Fimo fingerprint jewellery

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20150311_155710I’ve seen salt dough creations several times across the internet and I thought I’d give it a go! I originally thought they were just for decorations that kids make at Christmas but I actually really enjoyed it and I think you could probably create some really cool things with it.

One cool thing I’ve seen is fingerprint jewellery made with salt dough. It’s supposed to be like a cheaper version of the silver clay fingerprint jewellery and I thought it’d be a great gift for Mother’s Day especially as children can easily make it themselves so it’s super special.

However, I tried to make fingerprint jewellery with salt dough and it completely failed. Maybe the recipe should be slightly different to bring the print out a bit more or maybe I baked it wrong (it went all puffy because the heat was too high). Either way, the dough puffed up and you could barely see the print. The other salt dough creations looked great – See how to make salt dough here.

I experimented with air dry clay and polymer clay (Fimo) with differing results. The air dry clay cracked a bit but should be fine with a bit of water to soften it. It also took the paint better than the Fimo, however the Fimo was my favourite out of the three as you could clearly see the print!

Super simple to do! Roll out the Fimo, press your finger down firmly on to the rolled out Fimo so it picks up your fingerprint, then use a cookie cutter to stamp out the shape. Pierce a hole at the top so that you can hang the pendant then bake as per the instructions. Once baked, paint the pendant with silver acrylic paint. You might want to do a couple of coats and perhaps brush the fingerprint lightly with a dry brush and darker colour to bring it out a bit more. Attach a jump ring and then hang on a chain or suede necklace.

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From left to right – salt dough, air dry clay, polymer clay

Instead of a necklace, you could make this into a hanging decoration. Or you could skip piercing the hole and stick a magnet on the back. You could even use letter stamps to include a message! Oh, the endless possibilities of Fimo!

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How to make easy peasy salt dough decorations

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I’ve always wanted to try salt dough and I have no idea why I never did. Probably the easiest craft ever! All you need is 1 part salt, 1 part water, and 2 parts flour.

Mix the salt and flour together in a bowl and gradually add the water. You might find you don’t need all of the water or you might find you need a little more.

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Keep mixing until it all starts to stick together and then comes the fun part…Knead with your hands and then turn out on to a floured surface.

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New City Girls WI and Benefit Cosmetics

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So here’s what I got up to last night…I went to a WI meeting in Chelmsford! I got a couple of funny looks when I said where I was going and that I’m hoping to join, but it’s not just any stereotypical Women’s Institute.

First things first, if you don’t know what a WI is, here’s a definition from my good friend Wikipedia:

Women’s Institutes (WI) are British community-based organisations for women. The WI movement was formed in 1915 inLlanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey Wales.[1] It had two clear aims: to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and it is now the largest women’s voluntary organisation in the UK…The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.

New City Girls WI only formed last year but has gone from strength to strength. As well as the main monthly meetings, they have over 40 subgroups doing everything from crafting to burlesque. Sounds like great fun to me! AND it sounds like there’s always a good supply of cake.

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The Spring Quilt Festival at Duxford

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The Spring Quilt Festival was held at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford from 6th to 8th March 2015, right next to where a load of planes are kept. Quite a weird contrast when you go in – massive planes on your left and quilts and endless fabric on your right! It’s brilliant to have a fabric show that’s so close to where I live, as usually they’re all in London.

I don’t know if I’m just being picky but it was a bit confusing to find where you had to go in, I think we must have gone in the wrong entrance perhaps as it wasn’t very clear where to get the tickets. Once we were in, I loved it! Endless stalls of fabric are my idea of heaven! Unfortunately, not so much for Zak who I dragged along with me…bless him 🙂

I kind of assumed that taking photos of an event with lots of quilts on display for people to admire would be absolutely fine…But now I’ve learnt that maybe it’s best to ask beforehand as there were a few notices saying “no photography” on stalls although often they were tiny and I only noticed after I’d taken some photos. There’s one stall in particular with a huge wall of fabric that I thought would make a great picture but the stall holder was quite rude about me taking a photo so in the end I didn’t even bother. For every photo I took, I recorded every stallholder and artists’ name and logo if I could find it so that I could promote their work on my blog, but in future, I’ll definitely ask before taking photos. Maybe they think that people are taking photos to copy their work? I don’t know… I wouldn’t mind people taking photos of my stall but I’d probably want to know why, just ‘cos I’m nosey!

Enough ranting…if you like fabric, then they hold a show twice a year. Autumn and Spring. I wasn’t sure about going at first as I’m not really a quilter but if you have any interest in sewing and fabric then definitely go. There’s also workshops and lots of different sewing and embroidery machines to try out.

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#FMSphotoaday 23rd February to 1st March 2015

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It’s horrible to admit defeat but honestly the photo prompts keep building up and up and right now I’ve missed a whole week! Hardly photo a day is it?! Below are my photos for most of last week but for now I’m going to have to put #FMSphotoaday on pause. I think I’ll still take regular photos and share them on here, maybe like a weekly Instagram update but for now they’ll be my own prompts. It’s not even that the prompts are hard, it’s just taking up too much time at the moment when this is probably the busiest time ever for me! Hopefully I’ll give it a go again later in the year.

Find out more about the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge here. Why not have a go yourself?

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The Bucket List

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The-Bucket-ListI bought The Bucket List DVD on Amazon a couple of weeks ago for just a few pounds. It’s such a brilliant, uplifting film and I’d definitely recommend it, especially if you’re one of those goal setting wannabe traveler types like me! Number 4 on my New Year Goal’s list – tick!

4. Watch the film the Bucket List for inspiration!

The film features two men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) who meet while sharing a hospital room for their cancer treatment. With not much in common to start with, they soon get to know each other and discover their mutual goal of living life to the full while they still can. Together, they decide to create a bucket list and travel the world experiencing wild and wonderful adventures. Sounds good, huh?

In case you’re wondering what a bucket list is, it’s a list of things you’d like to accomplish in your life before you “kick the bucket”. It might feature skydiving, getting married, travelling the world or even just something like “laugh until you cry”, like one of the goals in the film.

It had mixed reviews but I think it really is a lovely film, albeit a tad depressing. However, I came away feeling inspired. It’s definitely thought provoking. The things they do and the strength they show while suffering from their illness is inspiring. Everything that they did in the film, I’d love to do in real life from skydiving to an African safari. *rolls out bucket list scroll to scribble additions at the bottom*

Cancer could affect all of us at any point in our lives…that’s one of the scary things in this film. People from completely separate lives are brought together by one common disease. Another thing explored in this film, regardless of the illness, is that one of the men put his life on hold to provide for his children and he says the years just flew past and now it was too late. I believe it’s never “too late” to try to do something that you want to do, but why not start now? Moral of the story – enjoy life, do what you truly want to do sooner rather than later and bring joy to others.

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February Favourites

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This month I got back in touch with an old friend who has just started blogging herself (here’s her blog if you want to have a nosey!). Livia encouraged me to write a February Favourites blog post. I love this idea and may just have to do it every month now!

February has been a great month for both of my businesses – rebranding Locketz to become Bumble and Boo and starting a brand new product with Amber Phillips Design, Wedsites or Wedding Websites! Look out for a post all about Wedsites very soon. All very busy, all very stressful, but all very exciting!

Highlights of this month:
– Completing 3 of my yearly bucket list goals: watch the film the Bucket List, make homemade pasta and sort the garage so that I can fit an armchair in there!
– Exploring the Dunmow countryside with my best friend – Wow I need to get fit! Struggling after a two hour trek! I say trek…it was more of a casual stroll…
– Getting back in touch with my best friend from primary school
– FINALLY sorting my craft room and getting THE best chair ever to furnish the room…it swivels and everything!
– Going to a local theatre show of Sister Act – just as brilliant as the London theatre shows but loads cheaper! I still can’t get the songs out of my head…
– Trying a mango (yes, MANGO!) slushie!
– Buying the Buddhify app for my phone to try some meditation to relax me enough to get a good night’s sleep. It actually works!

Favourite blog post:
My favourite post from this month has to be my Disney’s Mulan Collection and I’m sooo looking forward to doing more Disney inspired collections. I’m a bit of a Disney freak, you know.

So what are your February Favourites? And what are you looking forward to next month? Remember no matter how crap you feel your time has been, even the little things (like trying a mango slushie for the first time) can make it that much better 🙂

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#FMSphotoaday 16th to 22nd February 2015

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I found the photo prompts last week quite challenging! How can I take an interesting photo for ‘bedside’ or ‘from where I stand’ if the only place I’m standing is in my house?! But hey, I think I managed it. Looking back at my first photos, I think that I’m definitely improving! I try to think more about how to style my photos, the lighting and how to make them a bit more quirky, abstract or interesting. People even seemed to like my photo for ‘from where I stand’ of me and my giraffe socks at the top of the stairs! Weird and wonderful.

Find out more about the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge here. Why not join in? It’s fun and gives a little creativity boost each day.

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Valentine’s Day 2015 – homemade ravioli

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I hope you all had a brilliant Valentine’s Day last week! Whether you’re single or not, I think it’s great to spend a day with your loved ones. Before I met Zak, I used to spend my Valentine’s Day with my mum and sister watching films with a takeaway. To be fair, this Valentine’s Day was much the same but with Zak included, a bit of Call of Duty, homemade chocolate cake and some home cooking.

As I’m busy trying to establish two businesses (therefore I also have limited money, boohoo!), Zak suggested that we stay home and cook dinner instead of going out. We both live with our parents so we ended up cooking for my family as well, romantic I know!

Guess what we cooked? Homemade ravioli. Yep, that’s another goal I can tick off this year’s list! Two in one week, I’m on a roll.

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I’ve achieved my first goal for 2015!

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I can finally cross off one of my 15 New Year’s Resolutions! At the start of the year, I set myself 15 goals to accomplish this year to go towards my bucket list. My idea: split them year by year and eventually accomplish everything I’ve ever wanted to do! I started easy, just to get me going, but I’m hoping that over time I can add things to my list that maybe are a bit crazier…for example, skydiving and travelling around Australia come immediately to mind.

Well, enough blab. Want to know what goal I’ve achieved first this year? I bought a sofa. Ahem, I mean a swivel chair (Zak tells me off when I call it a sofa!). Number 11 on my list and arguably the easiest to accomplish, but a goal ticked off nonetheless.

  1. Tidy and sort the garage until it’s exactly how you want your studio and you can fit an armchair in there – to keep motivated, just think how comfortable it will be to sit in your cosy armchair sewing or felting!

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I’ve been tidying and sorting the room ever since I moved in 3 years ago but the motivation to get a comfy chair to craft in and escape the world gave me that extra push to be ruthless and complete it.

While the garage isn’t quite tidy yet (I had to move things around to accommodate the chair), I feel it’s finally achieving its Craft Room / Studio status. I have a desk, a “packaging station”, a rocking chair as my desk chair (weird, huh?), studio lighting and now a lovely, incredibly comfy, mink swivel chair.

All I need now is a heater to keep me all toasty as its way too cold in there sometimes! For now, I have a snuggly blanket and lots of jumpers to keep me warm, as well as my lovely Fred fox cushion. I cannot wait to do some felting or embroidery while watching the Sewing Bee this week – sounds pretty perfect (and now irresistibly comfortable) to me!

Do you have your own space to craft? You might like to take a look at these 7 tips to organise your craft space.

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#FMSphotoaday 9th to 15th February 2015

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I did quite well with my photos last week. Adding the daily prompts to my to-do list for each day in advance definitely helped, as well as adding all the little ideas that I had.

I’ve started to try taking more photos of my work in progress as there’s loads going on behind the scenes at Bumble and Boo at the moment. So as well as my photo a day challenge, look out for more product shots in the weeks to come!

Find out more about the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge here. Why not join in? It’s fun and gives a little creativity boost each day.

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Disney’s Mulan collection

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I’m not well today…boooo! Whenever I’m ill I watch Mulan or another of my favourite Disney films (again, I’m not too old for Disney!) so I thought a Mulan inspired collection for today’s blog post would be a great idea!

I’m not sure why she’s one of my favourite Disney “princesses”…maybe because she’s busy saving China and doing something rather crazy instead of being overly girly and singing all the time!

Mulan Character Necklace by Lilac Fox Designs on Etsy for £9.50

Mulan adult full apron by AJsCafe on Etsy for £50.53

Hardened Chinese Floral Heart Earrings by Diane Taylor Textile Designer Maker on Folksy for £9.00

Mulan Art Print by SubjectArt on Etsy for £7.85

Silver and Pink Cherry Blossom Pandora Clip from John Greed Jewellery for £45.00

Mulan Inspired Disney Hair Bow from Little Bow Chic Design on Etsy for £5.56

Mulan inspired iPhone case from RedBubble for £18.14

Dishonor On You Mulan Funny Mug from Upton Studios on Etsy for £10.78

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Cherry Blossom Eau De Toilette from Beauty Base for £12.99

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