Monday, 18 June 2018

DIY: Upcycling Ottoman

I've been searching container to store all my fabric, so I've thought about purchasing an ottoman or blanket box. A few weeks ago, a neighbour had advertised on street Facebook page, yes we have a street Facebook page. Anyway, a neighbour had advertised they had a wicker blanket box and yours truly was first to respond, it was mine. I just love my street as people try to be environmentally friendly and offer furniture for free, rather than seeing it go to landfill.

I really love the shape of the ottoman, the wicker and with it's small Queen Anne legs. It has a quaint French cottage vibe.

I decided to tart it up. . Usually, I more than happy to paint black, but I opted for grey. As I had a tin of Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Graphite left. Before I began, I lightly sanded the ottoman and cleaned it. I'm not really the best one to explain how to use chalk paint so I recommend Youtube

I used a paintbrush to apply the paint. I stirred the paint before applying and used light coats I put on about three coats. I also had to stipple the paint on to apply the paint in between the wicker. Afterwards, I waxed the wicker and buffed with a cloth.

I wasn't happy with the lid and considered painting it or even using sticky back plastic. I remember I had some oilcloth lying around. I cut the cloth to size and allowing a bit extra to staple the cloth to the lid. 

I love the final aesthetic it feels more like a French cottage style with a slightly gothic twist that looks gorgeous. I feel the grey works perfectly on the wicker and looks great in the guest bedroom. It'll definitely fit in with the scheme I have planned for my craft room.

I'm not sure if I'm a chalk paint convert it feels as though it's more hassle to use compared to other options available. I'm not keen on the finish as it looks darker in some areas. I guess it'll add to the rustic charm, considering it cost menothing to revamp I can't complain. I think next time, I'll use spray paint.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

DIY: Gothic Silhouette

I bought these picture frames back at Christmas for 5 pence. I haven't been sure what to use them, I did love the oval shape of picture frames. 

I finally got around to painting one of the frames black. 

I was in the Works and found these wooden appliques for a pound and purchased one. 

Originally, I intended to keep the wood unpainted, when I placed wooden silhouette next to paper I  mount it didn't compliment. I decided to paint the appliques black. 

I traced around the wrapping paper and cut it out using the glass as a template. 

The final results. This was such cheap, easy DIY and lazy craft to do. 

I think I'll make a second one but have the silhouette facing the left. 

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The Late Show 2018

Last weekend, was Newcastle's and Gateshead's annual Late Show. It allows the public to experience all the creative and cultural venues on an evening, which takes place on either a Friday or a Saturday. I love the Late Shows as they always celebrate and promote the Northern Cultural. It offers something different to do on an evening and offers a new perspective of experiencing the venue at night.

Usually, the Late Shows doesn't have a theme, but this year to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Angel of North. A lot of the venues, brought this through a range of the event that with an angel them to celebrate the anniversary. 

I met up with my good friend Kerry-Anne, who also my best crafting buddy. I normally attend to the Late Shows alone this year Kerry- Anne agreed to meet up, especially since a lot the events were close to her home. We fitted in three venues.

Both of us having fun with our complimentary glow sticks. 

Gateshead Libary 

The first event we were welcomed by a dapper  Victorian gentleman who had Steam Punk vibe. The garish looking Frankenstein ushering us into the library. It has set the scene for the library event; with a narrator reciting the tale of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and exploring the historical context and background for the storey. While the narrator was telling the story, there were characters acting out parts of the scene; in a slight amateurish manner that seemed intentional to bring some humour to the audience. I assume not to give the kids too many nightmares.    

I quite enjoyed listening to the Frankenstein accompanied by actors it was interesting to explore some of history and influences of the story, especially for those not familiar with it. However,  I found this part dry since I very familiar with the background of the storey. Also, both Kerry- Anne and I were itching to something a bit more crafty.  

Shipley Art Gallery

We headed along to the Shipley that's merely a stone's throw from Gateshead Library. We had a quick browse around the exhibitions, the most interesting was Grayson Perry's modern tapestries. I love artwork that uses traditional crafts but shows them with a modern twist. The vibrant use of colours that depict the duality of life with its life's celebrations and struggles of Julie Cope, a fictitious Essex woman. I also liked the artist use of colour to reflect and enhance the mood of daily living situations. For example how the more negative scenes use more muted and sombre colours. In comparison to the happier aspects uses animated and vigorous colours. 

We both fell in love with the white dress that had an Elizathenian feel with the wrings styled collar. I love the used of recycled fabric which offered some interesting inspiration.  On closer inspection, we were both a bit appalled by the construction and finishing off techniques used.

we decided to make our own mini angel of the North with pegs, felt tips and colourful corrugated cardboard and a bit of plasticine.  It was a bit simple but still fun expressing some creativity. 

These are the final efforts a bit easy both of us but a bit the fun. I guess you can which Angel is mine. 

Bensham Grove

We then headed over to the Bensham Grove, usually, I'm always biased about Bensham Grove it has to be my favourite venue as they always have so many crafty activities. This year it includes freestyle painting, glass painting, felt crafts and ceramic decoration all for £2 each ( including materials). The prices are fantastic as I've been many a place that charge far more. Also, all the money goes back into the centre in some form or another.

We choose to do the glass painting. In keeping the Angel of the North there were various of angel images to select from, Kerry- Anne and I chose the same images. The glass instructors are always so cordial and willing to share the skills. They provided us with a small glass panel to be our canvas, to trace the image using guttering it seems to be a similar technique to silk painting, to prevent the glass paints from running. There seemed to be some adventitious artists attempted their designs freehand. After tracing the image I used a heat dryer to dry the guttering and did the same after painting the design.

I persuaded  Kerry-Anne to model with a creation that looked fab by the time we finished the glass angel. I think the design had Christmas vibe to it. 

By the time we finished the glass painting most of the other crafts had finished. I didn't realise how fast time had gone. I guess we were having too much fun catching up and crafting. We stopped off for a beverage. I met up with the head of Bensham community centre and introduced Kerry-Anne to her as they discussed the courses on offer. I had a quick chat with the head of Bensham,  I haven't seen her for a few weeks. We had a fantastic night of culture and crafts. 

Friday, 25 May 2018

My Post Ponned World Goth Day

Well, my World goth day was actually postponed this year until Saturday. When the Boyfriend and I will celebrate, by attending Goth Noir. Hopefully,  we'll see a few friends.

The reason for post poning World Goth Day was partly being in Brighton with the un-gothiness of gorgeous sunshine.

 Secondly, on Tuesday I headed up to London. Not to hang around the Stables or Locks of Camden, but to see my Dad, before his surgery. The operation was for his hip prosthesis replacement surgery.
About ten years ago, he underwent his first hip replacement but the hip prostheses were damaged, impeeding Dad's mobility. I have been crapping myself with worry the medical quantitive data and all the risks and side effects spinning around in my head.

Anyway, I was more relaxed on Thursday night after phoning him to hear everything seemed to go plan so far. The next day, the physiotherapists are promoting him to mobilise.  My Dad's the type to be proactively trying to do the exercises the physio will suggest and know his limitations.

On Tuesday, despite everything, it was great to see him. Dad seemed in good spirits with his usually Cockney self and awful humour still intact. He came across pragmatically optimistic as ever. I also think the visit may have helped his mood. We talked a lot about life over copious amounts of tea. We're both teapots.

Anyway, it was great seeing him and I'm planning to go down for a few days when my rota permits it. 

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

World Goth Day 2018

Happy World Goth Day to all you wonderful darkly inclined, spooky or just weirdos out there. Hope you, have spooktacular day.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

DIY; Hair Clips

I 've made a pair of hair clips. I got inspiration from Bane's  Goth it yourself after looking at her old post. 

I bought a pack of hair slides from Poundland, so plenty of more to make. I'm trying to use my craft supplies up rather than keep stocking  up on them.

I purchased some bows and black flowers from a market to make hair accessories, as I'm getting into more ever more into DIY. 

I hand sewed the flowers to the bows which took less than five minutes.

I got my handy glue gun and glued my bows to the metal clips. I applied the glue to metal clip and attached the bow. 

My handy glue gun, seriously after all not owning one I couldn't without mine.  

The clip glued to the clip, I spread all along the clip. 

The Finished items 

Me trying them on. Sorry for the poor photograph, it's difficult taking a selfie the back of my head. I'm posing in my pj's. Well, I'm definitely going to be on my last uber warning from the goth club or well. Lol.  

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Afternoon at the Coast.

Over the last few weeks, it feels as though I have literally just worked at the moment. Last week it was a bank holiday weekend, I swapped my weekend off, doh. Anyway. I was off Sunday with the rare but gorgeous weather alluring me to visit the coast. However, I assumed many shared the same idea since everywhere was busy. The sun worshippers decided to have a tipple in celebration for the spring finally emerging. I guess with the even subconsciously May Day retains its pagan roots.

 I dragged the Boyfriend or suggested with zeal we should visit the coast and the persuasion of beer. Before crossing the fresh hold I dousted my self in 50 factor and the boyfriends to prevent any fires.

We started off at Tynemouth Market, by the time we arrived most of the stalls were packing away, however, I've managed to stock up on jewellery craft supplies. Including glass beads, earrings pieces like moons, dragon and unicorn, some beads and bracelets pieces.

Our journey continued by looking for a local pub, to no avail all were mostly excessively crowded. So, we had a slow stroll along the beach. Micialliously, the boyfriend didn't go up in flames so even 50 factor plus seems to work for vampires. We had slow stroll enjoying cool breeze and sun.

Here a couple of the photographs. I took looking at the stunning ruins of  Tynemouth Priory that has stood as a coastal defence for over 2000 years. The strategical location since overlooks both the North Sea and the entrance to the Tyne river could see the potential attackers or raiders.  The for was even used during second world war with mounted gun batteries built into the cliffs protecting the from Nazi threat of invasion.

My favourite part of Tynemouth Priory is the ruins of the old Priory, which peaks out for fortress walls. It creates an interesting focal point of in the landscape.

I took this as I couldn't believe how far we walked. 

The boyfriend enjoying slushie he purchased from Tynemouth Market. 

I always love being around water since I spent a lot of later childhood swimming so I 've always had an affinity with water and love dipping my feet in the sea, despite being freezing. I saw the boyfriend hysterically enjoying my shocked reactions at how cold the water was. 

I also looked overdressed compared to other people in their swimwear, plus having my 50 factor on I also, wearing a sun hat, scarf, a cardigan, a long skirt with legging undeath to prevent my thighs from chafing.  

We had a lovely day out and ended up at an amazing Turkish restaurant, Turknaz. This has to be one of the best Turkish resturant I've been to outside of Turkey; the food felt very authentic and delicious. I for got to take some photographs. I love the feel of the restaurant it reminded of my experience of The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.                                                                          

DIY: Upcycling Ottoman

I've been searching container to store all my fabric, so I've thought about purchasing an ottoman or blanket box. A few weeks ago, ...