Thursday, 10 July 2014

Handmade Nation Sweepstake

At the beginning of June, Handmade Nation tweeted about a Charity Sweepstake. I am really not a fan of football, however this was a Sweepstake with a twist. As well as having the opportunity to win prizes, this particular Sweepstake would also raise money for a very worthy charity - Henshaws. But how....? I can hear you asking! Well, once each participant was allocated a team, it was time to get creative and produce something to be donated into a Charity Auction....in the colours of your allocated team!

 The team I was allocated was Ivory Coast - not so great for winning prizes, however it was a great one when it came to the colours I had to use - green, orange & white. After plenty of brainstorming, experimenting and changing my mind a few times, I finally settled on producing a baby mobile with owls! As many of you may have already guessed, I love anything that involved owls.


I chose to make green & orange owls and hung them all from a white cloud. I uploaded a blog post previously about how to make your own owl, however I have never sewn one with closed eyes! This took quite abit of time and patience, but I am really pleased with the way they turned out.


What do you think? Overall, I am really pleased with it and hopefully it'll fetch a nice amount of money to go to Henshaws. It was so lovely seeing what all of the other participants had made as well -my favourite being the ladybird dress by Millie Beau Designs.

Did you enter the Handmade Nation Sweepstake too? Let me know if you did, I would love to see what you made for it.

 
ZoFlo




Thursday, 3 July 2014

Glastonbury Festival - Its Not All About the Music


I have been a little absent for the past week or so but I feel my reason is valid - I was at Glastonbury Festival! I don't want my blog to turn back into a lifestyle blog, however I love Glastonbury so much it's difficult to resist sharing my experiences with you all (Sorry)!
 
This year I did so much exploring and have come to the conclusion that this really isn't a Festival that is all about the music. Granted, it is the primary focus (and my main reason for going) but when the line up was released most people were a little disappointed. Compared to previous years it was pretty poor (No offence Mr Eavis) but this just left more time to explore!! One of the first things me & Nick stumbled across was a giant Polaroid "photobooth" which you led on, to raise awareness of The White Ribbon Alliance. It was such good fun and our photo came out pretty well - although we weren't so adventurous with the fancy dress items. 


One of my favourite areas at Glastonbury this year was The Green Fields, in particular the Green Crafts Village. There was so much to look at - it was the most creative place (trying to keep with my blog theme)! There were chairs hanging from the trees, stalls selling handmade crafts & so many workshops. I was desperate to book myself in to a "make your own flower headband" workshop but felt it was probably something that was aimed at children! Damn it - they get all the fun. In The Green Fields and throughout other areas of Glastonbury were lots of random sculptures. My three favourites were a beautiful fairy, the hot air balloon seating area & a violin playing Fox (amazing, amazing, amazing)! 

 

 

And this little felt man was too cute to not include a photo of!


So I think the point of this post is to basically say Glastonbury Festival isn't just about the cider, mud & music! If you have never been and you aren't too sure if you would enjoy it, I promise you you will have the best time. It is like a whole other world, where there are no rules and everyone just loves one another. There are so many stages/performance areas that there will always be a handful of bands you will want to see. And when your favourite bands aren't playing, you can always go to the Theatre & Circus Field or The Green Fields for some alternative entertainment!

Here I Am!
 Have you ever been to Glastonbury Festival? Are there any other Festivals you would recommend that have plenty of alternative (creative & crafty) entertainment?

 
ZoFlo

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Scrabble Art*

For a long time I have always wanted to try doing some Scrabble Art. I saw lots of it on Pinterest (as usual) and during Handmade Hour on Twitter. It's such a simple idea yet so effective! 

In a previous post I mentioned some Wooden Scrabble Letters I purchased on Amazon along with some Wooden Heart & Star shaped buttons. I thought these would work perfectly together but felt I needed something else to go with it. Something to add a little more colour. Recently, Fantastic Ribbons selected me as one of their Bloggers. They sent me some beautiful ribbon but the one I chose to use for this particular project was the Petite Floral Ribbon in Burgundy. I love anything floral anyway but I think it was the colour that attracted me to this particular ribbon. And it's so silky smooth to touch! Anyway, I felt it would work perfectly with the Wooden Scrabble Letters & Wooden Buttons I planned to use. 


As it is my lovely friend Hannah's birthday, I decided this would be the perfect craft to make for her as a gift (hense why this has taken me a while to post - didn't want to ruin the surprise!) This was such good fun and although I have seen lots of it around, I still think it makes an unusual, personal gift.


So what at do you think? Have you ever done any Scrabble Art before?

 
ZoFlo

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

My Top 5 Favourite Crafters

Since I have recently become a World Cup Widow I have had loads more time to do what I love doing best - stalk fellow crafters on Twitter / Facebook / Blogger! It's always great finding new crafters as I love seeing everyones creations - I never realised there were so many of us out there. And with so much talent! Here is a list of my Top 5 Favourite Crafters at the moment.

1. Heartfelt by Charlie -  By far my favourite crafter. I originally saw Heartfelt by Charlie on Facebook but have recently discovered there is a Twitter page too *immediately clicks follow button*. I always feel as though Felt is one of those materials you play with at a young age and when you realise there is a whole world of materials out there you stop using it. Heartfelt by Charlie definitely opened my eyes to the beauty of Felt and how lovely it can be! The designs are so beautiful and fun - I especially like the "Thank you Miss B" Owl Design! Now where is my box of Felt....?

2. Black Cat Button - As a lover of Buttons (and Cats) I love Black Cat Button and all of their beautiful products! Black Cat Button have such a variety of beautiful things made from buttons! Their hair grips are just as cute as a button (excuse the pun).

3. Beach Hut-Online - This is a new discovery of mine but I am completely in love with their designs already! I use to go to Cornwall all the time when I was growing up and the "inspired by the Ocean" theme that Beach Hut-Online have just brings back so many childhood memories. I think my favourite items are the Beach Hut Jute Bags - perfect for a beach trip/general everyday life!

4. MissJoJangles - Along with the Great British Sewing Bee, MissJoJangles was one of the reasons I decided to take the plunge and switch my blog to a crafty one. Reading through this blog made me so excited to finish University and get back into crafting - something I have always loved doing since a young age. I love how random, fun and beautiful JoJos craft projects are - Do I even need a Dinglehopper? No. Do I want to make one? Yes!

5. love4letterpress - This is another one of my newest crafter discoveries, but love4letterpress make the most beautiful cards. I have only recently started to dabble with abit of card making, but love4letterpress really puts me to shame! I love the fact that they have decided to go completely back to basics and do everything by hand - no more computers - and it really works!

If you are a crafter, post your link in the comments box below - I love discovering new craft bloggers :)

 
ZoFlo


Thursday, 12 June 2014

Pinterest Inspiration

As many of you may well have gathered, I love Pinterest. I always use it to find inspiration for projects, so I thought I would share with you all some little Pinterest gems I have stumbled across recently. These are just a handful (believe me I could have chosen so many more) of images I found that have inspired me to want to make something similar!

The other day, I was sorting through my crafty bits & pieces and found a bag of felt. So of course I searched on Pinterest "Felt Crafts" to try and inspire me. This was one of the first things that came up and I love it! I rarely use felt, but I definitely want to give this a go as it is so cute!


I know this is perhaps a little keen as we are just coming into summer, but this cute reindeer also came up when I was searching "Felt Crafts". How lovely is he - I am so making one of these when we get into the Festive Season. His button nose is so adorable!


I have a real thing for Scrabble Art recently and thought these coasters were such a great idea. It's so simple but effective...and cheap! I'm sure these would be quite expensive if you were to buy them in a store somewhere. Only thing I would struggle with is finding drink related four letter words!


 

I really love the idea of making things that can be worn, as no one will ever have the exact same thing as you. I have quite long hair, so I am always keen to find new ways to make it look different and pretty - sometimes the same old ponytail gets a little boring. I would love to have a go at making my own bow clip! Just imagine the different beatiful materials you could use...


Sticking to the theme of making things that can be worn...I'm sure every crafter has a million and one random buttons in a tin. These button necklaces are so cute and are definitely something I haven't seen before. It's a great way to use up any old buttons you have lying around and at the same time creating the perfect accessory!

 

So that's just a small handful of Pinterest Inspiration (for today anyway) - check out my Pinterest if you want to see more on my "Homemade" board. Have you made any of the above before? Let me know in the comments box below :)

 
ZoFlo



Monday, 2 June 2014

UpCycling // Bedside Cabinets

As I mentioned in a previous post, I managed to pick up two bedside cabinets that were being advertised on my local Buying & Selling Facebook page for just £20 - bargain! I knew they were going to need a little work to get them looking perfect for our bedroom so immediately started planning ideas. It took me a little while to get around to actually getting it done as I wanted to wait for some good weather so I could get outside and do it...not sure it's something I would like to be doing in the house.

Before I began my Upcycling Project

I began by sanding down the main cabinets whilst Nick cut heart shape holes into the drawers to create the "handles" - cute hey? Then I sanded down the drawers too. I then did two coats of primer/undercoat on each set of drawers. As I used a mini roller for the primer, I wasn't keen on the "bumpy" texture it left...so I sandpapered them again to smooth them over. Finally, I was ready to start painting! We chose Farrow & Ball New White (Number 59) paint as it is neutral so would match any colour scheme we were to go with in the future. After giving the paint a good stir, I applied 2-3 coats of paint with a brush. I did quite thin coats as I didn't want the paint to dry with "drips" in it.


Humphrey was definitely helping..!

Finished Cabinet!

So after two days of sand papering & painting, I finally finished! What do you think? I'm so pleased with the way they have turned out! I loved doing this project as I was able to take some cheap bedside cabinets and make then look exactly how I wanted! I will definitely consider doing this again in the future. What would you have done if you were to do something similar? 

 
ZoFlo

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Crafty Card Making

I'm sorry it has been a little while since I have blogged - I have been so busy finishing University and settling into full time working life (I'm a grown up!!). I feel as though I have lost myself recently & have had no "me" time, but this will change as I love crafty projects & I love blogging! To ease me back into it I thought I would show you my most recent card making creations...

You may remember a while back I wrote a review about the Sizzix Texture Boutique Beginner Die-Cutting Kit, which I absolutely loved. Ever since then I have been making cards at every opportunity. What do you think of these two I made recently?


I love the heart & star wooden buttons I purchased recently from Amazon - I haven't come across anything similar to these before so they definitely help to create something a little more unique. Have you done any card making? I would love to see your creations - perhaps you could tweet me a photo. Or if you have any tips please let me know in the comments box below.

 
ZoFlo