Thursday, 18 August 2011


I tried my hand at a spot of embroidery last week. I really don't have much of a clue when it comes to doing this properly or any official stitches but I don't think that matters too much - it's more fun just to wing-it! I started this thinking I would do some kind of love heart design and hey it managed to become a tree, a pretty pastel coloured tree but it is a finished design nonetheless.
I find it quite relaxing to sit in the evening with a nice cuppa, some TV and to do a spot of sewing so who knows i may do some more in the future, unless I decide to move my fickle self off to try out something else new - which lets face it is probably more likely to happen!

Monday, 15 August 2011


This is such a beautiful photograph, all credit to Yang Tee Mon on Flickr - amazing! I know it is a total blog cop out to just share other's work but wanted to keep it on here to look back on as it makes me smile.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

More Gocco

Another picture for you from my frenzied day of Gocco printing a week or two ago. It is a drawing a did a while ago in a pen suitable for burning carbon images onto Gocco Screens. I have printed this illustration before in gold ink and really didn't know if you could re-use the screens or not...... but you can! I made these with the intention of using them for backing cards for some button brooches I have recently made and think they will look quite nice. I am so glad the screens can be used again and again, I'm sure I can come up with lots of uses for the images again in the future. Photos will follow of the brooches once I get them all pinned through the backing cards, hoping it makes them look a little bit more special.

Randomly Generated

Check out these peg people by Randomly Generated on Etsy. If you have read my blog for a while you may remember I got Jen to custom make a bride and groom for my sister as an engagement gift. I haven't been to her shop for a while but wanted to share these with you after I visited. Perfect for your inner geek. You should really check out the shop, there are so many great characters (how could you resist Marty McFly and Doc Brown from Back to the Future!).

I plan to make some little peg people of my own, a little personal crafty challenge if I find the time/when I find the time should I say. I plan to use some fabric scraps as little outfits so they will no doubt look a lot more girly than these guys. If I ever get round to it I will of course take some photos and post them to the blog......... hopefully by actually saying it, I will do it now!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Classic Album Covers-ish!

These made me laugh so much that i just had to share them with you! Old Red Jalopy has re-created some classic album covers using Harry Potter characters for the blog, perfect for a nut like me who loves Harry Potter and who also spent many years working in a record shop. How could Ron Weasley on the Aladdin Sane cover not make you burst out laughing :) There are a few more on the blog and you can see them here.
Weasley does Bowie - hilarious!

Snape or the King

Dobby in Queen?

Voldemort's Army as the Ramones
Voldemort does Michael Jackson
All images credited to and Old Red Jalopy

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Shrink Plastic - Shrunken

As promised a few photographs of the little characters I drew the other night. I had a go at printing them onto the shrink plastic using my printer (a long battle to get the thing up and running but I eventually managed to get them scanned then printed). As you can see from the photograph in the centre they really do shrink quite significantly and thicken up too. I punched a hole in the forehead using your run of the mill hole punch and once baked in the oven the hole is still of a big enough size to put a ribbon or jump ring through. I'm thinking they might make cute little key rings, I think all I will need is a coat of varnish to seal the design. It's also giving me lots of ideas for Christmas decorations, greeting cards...... the list is endless.
The actual plastic seems to have gained quite a grainy texture since shrinking, I'm not sure if I've gone wrong somewhere or maybe not baked long enough, any tips would be appreciated.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Oh How I Love My Gocco

Oh my how I love my Gocco. I had a great day of mixing inks, making a right old mess and trying hard not to get too much on the carpet, then shifting the rug slightly to cover up one or two little mishaps! I had to take a quick snap of the ink - I love the way even that looks and it makes me feel like a proper print maker again. I printed quite a few bits and pieces with various uses but thought I'd begin with showing you these envelopes, they've got a wee guys standing holding a lollipop in one hand and a little  love heart floats next to him. I printed these in a mixture of a nice golden shimmery ink with a touch of pink added in, it gives a nice pearlescent effect. I couldn't resist printing a further little love heart in the top corner too, just because I wanted to keep printing - well I think that's a good enough excuse. I printed quite a few more things but still need to take some snaps - another time perhaps.

Shrink Plastic Doodles

A few nights ago whilst watching something or other on TV (probably a heap of nonsense), I sat doodling away and came up with these little guys. Tonight I have scanned them in and printed them onto ink jet shrink plastic, I will hopefully get them baked in the oven pretty soon and see what happens. All going according to plan I might make some more doodles to bake and shrink but best not get too ahead of myself. I will let you know how it goes and if they shrink down according to plan!

Monday, 1 August 2011

New From Melissa Hodge

The wonderful new collection from Melissa Hodge has now arrived in the Ruby Loves Red shop, take a look on her designers page right here. These are my personal favourites above especially the gold beaded necklace, just love it. If you haven't had a chance already then you should check out Melissa's Nine Angels blog and website, definitely worth a read.