Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Try It Tuesday: DIY Stamped Journal

For this week's Try It Tuesday, I combined two great rubber stamping tutorials to make this customised journal. I took inspiration from the lovely Davina from The Making Home for both tutorials - one to make my own patterned tape, and the other using craft foam to make a homemade stamp

Making your own patterned tape using rubber stamps is a great alternative to expensive (but beautiful) washi tape! Davina suggests using this fluorescent cloth tape - which is definitely on my list to buy next - but I used this bright pink masking tape and it worked very well. What I will say is that the rougher the texture of the tape, the better your stamping will turn out. I covered my journal in clear packing tape afterwards to protect my design from the outside world. 

I've wanted to try out making my own stamps for ages, and this tutorial using craft foam is a brilliant way to start. It's so easy, and gets great speedy results! This method is best for making simple geometric shapes to build up patterns - but it has definitely inspired me to have a go with some other materials to make more complicated stamps (lino cutting next? eeep!) 

"What's this Try It Tuesday all about then?" you may ask. Well if you'd like some more information about our weekly crafty get-together then have a read of this post by the gorgeous Trends With Benefits girls, or my post from last week which explain how you can get involved. 

Have you posted your own #TryItTuesday? Send me your link and I will add it to the bottom of the post :) 

x Rachel 

Monday, 28 October 2013

The Happy List

I wish I wish I had that long red hair.... and that pup in a cup! 

What's making you happy on this stormy Monday? 

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Weekly Art: The Ghost in the Machine

I'm designing an event at the moment based on 1993, and as a result I've become increasingly fascinated with art that reclaims outdated technology. This series by Erika Iris Simmons entitled The Ghost in the Machine is just such a cool concept. By collaging the black magnetic strips, Simmons creates stunning portraits of icons that are so full of life that they appear to be bursting out of the cassette tapes. 

I love the one of John Lennon... How about you? 

x Rachel

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Try It Tuesday: Finger Knitted Snood

Have you heard of Try It Tuesday?

If you are anything like me, you probably have a Pinterest board full of DIY and craft tutorials that you are saving for a rainy day. My handmade to-do list is full to bursting, but it's very rare that I get around to actually trying out the tutorials. So from this week onwards, I'm teaming up with the girls from Trends With Benefits and lots of other lovely craft bloggers to try out our favourite craft tutorials!

This week, I learnt to finger knit thanks to this great tutorial by Kate.

I have been knitting on and off for a few years - but I am by no means an expert. After trying out finger knitting - I am absolutely obsessed! It's so easy and addictive, I finished this snood in a leisurely evening in front of the telly. Jake even joined in too - (I kind of think his snood is better than mine, but shh don't tell him)... Try out the tutorial for yourself, just don't blame me when you are over-run with snoods!

If you'd like to join in with Try It Tuesday's all you have to do is: 

1// Find a tutorial from any blog that you would like to try out, and just get down to it! 

2// Take a photo of your finished item and write a post about it on a Tuesday. You can also tweet it or post it to instagram using the hashtag #TryItTuesday. Remember to credit the person who created the tutorial. 

3// Tweet the original creator to let them know you have tried their tutorial - this is the fun bit, I'd love to see the results of other crafters trying out ideas that I've posted! 

And that's it, an easy-peasy way to spread the crafty love. 

Follow the Trends With Benefits girls @TrendsWB or me @RachelEmmaGood for more information and to find other crafty participants.

Hope to see you next #TryItTuesday!

x Rachel 

PS. Check out these crafty blogs if you are looking for more great tutorials to try out: 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Medium Sponsor Spotlight: The Paper Emporium

I love it when a sponsor comes a long that is completely up my street both in their branding and products. This is true of The Paper Emporium - my medium sponsor this month and a new shop obsession of mine... Amy, the talented artist behind The Paper Emporium, creates gorgeous bespoke stationary for weddings and events and also has a great collection of greetings cards in her online store. I am in love with the foiled skulls and the silver kitty - plus she has a new personalised Christmas card set that I definitely have my eye on. 

Pop over and have a browse, I know you'll fall in love too! 

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Weekly Art: Alexa Meade

American artist Alexa Meade has stolen my heart. She creates amazing illusive three-dimensional works by painting directly on to the surface of the human body, making the subject look like a two-dimensional portrait. I just love work that continues to be amazing the more you look at it, and this definitely falls into that category! 

images here.

My favourite of her series' is a collaboration with Sheila Vand entitled "Milk: what will you make of me?" where Alexa painted directly on Sheila's body submerged in pools of milk. The results are hauntingly beautiful. 

Amazed? Have a look at her portfolio here - you wont be disappointed. 

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Autumnul Pinecone Centrepiece

I think Autumn decorations are my favourite. I love earthy tones mixed with moss and hints of gold here and there - it just makes everything so cosy. I was doing a bit of styling experimenting yesterday and put together this Autumn inspired centrepiece. It would be perfect for a wedding or for a special dinner party - or you can just have it on display in your house like me...

The process is very very simple, it's just about layering up pinecones with moss in a giant jar really. I sprayed a few of my pinecones with gold spray paint to add a little bit of variety - then finished it off with some dried wheat.

You can probably expect a few pinecone crafts from me in the next few months, I have a big bag of them in my cupboard from a past show. Plus I just feel in quite a pinecone-y mood at the moment - nothing says Autumn better. 

x Rachel 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

DIY Perfume Bottle Note Holder

There are a lot of things that I hate to throw away, and empty perfume bottles are one of them. They are so pretty and it seems such a waste to just get rid of them. When I finished my beloved Coco Chanel the other day, I decided that I had to find a way to upcycle it - so I made a little note/photo holder. 

You will need: An empty perfume bottle, wire, pliers and a glue gun. 

1// Cut a length of wire about 5-7cm. Using your pliers, bend a small spiral shape at a right angle to the rest of the wire (this will allow it to sit flat on the top of the perfume bottle). Create another spiral at the other end as shown - this will hold your notes and photos. 

2// Use a glue gun or other strong glue to affix the wire to the perfume bottle. I found that using a little sheet of paper in between helped the glue to bond. 

3// Once the glue is dry, you can start using your new note holder. Depending on what you would like to display, you may need to adjust the wire spiral a little so that the balance is right. 

 This was so easy and now my pretty bottle has a home for life! Although now I have my beedy eyes on all empty bottles - I might end up over-run with photo holders.... 

Does anyone else share packaging hoarding tendencies? What do you hate throwing away?  
x Rachel 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Adventures with Friends

I thought I'd share where I've been hiding for the last couple of weeks... I went on some adventures around the countryside!

Last weekend we escaped for a few days to the beautiful valleys of South Wales. On Sunday we climbed to the top of the "Sugar Loaf" mountain (so called because it looks like a pile of sugar... doesn't every hill look like that..?) I don't think my legs have ever been more tired!! 

As if this little escape wasn't lovely enough, I spent this weekend away in a gorgeous cottage in the Cotswolds with my favourite girls. I never get to see them, so it was amazing to spend some time with them and shmoosh their little faces. So much love for them all. 

x Rachel 

Saturday, 5 October 2013

The Handmade Fair

I'm excited because this weekend I'm taking part in this wonderful handmade fair! For three days only I will be teaming up with 12 other lovely shops to offer discounts on our favourite items - all for the love of buying handmade. 

Be sure to check out all the other great shops (below) then head over to our pop-up shop over the weekend to see the discounted items. 

Chevron and Lace // Pretty Lovely Littles // Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe // Hilitos // Elah Tree // Ruffles of Cocoa // A Lil Bit Fancy // Stuff by Nicole // Enchanted // Pointless Pretty Party (that's me!) //

Happy handmade shopping :) 

x Rachel 


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