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November 19, 2009

Snip snip

Filed under: Creative, Papercraft — Tags: , , — spottedblacksheep @ 9:26 pm

Been very busy with work lately so haven’t been able to devote as much time to making and baking as I would like.

But I did manage to buy me a lovely new Sizzix Big Shot and a collection of dies last week.  There are so many that I want to buy but have to restrain myself!!

Going to use the machine not only for paper but also to cut some shapes in felt and other fabrics in the hope that I can create some pretty brooches, hair decorations and maybe some peggies. 

Quite excited about it all, got so much to learn about it and so much to explore in the world of the die cutting machine!!

Scrapbooking is a possibility but not sure I have the patience for that – yet!

Also going to be reading my mothers old Golden Hands collection to learn how to knit and crochet, if I ever get round to her house to pick up the needles and the yarn! The only thing I was ever able to knit was squares which we used to do at Guides to make blankets for the older people in winter.  Hoping to progress a wee bit and make some scarves and hats and maybe even small-people clothes! May be a while down the line though!

The winter weather has started to throw its wet and windy aggression at us now so there will be less time spent outdoors and more at home.  Hope I can use this time learning and then creating new craft ideas which I can hopefully perfect for selling in the spring time.


November 14, 2009

Lack of creativity

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — spottedblacksheep @ 6:51 pm

Well, plans for a productive week off both began and ended with the felt making exercise.

I’ve managed to catch whatever virus is going about so have been suffering from a really sore throat and nasty headache for the best part of the last 10 days. 

What have I managed to do? Very little!! No more crafting or baking or making, so I’m very disappointed.

Not to worry, looking forward to feeling better and getting stuck into learning to knit all over again!! now my mum is back from Australia she’s going to help me re-learn so I can start knitting sqaures before I progress onto something a bit more complex.

We have did a reasonable amount of clearing out though and my rag/duster bag is now overflowing with cut up tshirts.  And I made the most glamorous draft excluder from a pair of glittery tights and some of the smaller tshirt cuttings.  They really are glam!!

Have managed to order myself a lovely Sizzix machine though! Getting the Hello Kitty Big Shot, it was on offer so worked out cheaper than the “normal” big shot.  Hoping to get a few funky dies and make us some crimbo cards.

Think tomorrow will be a good and creative day . . . .

November 3, 2009

Felt making

Filed under: Creative — Tags: , — spottedblacksheep @ 1:07 pm

I bought a felt making kit a few weeks ago, to have a go myself.

So, had a try and it was so easy!

Here is the result of my first attempt:

Felt 2

  I’m quite please so far, it didn’t fall to pieces when I rinsed it out and it feels quite firm so hoping it dries out nicely.

There are  only four layers in each, once I get the knack I think I’ll try some thicker pieces and mix patterns and colours in there too.

The instructions say you can add other things in such as glitter, leaves or various decorations.  Not sure about that but will certainly try all in the name of experimentation!

Once its dry I’ll trim the edges off and see how it holds together.  Then I’ll see what I can think of doing with it! certainly isn’t thick enough to use for making anything substantial so could be thats its an embelishment for something. Not sure yet!

Very pleased with myself though.


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