This year has been light on the blog posts, for a whole variety of reasons. (Moved house, lost the camera, computer went boom, lost the replacement camera, can’t remember the password…) But we haven’t stopped going! Just in time to go out with a bang, here’s a round up of what we’ve been up to in 2014.
We kicked off using leftover cardboard and wrapping paper to help make decorations for the Valentine’s Day Funky Flamingo Club Night.
And somehow that lead on to several months working through various ways to upcycle fabric. We started off with wax and glue resist batiking. Here’s the before:
And the finished first attempts:
And we kept getting better!
Then we moved on to tie dye.
We finished some great canvases to display our jewellery on the stall:
And made miles of bunting to help raise money for aid to Gaza.
Around Easter time, we tried out a new shaving cream “marble effect” technique on some eggs. We found that it didn’t stick too well to the eggs, and so we chucked some leftover canvases in there to see what happened.
It was Awesome!
And we still had some leftover dye, (Why did we buy so much?) and so we made enormous amounts of rainbow play rice for a family event at the Buchan Street Neighborhood Centre.
The rice is dyed with food colouring and we hide beads with various shapes and letters inside, so the kids have fun digging for the pieces they want to make up a bracelet or necklace. (Apparently, when I’m bending over helping some of the kids dig, it’s also fun for three-year-olds to pour spadefuls of rainbow rice into my bum cleavage. Pro tip: wear a good belt and a long top!)
We were trying to find something cool to make as favours for the Misfit Conference in Cambridge, and we came up with… spoons. We salvaged some antiques and decoupaged the misfit logo for a sweet take-home memory.
But we couldn’t stop there. So we spent ages (and ages) working on spoon necklaces.
And since we had made necklaces with all the spoons, we needed to do something with the handles too!
This one was my daughters, but we made LOADS of them. And in the process we collected lots (and lots) of sticks. So we sanded and oiled and used them to make these:
And at that point we were pretty taken with the idea of “pretty hanging things” so we grabbed some old bangles and frisbees to make dream catchers too.
And we still had some more canvases, so then it seemed like melting more crayons would be fun.
We tried breaking up CDs to use as mosaics: Pretty, but gives you very sticky fingers.
We sold a few bits at craft fairs:
And we filled some orders:
We ate some lunch.
Got a bit messy.
And we may have mucked about, just a bit.
We had a great year, full of ups and downs as most years tend to be. Coming up in the new year, we’ll be working with old keys to make some fantastic stuff.
And now that we’ve got the technical side up and running, we’ll have regular jobs and full shops on Etsy and Ebay, so you can get your hands on some of our favourite re-creations. See you all in the new year!