Peace, perfect peace. More Mandalas.

Hama Bead Mandala Design.

Before we went away we spent some time on Hama Bead Mandalas, as already blogged. But they were just so gorgeous that even though I’ve already blogged them over at BeadMerrily, home of all the Hama Beads you could possibly ever want, I decided to put them here too. It was a lovely few days of us crafting together and I get precious little opportunity to record things we do together anymore. How I wish I had known I needed to fully appreciate those days.

Josie has quite a knack for our #hamabeads #mandalas #craftysummer #craftmerrily

I loved watching their abilities with pattern improve over the days we did these; Josie in particular got very confident at using colour and pattern. It was fabulous. There must be maths in there somewhere too :)

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Before I leave you with the designs, maybe you’ll indulge me with looking at our lovely craft website where we sell the midi hama beads you need for designs like these.

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Like the good old days.

I’d forgotten how much fun it is to just sit and make things with Hama Beads. I think they are still my favourite crafty stuff; I couldn’t bear to not have a shop full of them!

Happy with my #shamrock #hamabeads for #stpatricksday #getyourcrafton #bitlate
I’m clearly in need of a bit of therapy; the breast lump thing has knocked me back badly, even though it was okay. Anxiety has skyrockets and couple with April approaching – meh. I need to talk, I think but there is no time and no one to really listen.

Very lovely afternoon with Josie and the #hamabeads today.
Josie and I sat and beaded in the Spring sunshine today, listening to Percy Jackson and thinking our thoughts. Very soothing. The daffs in the garden make me smile, just about and creating patterns from scratch for the first time in years is lots of pleasure.

Not really daffodil enough but quite pretty. #hamabeads #daffodilboy #daffodil
Even the ‘not very daffodil at all’ one.

Later on we joined everyone who stuck with the gym and made it happen for a great big play session and party. It was fabulous – I’m bubbling with joy to see what we’ve achieved.

Well, I'm over half way. #ripple #crochetaddict
Even the ripple is coming on :) A longer job that I intended.

I’ve booked on another Debbie Abrahams knitting course with my birthday money. Squeak!

Daffodils in Hama Beads

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Oh, I’ve not had the Hama Beads out in such a long time; a bit of therapy was needed tonight though and they just arrived in my hands, as it were. On with the daffodil theme so they will still be here in April (all the garden ones are out now… Sob) and these are just in time for St David’s Day too.

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I’m not sure if I still have a drawing disk I can do patterns with but her are some face on pictures you can copy.

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On a large hexagon.

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Also on a large hexagon.

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On a small star.

Please do feel free to pin them and join me in any daffodil crafts for Freddie’s 4th birthday on 2nd April. The hashtag is #DaffodilBoy. I’ll do a linky at some point.

Cat Crafts.

Hama Bead Cats

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have been forced to endure my humiliating re-entry into Fimo modelling the other week as I attempted to get to grips with making model cats. I can’t believe quite how much ability I have lost in 20 months or so of not picking up any polymer clay. It’s not like I’m brilliant at the best of times but somehow seeing how clever some people are on the internet has made me worse – well that and total lack of practice!

Still, I really wanted to get back into doing some crafts for here and on my various other websites, so it seemed a good time to force myself to get back to it. I looked to Pinterest for inspiration, tried my hand at some fast cat shapes… and totally failed. After two days, I had come up with no more than the poorer elements of this batch of reprobates.

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Before anyone compliments the black one… that was Maddy’s. Yep. She did better than me in one go!

I decided that I’d have to try harder. I hate it when the girls give up without achieving what they set out to do, so thought I should aim to take my own advice. I sat down with some books, worked on some more cattish techniques (I wonder if not being a cat person didn’t help?) and eventually had faces I liked. These two seemed quite interesting little chaps, even if not quite what I had intended. Thank you for the inspiration Christi Friesen.

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And with that… some cats appeared… I ended up really quite pleased with these two.
Fimo Wizard Cats

There is now a tutorial on how to make them over at Simple Crafts. As a humbling reminder of how much a skill requires exercising to keep it, it worked well :/

Since then, a few other things have got made too…

Hama Bead CatsThe girls were coerced into making Hama Bead Cats for me which are featuring on BeadMerrily.

We’ve experimented with pom poms to make cats… I’ve got a tabby and a tortoiseshell to finish too.

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And Maddy finished off her cat bag too.

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You’ll be able to find how too of all of these on Simple Crafts over the next few days (scheduled posts.. go me!)

If you want some more inspiration, you could visit my Cat Crafts Board on Pinterest.