Crimble Crafts: Pin-Testing, Beaded Bracelet.

Bracelet 12Hello Lovelies,

This blog post (and the one yet to come) are a little later than planned due to Xmas planning and general life stuff just getting crazy busy. I decided to try my hand at a craft tutorial I found on Pinterest to see if they really do all end in disaster. The original source can be found here. I made a little change, I used jewellery elastic instead of embroidery thread because it’s flexible and strong. It turned out pretty well and here’s my version of the tutorial…

You Will Need:Bracelet 01*Ribbon

*Beads

*Scissors

*Beading needle

*Jewellery elastic

*Measuring tape

*Lighter

What To Do:

1) First of all, put your beads in a container to prevent them from rolling all over the place. Tie a couple of knots into one end of your jewellery elastic and thread through the beading needle. Take some ribbon (I left mine on the reel) and about 18cm in from the end, thread through the elastic.Bracelet 022) Add a single bead onto the elastic and then push the needle back through the same side, enough to wrap around the half the bead.Bracelet 03 Bracelet 04 Bracelet 053) Add another bead on to the other side of the ribbon, thread the elastic back through the same side and keep repeating this until your beaded section of the bracelet fit around your wrist.Bracelet 06 Bracelet 07 Bracelet 084) Tie off the ends of the ribbon, close to the beads, catching in the elastic for extra security. Trim the ribbon off the reel, about 18cm from the bead on the end.Bracelet 09 Bracelet 105) Run the ribbon ends through a flame to seal and then tie the ends into a bow.Bracelet 11That’s it! Super easy and very pretty. You could use any colour combination of beads and ribbon. You could even try different sizes of each. I’ve made a couple of these as gifts but I may make a black beaded version for myself. So, as you can see, not all Pinterest tutorials go wrong! That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Crimble Crafts: Feltie Puds Decorations

Feltie Puds 25Hello Lovelies,

Well, preparation for Christmas is in full swing in our household. I’ve been truffle making like a mad woman, making xmas cards and sewing up these adorable little feltie Christmas pudding tree ornaments. Today, I’m going to show you how to make them. They’re really easy and the technique is similar to the heart decorations I made last year. I like making things with felt and I have started my own little Christmas tradition where I make a different felt ornament each year and hand them out as gifts. I also always make one for our own family tree, so in years to come, I can look back and it will be decorated with lots of lovely little felt things I have hand sewn with love and care.

You Will Need:Feltie Puds 21*Felt sheets in brown, green and white/cream

*Red buttons

*Slim ribbon

*Stuffing

*Paper scissors and fabric scissors

*Needles and pins

*Sewing thread in white, green and red

*Some old card or stiff paper

*Pens and pencils

*Something round to draw around (I used my protractor)

NOTE: I use doubled up thread for all sewing in this project.

What To Do:

1) First you need to make your pudding templates. Use something round to trace the main pudding shape onto your card/paper (you can make these as big or small as you like by the way, which is why there are no measurements*). Draw out a second circle and then sketch in your cream topping shape (it doesn’t have to look perfect). Finally, draw out a holly leaf shape. I was really anal and used a ruler to measure mine out to make it even and symmetrical but you can just freehand it if you like.Feltie Puds 222) Next, use your templates to draw them out onto your felt sheets. The round pudding base goes on the brown (my protractor fitted in six circles on one sheet, which makes three puds). The cream topping onto the cream or white felt and the holly onto the green. Make sure you can easily see your traced shapes. I used a white tailors’ pencil on the brown felt but a white pencil or pen would work just as well. I used pencil on the cream felt and a black biro on the green felt.Feltie Puds 233) Cut out your shapes (with your fabric scissors), making sure to cut just inside the lines so that none of your decorations end up with pen markings on them. Lay out all of your pieces and make sure that you have enough shapes for the amount of puddings you want to make. Each pudding comprises of two pieces of round brown felt, one piece of cream topping and two green holly leaves.Feltie Puds 104) Pin your cream toppings to ONE piece of pud and stitch along the lower dripping edged shape. This will secure the piece in place while adding a little extra detail to the ornament. If you would like to reduce the amount of hand sewing involved, or are in a hurry, you could use a small amount of craft glue or a glue gun to stick them on instead. Just make sure that the pieces are fully dry before continuing onto the next step.Feltie Puds 115) Using your green thread, stitch a line down the center of each holly leaf, again, this is to add a little detail and texture to the pud. Tack two leaves to the center top of each pudding to hold in place.Feltie Puds 136) Sew a red button onto the pudding using your red thread, just where the two leaf edges meet. Make sure it is stitched on securely.Feltie Puds 247) Take a plain piece of brown pudding felt and place it behind the decorated one. Using your white thread and a blanket stitch, sew the two pieces together, leaving a small space at the top of the pud to put the stuffing in and your hanging ribbon.Feltie Puds 168) Smoosh in as much stuffing as you like into the small gap at the top of your pud. You can use the end of a pencil or a chopstick to make sure it’s evenly distributed. Cut a small length of ribbon (about 16cm or so), fold in half and place the ends into the top of the pudding, behind the button. Stitch the hole closed, making sure to catch the ribbon in also.Feltie Puds 179) Et viola! You are done and ready to hang your little feltie pudding on your tree or give it away as a gift. Another nice idea is to drip a little festive smelling aromatherapy oil (frankincense, orange, clove, cinnamon etc) onto the stuffing before putting it in the pud, then it will smell as good as it looks!Feltie Puds 19 Feltie Puds 20So there you go, adorable feltie puds for hanging on the tree. Of course, you don’t have to make puddings, you can make whatever shapes you like. Gingerbread men, reindeer, snowmen, Santa, mistletoe, goodness, loads of options! The technique is pretty much the same each way. Let me know if you make these or any other feltie ornaments inspired by this post. In the meantime, that’s all for today, and as always, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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* The dimensions of the puddings I made are as follows: Pudding diameter 9.5cm, cream topping 4cm at deepest point, holly leaf length 4cm and 2.5cm at widest point. Ribbon cut to 16cm and looped.

Crimble Crafts: Super Easy Vegan Rum Truffles

Rum truffles 14Hello Lovelies,

Well, today I bring you some delicious boozey raw vegan truffles. They are quick, easy, involve no actual cooking and only contain three ingredients! Plus, the recipe is super adaptable, so feel free to have a little play about with this and let me know how it goes. I’ve been researching vegan truffle recipes for a while now and my favourite has to be these raw ones. I played around with the ingredients, ratios and technique found in a variety of recipes until I hit on what worked for me personally.

You Will Need:

Rum truffles 01*250g of pitted dates (the softer and higher quality, the better, otherwise you’ve got a lot of work cut out for you in the processing stage).

* 3tbls cocoa powder or raw cacao powder, plus 2tbls extra for coating truffles.

*3tbls of rum (or whisky, tequila, whatever you fancy)

Equipment:

*Food Processor

*Spatula

*Deep bowl and shallow dish

*Cling film

Makes Approx 25 Truffles

1) If your dates are a little on the firm side, soak them in water for about an hour beforehand. Drain them and place into your food processor, along with the cocoa powder and rum.Step 12) Blend the mixture until it is well combined and super smooth. You will probably need to stop at times to scrape the mixture away from the sides and into the main bowl. You want the mixture to be slightly wet but not super gooey.Step 23) Transfer the mixture into a bowl, cover with cling film and freeze for about an hour to allow it to firm up.Rum truffles 084) Once firm, put 2tbls of cocoa into a shallow dish. Use a teaspoon or melon baller to scoop out even sized portions of the mixture and roll into balls. Roll the balls in the cocoa to coat evenly. If you are finding that the mixture is leaving your hands all sticky, your mixture may be too wet  (in which case, transfer back to processor and slowly add more cocoa) or may need a little longer in the freezer.Step 45) Once all the mixture is used up, place the truffles in a container and place back in the freezer if you need to keep them for a while, or the fridge, if you plan on serving them soon. Allow to stand at room temperature for at least 5 minutes before serving. These will keep for a while as they are raw and do not contain any dairy products…if you can keep your mitts off them that is! Enjoy.Step 5And you’re done. It’s that easy. I’m going to be making more of these soon. Peanut butter, hazelnut, peppermint, chilli and orange. So many options. Let me know if you have a go at these, I’d love to see how they turn out. That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Crimble Crafts: Budget Friendly Wreath

Double Wreath 02Hello Lovelies,

So, Christmas is just around the corner once again and I am delirious with excitement as I always am at this time of year. My crafting and baking goes into overdrive, not to mention the hair and makeup bookings for ladies wanting a little glitz sprinkled on them for a special occasion. Today I have for you a super cheap Christmas craft tutorial. It’s also incredibly quick and easy, double bonus! I picked up my supplies from the pound shop, so this wreath only cost me £4 in total.

You Will Need:Wreath 02

*A plain wreath base

*A few metres of tinsel

*A piece of wired ribbon or giant bow

*Some string, small cable ties or wire.

1) Take your tinsel and push one end through one of the gaps at the top of the wreath.Wreath 03

2) Start wrapping your tinsel around the wreath, making sure not to leave any gaps. Continue this until the wreath is completely covered. For the first one I made (the red and white one), I only use 4m of tinsel, for the green and blue one, I used 6m of tinsel. Depends on how bushy the tinsel is or how full you want the wreath to be.Wreath Wrapping

3) At this point, if you do not have a pre-made bow, use your ribbon to make one. It can be as big or small as you like. You can add it to the bottom of the wreath as I did, or at the top, side, whatever you like.

4) Using string, wire, cable ties or those ties you get with lunch bags, secure the bow to the wreath in the desired place (the pre-made bow I bought had wire ties already attached, so I just used those).Wreath 07

6) And you’re done, it’s that quick and easy! All you need to do is hang it. I’m giving this one away as a gift. The red and white one is now on our flat door.Double Wreath

Of course, you can use any colour combo you like and you don’t have to stick to something so simple if you don’t want to. You could add candy canes, felt ornaments, fake flowers, whatever! I just wanted something that was cheap, quick and easy. Let me know if you make your own wreath, I’d love to see photos. That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Home Made XMas: Feltie Heart Tree Decorations.

Hello Lovelies,

Today is all about XMas crafting again. This time around I’m making heart shaped felt tree decorations and I’m going to show you how to make them too. I got a little carried away and ended up making a load of these, I’ll be putting them in the hampers I’m making.

You will need:

Some felt (I’m using acrylic felt)

Scrap paper or card

Scissors

Needle and thread

Stuffing (You can use cotton wool in a pinch)

Glue gun (optional)

Embelleshments (e.g. sequins, buttons, applique shapes, plastic gem stones)

Ribbon

Beads and small jingle bells (optional)

What to do:

Feltie Heart 01

Step 1: Draw a heart shape onto some paper or card and cut it out.

Feltie Heart 02

Step 2: Double up a piece of felt and trace out the heart template. Place a couple of pins in the felt to hold the pieces together.

Feltie Heart 03

Step 3: Cut out the heart shape. You should have two pieces of heart shaped felt. Seperate the hearts out and put one aside for now.

Feltie Heart 04

Step 4: Now for the really fun bit; decorating! You can embellish your hearts any way you wish. I'll show you how I did mine to get you started. I've used a zig-zag stitch to attach a contrast colour piece of felt.

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Step 5: Make sure you secure your embellishments securely on the back of the heart.

Feltie Heart 06

Step 6: Pick a button to put in the middle of your contrast piece and stitch in place.

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Step 7: Cut a piece of ribbon to make the hanging tag. Make it into a loop and glue or stitch the loop closed.

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Step 8: Then glue or stitch the loop at the top of the heart.

Feltie Heart 09

Step 9: Place your two hearts back together and pin them to one another to hold in place. Now stitch them together around the outside edge. You can use any stitch for this. Back-stitch, blanket stitch etc. I used a simple looping stitch.

Feltie Heart 10

Step 10: Don't go all the way around just yet! Leave a small space to stuff your fluff into.

Feltie Heart 11

Step 11: Smoosh the fluffy stuff into the space you left open. You can make your hearts as puffy as you want.

Feltie Heart 12

Step 12: Sew the gap closed. Use a pin to hold the two pieces in place while you sew if it helps.

Feltie Heart 13

Step 13: I decided I needed some shimmer so I added some sequin ribbon around the edge using a glue gun. Only do about 2cm at a time or the glue will dry before you can stick the sequin ribbon down. You can stitch this on if you don't have a glue gun.

Feltie Heart 14

Step 14: I also added some beads and a jingle bell on the bottom of the decoration to make it hang nicely. Using doubled up thread, go through the very bottom tip of the heart.

Feltie Heart 15

Step 15: Thread on your beads and jingle bell.

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Step 16: Go back up through the beads.

Feltie Heart 17

Step 17: Secure at the base of the heart with a few stitches. If you are using only beads and no jingle bell (which has a loop attachment), you can use embroidery thread to string your beads on and then tie them off at the bottom of the row with a knot.

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Step 18: I decided I needed yet more sparkle, so I glued on some sparkly hologram stars to the back of the ornament.

Feltie Heart 19

Finally, the finished article. From the front...

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...and the back.

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Here it is on the Christmas tree! <3 I went a little bonkers and made a few more...

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Here's one I made using an old earring as an embellishment. I also made the front and back different colours.

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I stuck an oversized plastic gem stone onto this one. Super kitsch.

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This one is a lot simpler, with just a button and a single jingle bell on the bottom.

Feltie Heart 25

Tacky cracker ring from last year glued to the heart.

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A sequin star.

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A heart within a heart within a heart.

Feltie Heart 28

Another earring glued on, a rhinestoned red star.

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As you can see, there’s lots of different ways to decorate your feltie hearts. If it’s small enough and has a fairly flat back, you can probably glue it on! I may end up making a few more of these as it would be nice to have some to keep for my tree too.

Let me know how you get on if you have a go at these, I hope you have as much fun making them as I did! That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Brushing Out Pin-Curls.

Hello Lovelies,

So, this is my first ever YouTube video upload, I am very excited! I filmed it on my still picture camera as I don’t have a camcorder (yet). I had my hair cut at Rockalily cuts a couple of weeks ago and I love it but I hadn’t had a go at pin-curling it until now. I washed my hair and brushed through a bit of mousse for hold and then pin-curled it while it was still wet. I let it dry overnight (with a hair net over it, for that glamorous Ena Sharples look).

 

The next day, I removed all of my bobby pins and brushed the hell out of it until it stopped frizzing and resembled something akin to a 50s Monroe bob. I didn’t brush it out too much and kept a lot of curl in it. I find it makes the set last a little longer. I finished off with a bit of water soluble pomade (I used some Sweet Georgia Brown pomade I purchased at VLV15 earlier in the year) and a strong hold hairspray (Tresemme Freeze Hold).

I added a hair flower for the final touch. If you find that your hair doesn’t hold curl very well, you can re-pin your hair at night to make the set last longer. I tend to wash and set my hair one to two times a week when I have it cut short like this. I do have naturally curly hair which may be why it holds so well. The main things to remember when pin-curling your hair…

  • If your hair is really straight, wet set it as the curl will be more robust.
  • Use product to help it set e.g. mousse, setting lotion or spray gel.
  • Make sure your hair is completely dry before brushing out.
  • For speed, sit under a hood dryer if you have one (I don’t, so I let it dry overnight).
  • Brush, brush, brush! Keep going, it will frizz at first but then it will start to smooth out.
  • Brush your hair over your hand to smooth and shape individual curls. Or, use a round bristle brush. Whatever works best for you and your hair.
  • If your hair is frizzy or flyaway, use a tiny amount of pomade for control and shine. Too much pomade will weigh your hair down and can make it look greasy. I use a water soluble one to prevent too much product build up and it’s easier to wash out.
  • Always finish off with a strong hairspray but avoid spraying until your hair feels like a helmet. You still want your hairdo to have movement. Swish swish!
  • Re-pin at night for a longer lasting set.

I hope you like my first ever video. I know it’s not technically amazing but I’m super proud of it (I am such a techno-phobe!). I’ve kept it short and sweet and sped up the bit where I remove my pins as it would get pretty boring otherwise. Please feel free to message me with any questions you may have, either via the contact page or twitter. I have disabled comments for now, as I keep getting a ton of spam mail to my email inbox and am trying to fix the problem. I will hopefully be able to have comments activated again soon.

That’s all for  now. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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LotD: Turquoise Double Winged Eyeliner

Hello Lovelies, this is just a very quick look of the day post for a look I wore last weekend. I like to double line my top eyelids a lot. It adds a modern twist to a retro look. It’s not dissimilar to The Secretary look I posted a couple of months ago.

I used a little eyeshadow primer over my entire upper eyelids and applied a matte nude shade all over. Next I drew in a winged flick fairly thickly on my upper lash line.

Next, I used a black gel eyeliner to draw a second winged liner really close to my upper lash line to create a double lined eye. I also lined my upper and lower waterline.

I used a little black eyeshadow under the outer lower lash line and blended this into a turquoise eyeshadow at the inner corner of the eye.

I finished off with black mascara. I then applied my foundation, a sweep of pink blush and a bright pinky-red semi-matte lipstick. I’m going totry this look with an acid colour liner next I think.

That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading!

Tutorial: How to create perfect winged eyeliner

Hello Lovelies and welcome to my first ever tutotial on Heyday Honey! Today’s post is all about getting the perfect winged eyeliner. I get asked this almost more than any other question, so I’m going to show you a quick and easy method of getting it just right (with a little patience and practice on your part).

Which type of eyeliner and appilcator you use doesn’t really matter. It’s all down to personal preferance. I suggest trying a few different products to find what works best for you. My favourite is Mac’s fluidline gel eyeliner and a Screenface lip brush! I like the brush because it is small, stiff and tapers to a point. This means I can get a very fine point on the outer edge of the flick but I can also turn it and use the thicker side for filling in and shaping the liner. I also like to break the process down into stages and work a little on each eye at a time to make it easier to achive an even look. Doing one whole eye and trying to recreate what you just did on the other side is more tricky.

Step 1: Line the upper lash line. Start from the centre and move outwards to ensure any excess product is used up first. Then draw from the inner eye to the centre to connect the line.

Step 2: Now you need to work out where to draw in the template line for your flick. Use a thin makeup brush handle or pencil and place it from the outer edge of the nostril, in line with the outer corner of the eye and towards your brow (your brow should also end at the end of this line according to modern beauty standards). Sketch in the template in line with your lower eye line….

…Like so. If your eyes are very hooded or deep set you may want to bring the line out a liitle more horizontally, otherwise your eyelid will distort the shape of the flick when you open your eyes.

Step 3: Now draw in a line from the outer corner to the tip of the flick. You will be left with an empty triangular shape.

Step 4: Fill in the triagle and voila! You are done! Now, you can leave it there or you can now work on the shape a little more, making the liner thicker or winging it out further etc. Have fun with it! There are other ways to do cat eye liner but this is just an easy method to teach and for people to practice until they get more confident with it.

Let me know how you get on if you give this method a go. I would love to see picture. In the meantime, thank you kindly for reading. x

How To: Quick and Easy Vintage Manicure

Hello Lovelies. Here’s a ‘how to’ post on getting a quick and easy vintage manicure much like the one you see Dita Von Teese sporting regularly (i.e. Where the half moon at the base of the nail is left bare). This technique is so quick and easy! You will need…

1. Plastic self adhesive ring reinforcements.

2. Your chosen nail colour.

3. Polish remover.

4. Cotton buds/Q Tips.

5. Top coat

For speed and ease I am leaving out the bare nail tip detail often created when doing an authentic 1940s manicure. I save those for special occassions as they are more fiddly to do. So, here’s what you do…

Stick the ring reinforcements over the natural half moon at the base of each nail. Make sure they are stuck down really well to avoid varnish going underneath.

Then apply the first coat of your chosen nail colour and allow to dry (I’m using Barry M nail paint in ‘Raspberry’). Once dry, apply second coat of nail polish.

TIP: It’s better to do two thin coats than one thick one.

Peel off the stickers after about a minute or so after the second coat has been applied. Taking them off while the polish is still a little wet will prevent them tearing the varnish off your nails. Clean up if you need to with a cotton bud soaked in a tiny amount of polish remover.

TIP: If a regular round head cotton bud is too bulky for cleaning up, try using a pointy tipped one instead. Or you could use an orange stick with a little loose cotton wool twizzled onto the end and soaked in nail polish remover.

Finally, finish off with a layer of top coat to seal the whole thing and to give a glossy finish (I used Seche Vite Top Coat).

And there you have it! A super quick and easy way to create a 40s style manicure. Let me know how you get on with yours if you give it a try.