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!
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.
- how to enter -
To be in with a chance of winning all these goodies, all you have to do isclick here to like my facebook page
and your name will be entered into the draw. You can also click here to follow me on instagram, and all likes and shares of the above image count too, so the more you share/like/follow the more chances you have of winning. Giveaway closes on Oct 14th and the winner will be announced Oct 15th - Good luck!
my first ever giveaway is on it's way, to celebrate the changing of the season. stay tuned to facebook, instagram and the blog all this week, I'll be posting pics of what you can win and details of how you can enter. Celebrate fall with some great seth macbeth : creative goodies, and get ready for the leaves to drop!
As I mentioned in my earlier post I'm trying to find ways to focus more on my blog and up my game when it comes to articles. As part of my research I came across a popular site called Bloglovin' where you can sign up and follow all your favourite blogs in one place. It's a handy tool for following multiple blogs, and if you're a fan of my stuff my site is also listed.
To celebrate my sign up with Bloglovin' I made a few buttons to share with anyone who wants them. Just right click the image you want from the list below and choose "save image as" and save it to your computer. They're all .png files which means they don't have a background, perfect if your blog is a different colour or pattern.
Just remember that these images are for personal use only, and are all my own artwork. Share with your friends, and if you want to you can leave me a comment with a link to your site so I can see them in action. Contact me if you have any questions. Enjoy!
I had a lot of people asking me if they could use my ripper street murders picture as their cover photo for facebook, so I re-jigged it to fit a little better. Feel free to download and use at your leisure.
If you're not sure how to, just right click the image below and click 'save image as'. Save it to a file on your computer and then upload it to FB.
in honour of Remembrance Sunday i wanted to do something creative. i wear my poppy with pride every year, but as you can't wear a poppy online i decided to create a new picture for my facebook cover art.
my cover photos have only ever been pictures of wolves, so keeping with tradition i made this... i think it's actually a photo of a dog, but that's good enough...
if you like it, please feel free to download a copy and use it on your own wall. and remember to wear your poppy this month for all the men, women and animals who have risked their lives for all of us. i am not an advocate for war by any means, but whatever your beliefs please spare a thought for their sacrifice.