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Paper leaves of Poetry & Macbeth(shh!)

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PrettyThrifty and I agree I should be more blabby in blog entries! She says I’m funny (in a nice way!) but she’s the one lent me the words “dust elephants” and sent the text “But it’s impossible to be mr impossible!”

Speaking of… here’s my new (second-hand sewing machine)

It used to be PrettyThrifty’s and was living at her house until recently. So far I’ve been practicing and attempting little bits…

heart-shaped door-hanger! The First attempt looks like a wonky sock. That’s why I need Pretty Thrifty as my tech-support- telling me why it looks like a wonky sock and how I can make it look more “country kitchen” the next time around =o)

At least my cat Casper gets his own christmas stocking this year… so all’s not lost in learning how to craft with a machine.
On Monday, PrettyThrifty and I are going to The Art Organisation so that she  can hand over her beayouuuutiful makes to be put in the new shop.  On that note- thankyou Oscar for lettuce and letting me rant, and WOOP to Kris, a pal who recently joined their team for a bit of painting and work on the new shop! People should employ him *hint hint* and me *more hint* when we apply to places.

SO! New shop… I’m making some items for the shop too and for Crocus Gallery in Lenton (near the Savoy cinema).

On Thursday I had phone counseling so I could stay ‘at home’ on the quite nice day. I blu-tacked my paper shapers to an old sketch book, sat in the garden with a tin of clear varnish and a brush (of sorts)…

after a couple of coats and hours of drying in between I ch-ch-check them out… this was the first time I varnished paper and it feels funny to respond to “what have you been varnishing?”
“paper hearts.”
“hahahaha!…. oh. really? why?”
“yeah, odd for me too!)

I discovered that when painting older paper hearts (and leaves) from an older book with yellow-er pages, it makes the paper translucent and look a little bit like grease-proof paper, which may not sound attractive to you but I see them being used for scrapbooking and mixed-media projects (for a book Pretty Thrifty gave me for my happy 22nd) and newer, creamier pages turn a lot less translucent! But I also enjoy the effect left on the empty pages once I’ve removed the shapes… so they’ll be used for another project! Happy bi-products of creating…

I’ve been thinking about how I might update the brooches (varnish? play book? leaf shapes…?) and have been thinking of stitching them to felt, but I quite like the stiffness from backing them on layers of card… I’ll experiment with them tomorrow =]… in an hour less wee and less rude to my eyes.

I tested with one of the leaves but found that (as lovely and speedy as that was) that the thread was too thin and didn’t make the brooch nearly as lovely and colourful as wanted it to be… but just now, while typing this I’ve had an idea… what if I just use the sewing machine to make my brooch all holey, ready for me to sew through the pre-made holes- to that the stitches are all more even? or not?


On another subject, FOLKSY! I made a second Folksy account for myself for anything I’ve made, intended for more making, and for anything I’ve stash-busted! It’s called CardBored… obviously I was PMTing and moody at the time of thinking of a title ;o)
Here are some fabric beads I made…

ummm… and there was one last thing I wanted to write about before I ran off to bed at 3:30am…

– Blog about my garlands I made for ME and no one else *mwhahhahahahaha*
– Pics of lemon and lime curd I’m making later, in the day light, or in a few days. (If Ms.Thrifty is reading this, a jar is to be saved for you!)
– Embroid, and take pics of paper thangs.
– Mixed media bewk (book)?

wee wee, brush teeth and…

AHH! Arts on Prescription! It isnt up and running again yet BUT there’s an exhibit on at the New Art Exchange… tut, what have they done to the website? I find it hard to find the info now =o(… ahh, yes, the exhibit is of items made at AonP, so I’ll be going on monday or thursday to gawk at nice things =]

I reeeeally need the loo now, bye…

Written by Cherise

September 19, 2010 at 2:38 am

FECK YES! Working & Paper bead tutorial (=

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13 days til holidays! I’m going on holiday to Malaga in thirteen days! I just did a few hours cleaning at my friend’s house for holiday spends and now I’m aching a little in my lower back and my gacky shoulder and it feels GOOD because she sent me on my way with home made seedy bread and books and mango shower gel! mangooooo… are you SURE I can’t drink it? pleeeeeeeeease?

So when I got home I had seedy bread (STILL WARM!) with creamy colslaw (into which I’d grated cheeeeeeeeeese) AND, at the side, butternut squash that I’d flavoured and roasted t’other night and a tomato. Yup. Variety and tasty. Also today the sky had mood swings and went from sunshine, blue skies with bright white fluffy clouds…. to… light grey sky with no light or blue in sight, pelting down hale and rain!!!

At Dee’s house I heard chuckles and “uh oh”s and the quiet *brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr* of her sewing machine… and from this gold was made! Just you wait Newstead TreeFest, we’re gonna have some goodies for you this year!

Also, at Dee’s, I moved (pussy cat) Nonie’s food and water bowl (definite cause for her to sleep on your face and suffocate you at night-time… or at least for her to get nervous and antsy!) but at the end of cleaning I put her things back where they belonged and suddenly I was blessed by her furiness with some puddytat-snuggles and hugging! NICE! I didnt think to get a picture of the moment but it involves her laying on your shoulders and snuggling up to you! Cosy and adorable Ms Nonie!

AHH SO! What was it I said I’d upload? PAPER BEADS! Or “Paper Beadz” If ur in wiv the kidz like I iz. Innit.

There are SO so so many Paper Bead Tutorials out there in tintanet world!

Phwore! It’s only when tagging my WordPress entries that I realise how many entries contain paper crafts and such! I’m a stationary nerd if you must know.

Oscar at tea bar (The Art Org) often buys chicken or chips and you get a funky paper bag with it… which I once nicked before it could get greasy.  Yup, allll sorts of paper and allll sorts of funkys.

For this you may bead need:


Right, so, we have a Tesco catalogue, (yup, that’s how my parents roll, Tesco, I ain’t proud but it’s true) and a piece of paper from my Leftlion newspaper, a simply be magazine that fell out of a magazine along with a load of fliers AND some scraps of fabric. the mister men is from a kids sun-faded curtain, the rest was freeeeee from a Spinsters Emporium event!

Something I FORGOT to put on the picture that you’ll need is a bbq skewer, knitting needle, chopstick or some such!

See the pretty colour? NO need to spend on silly papers that you’ll hardly see!

Or would you prefer pinks and teal?

Yellow? Pink? Blue? You get me?

Tear out your page and either ruler lines on to it or just triangles by eye and have your knitting needles and glue at the ready!

Next! Press thee wide part of the paper against your knitting needle or whatever you’re using…. and TWIZZLE!

Add a spot of glue, spread it down the strip with your fingers (because it’s fun that way =D) and twizzle some more!

And finally, rest, until dry, on something shiny! The point being that you don’t want your beads to rest on anything that will absorb the glue and cause the bead and resting surface to bond….

… the way that this purple folder and my bob the builder beads bonded. Oops. Nothing wrong with a bit of accidental folder decoration =)

See what else you can do? Wrap them in sparkly sari silk thread that is given to you by your dearest friend Dee

or cut triangles of colourful tartan fabric… orrr take advantage of the old valentines product advert pages that are covered in pictures of red and polka dots!

And if you’re like me you’ll just enjoy the new addiction that is getting down, dirty and sticky… making paper beads:

Making paper beads ain’t anything new, so you can either buy them here:

These stunning fair trade beads are made by the Acholi women in Uganda, using recycled and rolled paper.

“Upcycling” is the latest trend in the craft world – Upcycling is taking something that is destined for the rubbish bin and transforming it into something of value and beauty!

These beautiful “upcycled” beads are made by the Acholi tribeswomen of Uganda using old magazines destined for landfill. The women of the Acholi tribe formed a beading collective after they were forced to flee their villages in Northern Uganda due to a civil war. They resettled in the capital city, Kampala, where the sale of these amazing beads means that they are now able to afford the school fees for their children.

Else you could check out these other fantastically pretty tutorials!

And to end? Ben Harper!

Written by Cherise

May 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm