Craft Inspiration

Weekly Inspiration- Steampunk & lace

You know sometimes you have what you think is a brilliant idea, so you look on t’internet for a bit of inspiration and find that it’s already out there?

What started it all off was something my mum was telling me about; she’d seen somewhere about making little bowls out of lace doilies (you can find a good tutorial here.) The idea is, basically, that you use an existing glass dish, cover in clingfilm, place your doily on and smother in PVA glue; so when it dries, you’ll have a cute little solid lacey bowl.

Now, I’ve been looking to do some Steampunk-inspired stuff, and have amassed a collection of various bits and pieces of old broken jewellery and watches etc. The only problem is, I’ve been at a loss where to start; I feel I need a single, solid piece to work from, as a base.

As is the way of brainwaves, I don’t know where this came from, but I had a thought: what if I took the whole lace & PVA idea, and made little solid lace shapes as a basis for my Steampunk experiments? Surely lace and cogs go? Of course they do! Check out these marvellous creations from those talented people selling on etsy:  

Pretty little bow from tarnisheddanglies.

Amazingly gorgeous wrist cuffs from raven666.

Or how about this adorable brooch from LadyCharis?

I currently have some lace all glued up at home… can’t wait to try some ideas out!

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Weekly Inspiration- Anissa Lee: Hand Cut Paper Art And Design

It was a blog post on the awesome Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride (yes, I still look at it, even though I am married) that brought the marvels of Anissa Lee to my attention. And ohmygosh I love, love, love what she does.

Check out Paper Wonderland. I think this heart and rose dress is my absolute favourite.

Looking at the site makes me want to just sit and cut things out of paper with scissors or a scalpel. Which is kind of what I do anyway, only usually I’m doing origami or making cards or something. I want to cut out pretty things, like Anissa Lee. Or Rob Ryan.

Sigh! And this hand-cut paper bird card I found on Etsy puts my attempts at cut-out cards to shame…

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Weekly Inspiration- Kirstie being back on 4!

Kirstie’s back, hurrah! I have missed having a weekly craft show to watch, I really have.

I loved Kirsty’s Homemade Home. Ooh, and, Kirsty’s Homemade Christmas. And now there’s Kirstie’s Handmade Britain.

Not only are the shows great to watch, the websites linked above are a great resource for crafts/ideas/projects/events/contacts.

So excited am I that next week’s episode is paper crafts, I am actually thinking of blowing off awesome live jazz for £5 at Ronnie Scott’s to watch it.


Weekly Inspiration- making things to stick on walls

I quite like the idea of sticking things to the walls in my house. Also, I like the idea of being able to get them off again. Happily, I found some handy adhesive things in Paperchase that say they stick to walls and things and come off again. Perfect. £5 for a pack of 50, not too bad.

So, I’m thinking of more up to date versions of ye olde ducks in a row:

Perhaps origami butterflies or birds?

Inspiration Origami

Weekly Inspiration – an Origami Christmas

Yes, I am aware of how far away Christmas is. But if there are potential craft fairs to be done at the end of November, these things need thinking about now.

I’ve made a few origami crane mobiles now and have got the hang of them. Whilst thinking of things to make for the Christmas craft stall, I had a little lightbulb moment. Christmas  Origami decorations. I want to make garlands of origami stars, little Christmas trees to hang on Christmas trees, pretty paper baubles and so on and so forth.

Origami Resources

I do already have a couple of origami books with suitable projects and ideas in, but I also found some handy websites:

I can’t wait to get started! First up, I need to go paper shopping. I’m thinking red, green, gold, silver, dark blue and white. Second up, I’m going to make lots of these christmas origami lucky stars as I think they look awesome.

Christmas Origami Inspiration

Here are just a few of the things that are inspiring me to have a go at my own versions of Christmas Origami:


To heck with Weekly Inspiration – I’m going to Florida!!!!

I am extremely excited. There are four of us going and I’m sure one of is actually going to explode at some point in the run up to the holiday.

As I’ve been before, I’m going to play at being Tour Guide Barbie. I am looking forward to many months ahead looking over maps and marking the plans on.

Happy happy happy 🙂

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Weekly Inspiration- Upcycling

Whilst trying to find something to do with the heaps and heaps of old videos I have and can’t watch (yet can’t bring myself to throw away- because I NEED to own copies of Airheads, Empire Records and China Town) I discovered the happy world of upcycling. It’s not that it’s a new concept to me, I’d just never thought of doing it myself. I’ve found lots of great websites to help inspire me to make useless stuff I have into useful stuff.

I’m currently working on a few DIY upcycling projects of my own- origami crane mobiles made from paper bags and little Japanese stab binding notebooks with old video covers.

Results to follow!

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Weekly Inspiration- Bunting

Of course everybody knows how cute bunting is, but it does appear to have grown in popularity of late. There was a point when it seemed like it was everywhere and I actually thought I had seen enough bunting- but never fear, I have been cured of that thanks to this website. Strangely more appealing due to the word ‘kitten’, there is nothing on the Little Kitten Homemade website that isn’t 100% adorable. I officially love bunting once again. I highly recommend a visit.

Due to inclement weather, the heart bunting from the last Craft Fantastic stall got so soggy it had to be thrown away. New Bunting is needed.

Check out the following websites for some top tips on how to make your own bunting:

This weekend I will finish my new bunting for the next craft stall. Result to follow!


Weekly Inspiration- That Friday Feeling

I’ve had it today, I really have. I’ve inexplicably enjoyed listneing to Beyoncé and The Wanted, drank more wine at lunch than is sensible and subsequently decided to organise lots of nights out in town that seemed like a good idea at the time but will probably never happen.

So here, in no particular order, is my list of top 10 reasons why Fridays are a joy:

  • The knowledge that you don’t have to get up the next day. An obvious one, but there really is nothing better than a Saturday morning lie-in.
  • The knowledge that you don’t have to go to work for two whole days. Along the same lines as the first point, but worth mentioning separately.
  • Looking forward to whatever you have planned that weekend. Because even though you can look forward to something all week, on Friday it’s so close you can almost taste it.
  • Nothing need be that serious. Even those deadlines at work.
  • Having time to spend the time. Although I see my husband every day, it’s just somehow different on a Friday evening; no worries, no cares, no troubles, no bedtime.
  • You can dance around and be silly. This one was my husband’s contribution.
  • Friday lunch. I don’t know about you, but Friday lunch to me is always ‘treat lunch’. That means I can get a Prêt or go out for lunch with collegues and not feel guilty about a) spending too much and b) being late back to the office.
  • After-work events. Goes hand in hand with the joyful knowledge that you don’t have to get up for work the next morning.
  • Everyone buys into the hype. Everyone thinks Fridays are awesome, thus, Fridays are awesome. People just tend to be a little bit happier, more relaxed and carefree; because it’s Friday and that’s what happens on a Friday, right?
  • Pressing the off switch. On anything and everything.

I’ll be somewhere in Wales this weekend, possibly in some kind of big tent, possibly near some big expanse of water in which there is the possibility of swimming. Thus I won’t be doing much crafting or much baking. Have a good weekend 🙂


Weekly Inspiration – Letter writing

I miss having an excuse to write a proper letter to someone. Everyone loves getting post, don’t they? Being newly-weds, my husband and I are currently ploughing through the task of writing our thank you cards. Personally I have relished having to write long notes to people, having actually got something important to write about; something to say.

All this has got me thinking that I should write more letters. Everyone should write more letters. You should definitely write a letter. You can write one to me if you like.

After a bit of digging around on the internet (though I really feel I should’ve gone to my local library and sat making notes surrounded by a huge pile of old books- let’s pretend I did that) I discovered a whole heap of stuff that has inspired me to write letters even more:

The Letter-Writing Project, Boston: Writing stations, complete with stationery, where people could sit and write letters, then either leave them to be posted or leave them there to be read.

Letters To The Dead: In ancient Eygpt, there was a custom of writing letters to dead relatives; usually asking for help with problems. Well it can’t hurt to ask…

Round Robin: Yes, I have actually discovered what this means! “It’s a letter where you have a group of people and you basically write letters in a circle — Person 1 sends her letter to Person 2. That person writes a letter and then sends his letter AND Person 1’s letter to Person 3 who writes a letter and sends ALL the letters on to Person 4. The pattern continues until all the letters make it back to Person 1. She then removes her original letter and replaces it with a new one, then sends the whole batch on to Person 2 again. Ad infinitum.” Thanks to Passion For Letters for that.

Quotes on letter-writing: “Letter-writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.” Lord Byron

“One good thing about not seeing you is that I can write you letters.” Svetlana Alliluveya

“Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment.” Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

“There must be millions of people all over the world who never get any love letters… I could be their leader.” Charlie Brown