Summer is in full swing and I’ve been attempting to garden… Ok, I bought a pack of herb seed and a pack of pansies and feel all outdoorsy. XD
As well as giving all the happiness benefits of being outside (something like 20 mins of natural sunlight a day can combat S.A.D) I find it a good excuse to trawl etsy to find some garden inspiration from the crafty community.
I spend a lot of time online… a lot! Having dabbled in the handmade myself now I find it strange buying anything other that the utter basics from high street stores. I like buying vintage and handmade, especially if it’s something that a little special.
Having done the rounds on etsy, here are a few items that have caught my eye
I have a habit of ‘holding onto things’, looking at things I’m throwing out and saying ‘I could probably use you for something’. I also have a habit of sitting on Pintrest for hours. The two go together marvellously.
I’ve seen lots of these sort of crafts involving bottles and yarn so I thought I’d give it a go!
It really is as easy as cleaning out your bottle, taking the labels off, picking a yarn and wrapping… with a few tips along the way.
To help make it super easy here are the ThreadCetera tips to bottle yarn craft:
PVA- It’s the best choice. UHU dries very hard and shiny whereas PVA goes clear and if you do the wrong part it’s easy to wash off. Also, this craft can get very messy very fast, PVA is just much easier to get off your skin after.
Start from the bottle neck- Starting up the top is logical because of the bumb in the middle. If you were to start bottom, the wool slides up when you hit the curve bumb without anything to hit against. Doing this top down eliminates this and the wool goes round much easier.
Double Wrap- Depending on what colour of bottle you use this varies in importance. Clear glass allows the wool to dictate the colour overall but if, like me, you have used coloured glass make sure to double wrap otherwise the tiny baby gaps show an awful lot of colour of the bottle underneath. D=
Turn the bottle as you go- If you keep the bottle stationary and just wrap, although the side you are looking at looks marvelous as straight, the other side will end up with a lot of gaps. Turning the bottle means you can keep an eye on the wool all the way round.
I’m currently working on a few of these in various heights to sit together on the windowsill.
I find the whole process really calming, I would recommend spending some time on it.
After seeing these all over pintrest and finally buying a bag of lolly sticks I decided to venture into the world of bending wood.
To bend, boil lolly sticks in water for 30 mins, allow to soak for 30 mins. Bend into a glass smaller than your intended size (this will swell up after painting and then go a bit loose on release) then leave to dry overnight. I found it helped to also leave to dry on a radiator so the wood goes properly hard again. Boil twice as many as you actually want to allow for breakages. Wood splits easily.
It is as easy as that, I imagined bending them would be so much harder than it was!
With the ones that don’t quite bend as much as you’d like, push a hole in the ends and tie through yarn. The extra ‘edge’ stops the bracelet falling off your wrist, I find you don’t need to pull it too tight as long as the bracelet has curved enough to at least shape the top of your wrist. Before piercing, use insulation tape to stop the wood splitting. I used buttons instead of knotting the ends.
I think they look fun, but my favorite (the one I’ve been wearing) is my newspaper print one. I paper mache’d using block text passages from a magazine, the paper was not glossy or waxy to allow for the glue to stick. After covering the whole bracelet I put it back in the glass to dry hard. It looks simple and I like trying to read the paper bits.
Bit of fun, kept me quiet while my manpal watched the superbowl. =D
So it’s post-Christmas, and the dieting time of New Year is on us… and every time I look at that Milk Tray box it reminds me of things I cannot eat. You’d think I’d just throw it out, but see boxes and their bits are so damn handy!!
After my most recent Primark trip and 2 more pairs of earrings I decided I needed a more advanced system for my gems.
Chocolate boxes are perfect. They come with their own segmented parts for each pair, enough space to spread it all out and the box is easy to store, and looks p. nifty.
I’ve just stuck shiny card (a remnant from my Christmas card making the season just gone) and the puffy purple chocolate separator from the inside to layer up and create a better looking (or at least more obvious looking) cover.
It makes so much sense that I am shocked I didn’t do it before!
I felt the need to show youse the fruits of my labors this evening. I have successfully stored and neatly arranged all my crafting materials. Ribbons and string, thread and needles, scissors and buttons, fabric and scraps, paper and ‘things’…. so much … Continue reading →