was inspired by two scrappy challenges. The lovely Jo Boland set a colour challenge for August over at Go Go Getaway. Love the bright colours, but had to go a bit muted and vintage for this photo ...

I also used this fab sketch by Laura Whitaker over at Stuck?! Sketches ...

Brilliant sketch which I will definitely use again! So, I'm going to link this up for both challenges - check out their blogs for loads of inspiration.

I really wanted to scrap this photo, as it is precious (despite my disastrous hair, dodgy home-made nightie and gormless expression) but I feel it turned out kinda drab - a faded, 1970s version of the bright colours I enjoy these days. Maybe I will have another go with the same sketch and colours but a different photo and see how I get on.

Meanwhile, thanks for visiting my blog today, always lovely to see you :o)

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

WOYWW #427 - in which I show yer me old china!!

Hello Lovely Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

It's been AGES since I joined in with What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (too much other stuff getting in the way) and I've missed snouting around other people's craft rooms and seeing what everyone else has been up to.

If you would like to find out what I'm going on about and maybe show the world what's on your workdesk this week, just pop into to Julia's Stamping Ground - everyone's welcome :o)

Here's my desk this morning, in readiness for a massive cutting and sticking session ...

The plan is to turn these old boxes into gorgeous Art Dolls, by covering them with paper from my husband's old school algebra textbook, throwing some paint and stuff about, adding some vintage images off Tinternet and sprinkling with various bits and bobs which are currently cluttering up my craft room.

I've also been making Really Tiny Things again, like these little vintage-style plates ...

I just printed some images I found online - there are loads out there, like this one which is all blue-and-white china, very pretty. Just search for something like vintage crockery printable. All of these in the picture below came from just one sheet which I printed onto lightweight card ...

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Handmade Pot Plants in 1:12 scale

Hi everyone,

Crafty time has been a bit hit-and-miss recently, with so much other fun stuff going on :o) When I do have time to play, it's often difficult to decide which of my current obsessions I most want to work on - scrapping, miniatures, art journalling or any of the various other projects and UFOs I have on the go at the moment - so many ideas, so much stuff, so little time!!

This week, the miniatures have been winning. I have a Christmas room box on the go for a friend, and I also made some 12th scale pot plants, inspired by the very lovely Annie Christenson from We Love Miniatures ...

Annie is so clever, and generously shares templates and printables on her blog, as well as excellent tutorials on her YouTube channel. The arrangement in the picture above was made with paper, wire, paint, card, some string, tea leaves and some tiny sprigs from a dried flower spray.

For this project, Annie photographed her own hosta plants to produce a printable sheet, including a variety of individual leaves for a natural look. The idea is to cut them out, shape them and glue them on to wires, then arrange them together in pots. One printed sheet produced all of these ...

Annie's looked much more "anatomically-correct", but I'm still pleased with how mine turned out. They will make a great addition to some of my little scenes. I had some little wooden pots knocking around, which I finished with acrylic paint and ink to look like old terracotta. I also made the two troughs out of card, which I trimmed with braid and again added paint and ink to try and achieve the effect of terracotta and old metal with a patina.

Here a few more pics ...