I love making jewellery and have more necklaces than I can ever wear, but that doesn’t stop me making more!
I bought a bunch of plain wood beads on eBay and wondered how they’d work if I tried dyeing them with ink?
I blended acrylic artist inks with the water and left them for several hours.
Once the beads had been removed from their little baths I dried them on some paper towel.
They came out really marbled and pretty, not at all what I was expecting!
I had this cute tassel in my jewellery making stash and thought it would make a nice focal for this necklace.
Using some dark brown leather cord I knotted the tassel in and began knotting the beads in groups of three.
I think this one might become quite a favourite!
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Months and months ago I picked up these three enamel tins in the op shop with vague ideas to upcycle them in some way. They’ve stayed tucked away in a cupboard until now.
I was out and about shopping when I discovered a new shop filled to the brim with gorgeous ethnic bohemian stuff. Clothes, jewellery, candles, furniture, books, trinkets, incense…. oh my it’s a treasure trove! Their website is Ishka Homewares and it’s beautiful. They had a 50% off sale so I picked up quite a few things, amongst them this heavenly hand blocked paper and I knew it would be perfect for the canisters!
So I armed myself with a can of gold spray paint and my brand new tub of Mod Podge (you should see this thing it’s enormous ) and cut three strips of paper for the bases and three teeny strips for the handles on the lids.
Once sprayed with a couple of coats of gold, I glued down the paper strips.
Then once they were dry I brushed a nice thick coat of Mod Podge over the top.
I love them!!!!
I have a huge collection of tea tins (I drink a lot of tea!), and these are definitely among my favourites!
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Tagged bohemian, boho, canister, coffee, decoupage, op shop, paisley, tea, thrifted, tin, upcycled, vintage
It’s been a while since I did one of these…so here we are….cool blues and one of my favourite afghans.
I’ve been thinking about creating a Hamsa hand amulet to hang in my bedroom for ages.
Chances are you have seen these symbols on jewellery or clothing at some point, many different cultures and religions use them. For more details see the entry on Wikipedia .
Today I was sketching ideas on a piece of paper and the hand kept appearing. So I grabbed a piece of thick paper and drew this:
Once I’d finished colouring it in, I decided to cut it out and glue it to some cardboard and finally make that amulet
On the reverse of the piece of card (cut from a cat food box!) I glued some pretty wrapping paper.
Then I thought I’d like to hang some wooden beads from the base.
On the larger ones I painted eyes – thought to repel the Evil Eye and usually found in the centre of the Hand of Fatima.
And then threaded them onto some blue wool and hung them from the bottom of the hand.
Recently I discovered knitting on a loom. This has to be the easiest way to knit ever!
Do you remember French knitting from school? I’m sure most kids did it in art classes, I remember making long snakes of French knitting using a toilet roll and some ice cream sticks. It was fun, but totally useless!
Well this is just like French knitting on a grand scale!!
I bought a set of rings in different sizes. This one is intended to be the right size for making woolly beanies…. so naturally it is perfect for making a tea cosy.
My first attempt was a little wobbly, some imperfections that show the hand made nature of it. And I enjoyed it enough to repeat the process on the smallest loom for my one person tea pot and my coffee pot!!!