Friday, 12 September 2014

The Handmade Wedding

I knew immediately that the wedding would be a great one. It was my creative cousin's wedding and I expected that it would be a day filled with handmade touches and artistic fabulousness. The first clue I had that my expectations were right on track was that when the invitation arrived I recognised immediately that it was designed by ultra-cool illustrator Gemma Correll (I'm a total fangirl).

And not just an 'off the peg' invitation either. A highly personalised, designed especially for them piece of brilliance. Just look!

Then I googled the venue listed and more or less started packing my bags right away. This was a big-day not to be missed.

Everything about the day was just so perfectly suited to the gorgeous couple. 

From the vows... (which may or may not have included references to comic books, Labyrinth and the Zombie Apocalypse...) 

Check out the heels on Siofra's shoes! 
... to the food -  which was a picnic on the lawn (you know how much I love a good picnic and this was a seriously GOOD picnic). 

To the delicious and bang-on-trend 'naked' cake (look at the wolf and unicorn topper!!)

to the DJ with his brilliant mix of music ranging from 1920's swing to 1990's grunge and everything in between.

There was so much hand-made amazingness it's difficult to even list it all! The Bride's dress and wedding ring were made by friends of hers. She made her own hairpiece (well she IS a milliner afterall!). She also made the Mother of the Bride's fabulous hat, which I, sadly, forgot to photograph - but trust me, it was gorgeous. Something like THIS.

The Bride's sister did the flowers. She dried flowers all Summer long in preparation and collected corn and wild grasses to craft hanging decorations, to adorn the hops-covered arch and for the buttonholes and bouquets. They were stunning. Especially the 'corn-dolly' hearts which you can just see in the picture above of the vows.

Then there was the' Ukelele Interlude' and the free bar in the barn and the brilliant 'Guest-Book' area where everyone was invited to take a polaroid picture and leave a message for the happy couple. And there was also the kindness of strangers and relations to the random Irish girl in their midst. Everyone was so welcoming and fun to be with.

And... just... well... ALL of it. It was ALL perfect.

A perfect start to married life.

 Congratulations Siofra and Pete. 

Wishing you both a million years of wedded bliss and a million more for good measure.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Underwater Small World Giveaway

Ages and ages ago I found a cute little underwater themed suitcase in Tiger Stores and bought it despite having absolutely no idea what I would do with it. I knew it would come in useful at some stage. (well, that's how I justified the purchase at the time at least!) 

When I made my last craft project I had a brainwave and decided to use the little case as an 'underwater' home for the little Mermaid Dolls. It was really easy to put together and makes a perfect small world play set.

To make it, I printed out an 'underwater' image and stuck it to the bottom of the case. Then I stuck some very fine grade sandpaper to the lid side to make a sandy sea-bed.

I bought some fish tank decorations and little fish to embellish it, added stones, shells, glass beads and some 'treasure' (beads and tiny gold coins) for interest.

I had so much fun setting it up for this photograph and luckily the girls were in Naíonra so I had it all to myself too :)

So...I thought I might offer it as a little giveaway. That's if you'd even be interested in it? I'm just realising that just because I've enjoyed making something to play with - it doesn't necessarily follow that anyone else would even want it...

But if you DO feel you might like a Merfolk habitat around the place, please feel free to leave a comment below and I'll choose a winner at random next Tuesday when I get back from an exciting little trip I have been looking forward to for ages. More on that soon.

In the meantime,  it might be a little quiet around here because I'll be busy packing suitcase(s)!!

Note: This Play Set is NOT suitable for children under the age of three -  because it's basically ALL small parts and therefore a bit of a scary choking hazard!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Marvellous Mermaids - A Tutorial

I have well documented the Fairy obsession in Where Wishes HQ. I've also mentioned that there is a bit of a Unicorn fixation too. Basically, magical, mythical creatures are always welcome in these parts. 

The latest craze is Mermaids. 

I can't imagine you're too surprised by that!

Sábha recently asked me to 'knit' her a mermaid. Sábha calls most crafts 'knitting' even though she has probably only seen me knit once in her entire life... and that was only a scarf... which is about my limit when it comes to knitting.

So, I took to the internet to figure out how I might be able to cobble together a simple mermaid that she would enjoy playing with. I quickly found these gorgeous bendy dolls from The Enchanted Tree and, although there are mermaids featured, the tutorial is for the dolls rather than those. I decided to put together the tutorial for my version of the mermaids and add a template for the tail - which was the trickiest part for me to figure out.

To make one bendy mermaid doll, you will need: 

  • 1 Wooden Bead 
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners 
  • Wool/Yarn
  • Embroidery Thread in white and one other colour
  • Felt Scraps 
  • Sewing Pins
  • Sewing Needle
  • Sequins & Clear Thread (optional) 
  • Paint or Permanent Markers

  1. Cut a little bundle of the wool/yarn into lengths for hair and bend the first pipe cleaner in half over it.
  2. Thread the pipe cleaner ends into the bead.
  3. Pull it through until the bead feels secure and the hair sits nicely.
  4. Cut the second pipe-cleaner into a 5 inch length and cross it over under the bead to make arms.
  5. Start wrapping the white embroidery thread around the 'chest' area by cris-crossing it over and under the arms until it is well covered. Then start wrapping down the length of one arm, bending some of the pipe cleaner back to form a hand at the end and tightly securing it in place with the thread. Then begin wrapping back towards the body, making sure the pipe cleaner is well covered. Repeat with on the second arm. Make sure to wrap the rest of the torso to just below 'waist' level and tie off.
  6. Print out the Mermaid Tail Template, cut out two pieces in felt and pin in place on the mermaids 'body'.
  7. Optional: You might like to add some sequins to the tail before you start sewing it up!
  8. Sew up the tail in whichever stitch you prefer. (I used blanket stitch because it's my favourite.) Make sure you secure the waist well. That's basically it - BUT:
  9. For decoration you might like to use a teeny tiny piece of felt to make a bikini or a bejeweled crown or use a tiny shell as a necklace. (Use PVA glue to secure the crown)
  10. Use the paint or permanent markers to add the facial features - let dry - and get playing!

As you can see - I haven't actually done the last step myself yet! That's because I got distracted creating an extra special project that goes with these little guys.

I'm really happy with how the Merfolk look and the bonus project is coming together nicely too. I can't wait to share it with you over the next few days. 

And I really AM going to properly share it with you as I will be giving away both of these dolls AND the extra-special-bonus-project-surprise very soon.

Stay tuned!!



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