We had a very quiet Christmas as I had a chest and a throat infection but my wonderful family outdid themselves and I mostly had a Bobbi Brown Christmas (my favourite makeup and the one thing I really spoil myself with) but my husband did me a proper stocking and for the first time in decades, I got a toy! He watched mesmerised as I excavated my very own dinosaur, with small chisel and brush, from a block of plaster having completely ignored all my far more expensive pressies. I had an awesome time! I have the dinosaur besides me now, supervising this blog post! It goes to show that it's not all about the money.
One of my pressies was a soldering iron (£4.99 so cheap enough to give it a go but it's not the end of the world if I hate it or suck at using it) which I found really inspiring as I want to take my jewellery designs to the next level. I've had a look online and found a reasonable evening course which I hope they will accept me on to, and then we shall see. I have many designs in my head that I would like to bring to life, and not just jewellery designs.
I now take the time to post my designs to twitter too (I'm @LFCCupdates if you want to find me!) and am slowly learning my way around the joys of the hashtag (#newbie !) but I really love the joys of instagram (I'm LFCC1 - come see me!) as much of what I post is very visual.
The most recent addition to my social media front is the new boy, Tsu - https://www.tsu.co/LittleFloatingCraft - It works a little differently from Facebook and I'm still learning my way around but I hope that it will be as much of a fun community there. You guys make everywhere feel like home though, so thank you!
I am using several different mediums to bring my designs to life, including polymer clay, lace, and metal work so I really hope you love it when it's done! It will be launched on Friday 30th January on my facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/littlefloatingcraftco ) at 8.30pm GMT.
The whole boat is very vintage styled with a lot of antique and vintage pieces we've found over the years. I love what we've created. Our bedroom is the one girly room though and I've embraced my love of tulle, old pearls, and fairy lights and we even have antique chandelier lighting! I found a gorgeous old wardrobe at a local charity shop about a year ago which we installed (Mr LFCC had to chop the legs off as we have quite low ceilings) and I insisted that I loved but it has the hanging rail going from front to back rather than left to right and it is such a nightmare to actually use that I'm giving in. It's going back to the charity shop and I am going to build a supported rail with a curtain around it. I have visions of swathes of tulle, scattered with tiny Swarovski crystals, and I particularly love the look of the heartbreakingly beautiful designs from Rosie Red and I may try and work something inspired by these into the design. I dread to think what the cats will do with it, but it'll be fine, I'm sure!
On this divine note I will leave you in peace for this evening. I will absolutely post updates and will be sharing more "how to" posts this year via my own blog as well as through craft magazines so let me know if there's something you'd like to see!
Happy new year, floaty folks! xxx