Thursday, 28 June 2012

Hand Crafted Earrings

You've probably noticed the new tab up there for my soon to be online shop. I decided to set up a shop to sell some of my creations to see if I can make a bit of pocket money.

I've got lots to do in building and designing the shop but first of all I have to build up some stock. Here's a sneak peek at some of the creations so far:

What do you think? Would these be something you would buy? 
If so, how much would you pay for them? 

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Photo Restoration

I've been spending the past few weeks restoring an old photograph of my Grandad. It has been sitting in a frame for years and was badly sun damaged, so I decided for Father's Day that I would restore it and get it put in a nice new frame for my Dad.

The original photograph was taken at some point in the 1960's outside Central Park in Wallasey, so I'm guessing my Grandad would have been about my age in this picture or in his late twenties or early thirties.

I searched around for tutorials on restoring photographs, but in the end I had to pretty much digitally re-paint all of it using Adobe Photoshop. It was a lot of hard work but here it is before and after.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Recyclable Arts & Crafts: How To Make A Chrysanthemum Mirror

I've been so busy over the past few weeks that I've neglected my Blog! With Father's Day fast approaching, I have been working on a photo restoration of my Grandad that has taken me a lot longer than I originally planned. It is still a work in progress, but I think once it's complete and nicely framed, it will make a great gift for my Dad's Father's Day present. (That's a whole other Blog post, so more to come on that soon).

Anyway, I was just having a little lunch time session on the old Stumble Upon and came across this fantastic idea for recycling old plastic spoons. How to Make a Chrysanthemum Mirror. It's simply too good to not share and I feel an urge now for a recyclable crafts project coming on in the near future. Enjoy!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Hawkwind: Live at the Tivoli, Buckley

The Tivoli, located in the Flintshire town of Buckley in North Wales is a fantastic venue who really make an effort to put on a variety of bands from all genres.

Last night, I went to see Hawkwind, what a fantastic time! Now this is one band that has stood the test of time. They've been actively making music since 1969, that's over 40 years!

This English Rock band was one of the earliest groups of the 'Space Rock' genre. Their lyrics mostly favour a theme of urban and science fiction. They are also noted as a precursor to Punk Rock and are considered a link between the hippie and punk cultures.

The whole show was visually stunning and full of creativity! There were stage dancers (a couple of them even on stilts at one point!), stunning costumes and a mesmerising light show. All this combined with the atmospheric music provided a hypnotically entertaining treat from these psychedelic warlords!

If there is one thing that Hawkwind can do well, it is to wrap you up in their music and carry you away in their little magical bubble. With elements of synth, rock and dance, every song they played flowed into the next. I personally think they would have carried on forever had it not been for the venue curfew.