Bumble Bee's Craft Den

I enjoy crafting and like to try my hand at different things. If there is anything that you see on here that you would like made, please feel free to contact me bumblebeescraftden@gmail.com or by going to my page on Facebook www.facebook.com/bumblebeescraftden. You can post on the wall or send me a message there. I appreciate any comments that people leave so please feel free to comment!!!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A Little Bit of Shabby Chic!

Oooh I've got the Shabby Chic bug!!  I blame my sister, she has started this off!!  I've been on the look out for anything that I can paint and shabby up!  I am only starting with small pieces for now though!

I picked up a little corner shelf unit at a car boot sale for a bargain £1 and thought it would be great to paint up!  I will be able to take it along if I do a craft fair as it is small enough to sit on a table corner nicely!  I sanded it down and painted the spindles in a chalky paint and then sanded it again and then waxed it to get a smooth finish.  For the shelves I just sanded them down and got rid of a few minor water marks and then waxed it and left it natural.  I am really pleased with it - here is a before and after photo!

I made the frame in the photo also - well I tarted up a plain old wooden frame!  I made a lovely puffy, satin flower and a little bit of bunting to decorate it after I had painted and waxed it.  I also distressed it alittle to give it a vintage look.

Hope you like them both as much as I do!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 2 May 2014

A Heart Banner and other bits and pieces!

Ooh I've not blogged for a couple of weeks, I've not been up to much and not feeling very crafty!!   I have made a few things though which I will show you in a bit!

I'm also buying different glues to test them out as I am trying to find the best glue to stick leather.  If anyone has any recommendations please let me know!  Today I have bought Beacon's Tacky Glue and Aleene's Leather and Suede Glue and the other day I bought Bostix Leather Glue.  I know alot of people love glue guns but I just don't feel the love there and never find they stick things properly - maybe I just need to buy a better one that gets hotter!

So I've made a few more leather flowers - I made some smaller leather poppies and a couple of other leather flowers.

This one is a sunflower - I absolutely love the bright colour of this leather!!

On the flower below, I rubbed Treasure Wax into the leather and then polished it with a soft cloth.  The metallic in the wax catches the light nicely although hard to see it in the photo!

I also wanted a heart banner in brightly coloured cotton fabrics and couldn't decide whether to a have a go with my sewing machine (I'm not very confident on it!!) or hand sew one!  I decided that handsewn would give it a more shabby chic look!  It was more time consuming but I am pleased with the result!  I added some little red satin bows in between the hearts and this stopped them slipping along the jute string.

I have a nice large jar of dried lavender from my garden so I made a cute little Scottie dog and stuffed him full.  He smells lovely!  I also stitched in one of my homemade tags!

I ordered a new stamp from Malaysia and it arrived this week!  I wanted something that I could stamp on the top of card to put my brooches on, I think it makes them look more professional!

This is what it looks like on the brooch card

It's a bank holiday weekend here in England, who knows we may be lucky and get some sun.  I am hoping to go to a Vintage Fair tomorrow.  Whatever your plans for the weekend, have a good one!