The Craft Corner: Dried Flowers

Some pansies that I had put in my flower press about 5 weeks ago got taken out today. I was pretty happy with the results.



I've put in some small blue and purple flower heads that I picked up on a walk in the grounds of Castletown House a the weekend. They look similar to forget-me-nots.


Because I'm only using the bottom two layers of the press I like to label what is where. I will also add the date  I put them in. This way I can add to the press over time.


xx V

Nature walk: Bray to Greystones 6km

Taking advantage of the amazing weather we've been having I took some time out recently to do the cliff walk from Bray to Greystones. 


The railway line follows the coast the whole way, if you are ever a tourist in Ireland, not a trip to be missed.

I love the pattern that the sun creates coming through this leaf.

Pink to make the boys blink

Butterfly at rest

Spot the spider. And how amazing is the pattern on these flowers.

Above the cliff path the gorse bushes grow wild and you can spot the old stone walls still standing.
 Greystones in the distance

Hope you all got out to enjoy the sunshine at the weekend too. 

xx V

This week...

...I discovered a new photographer, Kyle Thompson. Visual News did a good article on him here. The 20 year old takes all the self portraits himself using nothing more than a tripod and a self timer. If you check out his flickr account you'll see he is doing a 'photo a day' project and he's currently on #160.




 Worth watching.



Display that...

I found this picture I saved ages ago from a trade show for books ( I think, don't quote me on that one). The company used 15000 pencils to display their work. Clever and pretty, my favourite combination.


Monday morning's Old School

I've been feeling a bit nostalgic recently. I think it's probably something to do with the copious amount of time I spend hooked up to technology in one way or another. It's also probably why I can't pass by a flea market without buying something. More on my flea market finds tomorrow. 

So I put together a little treasury


I can't decide which I love more, this Whale Chart from Arminho in Portugal;


or this French Botanical Chart from Bonnie and Bell in Newark, England.


Also on my lust list are this set of keys from an old typewriter. Just think of all the amazing things I could make with them...

You can find them over at etsy shop AMradio with the lovely Melissa in attendance.

Go check out the rest of my Old School crushes here.

xx V

Greene's pattern

I was looking for interesting uses or sources of Pattern this morning for a new Pinterest Board. I found this painting 


It is by a visual artist called Kira Greene and isn't it just amazing. I found her work here  

This is definitely my favourite piece by her (above) but check out her website to see her other work.

She also has a pretty tasty food blog.

Negative Space

'The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.'

- William Shakespeare 

I spotted this sculptural vase (below) by Maya Selway in the May edition of Vogue Living Australia. It is an incredibly elegant piece, and a beautiful lesson in restraint.

made using oxidised copper and ethically sourced silver

xx V

Hideaways...

Whether its in your own home, your back garden or the middle of nowhere sometimes we all need a hideaway from the world.

River Road Cottage contemporary kids

via weheartit

source unknown



This website will make you want to pack your bags and head for the great unknown. Love the name
too.

 found via Wholelarderlove

Can't wait for my holidays!

xx V

Craft Tutorial 2: How to make a string tie envelope.

 Time: 15 minutes

Materials
awl (any pointed object, a large needle would do)
compass
bone folder
embroidery thread 
brads 
Double sided tape or glue stick
Craft Knife or scissors
coloured card 
lining paper (optional)

1. Print your free crafty template. Cut out envelope template from coloured card. Select lining paper, repeat. You can cut out the entire template, I only had a small bit of the paper so I just cut out what would be seen.

2 . Use the bone folder to crease along all the interior lines that were shown on the template.

3. Use awl to pierce hole in top flap (where shown on template). Cut 15cm of embroidery thread. Push through, leave small tail on interior and secure with double sided tape. 

4. Stick lining paper to inside of envelope

5. Make your brad 'button' (see below)

6. Glue it all together. Put glue on very edge of inside of part B.Press B on top of Flap A

7. Repeat for bottom flap 

8. Finally wrap a small piece of lining paper around the end of the thread. 


If you have any questions about the tutorial just leave them in the comments below.

xx V

note: I saved the template as a jpeg ( I will try save it as a pdf file soon). Print it to fit an A4 sheet of paper. Any problems with it I can email you the file. 

A walk in the woods...

"Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details"
-Heraclitus Greek Philosopher

Last weekend I went for a walk in the grounds of this old country house that's a stones throw from where I live. You can see more pictures that I took over on my flickr account but for the purposes of this post it's all about the details. I'm sure whoever I'm walking with gets royally annoyed at having to stop every two steps to look at this or that but it must be done. These are of the surface of a fallen tree. Part of the surface has been burnt at some point.




Craft Tutorial 1: How to make a Feather Pencil

Time: less than 20 minutes

Materials
  • hot glue gun 
  • Craft Knife or scissors
  • scraps of ribbon. I used the ribbon that had wrapped up my Easter eggs and a box of chocs.
  • Pencils
  • Feathers, real or artificial. I used artificial for the bright green colour. 
  • Iron. 
  • scrap of material to cover ribbon so it won't melt. 
STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3


STEP 4





The End 

Notes 
You can swap the ribbon for material but I wanted to be able to pare the pencil and use it. You could to the same wrapping a pen but I think the end result works best with a pencil. 



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