We all know and love washi tapes but how about duct tape? Duck Tape, the brand, has just opened a store in New York dedicated to its well known product – its not just filled with silver rolls of tape but lots of lovely colours and patterns that would make any girl go ‘ooooo’!
Here’s some duct tape ideas…..
I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and as with most new phones I bought a case to go with it. The trouble with the case is that it is white plastic and where i put the phone in my pocket or handbag, over time it has become quite discoloured and almost grubby looking. I have tried cleaning it with soap, bleach, alcohol, jif but nothing brings it back to the white that it was, and on a white phone it doesnt look good!
It was only now that I got the idea to finally use the Plastikote spray I got in my goodie bag from Selina Lakes book launch and bring my case back to life. I had pink or green and thought I would go for a nice girlie pink.
I’m really pleased with it, it has left a lovely matt finish. I might give it another coat as I can still see some dark marks on the corners, otherwise it looks great on my phone
TIP: make sure the wind isn’t blowing in your direction whilst spraying!!
It’s great when you have been following someone on Facebook for a while and you find their business is growing and doing really well. I enjoy seeing peoples stories evolve from a small hobby into a full on business requiring a new premises to work from as it has taken over their house and their lives!
It’s great to encourage each other by ‘liking’ posts and photos, chatting and sharing ideas but what is not great is asking ‘how they have done so well’, ‘where do they get their products made’, ‘where do you find your suppliers’, and even copying someone elses work, stockists lists, websites etc.
We all have people we admire and aspire to but we also need to find our own way just like all of those people who are doing well with their own business. Just because their business is flourishing it doesn’t mean they got there over night. A small hobby takes a long, long time to turn into a money making business – often the person running it is not even aware that they are in the beginnings of a business!
There are lots of elements that take time to perfect from suppliers to stockists – lots of research needs to go into finding the right people and business for your own business. The number one place to start is online, by making searches and not at the the local craft market asking the stallholders where they have sourced things from or where they get stuff made – it really is not respectful of their work.
Unfortunately there is no one stop shop, business package or right way of doing things it is just pure hard work with lots of trial and error and mistakes to learn from along the way. I’m all for helping each other and pointing people in the right direction but it soon gets annoying being asked such direct questions and one day you just might be the person they take it out on
Image courtesy of [vinegar & brown paper]
Click on the image below for a great tutorial on how to build your own pallet wall…
I love these cardboard trophy heads which are quite popular at the moment and wondered if they were easy to DIY…..
I found a few tutorials using cardboard, foam core and wood but I think the foam core would be the easiest with the best finish. This tutorial is from Chronicle Books blog
1 20″ x 30″ piece (3/16″-thick) foam core
1 6″ x 7″ piece (1/2″-thick) foam core
60″ length (30″-wide) wrapping paper
1 6″ x 7″ piece of contrasting paper
Picture-frame hanging wire
Make the pieces
1. Using the deer templates:
From the 3/16″ thick foam core, cut:
2 deer heads
1 deer body
1 deer nose
1 deer antler
From the 1/2″ thick foam core, cut:
1 mounting board
Cover the pieces
2. Using spray adhesive, spray one side of the nose piece and adhere it to the Wrong side of the wrapping paper. Use the craft knife and the cutting board and cut out the nose piece. Repeat for the other side of the nose.
3. Repeat to cover both sides of the two deer heads, the deer body, and the deer antler pieces.
4. Using spray adhesive, adhere the contrasting paper to one side of the mounting board. Cut it out using the craft knife and cutting board.
Hang the deer head
5. On each deer head piece, cut a hole 1″ below the top edge and 3/8″ inside the back edge with the awl.
6. Assemble the deer head as shown in the photograph.
7. Thread wire through both holes several times and end by wrapping the wire around itself for a hanger.
Click here to download the below images. They are formatted to 8x10in layouts. So, when printing on 8.5x11in paper, select (when printing through Windows Print Wizard) “8x10in cutout print” in the layout selection. It should print perfectly.
On Friday we headed over to Kingston for the launch of Selina Lakes latest book – Pretty Pastel Style.
There has been a lot of chat on Facebook about who is going, who has got a stall there and who would like to help out, so there was a great buzz before it had even started! Selina also made it a bit exciting by holding a competition to win a Victoria Pendleton bicycle which features in the book, and also giving away goodie bags to the first 20 people to buy her book.
We got there just before it started and there was a bit of a queue of excited ladies eager to get in. Upstairs of the grade II listed Market House were 2 large rooms – one for the fair and another for the tea room. I was lucky enough to be one of the first 20 and so not only got a book signed by Selina but also a goodie bag – not sure what I will plastikote yet, but I will definitely give it a go (I did find a guy who customised his camera – do you think people would take me seriously if i turned up with a pink DSLR?)
There were some really lovely stalls to browse around and the tea room was decked out in bunting, vintage teacups and beautiful roses. I could hear people spotting fellow crafters, bloggers and facebook friends, and it wasnt until I got home that evening and found that so many people had gone!
I was quite pleased when I was offered the chance to try out some tea, especially when I found out it was Twinings. I can drink tea all day long, but I am quite fussy – brewed tea bag and skimmed milk – not too strong and not too weak and definitely NOT with full fat milk! The only teas I really know and enjoy are the more traditional ones such as English Breakfast and PG Tips so to try something else would be great.
When I received my tea I found I had been sent x2 fruit teas and x2 black teas – apple & blueberry; cherry & cinnamon; Earl Grey; Ceylon. I have never really fancied the fruit teas although they always smelt really nice but the suggestion on the box was to try them cool or cold which i thought might be better. The black teas could be drunk with or without milk.
Before diving in I thought I would go over the packaging which is a really great design visually and mechanically. The black teas are in the distinguishable black box with the gold band which really stands out on the shelf amongst the other teas. Most people would know the Twinings brand and what to look for if they went to buy it. They have given different teas different colours which makes it easier to find. The fruit teas are in a completely differnt packaging with the fruit blends colours as the main picture on a white box. This really differentiates from the more traditional teas. I know they have just recently changed their packaging and have used the images of paper quilling which are amazing, by Yulia Brodskaya.
The boxes are torn opened around the edge but keeping the box intact and have the extra lip which holds themselves shut so you could have a variety of teas kept in heir own boxes in the cupboard. On the side of the boxes is the suggested brewing time, how to drink the tea and other teas you might like if you liked this one.
The fruit teas did indeed smell lovely, really fruity. I tried them hot and I would say that these would not be my choice for a ‘cup of tea’. I much referred them cold as they were just like an adult squash!
Earl Grey I have had before but not Ceylon, and out of the two Ceylon was my favourite – a really refreshing ‘proper’ cup of tea. Earl Grey I found quite flowery and perfume-y and quite a light tea which didnt need too much milk. Ceylon has the traditional taste of tea as most of us know it but it seems to be a bit more refined. It doesn’t brew to a really strong, dark tea but the taste is there, and also just needs a dash of milk.
As well as the black, white and fruit teas Twinings also have a healthy tea range which are blends of different natural ingredients such as herbs, flowers, spices and fruits and these can help with detoxing, digestion, immune system and even with sleep (camomile, vanilla & lavender)
Add a personal touch to your Mothers Day presents by making your own bows ……
This one is made out of duct tape!!
I love making lists but sometimes think I don’t do it enough. I have a terrible memory when it comes to ‘doing jobs’ and so making a list helps in that sense, plus I can be easily distracted whether its in the supermarket or on the internet. I intend to go and do something but something else will take over and I don’t get to do the original task, so thats where my shopping/to-do lists come in to play.
There is nothing more satisfying than crossing something off the list and then realising that you have completed your list and it isn’t even lunchtime.
I also write lists of things I’ve done, such as who I have made contact with or emailed so as I know I won’t contact them again!! I also like notebooks – I have a notebook for Hmade, another for photography etc which is full of lists!!
I was going to add my tips for writing your own lists but I found an article by Richard Branson and his are much better than mine..
- Write down every single idea you have, no matter how big or small
- Always carry a notebook
- Find a list method that works for you. Doodles, bullet-points, charts – what suits you best?
- Make a list of small, manageable tasks to complete every day
- Mark off every completed task – you’ll find making each tick very satisfying
- Make your goals measurable so you know if your plans are working
- Set far off, outlandish goals. What do you want to have achieved by 2020? How about 2050?
- Include personal goals in your lists, not just business
- Share your goals with others. You can help motivate each other further
- Celebrate your successes – then make new lists of new goal
By Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group
Its the time of year that we need to start thinking about getting back into the garden or allotment and begin preparing for planting. The bedding plants and bags of compost are hitting the shops which is a welcome sign that spring is not too far away (although we’re in for an arctic easter before it comes!).
I have a nice little garden but can’t do too much to it with two boys, a football and a dog! so for the second year running I have taken on the allotment just over the road from me. It is ideal as there are only two plots and I can see it from my house, meaning I don’t have pack up the car with garden tools and muddy wellies. Its lovely in the summer to do a bit of therapeutic watering – although we are in the middle of town it is really quite quiet and on a warm summers evening it beats watching the rubbish on the telly.
Over the coming months I will be adding ‘Grow’ to the ‘Make, Bake & Create’ motto of Hmade and will add some pics of my hard work on the allotment. Last year we grew some fantastic pumpkins and will definitely be doing it again from the seeds we saved at Halloween but will make sure we dedicate enough space to them this time as I didn’t realise how much they take over! A good tip I found on an American website was to grow sweetcorn as poles for beans and pumpkins on the ground to help supress the weeds, so we might give that a go.
This is how I would love my little patch to look, but it doesn’t!! It will need a lot of work to look this good, but it doesnt hurt to have something to look up to