Have a wonderful weekend.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Even though I have been creating and selling things I make since I was very young, it still makes me soooo happy when anyone loves and admires my work. As well as events, I sell so many things just as a result of people visiting my house, either from my children’s friends mummy’s or our friends and family and it secretly thrills me to visit their houses and see my items on their walls or sitting on the side.
Even though I should be used to it by now after all these years, it is just such a wonderful feeling to think that they love it that much they want to see it all the time and I really don’t think I will ever ‘grow out of that feeling!’ I do however, resist the urge to squeal and point whilst shouting “That’s mine – I made that – it was me!” like a child (even though my family frequently tell me I do behave like a child, Hmmm……..)
So how wonderful to wake up to a lovely message from Lilybelshomedecor saying that she really loved my work and had featured me on her blog in a post about ‘things you absolutely must buy!’
Go create some hearts – I am creating Easter Bunny things today – Love them so much – show you soon!
As you know, I use a massive amount of craft supplies and although I do buy a lot of them in large quantities through my trade contacts, I am also constantly picking up all sorts of materials and supplies from retail shops on a weekly basis.
I am constantly asked where I purchase my craft supplies from and if I can remember…… Hmmm…., I will always share, as I want the shops I frequent, to carry on stocking all these wonderful materials. The more that we all buy from them, the more they will stock, and the better the prices will be – it’s a win, win!
To this end, I am going to do a regular feature, showcasing the supplies I have bought in the last week or two. Wherever possible I will do a link to that product to make your life even easier – do you need to traipse around the shops in all weathers – No, you don’t! I will have done that for you, gosh what a chore! Obviously, there will be a lot of products that are not available online or are ‘one-off’ items, or possibly even sale but I will still let you know where they are from and how much they were.
I do love a button (or 60 pack) and ribbons are a bit irresistible to me, especially velvets (can cause palpitations), fabric is a weakness obvs – check out this fabric storage post – little wooden pieces and rubber stamps jump off the shelf into my basket (that so happens!). As for Trimmings, actually, let’s stop now and not even go there. Who am I kidding, I adore all Haberdashery (my love – no not obsession – started age 6), always have and always will.
Ok, where shall I begin…..Hmmm…
Let’s start with The Range. I just ‘popped in’ to see if I could pick up some art books for the teens schoolwork (yes really!). I ‘bumped’ into a tub of ribbons which were ALL priced at £1.00 per roll. I think I have approx 350-400 reels of ribbon and thousands of ribbon pieces so I didn’t think I would find anything but I had to have a little rummage and…… No – OMG – 12.5m of Duck-egg velvet ribbon for £1.00 Nooooo…. My heart seriously started beating faster and I actually started furtively looking around to make sure no-one else was near me, that might see my unbelievable bargain ribbon and run over! (I know, I do actually think I have a problem too). Well, here’s what I found; 2 reels of duck-egg velvet (I did actually leave a few reels behind) and 1 reel of brown velvet. 1 pretty gathered lilac ribbon reel – I could see this on dolls clothes and lots of my customers love lilac, 1 reel of simple ribbed lilac and lastly 1 fabulous reel of white ribbon with a silver glitter edge which, ‘I absolutely had to have’ for all the fairies and angels I make. I know you won’t believe me but I really was being ‘restrained’!!!
Then, whilst looking at the oilcloths I saw this gorgeous duck-egg fabric which was a perfect match for the ribbon.
I rarely know what I am going to use my materials for but I just ‘see’ things in my head and I could ‘see’ Easter bows. I don’t know why these things just ‘pop’ into my head but they just do and look, how gorgeous is that bow – it’s almost edible.
It was £3.20 per metre and I just bought 1/2 metre.
Can you see how wispy it is, like hessian? Duck-egg hessian, love it. They call it Slub Linen Voile. Do you think they might have some in pink next time I go?
I probably should have left at this point as I hadn’t picked up a basket and actually couldn’t carry any more but no, I was in a wonderful trance of prettiness and sparkle, my imagination was in overload and I was having far too much fun.
Then, I spotted some roses trimming strips in 3 different colour ways. I actually made a gift for a friends daughter with the multicoloured one and used up my stock, so was pleased to find it as I have been on the look out for about absolutely ages for some more – yes I really have.
Again, just £1.00 per pack, fabulous and soooo pretty.
Finally, whilst trying to pick up all the things I kept dropping on my way to the tills, I saw these buttons which for just, you guessed it, £1.00 would simply have to come home with me – I ‘needed’ them, no question, none whatsoever!
I also visited The Works this week and purchased some more brilliant inexpensive craft supplies, some more buttons – well I do use a lot and some of them are very sparkly, which you just don’t see……anywhere…….ever…… and again just £1.00! Mr Chandelier raised his eyebrows too…….Hmmm…..!
I also purchased these pretty little flower petals to add to my faux flower department – I felt sure they would be used very soon!
At present they only have them in pink but I will keep my eyes peeled in case other colours come in as my flower department will need them.
It is all business you understand, poor me, all that visual stimulation is exhausting, really! I don’t know why Mr Chandelier has no sympathy for my exhaustion!
Where do you buy your craft supplies from, can they compete with these prices?
I always try to make presents for the special people in my life whenever I can. I don’t know about you, but for me, to be given a gift that someone has lovingly made just for me means so much more than any shop bought present.
This week, I had to make a present for a cute little one year old baby, whose nursery theme is little taupe bunnies. It is a very small room with not much space so I wanted to come up with something that not only looked adorable, but didn’t take up much room and was practical too! Hmmm………..quite a lot of thought needed for that one.
After much deliberation, I decided I would buy a sweet little heart trug and add some wooden bunny shapes which I would paint and distress.
You could of course adapt anything, from a box to a tray or any other item you have skulking around just waiting to be loved!
First of all, you need to decide what the end purpose of your item will be and what wooden shapes you would like to add. Think carefully about the size of both your trug (or other item) and the size of your wooden shapes – how much do you want them to dominate and how many – if you don’t have your wooden shapes yet, you can always cut out rough paper templates and ‘play’. For me, this is by far the best bit as I absolutely love to play with all my materials.
This is also when my clear and tidy workspace quickly becomes absolute bedlam as I do tend to get a little ‘lost in my world’ and become a tad over excited and start pulling at jars and drawer contents, tipping everything out all over the place and grabbing at stuff wildly like a child in a sweetie shop – although Mr Chandelier might liken it more to a crazy mad woman who really needs a straight jacket – really!
Ok, now you have, (unlike some), calmly chosen your shapes it’s time to paint them. I know they are only tiny shapes but I always do the job properly and prime everything first. You however, could skip this if you are not a perfectionist like me. I also knew that I was going to paint the bunnies taupe and would also distress them so I wanted the white to show through when I sanded the edges. You could just use two different colour paints instead. Don’t forget to paint the edges – but not the back!
Once your first coat is dry (which is usually pretty quick), give a good second coat of your chosen colour and then when that’s dry a ‘lick’ over one more time for depth when you sand. Let the paint cure thoroughly before you lightly sand the edges.
For me, much as the little bunnies look ‘ok’ at this point, I wanted more definition around the edges and I wanted them to stand out a lot more, as I felt the edges were too insipid. This was easily remedied by pulling out the wax. I literally dabbed my finger into the wax and rubbed it into the bunny edges and then onto the top of the bunny as well.
See the vast difference between the two – now the left hand bunny stands out really well and gives a far greater contrast which is exactly what I wanted.
Finally, glue the bunnies on and add some little bunny tails (tiny pom-poms). I chose grey as the Mummy of the child I’m giving this too adores grey and also the white was far too stark against the cream trug. Last but not least, add a little dotty ribbon tie and voila, one sweet little Bunny Trug. I love it so much and hope she adores it too.
Last of all, I made a little gift tag with some gold beading and wrapped it in gold star tissue paper for the final touch and when I handed it over, my friend was really chuffed and said she really, really loved it! You just can’t beat that feeling, makes me so happy!
Go create something this weekend and show me what you made – I would so love to see.
Have a Romantic Day xxx
Happy New Year (better late than never – you know I come forth eventually!)
I am more than a bit sad to pack it all away as I do love Christmas, but I am also more than a bit relieved to see the end of a mad, manic and crazy season which included my open house, workshops, a few events, a bad foot injury, 3 important birthdays – husband and 2 of the children – and of course Christmas, a big deal in itself. So as I am sure you can appreciate, much as I truly adore the magic and sparkle of that time of year, it also leaves me in constant chaos and desperately trying to catch my breath and stop myself from drowning in events, materials, presents, food, really excessive late nights and much more!
Now I must confess, I don’t really do New Year resolutions as such. I used to many years ago but like a lot of people I really wasn’t brilliant at following them through. One thing I do have a habit of doing though, is writing lists and my gosh are they long. If I am honest, they are completely ridiculous and, particularly at times like my open house, Christmas, Easter or other events they are more than a little outrageous!
I will put say, 20 things to do on my list for Monday and just item 1 could take all day and item 2, well, half the week if I’m lucky. We won’t even mention the other 18 items – let’s just move swiftly on! So, even though I don’t actually do New Year resolutions, I do however, ‘carry forward’ all the items that were on last years lists. I did recently read an article on list making which was particularly pertinent to me. It basically said that you should only ever have 5 items on your ‘to do’ list and the idea is that when you have finished 1 item you replace it with a new one – this is meant to stop you from feeling overwhelmed or stressed……….Right, but what actually happens to the rest of your list – I would probably end up sub categorising on a huge scale as I tend to do that anyway. Ok ok let’s be calm about it and maybe not even do a list at all……Hmmm, bit scary, lets sleep on that one.
I rather foolishly thought that I would have quite a bit of calm now and don’t get me wrong, in comparison to last season, of course it is. However, we – in true Chandelier style – started on more work in another room – (as we do) over the holiday period and have just a smidgen more mess to deal with BUT….. it’s all good, yes really. Every friend or visitor to our house walks in and says ‘Oh, goodness’ and looks about in disbelief (as well as sometimes looking at me very strangely!) as things change daily here, they really do! Even the children come in and roll their eyes whilst enquiring why we can’t finish the other rooms we have started first. I just roll my eyes right back and say “Well……Daddy had to do this now because we desperately need storage and………” then they are gone and I start to ponder that question myself but you know how it is, if you are struggling with things like storage, particularly after Christmas, and the rest of the house is semi-ok then certain jobs just seem to queue jump in a big way. STOP thinking like that – No, it is not because Mr Chandelier is a builder and likes demolition – how could you even think that…………Hmmm.
We (well, when I say ‘we’ I have helped a lot) have also done lots of ‘little jobs’, well little by our standards, such as starting the tongue and groove boarding in the bathroom, moving baby Chandeliers hanging tent, blocking up a doorway – you know the sort of annoying and ‘faffy’ job that never gets done because you know it will take ages and not really seem to make much of an impact. Ok, maybe blocking up a doorway does, I take that one back but not moving a tent not so much, but, it does actually mean I can finish Ruby’s room as the ‘structure’ is now in place. It only took me 3 days to decide where to put her furniture and tent!!! More on that very soon.
Anyway, my ruthless streak persists and I am de-cluttering as I go and moving rooms around, still shuffling furniture and generally getting order – so there are many, many posts to follow from hereon in, with all the current projects and updates on the existing ones – Ooh how exciting – it’s a good job I get bored easily and like a change isn’t it! I am on such a mission right now but with so very much needing to be done, I’m not quite sure which way to turn first. But, as my dear friend used to say, ‘It doesn’t matter where you start, just start somewhere!” so I do tend to say that to myself repeatedly as I spin around like a weeble looking where to begin (just remember “weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”!!!)
Oh, and I have also started setting up my Etsy shop and it really won’t be long before it has lots of items for sale – even more excitement – how will I contain myself. I will of course link it to this blog.
As if that isn’t enough I joined Slimming World today. I have done it before but stopped suddenly due to Mr Chandelier’s rather unfortunate Brain Haemorrhage, thank goodness he made a full recovery – we are very blessed.
What about you, are you calm or not…….tell me about your chaos, it will make me feel much better!