Monday, 28 March 2011

More upcycling

More experiments with scrap clay to make some upcycled pillow beads and round beads.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Beautiful house for sale!

 It has happened - my beautiful house is on the market. A relocation for work is finally on the cards (we have been trying to put this off!) so we have had to put our beloved house up for sale. 

We bought the house 7 years ago and it was a real "project". We have spent a lot of time updating it and have put in a lot of TLC! I won't inundate you with all the information but here are some of the highlights. 
Breakfast room overlooking the rear garden.
Funky bathroom.
Beautifully maintained garden!

And remember what i told you about the kitchen...

Let me know if you want to buy it!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

More upcycling

Latest upcycled beadery. 
I'm working on perfecting this method but I really like the results on this one. 

This one was made using cane ends. I think with the right colour combination it could be great

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Final steampunky (for now!)

And finally, the third necklace from my steampunky range. Made using chain, polymer clay and an upcycled locket...

Who are these Victorian beauties?

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Steampunky again.

Second steampunk necklace. Made from polymer clay, watch parts and chain.  Again I'm going for the aged copper look.

Monday, 21 March 2011


For my latest dip into steampunk world, I've created 3 necklaces with an aged copper feel. As they took rather a long time to create I'm going to post them separately! 

The first necklace is created from polymer clay, ribbon and an upcycled teapot charm. I'm quite fond of this one myself. 

Time for Steampunk Tea!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Latest upcycling adventure

The latest beadies. Made out of the end of a cane. I like them, but I think a better choice of colours would work soooo much better. 

Covered in cat hair as usual!
I think I prefer these.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Funny looking hyacinths

I bought some hyacinth bulbs the other day, in a pretty purple pot to match the flowers that would soon shoot up. Or so I thought...

Hmmm, what strange looking hyacinths! Daffys are so lovely though with their little trumpets, who could complain??!

Better upcycling adventure pics

Here are some better pics of those red upcycled beads that I made recently

Anyone ever post rubbish results?

I don't usually post the projects that don't turn out so well. I hide them away in the bottom of my bead box until I get around to throwing them away or I put them in the latest charity shop collection bag. You see I want you all to think that my creations always turn out somewhat OK and that I never really make any duff projects.

Today however, I am feeling brave. I thought, why not? We all make mistakes so I might just have to show you one of mine. This one was a less successful attempt at some clay upcycling.

Off to the charity shop they go. You never know, someone might be prepared to pay 10p for them!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Adventures in Upcycling 2

I've been working on my upcycling methods recently. Whilst this has mostly meant that I end up with mounds of mud coloured clay, owing to all the experiments that have gone wrong, I have at least managed these beads which I am happy with. 

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Doggy Delights

As you know I have a slight passion for Cherry Bakewell cakes. 

I make mini ones... 

and cherry bakewell canes...

and I even send them to my polymer clay mentors...

So you can imagine my delight when visiting a local art and crafts fair yesterday, I found Mrs Bishop's Doggy Deli had baked some especially for my canine friends. The stall was fantastic, filled with goodies all to suit the delicate doggie diet. There were birthday cakes, peamutt butter cups, chocolate dogestives and my favourite the Cherry Barkwell. So of course I had to buy some for my 3 favourite woofers.

Aren't they just divine?
And here are the lucky ladies, waiting patiently (although drooling profusely) to enjoy their treats. 


Friday, 4 March 2011

Adventures in Upcycling

Upcycling is my new word for working with scrap clay. Whoop Whoop. Thanks to Ghost Shift for coming up with that one. Did I mention it was a competition? Well, your prize is a set of lino tools :) I.e. the ones I borrowed from you about 6 months ago! 

So I've been working on a special project recently that has left me with oodles of scrap clay and I've been trying out some techniques to upcycle the extra bits.

Here's my first attempt. I had some basic canes from a "how to" demonstration that I wasn't planning on using. So I upcycled them to make these funky vase beads.

Next I had a go with some mixed cane ends. 

I was less pleased with the results on this one, so I varied my technique a little to create the next set of beads.
I'm much happier with these babies. It is almost a tie dye meets swirl effect. 

I'll have another go at this one and post how my next beads turn out.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A new word for scrap please!

I love the technique I have used to create these pillow beads. It was taught to me by polymer clay artist Daniel Torres. It's so much fun to do and you never know what pattern you are going to end up with. 

Of course, this technique uses scrap clay! The end products look so good however, I am reluctant to call it scrap clay - any suggestions as to what word I can use instead??