Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Halloween DIY - Simple Card Cat Mask

I made this simple Card Cat Mask for halloween this year. The template of parts can be found here. You can also see my full DIY guide for putting the bits together on my Guidecentr.al profile.

Have you made anything for Halloween? I'd love to hear about your projects.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Polymer Pumpkin DIY recap and using Guidecentral

I thought I would re-share this pumpkin decoration DIY that I posted on the blog for Halloween 2 years ago. I have been making a lot of polymer clay decorations recently but this is the very first one I ever made. 

I have also recently joined a website and app called Guidecentral. It is a site for creative people to share DIY tutorials and if you are accepted onto the maker program they pay you for the DIYs. I was accepted onto the maker program and have been gradually adding some projects. Some are already on this blog and some are new that I will feature here over the next few months. 

I like how easy it is to upload the steps of the DIY as a maker. It is also really easy to follow the steps as a user. Why not take a look. The steps for my polymer pumpkin decorations DIY are here.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Pick of the Pins - Jewellery Display

I am a bit obsessed with Pinterest. I have been on Pinterest for a few years but I have never featured pins on my blog before. I have decided to share my 'Pick of the PIns' as a new blog feature. I don't know how regular a feature this will be. I always start out with good intentions and then life gets in the way and my blog is put on the back burner so I don't want to make any promises I can't keep.

Anyway, I'm starting with a few picks from one of my boards - jewellery display. As I mentioned in my last post, I have signed up for a Christmas Fayre and need a cheap and effective way of displaying my jewellery. I have been pinning images on this board for some time so it was good to refer back to it to try and kick start some ideas. 

The third image down is the start point for what I am going to try and do. I also like the clean minimal look of the first image so I aiming to make a clean white display - probably from foam board as it is easy to cut and light to take with me and assemble on site.

I'll keep you posted once I have made something.

Make sure you come follow me on Pinterest.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Today I Made - This Abstract Necklace and Earrings

I'm bringing back 'Today I Made' (except it should really ready 'Two Weeks Ago I Made')

I signed up for a Christmas Fayre a few weeks ago. It's on at the start of November which is pretty soon - yikes. I suddenly thought I better make some more jewellery as I may not have enough to display. I immediately made 3 new necklaces and a couple of pairs of earrings. I planned to put these up on the blog a while back but the last couple of weeks I have been struck down with two bugs and so I've not been much use for anything - so alas no more necklaces have been made.

I also have to make a display for my necklaces and bracelets. I have been inspired by a few Pinterest images and will share what I make once it's complete. I guess I better get on with it. Nap time doesn't last long!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Workspace DIY - a simple pen pot

Today I have an interior styling DIY rather than jewellery. As you may know from previous posts we bought a house last year. All the major work is done but we are running low on money for the really fun bit - the accessories and the styling.

Having been a buyer of interior products before I had my son, I do love to trawl around online trying to source exactly what I am looking for but I don't have that kind of time on my hands anymore, or the money to spend on what I really like. So the solution is to make a few things that I can't find or can't afford! It actually takes less time than trying to find what I'm looking for online anyway!

This one is really easy. I found an empty tub - this was a bouillon stock tub but a short Pringles tub would do the same job. I had some gesso from doing papier mache in the past so I used that to create my white base - regular white paint would do the same job. I liked the gold rim on the original packaging so I kept that exposed. Then once my final coat was dry I decorated with washi tape - my favourite decorating material! 

Really easy and really cheap, a great new addition to my workspace.

Then I had my first attempt at interiors styling so I could take a photo of it for you. Not bad for my first attempt but room for improvement I think!

Have you got any simple DIY's for the home, I'm all ears as I need a lot of ideas to brighten our house up and make it more of a home!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Winter Jewellery Inspiration from Lola Donoghue Painting

Painting inspiration image from Lola Donoghue Facebook Page

My interest in making abstract jewellery continues. I think this is one style I may stick with as I am really pleased with my recent creations. I have a print in our house by Irish artist Lola Donoghue that my mum gave me for my birthday. I really love it and follow Lola on facebook where she has photos of her creations.

I have been stuck in a bit of a colour rut recently so I thought I would use one of Lola's paintings as inspiration for a necklace. I wanted to make something with a winter feel as I have made so many bright summery pieces recently. As well as the colours in the painting, I used the composition as inspiration too.

Once I made the long necklace that can also be worn as a multi strand bracelet I thought I would make some earrings in the same colour palette. I am super pleased with both the necklace and the earrings so thank you Lola! What do you think of these? And what do you use for inspiration?

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Catwalk Mashup

I haven't featured catwalk mash up in quite a while but thought I would bring it back to show you a bracelet I made. We are going to a wedding next week and I bought the above dress from warehouse to wear to it. I will be wearing it with a navy blazer and gold sandals. The neckline is a little tricky for a necklace so I decided to make a statement bracelet instead.

Recently I have been into making abstract necklaces so thought I would try something similar as a wrap bracelet. I am really pleased with it so I think I will make another one to list in my shop. It has also inspired me to use fashion as the starting point for more of the pieces I make.

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