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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fairy shrine from an old clock on: June 14, 2014 01:07:39 PM
I was recently partnered up with a wonderful young woman LAFAiry, in the fairy swap. She has written a really good fairy story and I was lucky enough to read it.
I wanted it to inspire a piece of craft for her, and though the fairy is not from any particular character in the book - this piece resembles the opening chapter.

Cue handsome prince riding through the woods, who spots a glowing light in the distance (I used the old part of a clock cog), On venturing further into the woods - he comes across the lights source, a fairy.......

Comments always welcome Smiley Hope you enjoy her. She is made from a really old clock surround, parts of the clock itself, wet felting and polymer clay. Her wings are ironed bubble wrap

12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another re-loved book :) on: June 14, 2014 01:01:20 PM
I was recently in the fairy swap, and having just finished one of my own "re-loved" books, I knew I had to make a fairy themed one for my partner. On a trip to my favourite charity shop I came across....... can you believe it !!!! an old Grimms book !!! What better book could I have discovered for this project
What is hard to see from the photos - is that I also managed to get hold of a sheet of tiny little sticky back jewels which I used throughout the book, and it met it was all sparkly :O GOOOOrgeousness.
Lots and lots of photos Smiley

Enjoy - and let me know which is your favourite Smiley

These fairy charms were rescued from an old childs bracelet (yes I found it at the charity shop) and were perfect for dangling off the edges

My favourite page......

thanks for stopping by Smiley
13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Incentive / wish / spirit dolls on: June 11, 2014 02:54:46 AM
I recently was part of a swap that was so in keeping with me, I just had to join. It was the Spirit doll swap, as I explained to the organiser - spirit dolls, or as I call them Incentive dolls or wish dolls are something that I make often with clients (im a psychotherapist). The making of a doll can be a deeply moving experience as you are making a human form and will, inevitably project qualities of yourself on to it.
I really enjoyed making the spirit dolls I've shown here, - when I make one, I sit with the person for whom I am making it in mind. And as I work, the doll seems to take on its own personality.
Im not going to name who I made them for, as the wishes or incentives that they wanted are personal to them.

This first pair, were for someone who wanted to hold both life and death - beginnings and endings, in equal balance.
I finished the "life" piece quite easily, but as I began to form the "death" piece, it literally fell apart on me - PROCESS me thinks !!, yet instead of giving up - I "let go" of my intended form and allowed it to become. What it taught me, is that death itself has so much to do with "letting go". The space it created in falling apart a little enabled me to hang earth found objects that had "let go".

The next wish doll was for someone who's health has been something shes had to fight for, she wished for strength, and for healing and had an affiliation with turtles and the sea.
As I set about forming this doll, I also had the feeling that this doll would need to "let go" a little and so she too had an hollow bottom. This enabled me to hang from it wrapped sea glass.
For me this doll has so many hidden meanings - its colour - turquoise, represents hope. The back of the doll carries a reiki sign for strength using stitching and a spiral metal charm and also I think looks like a turtle shell. The sea glass, tumbling beneath her reminds me of how those pieces of glass have to shatter and break, then survive the tumbling of the sea before they re-remerge as the most beautiful pieces of treasure. Much like life me thinks !

Ok last set ( I promise - way too many photos but I had to share)
And these are not felted, but made using eco and upcycled fibres, as my receiver is a vegan. She has a daughter and they live very in keeping with my own family, respecting the seasons and festivals. I wanted to make her some spirit dolls that would nestle upon her alter, and so I made her a mother earth and sister moon set of dolls. These are made from old towels, old silk scarves, a little bit of fimo and finally wrapped with nettle yarn and adorned with a metal tag.

Thanks for looking - must've taken you ages to read all that Smiley
Comments always received lovingly Smiley
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Glamp up your camping on: June 04, 2014 02:29:20 PM
Over here in the UK, we have a big trend called Glamping - its basically when you camp in true gorgous style. Im talking bunting, collapsible flower borders, painted tin plates, and silk scarves to hang from your inner poles !!!!
I wondered if anyone fancied doing a little pre-summer camping swap. And..... would someone hold my hand to organise it ?
Im thinking a medium swap, with a couple of smalls just for fun.
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Recycled weavers cones and a 7 year olds tutorial :) on: May 12, 2014 10:49:09 AM
As some of you may be aware (by seeing the post on here), I have recently opened a barn in which I run a recycled craft group. Everything we make is taken from the junk that is thrown away.
It appears that local businesses have heard about it and I was donated a box full (at least 100 !!!!) of cardboard cones from a local "weavers" supplier. Apparently all their yarn comes wrapped on it.
So I pondered on how to use them........
At the same time, the children of the craft group members began nagging me to do something with them, and so in their next holidays Im going to run a kids group to make these little creations.

By way of working out timing etc, I asked my 7 year old - Ebbon, to assist, and he thought perhaps if I took some photos by way of explaining the process, you guys might like to make one too (that is if you have a supply of cones ready Smiley)
Without further ado..........

You will need.... a good solid cardboard cone, some fabric scraps, some glue (we used fabric glue but you could also use any easy craft glue), a little bit of modroc (the bandage stuff that is covered in plaster that they use in hospitals), some paint.

Begin by cutting your fabric scraps into closed "U" shapes, and also cutting out the door of your cone.

In strips, glue your fabric to your cone in a "cottage" pattern, that is the second layer always sits inbetween the first layer - Ill let Ebbon show you, its much easier Smiley

When all done - cut round your door way.

Ok so now you need to grab your modroc. Your going to need some little squares and some long thin rectangles...

Dip the modroc in water, drain it by sliding it up the side of your water vessel and then your going to line the outside of your door frame and the top of your cone....

Ok so remember that door bit you cut out...... take your long bits of modroc and use them to create a wooden panel effect ... again Ill let ebbon explain...

So now, you have got to let all that dry for at least a few hours.
Then you paint it all (or you get your mum to do it)
Then once the paint has dried, you need to spread all the painted bits with a clear drying glue, this will protect the modroc...
Once all that has dried, give it at least a night to be sure, you can use an electric drill to carefully drill some holes in the door and the door frame, and with a little bit of leather thong - you can make some hinges.
Then - if your really lucky, maybe a little visitor will move in over night

and just so you can see them all again Smiley

16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / What I am best at swap on: May 05, 2014 02:02:44 PM
Not that I'm offering to host it ..... But, can we have a "what I am best at" swap again pleeeeeeeeaaaaSSSEEEE Smiley
17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Basket on: May 01, 2014 11:34:05 AM
I just love when I can dive into the basket of felt that I have lounging around Smiley All sorts of things happen.
With the assistance of my sons tin bucket, I proudly present - a felted basket (Just ready for the easter gifts I sent in the recent WWP Ostara swap.)

18  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / A miniature easter garden on: May 01, 2014 11:31:19 AM
I was delighted to be part of the recent WWP ostara swap (eastery wonderment for us witchy and wiccan folk) and just had to get a little felty.
I found a gorgeous tin in my local charity shop and just had to play.
Enjoy Smiley

Can you believe how lucky I was to find this tin !

I glued the needle felted imagery inside the two halves of the tin so that the rainbow fairy quite literally plays in the sky when the tin is closed
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Welcome to "Earthed" on: April 24, 2014 11:32:47 PM
So my bundle of lovliness.
Some of you will know that when my day job is as a psychotherapist, having run women's groups for a long time in a grubby hall in our local town - I had been long looking for my own homestead.
Cue - local farmer with an old garage and a few phone calls later, and I was practically given a little barn with its own internal stream (LOL !!! My technical term for an on-going flood problem)

So last summer my lovely husband when into the barn which was being used as a spider home and a garage, and he transformed it with paint and lining boards, and flooring and carpet.
And then I went in there with donated chairs up cycled with old curtains and craftster swappages and shelving units rescued from the tip......... and finally, my barn is finished.

I was nudged by a dear friend to also use it as a group room for people to come and craft with me too.
I wanted my craft group to represent things I believe in, and so I came up with a concept of everything we make being made from things we rescue from charity shops and jumble and of course the rubbish !!! And so the way people pay to come, is partly by bringing along bags of their own junk which we then all share. Cue shelves full of cut up sheets and old clothes, jars full of beads from old necklaces etc etc.  Last week it opened for the first time with a group making hand made fabric paper. What was just gorgeous was that people ended up getting a little "Therapy" on me, and making the paper to represent life journeys. Each person came feeling un crafty, and all left feeling confident and happy.

So what I realised was that this barn, had finally brought together my two biggest passions - Crafting and Therapy.

Without further ado........ "Earthed".

20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Old book into Prayer flag journal on: April 23, 2014 09:49:45 AM
I was delighted to be part of the IYP swap recently. As I snooped upon my partners pinterest I saw her yearning for some prayer flags - armed with the knowledge that she rather liked fairies and gnomes, I settled down to a few evenings with my Sewing machine.......
Disaster struck.
With a very large clank, the machine gave up its large stitch and even with a trip to the sewing machine hospital, I received the sad news that it was officially, well and truly.... D>E>A>D !

Saddened that I wouldn't be able to complete my idea I wondered off to my local charity shop where sat upon the counter were two old very sad books. One of which was about "Bird song". Because my mind works in mysterious ways, I immediately conjured up the notion of prayer flags and up cycling and paper crafts.
May I present, my prayer-flag book.

And finally, with a lot of glue, and a little carving and a few more "findings" from the charity shop - and of course it wouldn't be a P_E_S_T product without a bit of felt.

Would love to know what you think. Its my first venture into doing something like this and I have to say I will be doing it again.
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