Monday 26 January 2015

Easy DIY Star Mobile Tutorial

 Here is a tutorial to show you how to make a star wall hanging for your home, as promised.
It's very easy and lots of fun so even if you're a beginner you will find it quite simple to make.

What you will need:
-clay stars
-a piece of driftwood (or anything that works for you, eg cut branch/stick/reed)

click image for tutorial link

The first step, which is the most time-consuming is the making of the stars.
All you need is the clay of your choice - I used air-drying clay as it is the most convenient for me- and a star shaped cookie cutter.
The tutorial on how to do that is HERE.

After following the above tutorial, you have your stars ready and you've finished with the hardest part of the project. 
Now all that's left is to put it all together.
Decide on the formation of your stars.
Lay them out on a flat surface and play around with them until you find the shape you want your hanging to have.

Below are some versions I tried out before I settled on a simple -asymetrical- line of stars.

Once you've decided on how you want your stars hanging on your mobile you can cut your ribbon accordingly. Measure the length that you wish each star to hang at and cut the ribbon. 
Alternatively, you can decide and cut as you go for a more whimsy-inspired result.

Tie one end of the ribbon to your star and the other end on your driftwood/wood.

Keep going until all your stars are tied onto the stick in a satisfactory manner.

This is what my star mobile looked like after adding the stars.

Next you need to attach the ribbon that hangs the mobile up.
Whether you want this to be a long or a short piece is totally up to you.
I began with a large piece of ribbon and attached it by tying it at both ends of my stick.

Later however (when the mobile was finished and hung up) I decided that I prefered a shorter ribbon holding it up so I went back and cut the ribbon much shorter, as you can see in the picture above. 
This meant tying it somewhere in the middle of the stick. It also meant that it took a few careful attempts before I found where the ribbon had to be tied for the whole composition to balance.

Once you've attached the ribbon that hangs the mobile, you're done!

Enjoy your new star mobile!

If you make a star mobile following this tutorial, I would love to see pictures and share them on my blog.

Linked to:
Maybe She Made It

Thursday 22 January 2015

Making Custom Orders

 I've been making custom order flowers lately, which I love.

 I thoroughly enjoy working with people to create the exact flower that they have in mind. The flower that they long for or need.

Whether it's icing on the cake for a bride or another special occassion or whether it's to enliven someone's every day and lift their mood, it's amazing that your very own creation can spark joy! 

It's a wonderful feeling.

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Stone Garden

More doodled rocks with flower motifs.

It seems that I don't tire of what you can do with a permanent marker and some stones.

I'm afraid you haven't seen the last of this sea stone phase...

Linked to:
The Dedicated House, Maybe She Made It, The Silly Pearl, Homework, I Heart Naptime, Annemarie's Haakblog

Friday 16 January 2015

Monogrammed Gift Box

 This flower was a present for a friend, so I customized the box it came in with her initials.

 They were made with the monogrammed idea I had for my sea rocks a while back, with a nod to that bold graphic 30s look.

Here's the plain box without any ribbons or other embellishments.

Sorry for the shoddy pictures. I haven't sorted out my camera trouble yet and until I do, I'm still making do with photos taken with a tablet....It's either that or take a really long break from posting anything I've made.
So if you could bear with me for a while longer....

Tuesday 13 January 2015

New Year Wall Charm

Just before we welcomed the new year we made a good luck wall hanging with the little one.

Actually, we made two different ones: the one pictured here with the red ribbon and another which has a ribbon somewhere between bronze and pink.

 One we kept and the other we gave away.
I'll be sharing pictures of the other one as soon as I can.

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Saturday 10 January 2015

1930s Ladies Home Journal

via Vintage Blog

I just love this cover of Ladie's Home Journal from the 1930s.

If you enjoy vintage images, check out the Vintage Blog. It's full of beautiful snapshots of life from days gone by.

Wednesday 7 January 2015

Giving And Receiving

This Christmas we organized a fun little Secret Santa gift exchange with Zina from EfZin.

My Secret Santa was Maro from Akamatra blog who sent me a mug cosy in a beautiful purple and lavender.

I have to apologise for the quality of the photos. I'm having camera trouble and all my pictures lately are taken with a tablet...Enough said....

But you can see Maro's -much better- photos of her mug cosies -and various handmade goodies- in her Akamatra shop on etsy.

Monday 5 January 2015

Violet And Blue

I made this violet and blue organza flower keyring the other day for a friend.
It's the very first thing I made in the new year! 

 The leaves are a beautiful, deep violet purple satin and the flower is a deep almost midnight blue organza. I couldn't photograph either true hue properly but you get the general idea of what it looks like. 

I love the violet-blue combination of flower and leaves and thankfully so does the receiver who  is already in possession of it.... 

I've actually made myself a couple of these flower keyrings (in other colour combinations) for the new year.
I'll try to remember to photograph them and share the pictures.....

Friday 2 January 2015

Easy DIY Clay Star Tutorial

 How to make easy clay star home decorations.
These are great for festive occassions but they are neutral enough to have around and enjoy all year long.

What you will need:

-clay (I used the air-drying kind)
-cookie cutter in the shape of a star
-a straw- to make the holes in the stars
-paint of your choice 
-sand paper - not too fine but not too coarse
-ribbon of your choice -to hang the stars with

Using a rolling pin, lay your clay out flat. Decide on the thickness you want your stars to be. 

TIP:Make sure that the clay is evenly rolled out if you want your stars to be all the same thickness.

Use your cookie cutter star to cut out as many stars as you wish from the clay.

TIP:When cutting out your stars with the cookie cutter, make sure you press down all the way to your work surface and gently rotate the cutter so that the clay star you have cut out is as neat as you can make it and that the edges are cleanly cut.
This will make a difference to the final look of the stars. If you want them clean cut and smooth pay attention to this step. If you want them more rustic-looking and organic in shape, then by all means be more cavalier with your cutting out of the stars.

After you have cut out all your shapes, you need to punch a little hole in each star so you can thread with ribbon to hang them.
Using a straw, place one end over the spot you want the hole to be.
Press all the way down to your surface, make a slight twisting motion,back and forth, then remove the straw with the little tube of clay trapped inside it. 
You should have a neat hole left in its place.

When you have cut out all the stars you need, let them air dry in a clean, sheltered place. 

TIP: The time it takes for the stars to dry varies on temperature and thickness. If they are in a sunny spot, they will dry up much faster than if they are in a shady, humid spot. 
I let mine sit in a sunny spot for a couple of days, making sure they were turned over two or three times.

When the stars dry, they will loose all extra moisture the clay had, so all imperfections - and cutting haste - will show magnified, like in the picture above.
So it's best to sand them to get them nice and smooth and bump free.

In this picture you can see the difference between the sanded and unsanded backs of the stars.

If you decide on sanding your stars, choose a medium weight sandpaper and sand them gently -or with more determination if you have any protruding bumpy edges you want to get rid of- until they are smooth.

When they are all sanded down, they will be completely coated in a fine powder

You must clean the stars thoroughly so you will not have trouble with the paint adhering to them in the next step.
A large brush helps in getting it all off.

Using the paint of your choice, start painting your stars.
I used an acrylic metalic gold paint.

You need to paint one side first, let it dry, paint the other side, let the other side dry and then do it again, ie paint a second coat on one side and then paint a second coat on the other side.

TIP: If the stars look exactly the way you like them, then proceed to the next step. If you feel they need an extra coat, by all means, go through the painting process one more time.

Now the stars are ready to be used in your various home decor projects or just hung around the house with a pretty ribbon!
I used an ethereal white organza ribbon to thread them on and hung a few over the kitchen window.

I also made the star mobile you can see below and that you can find HERE.

Linked to:
Maybe She Made It, Homework, The Dedicated House, Annemarie's Haakblog, I Heart Naptime

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