Friday, 23 September 2011

Inspiration Friday

I'm always looking for ideas and colour inspiration and a great place to find just that is Pinterest

I love looking at cupcake decorations to get ideas for my jewellery and on Pinterest I can pin them all to one board and keep it as a reference for whenever I need to refresh my brain.

This is my 'Yummy' board from my Pinterest page which everyone can view alongside my other boards filled with products and other things I love.

Have a go a your own inspiration board on Pinterest and have fun :-)

I wish you all a fantastic weekend!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Polymer clay cane - Mini Tutorial

Hi folks!  I thought I would share with you the process I go through to make a polymer clay cane.

I have finished the cane and have made a bead to show you how it all comes together.  The final results (which might be a necklace I think) will have to wait because I have run out of white clay and am waiting on my order!  Unorganised!

So here is the process:

I start by putting together my shape (in this case a flower).  This is the longest part of the process as your are forming all the individual shapes, a pasta machine definitely comes in handy as you can roll your outline colour into a flat sheet easily.  Then you fill in the gaps with the white clay making sure that it completely surrounds the inner flower to prevent any colour mixing on the outer rim. 

After that you start the process of squeezing your cane to condense it.  While you do this you are gradually blending all the joins together on the outer rim.

Next you start squeezing and pulling your cane from the middle out towards the ends.  You cannot roll your cane yet as it will distort the shape in the middle.  Once you are satisfied that there are no air bubbles and your cane has been reduced enough, you can start the rolling process until your cane looks like a long cylinder.

Next leave the cane to cool before slicing it in the middle to reveal your shape.

Then you cut thin slices from your cane and start placing them around a ball of clay to cover the entire ball.

You then mould the ball and your cane slices together until there are no visible joins and the bead is completely smooth.

Lastly put a hole through the centre of your bead and you are ready to cook!

When I have completed my necklace I will post some pics of the finished product.  I hope you have enjoy seeing how the beads are created, maybe you could try one of your own and let me know how it goes?

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

New Display

I have been a busy little mouse this week so far.

A local wine shop here in Queenstown has selected some of my products to stock so I have been making the goodies for them over the last few days.  They also want me to put together a display for them (I love doing that kind of thing) so I bought..................cake stands of course :-) 

Imagine a bigger, fancier wine glass on the top.  They will obviously have a better selection than I have in my cupboard :-)

Anyway I am super excited so I just wanted to share it with you.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Inspiration Friday

Some Fun Quotes from Etsy this week..........

                         UUPP                               rawartletterpress                              backtoherroots
                        JayHell                                          Candidate                            hairbrainedschemes

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend x


This week my boyfriend and myself decided to go away for a few days and relax.  We stayed in a little town called Cromwell in the South Island of New Zealand.  It is located in the valley of the Upper Clutha, deep in the heart of Central Otago where you are surrounded by beautiful orchards and vineyards selling some pretty tasty wine.

We stayed in an apartment on Lake Dunstan and I have to say it was so peaceful and beautiful I felt I had to share it with you.

 Photo taken from the Pisa Range Resort Website

The View from our Private Deck - photo taken with a Fujifilm Finepix S1600

You could sail up up to your own private deck and moor your boat, or for the less affluent such a myself maybe a kayak that the resort provides for hire :-)

 This was the view at sunset - photo taken with a Fujifilm Finepix S1600

Imagine a nice glass of local Pinot Noir in your hand as you sit and watch the stunning colours of the sky at sunset.  I think you can tell that we will go back here again next time we need a mini-break.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Inspiration Friday

Do what you love.....and do it often.

I have been so caught up with re-orders over the last few weeks that I forgot that I love to create NEW ideas.  So this week my inspiration to you is Do What You Love and don't forget to Do It Often.  I love to try out new designs and thats exactly what I took time out to do this week.

Here is the result.

Cake before I baked it

Cake after I baked it and made a Bookmark and Necklace

I hope everyone has a great weekend and remember to try out that new idea you have next week :-)