Thursday, January 31, 2013
As well as terrariums, I've made a few other things recently. This gem collar I made the other day, with pink felt & about a million plastic gems. I recycled the rectangular ones from old jewellery, & I think I picked the other ones up at Dunelm Mill for a £1 a packet. Anyway, I like it, it's very sparkly, hehe!
I also did my first ever commissions this month, & did these paintings of a readers dog (Hi Ashley!). She recieved them the other day & seemed to like them, so yay. Her dogs are so cute, I love their big ears, haha!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I've always wanted to make a terrarium, & seeing this super cute greenhouse one in Next made me want to even more. Unfortunately it is £45, which I thought was a bit steep, haha! So now cute greenhouse terrarium for me! Instead, I picked up this fishbowl-esque vase from tkmaxx for a much more reasonable £7.99, & basically just filled it with weeds & moss from the dead plant pots on our balcony.
Most other people buy plants like succulents for theirs, but the weeds were free, so why not! It has a more woodland feel than most I've seen, so I added a few cute mushrooms (they were handmade clay push pins I got in a Craftster Swap), some beach stones I picked up in Wales, & a few paper daisies I'm sure won't last long, but they look pretty! I really want to get a miniature deer or a couple of rabbit figurines for it too, to make it even cuter.
I have no idea if it will survive, but I hope so. My sister & I used to make miniature gardens like this in little wicker trays, but the wicker would always disintegrate & the plants would die, so I am hoping this one lasts a bit longer, haha! It's been a few days now & it's holding up well! In fact so are the paper flowers, which I didn't expect! :P
Sunday, January 27, 2013
ASOS COAT // HANDMADE SKIRT // ASOS SHIRT // H&M JUMPER // SUZY SMITH BAG // DOLLY DARLING HAIR BOWS // ASOS SHOES // EVANS TIGHTS // RING BORROWED FROM CHARLOTTE // CHEAP FRILLS CAT NECKLACE*
It's been bloody freezing in England lately, so for I dressed up warm yesterday, with woolen tights, a wool skirt, fuzzy jumper & furry coat (which was a christmas gift from my lovely grandparents♥). I definitely didn't feel the chill at all! Although there's no snow in these photographs, there is still quite a bit around that hasn't melted yet, along with icy pavements. Hopefully it will warm up soon, I'm sick of wintery clothes now :P
Friday, January 25, 2013
Hey again everyone ♥ I' haven't posted for ages (well, for me anyway). So much for updating more regularly! I just wanted to show you all a few random photos/bit & pieces. I made this doll the other day. it's based on this drawing I did a while back. I've always loved dolls, I have a fairly large collection haha, & after making those rag dolls for my cousins & the little one for my Mum, I thought I would make myself one. Vain much?, making one in my own likeness, but oh well :P
Look at my wonderfully wonky stitching! I often seem to daydream whilst sewing, & when I return to reality, I look down & of course my sewing has gone off track. Not the most recommended way to sew, to be honest :P
She has a fully pose-able tail, which was made with the help of a pipecleaner.
Button also wanted to get in on my photoshoot, although he doesn't like looking directly at the camera, haha!
Here in the UK it's been snowing a lot recently, which is why I haven't had an OOTD to show you recently (hopefully will get to take one this weekend!), but the doggies rather like it! The 2 little ones weren't sure at first, as it was their first experience of snow, but I made them go out in it & they ran around like hyper maniacs. I took these pics as it was starting to snow the other day, how adorable to they all look (well actually Button looks a bit evil in his, haha!)
Anyway, hopefully back tomorrow/the next day with an outfit for you all :)
Monday, January 14, 2013
Recently I was lucky enough to be sent a Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch* graphics tablet to review. I used to have another Wacom tablet way back when I was a teenager, & into digital art & vexels etc, but my rabbit Sasha chewed through the wires & I was never able to get it to work properly after that! Obviously I was very happy to get to try out a newer version & reaccquaint myself with drawing on the computer!
One thing I must say about the old vs new, the drawing space on this is so much bigger than on my old one & this is the small version! I think the cost of my old one was about £100, this was 8 years ago now though haha, & the Bamboo Fun retails for £89.99, so obviously you get more for your money nowadays!
Getting used to using a pen is quite hard, I've obviously had some practice in the past, but if you aren't used to it, it can be quite tricky, as it's so different to using a mouse! This tablet is also like a giant laptop touchpad, you can use your finger to move your cursor instead of a mouse or the pen. This probably isn't a feature I will be using very much, as I never did like using the touchpad on my laptop, & always have my mouse connected. I don't mind using the pen to navigate though, just not my finger!
To practice I redrew an old drawing I wasn't overly keen on (those who follow my on instagram may have seen it, it's this one) using Photoshop. Now I already have a full version of Photoshop, but for those without, the tablet comes with free full versions of Photoshop Elements & Art Rage Pro, which I think is pretty good for the price. Anyway, I traced over the original image with the pen & coloured it in, & then placed it over an old photo for the background. I much prefer this newer version of the picture, that's the good thing about digital, you can keep changing until you are happy, whereas in real life, it's much harder, usually impossible, to change things about the image if you decide you don't like it.
I did download Art Rage, as I haven't got that/tried it before. It's pretty different to Photoshop, & is more for recreating paint effects digitally, as far as I can tell. The picture was a practice drawing, trying to get to grips with all the different brushes & effect, & was freehand. I especially love the watercolour effects it can create, so realistic! I used the watercolour, oil & felt tip brushes, as well as the blending brush for this practice pic. You can even choose what type of surface to draw on (I chose watercolour paper), which affects the way the paints go down. I can't wait to practice with this more, as it's quite tricky to get the hang of it, but I would imagine you can create some lovely images with it once you do!
Hope that was interesting to at least some of you, haha & hopefully in the future you will see some more of my digital creations. Don't you like the kitten hat I added to the first picture? I based it on this adorable hat I saw at Topshop- want!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
ASOS DRESS // SOUTH BLOUSE // ROCKETDOG SHOES* // TOPSHOP HEADBAND // HANDMADE BOW BROOCH // CAMBRIDGE SATCHEL
Mix & matching old and new in this outfit, with an old dress from ASOS, & a new blouse from Very. I bought the blouse because I thought it would be a suitable lolita blouse, but it's also nice to wear with other things. I like the frilly peter pan collar on it & the frilled cuffs! Unusual to see me without knitwear of some sort too, haha! :P Although I did wish I was wearing some - it's freezing out today & my coat was in the car!
P.S. My new lens arrived & today was it's first outing! I normally get a family member to take pics & with my old "nifty fifty" I'd only get in focus shots around 50% of the time, with this one it's practically 100%, so much improvement haha! Also my feet & head would never both seem to be in focus with my other one, so I am very happy! x
Sunday, January 06, 2013
These are some of the things I recently been making for Dolly Darling, amongst others, but these are my absolute faves, so I made some extras for me too! Expect the deer headband in an outfit soon :P I've also started offering custom pet portraits, a la the ones from this post, as so many of you seemed to like them :)
I got this lovely perfume tray & bottles for Christmas, from my mum, which is perfect for holding most of my scenty things, including with the Katy Perry Purr Perfume I got from Charlotte ♥
I know I mentioned being on a 5 item shopping limit for January, but it's only the 6th & I have already spectacularly failed at it! I ended up buying this dresser from Ikea for my craft room (only £50!!), but of course at Ikea you have to buy more than one thing :P
I also bought some of those metal drawers that I've been wanting for ages after seeing them on Kate's blog, a magnetic board (they had no magnetic tins in stock though -boo!), storage boxes, drawer organisers, spice jars, which you can also see in this pic & I can't remember what else. We went on New Year's day & it was pretty much dead, so that made a change from the massive queues at the checkout!
Other things I have managed to spend money on is stuff from Topshop - a cropped blue jumper, shoes that were on sale & 2 new lipsticks. I also decided to buy a new lens for my camera, which hasn't arrived yet, but as you can imagine, £££! So yes, I think spectacularly failed does just about sum it up. Hopefully I can do better in February.
I love Hello Kitty, which you probably already know, so these nail polishes are the cutest thing! They were another gift from Charlotte. I haven't tried them yet, not sure I want to take them out of the packaging haha!
Walter will always be a pretty (grubby) thing, haha ♥ So would the other two, if they sat still for pics, grr!
Because of all the new ikea stuff, I've done some craft room reorganization & tried to make everything look cuter, like this space on top of my mini chest. I love organizing/arranging things, so whilst everyone else in my family might have a tidier/less cluttered room, at least in my cupboards & drawers everything isn't just plonked in :P Jen, a blog reader (hey!) also sent me the necklace pictured, that she made with one of my drawings, how sweet was that?
Isn't this rocking horse ring adorable? Another christmas gift from my Mum, it's so cute & quirky, very me!
Oh & I forgot this in my handmade gift post! It's a hand made handkerchief that I did for my Great Aunt. I machine sewed the actual handkerchief, & then hand embroidered it with her initial, & some flowers! I can now do french knots, yay!
What have you been up to recently?