I decorated a couple of eggs as gifts over the easter weekend. I have to say it took a lot longer than I anticipated and quite a few coats of acrylic paint to cover the brown shell. Heres how they worked out…
I was shopping in Oxford Street one evening last week when I spotted this…
Claire Nixon is the lovely lady knitting away in this live installation at Oasis. As it says in the first picture. “By the end of this week, Claire will have been lovingly hand knitting for 7 days and will have made a giant scarf over 5 metres in length!”
I think the window was a really nice idea. It looked great and certainly drew my attention to Oasis. Claire’s work is also fascinating, you can read more about her on her website and admire her chunky knitting.
This weekend I went to the Renegade Craft Fair on Brick Lane. It was their first ever London event and it was brilliant. Its one of the best craft fairs I have been to in a long time. Every single stool was full of really nice handmade things. All the crafts were modern and really reasonably priced. I had to hold back the temptation to spend lots of money.
There was a free felt making class courtsey of The Make Lounge. The Make Lounge do a variety of evening classes that I have always fancied doing. Hopefully one day I will get round to doing a real one It was my first attempt at felting and I quite enjoyed it although the little fox I made must have taken an hour in total. Felting involves jabbing a needle repeatedly into hair like material until it starts to matt together. You shape your creation by turning the matted felt and making some areas denser than others.
Last week I attended the London leg of the Insites Tour. It was a great evening with some interesting stories/biographies from the speakers and lots of networking. However reflecting back on it now, I am not sure how much I personally took away from the evening. Having been to this, I have decided I think I may favour the normal conference style format with code and design slides/presentations. Does that make me a little geeky? Or maybe i am just greedy and would like a little of both!
Finally I have treated myself to an SLR camera. Ive just brought a brand new Nikon 3100 with a 18-55mm kit lens. I also purchased a 35mm lens at the same time, so I am excited about getting out and taking some new pics!
This weekend Hylands Park hosted an Art, Craft and Sculpture fair. Unlike other fairs I’ve been to recently, I was really impressed. There were multiple tents with lots of different craft demonstrations. See below some pics of my favourites.
I think the most impressive of all the crafts I saw at the fair had to be this one. Paul Hornby delicately cuts away at old coins to create intricate jewellery. It was just fascinating to watch.
Another of my favourites was Martin Green and his Victorian circular knitting machine. With the twirl of a handle the machine quickly churned out meters of knitting. Its fascinating to see old machinery preserved and still in use today.
The guys from Stokes of England gave me an excellent demonstration of heating up iron and shaping it on the anvil.
I loved seeing the wood carvers with their chain saws carving away at big chunks of wood. It really is a great skill to be able to carve using a chain saw, you would think that you would struggle to get such precision.
I have decided to participate in 30 Days of Creativity. Its a great idea to get the social community creating and sharing every day for the whole month of June. Unfortunately Ive come across this little challenge a week in, so I am a little behind. But hey its better late than never. I plan to publish my daily creations as a weekly installment so stay posted
Courtesy of my colleague David for the recipe and my neighbour for the rhubarb, I tried out a new recipe this weekend. Its very easy to make and super tasty too.
100g of butter
100g of caster sugar
4 egg yolks
250g of plain flour
1tsp of baking powder
1. Cream the butter and sugar together.
2. Add one egg yolk at a time until its all mixed in together
3. Add the flour a litte at a time until its all mixed together and a smooth pastry is formed.
4. Roll out the pastry and place in a greased muffin tin. (Makes approx 18-20 small pies)
600g of uncooked rhubarb cut into small pieces
60g of corn flour
4 egg whites
200g caster sugar
1. Mix the chopped rhubarb with the cornflour.
2. Whisk the egg whites together until you can form soft peaks.
3. Gradually add the sugar into the egg whites.
4. Fold the rhubarb into the egg whites and sugar mix.
Place the meringue mixture into the pastry cases. Cook for 20mins at 170
This weekend I visited the Stitch and Craft show at Olympia. I was hoping to find some wool for a throw and cushion I intend on making for my bedroom but the show seemed to be heavily dominated by cross stitching stools and there wasn’t a very wide selection of wools to pick from. It was worth attending and I quite liked the decopage stool pictured above, but I would have liked to see more stools like this.
As the host of christmas lunch this year for my family I have been trying to prepare as much as possible in advance.
Ive been making mince pies frozen uncooked ready for the day. Above is a pic of a few I baked off to taste test
Finally I am back to making fabric decorations, and here’s the final result.
Each shape was sewed inside out then turned out the right way and stuffed with toy stuffing. Buttons, bells and ribbon were used as finishing touches. Continue reading →
After creating bunting I got a little distracted by some pine cone decorations I had seen on etsy. I collected some pine cones and started to experiment with different ways of hanging them. Continue reading →
After buying fabric the other week I have kind of gone christmas decoration crazy. This is the first of several christmas decoration posts, starting with this… my attempt at making bunting. Continue reading →
Distracted yet again from the fabric I bought in … I started to cut lots of different sized snowflakes out of paper. I then tied these altogether with white cotton and hung them in long chains vertically down my french doors. They look pretty cool. Continue reading →