Today I visited Scotch Lodge Farm and Craft Shop in Earls Barton, Northants, for the first time.
It is a lovely shop. Not very big, but packed with crafting goodies - including lots of ranges that I don’t usually see.
I came home with a small haul:
Wooden box - going to cover this in papers soon
Woodware Pierce-It Tools - wanted these for a while, handy
Kanban “London to Paris Postcards” acetate toppers
Leeza Gibbons Instascrap Frames - these look super useful
Pinflair Novelty Easel Cards - not tried these, and they look fun
WeRMemoryKeepers Self-inking Sew Stamper (zig zag) - ooh!
3 long “Victoriana Crystal Pendants” - no makers name
So now I must go craft….
My first attempt at a kimekomi ball.
It is a Japanese craft, and involves poking pieces of fabric into a scored polystyrene ball. It is much quicker and easier than it looks.
It is just under 3inches in diameter and took about 2 hours to make.
I am quite pleased with it and have started another - going to make some for Christmas decorations :-)
A plaque for my bathroom door.
Image is from Tin Teddy Bathtime Digital Clip Art
Letters are from Tin Teddy Letter Tiles Digital Collage Sheet
The wooden plaque was from Hobbycraft and is painted with acrylic paint.
I started packing up my craft/art kit to take abroad with me. Most of you will recognize my prepped travel journal and now you can see what I’m planning to pack with it. Sorry for the photo’s evening fuzziness. I also think I need to clean my camera lens, woops.
- Journal and its bag
- 4 rolls of washi tape
- wooden arrows and buttons
- slide frames
- envelopes to organize (see next post)
- vintage postcards and book plates
- paper clips
- blank tags
- paper embellishments and scraps
- blue baker’s twine on a diy paper spool
Not pictured: medium sized scissors, 2 glue sticks, mini Tacky glue, and watercolor pencils.
Uhoh! I have been busy crafting… and suddenly realized what a dreadful state my desk has gotten in to!
So now I know what my task for tomorrow will be, eh?
If you are trying to guess what all the weird things are.. here are some of them (this is like Where’s Wally, but with craft junk).
My purple A5 Filofax (need that near)
My old but essential iPod touch (I use it as my alarm clock for example)My lovely new, bright pink Crop-a-Dile Big Bite
A box of 1000 cheap and cheerful stickers from the Pound Shop
Tonic cracker die and some cut out crackers (one made up one)
Sue Wilson “Galacia” die set from the Spanish collection
Purple Ruby Gloom pencil case - contains … well.. pencils!
Bright blue thing at bottom left is a wooden plaque.. awaiting finishing
Memento and other ink pads on my Victorian chocolate box shelves
Paris zip-loc bag from Wilkinson - holding receipts and paperwork
Bright yellow thing, centre right is a light up rubber chicken
Black thing on top of the pile is my house phone
Black thing in centre, at back, is my router (you can see the green lights)
Lots or part finished projects and oddments
It was all so very tidy just a couple of weeks ago, however did I manage to create such chaos so fast? Oh well.. I am an artist! I am allowed to be messy! It is surely in the job description… isn’t it?
Lots of little paper beads.
The ones of the left are freshly made and the glue is drying.
The rest already have embossing powder on their bottoms and are awaiting the tops to be done.
Then they get given to my mum who makes them into pretty bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
Or, I could fib and say it is a piece of sculpture, called “The Paper Bead Hedgehog”. I could. But I won’t :-)
Kraft card base
Black textured card from DoCrafts
Stenciled with Sand Texture Paste, coloured with bronze mica powder
Quick squirt of Cosmic Shimmer Ink spray
Silver cogs cut from XCut dies
The sand paste is quite thin and leaked under the stencil, despite my holding it down with masking tape all around. I have now got some Stick N Spray to hold my stencil down better.
this is brilliant!
That is awesome! I keep shuffling a couple of decks of cards around my room I bought for the back, but I don’t need 52 of the same kind.
Oh what a brilliant idea for stencils! They are sturdy, easy to store too.
I have a few packs laying around “just in case”.. time to start punching and die cutting some new stencils :-)
A tag made from one of the new Tando Creative Mixed Media Boards.
Cat stamp is from the 90s, sadly I don’t know the creator
Spectrum Noir alcohol pens
Background paper - Madame Payaud range by DoCrafts
Other stamps - “Steampunk” by Crelando and “Shakespeare Montage” by Chapel Road Artstamps
Faber Castell Pitt Brush Markers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (well, of course!)
Garden string and baker’s twine
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste (postal mark, top left)
I feel a bit evil labelling the poor cat “dunce” like this. But when I was working on it my son said “He looks like a dunce, in that hat”. Then I opened my old dictionary to find an interesting word or two.. and it opened right on Dunce.. so I felt I had to do it.
I did add “tries hard” too. I am sure he will be a good and learned cat one day.
I am now considering covering it all in a layer of wax…