Happy Days

Today I woke up to the sun shining, the birds singing and to find out I’ve sold my first little boat on Folksy 🙂 happy, happy days!

 

 

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The Jolly Sailors

Personalised Childrens BoatsThese cute little Personalised Children’s Boats “The Jolly Sailors” are available at my Wood & Rope Folksy Shop. I can personalise your boat with a name or word up to 10 characters long and have a selection of fabrics you can choose from.

One Lovely Blog Award

This week I have been nominated not only once but twice fo the “One Lovely Blog Award”!! I’m so honored and happy to receive this award 🙂 I would like to say a massive thank you to Dana at CereusArt and to my new friend Sailor.

To accept this award:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Paste the award image on your blog.
  3. Tell 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other blogs that you would like to give the award to.
  5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen and let them know about the award.

OK, 7 random facts about me!

  1. I LOVE Sundays, it’s my day for being creative 🙂
  2. I don’t like needles!
  3. I can’t live without Encona chilli sauce!
  4. I’m not going to do my hair or make up today which means I can’t leave the house!
  5. I love sunshine, it makes me happy 🙂
  6. Three weeks today I will be in France, eating French bread and drinking wine!
  7. I should really tidy the house today… my blog has taken over 😉

Here are 15 fascinating blogs that I recommend with ❤

CereusArt

Hello Sailor

The Happenings Of The Sagens

JavaGirl’s Life

Bulbtoblossom

rumpydog

Cassiefairy

madebymim

doolallytat

ArtClubBlog

Tuvalu Home

sayyestohappy

Crumpets in Camelot

We Heart Vintage

Lea At Sea

Thank you once again to Dana and Sailor for awarding my blog 🙂 I hope you all have a great weekend.

Love Jo x

Nautical Anchor Button Tutorial

 

On a recent trip to Hobby Craft I came across Fimo which is a polymer clay. I have never used this product before but after studying ceramics at art college I thought I’d give it ago. For this tutorial I have decided to make some nautical anchor buttons for my navy cardigan.

I’ve always had a love for buttons and have them stored in tins and jars around the home.

For this tutorial you will need: Fimo, sculpting tools, a round cutter or stencil, a plastic rolling pin, a needle, a craft knife,  a board to lean on and a plastic sheet to roll you Fimo out onto.

I chose white Fimo for my buttons as they will stand out on my navy cardigan, you can used what ever colour you like.

Because Fimo is new to me I don’t have all the correct tools for the craft… I ended up using a deodorant can as my rolling pin!

I used a round stencil for the outline of my buttons. You can use a round cutter or make your own stencil by using a piece of card and a protractor.

You will then need to cut out your buttons with a craft knife if you don’t have a round cutter.

You’ll need to repeat this for however many buttons you need.

To make the anchor shape, I used a large needle to make the holes. I then placed them onto a tin foiled lined baking tray and placed them in the oven for 30 minutes on 130 C.

This button is fresh out of the oven!

I used navy thread to sew my buttons on.

This is my finished cardigan, I’m really pleased with the finished result. I will definitely be making more Fimo buttons in the future.

Here is a close up of  my finished nautical anchor button. I hope you have fun making yours!

 

Striped Starfish Tutorial – Hanging Starfish and Fridge Magnet

Pink Striped Hanging Starfish

For this tutorial you will need: a starfish, masking tape, scissors, paint and ribbon.

Start by placing your masking tape over your starfish, make sure this is securely in place or else the paint may leak underneath! You will need to cut the tape between the starfish legs, make sure you do this neatly, making sure the tape is tightly wrapped so you get a nice straight edge.

A quick break to feed the cats Oliver (the ginger ninja!) & Alfie (Alfie is a girl by the way!)

I decided to use a pale pink paint for my hanging starfish, I wanted a pretty subtle effect!

If you’re impatient just like me you can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process!

This is my favourite part, time to peel off the masking tape!

Ta dah! I used cream lace to hang my starfish, you can use what ever you like.

Oliver taking a nap on Alfie’s pink cushion!

Striped Starfish Fridge Magnet

For my fridge magnet I wanted to use a coastal colour, I used Farrow & Ball paint, Arsenic

These starfish look great in bowls or loose as a bathroom decoration as shown below

As an alternative to hanging your starfish you can make it magnetic so you can stick it to your fridge.

I had to use two magnets as my starfish was not flat. If you don’t have two magnets you can use anything from a piece of wood to some cork to fill the gap and then stick your magnet on to that.

I have a glue gun because I do lots of craft, if you don’t have one you can use craft glue

I held the magnet down for about a minute making sure it was firmly in place.

My starfish is now brightening up the dull dishwasher! Have fun making yours and send me a picture when you’re done!

Awards & Nominations

The Versatile Blogger Award

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I would like to start this post with a huge thank you to Caroline who has nominated me for the ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’. Caroline Bakker writes about making the most of your life. I am very grateful for this nomination, thank you Caroline!

Those receiving The Versatile Blogger Award are asked to:

  1. In a post on your blog, nominate 10 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
  2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award image.
  3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
  4. In the same post, share 10 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
  5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
  6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

My nominations

Here is my list of a few of my favorite blogs who I believe deserve a nomination for “The Versatile Blogger Award”

  1. Saltwater Living – Nora was my first follower! We both share a love for coastal decor
  2. Caroline Bakker –  Caroline writes about living life to the fullest tips for a happy life
  3. The Fisherman’s Wife – Makes the cutest fish fashion aprons!
  4. Tiller’s Tale – A tale of a rescue cat that lives out at sea! This story touched my heart
  5. Better Half Weddings –  I love your first post and look forward to many more to follow DIY Starfish Boutonnière
  6. Cereus Art – A delightful coastal blog selling handcrafted coastal decor, perfect for a beach wedding
  7. Bumbleblue Bumbles – Sells gorgeous hand painted gifts on Folksy 
  8. Melamie’s Menagerie – Melanie makes the most wonderful little felt animals
  9. Bottleheads Craft – We both share a love for tea! Crafters Essentials – a nice cup of tea!
  10. Passport to Bliss –  A delightful travel blog, Jen’s motto “fill your passport with happiness”

Ten things about me

  1. I can’t start the day without a cuppa tea in bed!
  2. I studied decorative textiles at university
  3. My favourite holiday destination is Greece, Santorini is on my wish list!
  4. I’m addicted to Pinterest! Please email me if you would like an invite
  5. I travel to France twice a year to stay with my Inlaws
  6. My favourite homeware store is Maisons du Monde in France
  7. I’m a crazy cat owner, I have two beautiful cats Alfie & Oliver
  8. I love curry!
  9. I got married on the beautiful Island Rarotonga in the South Pacific
  10. Starting my blog is one of the best things I have ever done!