Rainbow Knotted Necklace

Knotted NecklaceI’ve seen a few of these knotted necklaces on the high street and pinterest and I like the idea, but the colours are rather drab, and they mostly use the same beads. I decided to make my own, using fab bright colours and lots of sparkle. This is quite a big project, a good few hours, so make sure you have a couple of films and somewhere safe to keep it between sessions.

You will need: some really lovely beads and a lot of them! I found a great website – http://www.k2-accessories.com which sells 25g beads for £0.40, another great source for beads are sets, which you can find in shops like The Works and The Range or Hobbycraft. You will also need invisble thread, metal wire and pliers (or a clasp if you prefer).

Cut your invisble thread into 10 1m lengths. Choose the colour for one strand, tie a bead to the thread, leaving 3 inches of bare thread. Start to thread your beads onto the thread and carry on until you have 3 inches left. Secure the last bead with a couple of granny knots. Make a small circle out of the wire with your pliers and spiral the wire so you have a secure loop.Tie the beaded strand to the loop securely. 20140225_104350Now simply repeat this with the other invisible threads. Don’t worry if your knots look a bit messy, you can always trim the ends of at the end. It’s important all your beaded strands are the same length, so your beaded knot is nice and neat.Knotted NecklaceMake an S Shape out of another shirt length of wire, this will form your clasp. Make a little loop in one end of the S, and a hook on the other. 20140225_104236Tie the other ends of the beaded strands to the loop which is part of the S clasp. Again, don’t worry about it being a bit messy!

knotted necklaceOnce your threads are all tied to either end of the loops, take your beaded strands and tie them all into a large granny knot. Then knot again so it is a nice big chunky, rainbow knot. Trim all the ends neatly and you’re sorted.

knotted necklaceI’m dead pleased with the result, I love statement jewelery and making your own with your own colours is so much better than buying one off the high street. I’ve had loads of compliments on my necklace, I think using different types of beads adds a great texture and you can use whatever colours you want. This is a lovely project, and I hope you enjoy making your own.

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Abstract

I thought I would share one of my new paintings with you all. I’ve started experimenting with an abstract, colourful, almost psychedelic style. I was really inspired by old 70s music and festival posters. This one is acrylic on paper and I think I will call it ‘melting chaos’ and I am rather pleased with it.
Love, Mrs Gardom

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Crunchy Cauliflower Crumble

DSCF1615Oooh, use of alliteration there, folks! This is a dead quick and simple recipe – super healthy, really tasty and a good sunday roast alternative. I love apple crumble and cauliflower cheese and this is a strange fusion of the two – it tastes good though, promise! Crunchy broccoli and cauliflower and baked mushrooms covered with crunchy cheesy breadcrumbs – simple! Also if you’re vegan, leave out the cheese and add a bit of olive oil to the breadcrumb mix instead.

You will need: 1 small cauliflower, 1/2 broccoli, 2 slices of breads worth of breadcrumbs, 35g cheddar cheese, 150g mushrooms, salt, pepper, Aromat, teaspoon sunflower seeds/pumpkin seeds (optional)

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Chop your broccoli and cauliflower into chunks, and pop in a pan of boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes (make sure they aren’t too squishy) and drain in a colander. Grate the cheese and then mix the cheese, breadcumbs, a pinch salt, pinch of pepper, seeds and a pinch of Aromat in a bowl. Chop your mushrooms in half and wash them.

DSCF1604Place the broccoli, mushrooms and cauliflower chunks into a casserole dish and pour the cheesy mixture over the top, make sure everything is covered. Then put in the oven for 15 minutes and you’re done!

DSCF1609You don’t have to just use broccoli and cauliflower – I’ve used potatoes and carrots for this recipe. As I said, it’s a really simple meal, but nice and hearty. Serve with crispy roast potatoes and yorkshire puddings for a great sunday roast or have it with a nice salad for tea, like we did.

Love, Mrs Gardom

Little Beaded Button Flowers

I love buttons and beads, as you know. So why not combine them?? These super cute flowers are really easy to make and look so pretty. They are also nice and quirky – I certainly haven’t seen them in any … Continue reading

Sparkly 16 Birthday Card

20140204_181618I like to make my own cards much more than buying one. It was my lovely little sister in laws birthday last week so I made her a card, full of sparkles and buttons and glitter. Here’s how.

You will need: A5 card, beads, buttons, glitter, sequins, double sided sticky tape, black ink and a happy birthday stamp.20140204_174619

First of all draw out the birthday number you want to use in pencil. Then use little strips of double sided sticky tape to cover over the number forming a sticky number, making sure you leave enough space for your greeting stamp.20140204_175058

Peel off one of the backing pieces of tape and start to cover it with sequins. Only use a couple of small buttons and then fill in the gaps with seed beads. Make sure you press down on the buttons and beads hard so that they are stuck down safely. 20140204_180030Carry on peeling off section after section and covering with sparkles. Once you are happy with the effect give the buttons another push down. 20140204_181018Cover your stamp with ink and press down firmly onto the card in the place that you want. I find these plastic reusable stamps and a see through block are the best as you can see exactly where you want to put the design.20140204_181448

That’s it – super simple but really effective and tactile. And sparkly. You could do any number (11 is a winner!) and use coordinating colours. Why not add other embellishments like mirrors and gems. What about scrabbles tiles or sweetie wrappers? Get creative!

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Squiggly Biro Art

20140208_173816Okay so the title is pretty poor – I’ll give you that, but I found a new style of doodling that I really love. There’s lots of pictures on pinterest, blogs etc that have words which make a shape – like a heart made out of the word love in lots of languages, which are cute. But I wanted to do something a bit different, so I decided to try and make words out of shapes, and I am really pleased with the result.

You will need: colourful biro pens, paper, pencil and a rubber.

First of all draw out your word outline in pencil, you could write a name, a quote, whatever, just make sure it’s in bubble writing. This one is a lyric from a song we had at our wedding. Then start to draw little squiggles in one colour, varying in size, almost like zebra print. Use your other colours and do the same – I wouldn’t use more than 5 colours. 20140205_015927Keep adding squiggles to the picture, filling the gaps between each line with more lines. Make the squiggles around the letters more dense than the outside.20140205_021321 When you think you have done enough, hold the picture at a distance and see whether the words are readable, if they are rub out the pencil lines and that’s it.

Here’s a close up…20140208_211157This is a cute way to make pictures, and a lot better than spending a couple of quid on some tacky inspirational poster. Here are a couple more I have done. 20140208_17381620140208_173845

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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‘So Many Buttons’ Garland

20140204_213502I think I may have mentioned my love of buttons, and hangy things – so I made a button garland! A bit like those gaudy 70s bead curtains but with buttons – therefore awesome. This is a bit of a fiddly one, lots of tying knots with invisible thread but totally worth it. Make one for your door, your wall, your window – be creative! I chose to do a multicoloured one as our room is always needing a bit more colour but if you want to make one with coordinated colours you can buy packs of coordinating buttons from most craft shops. I recently bought a big job lot of buttons from amazon, eBay is also great.

You will need: scissors, invisible thread, wool (3 colours), a safety pin and buttons, large beads (optional).

Basically all you are doing is making a chain of buttons – to do this first of all chop a small piece of invisble thread (about 6cm) and tie one end through one whole of the button with a double knot. 20140121_223830Then tie another button to the other end of the thread. Carry on doing this until you have made a chain of about 10 buttons (this is up to you, if it is for a door curtain then obviously make longer button chains).20140121_223933 You can also tie some beads into your garland, just thread the invisible thread through the centre of the bead and secure it with a knot, then tie the other piece of thread through the centre and secure with a knot. Keep making chains of buttons until you think you have enough to cover your space. Hang them over the sofa or a chair to stop them from tangling.20140121_223643Marvellous, now for the main thread, I plaited three colours like I did for the Beaded Heart Garland you can find on my blog – for a quick reminder, cut three colours of wool into lengths just longer than the length of your space. Tie them together, safety pin it to something secure (like your jeans) and plait away! 20140107_173448Use drawing pins to secure the long length to your wall. Then simply tie your strings of buttons to the wool, at 5cm intervals with a secure double knot.20140204_215517So there we go, a lovely garland of colourful buttons – this would also be great for a kids room, providing the buttons were very securely tied and out of reach! I chose to hang mine above my Lots of Love Hearts garland, for a double whammy of sparkly, dangliness so you should definitely make one of them too – follow the link at the bottom of the page.
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Love, Mrs Gardom

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