polymer clay

wishing you a crafty christmas

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is here already.  And will be over for another year tomorrow … Merry Christmas!  I hope you have a lovely day.

Isn’t this little doll gorgeous?  My aunty made her from polymer clay and gave her to me for Christmas this year. A gift under the title of a ‘home made Christmas’.  She’s so clever. I have put this little doll front centre of our Christmas tree.

I love a crafty Christmas.  Wishing you a crafty Christmas too.

Thanks Adele.

getting organised, driftwood and beach dreaming (again)

It was the most beautiful day yesterday and I was feeling inspired to get on with my outdoor projects. But I needed supplies first.  So I headed off to the Bunnings tool shop to get stuff.

Namely staples for my staple gun and some drill bits for my favourite tool … the Bosch cordless with its lithium ion battery. It is THE BEST. Every girl should own one (and boy).  I think I have said this before …

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Then I got on with finishing off some things.   Including drilling that driftwood I collected.  I am making more driftwood mobiles so that I can sell some at the next makers market at school in December. I think they would make a lovely Christmas present, especially for people with a holiday house.  I’d like one (or two) if I owned a holiday house …

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It did get a bit boring drilling all the holes, but I kept myself on track by putting the driftwood in piles of about 10 peieces once it was drilled.  This was before school pick up.

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At school pick up I had a bit of an ‘awkward bike moment’ where I accidently got the scooter I was carrying to school for Scarlett to ride home on stuck between the spokes of the front wheel of my bike – while riding – and promptly fell off!  Luckily I was running super late and no one saw the indignity of it all … and I got out of it with just a bit of a bruise.

After school pick up I got on with making some more mobiles. So now I have 8 made.  And I have enough wood to make maybe 2 or 3 more.  I just need to make a few more beads …

And with the gorgeous weather, and being surrounded by driftwood I am now dreaming of the beach again …

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driftwood mobiles

Yesterday morning I did a bit of online Pinterest research. If you follow me on Pinterest you’ll be able to guess where I am heading, as I pinned about 10 driftwood related things in 15 minutes.

Yes, I collected more driftwood at the beach last week.  And came home inspired to use it.

I dropped the kids at school and headed home by myself, in peace (yay!) to assess my driftwood collection and the other materials I had hanging around that I could use.

I really want to make a driftwood light. But I am still not sure how to go about it. I think I need to check out what’s available re. fun bulbs and cords. And then think about what I could do. I have pinned some inspiration for this when I am ready.

In the meantime I decided to build on my previous driftwood mobile experience, but this time add a bit of pizazz. It sounds like I am about to get out a bedazzler doesn’t it … but no … I got out the polymer clay instead. And spent about an hour making some nice chunky beads.

Then I did a whole lot of boring stuff.  I went to the mechanic and picked up the car .. and did a post holiday massive food shop and put some dinner on in the slowcooker (if It works I’ll do a post on this because it is quite inspired!!) … And then I began to construct.

I tried about a million different combinations of beads and driftwood. This is where I got to at the end of the day. Driftwood at the bottom, beads at the top.  A rusty old washer to finish it off.

I have made two with yellow beads, and two with pastel pink beads. I have lots more beads and wood. I just need to drill more holes.

I think I like them.  Last night I put them up where my fluorescent macrame planters have been hanging, and they were spinning in the wind. They really looked quite fun.