Alternative Markets

..A couple of weeks ago we went to the Northampton Alternative Bring and Buy market,. which was brilliant. I sold a lot of art, and I came home with some amazing little beasts from Spooky Doof creations and Pins and Needles

Here are a few of the bits I sold..

 

Anyway it went so well and was so much fun that we decided to do our own version in Luton on 3rd December.. still a couple of stalls available..

 

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Busy art month!

On the August bank holiday I had a little art stall at Sunshine Riding School and sold some of my pictures .. Enthused by this I got my inks out, which had been in the loft. And painted, and painted, and painted.

 

Not sure what to do with all these, now! Stall at Hitchin market? Etsy shop? hm.

 

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 – I 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

paisley creatures coloured

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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Doggy bag

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Craft project for my Grandma, who has a golden retriever.
You can get the plain shopping bags in bulk.
I’ve used a pilot pen to draw the outlines and the letters, and the alcohol markers (which I am assured are permanent on fabric) for the colours. You have ot be careful it doesn’t bleed into the fabric.
The collar is a strip of sequins stitched on with black thread.
I’ve got lots of ideas now for other projects involving the alcohol markers on fabric, combined with stitching and decoration.

Startled Chicken

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Startled Chicken

Perhaps not my finest moment!
Chicken – Quink inks, with brish and dip pen

cat cards

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I’ve been making little ink sketches for cards for my family.. (Why does everyone have birthdays in February?!)

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cat card 4

cat card 3

cat card 2

More little woppits

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SockWoppits!

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SockWoppits!

We are currently selling these little chaps at Shop 33 and our market stall, Sparkle and Spice.

You heat them in the microwave for one minute and they provide a dry warmth to ease muscle pain or toothache. They contain allspice so they smell lovely too!

Made out of poly-cotton, organic pearl barley and wood from sustainable norweigan forests.

If you would like to buy one, they are £8 including postage and packing within the UK (contact me for further abroad).

There are only going to be 300 made and they are all named and numbered individually.
The first 6 you can see here who went out today were:

1 – Martha
2 – Brundle
3 – Zumbat
4 – Tintap
5 – Beaupod
6 – Lurpy

Lovingly handmade by the Luton punk collective

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