Autumn has arrived and with it colder days and darker evenings. It’s the perfect time of year to get cosy and crafty indoors and with Halloween approaching our thoughts here at Proops have turned to all things black and orange. Now I have to confess my macrame skills aren’t the best, but I did find these brilliant Halloween themed macramé crafts on macramelovers.com, along with lots of other ideas, patterns and tips for macrame projects.
Jewellery Pliers! There’s such a huge range to choose, with a variety of different uses. Emma at Make and Fable posted a great tutorial to explain the different types and styles of pliers. Make sure to show her site site some love and check out some of her other posts if you find this helpful.
There is an every increasing amount of different pliers available to help you in your jewellery making exploits, but when starting out, which do you really need?
Who doesn’t love coffee? Actually quite a lot of people. Weird, weird people. I assume since you’re here you love coffee too! That’s great. We stumbled across two tutorials that when combined together… well, they could change things. Your Saturdays could be spent with the smell of the beautiful aromas found only in the depths of your favorite Starbucks. In the comfort of your own home. Maybe if you grab your speakers, put on some coffee shop background noise and dust off your french press skills you could have yourself some reasonably priced goodness!
How many old horrible dressing tables, coffee tables and other old fashioned pieces of furniture do you have lying around? Personally, I haven’t one… But I know where to pick one up! (Runs to the charity shop).
What a great idea. Kendra Ochal from Buffalo, NY creates her furniture with heart and soul. “Everything you see is me. Love it or hate it; it’s every feeling and emotion poured into each item made”. Her shop KengCreations on Etsy has lots of wonderful creations to explore through. She also takes custom orders.
Why not upgrade one of your own awful old dressers to give your room a new lease of life?
What you’ll need:
A Pyrography Kit, with 14 different tips for different shading and burning techniques.
An old piece of wooden furniture.
A Pencil, for the first draft (Unless you’re awesome and can do it by eye).
Metal stamping is often associated with jewellery making but recently here at Proops Brothers we have noticed an increasing trend in metal stamping on cutlery. Metal stamping, specifically on spoons, can be a great way of adding charm and uniqueness to your standard silver spoons and are becoming more popular to buy on sites such as Etsy.
Jessica Numbers inspired us to write this blog as we love the quirkiness of the products she creates. Why not have a look at her shop on Etsy, jessicaNdesigns, to get some inspiration; whether it is to make your own or to buy as a gift.
Mmmm gingerbread men! Why not get creative in the kitchen and turn regular gingerbread men into superheroes. We found a recipe from Just Imagine and we thought we would spice up their men and women by making them heroes and heroines. Michelle from SugarSwings inspired us to add a unique twist and design something children will love.
With a little help of our products you can be well on your way creating these hero cookies.
We love candles, but we wanted to see what our candle moulds could do. Turns out, they make awesome lush bath bombs! If you cover the wick hole with a little bit of blue-tack, you can create an awesome personally inspired bath bomb. We found an amazing walk through on how to make some too, thanks to Lauren Jackson, from DIY Ready. So get making, and get relaxing.
Free hand is great, and we have seen some amazing bone burning and wood burning styles that wow us. But if your new to this, transferring your designs onto your wood to work around can be an easy way to keep your pattern/picture tidy.
We found a great tutorial from Unexpected Elegance on how to flip, and then transfer an image using wax paper and an ink jet printer. Give it a try, then let us know how you got on!
These pendants are amazing.Created by My Sisters Art, Maker: Jaqueline Lindmark.They are a beautiful example of what can be created with some creativity some imagination and in this case some skill! (more…)