Christmas Crafting!

So this year Chris and I are absolutely brassic. With my drop in work hours, paying work back for over-payments, and trying to save for a boat we just got nothing to spare. With all this is mind, we decided it might be nice if we made everyone something this year. We worked it all out and had 30+ people to buy for. After doing some math’s we worked out I could get all the supplies I needed for that many gifts for around ¬£100. This is obviously a lot cheaper that spending around ¬£20 on everyone!

Craft of choice this year was soap making! I’ve never done it, but I figured like, how hard could it be!

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I went with the old melt-and-pour option, a Shea Butter option. This is purely because me and Chris are scared of lye, which I think is a healthy fear to have considering it’ll melt your face off if given the chance. And we don’t have time to wait for everything to cure, which I think can take months. And I have no idea how to actually¬†make cold process soap. So there’s that.

Immediately I snapped a knife in half trying to cut it up, so switched to a bigger knife. That helped.

Basically everyone gets their own smelly. I was going to felt them, so they’d be all pretty and self-flanneling, but I tried it with a couple and it just takes too long. I had been standing for about 3 hours by this point as well, and for those of you that don’t know, I’ve been diagnosed with ME/CFS by my GP (though that could change again in March as I have a Rheumatology specialist appt :/ ) but I’ve been struggling a lot with leg pain, and nothing I take seems to help. So that idea got scrapped. It does mean now I have a kilo of wool roving and nothing to do with it. Typical.

soap

I made these cute little labels a month or so ago in inDesign. I think they’re cute. I wear glasses and he has a big ol’ beard, together we make 1 whole hipster, hence the images on there.

I’m relatively happy with the turn out. There’s 3 I need to re-do but the rest are ok. I feel bad since they’re so small, but I’m hoping people will understand our plight and appreciate that they were hand made.

How’s everyone else’s Christmas planning coming?

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Box

“You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?”

This hand burnt, Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask inspired box was made to protect your jewelry, trinkets, or dice. Or Rupees. Heart Pieces. Anything you can find.

The box is a hexagonal pine box with a brass clasp, measuring approx. 16cm x 14cm x9cm and is lined with a dark green felt. It’s finished with a clear layer of Plasticote.

You can see some of the creation of this box here: https://youtu.be/w5oUhnDOWPs

If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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