Soap making, knitting (badly), collecting beautiful things, dressing up, singing country songs, dancing in the living room!
Anything with paper, anything with buttons, anything with a vintage twist or a pretty pattern. I try to incorporate all those things into my soap making.
I love making soap to Patience & Prudence! Their music acts like a sort of theme tune! Lady Wurlitzer and Nana Moon personified - musicified! I also love to have the Flight of the Conchords on when I'm making things in the living room! This is my new favourite show. It was introduced to me by fellow maker and very clever designer, Clare Nicolson!
Ooophff... I made a whole host of hideousness before I actually made anything I wanted to keep let alone anything I wanted to share! I tried to make an alien costume out of a black bin bag and some lipstick when I was in Primary 4. It wasn;t very successful. I wore it anyway. The first proper thing I made and really liked was a button necklace. I made it for my friend Eva's birthday. I put my favourite button on it - a big huge pink-purple one. I also made a pretty canvas for our house too with photographic negatives. A friend offered to buy it. Oh how I laughed. Those were both keepers.
Obviously, soap and bathtime products are pretty high up in my crafty repertoire but I also enjoy making little paper things. I love making storytelling/themed collages from old photos and magazines and books. I used to make these for friends' birthdays and special ocassions. I made my own wedding invitations too and enjoyed every minute of the sticking and the cutting and the moulding and the writing! I ought to do more paper craft... I love cooking too. I'm rubbish at baking and dessert making but I love nothing more to create new savoury dishes and stodgey dinners! My very, very favourite thing to make though is the perfect compilation tape. I spend hours deliberating over tracks and orders and then I spend even more hours decorating the box and creating pretty inlay labels!
Lady Wurlitzer is about to be joined by bosom friend, Nana Moon. Nana Moon is a little magpie of a woman who seeks out pretty treasures from vintage vaults and/or recreates pretty pieces with decades past in mind. Her online emporium arrives this spring!
(Photography by Garry Maclennan of YHF Photography).