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Monday, 24 July 2017

HANDMADE FAN DRESS (FROM PAPER SCRAPS)


FAN DRESS MADE FROM PAPER SCRAPS


Here is a simple way to use up those little pieces of scrapbook paper that you have left over after collage projects!

Simply, cut your sheets of paper into the same size rectangle/or square and then start folding back and forth (like a normal fan you would make at school)! Try to make sure that all the fan folds are similar width so that you can glue your pieces of scrap paper together neatly.

Once all the fans are glued together, make another layer of smaller fans.

Next, simply cut out a corset, and there you have it!! A very quick and simple paper dress which you could stick on a card, or put in a picture frame to hang on the wall, or hang on a garland!

Monday, 17 July 2017

FABRIC SCRAPS FLOWER BROOCH

FABRIC SCRAPS FLOWER BROOCH:

I just can't get enough of making brooches!! This is the last brooch I promise! 

I started off this brooch using 2 scrap bits of fabric: old lace and the end of an old scarf.  To begin with I cut these pieces of fabric into a long triangle.
To achieve the shape of each flower I did a simple running stitch by hand along the longest side of the rectangle and pulled it tightly. (This is a very simple way to achieve a flower shape).
I then stitched the flowers together and added some old jewellery onto the brooch- an old necklace loop, a big bead and part of a bracelet around the bead. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

BEADED RIBBON BROOCH

ANOTHER JEWELLERY SCRAP BROOCH

Using my Jewellery scraps again this week! But making an entirely different brooch, using sewing instead of wire and metal! For me, when it comes to craft, hand sewing beads is the most time consuming and patience testing, but the end result is so worth it. 


In this case, I started off with a felt shape of a ribbon and then using beads from broken/ unwanted jewellery I embellished the felt. I then sewed on this gem in the middle (from an old plastic ring!) and sewed on old bracelets so they create a nice loop under my brooch! And tadah- using scraps is completely worth it!!!

Monday, 3 July 2017

JEWELLERY SCRAP BROOCH

JEWELLERY SCRAP BROOCH

I am, like most girls, very good when it comes to shopping! So good, that I always end up with lots of stuff I do not wear or use! This weekend, I decided it was time to clear out the jewellery drawer (to put it into perspective, I was clearing out accessories as old as the ones I had purchased from Claire’s, when I was 6 years old).


I hate throwing things out so decided to throw all the bits and pieces I had into a lovely brooch, that I could wear now. The brooch consists of a jewel from a necklace, with felt glued behind to attach the pin. At the end of the jewel I attached some earrings, and some charms from bracelets, before wrapping wire around the end of the jewel to hide any glue and to make it look a bit more pretty!.... and Ta Dah, there you have it! 

Monday, 26 June 2017

MANDALA INSPIRED DECORATED PAPER WEIGHT


Doodling using Sharpie adds considerable character to the simply garden pebble. In order to create this paperweight, you will need:
 A clean reasonably sized pebble 
A sharpie 
Some nail polish (if you would like to add colour)
A pencil
A print out of a mandala pattern from the internet (see bottom of the page for examples)
Firstly draw the mandala pattern onto your pebble with pencil. Then outline this with Sharpie and add colour with nail polish if desired.

Tadah!!




Mandala examples :

Sources: Mandala 1 , Mandala 2 , Mandala 3 , Mandala 4.


Charnicola

Saturday, 26 July 2014

WELCOME TO MY BLOG

HELLO,

My name is Charlotte and I live in a small town in the UK. I have always loved being creative and making things so I have decided to start a blog so that I can share all my crafts with you.

One day, a lady saw me sewing a brooch and stuttered to me,' I'd buy that from you.' No-one had ever said this to me before so without thinking about money or possible business, I said to her,' Why not make one?' She seemed reluctant but I managed to convince her that making things was so much worthier than buying things. Its like you buy a football, but the real pleasure and fun comes out when you play with it. Okay, that was a bad analogy.

Whilst crafting takes time ... you end up with a product which is so unique and beautiful. It might not be as perfect as things bought in shops ... but that is what makes it so great!! YOU made it, only YOU have it; there aren't millions of robot copies across the globe, and YOU made it with love and care.

My FIRST CRAFT IS COMING SOON so hold onto your seats.
Good night my fellow friends,


Charnicola