Art, cards, craft fair, Crafts, Folksy, recycle, shops

first cards – wee birdies

In the spirit of  ‘reduce (renew), reuse, recycle’ I have decided to make a dent in my collected craft bits. So here’s the result of one evening. With the added benefit of pages of wee birdies appearing in my sketchbook. There will be more… (I’ll have them available on my stall at Gt Budworth Craft Fair)

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Art, Crafts, Folksy, Polymer Clay, Shops, shops

out the oven – works in progress

Here is a wee glimpse of what I get up to, in those moments in betweeen snooping for a real job and looking at The Daily Squee! Buttons, magnets, mirrors and some odd uncatogorised thingies. Polymer clay is my friend (apart from days when it all ends up as a grey lump –  although this is still useful…?) Get thee to the wee shop for some of these and others.

out the oven

fresh out the oven as well

Art, Beads, Crafts, Polymer Clay

Fresh Out the Oven

My first batch of buttons, polymer clay moulded onto metal covers with a shank at the back. These need a bit of attention to remove little burs and flecks, mibbe polish the white stars/hearts too? (finished size = 22mm diameter)
Having got myself an oven thermometer I discovered today that my little fan oven, kept for craft work, was running about 20°C below the indicated temperature!! This explains the crumbling and snapping of my last set of beads and whatnots (I had blamed some “old” clay). So the moral of the story is, always check – the display could be lying.

Button Set

So here’s the complete collection with the white areas sanded and buffed for a nice shine!
shiny finished buttons

Art, Crafts, Garden, Painting, Photys

painty lady – floral art

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That’s gonna be difficult, making the last brush stroke, the final fiddle, the definitive dab. And what do I do with them? I feel an online gallery coming on, selling a little part of me might be a wrench but I’ll cope, not selling them may be worse.

The flowers in these paintings are based on my own photographs, oddly I expected to refer much more to the originals but that need seems to wear off once the board or canvas is sufficiently covered in paint. They are taking on a life of their own.