Beads and Butterflies

Alison's Crafty Adventures

Birds nest necklaces October 6, 2011

Filed under: Beading — Alison @ 2:37 pm
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This is one of the crafts I’ve seen on Pinterest and actually made (as opposed to the many more crafts I’ve pinned and not yet made!). The tutorial I used is here, but the basic premise is to thread your beads onto the end of the wire, wrap the wire round the beads several times (it can be a bit tricky holding everything in place), then wrap the wire round the bits you’ve already wrapped and tuck in the ends. Then just add on a jump ring, or make a loop from the wire and thread your chain through that. I used a much thinner wire than in the tutorial (because it’s what I had) but I like how they came out. And the great thing about this craft is it doesn’t make if they end up looking a bit messy because they just look more realistic!


Blue birds nest necklace

Purple birds nest necklace



Teardrop Rubber Stamp September 29, 2011

Filed under: Greetings Cards,Rubber stamps — Alison @ 2:55 pm
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If you are thinking of making your own rubber stamps, I would say a good shape to start with is a teadrop. It is easy to draw, easy to carve and very versatile. So far I have used it for the petals on the flowers on this wrapping paper (stamped onto normal brown packaging paper from the post office) and as balloons on this birthday card. Obviously they can also be used as raindrops; I’m thinking of doing a big silvery cloud with rainbow coloured droplets falling from it. If you’re doing a flower with a stem you could also use this stamp for the leaves. The opportunities are endless!

I also found a really nice blog which has lots of tips and inspiration for creating your own rubber stamps. Start here but check out the rest of her site too.

Happy birthday balloons cardFlower stamped wrapping paper


Purple balls and dragonflies September 26, 2011

Filed under: Beading — Alison @ 2:33 pm

Just a couple of pairs of earrings I’ve made recently. The purple beads were left over from another project and had been waiting for me to buy some bead caps to turn them into earrings. I tend not to plan out my jewellery items precisely before I buy beads, I just see beads I like and buy however many I think I might need. So I’m always ending up with a small number of random ones left over. But I like the challenge this poses of using them for something else.

The dragonflies were upcycled (love that term!) from a rather ugly bracelet that was no longer wanted by a friend and donated to me to use the parts.

They are both available for sale in my facebook shop.

Purple earrings

 Dragonfly earrings


Treasury Tuesday: Autumn September 20, 2011

Filed under: Treasury Tuesday — Alison @ 10:24 am

I enjoyed this week’s Treasury Tuesday theme – it was an easy one which helped as there are a ton of autumn inspired items on etsy, but I also like autumn as a theme. I love the colours and there are so many cute motifs like owls and leaves that can be used. Go to Abby’s blog for more autumn inspired treasuries.

Autumn Scarf Shawl artl…


Set of 10 Sculpted Shim…


Embroidery Pattern PDF …


Art Locket Necklace-Aut…


Wool Felt Flowers – Lar…


Cute Crochet Fuzzy Owl …


Comfy mittens in the sh…


Butterfly Mobile – Mona…


Autumn Key Necklace, Fr…


Autumn Leaves Origami B…




Autumn Gift Tags Favor …


earthy autumn dress (wo…


Autumn Wood Blocks


Autumn Spice Jersey Sca…


Scottish Sea Glass Neck…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.


The Makery September 13, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 9:30 am

There are lots of lovely craft, art and fabric shops in Bath, many of them independents. The Makery have two shops which mostly sell fabric and sewing accessories, which isn’t really my thing, but I did buy these cute printed wooden buttons in there. I’m thinking I might use them to make the centre of a brooch.


They also run a series of workshops and cater for all kinds of parties. I love the Baby Shower idea. You get a group of your friends and family together, everyone decorates a fabric square using applique, embroidery or beading, and they turn all the squares into a unique handmade quilt for your baby! How cute is that?


Rainbow September 7, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 2:50 pm

Yesterday we had some crazy weather; sheets of rain one minute and sunny blue skies the next. And then in the evening we had the most fantastic rainbow. It was huge, you could see the whole perfect arch, and the colours were distinct and bright. I tried to take some pictures, which didn’t quite capture its beauty, but here is one. Just imagine that it was 100 times better in real life.




I didn’t take part in Treasury Tuesday this week since the theme was “my best buys” and although I like to browse on Etsy I haven’t really bought much from there. So here is a rainbow themed treasury I put together instead.


100% Grey Wool Happy Ba…


Rainbow Collection Enam…


ORIGINAL Large Impasto …


45 Gorgeous Glittered R…


Rainbow zebra- ORIGINAL…


Ceramic FIVE itty bitty…


Sun and Moon Rainbow Ja…


RAINBOW Tutu Flo Neon m…


Montessori Educational …


Rainbow Genes – DNA Ear…


Multicolour Birds – gic…


Color Splash Poppies- 5…


Rainbow Tile Coaster Dr…


The Prism Necklace.


Ceramic Owl figurine -…


Hanging Rainbow Hearts …


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.


Stamping September 5, 2011

Filed under: Rubber stamps — Alison @ 10:38 am
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I recently came across Geninne’s Art Blog and was inspired to try and make my own rubber stamps. The results look amazing, and although I’m sure I could never produce something as intricate and detailed as some of hers, it looked pretty simple to get started.


I had several erasers kicking around anyway, some of them weren’t even opened, and I purchased a lino cutting tool with one blade for around £3.00 from an art shop in town.


I decided that a heart would be my first attempt, and I wanted to try making both an outline and a filled shape. I think they came out pretty well for a first attempt and I think they work really well on the brown paper. I’m going to use them for both cards and wrapping paper.


Any ideas on what shape I should try and cut next? I’m thinking a simple bird and maybe a flower. I would like to try a butterfly as well but will have to think about the design as I don’t want to try anything too complicated. Also I’m concerned about having to make it symmetrical! Let me know if you’ve got any ideas.


Heart stamps