52 Weekends No.10 – Making Marmalade

This weekend, inspired by the Paddington Movie and the idea of making our own Christmas gifts we’ve been making Marmalade. As it was my first time I decided to use a tin mix where you just add sugar and water and bring to the boil… nice and easy. I loved the printed tin so much I’ve kept it to use as a utensil holder. We’ve made cute little labels and made the jars look very cute. I think they will make very thoughtful gifts.

Marmalade | Stacy Grant | 52 Weekends

 

Marmalade | Stacy Grant | 52 Weekends Marmalade | Stacy Grant | 52 Weekends Marmalade | Stacy Grant | 52 Weekends

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

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.