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....






Sunday, September 22, 2013

This Weeks Finds..

 
 
Once again it's actually 2 weeks finds! I can't seem to get my shit together to post regularly at the moment and my op shopping is being curtailed by work/life shizz.
Here goes...
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
If I start making flowers out of shells please shoot me!
 
 
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

School Fair

 
 
Yesterday was my daughters school fair and as I was on the fair committee it was a huge day. We started planning 6 months ago so to have it all done and dusted is fantastic! Earlier in the week the weather forecast wasn't good but as the week went on I felt more optimistic that it would be fine, and it was.
I didn't get a chance to take any photos but here are a few pics of what I made for the craft stall...
 
 
 
 
crayons...





 
(My sis took this -  phew!)


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 I forgot to take photos of the tooth fairy pouches which along with the animal jars were the best sellers.