|S'cuse the nekkid nails.|
The first skill in my arsenal is never actually paying full price for materials. This does mean that whenever I go to Hobby Craft I have to save my purchases as yes, I am one of those people - the 'buy the Christmas stock in January' type. On my last trip I noticed that a lot of Christmas red ribbon was identical to the fully priced stock of Valentine's Day, so I snapped plenty of that up too.
|Poundland Stuff: where else could you get a meter of ribbon and|
six flowers for a quid?
Anywhere else where I stock up? Well - Primark of all places! A lot of YouTube tutorials call for a plain pair of shoes or a basic, cheap bag. Again, the Primark Sale is superb for little purses, hair clips and cheap beads/necklaces for attaching and adorning other items.
|This screams 'project', no?|
|More is more... and I will be adding more!|
I used this tutorial, and although the band itself is smaller (and with fewer flowers - should have stretched to a whole THREE pounds on bonnet materials, hahaha) I'm pretty pleased with the result...
Finally, of course, I decided to make something seasonal (if not exactly useful). A Valentine's day hair band for The Ric Rac Club. I wanted an almost pill box effect - three dimensional but without any silly feathery fascinator business. What I discovered was that kids' glittery foam shapes plus solid glue mould surprisingly well. Huzzah! I had finally created something of use.
At about 10pm, in said club, the other side of London from our house, my husband turned to me and said "You forgot your little hairband thing. It's on the hall table." Doh! Still, there's always next year...