Friday, December 30, 2011
These look far better than they taste. I used Nigella Lawson's Custard Cream recipe from her book Feast. They were lovely. But not up to placing them in my cannon of regular baking go to recipes, as they didn't have enough crunch. I won't post her recipe here but when I get it or another amended to a great custard cream I'll post that.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I was eco-conscious this year and decorated with real holly leaves and berries as opposed to the usual array of plastic decorations I buy and discard. A massive bunch from the flower sellers on Camden Street for only a fiver. Win.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I made a set of these cards for Christmas this year. So easy, it only took me a few mins. I got the image from a website called The Graphics Fairy. In my opinion the BEST source of non copyright vintage material on the net. I have done so many crafty things with spoils from this site. Make sure and check it out - and bookmark it too!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Our handmade bunting is now being stocked by Shotsy Vintage of Temple Lane South, Temple Bar! Check out the images below of one of the fabrics from our Christmas range.
The bunting will retail at about €10. Pop in and get a strand - the perfect quick fix Christmas gift. Supporting Irish craft and business will give you a warm fuzzy feeling, we promise!
You can contact Katie of Shotsy (and have a browse of their fab vintage finds) at
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I'll have some different types of bunting for sale this Sunday (27th Nov) at the flea. Below you can catch a preview of some of the material I've used. Here's a guide to how I've made the bunting. Try it yourself and see how easy it is!
- Start by making yourself a template. Draw a triangle (or whatever shape takes your fancy) on an A4 sheet and cut it out.
2. Next place this template on the fabric you want to use. Draw around it with chalk. You can brush the chalk off later. Cut out the shapes. I've used a pinking sheers, this stops the fabric fraying, means you don't have to bother with a hem and creates a lovely decorative edging.
3. Take a long piece of ribbon and pin it to the top of your fabric shape.
4. Sew the Ribbon to the fabric. Keep adding as many pieces of fabric to your ribbon for as long as you like - the more you use the longer your bunting will be. Remember to leave some spare ribbon at the start and end so you can tie your bunting up.
Monday, November 21, 2011
I've been working on some hand crafts for the upcoming stall.
I'm nearly finished two chairs which my brother and I have 'made new' by decoupaging them. One is covered in old Beano comics and the other in American and Canadian 1930s period stamps.
They're looking brilliant and in the spirit of this crafty blog I've decided to share my technique with you all!
- Start with your item - whatever it may be and make sure it is clean and dry. You could apply this technique to literally anything - boxes, furniture, frames ect ect.
- Choose the paper you want to design with. Think of things that are image heavy such as maps, magazine cuttings, stamps, sheet music or whatever else takes your fancy. Cut these up into little squares.
- Get an old jam jar that has a lid and put three parts PVA glue and one part water into it and give it a good shake.
- Paste an area of the surface you want to Decoupage with this mixture using a paint brush. Apply your squares of paper, leaving no gaps, and then paste another layer of your mixture over the paper. So your images are sandwiched between a layer of the PVA mixture ontop and below. Make sure you don't have too much mixture on your brush at anyone time as this will result in a soggy mess. You want to work thinly and evenly.
- Allow this to dry and then get a clear gloss varnish and apply this evenly all over your item. This seals the paper. You may need to do a couple of coats of this to get a nice even finish.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Crafty Students are delighted to announce that we have a stall at the next Dublin Flea Market.
Come on down!! Your incentive is free cupcakes! As featured here.
We'll have lots of vintage and retro bits and pieces such as:
Vintage luggage of all shapes and sizes
Handbags for the ladies (Some great vintage brands such as Mappin and Webb!)
Mantelpiece Clock (30s)
Tea sets (various designs, periods and colours)
Frosted lemonade set
Leather ties - 60s and 70s
Tea cloths and other table linen
Ect, ect, ect!
There will also be some handmade www.craftystudents.blogspo
We hope you can make it!
We'll be posting this week with some previews of the stock and crafty projects we've been working on.