Archive | August 2012

A nice reminder

When we go away, I like to buy reminders of where we’ve been. My souvenirs aren’t necessarily your typical straw donkey type of thing, but usually something I can use. I bought fabric, jewellery to destroy and beads in South East Asia, and last week I even bought beads in Durham. I am in a bit of a jewellery making frame of mind at the moment and have made things with both my silver hearts and the Singaporean beads in the last two weeks. Today I decided I wanted new jewellery to go with my new hair cut! I bought two different types of beads in Durham. My favourite ones were the colourless and clear beads. I thought these would go well on a long dangly necklace, so that’s what I made!

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I put a 5mm silver pearl shaped bead either side of the bigger beads and spaced them out pretty evenly along the wire. I used a different clasp than those I usually use for a bit of a change and as I’m a bit short on lobster clasps at the moment. Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while will know I always have to match my necklaces perfectly to earrings, so I made myself these:

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Luckily the beads are light, otherwise big earrings like this could be painful! I’m now off to meet Mr M from his train home. Will he notice the new hair or jewellery? Only time will tell!

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Giveaway!

Last week I found I had 50 followers and decided to have my first ever giveaway. I now have a few more followers. I’m going to send a surprise to whoever wins the giveaway as well as the items below:

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1m of five different ribbons

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15 painted wooden buttons

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An assortment of other buttons

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Some lampwork beads

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An assortment of other beads

And finally:

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A selection of jewellery findings including wire, earring hooks, headpins, ring bases, lobster clasps and more.

To win all of this and the mystery item, write a comment below as to what you might make with the goodies you would get if you win. You can gain an extra entry by either reblogging or mentioning this giveaway on your blog and then writing another comment on here to let me know. The winner must be Mrs M Makes follower.

The giveaway is open until midnight on Wed September 5th. Good luck!

Unusual buttons

I never shared the unusual buttons I picked up during my trip to Oxford last week. All of these were picked up from the market in Gloucester Green.

These were all from the haberdashery stall that sells all sorts:

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There was also a stall selling jewellery that also had a basket of buttons in sixes. I bought these ones:

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Do you like them?

What a great idea!

Do you remember my button rings?

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When I made them for my form I couldn’t remember where I got the idea from as I’d seen the idea and then ordered bits in and it was weeks later that I actually made them. So, naughty me didn’t link to Dianne Faw’s blog to thank her for the inspiration. (I did eventually thank her somewhere on her blog though). If you have any time, I’d strongly recommend looking at her blog because it is literally full of great ideas!

I am not the only one inspired by Dianne, lots of her readers have made things thanks to her wonderful ideas. She has now started a new page on her blog called her Readers Gallery where she puts pictures of things made by other crafters, using her ideas. What a great concept! Go and have a look….

We’re up north!

As I mentioned in my Road Trip Crafting post, we’ve travelled up north to see a good friend. We did a bit of sightseeing on Sunday.

We started out at the Angel of the North which is a huge statue / landmark made from iron. It’s beside the A1(M) and is on the outskirts of Gateshead. It’s pretty cool. This was the view from the carpark:

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The angel’s wings are really wide as you can see if you stand in front of it:

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Then we jumped back in the car and drove to Durham, which is a city I’ve never seen before and have wanted to see for a while.

Durham city centre is historically based on a hill surrounded on three sides by a river. It looks like the sort of site which would have been relatively easy to defend.

The old streets are quite attractive:

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The last road leads up towards the cathedral and castle. On the right as you go up is this little shop:

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The Georgian Window sells all sorts of gifts, jewellery and even a dresser front full of beads. As I was with two boys (men) I didn’t have long to investigate, but I did pick up these from their reduced section:

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Both beads were 10p each and are roughly 3cm long, so they are quite big. I have ten of the clear and twelve of the yellowish ones. I am making something for me with at least one of these bead types!

The boys were keen to stop shopping and keep exploring, so we wandered up to the cathedral:

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The main door has a really funky (replica) door knocker. If you knocked on the original as a fugitive many years ago you were given sanctuary for 37 days. I wouldn’t mind a smaller version of it on our front door:

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The cathedral is huge and quite pretty inside. I can’t share any photos with you as cameras are not to be used inside. However the cloisters may look familiar to you:

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Yep, Harry Potter played quidditch there! The cathedral is actually one of many locations used in the films (such as Gloucester cathedral which I knew quite well when growing up).

After leaving the cathedral we wandered a bit more and viewed the town from an old bridge over the river:

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The boys finished the day off with a locally brewed beer and then we jumped back into the car. What a lovely day out!

Road trip crafting

We spent almost eight hours on the road yesterday (it was only supposed to be five!) to get to the house of one of our good friends. Bank holiday traffic is never fun!

I kept myself busy as we progressed north:

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The photo above was on the M1, and the photo below was hours later on the A1(M).

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It may look as though I didn’t make much progress, but each round is 85cm, so it takes a while! I figured this would be my only crafting opportunity this weekend, as I’m with two boys (sorry, men).

Do you craft whilst on the move? What do you make? The last time we travelled a long way from home within the UK I cross-stitched a card.