So I thought it would be fun to share some pictures with you of the shop so you can see where my new home is and where I’ll be blogging from now on. Next week I’ll be catching up with my personal projects, so you will see a lot of new posts next week. Thanks all for bearing with me over the last month or so while I’ve been a bit quiet. Now I’m all settled in normal service can resume!
Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my new home! See you soon for project fun times
My Threads have lived in a wire basket for sometime. Not my best organisation I’ll admit. The threads have been getting tangled and I can never find the colour I need. So I decided to relocate them to something a bit more practical. The jewellery box is thick card but it’s lovely and strong and the inside is in great condition. I picked it up from a thrift store years ago for pittance but never found a use for it. I like the pattern outside but the top is quite stained. Roll on the Re-loving. . .
One old Jewellery box
lots of silk roses
rustic peach roses (silk)
a lot of thread spools
That’s the end of the catch up marathon, thanks for reading, see you next week for project 16
Before I start an apology, things have been a bit manic over the last few weeks and though I've been doing my projects I haven't posted them. Instead of posting all at once, I'm having a weekend posting marathon instead, starting with. . .
Heartbreak Clutch Bag
My favourite going out bag. A 60’s chainmail white clutch. It’s a decent size unlike a lot of the modern ones, with a sexy slimline shape with an envelope style fastening. It broke. Which broke my heart. bad times. So how did I mend my broken heart (I mean bag), read on dear chums to see . . .
One beautiful but broken clutch bag.
An old pair of black beaded clip on earrings
one large art deco black button
one shiny diamond shaped button
I hope you enjoyed my heartbreak bag project, see you tomorrow for project 13
This week I taught myself how to make felt from some natural insulation I had. Combined with a need for a new pin cushion, I bring you the 100% homemade pin cushion (from totally re-loved materials of course)
First I pummelled my wool in a hot sink of water. Then I compressed it to get all the water out & realised that I would need to repeat this process many times to turn it into felt! I think it was six times in total, but it was a joy! Sadly I did not manage to take pictures of this bit as I was a bit enthralled & forgot (sorry.) But here’s the gallery of how the rest of the project progressed – enjoy!
Handmade felt from organic wool insulation
scraps of felt from old projects (purple & navy)
needle & thread
Handmade stuffing made from organic wool insulation
Hope you enjoyed this week’s experiment, see you next week for Project 9!
There are 2 parts to this project. The weekly project, which has to be made from materials I already own or traded for. This part is straigtforward and thoroughly enjoyable for me as crafting & creating is second nature for me.
Part 2 is not quite so easy. A personal challenge not to purchase anything that is not essential. So far this has been fine. It’s summer, I have plenty of clothes and shoes already & I’m not a great high street shopper anyway, so I don’t find things tempting when I’m out with friends.
I am, however a sucker for momentos. From trips out & holidays, I like having something to remember special days by. Yesterday I was treated to a day out at the Leavesdon Studios for the making of Harry Potter. Brilliant day. Gift shop torture. The pink fluffy pygmy puff nearly made me lose my nerve.
Somehow, even though I was surrounded by school jumpers, gryffindor hoodies, cushions, mugs, fridge magnets, lego sets & oh so many delightful wands & robes I did not break my rule. I managed it. BUT I did compromise, with my husband purchasing a rather fetching gryffindor t shirt which he is going to give me for christmas. I did buy myself a chocolate frog but as food doesn’t count in this project, it’s all good.
So on the long drive home it occured to me that we hadn’t fulfilled our usual tradition of a fridge magnet purchase. Roll on Project 6. . .
I discovered a whole new medium today. Frankly I was enthralled. I was searching for a way to transfer photos to fabric, when I stumbled across a method for printing directly onto fabric. I read this post & was completely inspired to try it myself. See the gallery below for how I Re-Loved an old shopping jute bag.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks project & will come back next week for Project 7! There will also be a bonus post midweek about my progress & the “non buying” element of Re-Loved 52.
I am one of those people that is a little bit addicted to stumble upon & pinterest. In passing I have seen a number of different tutorials on how to decorate blank china. Some of them require specialist things (which I can’t buy due to the project rules) but then I saw one which used a simple sharpie pen. I had a dig around my pen box and found a nice pink sharpie (yay) See results below:
1) 4 blank teacups & saucers
2) one sharpie pen
3) an oven
Firstly I made sure all the cups were clean before I started. Sounds basic but it’ll be much harder to get a stain off once you’ve “baked” the cups in the oven. Then I decided what I wanted to write on the cups. I decided to do two that are a pair as a he + she matching set and then the other two are a little bit random! My favourite is the one which says “I lied, it’s not decaf (sorry)” The other one says “instant coffee is for philistines”
I didn’t get it exactly how I wanted the first time so I did wipe them clean (warm water was fine) until I got all the wording positioned and sized how I felt it looked best. This was a little problematic on the saucers as I kept ending up with big writing at the beginning and small writing at the end. Once this was sorted, I spread them out on a baking tray and well. . . baked them! 30 minutes on 180 degrees (celsius) was plenty to “seal” the ink.
Once they were good and baked I left them to cool completely and then checked the lettering was secure by rubbing them with a damp sponge. Yup all good & safe. I now have four wordy cups which I can hand wash to my hearts desire (I don’t think they would stand up to dish washing though)
This was a really fun project, I felt really naughty writing all over the cups but I think for cheap blank mugs it’s a lovely idea to make them into something personal. I think this would be a really fun & easy gift to make for somebody. Perhaps with an “altered christmas carol” or birthday greeting.