Sunday, 30 October 2011

Papier mache masks

Hello my wackys I know I'm going over and over about Halloween, I know that money is very tight for many people at the moment and unfortunately things may not appear very bright in the near future but hope its all its needed, hope and money saving tips ;) of course now....

for the halloween season I would say that making your own stuff is the key, make your own masks and outfits, make your own party goods etc. granted you'll have more work and less time for youself  but at the end you will be able to say proudly out loud yeahp that was all me, I did that, even if it looks weird, it was you .... any way the reason why you came to this post: Papier mache masks:

Stuff You'll Need

**Prepare your work area. Spread a plastic sheet on a flat work area. Wear old clothing and wet a cloth to wipe up spills.

**Make papier-mache paste. Mix together equal parts white flour and water into a mixing bowl to form a paste. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat while stirring constantly. Allow it to cool and thicken before using.

**Cut strips of paper 1 inch wide by 6 to 8 inches long. Old newspaper or copy paper works well. Have 40 or 50 pieces of paper available to use for your mask.

**Coat your face in petroleum jelly. Make sure your hairline and your eyebrows are completely covered. Avoid putting jelly directly in your eye or eyelid area, but cover everywhere else.

**Dip a strip of paper into the papier-mache paste and lay the strip crosswise over your face. Dip a second strip into the paste and lay it in the other direction up your face. You want to have an "x" shape where the center of the "x" crosses over the bridge of your nose. Use a hand mirror to help guide you.

**Continue dipping strips of paper into the paste and placing them over your forehead, cheeks and nose to create a mask shape. Smooth the strips flat, leaving room around the eyes and space to breathe around the nose and mouth.

**Place three layers of the papier-mache strips over your entire face to create a strong mask. Allow the mask to dry on your face for two or more hours, until the mask begins to feel stiff. Cover the paste to keep it from drying out while you are waiting for the mask to dry.

**Peel the mask carefully off your face once it is stiff. Place one wooden chopstick at the side of the mask to use as a holder. Dip strips of paper into the paste and wrap the paper around the the stick, securing it into place. Use enough layers to make a strong hold. Let the mask continue to dry for another 24 hours.**Sand your mask down to remove rough spots. Make the surface of your mask smooth for decorating or painting by sanding rough areas with a medium-grit sandpaper. Trim the edges of your mask with scissors to remove jagged edges.

**Paint your mask. Use colorful acrylic paint to decorate your mask according to your taste. Paint the mask all over and allow the paint to dry before adding a second coat or other embellishments.

**Add feathers, jewels, beads or ribbons to your Venetian mask to decorate your mask further. Attach items with a small dab of glue from a hot glue gun. Allow the glue to dry before using the mask.

Go on people lets get crafting.
here's the link for a video tutorial by threadbanger, hope it helps :)

my style Marble Muffins recipe

 Hello again everyone, today I could not , not post a recipe of course what would I be without my cakes, my sweet tooth and in the future who knows Diabetes, Cholesterol?!!! yeah it may be a possibility... but for now I just want to enjoy life and eat what I enjoy without worrying about calories or anything else.
  So I just wanted to leave you guys with a fool proof recipe for muffins/ cupcakes your choice really, you can also change the flavour ;)

Makes +- 15


2 eggs; 8 spoons of soft spread; 1 cup of sugar;2 cups of self-raising flower; 1tbsp of baking powder; 1 cup of milk; some chocolate powder; vanilla flavouring

**** you'll need muffin trays or individual silicone moulds, line it with muffin cases

Has many of you already know I usually use a food processor so I just put everything together except the choco powder and whizz it all together,  then I pour 1 tbs of the mixture in each case; after that I mix the chocolate powder to the leftover mixture/ dough "whatever" name it what you will and again 1 tablespoon in each case. Take it into the preheated oven at 180o for around 15 mins. to see if they're done use an uncooked piece of spaghetti and pierce a muffin if it comes out dry take them out of the oven and let them cool down on a cooling rack ....
When they're cold just decorate them to taste; you could use double cream sprinkles icing sugar, royal icing , butter cream, sugar paste (fondant), chocolate, you name it its really up to you.

I love to use muffins and cupcakes on celebrations due to their versatility, have fun making and decorating them :)

See you soon everyone!!! xoxoxoxoxo

Halloween : Carving a pumpkin

Hello my wackys it seems that the H. day/ night is almost upon us, and for that reason I bring a few more thingies to make , why not ?!  It might not get just like you wanted them too but practice makes perfect right?!You could use patterns to guide your pumpkin carving instead of doing it freehand and your jack-o'-lanterns will be envied by your friends and family. It's not has difficult, in spite of what many of us may think :) has long has you have the right carving tools (pumpkin carving sets are available in the shops or you could buy them on ebay as well)

What you need to do:

*Cut out a lid in the top of the pumpkin large enough to fit your hand and a spoon inside.
*Add a small notch in the back of the lid. The notch will remind you how the lid is positioned, allow smoke and heat to escape, and ensure that the candle receives enough air to remain lit.
*Scoop out the pulp and seeds. Retain the seeds for roasting.
*Scrape the inside of the pumpkin in the area where you'll be using the pattern, until that area is about 1 inch thick.
*Trim and make small incisions in your pattern so that it lies flat on the face of the pumpkin. Tape the edges of the pattern to the pumpkin.
*Transfer the pattern by poking small holes along the pattern lines with a drill tool or needle.
*Remove the pattern.
*Saw carefully along the dotted lines. Gently push the pieces through with your fingers.
*Create a glow effect by scraping designs into the shell of your pumpkin with a linoleum cutter.
* Position a candle in the bottom of the pumpkin and light it.


(congratulations you just carved youself a pumpkin)

Now you already know what I'm going to say so, "Roll up your sleeves and lets get crafting everyone"

ps. the images above where taken from google images

Friday, 14 October 2011

Coffee'olics cake :D

Here I am again... yes I know you missed me looooool just kidding.

Ok, today for you and only you, I have the recipe of a cake for people that looove coffee and I really mean looooove :). I like to make my cakes using cup measurements, never fails hehe.

Here it goes:
 2 eggs
 8 spoons of butter
 1 cup of sugar
 2 cups of self raising flower
 1/2 cup of powder or granules coffee
 1 cup of boiling water
 1table spoon of baking powder
 pecan nuts

Well then, using a food processor which by the way is my best friend in the kitchen ;) firstly you put the eggs, butter, sugar self raising flower the coffee mixture and the baking powder, turn it on and VOILA the mix is ready, pour it into a greased and floured round cake pan ( no hole); smash the pecan nuts wit a rolling pin spread them on the top and sprinkle with some caster sugar. Put it in a preheated oven at 180o and leave it for around 30 to 35mins. .

Couldn't be easier :)

some of you may be wondering why I don't post the pics on some of my recipes, well to be honest sometimes its cause the cake, pudding or whatever never lasts long enough in my household which I find its a good thing, and some other times its cause I either don't have batteries on the machine or cause I can't actually remember where I left it ... anyway I hope you all enjoy the recipes and their ease of doing.

See you all soon!!!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Halloween wreath from little birdie secrets

Hello again,

I was just having a look at some of the blogs I usually follow and I found something that I could not not share with you specially cause Halloween is upon us. So I'll just leave you guys the picture and link so that you can go and have a peek at the tutorial.

I'm going to make one in different colours obviously, and I'll post the picture latter, let me just thank little birdie in advance for the inspiration Great work!!!!

You know what I'm going to say don't you?! come on lets ear it!! yeah ...that's right "roll up your sleeves and lets get crafting" XD

fabric + used canvas = new living room acessorie

Hello my wackys a very merry great morning to all of you.

Today I must say is awfully cold here in plymouth, yes I know it ain't raining and the day could be a bit more gray like usual, but... it is cold, it made me realise yeahp winter is here again, soon there will be the dark clouds the strong winds the raining that never stops and perhaps some snow (incredibly likely).... so this morning when I came back home after letting one of my gorgeous girls at school I was intending to do some cosmetics purse or toiletry bags name it what you will, instead I had a look around and found an old canvas that I really did not like anymore some black velvet remnants and some silver sequin fabric...

Here's the end result:

There you go all up in the wall and all, what do you think ?!

It was cheap has chips cause I only used what I already had home + a electric stapler.
Hope I inspired you to do something new with the old ;)

See you soon!!!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

more girlies hair clips

Hello everyone,

A very and wonderful good afternoon to you all :); today so far has been a busy day I must say... wake up early prep my two little ones leave one at school and get back home with the other one so we could have a breaky, then the horrible housework strikes, making beds, vacuuming floors, put the laundry in take the laundry outside to dry vacuuming the floors and finally what I mostly hate to do "dusting"... dusting?! you say - yeah dusting, I'm allergic to dust and has soon has I start doing it its a festival of sneezes I must say oh dear me XD!!!! Anyway that's not why the title in the post is called girlie's hair clips is it.... but of course not so here you guys have it. There will be the links to the e-bay where I'm selling them, for some strange reason I can't seem to find them when I look for them there so hopefully this will help, I'm terribly needing the cash at the moment and finding a job seems not to be has easy has I thought :(... anyway here's the pics and links.

Love you all,

here's some more links of other girlies hair clips and barretes I have on e-bay it might interest you :

some key rings made from recycled fabric:

acrylic painted canvas:

decoupaged boxes:

and like bugs bunny usually says "That's all folks"  XD, if you don't feel like clicking in every link I understand why don't you go to the e-bay uk website and try to find me there bizu1511

OK see you all soon with lots more goodies :)


Saturday, 1 October 2011

Hummmmm Decoupage ;)

Hello everyone,

I normally don't talk about books I bought but this one is a must have for any aspiring crafty wacky like me its the Book of Crafts from Martha Stuart I mean it really shows you how to do almost anything you ever thought of, when I first got it I couldn't put it down, and knowing little old me like some of you do I devoured that book I read every page every how to every material list intended for each project and I decided to have a go at Decoupage hehehe I already knew  I liked painting but I must say I really enjoyed it. Here's some of the pics of stuff I made.
Cute isn't it and its not that expensive, you could also personalise it choose any colour name image you name it.
To make something similar you need :
Papier mache box's ( or letters, you could even do it in real wood, you are the boss here)
Acrylic paint
Decoupage paper for an inkjet or just buy them already printed
 some modpodge
and a brush for the gluing and sealing
That's it, couldn't be easier. :)
See you soon with loads more great stuff to show you .

how to increase patterns

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I last posted... my apologies :)
Today I would like to tell you about increasing those little patterns that come with some of the craft books we normally buy; well I've searched High and Low about how to do it, and yet I couldn't find anything remotely like it, so little old me decided to e-mail a friend asking if by anyway he would know how to do it -and the answer was some key points I will let you lot know in a minute, but he wasn't quite sure...- anyway not to worry I got it, I found how yeiiiiihhhh!!!!

OK so here it goes, HOW TO INCREASE A PATTERN from a book

* Firstly get the book where the pattern is if you got an all in one printer Great if not I'm really sorry but you would have to go somewhere like staples and ask the staff  :)
* Copy the page where the pattern you want is
* Cut out the pattern that interest you from the other ones
* Put the pattern has if you're going to copy it again and in the Menu screen select copy (OK) Please pay attention to not press the START
* Scroll down a little a bit on the Menu and it should appear Copy Size or something like it normally shows (same size) and there you just have to increase it in %  like for example 150% or so and voila
* Now you just have to bend the area that is done and keep going with the ones that aren't
* Cut around the patterns that appear on the different A4 sheets and  tape them together
 And there you have it your increased pattern hope it helps you has much has it did me :)

Now you already know what I'm going to tell you don't you?!!! Of course you do....

"come on my wackys roll up your sleeves and lets get crafting"

see you lot soon!!!