Daily Prompt: Being DIY!

Daily Prompt: If you could learn a trade — say carpentry, electrical work, roofing, landscaping, plumbing, flooring, drywall — you name it — what skill(s) would you love to have in your back pocket?

A plasterer!

I’ve always been fascinated by plastering. Years ago, when we were having the downstairs of our house refurbished, I remember standing outside in the garden and looking through the glass of the conservatory, watching as a man plastered our wall. Yes, I probably did look a bit creepy!

Perhaps it has something to do with my perfectionism. It’s so satisfying to see an old, scruffy, maybe cracked wall being given a new life, all of its holes being filled in and smoothed over with just a sweep of the hand. Even the colour is peachy and looks like its been taken out of the Mediterranean!

Yes, I would certainly love to learn plastering!

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Daily Prompt: Being a Fighter!

Daily Prompt: Tell us about a time when you fought authority and took a stand against “the man.” Did you win?

Wow. This is one I could talk about for a long time!

During my GCSE years of school, I had an art teacher; she was just something else… and not in a good way!

Every single lesson, (without a doubt), she would make it her aim to humiliate someone in our class. I remember in Year 7, she made a boy stand on his chair holding his work and proceeded to point out every little thing that was wrong with the piece to the class. Then, once she made the boy agree with what she’d said, she made him rip the piece in half in front of everyone and told him to start it again. The most annoying thing about her was that she smiled every time she did something like this, as if trying to involve the class and get them to laugh with her, to make it all seem like a joke. Which it might have been for her, but it certainly wasn’t for most!

In year 11, I had planned out a very rough sketch in my book of something which could have been my final piece. She looked at it and told me it looked like a ten year old had drawn it. Then, as I tried and failed to tell her that it was just a rough plan, she flicked through the rest of my sketchbook and exclaimed that I probably wouldn’t be able to get an A for my end grade.

In my very final exam, she watched for ten hours as I painted my canvas, sewed into it and finally finished it off. The lesson after, she told me that it was far to simple and that because of this I wouldn’t be able to get my A grade. So I had to use an extra hour to add more detail, when she could have just told me when she looked at my plan before the exam.

Anyway, (getting to the actual point of the prompt!), one day, after she had reduced one of my friends almost to tears, we complained to our head of year about her. He was very sympathetic and even told us that some of the teachers didn’t like her attitude in the staff room, but at the end of the day, he couldn’t say anything to her because it would be like asking her to change her personality. So no, we didn’t win!

Here’s a picture of my final piece anyway:

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Daily Prompt: Being Expressive!

Daily Prompt: Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favourite way to express yourself, creatively?

I enjoy being able to write this blog. Something I’d really like to be able to do more of is creative writing, but I never seem to find the time, and when I do my mind goes blank!

I also sing a lot… in the shower! I wish I was actually good at it but honestly, I’m not. In fact, I’m awful!

Painting my nails… I love it! Although being such a precisionist it usually takes me at least half a day to finish them. This is probably the main way I express myself – I get so inspired by the fact that you can create art on just your nails – they’re like tiny canvases!

I love creating things as well. Recently I began making charms out of polymer clay, probably because I adore the cuteness of the finished product! This year in art I have been transforming old, unwanted and unloved books into something new. The amount of comments I’ve had telling me how cruel I am for doing that to a book I’ve lost count of, but all I want to do is give a new lease of life to something that was mouldering away at the back of a charity shop.

 

A tree made from paper instead of paper made from a tree

A tree made from paper instead of paper made from a tree

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Clay Cakes!

Hello!

So today I thought I’d do another artsy and crafty post, because just recently I’ve begun to make charms out of polymer clay!

Do you know when you’re on YouTube and one video leads to another which leads to another and you end up being on something completely obscure and different to what you were first watching? Well, that happened to me and I ended up watching a video tutorial on how to make a blueberry cake out of polymer clay. I was overwhelmed by the cuteness of it all and how realistic the charm looked, and before I knew it I had watched about a hundred tutorials and had so much inspiration for making my own. So I went online and ordered some basic materials for making the charms, (mainly polymer clay!), and I made a couple of little clay cakes!

Chocolate & Strawberry Cake

Pink Birthday Cake

I’m not going to lie – I am very proud of my first attempts! They took so long but I think it was worth it in the end!

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Daily Prompt: Being Everlasting!

Daily Prompt: Imagine yourself at the end of your life. What sort of legacy will you leave? Describe the lasting effect you want to have on the world, after you’re gone.

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I want people to be happy because of something positive I once did…

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Peter Pan Nails!

Hello!

Just thought I’d post a photo of my nails this week seeing as they took so long to do:

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I must have spent about five hours on these on Saturday, however, I am a bit of a perfectionist so I probably took twice the time it would take for anyone else to do them. I am extremely pleased with them and may do them again in the future – once I have recovered from the time it took on Saturday! Remember to persevere with whatever it is you are doing everyone!

And believe!

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Pom Pom Power!

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Hello! I thought I would show you how to make these really cute pom poms out of yarn. You can do so much with these and they are fairly simple to make. Here we go!

Begin by cutting two circles out of cardboard, then cutting a smaller circle inside each of these. For mine, I used a diameter of around 5.5cm for each circle and then cut the inner circle about 2cm from the edge. It doesn't have to be perfect!

Begin by cutting two circles out of cardboard, then cutting a smaller circle inside each of these. For mine, I used a diameter of around 5.5cm for each circle and then cut the inner circle about 2cm from the edge. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Next, cut a very long piece of yarn - you'll have to estimate the length for this but I cut mine very long!Hold the two circles together, (aligning their inner circles), and start wrapping the yarn around them. Here, I folded the yarn in half, then in half again, so that I would be wrapping four strands around each time - it just makes it quicker!

Next, cut a long piece of yarn – you’ll have to estimate the length for this but I cut mine very long! Hold the two circles together, (aligning their inner circles), and start wrapping the yarn around them. Here, I folded the yarn in half, then in half again, so that I would be wrapping four strands around each time – it just makes it quicker!

Keep wrapping...

Keep wrapping…

... and keep wrapping! I went around mine about two times - this just means that the strands of the final pom pom will be more tightly packed.

… and keep wrapping! I went around mine about two times – this just means that the strands of the final pom pom will be more tightly packed.

After all that wrapping, you now need to wiggle your scissors into the wrapped yarn and in between the two card board circles.

After all that wrapping, you now need to wiggle your scissors into the wrapped yarn and in between the two card board circles.

Cut through the wound yarn all the way around the outer edge until you get something a bit like the above.

Cut through the wound yarn all the way around the outer edge until you get something a bit like the one above.

Cut a short length of yarn, (mine was about 15cm), and tie it in between the two circles. You must do this very tightly or the strands will fall out more easily. Double-knot it!

Cut a short length of yarn, (mine was about 15cm), and tie it in between the two circles. You must do this really tightly or the strands will fall out more easily. Double-knot it!

Once you have tied it securely, you can carefully pull off the cardboard circles so that your left with...

Once you have tied it securely, you can carefully pull off the cardboard circles so that your left with…

... a pom pom that looks something like this!

… a pom pom that looks something like this!

I cut one of the long strands off  so that I was just left with one, which I then tied in a loop so that it could hang.

I cut one of the long strands off so that I was just left with one.

I finally tied the strand in a loop so that it could hang and added some googly eyes - and I was left with a hanging pom pom creature!

I finally tied the strand in a loop so that it could hang and added some googly eyes – and I was left with a hanging pom pom creature!

I am very sorry if any of that was difficult to understand – it was a lot harder trying to explain it than it was to actually make! I made a little pom pom monster decoration, but you can do so much with these things; make a hanging baby mobile, tie them around presents to make an unusual bow, fill a bowl with them, hang them around your room, make a whole family of monsters – the possibilities are endless!

Thank you for reading!

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Daily Prompt: Being Colourful!

Daily Prompt: Write about anything you’d like, but make sure that all seven colours of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet — make an appearance in the post, either through word or image.

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These books were a part of my childhood – I always felt so special, (and still do!), because I have the same name as the first ever Rainbow Fairy – Ruby the Red Fairy! There was something so exciting about going to the shop and getting the newest edition. I only found out a couple of years ago that the author ‘Daisy Meadows’, (Narinder Dhami), also wrote ‘Bend it like Beckham’.

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Daily Prompt: Being Happy!

Daily Prompt: What does “happiness” look like to you?

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Daily Prompt: Being Progressive!

Daily Prompt: When you look back at your blog on January 2, 2015, what would you like to see?

To sum it up in a doodle:

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