Sami’s Adventures with Shrink Plastic #1

I have been wanting to have a play with Shrink Plastic for aaaages now. For those of you who don’t know what it is… It’s plasticky paper sheets that you draw on, cut up, punch (hole punch, not fist punch!), ink, colour in, whatever really. THEN you put it into the oven and watch as it crinkles up and shrinks down and thickens up, into a little piece of strong plastic. It’s a bit like magic.

Here are some (bad) photos of my first few late-night attempts. I was too excited to focus on taking proper photos, soz:

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I was hoping to make the little row of house into a necklace, but I didn’t realise til afterwards that Shrink Plastic is reeeally light, so it wouldn’t hang the right way round (I would need to put the holes near the top, and even then it would be a really light necklace). It’s quite comfy as a bracelet though.The button turned out a bit weird, but I’m going to experiment with that one. And the “Sami” one went a bit Pete Tong, because the holes were too near the edge.

Oh well, it was a really fun evening, and I’m sure I’ll carry on practising! I got my Shrink Plastic from The Range and it was pretty cheap (£1 per A4 sheet). You can also use it with stamps (or trace?) if you’re not keen on drawing your own designs.

I’ll post more pics when I have another go!

Love,

Sami x

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Drinking Up the Sunshine #1

My New Favourite Summer Drink #1

Iced Tea

Ingredients:

Lemon and Green Tea teabag (I use Twinings)

Lemon and lime squash

Ice cubes

Cold water

Sugar

Glass or mug (I used a pint glass)

Instructions:

Boil the kettle

Put a teabag into a glass/ mug, and add sugar. I used 1 and a half teaspoons of sugar (I usually have 1 in a cuppa)

Add enough boiling water to cover the teabag and leave to mash for about 2 minutes

Take teabag out and stir to dissolve sugar

Add a dash of squash (about the normal amount for a fairly weak glass of squash)

Add a whole tray of ice cubes and stir to get rid of heat

Top up with cold water (the colder the better)

Enjoy!

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I think it would work really well with a sprig of fresh mint, or some lemonade if- unlike me- you can stomach fizzy drinks!

Let me know how you get on! And if you have any other recipes for summer drinks, please leave a link in the comments 🙂

Love,

Sami x

From Little Seeds Grow Mighty Trees

A few weeks back, I was asked by a work friend (Mrs S) to make a special picture for her son’s Naming Party (like a Christening but non-religious). I have to be modest here; Mrs S had the idea and sent me pictures, I just mashed it all together and brought her ideas to life.

Still… it was a pretty fun project for a gorgeous little man and his lovely family.

Pics? Go on then…

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ImageMrs S wanted her cute little cats in there too, and picked the colours of the bunting to go with Finley’s nursery.

ImageImageI made a little sign for the day. The idea was that everyone (big or small) would leave a fingerprint on Finley’s tree. The finished picture is below, with all the fingerprints added:

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I was really happy with how it turned out, and it was so nice to see everyone adding their fingerprints on the day. The day itself was lovely; beautiful sunshine, lots of cake and scones, and a catch up with work people. And Finley’s smiles of course. Oh, those smiles!!!

Love,

Sami x

 

PS… If you would like to order something similar, please contact me by emailing me: made_by_sami@hotmail.co.uk or messaging me on Facebook. Prices depend on the design, size and framing, as well as postage, but asking is free, so please don’t hesitiate to get in touch 🙂

 

A Ton of T-Shirts…

A couple of years ago I decided to make a rug. But I wanted to achieve 2 goals:

– for the rug to be absolutely FREE

– for it to be made of only items that would have been binned

It took me aaaages, but…

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…Isn’t it lovely?! I’m so proud of myself; even The Boy likes it! Plus, it was absolutely free, and saved all those tshirt pieces from going into landfill. So, all in all, I feel pretty damn proud of myself!!

 

Love,

Sami x

 

PS… I’m going to attempt to show you how to make it in my next blog post, so keep an eye out (or subscribe!) if you want to make your own!x

A Quick Commission…

You might remember my post a while ago about how much I love to do commissions for people. If not, you can read it here.

Anyhu, here’s my latest, some bridesmaid jewellery for my friend and ex-housemate Rosie…

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What do you think?

Love,

Sami x

PS… need a commission? Let me know by emailing made_by_sami@hotmail.co.uk . I don’t ask for any money before the design is finalised and you’re happy with the price; chats are free! So don’t hesitate to get in contact if you need a unique present, a piece of jewellery for a special occassion, or something you just can’t find on the high street!

One Very Busy Sewing Bee…

I managed to catch up with the final of the Great Bristish Sewing Bee this week. LOVE that programme! It’s so nice to have a stress-free show to watch, which doesn’t try to be anything but… nice!

Nice is good sometimes 🙂

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On another note, how did Chinelo Bally have time to BLOG when she was on Great Britich Sewing Bee?! Wonder woman!

Although I completely adored posho winner Heather by the end of the competition, Chinelo was definitely my favourite. So I thought I’d check out her blog here. It’s full of sewing instructions to keep you busy if you’re after your next project.

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Me? I’ll stick to my patchwork cushions for now, til I feel a little braver!

So, did the best woman win?! Leave your comments below…

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Love,

Sami x

Home is Wherever I’m With You…

*LOVEY DOVEY POST ALERT*

So… in February, me and The Boy celebrated 5 years of romantic dates, hysterical laughter, blazing rows (come on, no-one’s perfect), and millions of kisses. To celebrate, we went out for dinner and swapped pressies.

I got some amazing ceramic button coasters (which I wrote about here).

He got a handmade picture…

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Like it?!

It was all made in TOP SECRET conditions, obviously…

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If you want to make one similar, here’s what I did:

1. I drew out my design (on paper which would fit into my frame)

2. I traced my design onto water soluble film (can’t remember where I got mine from, but it’s this kinda stuff)

3. I then pinned the film on top of my materialImage4. I used a plain black stitch to trace over my design, sewing through both the film and fabric

Image5. I then washed away the film with water, and left it to dry

Image6. When it was dry, I embroidered a heart onto the material in red embroidery thread (I did this by hand using an embroidery thread)

7. I ironed the material, and then put it in the frame. Ta da!

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ImageWe hung it in pride of place above our bed. Wish I’d made it a little bigger, but I think it’s cute, and The Boy seemed to like it, so that’s all that matters!

If you have a go at something similar, please send me a photo to: made_by_sami@hotmail.co.uk. I’d love to see it 🙂

 

Love,

Sami x

Hello, Lovely Weekend…

Hello all.

Hope you all had fab weekends.

What did I get up to?!

Well, it all started with a pampering session on Friday at The Art Team Bath, where I got my hair done. I went there as I’d signed up for an offer, and i’m so glad I did- I got a cup of tea on a little tray with a flower, a head massage, and the (lovely) hairdresser curled it beautifully for me at the end. So happy with how it turned out…Image

After a few weekends of extreme laziness, which included pyjamas, blankets, Netflix, tea and eating, me and The Boy decided to make the most of the Spring sunshine on Saturday, so we headed over to Bath after a lie-in (you need a smidgen of laziness on a Saturday!). We went for food at The Globe first, which was yummy. Then, we went into town to visit a vintage fair i’d heard about on Facebook.

It was really lovely; jam-packed with loads of vintage/ vintage-inspired clothes, jewellery, accessories and homeware. I was fairly restrained (I coulda spent a fortune!) and only bought some pretty little Taunton Vale ceramic jars with the most adorable blue and yellow pattern. Had to buy all three (otherwise i’d feel like I had split up siblings!), and they look great on top of my wardrobe. This is my new favourite place to (temporarily) put all the pretty things I like to look at but aren’t sensible Boy Things! I bought the dartboard from a charity shop a few weeks back, and the Cath Kidston sewing house was a present from my parents:

ImageOh, aren’t they adorable!!!!! And they were £18. I think that’s a bargain. 😀

We topped off the afternoon with afternoon tea and a visit to the car wash. Glamorous!!

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Hopefully you’ll comment to say how your weekend was (one word will do if you’re not a writer!), or send me a link to your blog (it gets lonely here by myself :P)

Have a good week!

 

Love,

Sami x

10 Simple Things that Make me Happy… #10

#10

Making jewellery, and everything that comes with it…

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You can’t use up creativity.

The more you use, the more you have.

― Maya Angelou

Love,

Sami x

10 Simple Things that make me Happy… #9

#9

I’ve been a teeny tiny bit obssessed with buttons for a while.

When I was younger, I remember sitting with my Grandma’s button box (an old cigar box with a flappy lid), and running my hands through the buttons. Some were fairly new, some older than me. Some were picked off old shirts or blouses, some were still tacked to the card.

They all had stories.

And when Grandma died, that was the only thing I asked for from her house, to remind me of happy times playing with buttons before eating bananas and custard to the soundtrack of “the problem solver who gets results” on the radio. Problem was, Grandma didn’t have one button box. By the time mum found the button box I wanted, I had inherited an ice cream tub and several other boxes full of buttons. As well as some embroidery thread, cotton reels, pins… And if an object has a story, I can’t turn it away.

So now, I have an ice cream tub, a quality street tin, and a tupperware box of buttons that I can call my own.

As well as a mug…

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And some brand new coasters from The Boy…

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And a picture from my friend Princess Helen…

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Oh, and a few other things….

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I’ll stop there. Buttons make me happy, and I’m grateful for the people who know this.

Love,

Sami x