Hiring a skip to get rid of your craft rubbish

This week I had to hire a skip. As any good arts and craft person will know, when you work on enough projects you generate a lot of waste! My wife often get’s annoyed with the amount of rubbish that I store away, well this month she decided it was time for a clear and and I must admit that I agree.

gettingridofwaste

So the first question I had to ask was, how on earth are we going to get rid of all of this rubbish? We soon realised we could easily fill a skip with everything we had to get rid of, so we did just that, we hired a skip. We chose a company that offers skip hire Stoke on Trent because we had heard good things about them.

So what did I put in the skip I hired?

Well I mentioned in an earlier post how I’d been using a lot of wood in my recent projects and I had a lot left over. Well it took me by suprised just how much scrap wood and rubbish I had amassed, I knew that an ordinary bin bag wouldn’t do for getting rid of this amount of waste, I needed a skip, so I went to the guys that offer skip hire Stafford and they sorted me out with one.

If you’re thinking of having a good sort out like I have then I will give you one good tip about hiring a skip from any company and that’s make sure that you take into account the time that it takes to get a skip hire permit. I didn’t have enough room in my driveway or on my garden, so I had no choice but to put my skip on the road which meant that I had to wait an extra day for a permit and pay a little extra too.

After my huge clean out, it seemed like I had tonnes of room. Sure I was a little sad to see some of my uncompleted crafts projects get thrown away but it’s left me with a lot more room to work on new projects!

 

Thinking of starting a craft blog yourself?

There are a number of tips that I’ve picked up since writing this and other blogs that I want to share with any aspiring writers out there. The first thing to get right with a craft blog is the design, it’s often a good idea to use the blog as an extension of your creativity put a big of personality and a little bit of you into it, your readers will definitely notice. You should never underestimate the power of first impression particularly in a hyper critical art world.

The next tip that I want to share with you all is always make sure that any photographs that you use, particularly of your craft work are up to scratch, by this I mean make sure that they are high quality and pleasing to look at. Failure to do this can make your blog look a little amateur and turn off potential readers and social media shares. If your images are of a high enough quality then people are much more inclined to share them on sites like Facebook and Twitter which can potentially attract you even more readers and viewers of your work.

There a number of things that you need to avoid and potentially be careful with using. Featuring music on a blog if you aren’t a musician can be a particular turn off for visitors to your website, if you do feature music though, make sure that it does not automatically start when someone first loads up your website. Providing your readership with too much personal information can also be a major turn off, if your blog is about crafts then try and keep it about that, a sprinkling of a few personal facts can be fine but too much can be off putting.

For a well written craft based blog then check out this one.

Be sure to check out this post on using oak beams in your work as well as this one that talks about how to make your own wallpaper.

Using western red cedar and oak in your projects

I’ve fallen in love with a type of wood recently. Now I know that the following article crosses over into woodwork but I believe any one who love arts and crafts naturally crosses into using wood in their projects. Increasingly I find myself using western red cedar in a number of my projects because it’s such a beautiful wood to work with!

wooden box made from cedar

If you love the natural look in projects you may want to explore using different woods yourself. My favorite thing to make is wooden hour-glass times, my western red cedar one looking amazing. The cedar has as natural red coloring that you just cant get from any other type of material, plus when you pick it up it really feels great.

So what items can you make from woods like red cedar and oak?

There’s literally on limit to what you can make with wood. Whether you’re using large pieces of oak like these oak beams or something far smaller like plywood, you are only bound by your imagination. Three weeks ago I decided that I wanted to make something a little more expensive for one of my projects so I decided to make an oak box that I decorated myself, much like the image featured above. When I was finished, I must say that I was even impressed myself, what I had made had real quality to it which was largely due to the wood that I had used which gave it a rich finish.

If you’re thinking of using wood in your projects, here are a few ideas that may get you started here. one of my particular favorites are some of the children’ toys, my grand-kids absolutely adore wooden airplanes.

How to make your own brick wallpaper and wall decorations

Making your own wallpaper can not only be satisfying but can really add your own identity and tastes to your home. Okay first a little disclaimer: we aren’t actually going to be making any! Now before you stop reading, hear me out first. Making your own bathroom wallpaper, or wherever you’re going to put it requires expensive printing, a lot of time and expensive materials in order to create something that you would be proud to hang on your walls, so instead I’m going to be discussing how to achieve a wallpaper effect.

wallpaper-effect

Now the first step in the process is deciding on the repeating pattern that you’re going to use. In my house I’ve used my craft skills to develop a stencil that incorporates a royal style of decoration. After you’ve decided on the pattern, you then need to create yourself a stencil that will be used to pain your design on to your walls. It is this painting that gives the effect that we’re after.

Now in order to make a stencil you should first draw of print the pattern you’re after, once this is done you just need to do a little bit of DIY and some cutting out. Transfer your design on to some thick cardboard and then just cut it out leaving you something that you can use again and again to paint your walls. Now when you’re doing the actual painting you need to be quite precise with your measurements, if you’re not you can create and uneven looking room! Be sure to decide on a distance that each wall pattern is going to be apart and then measure this same distance out each time you go to paint.

I’ve had some success by emulating a brick wallpaper design on my walls. The trick here was to paint individual bricks onto a white wall as if a break in plaster had exposed them accidentally, this design did require a bit more creativity to really get the bricks looking realistic but I was more than happy to paint this myself and use some of my craft creativity.

Now you may be wondering what the advantages are in doing all this work? Well not only is it cheaper providing that you have the walls to paint on but you can also get the exact design that you’re after because you’ve made it yourself. Worst case scenario, if you get bored or you just aren’t happy with your design, you can simply paint over it rather than having to tear wallpaper off the walls!

Welcome to my Isle of Sky craft group blog

If this is your first time on my blog…hello there! I’m going to be regularly posting here to discuss things to do with arts and crafts and projects that I’m currently working on.

This is my first ever post! So I’ve included a nice video for you all to have a look at:

It’s something that my kids are working on and just love, so enjoy!

You might also want to check out my article on using western red cedar in your crafts, or on creating your own brick wallpaper.

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