Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Wouldn't it be nice...if we could all make more gifts!

This blog post will simultaneoulsy conform and go against it's own title. Yes I made my best friend the make that I will go on to show in this post. Yes it felt very good to make a present and made the gift giving itself a whole lot more satisfying. No I don't feel like I'll ever have the time to do it again! Not because it takes long but life feels a little chaotic right now. Seriously, friends who are reading this...if you want a gift like this tell me about 3 months before your birthday!!!

Anywho, I did make something for my bestie because 1. she loves homemade stuff (her family are the kings of collages), 2. I saw it on Pinterest and am so addicted I had to make it, 3. I am rather skint at the moment (Interning is great and I'm learning tons but alas being free labour means my bank account is rather woeful!)

So here is the make. (Alice you are absolutely not allowed to click on the links to where I got things from, instead you must just admire the process and then turn and admire the gift in your room) It's super easy, cute and fun to do!

You will need:

1. A glue gun. I bought this one and it's great. Adding the cost of the gluegun in did increase the cost of the overall project but I saw it as a great little investment and, although I said before I don't have time, I will make more things! I am determind to :)
2. Buttons of your choice. Alice loves pink so I chose these gorgeous pink mother of pearl ones. I didn't get through the whole pack either covering the entire letter.
3. Finally you will need the letter of your choice, which I got from here.

First of all I painted the letter. We had some quick dry gloss in the house already so I used this and it worked perfectly. I painted all over the letter with two coats to ensure the colour was even and smooth.

Next I began sure which one sounds better...anyway...I began sticking the buttons on.
I didn't really have a technique. I knew I wanted a textured look so didn't want them all flat or laying the same way across the whole A, so I worked with small sections at a time layering the buttons then gluing them on before moving on to a few more buttons. It really was just a case of "oh that looks good there" andddd stick.


So I just worked building up the buttons. I only wanted one layer but as I said before I wanted some over, some under, rather than routine lines.

Next are some images kindly taken by my mother showing how I placed the buttons on individually working with glue as it was cooling as it was still tacky to position the button.

Nearly there...


The longest part of the process was actually letting the paint dry between coats but the actual glueing of buttons took very little time at all! It felt really nice though giving someone a gift that you know you took time and effort over (seriously though, friends whose birthdays are coming up...please don't expect one at the moment! I will try next year or for Christmas or something instead!)

I hope you liked this little make blog post, let me know if you did. I know it's a bit different to normal but I just wanted to share it with you all as a cheaper but still lovely gift idea.

Bye for now :)

Monday, 8 October 2012

Wouldn't it be nice...if I wasn't so busy!?

Actually it's rather nice being busy. Particularly when it's something new, exciting, and potentially career starting. However being a grown up is time consuming and tiring. Hence the lack of blogging. I'M SORRY! I will get back on track soon once I'm more settled into my new routine; it's all just been a bit of a change and taking a bit of getting used to (again good change, and good getting used to) but unfortunately that's resulted in things such as blogging and, you know, my social life, falling to the wayside a bit. It'll all be worth it in the end though. I hope!

Bye for now :)