More Air Clay Flowers

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jul 222019
 

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More Air Dry Clay Assorted Flowers

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Musings

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than fed up with scammers, spammers, and idiots.

I had another random phone call this morning.  Indian sounding, who said his name was Mark calling from BT about our broadband, and wanted to know whether he was speaking to the owner, primary occupier, etc., etc. I asked “what is this regarding because I think you are a liar” and his English wasn’t good enough to realise what I’d said, and it obviously wasn’t on his list of expected answers, so he went right back to the begining of his script “I am Mark …” Needless to say I put the phone down on him then. Couldn’t be bothered to listen long enough to find out which scam he was working.  Why do these scammers always choose English names? I know it’s not impossible for an Indian family to have given their child an English name, especially if of mixed herritage, but every single on of these scam callers gives an English name.  By this stage I’d be more likely to believe they were genuine if they gave an Indian sounding name. And the whole owner, occupier, … thing. Surely, if they were phoneing from my Internet provider, they would have on record the name of the account holder? These phone scammers are makeing it such that if a genuine person with an Indian/Asian accent phoned from any company I would likely think they were fake and put the phone down on them.

Then the spammers. Particularly the spammers that spam comment to blog posts.  I haven’t had comments go live immediately on my blog since a few weeks after I started my blog.  All comments go to moderation queue, I got E-mail notification, and comments only go live after I OK them.  Up until June I was getting around forty to fifty spam comments a month.  Then I woke up one morning to over 700 E-mail notification that I needed to check a new comment. It took me ages to have a quick look whether any were genuine comments, and then deleting the lot.  Only two I spotted were genuine, but by the end I think I was looseing the plot, so I do appologis if you have left me a comment and it hasn’t appeared at the bottom of the relevant post, as I may well have missed a true comment amongst all the spam.  After I had the same bulk comment spamming happen again a few days later I introduced the addition of a tick box to verify that a human is doing the commenting.  At least, I hope that is what is happening.  If you have problems leaving comments, or if something looks wrong to you please comment on the relevant post on my FB profile if commenting here doesn’t work for you.  Thank you.

Then we come to idiots.  This is where I’m probably getting controversial, and may upset a very small number of my FB friends, the ones that persist in forwarding or copying hoaxes, rubbish, out of date info, etc., without makeing any effort to find out if what they are passing on is correct, because, by idiots I mean those who get told about hoaxes and similar, time and time again, yet still copy and paste to Facebook profile or private messaging, anything anybody tells them to copy and paste, without even thinking whether it is plausible, or still relevant, never mind checking that it is a fact. Clogging up the newsfeed is the least effect, but it can have other concequences, and it puts others, who trust their friends to only be passing on genuine information, at risk, especially those who are new to social media and genuinely don’t know better.  If somebody copies a hoax once because they don’t know better that is understandable.  If somebody messages something and they are told it isn’t true, and learns that not everything that comes their way is genuine, then it’s great that they are learning, and they stop mindlessly doing it again without verifying the facts, then I am fine with it. It’s all in the process of learning. And we can all get caught out by something new once.  Passing on genuine information I am happy with.  But I am less understanding of those who constantly do thoughtless copying of any rubbish they see online.  Just because a post says to copy it so everyone knows something, it doesn’t mean you should actually do so.  Be it hoax information, photos of mistreated animals or children (which should be police matters), or photos of sick children.  Some are horrible, but shareing them on FB does nothing the vast majority of the time.  Nothing other than time wasteing or upsetting others.  I know that some of my friends have started unfriending those who post photos of cruelty, and others have unfriended those who forever clog up their messanger or news feed with “let everone know” type messages. I haven’t started unfriending yet, as very few of my FB friends repeatedly do this, but there are a handfull who are not learning and may get the chop from my friends list before long.

Crafting

A couple of months ago I showed you an assortment of white flowers made using air drying clay.  You can see the post – here! I also showed you some of the white roses I made included in a wreath – here!

For today’s post I have started makeing some different flowers, adding a bit of colour this time as well.

What I Did

I basically just had a play.  I had watched some videos on the moulds I used being used to make icing flowers, and then I just had a go at doing them my way and seeing how they turned out.  I have introduced colour to these flowers, both by using some coloured air dry clay and by painting them after I’ve created them. I have a few more flowers of the same type that I’ve began to make, and I think I’ll try different colours for them.  I may even put together a video before long of how I go about making one or two flower types, but that may even be a project for the autumn or winter – after I’ve tackled the Christmas card making.  It is definately time to get on with batch Christmas card making now I think – during any wet or too hot periods when I can’t get out the garden for short periods between my rests.

What I Used
The Flowers I Made

Starting with the least complicated ones.

Not sure what type of flowers these are – I was just playing rather than trying to replicate anything specific.

White “bell” type flowers

Some coloured “bell” type flowers

Calla Lilies

Lily

And finaly the whole lot in a vase.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Floral Wreath

 Posted by at 08:00 am
May 292019
 

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Floral Wreath

Having been in a lot of pain for a few weeks, because of an infection in my tooth/jaw, and being on antibiotics for a fortnight to try and clear it – which in itself is very draining – I am all behind with my gardening, and all behind with my crafting.

Now been back to the dentist again and she’s extracted the problem tooth, so only hope that the infection really is all gone from the jaw and it will be just a case of healing now.  Which all means that I haven’t had a lot to post on my blog, and haven’t finished the YouTube videos I’m working on either.  Hopefully I’ll be back on form within a couple of weeks.

But in the meantime I’ve been slowly makeing more roses from air drying paper clay.  And by slow I mean I’ve made 11 in the last couple of weeks, whereas I can usually make more in a couple of days.

I’ve used some of the roses I’ve made in the project I’ve got to show you today.  As I realy wasn’t feeling up to too much of fiddly work, this time I decided to use bought in artificial flowers and leaves as fill in items.

What I Did

I started off by makeing white roses from air dry paper clay as previously (I showed you the bouquet of flowers that I made, including the roses, in a previous post – here).  As they were being incorporated into a wreath I didn’t put calixes or leaves on this time, nor bound the wire stem with florist tape.

I wanted a rustic look, so chose a rattan wreath as a base, and decided that I wouldn’t stuff it with flowers and foliage so that the base itself can be seen in some places.  After trying different spacing of roses I decided on five for this project.  I then cut up the sprays of filler flowers and leaves and started putting them around the wreath base to see how much I wanted.

I then used the wires on the roses, as well as other green wire to hold the items in place.

Items Used
Finished Floral Wreath

This is what my finished floral wreath looks like.

After showing it to my mother we’ve decided to place it up on my father’s grave.

Same wreath, different angle.

Here’s a closer look at one of the roses with the filler flowers and leaves around it.

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Hopefully you will see me back with another blog post before too long.

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Flowers – From Air Dry Clay

 Posted by at 08:00 am
May 142019
 

Assorted Flowers From Air Dry Clay

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Flowers

I had a few sessions of making Flowers over the weekend.  Mostly Roses, but a few other filler flowers as well.

I decided to make all the flowers white, with just the rose calix and stems green.

I have collected lots of different tools for working with Air Dry Paper Clay over the years, all stored together in a bag I can just grab and take wherever in the house I want to craft any time I feel like crafting with them.  They are basicly exactly the same tools as you would use for sugar paste work for cake decorating.  They do say that you should have a separate set of tools for use with paper or mixed media crafting than you use if you are doing sugar paste work, and I do have a separate box in the utility room of a different variety of tools, though I do wonder why this instruction would be given other than to sell double the amount of kit if a person is into both types of craft.  The media I use does say it is non toxic, and the tools are suppose to be non tainting, so, I would like to know why the usual good wash in soapy water and sterilization in a baby bottle sterilising solution before drying off in the airing cupboard so that all cracks and crevices are dry, wouldn’t make the tools suitable to work with either media.  Obviously it more messy, or something that isn’t non-toxic, is being used then I wouldn’t consider it.

But in any case.  For this weekend project I wanted to make some flowers to put in the vase on the telephone table.

So some rolling out, cutting, shapeing, etc., was in order.

And this is what the rose looks like when made.

I didn’t make them all the same size.

Some of the roses even had white leaves added.

And made other flowers, such as these bell flowers to go with them.

Of course I needed more than two roses, so I kept going makeing more.

And also made a small number of different filler flowers as well.

Once I’d made a reasonable number of flowers I put them in a vase.

(The lighting and shaddows in the room give a creamy yellow colour to some of the flowers in this photo, but they really are all white.)

And then I placed the vase on the table.

Items Used

Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay – White

Martha Stewart Clay Assortment – Blue and Yellow

Hearty soft clay

Florist Tape, Wire, and Wire Cutters

Katy Sue The Ultimate Flower Pro Collection Gift Pack Kit

Katy Sue Flower Pro Leaf Cutters

Katy Sue Flower Pro Five Petal Rose Cutters

H&S 50pcs Cake Decorating Tools

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I will be makeing a YouTube video to show how I made the roses at some point, so keep an eye out for that.

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Forever Pouring Cup

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Apr 112019
 

Forever Pouring Cup inc. Video

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

The project I’ve got to show you today involves an ever pouring cup that has been printed on a 3D printer, that I’ve decorated with flowers.

I’ve seen this type of thing made using a china cup and saucer and using a piece of bent cutlary to support the cup, but decided to use a 3D printed one because I thought it would be easier to get it stuck together, (with no bending of cutlery involved,) when made using a ready prepared design that was available online. Also, the “pouring stream of milk” wouldn’t need to be completely covered like disguising a bent spoon would need to be.

I’ve done some posts on my nephew’s saga to get a working 3D printer a while ago. If you want to look back you can go to my blog – Here! And you can see some of the process of putting together the part build one he has now on YouTube – Here!

Video

I’ve filmed the majority of the stages of me makeing this creation.  I hope you like it.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used

(Some of these links are affiliate links that would give me a commission should you click through and buy.  It costs you nothing to click, and no more than the stated prices to buy.)

Finished Creation

This is what the finished item looks like from a few different angles.

And a closeup of the decorated base.

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I’m not sure which crafting I’ll have to show you next, or when my next video will be ready for uploading to YouTube, but I have several bits on the go at the moment so I don’t think it will be long before I have more crafting to show you.

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More February Crafting

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Feb 282019
 

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More February Crafting – Musings and Fans

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s been a while since I wrote any of what I call my “Musings”, but I decided that I’d start writing a bit every now and then again, starting with today’s post.

A crafting WiP and a couple of fans follow.

Musings

I’ve said before about crafting being my way of achieving something, despite my health/disability problems, and being able to say when a piece of crafting is complete “I did that”. It is a sense of satisfaction and a big boost, especially to give somebody else something I’ve done.

It may be a simple card that should have taken half an hour, but in reality took two hours, or it may be a longer project that takes months.  It is still a way to achieve something, when a lot of things I did, without thinking about any consequences in the past, I am now either unable to do, or only able to do with a lot of forward planning, and resting before and afterwords, sometimes for days.

One woman started explaining what it was like living with a long term debilitating condition to her friend as only having a set number of spoons in a day and every little thing you did used up your  spoons, so everything was a planning excercise.  But reather than try and explain it myself, I’ll direct you to her own words – The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino.

I read it a while ago, and thought it was good, I re-read it lately and still think it is good.

So I’ve used a few of my spoons to make the following items lately.

Colouring A Fan

I bought some simple fans, wanting to decorate them to hang on a wall as a room decoration.  The first one I decorated I simply freehand drew some flowers on it with Flex Markers.

For this project I used –

  • A blank fan
  • Flex Markers – Purple Velvet, Sunset, Amranth, Red, Cloud Blue, Watermelon, Heather, Chartreuse, Aniseed, Sapphire, Blush.

This is what the fan looked like before I did my colouring.

And this is what it looked like after I did my little bit of colouring.  This was an evening’s work, taking a bundle of markers and the fan with me when I went to watch TV in bed, and just colouring a bit in the ad breaks.

Nothing spectacular I know, I’m just not good at freehand, arty, sort of stuff, as you can see from this closer look.

As this fan is just coloured it can be folded back up and opened to use as a fan when needed.

A Decorated Fan

For another fan from the pack I decided to go a bit more ornate and decorate it up a bit.  This means that the fan can only be hung on a wall as a decoration, it won’t close back up and isn’t practical to use as a fan.

For this project I used –

  • A blank fan
  • Hobby House Colour Collection – Periwinkle – Ribbons and Flat backed pearls.
  • Glue Gel
  • Leaves – from my crafting stash – no idea where from
  • Flowers – I die cut and embossed these quite some time ago from white cardstock – no idea what dies and embossing folders but the word Trio jumps to mind and I don’t know why.  Coloured with Flexmarker – Purple Velvet, and gem stuck in midde.

I started by takeing a bit of ribbon and tieing the ends together in a knot before stapleing it above and below the knot to the centre front of the fan.  I then used the bow maker to make a double bow from the same type of ribbon and glueing that in place.

A different ribbon was used to tie another bow, with long trailing ends, which was stuck to the bottom of the fan.

I used the same Flexmarker as I used to colour the flowers to put a line of purple on the top and bottom of the fan paper.  The flowers were already embossed in my box of flowers I’d cut out previously, and that is why they have come out with random line patterns on them.  I did shape the flowers a bit after adding colour, and stuck a gem in the middle at the same time as sticking the flowers and leaves to the fan front.  I finished off by randomly sticking faux half pearls on.

Again, the colouring in is not especially good, but you have to go close to see it properly – like this close –

Work In Progress

I showed you how I was getting on with crocheting a blanket a couple of times.  You can see how far I’d got back then in the post – Here!  I have progressed a bit since then, though not quite as fast as I was hopeing.

So, this is how much I have now done – as you can see, it is now bigger than the top of the box seat I displayed it on previously.

So I’ve re-photographed it out flat.

A long way to go before it is blanket sized, but it is slowly progressing.

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Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

Remember that I am giving away one of my creations to a person who’s name is drawn from the hat at the start of next month.  You have until 23:00 GMT 28th February 2019 to get your name into the hat.  Go to the announcement at the bottom of the blog post – Here! – to get the details of how to be in with a chance of getting the tree.

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