Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Amazing Halloween giveaway!

Very excited! 😁I have started work today on the free Halloween giveaway that myself and Hope Jacare Designs are offering this year! Claire is offering a wonderful needle felting pack and I am offering a needle felted brooch to the winner! And as a bonus I am also creating a Tutorial. I shall post more information very soon!

Fairy house and garden update....sorry for the delay but having some internet gremlins especially posting photos on blogger. Will update soon.


Friday, 18 August 2017

Fairy house and garden part four!πŸ„

Welcome back we are now at part four of my fairy house and garden tutorial. Last time I painted my stone path and road black. I can hear gasps of horror lol but here is the stone path with a dry wash of grey paint added over the top. As you can see by painting it first black it gives a good base colour and colours in the cracks.


All I did to make the path grey stone was use a dry paint brush and dip it into grey paint (painting it first onto a paper towel to remove excess)and then brushing over the stones. Try not to get paint in between the stones. If you find you are painting on too much paint use the paper towel and gently rub some off. I used two different greys to give some high lights and low lights. Once dried I used some reindeer moss( used in florist displays) and some flocking( used in Model train scenery) to add some mosses and lichens.


Black painted path and road


Now dry painted with grey paint.


Path now looks like stone.


With added moss/lichen.


Adding pva glue between the stones to add more moss/lichen details. I also used some reindeer moss to create a little hedge.

Well I hope you enjoyed part four I shall post up part five soon. In part five I will be adding more details in the garden.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Fairy house and garden part three! At last lol!πŸ„

Welcome back to part three of my pixie house and garden tutorialπŸ„. Well last time( a while ago lol! ) I had glued down and added filler between the stones of my path and road and added some little stones by the house. Well now the fun really begins to give your scene character!


I now added a little rickety wooden fence. This was made from small lolly pop sticks which I trimmed down to a size more suitable to my scene. Which was about an inch high. I used the same filler I grouted the stones to glue the bottom of the fence posts onto the scene. Leave this to dry for a least half a day and add a little more filler if any of the posts are loose.


A little view from above to show the little lolly sticks and the general mess I make lol! 



Now I started to add little cross posts. I just cut the lolly pops to fit and glued them into place with wood glue. I did mine all rickety as I wanted my fence to look old and a bit broken in places.  Once glued leave to dry for at least a day before painted. I painted mine with a wash of brown acrylic paint. 


Now the slightly scary bit! This may look at this stage rather dramatic but trust me lol! I now painted the road and path with matt black acrylic paint making sure the stones and the gaps are all covered.


Here is the path all painted black don't worry about little bits of white showing by the fence these will be covered later with paint and scatter! Now leave the black paint to dry for a day or two.


While my path was drying I decided to add some ageing to the roof of my house. I did this by first scrapping off some of the paint with a tooth pick.


To age the area I had scratched with the cocktail stick I used a sponge to dab on some watered down brown acrylic paint.


I now decided to add some dirt to my garden area. To do this I put some pva glue in the area where I wanted soil. I then used some tea leaves. I had some lemon tea bags which I cut and poured gently onto the glued areas. You can use any tea leaves some of the fruity ones add a lovely colour. I think the lemon tea looks like mini wood chippings! Once dry I make sure it is fixed in place by adding a watered down pva solution. Which is roughly 50/50 pva and water and a little drop of washing up liquid. If you use straight pva and water it has difficulty soaking into the leaves and can dry in blobs! Add this solution with gently with a soft paint brush.


The finished result of tea leaves! Rather nice if I may say so myself! Lol!


Please join me for part four of my fairy house and garden tutorial! 

Will add a little update on my Mums Frog house in part four. 


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Fairy house and garden part two!

Hello welcome back....here is part two of my fairy house and garden project.

Well last time you tuned in I had glued the little house ( hamster house) onto the base, sculpted a hill and glued on the stones to create a road and path. I have now added a grass lawn. This was a piece of 1:12 scale dolls house lawn which comes in a sheet very similar to dolls house carpet. Using a regular household clear glue ( Uhu) I have glued this over the hill and partly over the house. I had a scrap piece so I glued another bit on the other side of the path.


Adding a carpet of grass!


Using some quick drying filler ( bought at B&Q) I added some texture to the front of the house.



Using the same filler I filled in between the stones and on all areas showing wood. Apart from by the house where I glued some stones ( which my dear friend Suzanne gave me thank you).This is where I am going to add some potted plants later.


A little pathway of stones heading to a log store. The log store was something I had lurking in my bits n bobs box. The logs are just sticks from my garden.



Close up of road.


When the filler was dry I painted the front of the house with a base coat of white acrylic paint. I am not sure what colour the little house is going to be yet but it makes a good base colour. 

Well I hope you enjoyed part two part three coming soon....


A little update on my Mums Frog house.
Using the same filler I have filled the gaps in between the stone cladding....will update with part three on this little project. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Making a fairy house and Garden part one

Hi there, welcome to part one of my little fairy house and garden project. If you have read my previous posting you will know I have been having fun gathering materials to make this lovely little scene. I bought a pine shelf and stones from B&Q (£6 and £1) and added to this is now a little Hamster house! Yes a Hamster house! This one I bought from Amazon for less than £5.00. Perfect for those of you like myself who might not be good at woodwork! You can do lots of fab makeovers with these! Add a thatched roof, cover the walls in pebble dashing, paper or cover in sticks and flowers. I am going to cover half of mine in a grass hill a bit like a Hobbit house in Lord of the Rings!
Anyway lets get started........


Firstly I arranged it on my board and when I felt happy it was in the right place I glue it into the board. I used wood glue.


Close up of Hamster house and a fly who took great interest in my project lol!


I now started placing my stones on the board to work out where I wanted my little road and path to go.



When I was happy with the layout I glued the stones onto the base. I will be filling in around these stones later to make them look more realistic.


Now to make the house look like it is build within a hill. I used some scrap paper and wire mesh to create tge shape. I then nailed it to the house slightly going over the roof.
You could just use paper mache for this process or leave the house as it is.


 Close up of wire and paper hill.


I now started covering my hill with ModRoc which is a plaster bandage. I cut the bandage into 6 inch strips and soaked it in water and then smoothed it over the wire frame and over part of the roof. I found my ModRoc in my craft box but you can buy plaster bandages from all good hobby stores.


Here is what it looked like when the hill was fully covered. I also smoothed the bandage onto the board a little bit to soften the edge and make it secure.


I found a little wooden toadstool in my craft box so using the ModRoc I secured it to the roof. This I think will be a chimney of some sort. Hey it is a fairy house anything goes! Anyway now time to leave it all to dry! Hope you enjoyed my project so far. Please join me back here for part two!

A little extra tip!

This is a little extra project I am currently working on as I make my fairy house. Using the same style hamster house I am creating a little frog house for my Mums garden. Using some of the little stones I used in my path I gently broke them into smaller pieces and glued them onto the front of the house. I did this by putting some in a plastic bag and gently hitting them with a hammer. I used a waterproof glue so hopefully it will last a year or two in the garden.
It's looking a bit rough at the moment but once I add grouting it will smooth it all out. I will post an update on this project when I do my fairy house update 😊

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Making a fairy house and garden.

Please follow me over the coming months as I create a little miniature garden and house.
 I am not sticking to any scale with this project (this is not a 1/12th scale dollhouse project) instead I am classing it 'fairy scale'! Which means there are no rules! Lol! After all from what I have been told fairies make up their homes from items they have found, things they find and borrow! So anything goes!

At the moment I am enjoying the fun part of gathering supplies! My first gathering was from B&Q and Poundland.

To use as a base for my garden and house I have bought a pine shelf from B&Q. Mainly because it was cheap(about £6) nicely made and not too big. You can instead use a piece of MDF. Just remember to sand the edges to make it smooth.
I also bought some little tiles which I thought would make a perfect garden path! I got this pack for just £1 in their summer sale.


I also found this pack of little pegs in Poundland for just £1! After all fairies, pixies and witches need to wash their smalls! 
Poundland are well worth a look for items. They often sell sequins and cheap buttons, wool and wooden sticks for gardening all good for making fairy projects. 

Coming soon gathering natural items from woodland walks ideas on what to look out for and how to use them for fairy projects. Also fairy books to aid in ideas. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

WOOLFEST STARTS TOMORROW!

For those of you who love the fluffy stuff(wool) Woolfest starts tomorrow.


The original British Wool Festival
Established in 2005

Woolfest was founded to provide a showcase and a celebration of the best of wool and wool crafts. The event is all about creativity and design with beautiful quality, amazing colours and skilled craftsmanship. It is also a great day out and was recognised in 2012 when Woolfest won the Cumbria Tourism Event of the Year Award.
     Woolfest 2017 is on Friday 23 and Saturday  24 June from 10am.

  Please visit http://www.woolfest.co.uk for full information.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Great wool tutorials on Pinterest

If you are stuck for ideas, need inspiration or you want to find a tutorial then www.pinterest.com is a great place to find them! Please look out for me Kat Hazelton and my board Krafting with Kat when on your travels😊. I also have boards on various things I find interesting including a board with my Mushroom photography. I am only an amateur photographer but I do enjoy it and I hope it shows.
Anyway have a look and have fun!

Here is a fab sheep needle felt tutorial I found today by www.liagriffith.com
Please click the link to visit their website.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Fabulous wet felted cat cave by Tina Tiainen!


I love this ladies felting tutorials on youtube not only are they informative but also she delivers them in such a fun way! I totally recommend her videos anyone especially teenagers to show them that the world of wool is totally cool! Tina's fun narration throughout her videos reminds me of 'Elvira Mistress of the Dark' or should that be 'Tina Mistress of the felt' tee hee! Each tutorial is easy to follow and she tells you what products you need and where to purchase them, full detailed instructions on every  stage and handy tips. Not to forget she does it with humour and always beautiful dressed! I myself will be having a go next week at her dread lock tutorial which I will post here about how I get on! But I must confess I just love her Cat Cave tutorial! It's so cute! So please visit her link and enjoy! Cat cave tutorial

Friday, 19 May 2017

Using a spinning wheel.

This video on YouTube is a delight to watch for those of you who like myself find spinning wheels fascinating but never given it a go.

https://youtu.be/g9Q4jKficJ4

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wet Felting a trinket pot part two

Welcome back to part two of my wet felting tutorial. In part one we wet felted a pot now the pot is dry it is time to add the finishing touches.

Trouble shooting..... If you find you pot has any holes, it shouldn't have but don't panic if you do! Sometimes if you don't use enough wool this can happen. Just take some matching wool fibres and needle felt any thin areas. Unless you want to keep your holes! Holes can be very attractive and part of your design.
Also if you gently needle felt the whole pot it can help to stiffen up your pot if you feel it is not firm enough. The great thing about wet and and needle felting is that mistakes can be easily corrected and there are no rules!

To finish off my pot I decided to sew on some beads. I used some miracle beads. These fabulous beads glow and glimmer in the light so really a nice contrast against the wool.


Using a needle and thread I sewed the miracle beads on the yellow areas of wool.


I found some little blue/gold foil seed beads so added them on the blue areas. Again sewing them into place.


Finished pot ready for display or for putting little treasures in.


Below the finished pot taken with a flash to show off the miracle beads. Ooooo look at them glowing like fairy lights!


I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and it inspires some of you to have a go! Remember my tutorials are just to give you an idea of what you can create, there are no rules so experiment.
 Have fun, KatπŸ˜‰
This is a Krafting with Kat tutorial

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

There's no place like felt! Cozy Classic new Wizard of Oz book!

Very excited my copy of Cozy Classics The Wonderful Wizard of Oz arrived today. Created by Jack and Holman Wang.  This beautiful book is aimed at small children telling the story in 12 simple words accompanied by 12 beautiful photos of needle felted scenes! The idea of the simplicity is to capture the imagination of both the child and the adult to use both your imaginations to tell the story. I bought a copy for myself as some of you know I am both a film and needle felt geek lol! I totally love Jack and Holman's needle felting and I have to say after the fantastic Star Wars trilogy this one does not disappoint in fact it is rather wicked like a certain witch featured in the book! Watch out Dorothy!

Here are a few images from the book. I got my copy from Amazon but it is also available via all good book shops.



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wet felting a little trinket pot part one by Kat Hazelton

You will need for part one:
Assortment of wool, the type you use for needle felting/wet felting. I used natural for inside and coloured for outside. Plus some curly wool for decoration.
Net
 Soap or washing up liquid.
Bowl of soapy water.
Sponge
Towels.
Old cloths
Bubble wrap or plastic sheeting to keep you table dry.

Optional extras that I used:
A bamboo mat laid underneath to aid felting
Felting tool.

First make yourself a round waterproof resist. I made mine by using a plastic Ikea bag. I cut a rough circle. It doesn't have to be perfect! But if you want a perfect circle draw around a small plate or saucer.
Next lay out your table. I put a large towel on my table covered with a bamboo mat and big piece of bubble wrap. I find the textures of the bamboo mat and bubble wrap aid with felting. Fill a bowl with warm soapy water. I used shavings from a bar of soap but a little bit of washing up liquid is just as good. 
 To make the inside of your pot wet one side of your resist. This helps to stick the wool in place. Now layer your wool on one side covering the whole circle and plus an overlap. Gently wet with soapy water I used the sponge to gently soak my wool. Do not rub at this stage just gently press. When completely covered and you cannot see any of your resist gently turn over. The photo above shows what it will look like when turned over with the over lap showing. Bring the overlap into the circle, see photo below, and lay more wool to completely cover this side, again pressing and gently wetting with soapy water. Leave an overlap as before. At this point I rubbed my hand with a bit more soap to aid felting.

When its totally covered turn it over. Repeat pulling the overlap into the circle. Now slightly rotate your circle resist so you next layer of wool is laying in a slightly different direction. This will aid in the felting process. Add more wool, wetting with soapy water and repeat as before so both sides have two coverings of wool.


Once you have done your inside of your pot you are now ready to do the outside of your pot.
Rotate your circle resist just a little again. Taking your chosen wool cover the circle resist leaving an overlap basically the same process as before.



 Turn over and pull in the overlap


 Cover with more wool as before and turn over and again pull in the overlap. Remember to wet with soapy water and gently pat.


 Now your circle resist should have three layers of wool both sides. Two of your inside colour wool and one both sides of your outside pot colour. I now added some yellow curls of wool to one side to add some interest.
Gently wet, soap and pat under the net until firmly in place.


 Now it's time to get it really felted! Cover your resist with your netting. And gently rub in a circle adding more soap and water. Don't over soak it, if you do pat with a towel. You can use your hands to gently rotate the wool I use a felting tool to speed up the process.


Do this for 20 minutes and then gently turn over and do the same on the other side for another 20 minutes until felted.
To see if your pot is nearly felted pinch the wool with your fingers. If the wool is loose it needs more soap and rubbing. 
 Now I didn't need to roll my pot as it felted nicely. If however your wool feels it needs more felting either add more water and soap and rub under the net for another 20 minutes. Or roll it in bubble wrap. If you do this rotate the circle as you roll to aid the felting in all directions.


 Once your pot feels firm run it under warm water, then cold and then warm, then cold until the soap has gone. If you have trouble removing the soap add a little white vinegar to your rinse.


 Once your pot is rinsed cut out a little circle on the top.



 Now pull out your circle resist.


Stuff your pot with some old cloths to give it shape...leave to dry in an airing cupboard or on a windowsill.


Hope you enjoyed my tutorial please join me next posting on how to add those finishing touches to your pot!
Please excuse any typos I am currently using my mobile to do my blog! Lol! πŸ˜‰

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