Wednesday, 2 January 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR, may it be filled with Inspiration

The Christmas tree was packed away today for another year.  We had a lovely Christmas.... but now to focus on the year ahead!  I have lots of quirky ideas in my head which I hope to begin realising very soon.  Whilst tidying my bookshelf I found a book that I purchased quite a while back in a charity shop.  My curiosity took over and the tidying got put on hold - again!!  It was a book all about Salt Dough.  Two days later and Penny and Pam (among others!) were born:-

It was great fun watching them come together!  I love that once your creation has come out of the oven you can grab your paints and you have a blank (sheep shaped) canvas and can be as wild as you want.  That said Pam and Penny are very conservative sheep.  Watch this space!
Recipe for Salt Dough:
2 Level Cups of Plain Flour
1 Heaped Cup of Salt
3/4 Cup of Lukewarm Water
1 Tbspn of WallPaper Paste
1 Tbspn of Vegetable Oil
Blend the Flour, Salt and Wall Paper Paste together and then pour on the Oil and Water. Knead together for around 10 - 15 minutes.  If dough is still too dry you can add a little more water, to wet a little more Flour.  While you are not using it you must keep it in an airtight container.  Iwrap in Cling film and than put in an airtight bag! (Belt and Braces!)  Although you can air dry it I use an oven. Mine is Fan assisted I have it at 50 c (130F) for 12 hours!
If you need any further pointers please leave a comment, or of course Google will provide more than a little help I am sure!
Below are a few picture of my other recent creations:
A Multi Onyx Agate (?) in a netted Bezel with Woven bail.

Knitted Bookmark

Frosty with his carrot - Needlefelted Lionhead Bunny

Frosty - Just Chillin'!
That's it for now.  I'm off to the craft store later as my daughter would like to spend her Christmas money!!
I must not buy anything...I must not buy anything....I must not..........Futile I can feel the bubbles of excitement in my tummy!!! - All you crafters can relate to that right?!
It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.” – Jim Bishop,
American Journalist & Author


Tela Formosa said...

Your little animals continue to amaze me! You have a real gift for creating the little critters.

Thanks for reminding me of the salt dough. I wonder if I can get my grand daughter involved in some play? :)

Happy New Year, Glenda, to you and your family!!!!

JCIC said...

Thanks Tela!

I bet you could have some real fun with the salt dough! The recipe I have written gives you quite a lump of dough - plenty for two to play!!!

Have fun!

Glenda x