Thursday, 20 September 2012

An Experiment

Like most of you, I am always trying to keep the cost of my crafting down. I use loads of ModgePodge and I got to thinking if I could find a cheaper alternative. I went to my new Bestest Best Friend Pinterest and found heaps of recipes for homemade ModgePodge. Some of them were quite complex mixing flour, sugar and water together and then heating until flour and sugar had disolved BUT without boiling/simmering! Far too much of a phaff! So I went with the easiest and made my first batch of Homemade ModgePodge. I am going to play with it later to see if it does the job as well, if it discolours or cracks when used with a heat source (like a decorative tealight holder) etc. I will report back in due course.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Nerve Centre at Sassie Acres

This is the tidiest my workroom has ever been, apart from when it was all packed in boxes!! The skirt hung on the shelves is one I made towards the end of the summer (what summer?) and is waiting to be hemmed. On the back of the door just in shot is a hanging tidy with bits in. My corner desk and laptop are by the window over the back garden.

next to my desk is my sewing table, right in front of the window. I have a daylight lamp on the window sill which minimises my SAD and depression.
This bit of chaos is my general storage area, in time much of what is on here will be sold (hopefully) and will give me more room. I have lots of things to post on my Folksy site which will give me some dosh to buy more crafty goodies.

This is my mucky work area, there are a few things lurking here that don't belong here, but until I sell some stuff I can't put it all away. So time to get my derrier in gear, take some photo's and post on Folksy.
I hope you now feel very virtuous as your work area's are bound to be more tidier and better organised than mine. If you think yours is a mess I hope mine makes you feel better.

Bracelet with a twist

My Wicked Stepdaughter was being cheeky on Facebook and asked for a Shambala Style bracelet in green. I did the twisted knot for her (maybe that says something about our relationship). I can't believe that it is almost her 1st Wedding Anniversary soon, how quickly that year has gone.

Wedding Card

A friend of mine recently 'eloped' to Gretna Green and got married, so thought I should make them a card. As they aren't in the first bloom of youth I didn't really know what to do. But Joanna Sheen to the rescue with her lovely Faye Whittiker cd. I made a card with the background paper and topper from the cd, I trimmed the edge of the card with pearls and cotton lace. Job done.

How Much Would You Expect To Pay...................

...................................for these handsome candle stands?
A good clean up, some black Hammerite loitering in the shed and there you go! Total cost? £1 from the recycling centre. I might at some point think of selling them, but right now I am just enjoying them. I love candles and now the nights are pulling in and it is getting darker earlier I do love having the curtains drawn and lots of candles lit. Somehow it is cosy, and soothing and just lovely.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

A Bored Sass is.......................................

............................................ all together NOW! A DANGEROUS SASS!
Well long time no blogging dear friends. I haven't been idle though. We have decorated the Anklebiters bedroom and upcycled a few pieces to finish it off.

My Dear Headache Provoking Husband went to the recycling recreation centre to get rid of some rubbish. He came back with 2 lovely solid blanket boxes. So Sass set to and painted the boxes with eggshell paint and then got some old stencils out and stenciled fish in pearlescent acrylic a quick coat of matt varnish. I had some leftover fabric from the curtain which I used with some foam (from a tame furniture upholsterer) and some nice binding with VW Camper vans on to make a cushioned seat. The 2 boxes were then bolted together and then to the bedframe to be used as steps to the new bed crowsnest! The upright box has had feet put on and a shelf put inside. Total cost £7

So that was the start of something urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr dangerous!

 The curtain with 'rope' tie back
 A revamped pinboard. I used some 'rope' and glued it around the frame and painted the frame
This bed is 4' off the floor, it is reclaimed timber which has been painted and distressed to look 'sea washed'. The fishy boxes are the steps up to the bed.

DON'T STAND STILL! Sass has got a brush in her hand .................................. onto the kitchen. You know when you get fed up with something? Well my kitchen was boring me rigid. I bought a new wipeable table cloth from a catalogue, £2 worth of plain white tiles and let loose.

 Not being as artistic as my mate in Horsham I dug out my ceramic pens and just doodled on the tiles, they have felt glued to the backs and the oblong ones have wooden beads glued to the bottoms to use as trivets. The place mats are a big cheat as my lads are a bit mucky with a Digger and Shovel (knife and fork to those of you with a bit of culture). So rather than make nice fabric place mats I printed some pretty backing paper from Joanna Sheens Pretty Petals cd and laminated them.
Ok, this really was going OTT I found an old tea light holder and let loose with that too. I have a few more projects in the offing for the kitchen and there is some bunting  to go up in the anklebiters bedroom. But Heyyyy its happening!