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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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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Lots of Love Hearts Garland

20140121_173518Remember way back in December when I showed you how to make Beaded Heart Decorations? Well I hope you enjoyed it because to make this awesome garland you are going to need a lot! There is something about dangling decorations that draws people, and a garland is a lovely way to brighten up a whole wall without any lasting damage! It is quite a lengthy process, but I find sitting and making a beaded heart watching the telly is a lovely way to relax and you get something fabulous out of it!

You will need: Invisible Thread, Metal Wire, Round-nosed Pliers, 2 Drawing Pins, Beads (as many sizes, shapes, colours as you can find!), Wire Cutters, Wool (3 bright colours), A Safety Pin.20140102_200451

Okay, so you need to make a lot of beaded hearts, about thirty, follow the instructions on my blog for Beaded Heart Decorations . As these are hung from each other the best way to finish the beads is to make a loop when you start, then thread on all your beads leaving about half a cm, make the heart shape and thread the left over wire through the other loop and squeeze it shut.20140107_143839When you are making hearts try and coordinate your colours, for example red, purple and orange or blue, turquoise and silver. Here are some examples I made.20140107_143855

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20140107_143932 Cut a length of each colour of wool to about 3 metres (or however long the wall you want to cover is). Tie the three strands together, use the safety pin to pin the knot to your leg or a sofa arm, and plait the colours together. Tie off the plait.20140107_173448Now tie a small length of invisible thread (5-10cm) to the bottom of one heart with a small double knot, then tie this through the top loop of another heart. Carry on this process to make a length of beaded hearts strung together with invisible thread, 4-6 hearts look best. Make as many of these lengths as you can. Tie a 5cm length of invisible thread to the top loop of the top heart of each length of beaded hearts.

20140121_193839#1Hang the wool plait on your wool, securing either end with a drawing pin. Then tie each length of beaded hearts to the plait with a secure knot at 15cm intervals.20140107_220659There we go! You have a beautiful beaded heart garland! You can keep adding hearts and lengths of hearts to the wool as and when you fancy. I think these look really lovely and you can choose to use a mix of colours or colours that complement your colour scheme.20140121_192152

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Bohemian Bedroom – Part 2

2014-02-13 10.31.05So you’ve seen my inspiration, a bohemian bedroom, lots of bright colours, artwork on the walls, fabrics, beads, a little oasis in the big city. I thought I would update you on the progress we’ve made! We have a lovely bright duvet cover from Dunelm, with a floral pattern, and a throw – which is actually a single duvet cover in purple silky fabric with some lovely embroidery. There are some pretty cushions, which I am hoping to add to, the Love cushion is from New Look, the purple one is from Dunelm and the patchwork one was made by yours truly. I bought the rainbow rug years ago. The drawers are standard ones that came with the flat but I have blu-tacked tissue paper to alternate drawers to add a bit more colour.2014-02-13 10.34.08 The garland above the bed is made from beaded hearts and I will post a tutorial soon if you would like one for your own bohemian bedroom!I love lamps! My bedside lamp is a giant silver pineapple from Next and Saam’s is a blue lava lamp from Clas Ohlson. I bought the batman comic canvas for Sam for christmas from The Range, it adds a bit of retro geekiness! The paintings above the bed are from my A Level art project on Dramatic Effects of Light and they are oil on canvas.This is our amazing tree of life wall hanging, which I bought from the Hippy Hole in Grand Central Hall, the colours are perfect and the indian looking pattern is perfect. The guitars are our babies and add to the vintage recording studio feel. 2014-02-13 08.35.38Sam bought me this gorgeous mirror for christmas from a Fairtrade shop on Bold Street, the carved wood is perfect. 2014-02-13 08.33.33

This is my art wall! The pencil sketches are of an elephant and Taj Mahal, the vertical painting on the right is inspired by a Klimt piece, the bubbles are just in different coloured acrylic. And the pyramids, seascape and two skies are acrylic pieces – I just love the sky!2014-02-13 08.36.54

That’s our progress so far, there is still more white than I would prefer but the few touches we have added have made the room feel much more homely.

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Bohemian Bedroom

I love our flat, I really do, the location is amazing, the layout is good and we have tonnes of space. However it is a generic rented flat, white walls, ikea furniture and beige carpet and me and Sam aren’t really generic people. Over the last year and a half we have been slowly but surely putting our own stamp on this little place, hanging some of my paintings, adding a bit of furniture and a fluffy green rug, however the bedroom has been kind of ignored. I had this idea in my head of a bohemian bedroom, somewhere really quirky,with an eastern feel, lots of clutter and various eccentricities, reds and golds and fabrics and beads. The only problem is that the flat is rented so we can’t do anything drastic and unchangeable. So I will share with you my inspiration and keep updating the blog on our bohemian bedroom and how this idea in my head actually turns out.

So, inspiration… here are a few spaces which I really love.

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Pinterest is a great way to see how other people have designed their rooms.

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Call me nerdy all you like but I adore Firefly, it really is one of the best sci fi shows ever made. I love Inara’s shuttle, the draped fabric, candles, lamps and red and purple colour scheme.

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Music is a big deal in this house. We have far too many guitars and a rather large record collection so I love these old vintage feeling recording studios, the bright colours and crazy wall coverings.

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There is something about old orthodox and coptic churches that I find really inspiring, I love the colours, the sumptuously painted icons and the gaudy over the top decor.

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I also want to add a hippy feel, inspired by the 70s, the peace and love movement and Simon and Garfunkel. Why not?!

So there we go, an internet moodboard if you will. I will keep you updated on progress, I have just bought a giant indian wall hanging which needs photographing!

Love, Mrs Gardom