Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Recommended Read: CraftblogUK

The amazing thing about connecting online with other crafty people is how many fantastic resources you come across. The difficulty is trying to remember them all, so here is the start of a new series of posts about some of the blogs that I love, to help me keep track and to let others know about them too.

Im starting with the amazing Craft Blog UK managed by Hillary Pullen. (http://www.ukcraftblog.com/)

Craft Blog UK!
If you are starting up a craft business and are new to social media this is the first place to visit, the site is full of advice on how to develop your online presence through blogging, twitter, facebook etc. Some of the posts include: 10 ideas for blog posts, bloggers guide to pinterest, twitter basics, making the most of your facebook profile and bookmarking as well as posts on ideas of groups and useful links.

If you have ever wondered how to add a feature to your blog or make the most of a profile and then searched online for the answers you will know how technical (and confusing) these can get. The posts on Craft Blog are really well written and easy to follow. There will be advice on how to do things you had never even thought about!

CraftBlog also houses a fantastic Blog directory of all things craft and design, so there are loads of great blogs to find and connect with. You can add your listing to the directory too.

There are images on the site to inspire you, which come from the work of others who have joined in on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/groups/craftbloguk/pool/.

To keep up to date with everything from Craft blog UK, including twitter events and discussions, follow on twitter at http://twitter.com/haptree for loads of updates.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Capsule wardrobe - coffee crafting again

In my last post I showed you what I had been doing with my Nespresso bag - here are the results of my second day of playing!

I had a second bag handle left over, so I decided to have a play with some coffee capsules to make a necklace.

And here is the result - I used the bag handle, added some blue capsules cut to make rings to hand from the bottom, and other capsules wrapped around the handle,then I added a piece of finger knitting to finish the necklace.

The colours of the capsules are lovely, so I had a play with some more and made this too - guess if you have a Nespresso machine and no garden it could be the way forward...

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Bag Lady Bling

A bank holiday wouldn't be a bank holiday without a trip to the Trafford Centre, so we joined the rest of the North West of England on Monday afternoon.

We didn't stay long, but we did buy some coffee while we were there, and came home with a bag.  It was going into the recycling bin until I decided to try a little experiment

I took the handles off and had a play with creating some jewellery using beads and embroidery floss I had lying around. 

This was the result - from one handle I made a bangle and a ring:
The ring is taken from a small section, molded around my finger, secured with a small piece of floss and I then attached a bronze butterfly bead to the front. To make the bangle I threaded on some beads with holes large enough to fit the twine handle through, then used two lengths of embroidery floss to secure the two ends together, making sure it was large enough to fit over my hand.

So there you are - still haven't decided what to use the other handle for, but I think I have found a new excuse to go shopping!