December 23, 2011

Handmade Tea

I just finished making some handmade tea as christmas presents for a whole bunch of people.
I bought a whole bunch of loose leaf tea from the health food store and found
some heat-sealable tea bags. I mixed up a bunch of different combinations of tea and sealed
the bags with a hair straightener. The great thing is you can make any possible combination of herbs
 and spices you can think of - you could even try adding cinnamon, cloves or cocoa powder
to make the perfect holiday treat!

December 22, 2011

Christmas Presents!

I'm almost finished wrapping christmas presents.
This year, I designed my own wrapping paper by drawing simple white patterns onto kraft paper.
This little guy is going into one of those packages too - I'm definitely going to have to make
more baby penguins and put them up for sale in the new year - he's way too cute!

December 20, 2011

Alleyway Find

I found this wooden crate in an alleyway.
It was in pretty rough shape, filthy and mostly come apart.
But I picked it up anyway, washed it, pulled out the rusty nails, hammered it back
together and sanded it down to reveal some beautiful wood only micrometres below the surface.
From now on, I'm traveling the city exclusively through alleyways!

December 18, 2011

Necklaces

Preparing for a handmade christmas is A LOT of work. But fun, sparkly work.
These are a bunch of necklaces and bracelets I made as gifts for my sisters and friends.
Mostly out of polymer clay painted with gold and silver metallics (or left white, like the rose).
The added elements are bits and pieces of some of old found jewelry
which I took apart; a few wooden beads, some fake pearls and little pieces of metal.

(This post is top secret, I made my family swear not to check my blog before christmas,
not that I think they check it very often)