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Lola loves… Making clothes pegs fridge magnets

 

 

Pinspiration day!

 

On Pinspiration day, I take an idea from Pinterest and use it to make a home DIY project. Today I’m making some clothes-peg fridge magnets first posted by blogger, Concretemoomin.

Original post

Original post

My version

My version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to admit that I think Concretemoomin’s are far cuter (even if I had taken a better picture) but I’m still pleased I made them, especially as they’ve proved so useful already and hold much more than my other magnets. At the moment, they are holding up some lovely wedding invites.

 

What you will need:

Clothes pegs
Paint in a variety of colours (I cheated and used Tippex for the white)
Two part expoxy resin glue (or other strong glue)
Small magnets
Scissors, including pinking shears if you have them
Scotch tape

 

Paint your pegs in whatever base colour you choose. I stuck to blue as they go with my kitchen, but I love the choice of colours on the original. Once dry, cut and stick Scotch tape to create a masked area. For the zig-zag effect, cut the tape with pinking shears first. Then apply your second colour.

Leave to dry and remove the tape. Then stick a magnet to the back using strong glue.

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Lola loves… Handprinting scarves

It’s supposed to be summer here in the UK, but April, which traditionally is the rainy month, just will not give way to the sun. So, all those beautiful summer dresses I’d bought at discount rates during the winter and stockpiled for summer are just hanging limp and forlorn in my wardrobe.

Instead, of all things, I’ve found myself wearing a scarf. It’s not what I’d planned for my summer attire  but the fact that it’s adorned with some pretty cool sugar skull images means I still manage a smile when I wear it.

I’d had this scarf for years and liked the colour but always felt it was a little bland so it seemed well suited as a canvas for fellow blogger, Slyvita Handmade’s cool stamp. Slyvita makes a range of hand carved rubber stamps of characters including The White Stripes, The Beatles, killer bunnies and cute pugs. I chose a female sugar skull because I’m particularly fond of them.

What you will need:
An old scarf to print on
Fabric ink (I used black ink by VersaCraft)
A rubber stamp (I used one by Sylvita, you can buy her stamps at Etsy)
A hard surface and plastic bag or cardboard to protect it
An iron

To print the image, I used the same method when stamping my geometric t-shirt and bird tote and I stick by the simple tips I told you about then:

  • Make sure you’re stamping  on to a hard surface as this will make for a better print.
  • Remember to protect the surface from ink that could bleed through. To do this, place a card or a plastic bin liner under the fabric.
  • Practise makes perfect! You might want to do a few trial stamps on a scrap bit of fabric.
  • Let your stamps dry fully and then remember to iron both the front and reverse side of the fabric to fix your ink to seal the ink

Here I am, mid June, still with a jacket and scarf – but also smiling! It’s a shame that the fabric is a little too dark to show off the print but I know I’ll be using the stamp on plenty of other projects (I’m already planning a Halloween party just so I can use it to make some amazing invites and perhaps I can rustle up a sugar skull print summer dress for the beautiful sun we’re owed later!)


Lola loves… Making Girl Guide badges for a retro glamping experience!

Well wow-ee, what a fun weekend I’ve had! I spent it glamping in East Sussex with a bunch of lovely ladies celebrating a friend’s hen do. Just in case you haven’t heard of the craze, glamping (or glamorous camping) brings a whole new, and much classier, interpretation to slumming it in tents.

Our ‘tent’ had a butler sink, eight-seater dinning table and proper beds that are better than the one I have at home. We all had an amazing time, though the bad thing about glamping is that there’s no going back; I will never have the same relationship with a normal tent again.

We had a Girl Guide theme, so I made these badges for the hen to dish out to the girls. I printed images of real Girl Guides badges I found on the internet, which I then transferred onto fabric using the same method I did here. I then backed them with felt and sewed a safety-pin on the back so the girls could put them on straight away.  They looked pretty much like the real thing, which was fun. (Okay, so the DJ badge (headphones) is not an original Girl Guide badge but it was so cool I couldn’t leave it out!)

I also made tags from garden string and thin cardboard, on which I wrote the name of the badge and a suggestion for what a gal might have to do to earn it…  For example, the little blue bird badge is ‘bird watching’ and was awarded to the person who kept an eye over the gals.

I also made a guide belt with purse for the hen to keep the badges in. Another friend made the hen a Girl Guide hat and we each wore vintage scarves and toggles.

Here’s a picture of the delicious afternoon tea the ladies at the campsite laid on for us. (I would love to tell you where it is but selfishly won’t for fear of it getting booked up – I can’t wait to go again!) Ah sigh, if only
we could have stayed there forever!


Lola loves… A DIY Poncho

My make today is a DIY poncho – an idea I pinched from A Beautiful Mess’ Kinsey and Elsie. There’s a lot of scope for variation, which is what I like about this project. Kinsey added tassels and suggested embroidery and I went for a mix of over-grown buttons. You could also try personalising your poncho with fabric stamps or paints.

I travel a lot and always pick up those blankets they hand out on long-haul flights. Even my cat now owns (and ignores) four and I’m running out of reasons to pinch them (the ultimate reason is of course that the cost of the flight warrants pinching anything that’s not bolted down. It’s a quiet, civilised style of protest and I do it as a favour to all frequent flyers). Anyway, now I have something to use them for. For this I used a soft fleece blanket that doesn’t fray so didn’t even need hemming!

You can see the very easy instructions already drawn out for you by Kinsey and Elsie. After this, I simply cut the fabric on one side and added three buttons and buttonholes.

I’m going on a glamping hen do at the weekend and with the dire UK weather I think this’ll come in handy!


Lola loves… Cross stitch cards

Hello peeps, I’m ba-ack! Well, what a break it’s been – I’ve felt pretty bad not being able to keep up with the crafty blog but I’ve still kept busy. During my writing lull I’ve turned 30; been spoilt rotten with spa treats, cakey eats and posh champagne; had a holiday and been to a festival in Barcelona; FINALLY resolved my lifetime ambition to see Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia; found new band crushes, made new friends and still managed to fit in a few craft projects.

So now I’m slowly resurfacing from all that hedonism, it’s about time I got back to posting on my makes.

Today I’d like to tell you about the father’s day card I’ve made my dear old Pops. It’s my first try at cross-stitch since my early teens. While it’s far from impressive it has rekindled my fondness for the little x’s and I’ve piled up a ton of cross stitch projects to work on in the future. I’m loving Wee Little Stitches, which is where I got the pattern for this make, and I’ve also bought their cross stitch pattern for Star Wars characters (both on Etsy). If you haven’t seen them, check them out – they do the greatest patterns!

This one was stitched on 16 count aida (as I bought the wrong kind) and it’s ended up pretty massive. Next up, I’ll try stitching a wedding card on 14 count.

After stitching, I fixed the aida to piece of card folded in half. I stuck it on using spray-on glue, folding and gluing the edges on the reverse side. As this was inside the card, I then neatened it up by cutting a piece of matching wrapping paper of the same size and stuck it over to cover it.

My dad’s a huge Bob Dylan fan and collector, which is why I went for this. Though it is slightly strange for a Father’s day card, hopefully he’ll still appreciate the effort.

Just to share, here’s a few pics from my time off. The street art was down an alley in Barcelona and the yummy cakes by Fiendish & Goode were a birthday gift from a friend (okay, one is missing but you can see why I couldn’t wait!)


Lola… is off to Barcelona (sorry for the run of bad bloggin’!)

What a bad blogger I am! There was no post on Friday (oops, I’m sorry) and I’m only posting this time to tell you that I’m off… again! This time it’s on holiday though! WHOOP! I’m back to Barcelona for Prima Vera music festival. I’m not sure how much crafting I’ll get done but at least I’ll have a bit of time to survey the place and will be sure to report back with any creative gems I find. I’ll be on the look out for street art, jewellery ideas and foodie inspiration! After that, I’ll be back to my usual blog schedule – I promise!

XxX


Lola loves… Crafty Estonia!

Hey peeps! Well, I’m back from my business trip to Tallinn, Estonia. It turns out those button chairs I posted about were just a hint of the cool things you can find there and I’ve been busting to tell you all about it!

Tallinn is a mecca for crafting, its specialties are amber jewellery, wood-work, felting and knitting.

In just a few hours off to look around, I found everything from hand-carved wooden spoons to felted jewellery and knitted wooly socks. The best however, were giant doilies that’d be great as rugs (I really wish I’d bought one!)

Another thing I wish I’d bought was this gorgeous printed cross-stitch apron.

But, I did manage to bag some pretty crafty finds, some of which I’m sure you’ll see in future projects.

 


 

 

 

1. Felted blanket stitch soles — I’ll use these to make slippers for my fella, 2. Buttons in Juniper and Apple wood, 3. Cinnamon honey — as delicious in coffee as it is on toast, 4. Russian style stacking dolls — great to store jewellery findings.

Tallinn is small but beautiful; its architecture is backlit by blue skies (it was only dark for around four hours each night while we were there) and its history gives it an intriguing personality.

Estonia is similar in many ways to its Baltic neighbours yet its occupancy by Soviet Russia during World War II also had a profound effect. This is clear in its architecture and history books; 25% of Estonians died during the Nazi regime, more than any other country in Europe.

The Estonian Museum of Occupations in Tallinn, charts all this through video and found objects. It’s a great way to understand the history of the country and the effect of the Nazi regime on smaller countries often overlooked. Separate to this important message, I found the exhibition very interesting in terms of 1940s and 1950s design and thought I’d share a a few of the photos I took   

1. Local propaganda magazine from the 40s, 2. A prison door with Russian writing, 3. Suitcases of those killed by Nazis, 4. A very intriguing telephone, (unfortunately little was said about this. Why no buttons? Was is a prototype? Did it only call one person, and who?) A telephone box with Russian writing.


See you in a while!

Hey blog peeps! Apologies for the brief interlude but I’ll not be posting for the next few days as I’m busy in Tallinn, Estonia. Just thought I’d leave you with a picture of these gorgeous button stools and table I saw five minutes after landing at Tallinn airport — I already like this place lots!

 


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Lola Loves… David Shrigley

David Shrigley
Brain Activity
Hayward Gallery, London
1 Feb-13 May 2012

Before the weekend, I told you that I was going to the David Shrigley exhibition at the Hayward Gallery and I’ve been looking forward to telling you all about it. Firstly I must say ‘sorry, folks’ — I went on the last day, so this is a retrospective review, not a call to go and see it but there’s always other exhibitions, his books and online to check out.

I love Shrigley for his laugh-out-loud art, which delivers visual puns and more than a hint of a dark, maladjusted world.

He is most known for his comical stick men drawings and quippy text. Trained as a fine artist, Shrigley dismissed  perfection to make rough, amateur line drawings. It seems an odd choice but not when you consider his aim to make light  of strange situations. His  jokes just couldn’t be delivered  in the same way with fine art as a medium.

Shrigley not only produces a character on the page but also above it — he creates the persona of the artist, not himself but a weird and disarming character who even Shrigley says he wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine the strange boy at school who everyone is fascinated by but far too scared to go near. The viewer is brought into the ‘artists’ world and  can immediately see things are off kilter.

If you enjoy his drawings I recommend his books, which always bring a chuckle. But the exhibition delivers more. His taxidermy animals probably pack the most impact.

A stuffed headless ostrich stands proud – (where is the head, in the metaphoric sand?) A decapitated squirrel holds his head like a nut. A stuffed Jack Russell holds a sign saying ‘I’m dead’.

Shrigley has a similar sculpture, a stuffed cat holding the same sign. When I first saw it (in a gallery setting), I laughed out loud at the absurdity of it. But try explaining the joke (try explaining any of his jokes) and it’ll fall flat. In this case, I was quite surprised that I’d laughed at a dead, stuffed animal – especially as it was so cute, but that’s what his work does. It pulls you into something a bit dark and twisted, and you become a part of it.

Once you’ve seen his work, you’ll notice the ‘Shrigley effect’ all around you. For example, the Ed Monkon greetings cards, I’m also convinced his style has influenced a number of illustrator friends. If you’ve not already fallen in love with Shrigley, give him a try – I guarantee it’s worth the giggle.

P.S. Not one to slack off from crafting, I bought these Shrigley plectrums from the gift shop. I’m thinking with a bit of trickery, one will be a brooch, the other a pendant a la Tatty Devine. 


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