New Baby Personalised Frame

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There have been a lot of new babies born lately and I have been making personalised photo frames. I have to say they have been going down a treat and are very popular!

The details can be changed to suit the baby’s name, date of birth, day of birth, star sign, weight, length, etc

I think they are a lovely keepsake.

Take a look…

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What have I been doing???

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While I have not been busy posting on my blog…..I have been busy making cards over Christmas and the new year!

I have two of my best friends get engaged (which I am so happy about!), Christmas cards, thanks you cards and birthday cards to make.

So I thought I would post up a selection of what I have made lately. 

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Hair today, red tomorrow!

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Wow! It has been 4 months since my last confession blog post! I am a bad blogger!Apologies!

My latest creation I actually did a few months ago but I thought I should go ahead and do a blog post about it. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before!

My latest creation I actually did to myself! My hair infact!

I had seen pictures of balayage and ombre hair and really wanted to give it a try! Of course I didn’t go and get a professional to do it, I thought I could give it a go myself.

My hair is long at the moment so I thought If it turns out really bad then I can just cut my hair!!!

The thing is I didnt just want to lighten my ends, I thought I would then dye them red!

I watched a good few videos online and felt I was ready to give it a go!

I went to my local salon services and purchased a bottle of crazy color bleaching kit. (this was the only peroxide they could sell me seeing as I didnt have a trade card) and a red dye from Jeans Color.

Off I went home and armed with my purchases and some tin foil I set to work.

Now I was nervous….I won’t lie. I have black/dark brown hair and have never bleached my hair before. Of course I had heard all the horror stories about hair going ginger etc but I soldiered on!

Now it wasn’t as easy as the DIY videos made it look. It was very messy and it took hours! lol
But it was so much fun unfolding the tin foil to see my hair getting lighter and lighter!

So would you like to see the final outcome?

 

No?

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Ok here it is! I am very happy with how it turned out! I’d love to know what you think!

I am so tempted to dye all my hair red but I know the upkeep will be impossible!

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Where it all began….

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For as long as I can remember I always wanted a job where I could use my hands. I wanted to make curtains or pottery, something creative (There was a while when I was 5 when I wanted to be a lolly pop lady but that passed!)

I remember when I was growing up, my brother worked on building sites with my dad and I wished I could join them, drive a machine or build a wall lol

I did eventually get my dream of working on building sites…..as a painter and decorator. When I came to Ireland I worked on several sites around Galway painting houses and apartments.

I started painting in London. It started when I decided to do an interior design course, now I wasn’t that great at the interior design, or I just didn’t enjoy it but one day a week we would do a decoration day where we would put on our overalls and get our hands dirty!

I think all the girls on that course dropped the interior design part and just carried on with the decoration. I ended up doing the two year course.

The course taught us different paint techniques. Wood grain, marbleling, decoupage etc. We decorated different surfaces, wood, cardboard, metal and stone.

Below are pictures of some of my work.

This is an example of wood grain done using a rocker, painted on a sheet of cardboard.

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Here is a close up…

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This is wood grain done by freehand just using a small brush to paint each grain individually.

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Next is an example of marbelling. The “Veins” are all painted freehand. Again this was painted on a cardboard sheet.

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This next piece is decoupage. Decoupage is (for people that don’t know) the technique of decorating a surface with cutouts, as of paper. I remember the day we did this class, we were supposed to bring in a piece of wallpaper we liked so we could use that for our work. I forgot (Great student!) so I had to make do with whatever scraps I could find in the classroom. The piece I found was the ugliest wallpaper I had ever seen but I could never have imagined how great it looked after it had been “cracked” and varnished.

Take a look…

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I love how the varnished has made it yellow which makes it look like an antique.

Here is a close up of the cracks. The cracks were created using crackle glaze. If you have never used it before have a look for it, It is magic stuff, especially when you see the cracks appear before your eyes.

You apply one layer of base coat and a layer of a top coat. When they dry they create cracks as seen below. I rubbed in an oil pigment to enhance the cracks.

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This next picture is wood staining. It is done on a piece of ply wood.

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Close up…

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This next picture is another marble. Malachite.

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I keep meaning to do more of these pieces. So much to do, so little time 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Quilling Time!

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I have heard about quilling for a while but I didn’t really know what it was. I didn’t really care either, I had just decided that it wasn’t something I was interested in.

Then while looking at crafts on pinterest I saw some really beautiful examples of quilling and after looking at a few videos on youtube I decided that was it I had to give it a go.

For those who don’t know what quilling is I’ll be lazy and give you wikipedias explanation (Probably better than I could manage).

Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is then glued at the tip and these shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns similar to ironwork.

Below is my first attempt at quilling. I will be working on some more projects when I get the time so watch this space…

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