Holy holly wreath, time certainly flies when you're having fun. Or when you're insanely busy. It was nice to spend most of November getting ready for christmas, I made all of our christmas decorations in time for me to leave for England at the beginning of December. We had to put the tree up a fair few weeks early so I could enjoy it before I left, but it was definitely worth it. I really fell in love with decorating this year, and most of ours are hand made so it was nice to spend time making things just for us.
One of my favourites this year are my reindeer constellations. I just love the moon and stars, and I drew these little designs originally for a few pebbles I had in a bowl. I started out with the heads as that was all that would fit on the stones, and doodled those with a white gel pen. The star details I added after with a little turquoise paint...
Afterwards I thought it'd be nice to have the full constellations, it was kind of fun figuring out the heads. But Pete told me I was drawing too many connections between the stars, so after a few attempts I got the hang of it with Dasher, and went through all eight.
I got some lovely navy blue card and silvery embroidery thread, and made a 4" x 6" card for each reindeer. They came out really nice, I'm really pleased with them. Hung up all together on the wall they're the perfect addition to our christmas line-up of decorations this year.
I resized my drawings and printed them out at the 4" x 6" size. I cut the card to the same size and lined them up, using a bulldog clip to hold the image in place. Using a pin tool I punched holes through the stars, so that when I removed the print out I could easily see where to thread.
Using a needle I pulled the embroidery thread through the holes, using the drawings as reference. I used a back stitch to keep the thread in place, doing the first stitch as normal then going backwards. The back looked a little bit crazy, but the front design worked nicely.
To add a little extra I added little stars with a silver pen around the thread, and a hand stamped name tag for each reindeer.
I made stencils for each of the eight reindeers, if you'd like to make some constellations feel free to download and use them. They're zipped files so you'll need to unzip them after download, the left is all the reindeer individually, the right are 3 printable pages containing them all and cutting border.
They make great hanging decorations, but if you fancy it they make nice christmas cards too, just glue them onto the front of a folded piece of card to hide the back. Enjoy!
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Ripper Street : on the double by seth macbeth
So this was stage two of my little halloween shrine this year. I decided my skulls needed a little company, but I don't really like going too much over the top with decorations. Less is more, so I created this super mini star garland to give a backdrop to my skull candle holders.
This was so mega easy to make, and they look awesome. Whatever colours you want to do will look amazing, I chose matching colours to the skulls I made at the weekend to keep the theme going. 1. Start cutting out your stars with the star cutter. I got mine from the craft store for like a buck fiddy, they have them at Michaels and usually most dollar stores. For every one star you'll need 2 sides, so however many you want to make e.g. 12 stars on the garland, you'll need 24 cut out. 2. Glue a star and place the thread cutting through the middle. Take another star of the same colour (or different colour, whatever you want) and stick it to the first, keeping the thread in place. Hold it down for a little while to make sure the glue really sticks tight 3. Leave about
3 inches of plain thread, then repeat the process with the opposite colour. Or the same colour. Use five colours, it's really up to you. Go crazy! And that's it. Rinse and repeat about 12 times and you've got yourself a tiny garland my friend. Hang where appropriate.
Enjoy. If you like those and want to make some of your own,click here for the tutorial.
The last few weeks I've been out of commission thanks to some weird things happening with my neck and back. I've wanted to make these for so long, but so far my weekends have included sitting on the sofa with 5 pillows, a hot water bottle, and a big batch of deep heat. This was the first weekend I finally started feeling better, and as halloween is fast approaching, I thought I'd better get cracking on some decorations before I miss it! So after a long overdue craft space tidy-up, I got to work.
These are pretty easy to make, they take a little time but are worth it in the end, they look super cool and are a great way to refresh the standard halloween decor. I went with turquoise instead of orange, just for a change of pace. And because everything I do involves turquoise somehow...
I got these decorative skulls from the local market store, they came on a plastic chain and were the perfect size. Take a look around, these ones are pretty common but any skulls will do, as long as they're hollow.
1. With the scissors or xacto knife, cut a small hole in the top of your skulls, about the size of a penny. The plastic on mine was pretty thick, so be careful, wear protective gloves and cut away from yourself / fleshy areas or fingers you want to keep.
2. Fill the skulls with plaster of paris. Check the box for instructions on how to mix. When you're done do NOT put any extra down the drain - it hardens down there and causes no end of trouble. Wait for it to dry and then crack it to throw it in the trash. This stuff dries pretty quicky so don't hang about - get it mixed and get it poured.
This will make your skull heavy enough to balance the weight of the candle. You could try other methods, maybe sand, but this worked for me.
3. Leave the plaster to dry completely, usually overnight. When it's dry, you can start to decorate any way you want, using the acrylic paint. I used turquoise and added just the details of the empty sockets and mouth. On the other one I painted it black and used a silver sharpie to add the details. Colour coordinated my candles too, although be careful when buying coloured candles - make sure they're coloured all the way through and not just a coat on the outside.
4. When the paint is dry, use the super glue to glue the candle to the top of your skull. I chopped mine down from their original size, as they would have toppled over, and it gave a flatter surface to glue.
5. After the super glue set I used a lighter to melt the bottom of the candle, so it melted all over the skull and looked wicked awesome.
Et voila - mega easy skull candles. Once the candle burns down you can either snap it off and glue another one in its place, or melt the new one into the gap.
I've got a few other halloween decoration DIYs coming up this week, just in time. Come back tomorrow and see how to make a matching star garland for your spooky skull shrine - happy halloween!
The weather here has been miserable the last few days. After that lovely Thanksgiving weekend when we went hiking up to Garibaldi Lake, the sky darkened and a thick fog crept its way in and smothered us for 3 days. And I loved every minute of it. Autumn is my absolute favourite season. October is my favourite month
. At this time of year I get so excited about scarves, warm cups of tea, seeing my breath in the morning. I'm like the 80s at a Depeche Mode concert - I just can't get enough.Getting that cosy feeling, I started looking at Marjolein Kuipers's candlelight pinterest board
for inspiration. She has some gorgeous boards, but this one in particular kept me mesmerized for a good half hour. It got me feeling warm and cosy and ready for fall, early nights drawing in, grey skies and red leaves. I created a few moodboards for inspiration before I went candle mad in my apartment... safe to say we don't need to put the heating on now, it's like an oven in here...
thanks to everyone who entered my first giveaway, over 40 entries all in all. congratulations to the winner Kayteepea52, as soon as you send me your address they're as good as yours! send me an email
and I'll head right down to the post office. don't worry, if you like what you see here but didn't win this time, there'll be an even bigger giveaway coming for christmas, so stay tuned. Some festive treats are up for grabs, as well as more jewellery and artwork. can't give too much away though, you'll have to come back to find out more!
I'm giving away $100 worth of prizes in my very first seth macbeth : creative giveaway. Take a closer look at the awesome prizes you could win in the photos below, everything is made by hand and totally unique.
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