A quick update

Ok, so I have been gone for a little while, but hopefully I will be back a little more now. For those of you that don’t know, my husband and I are in the process of buying a new house so most of my brain has been taken up with that, the rest of my brain has been taken up with health issues.

I have made a few little bits and pieces and I will probably get around to adding them tomorrow or Thursday.

One other thing I have been doing is upgrading my materials and tools. This quite difficult for me as I have no job at the moment, but a surprise £80 came my way and I have been trying to decide what I need the most right now. So far I have got:

-A set of lower case letter metal stamps (I should add for the bargain price of £3.91 instead of £35!)

– Some new wire

– A rotary tool with 205 accessories (That is waiting at the post office for me to pick up tomorrow).

We have actually been away visiting family the last week, and I have lovely in laws who gave me a few items that they were getting rid of. This is actually saving me a big chunk of cash as they were all things on my list. They gave me:

– A paper guillotine/cold laminator

– A glass engraver

-A soldering set with solder iron, solder gun, magnifier, solder and a few other bits and pieces.

Best of all is that I still have nearly £52 of the £80  left over, so I can still get a lot more stuff, although I am considering waiting until we have moved house to get it as I am going to have to start boxing everything up soon and its just more stuff to move.

Ok, ok, I know I usually post my craft fails, so here’s the big one from a couple of weeks ago. I bought a painting kit with dandelions on it and some mdf dandelion cut-outs to stick on at the end, I assumed (the pack was sealed) the the pattern was pre drawn on to the canvas. Boy was I wrong. So I had a blank canvas and a sheet with the pattern on that said to draw over it and once you had painted the canvas red, turn the sheet over and draw over it again to transfer the pattern. Did it work? Did it shite, so I had to try and hand paint all these dandelions by hand. Whilst I was waiting for the red to dry though, I had started painting the mdf bits, of which I was only painting one side and the edges as I didn’t want the pain to affect the glue. It was only when I came to stick them on at the end that I realised I had painted the wrong side. So when I got them stuck on (really hard with only pva glue to hand) they were all over the pattern. A few quick alterations to it later and it honestly doesn’t look too bad. But considering it was supposed to be an ‘easy and hassle free’ kit, it was a bit irksome to say the least!

Dreams

I have always been a dreamer. Always. I wanted to be a volcanologist, a singer, a teacher, an artist. You name it and I have probably wanted to do it at some point. It was only when I started crafting that things truly clicked. I knew that I wanted to make things. I started out by making little bits of jewellery, simple things like threading beads onto findings that I had bought. Last year I was getting a bit bored of it, I was limited to the things I could make, and although different colours we used, everything was easy to make and provided little challenge. I decided that I wanted to make real jewellery.

Since January I have been taking a class at Newcastle College called Jewellery Design Make Level 1, and it has been amazing, in the short amount of time that we have been attending (Next week will be the last class of 6) we have learnt lots of valuable skills. I have for the first time designed and made a piece from scratch, and although it has yet to be finished, I am so happy with it.

I will be continuing with the Level 2 class over the next 6 weeks and from there I am wanting to volunteer at a jewellery work shop to help increase my skills, I have started to get a few tools to help me produce my work and I really want to take part in a silversmithing class. So who knows? Maybe this time next year when I have honed my skills, I will be a jeweller. The ride is going to be hard work, but one I need to see through.

I know most of my posts on here are fairly light hearted, but occasionally there will be one which comes from the heart, and lets you into my little bubble. I sometimes don’t know how to verbalise things, but I can just sit here in front of my computer and type. Feel free to leave a comment, or contact me at any point. I am around most of the time x

Chelle x

The day I was on craft fail

To those in the crafting community, http://craftfail.com is a great way of checking out how those pinterest ideas turn out in real life.

http://craftfail.com/2014/08/pulled-apart-polka-dot-cake/

A little bit of back story first though, I was making this cake for my hen/bachelorette party. I forgot to grease the bottom of the cake pan, I did the lip and sides, just not the bit that was touching the majority of the cake…oops. However I laughed and sent it in to craft fail before I had even tried to save the damn thing, so it didn’t turn out as bad as I thought.

So the cake cooking looked ok

So the cake cooking looked ok

One I had scraped the pan it didn't look too bad. Apart from the fact it consisted of just crumbs which was noticeable once you cut into it

One I had scraped the pan it didn’t look too bad. Apart from the fact it consisted of just crumbs which was noticeable once you cut into it

Once you have iced it, who can tell anyway right?

Once you have iced it, who can tell anyway right?

Ok, so it was a little lumpy

Ok, so it was a little lumpy

I also attempted to make cake pops with the rest of the balls, hearts, cupcakes and stars I had made but not put in the cake. I think the photo of these speaks for itself…

They made lovely cake bites. FYI the candy on top is white chocolate mixed with raspberry powder and topped with freeze dried raspberry pieces.

They made lovely cake bites. FYI the candy on top is white chocolate mixed with raspberry powder and topped with freeze dried raspberry pieces.

At the end of the day, the important thing was that I tried and they tasted nice. Now let me go find my wine…

Candles to burn

Ok, so I will admit that I couldn’t do the whole cold turkey thing. I ended up buying craft supplies and planning my next project. Decorating candles.
In theory, this is a simple and cheap way to produce lovely decorative candles that make pretty, personalised gifts. How you ask? Follow these foolproof steps:
1- take white tissue paper
2- draw design on said paper
3- cut out nowhere near the design so you have lots of flappy bits poking out
4- forget you need to wrap the design onto the candles with greaseproof paper (this is an amazingly important step to create a truly crap craft)
5- try to hold design on with your fingers whilst you use a hair dryer to melt the candle into the tissue paper.
6- burn fingers
7- drop candle and dent it slightly
8- rub your fingers over the design to try and fully stick it on.
9- leave a puddle of wax on your desk (for bonus points, don’t notice and let it soak into your sleeve)

Et voila, your very own personal designed candle.

To be honest follow the YouTube videos and you will be fine. After a few goes it got better, but you still have hits and misses. I also hear a heat gun is far superior to a bog standard hair dryer!

So here are some pictures of what I ended up with from first to last.
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This one the edges just wouldn't stick down at all

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Ended up peeling this one off because it was wonky

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Used material instead of tissue paper. Missed off bottom left hand heart, had to go back and the dye ran. Now covered in scratch marks where I tried to get it off.

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This one is also material, and quite pretty, only...

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This side melted in lovely...

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This side didn't...

crappy crafting everyone!

Going cold turkey

So for the first time in a long while I am having a week off from crafts whilst I visit my family. Going cold turkey is going to be a hard thing to do 🙂 having a little break though is not a bad thing. So you will hear more from me next week x

A week of craftiness

This week I have been a busy little bunny with making things.

First of all I decided I wanted to make a pink and normal cake coloured cake. This went remarkably well, including the inedible gold edible cake glitter that I added to both the mix and the icing. I’m sure sparkly poop is something that everybody wants and needs.

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Mmmm Lyme disease cake

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Then I started working on my college piece. It is an arm medallion based on the Dothraki culture from game of thrones. I had to neaten up the disc I had, drill holes for the saw piercing, cut out some discs and cut out the design.
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I also got to try some new techniques at college.
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And finally I started some wire pieces, and I managed to make a full necklace and a pair of earrings using no bought findings, I made them all myself.
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Now please excuse me whilst I try to wash the coppery glitter adhered to my trousers from the saw piercing last night, and hoover up the thousands of little pieces of wire lingering on my desk!