09 February 2016

Recently thrifted

With a bit of a theme of geometrics, crystals and gems this month, I thought I would show off this funky geometric necklace I got recently at one of the local charity shops. I think it looks like a cat's face! 

I haven't decided whether to leave it gold-coloured, or spray-paint it another colour.

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07 February 2016

Nacreous clouds

Recently there was a big storm, but it did have a silver lining, or, rather, a mother-of-pearl one! That evening, and the next morning, these amazing nacreous clouds (from the word nacre, meaning mother-of-pearl) appeared in the sky.
I'd been reading on twitter about how they had been spotted in Edinburgh, then, moments later, I became aware that it had become very bright outside. When I looked out the window I spotted these glowing colourful clouds lighting up the sky.
I quickly grabbed my camera, and ran to the window. The storm meant that the windows were covered in raindrops, but the photos turned out well despite that. As the sky got darker after sunset the clouds stood out even more in the sky. I've never seen the northern lights, but this will do me fine until I do - a constantly changing light show in the sky!

The following morning I looked east and again saw the clouds, so I took some more photos before leaving for work.

Geometric earrings

This is a project that takes me back to my teenage years when I first made beads from this particular item - cotton buds! It's kind of a scaled down version of the Himmeli light fitting and terrarium I made from straws last year.
1. Cut the ends off the cotton buds. You should find that the stick is hollow. You can cut all the pieces the same length, or make them various different lengths.

2. Start stringing the pieces onto fine wire.

3. When you have three pieces, twist the wire together to form a triangle.

4. Continue threading on more pieces until you have a shape you are happy with. You may have to thread the wire back along an edge to continue.

5. Make a loop for the earring wire, and poke any ends in.

You can make both earrings the same, or make them different like I did.

04 February 2016

Hama bead gem

I love finding ways of using Hama beads to make items that look sophisticated rather than just treating them as a child's toy. Here's my latest project, a pendant that got lots of compliments!
1. Plan out the outline of the design first, using black beads 
2. Fill in the areas using different shades.

3.  Melt the beads together with an iron, and attach a chain at the top corners.

01 February 2016

Shrink plastic gem

At the moment I'm a bit obsessed with gems, crystals, geometric designs and constellations. So here's the first of a handful of projects inspired by that theme.

1. Start by drawing a design onto shrink plastic using a black pen. I based my design on a template I'd cut out of Mollie Makes magazine a while back for another project. I used white shrink plastic and a permanent pen.

2. Colour in the design. I used brush pens. These made the black pen bleed a bit, but I felt this gave it a watercolour look.

3. Cut out the shape around the edges and punch a hole at the top.

4. Shrink the shrink plastic. You can do this in the oven, but I pin it to a cork mat and use a heat gun.

5. Add a jump ring and hang it from a cord or chain.

31 January 2016

This month on emuse

This month I didn't get round to much crafting, so it's just as well I had lots of photos from my holiday in Italy to share!

I did do a couple of craft projects:
Berry crown
Crochet collar

Some Sunday self-portraits:
Totally tartan
Winter Sparkle
Modern vintage

Showed 5 ways to use vintage brooches to spice up a basic outfit

And listed my 2015 reading

30 January 2016

This month I have been mostly...

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and Hollow City, both by Ransom Riggs, The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder, and The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua.

Sherlock, The Young Montalbano, some great old episodes of Top of the Pops from the 70s and 80s, Silent Witness. I'm watching Spin (Les Hommes de L'Ombre), which is kind of a French Borgen, and it has Gregory Fitoussi from Spiral in it. I'm kind of obsessed with the look of the character Valentine, she has such a classic simple French look, and I've started wearing brown eyeliner to emulate that look! I also got Netflix so I could watch Making a Murderer. While I do find it interesting, I was a bit disappointed in the production values - I know there is only so much that can be done with archive footage and prison phone calls, but I did feel it could be done better. I suppose I was expecting a TV version of Serial and it didn't really live up to that.

28 January 2016

5 ways to use vintage brooches

I've collected lots of vintage brooches over many years, so I'm always looking for new ideas of how to wear them. Here are some ideas of how you can use vintage brooches (or any brooches) to add fun to a basic outfit!

Here's what I started with - a simple Breton striped top and a bright cardigan.

1. Use a brooch to pin a scarf
If you are worried about pinning a delicate scarf, choose a large brooch with enough space to squeeze all the fabric inside the pin without piercing it.

2. Use a brooch to pin a furry collar

3. Create a brooch cluster
Groups of three look good, but try more if you like!

4. Make a necklace by hanging a brooch from a chain or cord
Don't choose a brooch with a particularly savage pin on it if your necklace will hang against your skin

5. Attach some lace behind the brooch

I hope this has given you some ideas of how you can use brooches in different ways to spice up a plain outfit!