Monday, 16 January 2017

Cardboard Tower

Hobbycraft had a sale of their pressed cardboard shapes just after Christmas and I had had my eye on this tower on a previous visit but not at the original price.

Hooray for sales! 

So I bought it and covered it with little cardboard brick shapes made from cereal packet.

I'll let you know what the finished product looks like when I've uploaded the photos onto my computer.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Cute Reindeer

Not made by me but by a lady who makes everything out of papier mache and sells it at craft fairs!

This is the little deer I bought, looking in awe and wonder at the wooden Christmas tree model on the mantelpiece.

And here is the rest of her stall (she let me take photos).

All the shelving for display was also card and papier mache too!

The animal faces reminded me of the illustrations in the Phillip Ardagh books. 

 If you look up you'll get a flavour of her ideas.

The Phillip Ardagh books of the Eddie Dickens Trilogy have characters with big bulbous eyes like these

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Frosty Pics

Its always good to get out with the camera on a frosty morning. I would have liked to have gone further afield but here are a few from the patio - the only frozen bit of the garden.

Bells and Scoobies (remember those?).

Crunchy leaves.

The frosty smile of the chiminea lid.

 And Ivy being rather artistic and decorative.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Pugs on the Christmas Tree

My daughter loves Pugs and vintage stuff so, when I saw this tiny bit of fabric remnant covered in vintage type pugs, rabbits, cats and chipmunks, I just had to buy it...

and then spend a happy evening listening to Neil Gaiman's Stardust book on the radio while sewing the cut out fabric shapes into these lovely little weirdos for her Christmas tree.

Each one was sewn, stuffed, corded and then had a bell added on top. Boy, have I missed sewing!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Blinging the Christmas Tree

I bought these simple wooden tree shapes from the Christmas market in Kingston upon Thames

which were whitewashed (but I painted them solid white) and had a rough string through the hole at the top.

I decorated each one with sticky-backed ribbon and shiny stickers or gemstones,

then used the hole at the top for an LED light with a battery at the back, held on with a plastic coated paperclip (thus easy to disconnect when not wanted).

I had to photograph them at a bit of an angle as the LED light can be a bit savage.
And I couldn't show them to you before Christmas because I was making them as presents, but they are all given out now so here they are.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Village on a Welding Lens

Back in the year of 2016 (many moons ago) I showed you scenes of Guildford College selling off supplies from its building department when it had a massive clear-out

One of the things I bought was a box of lenses for welding goggles. I had no idea what I would do with them, very dark green and dense, but if I hang on to things for long enough, they generally prove useful in some way.

So I used DAS air dry clay

to make lots of little houses and some trees, painted them with a white pearlescent paint, glued them onto the green lenses

and then added a type of glitter made from tiny silver balls (like seed beads). By leaving an un-decorated oval at the front, it appeared to be a deep dark lake with a village huddled around it.

I still have some small circular lenses... no idea what to do with them yet.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Pompom Christmas Tree

I have always made pompoms with two pieces of cardboard cut into doughnut shapes and wrapped the wool round and round, passing it through the middle hole every time. I didn't believe a new plastic design could make it easier and faster but here it it is...

from Hobbycraft, and it DOES!

Usually a pompom takes about an hour but I made all 4 with this kit in the same time: small one first then keeping the same wool I used to tie the small one, I tied the next size and the next until they were all fixed together.

I have seen a similar one where someone suggested using wire instead of wool and I can see the benefits of that as this can be a little wobbly. I glued it to an old wooden cotton reel. 

I may have another go as next Christmas approaches, using some more vibrant and non-green colours and attaching them to miniature flowerpots I have tucked away somewhere waiting for their time to shine.

That gives me nearly a year to find them among my craft stash!