Blooming Hydrangeas for Oasis Floral...

Back at the beginning of the summer I was gifted a selection of products from Oasis Home and Hobby to make something spectacular for my blog.

To be completely honest I'd always thought of Oasis as a supplier for florists and flower arrangers.  But they have a lot to offer us crafters too as I’m learning from my box of craft goodies and a browse on the Oasis Home & Hobby website.
So here I am with my first make, I've filled this pretty glass vase with hydrangeas made with vintage book paper.  A tutorial I found in Folded Book Art by Clare Youngs.

Supplies List

Folded Paper Art by Clare Youngs
Green Glass Gina vase
Floral Stub Wire
Green Floral Tape

The vase is looking splendid in my craft studio. I love how the green glass of the vase echoes the shades of green of the garden through the windows.

I have some other projects on the go with my Oasis Home & Hobby craft pack so watch this space.

Disclaimer:  I was gifted these products to review for free but was under no obligation to write this post. Opinions are my own.

Upcycling with stencils...

Supplies list

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite
Nicolette Tabram Cadiz stencil
Nicolette Tabram Whitstable stencil paint
Stencil brush
Polyvine Dead Flat varnish

Yay, stencilling is back, and I can totally recommend these contemporary stencils by Nicolette Tabram, check out her website  HERE for stencils, paint, workshops and plenty of inspiration.

First I painted my 'cheap as chips' wood effect table with 2 coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in graphite.  Then used the stencil and stencil paint to completely cover the top of the table with pattern.  I practiced first on paper to get the correct placement of the design.

To protect from water splashes and scuffs, I finished with 2 thin coats of dead flat varnish.

Easy peasy, my table has taken pride of place in the bathroom and I'm looking around the house for my next upcycling project!

Reduce ♥ Reeuse ♥ Recycle

T Shirt Yarn Necklace...

Your favourite T-shirt snagged, stained or worn out?  Don't throw it away, recycle it and make a trendy necklace.

I've used a quick and easy crochet pattern from issue 44 of Reloved magazine to make mine. It takes you through the process of making the yarn and goes on to show you how to make this necklace.  The project is taken from the book Supersize Ccrochet by Sarah Shrimpton.

If you haven't a T-shirt to recycle you can buy ready made fabric yarn online from the T-Shirt Yarn Shop.
There's plenty of free patterns on Pinterest too like this one

Reduce ♥ Reeuse ♥ Recycle