Friday, 30 August 2013

How To Make A DreamCatcher

 I have wanted to create a dreamcatcher for quite a while but wanted to avoid those intricate threading patterns that made it much more complex. My auntie came up with the fab idea to use those old bangles that you often find at the bottom of your jewellery box. These are so cheap to buy and come in so many different and bright colours. This particular bangle is sparkly which, as well as being really pretty, it helps keep the thread from moving on the hoop.

I started by securing the thread onto the hoop. I used just plain coloured sewing thread but you could use embroidery thread, thin ribbon etc. I then lead the thread to the opposing side of the hoop. I found that by wrapping the thread around the hoop at each point, this prevented the thread from slipping and made the design more secure. I repeated this until I was happy with design. It took some attempts so don't give up, sometimes the messier designs look more interesting.

When I felt more confident with the process, I incorporated beads into the thread work. Shells would look great too.

Finally secure your thread to the hoop before cutting off the ends. Simple!

Using embroidery thread I added some decorative ends to the bottom of my dream catcher. I added beads by simply threading and knotting the thread. I also added feathers to make it more authentic. I filled the lower beads with hot glue before sliding them onto the feathers. This created a much cleaner look. My final design is below, I hope you like it. :)
I have also included two other designs [made by my cousin who is a creative little bean]. The orange dream catcher was made using metallic thread which catches the light really nicely. The opposing design contains a much greater variety of beads and ribbons which gives it a sort of boho feel. This craft was great fun to experiment with. I found that by adapting the tightness or thickness of the thread used, this created different effects so why not experiment? I would love to hear your comments. :)

A Tiresome Trip To The Beach

I love my lovely little freckly boy. Running round chasing the sand just got too much for him and he had to do what he does best, sleep. A great day out!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Beautiful Butterflies

There are so many stunning butterflies in my garden this time of year, I couldn't resist sharing them. I  am lucky to have a garden full of such beautiful wildlife and always discover something to inspire me.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

How To Make A Melted Bead Heart Frame

Yes another melted bead idea. :) I went round my auntie's house, who always manages to inspire me in some way. She had a fab collection of cookie cutters which allowed me to explore further ways to use the beads. Using two different heart cookie cutters I created a frame which I filled with beads. I had to ensure that the cutters lay flat upon the baking tray before placing it in the oven for 20 mins (Gas mark 6). I was really pleased with the efffect. We also explored a star shape and teapot cutter which were great too. I will upload finished pictures of these at a later stage.

I would love to hear your comments. :)

Monday, 26 August 2013

Button Garden Card

A colourful and fun card. Extremely quick and easy to make and can be made using any of those scraps of paper that are left floating around with no purpose. You could even even include patterened paper and explore the different effects. A few cute buttons and voila.
ps. please excuse my messy gluegun.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

First Trip Out

Meet my lovely little ducklings exploring the garden for the first time. I hope you find them as endearing as I do. :)

How To Make A Melted Bead Suncatcher

I must start by saying, this craft was inspired by the popular melted bead suncatcher as many of you will have seen on Pinterest and over the net. I just couldn’t resist having a go and adding my own individual touches to it so I hope you enjoy reading.

Hot Air Balloon Card

[sorry about the quality of the photo]
This is one of my most recent designs. As with a lot of my designs, it features BUTTONS. There are so many fab ways to incorporate them and I was pleased with the effect of this. The brighter the buttons the better. I love the rainbow button in this design and I knew I had been saving it for something special. This card was really quick and simple to create. It was for my Granddad's birthday who recently took a balloon flight.

Introduction To Photo Blog

I am so pleased this little beauty is my first photo, what a cute lil' fella. I found him in the brook in my garden and he was the perfect model.

I absolutely love taking photographs and attempting to capture something beautiful. I am in no way a professional, I have a little basic digital camera and don't know how to use complex editing software BUT I can't wait to share my favourite pictures with you all and I hope you like them so please drop me a comment if you have a moment spare.Thanks x

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

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