This week I have finally upcycled my collection of small flat stones found in the garden and on walks with the dogs. Painted them with acrylic paints and made a collection of barn owl brooches. Some are grey and some are brown.
Now, who doesn't love an owl.....or three! They are super cute and look so nice fastened on a coat, scarf, or when winter comes (and it will!) on a hat. After painting they were varnished to give a gloss finish and to protect them.
I've done a couple of more projects but will leave them for another day.
What morning already, where is our breakfast in bed!
Lucy likes it best when she can have the bed to herself!
I recently made a little memory book for my sister out of......toilet/kitchen roll tubes! They were squished flat and then I wrapped them in wallpaper to cover the cardboard.
This is the front with embroidery, beads and lace.
A couple of pages.
Tags to insert into the ends of the tubes.
Filled with old photos and memories.
The back of the book.
It was received very well. Might have to do another one as it was really enjoyable to make. Also helped to de-stash some of my overflowing drawers!
I will leave you with this lovely little portrait of little Lucy that my daughter drew using biro and coloured pencils. (It took over 20 photos to get one of Lucy sitting with the picture, such a fiddgety bottom!)
I have finished all four of the paper mache/paper clay busts that I was making and here they are;
Reg the biker/car enthusiast, Lavinia the librarian, Dara the fisherman and Holly the swimmer.
Dara still needs some tweaking and I might make him a boat to sail in. They are happy sitting on the window sill chatting away.
Not to be outdone here are our three doggies posing for the camera, they don't all quite fit on the cushion!...
Today I am introducing you to Reg, he is a vintage biker and car enthusiast and has the headgear to go with it. He is never seen without his suit and tie and flower in his button hole. A proper old fashioned gentleman.
Like Holly the simmer, Reg is made from paper mach and paper clay. I have a couple of other busts in the pipe line so will show them to you at some time.
Lucy is getting used to having bows in her hair and thinks this one will be a good one to chew when my back is turned!!
You might have thought I've done a runner.....but I'm still here!!
If you are still following along, here is my latest makes which are mixed media ornamental dolls.
This is the first one I made.
How do you like her mop of ginger hair?
Fancy ribbon and clip.
This little girl is made from paper clay, wood and paper. She has a fancy necklace and even an umbrella for those rainy days!
Just look at those painted nails which match the red of her designer handbag and a gold ring. Her mary jane blue shoes complete her outfit. Hope you like her she went off to a new home very quickly. Next time I will show you her friends.
Of course, we can't forget Archie and Bobby who have now been joined by Lucy, who is a Yorkie. Archie ignores her and Bobby thinks he has his own wind up toy. They just love to chase each other. Lucy had her first walk in the big wide world today and loved it.
There has been an echo in here for quite a few months. Oh dear! Still here I am with some updated makes.
First of all I had a rummage in the wood pile again, much to Head Honcho's displeasure as it's located in his shed/garage and he is always afraid that I will stray of the beaten path and go rummaging around his shelves and disturbing his dust!
Even a little shoe brush didn't escape my attention and had a little house popped on top.
I havn't done too much on the knitting front at all. This used to be my all time love (along with embroidery) now it gets picked up very rarely. Oh well, what is a girl to do with so many other crafty things to try out. Here is a little knitted cockatiel that I made and he is happily swinging on his branch, cheeping to himself.
Isn't he just the cutest with his little topknot of 'feathers' and rosy cheeks.
The boys (Bobby and Archie) are still happy and cheerful this is them in the spring time admiring the flowers.
I will try and get posting again but certainly can't promise anything but if you are interested in following my craft work, I'm over on Facebook at Quirky Houses and hopefully I will 'see' you over there.
After a bit of thought as to whether the budgie would look best as a cushion or picture, I made it into a cushion. From start to finish.......
Wasn't keen on this frame...
Looks much better as a plump cushion
Very comfy on the chair, but no longer on my chair as somebody took a fancy to it and away it flew without a backward glance!!
Now for something completely different.......Cake! My daughter made this for a party after seeing one on Pinterest. A Cocoa cola bottle chocolate cake. Who'd have thought eh.
Swiss roll mixture on the inside. We don't drink coke ourselves so had to wait until a visitor turned up with a bottle! Apparently you can also make them with milk bottles....any plastic bottles I guess. Daughter said it was a bit of a faff making it but it tasted good and went down well at the party. Recipes can be found on Pinterest/google if you want a go yourselves.
Bobby and Archie modelling my new summer scarves for me. They look lovely in real life, and the doggies thought they were super posh. Well, that's all for now folks, see you again soon.
I expect you thought I had given up my blog and left you all, well, I do admit it has been rather a long time but I'm here now and with an update on what I've been upto.
This was a simple project to do, blocks of wood were saved from the wood pile, sawn to size and then painted and a little house popped on top with some jolly bunting attached to the 'chimneys' Wouldn't it be nice to live in a house that has a heart over the door! It now sits on our mantlepiece.
I used to have a dog on wheels, many moons ago. Which I loved so much it was soon threadbare! I have wanted to try and create a similar one with a vintage look. So here it is, made from a cushion cover and then set on a platform with wooden wheels. He has the vintage feel I was after, so really pleased with that effort.
Soooo not stopping there I made a row of them!
Why have one when you can have a little row all sporting smart collars with little heart tags.
Hmmm, someone is trying to get in on the act, can you spot the odd one out?
Little Mr Foxy doesn't want to be left out and he has a set of wheels as well. This one was made from cotton fabric and then hand painted. Cute eh!
At our Home Sweet Home the flowers have taken a bit longer to bloom due to the unseasonable cold weather up here in Scotland.....even for our part of the world it is a tad chilly for June. The polytunnel strawberries took a nose dive and all that survived were some new plants that we bought...so far about 3 strawberries have been eaten, this doesn't compare favourably to last years bumper crop. Last year the raspberries were overflowing, not this year tho, rhubarb we do have plenty of really need to think of some recipes other than crumbles.
The one thing I was pleased about was bottling our bumper apple crop late last year and what a success. I used kilner jars and making sure the fruit was hot (with added sugar) the apple was ladled into the hot jars and sealed and then put into simmering hot water for 20 mins I think. As it was a bit of an experiment we were pleasantly suprised at how well it had kept (in a dark cupboard) and was delicious in a pie. That is 6 months from preserved to eating and kept the freezer freed up for other things. So that is one experiment that will be worth repeating come apple picking time.
Gosh that was a long post, lots more to catch up on so see you soon I hope xx