Daily Prompt: Being Crafty!

Daily Prompt: Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to starting (an activity, a hobby, or anything else, really)? Tell us about it — and tell us about what’s keeping you from doing it.

I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again. I keep meaning to start selling on Etsy. So far I’ve managed to set up a shop – and that’s it. I’ve made a few things, like necklaces and handmade cards, but I want to make enough to make it worth while. I think I haven’t made a lot recently because of exams, and now they’re over I keep procrastinating and telling myself that I’ll make something later. It also doesn’t help that the polymer clay I use to make my necklaces can be very fiddly and time-consuming!

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Daily Prompt: Being Accomplishing!

Daily Prompt: Tell us about one thing (or more) that you promised yourself you’d accomplish by the end of the year. How would you feel once you do? What if you don’t?

When I started this blog at the beginning of the year, I promised myself that I would write at least once everyday – so far, (I am happy to say), that has gone to plan! I don’t think I will miss a day out, simply because I enjoy writing and have a slight case of OCD, which means even when I do miss a day out, I always go back and write a post for that date. Also, I’ve now written this so I feel I have to!

Another one of my aims for this blog was to reach ten followers by the end of the year. Perhaps I underestimated myself! I appreciate every single follow I have and am always surprised when I get a new follower – thank you!

Moving away from the blog, I have decided that by the end of December I will have set up an Etsy account and have it running, even if I haven’t sold anything! I have already made an account, but now I just need to find the time to get crafting and create lots of cute handmade items! If I don’t accomplish this? I won’t beat myself up about it – there’s always next year! If I do? I will feel very excited indeed!

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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!

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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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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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Pretty Things!

Hello! I just thought I would share with you one of my most favourite necklaces of all time…

Peter Pan

Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning…

Isn’t it adorable?

As a lover of Peter Pan, I just couldn’t resist buying it off Etsy – and I’m so glad I did because now I wear it at least once every single week. I think it’s gorgeous!

I visited Hobbycraft just before Christmas to buy some crafty things so that I could make my Christmas cards, and as I was looking around I saw a section where you could buy all the bits and pieces you would need to create one of these necklaces, in all different shapes, sizes and colours. I’ve just had a sudden urge to make my own and see how it turns out – I might do a Mona the Vampire one!

Here’s the link to CalamityJayneDesigns Etsy page – her stuff is amazing!

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More Booksy Stuff!

So I know that I am a bad person for doing such things to these books, but again, the ones that I used were mouldering away on the top shelf of a charity shop just waiting to be transformed into wonderful Christmas presents!

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These took quite a lot of time and effort to make but it was completely worth it. I saved a lot of money on Christmas presents this year, as I gave my family these instead of going out and spending a fortune on overpriced candles, (or something?!) I’m really happy with how they turned out!

Here’s me talking about Christmas sixteen days after the event… I love the festivities!

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