LastMinuteLucie and the search for time

Having completed one item of jewellery and with another friend’s birthday imminent, I decided to make a pair of earrings.

This friend has a thing about Sunflowers.

As you can see, this time I used white shrink plastic of A6 size and drew two Sunflowers freehand, hoping they would come out roughly the same…

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Once again, using my trusty Sharpies I coloured them in before cutting them out carefully.

I punched a hole in each one and cooked them for the required time. As you can see they shrunk significantly:

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Finally I added some ear wires and attached them to a piece of card to make them look posh…

No new stationery allowed

I have a house full of notebooks.

Ok that is a bit of an overstatement, but I certainly possess a lot of notebooks because I can’t resist buying them whether I need one right now or not PLUS I can’t let a free one pass me by.

Is there a word for stationery fetish? I am certainly suffering from it…

In a bid to save some money and use up my stock I had a good look through and decided that part of the reason I am not choosing to use some of them immediately is because they are not the most beautiful  notebooks in the pile. I decided to give them a makeover!

I was using duct tape recently for another craft project and thought to myself, ‘ I know I could use a bit for this!’

Here are the results:

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this one was hardback – I simply added a band of orange, some Sharpie patterns and orange paper ends inside.

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This one I strengthened the cover of as it was just a paper front. On  top of the weighting I used duct tape to go round the whole book – even over the spiral binding which I had covered with an old advertising leaflet. It still opens and shuts well and looks much more appealing!

I almost can’t wait for my current notebook to be finished :)

 

I have a thing about Shrink plastic.

My friend likes Peacock tail feathers and it was her birthday towards the end of last month, so I thought I would have a go at something I had been meaning to do for a while – Shrinkadink jewellery.

I sourced clear Shrinkies paper and drew a Peacock tail feather on to a piece roughly A5 in size, with my trusty sharpies.

After a stint in the oven, the feather was about 5cms long – perfect for a pendant.

I had also treated myself to some jewellery findings and pliers and had a lovely time making a necklace for the pendant.

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Firework resolutions

I start back at Guides this week and in keeping with tradition, we often look at resolution making in January. It’s not always personal – sometimes we look at them in terms of the things they would like to try at Guides during the year.

In the past we have written ourselves letters, sealed until the end of the year, and made little matchbooks, but this year I decided to go with the firework scheme. I recently came across Popplet, which I think is a very cool mind mapping tool and I had been toying with a lesson plan to do with resolutions. In doing so came up with 5 strands to make it less intimidating to children:

something I will do less of

something I will do more of

something I will do with my friends

something I will do at home

something I will do at school (or work if you are grown up).

2015 resolutions

As you can see by the image, I have used black card – this is A5 – and glitter glue in the center for the 2015.

Strips of colour are applied (perfect for using up those scraps of coloured paper we (I) have hanging around) – these are the pretty bit of the firework and hold your resolutions – small to keep things short and to the point – and white pen was used to add drama.

I put a paper ribbon on the top for hanging. Will let you know how these went down at Guides!

 

From hearts to flowers

I just wanted to show this off as I was very pleased with myself. Lovely husband bought his Aunt flowers recently – various packs of different types from the supermarket.

I hand tied them, glammed them up in tissue paper and added some baubly things I was given in a bunch of flowers on another occasion – they had been awaiting their second ta-da moment on my kitchen window sill for some time :)

Auntie was happy.

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I’ve been having a bit of a tidy – as you do when there is a million other things you MUST get done before the beginning of term – and I came across this piece (instructions I think came for Guiding Magazine) that I made as an example for the Guides.

Each of the girls made one, thinking about the part of our Promise that is about being true to yourself. There were various quotes available to add or they could write their own.

With the New Year in mind and the committment and creative thinking that will be required of me in 2015, this seemed even more appropriate.

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Last minute pressie

While the shops are still open (in the UK) I thought I would post this gift my girls put together for their Uncle who likes to watch a movie or two – incase you have forgotten someone or need to throw a small giftette together for after Christmas…

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They put together little seasoning bags using recipes gleaned from the internet: Tex Mex, Hot Cocoa, Lemon Poppy and Sesame Salt, then wrote out the recipes before putting it all in a ziploc bag and wrapping it.

We saved some seasoning for ourselves, obviously. Roll on movie night!

 

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