Sunday, 13 April 2014

INDUSTRIAL SPOOL TABLE

I love the industrial look, and the first time I saw a table made out of an industrial spool (which was years ago!), I knew I wanted to make one. There's a lot of construction going on where I live, so every now and then I would drive past a construction site a bit slower than usual, keeping an eye out for that perfect-sized spool. for a while I thought i'd found it, though closer inspection disguised as a dog walk revealed that it wasn't in the best condition. I also had my mother on the case, who would tip me every now and then about potential spools in the area. It even got to the point where I'm pretty sure I wrote about half a page about my industrial spool table visions in a letter to Graeme, diagram included. And a couple weeks ago, I finally found it. So one Friday night at 11, I got Graeme to come with me to pick it up. It turns out the one I had my eye on was a lot smaller than I thought it was, and we were about to just head home again, until I noticed a larger spool lying in a nearby ditch. It had some imperfections and some industrial staples and cement on it, but it was the perfect size, so we threw it in the car and headed home. (We felt like complete outlaws, even though the spool had been lying in a ditch outside of the construction site for a long time and was probably just going to get thrown away anyway.)



The next day, Graeme removed the staples and gave it a good blast with the power washer, and the cement bits came off relatively easily. The spool then hung out in the garage, drying for 5 days, before it was ready for a round with the sander. The original plan was to add some wheels to the spool so that it'd be easy to move it, but we decided that it wasn't really necessary as the spool was a  lot lighter than we anticipated. So instead of wheels, we attached three rubber doors stoppers to the bottom to protect the floor. I also had grand plans of staining it using the same stain I used for my headboard, but Graeme did such a good job (and even got a boo boo!) on the sanding and I liked the color of the wood so much that I decided to leave it. And there it is, I finally have my industrial spool table!



Monday, 7 April 2014

CLAY HERB MARKERS

I'm not entirely sure how many herb gardens I've had and killed in my life. I'm not very good at keeping them alive for very long, but as I use fresh herbs in my cooking a lot, I'm always trying to keep a couple herb plants in my kitchen window sill. But then I forget about them for a couple of days, and sadly, my herbs are not as forgiving of neglect as my cacti are. Still, I recently got a new pot for my herb garden, so I decided to make some cute markers out of polymer clay to label them. This is a super simple project, the kind you can easily do in an hour (depending on how long your clay needs to bake) and get great results.




I used white FIMO soft clay for this, as well as my alphabet stamp set. I rolled them into little sausages, flattened them with a kid's rolling pin and used the stamps for the lettering, before I baked them according to the instructions.

Maybe these will remind me to take better care of my herbs?


Friday, 4 April 2014

MARCH ON INSTAGRAM

March absolutely flew by. And seeing as I was in Korea for most of it, my instagram the past month has mainly consisted of pictures from that, as you can see above! It was a very exciting trip, and you can see more of the photos here. Since I've been back, I've been spending a lot of time with Bo and enjoying the lovely spring weather. Let's hope it stays nice! Hope you had a good month too!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

DIANA F+ IN AMSTERDAM


Now it seems like forever ago since I was in Amsterdam, but it's not been until recently I got my photos back from the photo developers. Having to wait so long is part of the charm of shooting with analog film, right? Graeme got me a fisheye lens for my birthday, so I played around with that a little too and I'm really excited about how the fisheye photos turned out. I will definitely be using this lens a lot going forward!





We had an awesome time! Went on a boat ride in the canals, visited the zoo, and drank plenty of dutch beer. I love Amsterdam, and it's totally on my list of places I'd love to live. It's just got such a lovely vibe to it, plus I can't help swooning over all those beautiful brick houses lined up against the canals. Will definitely need to go back soon!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

DIY FELT BASKETS


I’m actually fortunate enough to have a craft room/studio in my house these days, that me and Graeme did up last summer. I used to basically only have a cupboard when I lived in my old flat in Glasgow, so this is quite the step up. But since I basically have a ton of craft supplies, it’s still far too easy for this room to become a complete mess. Which is very unfortunate because it’s the first room you see when you ring my doorbell too. So cute baskets to help me stay organized is always helpful! I’ve seen a few of these felt baskets around in shops, and figured that they looked simple enough to make and thus decided to try making my own. And they were very simple to make indeed! The most time consuming part was doing the stitches on the side, mainly because I chose a contrasting color for a bit of a pop and thus felt I had to put a little extra effort into making sure my stitches were neat enough. Here’s how I made my felt baskets:

Supplies: For this project, I used 40x40 cm squares of thick felt, metal label holders, and some thick thread, I used a contrasting strong woolen thread. Tools I used include a craft knife, a needle, a ruler and a cutting board.



Step 1: Measure out and cut squares from each corner of your felt. The bigger the squares, the taller the side of the box will be. I measured 10x10 cm squares using my ruler and cut these out with the craft knife.

Step 2: On what will be the outside of your basket, cut halfway through the fold using your craft knife. This will create nice edges at the bottom of the basket.

Step 3: Attach the label holder. Measure out where you want your label holder to be, make a couple incisions into the felt that correspond to the label holder, and attach.
 
Step 4: Stitch up the sides of your basket using your needle and thread. 

Fill your basket up with stuff and cut out a label. Ta-da!