Just before Christmas, I created some tree decorations using memory wire, ribbon and beads. Mine ended up on the cheese plant.
My mum gave me a selection of beads a few weeks back to turn into earrings for her, and I finally got around to it yesterday!
Sometimes I feel inspired to make my own arty Christmas cards, and last year I created these potato print birdies with real feather tails. They came out slightly more sinister than I meant them to be!
My first attempt at making coasters from my ever growing pile of tile samples!
Four months back I had the pleasure of designing the wedding invites for my boyfriend’s nephew and his betrothed. Georgia set the brief of a blue passport, boarding pass and luggage label as the template, I designed it and my boyfriend printed it. They came out really well and I can’t wait the the reception next month!
Last year I made my mum a couple of pairs of earrings for her birthday, one pair of which turned out slightly bigger than I expected. After a few months procrastination, I turned said earrings into a necklace and it became this year’s birthday present instead!
These badges were so much fun to do, although rather fiddly and time consuming. I made them a couple of years ago, put them in a pot and promptly forgot about them until now.
On learning that I was to be an aunty, I knew immediately that my role would be to create some weird and wonderful creations for said child to be dressed in or play with (or both). At first I thought about making a little quilt for his cot, but advice from mother led me to… Read More »
I recently discovered a beading technique called peyote, an off-loom bead weaving stitch. It’s actually the free-form version which caught my eye, but thought I had better start somewhere a little easier! I found some wonderful free instructions by Jill Wiseman (link below) and created these beauties for my mum’s 70th birthday.
I just made these button badges from some saved Christmas wrapping paper, perfect for recycling. Plus, there was chocolates wrapped up in it, so excellent all round!
I just came across some photos of three furry hats I made a few years back which I had totally forgotten about. The pink and black hat had funky wool dreads, and the black and red one turned into a rather fearful bear with buttons for eyes, nose and teeth. I made them as a… Read More »
I’ve been redesigning part of my website this weekend and giving some thought about what I want to do with all my various interests. I haven’t felt very creative of late and it’s been quite a long time since I did anything arty (excluding photography, but I’ve let that slip too). On going through some… Read More »
I was recently commissioned to make a card, badge and keyring of my local church, St James the Less, for an anniversary present. I took my camera out and took a few shots for the client to choose from, and then made some mock-up designs for approval. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been too sunny of… Read More »
I’ve just completed my forth large custom badge order for Starlight Dance. The order included 200 badges made from one of the designs created for their third order back in April.
I’ve just completed my third large custom badge order for Starlight Dance. The order included 140 badges made from 2 different designs. There were several others designs created for this order but not made this time.
Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of designing several custom retro badges for the lovely Linda and her chums to wear to their class of 1983 school reunion. I designed a magnet from their old school emblem to hand out on the night and a roll call book for pupils to sign into, as well as a few badges from old school photos. A fabulous project to take part in and a wonderful night had by all judging by the photos!
So, a couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted to try something new, namely resin casting for jewellery making. I spent many hours viewing YouTube video tutorials, scouring Google images and reading reviews before taking the plunge and ordering some resin and moulds.
For my friend Ali’s 40th birthday I made her a bead and safety-pin bracelet. It was quite fiddly to thread, but worth it as it makes quite a statement.
I recently purchased a larger display stand for when I do craft fairs, all I have to do now is make enough items to fill it. So, yesterday I spent the day making memory wire bracelets.
I’ve been a busy bee again today and made lots of new things! I had a go at making earrings from buttons, and am very pleased with the results. I also made some earrings using polymer clay flower beads and three memory wire bracelets. All items are available to buy from my shop. www.ghostofthedoll.co.uk/powdermonki/handmade/jewellery/hearts-flowers-earrings www.ghostofthedoll.co.uk/powdermonki/handmade/jewellery/bracelets
A bit of skull related jewellery making before bedtime last night!
I’ve been super busy this week having made 30 new bag and key charms, nine beaded bracelets and a pair of earrings. The tips of my fingers are now sore and rough! They are all available to buy from my shop. www.ghostofthedoll.co.uk/powdermonki/handmade/jewellery/bag-key-charms
I’ve just completed my second large custom badge order for Starlight Dance, which was considerably larger than last time! The order included 300 badges made from 15 different designs.
I doodle at work sometimes, and just came across these little drawings from last year (8cm square): The little girl is a character I have drawn on and off for several years now. She’s called Arabella Penny and has a stuffed dog on wheels which communicates on her behalf. The man’s face started off… Read More »
These little bat and spider button badges are so cute, and I love the handmade neon paper I found to make them from. The badges have a layer of shimmery or sparkly paper underneath the neon paper, which peeps through to create a lovely effect.
These badges were made from an old brown paper notebook with Alice In Wonderland illustrations in the corners. I have had the notebook for several years but never used it because it just didn’t seem right to spoil the pages, which is rather ironic considering what I have just done to it!
After buying lots of super, bright and cute buttons over the past month I finally had a chance to sit down and play with them. Initially I set out with the idea of making a button charm bracelet, but many of the buttons I bought don’t hang right from a chain as they have hooks… Read More »
I’ve just finished making these 1950’s style make-up bags feature a design called “Dysfunctional Family” by Michael Miller. Each bag differs, as does each side. They measure about 6 x 6 inches, with black zip and black lining.
I’ve been working hard over the last few days on my first large custom badge order for Starlight Dance in Kettering, Northamptonshire. The order includes 90 badges made from 8 different designs.
I’ve just finished making six new makeup bags from some wonderful fabric with 1950’s movie icon faces. They feature one coloured side and one black and white side (with a dash of red to some). There is a choice of six movie icons with two different faces used per bag. They measure 7 x 8 inches.
Here are two lovely felt angel decorations I’ve just finished as a commission. Fun, but fiddly.
I’ve just finished making this black velvet coffin purse for a lady in Norway. I hope she likes it!
I made this little blue felt brooch this morning as a birthday present for my mummy-in-law’s friend. I hope she likes it. I haven’t made any brooches for a while, so made a nice change. I love my Cuttlebug!
I made these little mixed fabric and bead shapes last year, and are lovely little things! I originally made six, and turned one into a necklace as a Christmas present for my mum. She gets a lot of my experimental bits and pieces! I haven’t decided exactly what to do with the five I have left yet, but… Read More »
I made this necklace for myself a while ago now, but thought I’d post a picture of it. The felt beads are a bit fiddly to make, but worth it!
Some time ago now (September 2011) I was commissioned to make a floral felt brooch, but never got around to posting an image of it, So here it is.
Here are some earrings I made for my mummy during her visit at the beginning of the month. She was most pleased with them and we had a fun time playing with all my beads too!
I received my wire coiling gizmo today. No instructions, so after a bit of research on the internet I had a go at making a pair of earrings and am quite pleased with the results for a first try. I’m looking forward to experimenting with ideas now!
I’ve just added eighteen pairs of newly made earrings to my shop.
I’ve just added these large, square crushed velvet coin purses to my shop. They measure approximately 5 x 5 inches and are available in several colours.