Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Easter Window Display


Last week was the window display changeover at the charity shop where I volunteer. The manager and I had decided in advance to have an Easter theme, as Easter is on its way!


After giving it some thought, and looking at the stock we had for the display, the theme ended up being along the lines of an Easter Egg Hunt!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Sun, Sea and Sand: A Summer Window Display


I've previously written about the Christmas and autumn window displays I created for a charity shop, and promised to update about this months ago. The weather has been sunny lately (I think spring is finally here!) so today I want to share photos of the summer window I created last June!


This was my first more challenging display, in that I decided to turn the display table into an ice cream cart.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Little Deer Wakes Up


So for several months, my Etsy store, Little Deer Daydreams, has been on the backburner.

No more!


Little by little, I am adding products to the store.
Some old...


Some new...


So far I've listed necklaces, earrings, and rings made with gemstones and metals.
But there will be bracelets, too, and products made from other materials, including vintage components. More colours also to come soon :)

Check out Little Deer Daydreams to see more.

I'm glad to have got this restarted. It's been on my To Do list for a while!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Autumn Window Display


Not long ago, I shared photos of the Christmas windowdisplay that I put together for a charity shop.
As I wrote previously, I'd intended to post about some other displays that I never got around to writing about.

Today's post is about the autumn-themed window, created in September.



Once again, some of the photos here have unfortunate reflections of the buildings opposite, so the most 'complete' image also depicts the other side of the high street!


Sometimes, window displays are changed on the spur of the moment, other times they are planned out in advance, enabling me to look around for inspiration.
I decided to hang a long twig in front of an old net curtain after finding a photograph of autumn tree branches in the fog.

Monday, 22 December 2014

2014 Crafting Recap

2014 may have been a quiet year on the craft blogging front, as I became rather distracted with Doing A Thing, but here's a recap of some of my posts from the past year...

measuring tape belt
Made using an old measuring tape, a buckle, eyelets and glue.


paper sticks of rock
Paper Sticks of Rock / Beach-Themed Party Favours
Made from paper, card and cellophane.


pine cone christmas ornaments
Easiest Christmas Pine Cone Ornaments
Made with pine cones, pins and ribbon


wire-wrapped leather bracelets
Wire-Wrapped Beaded Leather Bracelets
Made with leather cord, wire, beads and basic findings
A project to use up some accidentally-bought leather cord.


pearl and leather wrap bracelet
Pearl & Leather Wrap Bracelet
Made with leather cord, faux pearls, and basic findings.


cord and chain necklace DIY
Cord & Chain Necklace
Made with cord, chain, beads, embroidery thread and basic findings


scandi christmas heart decorations
Upcycled Festive Heart Decorations
Made with an old pillow case, pillow stuffing and embroidery thread


christmas window display
Charity Christmas Window Display
Created from donated, handmade and recycled/upcycled items!

 Well, that's probably about it for this year. I'll post more leather cord crafts as I make them, and some others along the way. Until then, seasons greetings to you all. :)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Cord & Chain Necklace


Though I had some hassle getting cord ends that would fit my reams of leather cord, I finally settled for some coil end springs (which are slightly too big, but close enough).

So, armed with my shiny new pack of cord ends, I began experimenting and now I have this cord & chain necklace tutorial to share with you!

This project will take 1-2 hours; it took me a while because I made a couple of mistakes during the process.

Here comes the how to!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Brown Paper Packages...

cheap giftwrap idea

'Tis the season when the makers of gift-wrapping products are rubbing their hands in glee.
Well, sorry rich dudes, but I wrapped all my presents for the grand sum of 89p.

(Yes, 89p!)

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