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12 Month Craft Challenge – January’s Project Completed

In January I discovered a number of things:

1) Craft is an effective way to relieve stress.

With news of redundancies at my workplace, there have been some real tough, emotional days.  Sitting down to just focus completely on making something has really helped me to switch off from all the crazy crap going on.

2) That paper mache is a lot more fun when you are still knee high to a grasshopper.

I don’t remember feeling so impatient waiting for layers of paper/paint/varnish to dry when I was making Blue Peter projects as a kid! Perhaps its because I no longer have all the time in the world to spend crafting, but I found all the waiting around frustrating.

3) That paper mache is not a winter craft!

It is cold, slimy and makes your fingers wrinkly from all the time spent soaking your hands in water and glue.  In hindsight, I should have waited for the Summer for this one.

4) That people, other than my nearest and dearest read my blog. 

When a colleague at work stopped me to say he enjoyed reading my blog and that he thought I should paint a panda design…well, how could I refuse?  So the final project is indeed, a kawaii style panda.  Here it is:

panda

So my final thoughts on this project?  Well, whilst it was interesting to do something different, there is no replacing my love of yarn and crochet.

February’s project: Stenciling.  Watch this space.

January 12 Month Craft Challenge – The project so far and how you can help me choose a design.

So for this month’s challenge I’m focusing on paper mache.

The main reason I chose paper mache for the January challenge is, that in it’s basic form, the craft is easy and cheap to do.  After the expense of Christmas and the party season, no one wants to go out and buy complicated and expensive equipment. It is also something that anyone can have a go at no matter what age.

Now, for my first project, I confess I’ve cheated a little and used a mache shape underneath my strips of brown paper and glue.  This was one I’ve had hanging around the house for a while after an impulse buy, and I’ve been waiting to use it.  It also means that, as my first project of the year, it guarantees at least some amount of success – at least THIS one won’t end up just a pulpy mess!

So, how was it?  Cold, slimy, but ultimately satisfying to do.  The only disadvantage is waiting for the layers to dry.  This has meant it is taking me a lot longer to make than anticipated.

This is what it looks like so far:

craft challenge Jan

The only thing to do after the final layers is paint it.  But what should it be?  I’ve got a few choices:

A Panda,

A Kokeshi (Japanese Doll)

Hello Kitty

Please help me choose!! Add your comments below.  Any other suggestions welcome.

My quest to join the Marmarati!

Loving Marmite sometimes feels like having a guilty secret.  If you dare to come out of the closet about your love of the brown stuff, you can guarantee that at least one person, if not more, will gasp in horror and recoil as though you were some sort of pervert.

Well, fellow Marmite devotees,  that there is no need to feel like a social leper anymore!  The secret society of the Marmarati will indulge your every Marmite fantasy…but like every secret society, there is an initiation test, well, several actually.  No surprise that I’ve taken up the craft challenge and having bought more jewellery supplies, came up with this…

I’m really pleased with it and have been proudly wearing it everywhere I go.  What better way to come out of the Marmite closet?

P.S. The Marmarati is not so secret, if you want to vote for my creation or join the Marmarati yourself, you can find them here: http://www.marmarati.org/list-submissions/?cid=1010  There are some pretty amazing creations on there: a Marmite fascinator and an awesome cross stitch.

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