52 Weekends No.12 – Getting into the Festive Spirit

This weekend (with just 9 days to go) we’ve decided it’s time to get into the festive spirit.  We’ve put the tree and decorations up, we’ve made and eaten mince pies and started watching Christmas movies, my favourite is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (I believe it to be a Christmas movie, it has snow in it and Father Christmas).

I made this tree two Christmases ago, it’s really easy to make and is a great alternative to a traditional tree. Just collect large sticks of various lengths and string them together  (best way to do that is to string it together whilst it’s hanging in position). This year I’ve treated us to a new Polar Bear decoration, as soon as I saw him I knew we had to have him… I love bears!

This year I’ve added to my decorations by making a PomPom snowball garland, which happens to tie in nicely with my gift wrap theme this year.

Alternative Christmas Tree | 52 Weekends |Stacy Grant

Pompom Snowball garland | Stacy Grant Craft | 52 WeekendsAs for the mice pies, I cannot recommend this recipe enough… honestly the best mince pies you’ll ever taste! And so easy to make too, recipe below. They’re a winner every year!

Best Mince Pie Recipe | Stacy Grant food PhotographyMince Pie Recipe (makes 9)

Ingredients – 112g cold Butter, 175g plain flour, 50g sugar and a jar mincemeat.

Method – Rub together the butter, sugar and flour until it turns into a dough. Then divide the dough into half. Roll each half into a sausage shape and divide and cut into nine discs. Flatten the discs into the holes of a patty tin and fill with mincemeat. Make lids out of the other half of the dough and press onto the filled bases with the warmth of your fingers then bake for 20 mins at fan 180C. Simple! And so yummy!

52 Weekends No.11 – Making Cards and Gift Wrap

How perfect it is to be snowed in at a weekend… no stress, nowhere to go and you get to just enjoy it.

It’s also the perfect time to stay,  keep  warm and make our Christmas and and gift wrap! I’m actually starting to feel a little festive! Contemplating making a pom pom garland later, we’ll see!

These cards were fun and really easy to make, a simple line drawing with a splash of colour. The gift wrap is really fun and easy too, just dip a pencil rubber into white paint and stamp away. The other paper is even easier, just hand drawn trees but looks fab! I love hand made Christmas stuff!

Make your own Christmas cards | Stacy Grant Make your own Christmas Cards | Design ideas | Stacy Grant Make your own gift wrap | Stacy Grant Make your Own Gift Wrap| Paper ideas | Stacy Grant

52 Weekends – No.7 T-shirt Yarn Project

This week’s inspiring 52 Weekends project is a t-shirt yarn project. This is a great idea for recycling old t-shirts and a cheap way to make new things, and I am all for that!

Making your own yarn is super simple, all you need is; one old t-shirt, pair of scissors and boom… yarn. If you cut it in one continuous zig zag motion you won’t even need to join it together. Obviously there are tons of things that can be made with this fabulous yarn but I wanted to make a trivet (to add to my food photography props). And if I am completely honest, I had a helper this weekend, my Mum came to stay and she is a much better and quicker knitter than me, so she did the most work!

T-shirt Yarn Project | 52 Weekends | Stacy Grant

T-shirt Yarn Project | 52 Weekends | Stacy Grant

52 Weekends – No.5 Natural Dyes

This weekend I decided to experiment with Natural Dyes. I recently read that Avocados produced my most favourite shade of pink and Black Beans my favourite shades of blue, I had to see this for myself.

I made the dyes and tested them on various fabrics and materials to see what colours could be achieved and bought a blank tote bag to dye and decorate for this week’s project for my 52 Weekends.

I absolute loved this project as I’ve never done anything like this before, it was easy, the results was perfect and I’ve got lovely fabrics to use as props in my food photography props and a fab bag. (The ‘HOW TO’ instructions are below the photos).Natural Dyes | Avocado Dye| Black bean dye| Stacy Grant Natural Dyes | Avocado Dye| Black bean dye| Stacy Grant

HOW TO make Avocado Stone Dye – Use three avocado stones, washed so no green flesh remains, put in a medium size saucepan and cover with just enough water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 40 mins (the water will turn maroon). Turn off from the heat, cover with a lid and leave over night.

HOW TO make Avocado Skin Dye – Clean the skins of 3 avocados so no green flesh remains, then roughly cut up into 1cm pieces.  Then same as above recipe.

HOW TO make Black Bean Dye – 8oz of dried uncooked black beans, cover with just enough water, stir and leave for at least 24 hours, stirring occasionally and topping up water when required.

When dye is ready strain through a sift/strainer lined with a muslin cloth (or any cloth/fabric similar) into a bowl. Place fabrics into the bowl of dye and soak for 2-3 hours, remove and rinse in cold water, wring out as much water as possible then hang to dry.

TIP 1. Hand wash fabric before dying, place in dye whilst still wet.

TIP 2. Store used avocado skins and stones in the freezer until you’ve collected 3 or more.

52 Weekends No.2

This weekend, inspired by the current trend in Pom Pom craft and the colder weather, I decided to make a Pom Pom blanket.

I bought a super soft grey throw for (£1.50!!) in Ikea and wool that I already had in my craft props. I couldn’t decided whether to use the pink or the blue, as I loved them both I decided to do one half pink and the other half blue (turns out that’s the same as last weeks crate… oops, seems I have already created a theme in my projects!).

It’s a super easy project and you can make the Pom Poms whilst sitting on the sofa watching movies! I’m really pleased with how it turned out, I’ll definitely be making more especially as this one was supposed to be for a different bedroom but I thought it looked great in mine!

Craft Photographer Stacy Grant

 

 

 

Pom Poms | Stacy Grant | Craft Photographer

52 Weekends – Project No. 01

These days I mainly blog about my job as a photographer sharing the various projects I’m working Monday to Friday, then at the weekend I shut down work me and it time to relax. I LOVE the weekend! Our house is designed for the weekend… downstairs we have an open kitchen, dining, living space for us all to hang out and most of the time we have a full house. The large dining table doubles as an art/craft table and if I’m not in the kitchen cooking (which I love… but it doesn’t come naturally) I’m usually sat here working on something. I like it because with everyone else hanging out in the same room doing their own thing I don’t feel antisocial as I’m not shut away in another room.

The weekends for me are about being cosy at home, drinking lots of coffee, wearing hoodies, eating lots of food, snuggling on the sofa watching movies, pottering  about in the garden, doing puzzles, going for walks, visiting places, decorating the house and feeding the ducks… proper cosy stuff. Bliss!

As a creative person I’m constantly inspired by the things I see and I have a natural urge to make and create, at the weekends this is my time… I can make anything. 52 Weekends is an insight into my world on my days off and what I’ve been making, creating or doing. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Project No. 1

Crate on wheels – This is a nice fun project to start with… quick, simple. I used a crate from Ikea (I’ve previously used an old wine crate), wheels also from Ikea (but you can find them in hardware stores or Wilko), I use Frog Tape to mask off the area to paint (I love this stuff for masking, it’s the best, remove before the paint dries). I’ll let the pictures do the talking on the steps… I love the final result.

52 Weekends by Stacy Grant | Weekend craft projects

52 Weekends by Stacy Grant | Weekend craft project

The Bag Boutique

It’s Non Food Friday! In a couple of weeks a fabulous book called The Bag Boutique by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier will be published. A book which I was delighted to shoot and I have to say this was one of my favourite shots to style… I love it when I can fill a shot with all my favourite toys!

Bag Boutique by Stacy Grant

 

 

To purchase this book click onto my ‘Publications’ page and click on the book cover.