Friday, July 11, 2014

Crafty Freaks #1


Phew! I finished my first project for the Crafty Freaks challenge over at Little Minx.

I knew I wanted to do something with the rope I had left over from the macrame hangers I made last year.



Being a hoarder it felt like such a waste to throw it all away!

I played around with a few different ways of joining the rope together with crochet to make a bowl but for some reason I was getting shooting pains up my arms! I then decided to see if I could sew them together with a large needle and some heavy thread. This is what I came up with....a mat




It measures 85cm across and is made of  9mm heavy duty rope.








(The underside)

My daughter loves it and has requested it for her room where it will get lost under a pile of clothes etc....

It would look great made in a solid colour or done in patterns. You could also make it in different shapes by not starting with a circular coil. I'm thinking of making a black elliptical shaped one for my front door!

Now I have 2 weeks to come up with my next project....

It's not too late to join, so if you'd like to pop over to Little Minx and sign up!





Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Challenge.......









Yes, I know I haven't been here for a couple of months! But I'm back with something that should see me coming back every 2 weeks!

My lovely friend Joanna over at Little Minx is running a challenge on her blog called Crafty Freaks.
The idea is to get the creative juices flowing by making a new crafty project every 2 weeks for a whole year. Quite a challenge but one that has the potential to re-energize! The projects are due every two weeks (uploaded to the Pinterest page) with the first one being due Friday July 12th. (You can see I'm behind already as I was going to post this last week!)

If you're keen to participate, head over to the Crafty Freaks page and sign up!






Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Macrame...


 
About 6 months ago I was approached to make some macrame hangers for a display at a local mall. They needed something large and eyecatching so after a few days playing around with some rope I made came up with this design. It was exciting last week to see them finally up!



 
 

 
 


 
 

 
 


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pinata Party Time!

 
 
 
You know I love a challenge, right! So when I was thinking of what I could make for a friends significant birthday I thought I'd try something new. I had seen pinatas popping up on a few blogs so decided to make one.

My original idea was quite simple - a heart. But as tends to happen I thought, "That's too easy". So next thing I know I'm off to the recycling bin at the nearest stationery store scavenging for cardboard. Unfortunately I always seem to have these great ideas at night so the photos don't turn out so well.

Here's my rather abbreviated how to....




Draw your design onto cardboard (x 2) and cut a strip of cardboard about 12cm wide.




 
 
Attach the strip using tape, remembering to leave a flap at the bottom for the filling.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cut strips of foil or crepe paper about 3cm wide and make into fringing. Using glue and working from the bottom up place the fringing so that it overlaps.
 
Make a hole in the top and insert a piece of cord through. I tied the cord around a small piece of stick to anchor it on the inside. 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
The filling: lollies, sequins, foil glitter, buttons, toy animals and feathers plus rice and pasta for the sound effects!
 
Add your filling and glue up the opening.
 
 


 
 


 
 
 

 
 
Then smash!!!!!!
 

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Press...

 
I've been having a good run lately with press for my products! Feeling very lucky.
 
This month my resin bangles are in Frankie magazine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 


Friday, December 27, 2013

Back Again....!

Well, I know it's been nearly 2 months since I said I was back but this time I'm going to try harder - I feel a New Years resolution coming on....

I've been pretty busy over the last 2 months with work, 2 markets, filling wholesale orders and getting ready for Xmas. Now that that's all over I have another 2 weeks Xmas holidays left where I'll be hopefully doing a few things around the house and hanging out with my daughter and partner. Ava wants to update her room now that she's in double figures so I might look for curtains and a new duvet or maybe just some fabric to make them.

I had some more press which was pretty exciting! One of my picture plates is in the January issue of Your Home and Garden (NZ). Feeling pretty lucky!



 
 
I hope you've all had a great Xmas and are looking forward to the new year.
 
xClaire

Friday, November 1, 2013

I'm Back!

 
Oh look! That's my Virgin Mary Candle in October's NZ House and Garden magazine!

I haven't actually been anywhere - just been having a crisis of confidence but I think I'm over it now....