New Christmas cards..

 

I’ve got some new cards available to buy… ¬£2.50 each ūüôā Market Hill¬† and High Town in Luton, and a small girl with decapitated bear x

 

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political Christmas card

Our local MP’s office saw my blog and asked me to design a Christmas card. It got printed and sent out to all the other MPs and local businesses. They didn’t offer to pay… (because he is a socialist?) but that’s OK. It was a pretty cool thing to do. Here’s the picture.. it’s Market Hill in Luton town centre. You can see the court building, and the little white building in the middle is one of our favourite pubs, the Castle, which has metal bands. You can also see the dental studio where I had the horrific experience that inspired this song...

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Here’s the card (he sent me one)¬† – see the little House of Commons portcullis logo? ūüėÄ

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Merry Christmas and a happy Mew Year..

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Christmas basket cat

Soap making experiment

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I saw a great how-to http://www.justcraftyenough.com/2011/11/project-lego-soap/
and I decided to make my own soaps for everyone for Christmas.

Total cost of project under ¬£10 for 10 little bags of soap (and I had plenty of soap base left to make more). This is so easy and fun, it’s definitely going to be a new Christmas tradition round our house now. Also, because it’s soap, it’s easy to clean up afterwards!

I got my soap supplies from soaposh.co.uk. You need:

  • Melt and pour soap base
  • Colours
  • Fragrance (I had some essential oils already)
  • Silicone mould
  • Cellophane bags (I had these already but you can get them from amazon or ebay for¬†less than¬†¬£2 for 30)

I chose the SLS free glycerin transparent soap base at £4.29 for 1kg which makes loads of little soaps, but there are also shea butter or goats milk bases and even jelly to choose from.

The colours are 95p each or £7 for eight.

You can buy silicon rubber moulds almost anywhere now РI got mine at the pound shop, I think they were meant for chocolates or ice cubes. You could use the ones meant for cupcakes too.  The soap is really easy to cut with a long knife, so you could also make a bar in a loaf tin and slice it the way they do in LUSH..

Here are all my ingredients:

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The first thing you need to do is slice a chunk off your soap base and cut it up into small cubes so it will melt. An easy way to do this is to microwave it – but only for 30-40 seconds, it doesn’t take much to melt it. You don’t want to let it boil, so be careful! I found a little ceramic milk jug was perfect so that I could control the pouring.

When the soap is all melted, you add a few drops of colouring and fragrance, stir them in, and you’re ready to pour into your mould. At this point¬†you could also add glitter or dried flower petals.

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Here are my little Christmas shapes in the silicone mould from the pound shop. Now it goes in the fridge for an hour…

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And here they are – eight little christmas soaps ready to go into bags (This only used a tiny fraction of my soap base, so I will be making lots more!)

Creature Paisley

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I’ve got a bit of a thing about paisley at the moment.. I think this would make nice wrapping paper.

Pencil sketch, scanned in and then printed out so I could colour over the top with alcohol markers.

Here’s the black and white version, if you know anyone who likes colouring..

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Blue bear

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Blue bear is happy! Where is he going? Nobody knows!

Snowman

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Once you get started drawing with these markers, they’re kindof addictive – freehand drawing of snowman in black pilot pen and generic alcohol markers

Blue bird

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Simple little freehand bird drawing, with alcohol marker

Wrapping paper

This is silly РI made lots of little pictures in MSpaint at the side of my PC while watching films, and put them together to use as wrapping paper this Christmas..

Ms paint wrapping paper

Ms paint wrapping paper

High Town Christmas Card

I’ve been away from wordpress a long time but I haven’t stopped drawing – here’s a Christmas card design – it’s looking down High Town Road in Luton. Most of the shops here were built in the 1800s.

In real life there are road traffic signs and cars parked everywhere, but what’s the point of a drawing if you can’t omit the bits you don’t like?

High Town in Luton - christmas card design

High Town in Luton – christmas card design

As always, if you want to use this, please message me to ask.