Being Creative

Flower Power

FLOWER POWER TAG

I came across this image of a model with rose themed face paint in one of my magazines and in another, the words Flower Power and as I had a metal crown charm amongst my supplies stash, I just had to create a collage tag – for my own use.

Photo taken and given a grungy style background with Pixlr-o-matic photo editor app.

Yarn Wrapped Jar

Last weekend I was just going to throw out my empty coffee jar, when I remembered I’d seen a tutorial somewhere whereby you wrapped wool around an empty bottle or jar – securing the wool to the jar with glue, to make a vase (pen or makeup brush holder).  A quick search on google brings up a plethora of blog and YouTube tutorials – if you want to have a go yourself.

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I have quite a few balls of yarn amongst my crafty supplies and started off using the fancy green yarn shown above, but it didn’t look right so I used plain wool.   I added a little scrap of lace, 3 small vintage buttons and some pink fancy yarn as embellishments.  The ridged neck part of the jar was a little tricky to wrap and doesn’t look as neat as I would have liked – but hey ho……add a few flowers and I think it looks quite cute as a little vase with it’s rustic, shabby style!

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Being Creative – Gift Art Tags Mixed Media Collage – Earring Cards

Yesterday on the way back from food shopping I popped into my local T.J Maxx store, to have a look around their stationary section.  I came cross some studs with pearls -dimensional stickers (Jolee’s).  I purchased one packet and by the time I got home, I felt in creative mode and spent most of the afternoon and evening making earrings as planned, and gift art tags, some of which I’ve converted to earring cards.  gift art tag earring card

Since I’m in tag making mode…..need to pop back to the store today and see if they have any more of the stickers left!

Instagramming

I have been using my smartphone to take photos of my creations and for my blog, for the past 6 months or so, as the images seem clearer and sharper than those taken with my old digital camera.   Note – I am not a professional photographer, neither am I anywhere up there with the growing league of  those people producing fantastic works of art with their iPhones.  I’m an amateur in the truest sense of the word in that all I literally do is try and take my photos in natural light with a creative background, and point and shoot!

I’ve recently discovered Instagram which is a social photo networking app you can download for free.  It has inbuilt filters which enable you to edit your images and apply borders or effects that give your photos a nice 1970’s nostalgic, retro style look, a grungy look, or old black and white movie style look.  I must have an addictive personality…..because, well…I’ve become addicted to it and am looking at everything with ‘new eyes’ and wanting to take photos all the time or am spending far too much time admiring other Instagramer’s photos!   I’ve also discovered loads of other filter apps are available.  I’ve only downloaded one (so far).

Here are some photos I’ve taken and then experimented with filters and applied effects’.

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Being Creative…More Earrings (Personal Styllng)

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Made myself another pair of earrings…..using some left over Swarovski Elements crystal bicone shaped beads from a previous project, and rondelles with sterling silver teardrop beads, headpins and earwires.

Dress to go with handmade earrings

I’ve made them to go with this sky blue ombre silk dress (another recent sales purchase from Mint Velvet).

Being Creative – More Art Tags

Several styles I love are reflected in these art tags I made a couple of months ago – shabby, romantic, whimsical and vintage/retro.

How Time Flies

“Time flies….never to be recalled”. ~Virgil

Morning Prayer

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Candy Colours & Handmade Earrings

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I’m in earring making mood!  I’ve just rooted through my bead selection and found these 2 faceted candy jade briolette beads which I’m going to wire wrap with sterling silver wire and cluster with small white swarovski crystal pearl beads and artisan sterling silver earwires.  I might also make a stretch bracelet with some larger crystal pearl beads and silver charm.

These little dinkies are going to accessorise the stone coloured lace top dress I recently purchased in the sales from Mink Velvet.   The dress and earrings will also go well with either of the 2 pairs of shoes I also recently purchased in the sales – stone suede court shoes and coral wedge heeled sling backs.

Peaches n Cream & Mink Velvet

Now I just need a bag!  Stone/nude……or coral/deep salmon pink……which colour would you go for?

Electric Kitsch Pop Up Shop, East London

Electric Kitsch is a new pop up shop based in The Village Green, Hackney Downs Studios, East London.   Set up by Caroline, Fabrice and Vixie who have over the years held and shared stalls at various craft markets across London, including Camden and Tooting.  The shop hosts an eclectic collection of accessories, jewellery, clothes, prints, illustrations, cards and homewards, plus vintage goodies, from local and London wide designers and makers (including myself).

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I popped in on Saturday to drop of some stock and was given a warm and friendly welcome (including a cool refreshing sparkly drink which was very much needed as it was such a hot sunny day).

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Caroline, spent time showing me around the shop and creatively displayed my button accessories and fabric corsages, as vintage records played in the background and customers had their nails done at the pop up nail bar located in the shop.

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Exhibition/showcase spaces are still available to rent.  The shop is not in a high street location and thus, rental prices are very reasonable.  If you are interested, you can contact Caroline via email:  or if you just want to know more about events, sales, contests and giveways they will be hosting from time to time, follow them on Facebook.  Of course, if you are present buying or just want to treat yourself to something unique and special, pop into the shop!   Did I buy anything?  Of course I did, I treated myself to some gorgeous lavender dead sea & epsom bath salts handmade by  Ville De Fleurs.

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Opening times: 12pm-5pm from Wednesday to Sunday, staying open until 9pm on Thursdays.

Address:  Electric Kitsch, Unit 7, The Village Green – Hackney Downs Studio, Amhurst Terrace, Hackney, London E8 2BT.