Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fabric Origami! What I learnt this week #4

Fabric and Origami....Together at last!
I have always enjoyed making flat things into 3 dimensional things....mmmm satisfying!
Today I learnt how to make an origami lotus (good video instructions here) but instead of using boring ol' paper, I went fancy style and used fabric, like a maverick!

If you wanna use fabric too, might I suggest making good use of an iron, getting those folds and creases neat and crisp! Also have a needle and thread ready, because towards the end you're going to put some stitches in to hold things in place, you will know when the time is right!

Yay, fabric origami is fun fun fun. And that's what I learnt this week :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Spray painted bottles! what I learnt this week #3

Well I don't know if spray paint is something you can "learn" but this week I sure learnt that it's a super fun, super speedy way to do a spot o' crafting.
I saw this post on the Colourful Living Project blog and found it utterly charming, so I thought I'd give it a go.

What I used...
Rekorderlig cider bottles! because a: delicious and b: they have a great shape.
Matte white spray paint! because sometimes you just don't want shiny things.
Paper! I liked the colour of the bottles so I thought it would be nice to do some stencils, juxtaposition and all that jazz!

To do the stencils I put a bit of water on the paper so it would stick in place...but be warned, time is of the essence! if you let it dry out too much all your pretty paper shapes will fall off. I would recommend doing one bottle at a time.

Yay! I think I'm gonna spray paint everything now! and this is what I learnt this week!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pop-up Cards! What I learnt this week #2

Things are always more fun when they are three dimensional, so with this in mind I set about learning how to make some pop-up cards! This site has a lot of tutorials on the basics cuts and folds necessary for different types of pop-up cards. I wanted to create a structure on which I could stick my illustrations, with 3 layers so they would look nice and dimensional! To do this I used the box variation method, which involved some cutting, some mountain & valley folds, and hey presto POP-UP!!

Such Fun! I'm gonna do a tutorial next week, with a print out so you can make your very own King Kong in New York card!! so stay tuned for that.
Pop-up cards are great! and this is what I learnt this week :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Macrame! What I learnt this week #1

I have always loved retro craft books and magazines! and was often drawn to the amazing macrame plant holders that graced so many of the pages in these 70s instructinal manuals. However, I never learnt how to do it, never crossed macrame off my crafty list of skills! Why? I don't quite know, I like tying knots in rope as much as the next person! So when I saw some nice yellow rope at Bunnings I knew it was time.

I learnt a few of the basic knots, the good ol' half knot, the classic square knot, crown knot (ohhh fancy!) and away I went. It was super fun, and I felt a bit like a fisherman! which is always a good thing. Now as for my creation, it's by no means perfect, and I think i made some knots up along the way that a seasoned macramist would scoff at....but I love it in all its tacky glory.

Side note: This is one of the few plants that I have managed to keep alive, It would appear I am not very nurturing. Basically I leave it alone and it survives, however, it might not do so now that I've ripped it from its pot and planted it in this old light fitting. But it looks pretty swell right now!

Yay. Macrame, check! and this is what I learnt this week :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Year!

Hurrah! it's a brand new year, and I've got a feeling it's gonna be a great one. Granted, i do think that every year....but hey! there is something to be said for positive thinking!

So, it was mighty quiet on the Poppet Blog last year...I put this down to two things.
Firstly, I am terribly lazy when it comes to online updating of things.
Secondly, 2011 was a busy busy year! Here is what happened....

After nearly 5 years of running Poppet I had grown weary of selling vintage clothing. It was a gradual realization, an itching of the feet, all the things I had loved about the business had started to lose their shine. The one bright star that never dimmed, however, was my amazing customers! you guys were the best :) and I feel so grateful for getting to know you all. Had it not been for the shop I never would have met so many of my wonderful friends that make my life a complete joy. I'm a lucky lady. Starting a small business on my own straight out of university was a decision borne from an uncertainty of what to do with my life, and a fear of getting a 'proper grown up job' out in the real world. By some lucky chance I managed to survive doing what I loved for years, and it was great, but evolution is also great, and that's what needed to happen!

So a change was needed, but what to do?! The shop had become such a part of who I was, that the thought of closing it down felt a little like losing a lover or amputating a limb, terrifying! but it had to be done. I got out my textas and made a plan, a multi-colour mind map to set me on the right path. I knew I wanted to focus more on designing under the Poppet label but there were so many ways of going about this. In the end, after much thought the winning idea was a retail collective for local designers, and with that Heroes & Villains was born. I had a month to transform what was Poppet into a new space, and what a fun month it was! I have always had a longing to be a handy man/builder and this was my time to shine, I painted, sanded, ripped up lino, concreted, built things and enjoyed wearing a lot of flannel shirts. It was a great experience, and when finished, I looked upon the bright new space and felt renewed and capable, ready to launch into this exciting new venture. Onwards and upwards!

So, the plan for 2012. So much stuff!
Lots of working in Heroes & Villains and lots of working on my Poppet clothing line!

I've also decided I need to learn more things! with that in mind I aim to do a weekly post detailing what I learnt that week. Perhaps it will be a new skill or hobby, maybe it will just be fun facts about dinosaurs, who knows...but stayed tuned and we can find out stuff together.

If you wanna keep up to date with my goings on, please follow Poppets facebook and twitter and Heroes & Villains facebook and twitter too. Yay

x Jules