Moving On…

So in the blog world, as in life, things move on… OK, enough of the faux philosophy :)

I’ve had so many different lines of thought regarding blogging, crafting, life, finances, future, life, the universe and everything over the past few months that I realised that I was in danger of thinking too much and actually doing nothing.  This is evidenced by the fact that my last post was 9 months ago.  It’s all well and good having a head full of ideas and ambitions, but if you don’t do anything about them, it’s all for nought.  So I’ve finally decided to make a commitment and open an Etsy store and see where that takes me.

So I’m going to end my ‘CraftingFromScraps’ journey here and move everything over to my new blog which reflects my WantItEverSo store.  I’d love you to come with me and join me there.  It won’t just be a sales blog, although obviously there’ll have to be a bit of that to try and get some interest and, dare I say it, sales from my store.  I’ll still post ideas, tutorials, trends and general stuff as it occurs but I think this new blog, along with my new found commitment and focus, will be more sustainable.  Time will tell I guess…

So goodnight from here… and [click to continue]

Fairy costumes finally revealed!

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Been sitting on this for a while , waiting for our newest endeavour to launch

www.theenchantedforest.co.uk

So spent a lot of time trying to work out how I could afford unique fairy costumes and decided that the upshot was that I could not. So lots of head scratching later, here is the result. Have made a few now and am taking them into the studio to photograph later this week but this is the prototype.

A life full of fairies, could there be anything better?

One Lovely Blog Nomination

Thanks to Remynisce for nominating Crafting From Scraps for this award – it was a lovely start to the day to find that in my inbox!  Her blog is full of little gems that show her unique view on life and encourage you to think about yours, well it certainly did for me and I’ll be a regular visitor from now on.

Okay now for the rules of acceptance:

-Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

-Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.

-Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.

-Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

Seven Things

1. My son was born hungry which surprised the midwife greatly as well as myself as I was flat out on the operating table at the time.  He is 10 now and skinny as a rake but still seems to be permanently hungry.

2. Hand on heart, I still believe in fairies.  Yes I know its childish but I can’t seem to shake the belief.

3. Paradoxically, I think people who believe in aliens and UFOs are being silly.

4. Lately when I’ve been playing my husband at racquetball, I’ve really started to mind losing.  This is relevant only because I have lost pretty much every day for the last three years and I enjoy playing so it has never bothered me.  I know not where this new competitive streak has come from.

5. I pretended to be a bit cross with my son for knocking over and breaking an ornament in our bathroom when secretly I was quite pleased as I have never liked it but it was a gift so I felt beholden to display it.

6. If I see a doll or stuffed toy in a position that I think looks uncomfortable, then I have sit them back up in case they can feel it.

7. I love my two golden retrievers very much and wouldn’t see them hurt for anything but I fantasise daily about shaving them so I wouldn’t have to be permanently hoovering.

There you go, quite cathartic actually…

My Nominated Bloggers

Sadie & Dasie

dressesandme

Bucket List Publications

http://charlottesfancy.com

art for housewives

Home Crafts Blog

2busybrunettes

her new leaf

knit the hell out

Ali Does It Herself

http://niceandknit.com

pearlyqueennotebook

hovercraftdoggy

Sah’s Dusty Shelf Companion Guide

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast

The Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest

So the journey to our Enchanted Forest has started – so excited! Click on the photo and ‘like’ on Facebook to follow the story…

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Peacock Feather Fairy Wand

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Oh dear, a mad busy week with a very cool project on the go. Not quite ready to be able to share it yet but have high hopes that it will be fabulous (and it really needs to be!). But as part of it, here is a picture of one of the props – a peacock feather fairy wand. It will have matching fairy wings as well but they aren’t quite finished (waiting on delivery from eBay again) so I can’t show those although they are coming along nicely. I can’t take the credit for that though, there are so many lovely people on the internet who share their talents and ideas and show you how to make all this stuff, I’ve watched far too many tutorials to list them here but I am very grateful to everyone who shares.

The wand stick is the stick of the artificial beaded flower (there was a spray of 4 for 99p in a shop in Crawley), the peacock feather is left over from some gift bags I made earlier in the year and the gold fabric is just some scrappy stuff I’ve had kicking about. The whole thing is shaped around copper wire stripped out from some cable that has been in the shed since our last house and we moved ten years ago! The ribbons, ditto, well who doesn’t have tons of scrappy bits of ribbon lying about salvaged from cards, clothing tags, wherever (normal people I guess).

Can’t wait to be able to share the new project – will be early in the week. So excited, hope you all join me for the ride :)

Competition Win

Oh my word, I never normally enter competitions but I am part of the BzzAgent word of mouth marketing thing and signed up to a campaign for a new range of sanitary protection (oh yes it is all very glamorous!) and there was a competition called ‘show us your knickers’. You just have to decorate a pair of knickers however you would like and send in a photo.

I didn’t really pay it much mind until I was rifling around in my craft stash and saw a box of ribbon and bead flowers I have had kicking around for ages and that started me thinking. In idle moments, where I am sure I was supposed to be something else, I came up with ‘the lady garden’.

My husband raised an eyebrow when he came in to find me gluing flowers onto my knickers but he was ok once he realised I wasn’t planning on entering the world of exotic dance. So I sent in the photo and thought no more of it Neil I had an email from the very fabulous people at Halo saying I had won for April and the prize was £500 Tesco vouchers!

I am so over the moon, it really feels that the universe (and of course the lovely people at Halo and Tesco) has done a very kind thing for us today keeping us all well fed for the weeks to come and without being too corny, I feel very lucky. Just thought I’d share – below ‘the lady garden’

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Newborn Photography Props – Headbands

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Ted here has grudgingly agreed to model the latest additions to my props stash prior which I am getting ready for the launch of my newborn photography. They are made from the tiniest scraps of fabric, bits of lace my Nan bought me when I was a kid (I always loved to sew) and beads I have had kicking around from somewhere or other. Love it, using up stash and giving things a purpose.

NB Ted would like it known that he is a boy bear.

Tea for Two

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Above is the picture of my friend’s birthday present, I struggle a bit for ideas for her so I figured who wouldn’t want a tea set?

I picked up the china in a charity shop for £4 and it consisted of three cups, saucers, and various plates. It wasn’t complete hence the bargain price, so I decided to make three of the plates into a cake stand and turn it into a set for two. The bits to make the cake stand were cheap and popular on eBay. I was really worried about the plates breaking when I drilled them but actually, even though I used a tile drill bit, it took an absolute age to get the holes in them – they were really tough!

The little felt cakes (she is allergic to so much stuff I was worried about baking real ones for her) I picked up a kit for in the Boots 75% off sale in January – I think that was about £4 as well. They just took an evening to put together, everything was included in the kit and actually I really enjoyed it. Love it when the results are good for so little effort – yes, I am a bit lazy I guess :)

I filled one of the tea cups with soy wax and a wick (another kit from the Boots 75% off sale at around £4 but there was enough for two and I’m planning a similar present for another friend later in the year, so I’ll use the rest up for that). You can just wash up the cup and use it after the wax has been used up so I guess technically it is tea for three…

The little suitcase was what the cake kit came in, and the napkins I had kicking around from a vintage themed party I had a couple of years ago.

So all in all, it came to about £11 I reckon, I used some bits and pieces and I think it looks really cute.

Naturally Powered!

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More Bzzagent-ing, where I get to try a product for free in return for taking part in word of mouth marketing campaigns. This time I’m trying Naturally Powered Washing Powder which is part of a new range of environmentally-conscious cleaning and laundry products from Tesco that aims to offer great performance as well as a clearer conscious through the use of less chemicals and recyclable packing. So you can use an eco product without having to dip on performance. I was a bit sceptical to be honest, as I love to use eco friendly products but I have had to swap back to your standard products a few times as they just didn’t really quite do the job. For example I used to use the washing balls that you can get which mean that you didn’t use washing powder at all, but (and I don’t know if I have a particularly grubby family) it just wasn’t getting stuff clean. Same with some chemical free kitchen cleaners. Still having tried the washing power from Naturally Powered, I can honestly say that I haven’t noticed any difference from my normal washing powder (which is Sainsburys Non-Bio at the moment) so if I’m using less chemicals, that must be a good thing. Plus, as an added bonus, on the only sunny day in I don’t know how long, I am natually powered drying outside as well!

Newborn Photography Props

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Ah it has been a busy few weeks crafting wise – we have decided to launch a whole new newborn photography product at our studio for babies under 10 days old – real early moments stuff. And so in order to create the look I want I need lots of new props. There is some fabulous stuff on Etsy you can buy but unfortunately I believe the popular phrase is ‘budgetary constraints’! So I’ve been raiding my fabric and wool stash, buying unfinished pieces and shabby chic-ing them like crazy. I’m just in love with this newborn bed plus quilt, I bought the bed plain on eBay – from seller eprops who was just lovely – and stained, painted and distressed it. (You do wonder about your sanity when you spend god knows how long sanding bits off the lovely paint finish you’ve just spent two days achieving!). The fabric for the quilt was fat quarters also from eBay and there was plenty enough left to make the bunting and the little flowers which will be attached to a headband when my elastic arrives (yes, you guessed it, eBay again – I may have an addiction). Lots more to come though, going to spend the afternoon learning to crochet as there is some more fab stuff that I want to make and I have plenty of wool to play with. I blame my mother, I know she can do it but she never taught me. We will be having words!

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