Things I Make

Along with my 1970’s-1980’s retro badges/magnets, I also make sparkly, arty badges using various materials such as Angelina fibre, sequins and glitter, magazine cuttings, craft paper and wrapping paper. I also make all kinds of jewellery, including earrings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches. Mostly I used shop-bought beads, but I also experiment with other materials from time to time, as well as learning new techniques. Sometimes I even stitch fabric together to make small purses, makeup bags and the occasional skirt.

Passport Wedding Invites

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!

Beaded Peyote Necklace

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!

Peyote Earrings

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.

Weird Furry Hats

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 »

The Forgotten CV

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 »

“Class of ’83 Reunion” Badges & Magnets Project

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!

Resin Jewellery Experiments

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. I must admit I was quite nervous about using it, I’m… Read More »

Button Earrings and 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

Kawaii Bag & Key Charms

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

Work Doodles

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 »

Alice In Wonderland Badges

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!