Friday, 11 April 2014

Yoshi egg bracelet

Happy easter everyone!

My young cousin came to visit us last week (she loves Mario Kart) so I thought I would make her a little gift to take home with her! It’s really easy to make and doesn’t take very long at all.

You will need:
A plain metal bracelet
Polymer Clay in white (I photographed black coloured clay by mistake… when I realised I had already made the eggs and had none left)
Metal loops
Eye pins
Acrylic paint in a variety of colours

Open the Polymer clay and mush it around a bit to get it soft and easier to mould. Then make 5 egg shapes. 

Next cut the eye pins down to the appropriate size and push them into the clay eggs.

Follow the instructions on the packet and bake in the oven.

Once they are done, let them cool. Then paint the coloured spots on and let them dry.

Using the pliers attach loop the eggs onto the metal loops and attach to the bracelet.

Nice and easy!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Upcycling - Jewellery box

We moved into our new house last summer and the previous owner of the property left a few things behind. Most of the stuff was outdated old junk, and we took most of it to the local dump. There were a few kids’ things that I ended up keeping, one of which was an old jewellery box. I had been thinking of buying a jewellery box for Affie (she has been given lots of jewellery already from friends and relatives). So I thought I would use this as an opportunity to have a go at upcycling (inspired by Kirstie Allsop’s programme).

The old jewellery box
The 'upcycled' jewellery box
I started off by using plastikote in flat white. It covered the majority of the box but it was pretty thin, so I used the Wilkinson’s own brand (in satin white) which worked out so much better! I used some left over lace to get the pattern on the edge of the drawers. 

It didn’t turn out as crisp as what I would have liked but it’s still ok. I also used Plastikote in Sky blue. Not too bad for a first attempt at upcycling I suppose…

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Banana Cake!

A nice easy recipe, just chuck all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. The main reason why I like this recipe so much is because most of the bananas I buy always go skanky before I get to eat them. This is a recipe my Mum taught me ages ago, she normally makes it in a loaf tin but I decided to make separate cakes so they are more bite sized (also you don't need to slice the cake each time you want some-yup I am lazy!) You can add extra ingredients to the mix if you like (blueberries, walnuts or chocolate chips).

My little helper

Ingredients needed:

2 Eggs
100g/4oz Self raising flour
100g/4oz butter/margarine
100g/4oz Soft brown Sugar (I used normal sugar in this recipe because I forgot to buy brown sugar)
1 Old ripe banana

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (gas mark 6).

1. Place all the cupcake cases into a cupcake tin (or line a cake tin or loaf tin with greaseproof paper.)

2. Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and mix.

3. Then add eggs and mix.

4. Add flower and mix.

5. Mash up the banana and add to mixture.

6. Put the mixture into the cupcake cases (or cake tin). I stupidly used muffin cases so only ended up with 5 cakes...

7. Bake for 12-20 minutes.


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Beaded flower brooch

It is now officially spring time! Who doesn't like a nice flower at spring time? This is a tutorial on how to make a flower brooch out of beads.

For this you will need:
Fishing wire
3mm White beads X 245 (I used Swarovski white AB beads-which I bought from ebay)
3mm Coloured beads X 185 
Metal brooch back
A decorative button 
Some strong glue (I used UHU glue)

(I used 4mm sized beads because I didn't have enough 3mm beads for this)

I will keep words to a minimum for this tutorial as I think the diagrams are quite easy to follow (I hope this is the case anyway).

Repeat the previous steps until you have 5 petals.

Once you have 5 petals you will need to link them up...
The blue arrow lines indicate the beads you need to thread through to attach the petals to the metal brooch backing.

Once you have attached the petals to the metal backing glue the button to the centre. I'm sure there is a way of making a nice, neat centre using beads but I couldn't find a way of creating one. It just looked like such a mess, so its much easier to glue something to cover the mess!

The beads I used for this were probably a little on the large side. So the brooch ended up massive, I have decided to use it as a bag charm instead. (Use 3mm size beads for a more 'brooch' sized brooch!)

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Car crayons!

I made these for my friend’s son. He loves cars and he enjoys drawing (unfortunately mainly on his parents newly painted walls…) So I thought these would be perfect for him! Also they are really easy to make!

You will need:
Non-toxic crayons in a range of colours
Chocolate mould (I chose car shapes)
Empty tins
Stick to stir with (I used a wooden chop stick which you get in the packs of sushi)

Step 1: Take the wrappers off the crayons and break them down into smaller chunks. Place them into the empty tins.

Step 2: Bring a pan of water to boil and place the tins into it.

Step 3: Melt the crayons down and use a stick to mix it. You are aiming to melt it down so it is easy to pour.

Step 4: Pour into your chocolate moulds. Repeat the process for the other colours.

Step 5: Place the tray into the fridge and leave for an hour or so (this is probably much longer than what it needs to be). But when they have cooled down they should just fall out of the tray easily.

Next I wrapped up an old box in some nice paper (it looks a little better than just giving some crayons in a bag). Ta-dah! The finished gift!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Leftover beads…

This is another really quick and easy tutorial on another use for leftover beads. I bought some hair slides ages ago (in the sales) but when I got home realised that one of the slides didn’t have a flower decoration on it! So I decided to rip the other one off too-I sort of regret ripping it off a little, I did quite like the flower, and then I lost the flower so I didn’t have an opportunity to glue it back on L.

You will need:
Bendy wire (about 50cm is more than enough)
Hair slide
Wire cutters
UHU glue (or other strong glue)

Step 1: Taking the hair slide, wrap one end of the wire around the end a few times and dab a bit of glue on the top to secure the wire.

Step 2: Start threading on beads. After threading one bead on, wrap the wire around the end before adding another bead.

Step 3: Continue adding beads until you are happy with the arrangement.

Step 4: Twist the wire and hide the sharp end within one of the beads, and that's it! 

Friday, 31 January 2014

Affie's first trip to the seaside!

It was a very cold and windy Winters day. I didn’t particularly enjoy it much and I don’t think little Affie did either! She’s not keen on the wind, especially if it’s a full blast in the face! Luckily Lee was willing to carry her around in the Baby Bjorn.

Affie looking unimpressed...