Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pinkysil Fun :)

Top Mark Products, the NZ importer of Pinkysil & heaps of other resin & other model making products has gone out of business. The week before they shut their door was a 50% off sale....I got some easy cast clear resin, a few resin tints & some Pearlex.  I also got a mold for a ring &  bracelet.  Here is the bracelet I made using clear resin & kids coloured sand. I kept adding more sand because I couldn't see any...duh! Gravity      had all gone to the bottom!
They had already sold out of Pinkysil & white Easycast resin.  Scotties Crafts still had stock so had to go for a drive............Pinkysil is so much fun to play with.   I wanted Pinkysil to make a mold of one of Scott's Warhammer creatures wings, they were perfect for my Blythe doll but he wont give them up, hehe.  The wings were not currently available for me to cast & I couldn't wait to play do I made some little molds.  These are some of the things I used.
 Here are my 2 new molds....
 and here is some of the things I have made in the last 24 hours.  Unfortunately I think I wont be getting a wing cast.  I think it would use 2 bottles of Pinkysil & therefore it would be cheaper just to go buy another one of Scott's Creatures keep the wings & throw the rest away.  Pinkysil doesn't go very far, resin does.  I got red, bright blue, turquoise & yellow resin colours.   I am not sure why the dark green came out glassy.  I painted the molds with Pearlex to get different colours & effects.  See Tinker Bell's wings, the guitar, etc.  Nicola has decided were are going to make necklaces at her birthday party with Tinker Bell, the guitar & the butterfly.  I am so happy with how they have turned out that now I need to do some scrapbooking to stick them on!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

My Impersonation of a Chinese Sweat Shop

How did it happen you ask....well.....It started innocently enough  We were talking about the girls upcoming Mariners Regatta at a parent meeting when one of the leaders mentioned how good one of the other groups tents looked cos all the girls had matching blankets.  They are very strict with tents tidiness etc & have inspections every morning at 9. So I pipe up & say that it wouldn't be that hard to make polar fleece blankets for the girls (this is 2 weeks until camp). Now as you know I am a perfectionist so refused other parents help.  I had 13 blankets to make by camp & another 3 after.  (The siblings who didn't need them for camp had to wait, and they still are....)The amazing team at Centrepoint Fabrics in Newmarket cut the blankets to length for me, which was very helpful.  Then I played 'rat & letter' tetris with the expensive Visoflex (double sided fabric glue sheet). My bestie & my daughter cut them out for me.  Unfortunately I am a dork & forgot about everything being reversed on Visoflex until after the cutting of the rats (luckily before the letters) so all the rats are back to front compared to the original design on the girls t-shirts.  But that was tough! I was not redoing all that work & money. So I lived & breathed blankets for 2 weeks with my poor hubby in charge of feeding me & family, he was amazing! There were 'rats' and green fluff all over the house. They were completed the day before the girls needed them and (if I do say so myself) looked pretty good.  Frustratingly once I delivered them I had other parents saying.."ooo how much are they?  Maybe we should get one....."  NO MORE UNTIL NEXT REGATTA!!!!!!! (Easter 2014) I just need to finish the 3 sibling ones now cos they have already been paid for, but no more orders!

White plus one

As I was doing really well with my scrapbooking LO challenges so I thought I would have another go at one.  This LO was 90% done for the white plus one February challenge when tragedy struck our extended family & I was unable to complete it in time.  I really like the way it has turned out so thought I would post it anyway.  The chipboard background was a purchase from the retreat I went to at the start of this blog!!  I was always waiting for something 'special' to use it for, well my baby is special :)
We are related to the guy who was killed in the shark attack of Murawai beach.  As soon as I heard about it on the radio I thought "I wonder if...." but thought the chances that it was him was so slight I put it from my mind.  So when we got the call later that evening I was in shock.  Such a horrible tragedy I was speechless & in shock for days, I just could wrap my head around the fact that he was gone. I mean what are the odds?  Now that beautiful little girl has lost her adoring daddy & Meg has lost the love of her life so soon after finding him.  IT'S NOT FAIR!! There are so many scumbags in this world, why him? I know life isn't fair, I tell my kids that often, but still....