DIY ‘Grape Soda’ Pin Badge from Disney’s UP!

With just a week to go until Valentine’s day, I wanted to share this very cute DIY, inspired by the Disney Pixar movie, UP! Have you seen it? For those of who who haven’t, you must.

DIY Grape Soda Pin Badge from UP (12)

At the start of the film we meet Ellie and Carl, two young explorers, who become best friends over their shared love for adventure. In a short sequence, we see them grow up, fall in love, and grow old, experiencing a range of highs and lows by each other’s sides. Even as they reach old age (and illness), they still dream of one day reaching their dream destination together – Paradise Falls.

Up-8

“So where does Grape Soda come into this?”, I hear you ask. At the start of the film, Ellie gives Carl a grape soda pin badge when they become explorer buddies. As she hands over the badge, Ellie says, “You and me, we’re in a club now” – a sign of the friendship they’ll have for years to come.

To make this DIY, you will need:

  • A bottlecap – either upcycle a used cap (you can spray paint them), or buy a new pack
  • Set of 1 inch epoxy stickers (I bought these from Beadaholique on Amazon), or Modge podge
  • Printer and plain paper (to print out your grape soda badge design)
  • Large safety pin
  • A small nail and hammer

DIY Grape Soda Pin Badge from UP (1)

Continue reading

Meet Albert & Me – Crochet Goodies

Before you all jump to the conclusion that I have a secret love child named Albert, let me introduce the guest of this post – Kate, the mother of Albert (below), and my #CraftBlogClub Secret Santa!

#CraftBlogClub Crochet on Shelley Makes (3) USE

You might have seen a few #CraftBlogClub Secret Santa posts from me this year; I blogged about what I made for ZoFlo here and here, but I have forgotten to blog about one important element – what I received! In this post, I wanted to spend some time showing off the amazing crochet goodies that I received from my Secret Santa – Kate, from Albert & Me (formerly Beak Up Crafts).

IMG_4595

As Kate has recently rebranded her blog to reflect a new lifestyle photography business venture, I thought it was a great opportunity to introduce Kate to you all, and her awesome work. Kate has kindly agreed to answer my burning questions, so find the Q&A below, interspersed with crochet.

First of all, how did you learn to crochet? 

“I learnt crochet by watching American YouTube videos although it took me a while to realise that stitches were called by different names in the UK! I started to learn crochet as a form of mindfulness and figured that, as there was only one hook compared with two knitting needles, it would be easier to learn for someone uncoordinated like me!”

#CraftBlogClub Crochet on Shelley Makes (6) - USE

Continue reading

Craft, Design and Maker Events in February

*Pinch, punch!* Can you believe that it’s already February? Here’s my pick of some of the fun, crafty things that you can see and do in London this month – get involved, and book your tickets now!


Just Got Made Weekender – 27-28 February, South London

Weekend-Banner

Technically a trade show, the Just Got Made Weekender is a two-day celebration of the UK Maker Revolution. Join craftspeople, micro-manufacturers and material specialists from around the UK as they show off their skills, and sell their unique wares. From heritage leather working to digital fabric printing, jewellery design to letterpress printing, the Weekender is a chance to meet like-minded maker enthusiasts, and explore areas of contemporary making you may not have encountered before.

JGM-community

Alongside a line-up of exhibitors including Sugru and I Make Knots, the event promises fun and creative drop-in workshops, demonstrations and talks. Professional makers can join free business advice sessions taught by experts from The Design Trust, the Crafty Fox Market, and the Crafts Council.

Cost: Tickets cost £5 for one day (11am – 5pm), or £7.50 for the full weekend. I’m going for the full weekend. You can buy tickets here, and follow Just Got Made on Twitter and Facebook.


Letterform Live – 24 February, London EC2A

large_330518e5-168e-459a-9dc6-7e48d58ad591

Letterform Live is a series of informal talks organised by Grafik (a graphic design magazine), inspired by their hugely popular Letterform column. The next Letterform Live, hosted in partnership with Monotype, looks at typography used in fashion, and how this has helped shape visual culture.

Letterform_Live_620w

Speakers include graphic designers and type experts Sean Murphy, Camille Walala (check out her Twitter) and Romilly Winter, talking about the letters that fascinate and inspire them.

Cost: It promises to be a fun and very informative evening – tickets are just £10 per session and can be purchased here. UPDATE: Unfortunately SOLD OUT, but stay tuned for the next one!


Paper Marbling with Pup Tart – 15th February (7-9pm) at Drink, Shop & Do

I’m a regular at Drink, Shop & Do – a quirky craft café near King’s Cross St. Pancras, which hosts daily events to entertain your evenings. I’ve been to many a ‘Drink, Shop’ Do, including ‘Play with Clay’ (Arnold Schwarzenegger styley), and their annual pumpkin carving for Halloween.

Pup Tart

I’m really excited to have tickets to their paper marbling workshop with Hannah Frew from Pup Tart, which promises to guide us through the basics of how to marble onto paper and fabric, and experiment with patterns and colour, so that we can create our own marbled greeting cards and gift wrap.

Cost: Tickets cost £15 each, and you can buy them via eventbrite here. Come join!


This is only a fraction of the events on offer in Feb, so do keep an eye out. If you know of any others, or go to any of the above, feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

Happy making, typing and crafting this Feb!

Finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2016

I’m delighted to announce that I am officially an Arts & Culture Finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2016! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. The awards received 73,000+ votes in total!

Over the years, I’ve seen the awards recognise some exceptional UK blogging talent; when I wrote my blog post In it to win it, I never imagined that I’d end up as a finalist, and I’m thrilled.

finalist_instagram_Shelley Makes picIntroducing the 2016 Arts and Culture Finalists…

There are ten finalists in the Arts & Culture category, including Aditi’s Pen (personal, fictional, and travel tales), Blazing Minds (film, theatre and event reviews), Film Doctor (a script and film consultancy), HCMOVIEREVIEWS (film reviews), Hello Emma Kay (theatre reviews), Hookedblog (street art blog), Making A Scene (community arts project), SLM Pickings (cultural events and entertainment), Shelley Makes (me!), and Urban Kultur Blog (street art, underground dance music, and urban culture).

If anyone needed any more proof that the blogging community is the best, I found out that I was a finalist via some awesome blogger friends (and previous winners) on Twitter – what sweethearts!

Thank you once again to everyone who voted for me. I’m thrilled to be waving the flag for UK arts and crafts, designer-makers, and creators, and am honoured to be a finalist in this category.

Thank You Facebook

The overall winners will be selected by a panel of judges over the next few weeks, and announced at an awards ceremony on the 29th April. I can’t wait to attend, and meet the other finalists!

Until then, stay tuned for #BlogHour which runs on Tuesdays at 9pm. The next chat (2nd Feb) is co-hosted by Hills Balfour, and we’ll be discussing press trips, social media and periscope!

DIY Origami Heart Pancake Topper

In January I got a bit ahead of myself and posted some paper craft inspiration for Valentine’s day. A couple of weeks on, and I’ve finally got round to making a DIY myself, and it involves pancakes!

IMG_0330 (2)

All you need for this simple heart is a square of origami paper, a wooden skewer, and preferably a stack of pancakes, or a cupcake. My paper is from Tiger, but you can cut a square from any paper.

This DIY is really easy – you only need a minute to make each heart, if that, so you can make the hearts before you’ve even finished making your pancakes! I don’t know about you, but I love pancakes…

IMG_0208

As well as sticking these on skewers or lollipop sticks to use as cake or pancake toppers, you can also turn them into a cute hanging garland with some string, or stick them to the front of cards.

Continue reading

Inspiration: DIY Valentine’s Day Papercraft

It’s already officially less than a month until Valentine’s day! Whether you have a significant other or a secret valentine, show them you care with one of these super easy papercraft DIYs.Valentine Heart Inspiration 2016 III

These simple tutorials are all by Minieco:

1. Boxed Geometric Heart | 2. Dot Matrix Valentine’s Day Cards | 3. Geometric Heart Pop-up Card | 4Geometric Heart Love Letter

What are you making this Valentine’s day?

5 Crafty Twitter Chats for #Creatives

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to join more crafty Twitter chats, and since then, I’ve noticed a lot of other people looking to do the same. As a result, I wanted to share details of some of the weekly chats that I join, so you can add them to your crafty calendar – I have diary alerts to remind me!

Twitter Chats Instagram


1. #CraftBlogClub – Tuesdays, 7pm – 8.30pm

#CraftBlogClub is a weekly chat for craft lovers and bloggers alike, devoted to all things crafty and creative. The brainchild of founders @KatieGetsCrafty and @Fizzijayne, it’s an extremely friendly and supportive community for crafters of all skill sets. As well as weekly chats, they host regular crafty challenges, such as the annual #CraftBlogClub Secret Santa. I started joining the chat late last year, and I genuinely enjoy joining in every week – they’re a lovely bunch!

To join the chat follow @CraftBlogClub and use the hashtag #CraftBlogClub.


2. #CraftHour – Sundays, 7pm – 8pm

#CraftHour hold a weekly Twitter chat dedicated to connecting crafters with customers. Hosted every Sunday at 7pm GMT, they also host daily ‘events’ from 8am, dedicated to promoting crafty makers, including #TreasuryTuesday, and even a 15 minute #CraftFlash – be quick!

To join the chat, follow @Craft_Hour and use hashtag #CraftHour.

Continue reading

#CraftBlogClub: DIY Cupcake Pin-Cushion Ring

In my last blog post I told you about the felt cupcake needlebook that I made for ZoFlo as part of the #CraftBlogClub Secret Santa. This post looks at the accompanying DIY cupcake pin-cushion ring!

DIY cupcake pin cushion ring | Shelley Makes

This ring DIY is an amalgamation of two tutorials I spied on Pinterest – the main one is by Obsessively Stitching, whose excellent tutorial told me how to make a basic cupcake pin-cushion ring.

Cupcake felt needle book | Shelley Makes

Against Obsessively Stitching‘s advice, I made my pin cushion using felt, rather than fleece, as it had to match Zoe’s needle-book (soz), but I must admit I was still happy with the end result.

DIY cupcake pin cushion ring | Shelley Makes

To make a cupcake pin cushion ring, you will need:

  • A4 sheet of felt (in two colours – 1 for base; 1 for frosting)
  • A bottle cap (such as Cherry Coke or 7UP)
  • Sewing thread (mine is Hobbycrafts Value Crafts range)
  • Stuffing (e.g. soft toy filling – hi-loft polyester)
  • Sharp scissors
  • An elastic hair-band (You can get these from Boots, Tescos…)
  • Red button (optional – for cherry)
  • Dress pins

Instructions:

For the cupcake ‘frosting’, I cut around a tea-light candle jar about 3.5 inches in diameter (a bit bigger than Obsessively Stitching‘s recommendation). Next, I threaded around the edge of the circle, before tugging the ends to make it gather – it looks like a baby jelly fish until stuffed!

Continue reading

#CraftBlogClub: DIY Cupcake Felt Needlebook

Back in November I told you about the #CraftBlogClub Secret Santa, where a group of crafty bloggers make and swap homemade presents with fellow festive craft-bods in time for Christmas.

Cupcake felt needle book | Shelley Makes

I absolutely loved the idea, and signed up straight away. I can now reveal that I was paired with the amazing Zoe from ZoFlo. I spent an age researching Zoe’s blog and social channels for clues about her hobbies, likes and dislikes (read: stalking!), to help me pick a theme for her present.

Felt cupcake needle book | Shelley Makes

I learnt that she is a fan of The Great British Bake Off, the John Lewis Christmas ad, country bike rides, and The Great British Sewing Bee. After umm’ing and err’ing, I decided to combine two of her favourite things, by making a cupcake-themed needlebook and pin cushion ring (cakes and sewing, huzzah!).

Whilst scouring Pinterest for inspiration, I came across this fantastic tutorial from Sew4Home which really fired my imagination. Whilst Alicia’s tutorial featured a lovely cat on the cover, I realised I could adapt this for my cupcake theme, and the instructions were really clear and easy to follow.

Cupcake felt needle book | Shelley Makes

Continue reading

2015 in Review and Blogging Goals

Happy New Year all! I hope you enjoyed last night’s celebrations. I’m just starting to feel more human, and have been reflecting on the past year of blogging! I’ve really enjoyed blogging this year, and achieved a lot of firsts. Apparently, my blog has been viewed around 13,000 times this year – which equates to five sold-out concert performances at the Sydney Opera House – nice!

According to the number crunchers at WordPress.com, my most popular posts of 2015 have been: 

1. DIY: Easy Origami Leaf Card

2. DIY: Air Dry Clay Christmas Stars

3. DIY: Happy Birthday Banner Box

4. EVENT: The Handmade Fair 2015

Thanks to all my lovely followers and fellow crafters for your support and feedback this year – I hope to keep crafting and blogging throughout 2016, so watch this space =)

My personal 2015 craft highlights have been:

My blogging goals for 2016:

Whilst I blog for fun, and intend for it to stay that way (fun), I do have some blog aims – I can’t help myself – I always like to improve and do better! Here are some of my 2016 blogging goals:

  • Head to the one and only Blogtacular in June
  • Attend events by my fave brands e.g. Paperchase, Hobbycraft, Cath Kidston and West Elm
  • Collaborate with more bloggers – anyone fancy guest blogging, and visa versa?
  • Write more regular blog posts – forward planning ahoy!
  • Join in with more weekly Twitter chats – let me know if you know any good’uns
  • Try more new crafts e.g. crochet, knitting and learn how to use a sewing machine
  • Help to promote independent makers and markets

What are your crafting or blogging goals? Let’s hope we can make more marvellous things in 2016!