Belated September round up

September is my first whole month on this blog, so even though its a little late I’ve decided to write a round up! Then tomorrow I’m whole to post my aims for October =)

So in September I opened a Twitter account and came across the fab #craftblogclub! Ran by the lovely Emma from Life is Peachy Craft Blog Club runs every Tuesday 7-8pm. Just use #craftblogclub to join in! September also saw the first ever Craft Blog Club challenge, which was to cover a notebook! Now anyone who has read my blog in the last couple of weeks will know I had a couple of problems with this challenge…

You can read about it here:

So what else have I been up to? Heres the full list including the points above.
 
In September I have:
Not bad for my first proper month =)

I’m going to post my goals for October shortly,
Bye for now,
Hayley x

#CraftBlogClub notebook challenge

Well I finally finished my notebook! All it took was two attempts at paper marbling, a big mess and a bit of swearing 😉

Why the alien? Well I was looking through my embellishments and found this little guy. He has a sticky pad on his back and when I put him on to see what it looked like, the sticky pad got well and truely stuck… I was going to re-position him but the paper was going to tear so he can stay there lol.

So I have completed the challenge, even if I did it very clumsily. At one point I didn’t think I was going to finish at all, as my blood pressure was rising and I was very close to hurling the notebook out of my bedroom window! Oh well… Bring on the October challenge! 

Hayley x 

When did you "officially" become a crafter?

This is something that was being discussed on Facebook a while ago. A page I follow (can’t remember which one) posted a status saying that she felt like she was now officially a crafter because she had sliced her finger with a scalpel! 

This got me thinking… Before I started making nappy cakes I made greeting cards and paper crafts. I think the moment I became a “proper card maker” was when I had an accident with my hot glue gun… Well two accidents actually!

First I stuck two of my fingers together with molten glue. To explain how the second accident happened I will have to show you a photo of my desk. Ha it almost looks tidy in this pic!



Look at the wire basket hanging under my desk, my glue gun is on it (the purple thing!) which is fine when it is turned off… You can probably see where this is going…

So back to the story! I glued my fingers together, swore and put my glue gun onto the wire basket while I unstuck my fingers. Problem is when my glue gun is turned on, glue slowly comes out of the nozzle as it melts, without me having to press the trigger. So the glue dripped out of the gun and fell through the square holes in the basket onto my jeans… So I ended up with burnt fingers and ruined jeans! That was the moment that I decided I was a “proper card maker” and a clumsy idiot!

As for the moment I decided I was officially a nappy cake builder? Thats an easy one! It was the day that I realised that I regularly buy nappies, despite the fact I have no children! Haha =)

So I’ve shared mine… When did you “officially” become a crafter?

Bye for now,
Hayley x

Second attempt at Paper Marbling

After my first attempt at paper marbling, I was ready to give up but thanks to encouragement from you lovely lot I decided to give it one more go. So did my attempt look like the photo in the book this time? Nope! But it was a huge improvement on last time… and this time I didn’t cover my kitchen floor in wallpaper paste whilst trying to tidy up =)



I’m still not sure if I will use my marbled paper to cover my notebook for the #craftblogclub challenge. Either way I am glad I had another go! Here is a reminder of my first attempt.


Not good… Here are some of sheets from my second attempt.


Not exactly a work of art but I’m much happier with it! So thank you for the encouragement! I have another idea that I want to try out so who knows what will happen to my poor notebook! Haha =)

Bye for now!
Hayley x

Magazine Project Madness!

As a keen crafter I read a lot of magazines that feature hints, tips and projects for you to make and sell. Most of the time I think these magazines are fantastic. Incredible. Extremely relevant and useful. However, there is one part of these magazines that I have occasionally doubted. I have given them the benefit of the doubt up until now. But in the latest issue of one of my favourite craft magazines was a feature that made me think “Ok, enough is enough! I must speak up about this and find out if I am the only one who feels like this!”

What am I talking about? The projects featured in these magazines. You know the ones: “Make this for £X and sell it for £Y”. Sometimes I think “But no one would pay that much for that project”. At this point I should probably point out that I live in the North East where generally everything costs less than in other areas of the country. Which is why up until now I have given these projects the benefit of the doubt, because maybe people who live in London, for example, would pay that much for that project because the cost of living is higher there. 

So why have I changed my mind? I changed my mind because of a project in the latest episode of a craft magazine. This project made me shake my head and check that I had read it correctly. I had. But I still couldn’t believe my eyes…

This project was telling you to paint pebbles so that they resembled bugs and then sell them in sets of five… FOR £15!!!

WHAT?! 


Painted pebbles… Now to me that sounds like a great project to do with the kids. A fantastic rainy day activity, something to keep the little ones busy. But they are seriously suggesting that you paint loads of these, split them into groups of five and take them to a craft fair. Then sell them for £15 a set!? If I did that around here I would be laughed out of the building! We are in a double dip recession! Surely I can’t be the only one that thinks this?Would you pay £15 for five pebbles painted to look like bugs?

I want to finish by saying that I do honestly love these magazines, they advise and inspire thousands of crafters but I feel that some of these projects need a dose of reality! Let me know what you think =)

Hayley x

Craft Blog Club

Hi! I’m just dropping in tell everyone about the Craft Blog Club on Twitter. It is on every Tuesday from 7-8pm, just use #craftblogclub to find out more =)

I’m joining in for the first time tomorrow and I’m very excited! It will be great to meet other bloggers and talk about crafty things. Come along, join in! =)

Bye for now,
Hayley x