Upcycled vintage keys turn into contemporary keyrings with a quick lick of paint. You could have a different coloured one for each member of the family to identify their keys!
I inherited a bunch of vintage keys from my Pa (my Grandpa; I couldn’t get the ‘Gr’ sound right as a child!). Heavens knows why he still had them, or where they all came from, but he did, I have kept them for years just waiting for an idea to use them. As usual, it came from Pinterest, where someone had painted old keys and framed them. I loved the look of the painted keys, but I didn’t really want to frame them and I really liked the look of a whole bunch of them. So why not add them to my actual keys as a keyring?! Read more
I can’t not be creative, its such a large part of who I am that choosing to study fine art at university seemed the obvious option for me. But I understand that being creative doesn’t come as naturally to everybody. And that is partly why I blog, not just as a place to document my creativity, but to share it with others. I want to encourage, to nurture peoples creativity, especially when they don’t believe they have any in the first place. I hear so many people say that they aren’t creative. And that makes me a bit sad, because for me, creating is vitally important to my quality of life and I feel people are missing out. To create is life affirming, it gives your imagination somewhere to go and distracts you from the mundane of everyday life. I truly believe that everybody is creative. Yes, being creative is something you can get better at it, learn more about, will suit some crafts more than others, but I believe the creativity is always there somewhere. Read more
Use beads and wire to make this Crescent Moon Necklace!
I have a bit of a thing about symbols and signs; those images that seem universal, that we keep coming back to time and time again. The crescent moon is one of them that seems to be having something of a moment right now! You can use any type and colour of wire and whatever selection of beads you like. This project uses a wrapped wire loop, if you would like a reminder of how to make one, click over here first!Read more
Create a wood bookmark with this faux marquetry effect in a geometric design!
When the weather is cold and rainy, there is nothing better than curling up on the sofa under a blanket, with a cup of tea and a good book. But I have to make a confession; I’m a page folder. Yep, at some point in my life stopped using proper bookmarks (possibly after losing one too many) and began to fold over the corner of the page. After a couple of friends recoiled in horror at learning this, I started looking for DIY bookmark ideas. This search somehow merged with looking at marquetry, the technique of using wood veneer inlaid to create patterns. There are some amazing designers making contemporary marquetry, check out my Pinterest board!
I’m using adhesive backed thin wood veneer sheets, yep, real wood! The wood seems to grip the book pages, so the bookmark doesn’t fall out. If you can’t get hold of these wood sheets, you can just use printed wood effect papers from the craft shop. Read more
I have lived in a few different parts of the UK in my life, but Morecambe wins hands down for scenery. A seaside town in Lancashire, and is often called Morecambe Bay, for its huge tidal mud flats that dominate the seafront. You look out over the bay towards the hills of the Lake District, and in fact if you are visiting the Lakes, Morecambe makes for a lovely day trip. But if you are looking for a lively resort like Brighton or even Blackpool, then Morecambe probably isn’t the place. Its quiet, blustery with a distinct lack of nice sandy beaches even when the weather accommodates. Many parts of the town itself are run down, pound shops and discount stores are the main draw here. But, look beyond this and you will find a quiet beauty in the architecture, old shops and breathtaking views on offer. Read more