Sunday, 1 September 2013

Handmade Monday 132

Hello! It's Handmade Monday time again - come on in and make yourself comfy!

The new Craftseller magazine is in UK shops this week...


 My contribution to this month's issue was a set of  painted pebbles which I had almost forgotten about!  This was part of their Mummy Makes section - a quick and easy make.  My pebbles were all variations on the ladybird theme.


The pebbles came from my garden, which in turn came from next door's garden.  I probably need to add here that I didn't actually steal them; they were offered to me in wheelbarrow loads.  I remember it as a couple of very hot days when I moved those pebbles and a lot of hard work! But, having always had a thing for pebbles, I couldn't see them go to landfill and I saved my neighbour a fair bit of space in his skip.  They are a little reminder of the beach in my garden.

And, following a good scrub, I had the raw materials for this make, all ready to upcycle!


Painting pebbles is a lot of fun and they could then be made into fridge magnets, paperweights or even door stops depending on the size of the pebble you use.

Also in Craftseller this month is an article on blogging, which might be of interest to most of you!


I notice there's a mention in the article for Planet Penny (Handmade Mondayers will all know Penny!). Penny's blog is always a colourful read, in more ways than one, so it's a very well-deserved mention.


The weekly Papercraft Party is just getting going - this is only its second week - but if anyone makes anything from paper it's another place you can link up.  I'd love to see more people linking to this (and especially using Handmade Harbour digi stamps - look out for another freebie soon!).  The Papercraft Party goes live every Wednesday and stays open till the following Tuesday, so there's always lots of time to join in.  Next week's Papercraft Party has a theme: smile (or laugh!).

Meanwhile, right now it's time for Handmade Monday.  You know what to do...

25 comments:

itsamistry said...

Aww those pebbles look fantastic. Bet they'd look great in a garden where kids get to play......or maybe not lol.

itsamistry said...

Ohhh there's no button for the link.

Wendy said...

The link goes live at 6pm Anita. Yes, I can see there could be advantages and disadvantages to these in a garden for kids!

itsamistry said...

OOopppsss sorry forgot. trying to get a head of my self. Lots to do this weekend.

Martha said...

Oh I love painted pebbles! It's such a nice relaxing almost therapeutic hobby. The pebbles are free and you can unleash your creativity in 100s ways with them.
well done on your publication. really nice :)

Louise Elsiemayandbertha said...

Your pebbles are lovely and there's so many things you can do with them, depending on the size of course!
Have a lovely week ☆

patchworkfairy said...

Lovely cute painted pebbles Wendy! I just fell asleep looking at my new Craftseller mag so haven't got to that poge yet!

Picto said...

I love painting pebbles, yours look like fun.
I've never bought Craft Seller, I think I need to have a look at it :)

Jan x

Stephen @ Soy of the North said...

Your pebbles all look lovely. They are the perfect shape for ladybirds.

Ginx Craft said...

The pebble ladybirds are really cute.

Magdalena Marsden said...

Just got mine copy of Craftseller - it's really nice to start spotting names and people you know! The pebbles are really cute and I'm sure will inspire other to make make some too.

Free Spirit Designs said...

aww those pebbles are so cute! I love the ladybird idea, they're the perfect shape. They're a great idea for crafting with kids, i'm sure lots of Mums (and Dads) will be having a go at these with their little ones! x

Emma Made said...

I recently saw some handpainted pebbles on pinterest that people were using to teach children to count. I love your designs though, really cute.

Thanks again for hosting Handmade Monday x

CatkinJane said...

I remember fun times pebble painting with my daughters. Love your pebbles smiley faces :)

Silver Moss Jewellery said...

Love the painted pebbles! And am enjoying the Handmade Monday links too :)

Bev Newman said...

Love the pebbles and will be picking up craftseller very soon!

say it said...

I spotted your pebbles in Craftseller. Well done. I love their smiley faces!

Lucy Blossom said...

lovely pebbles - my daughter is obsessed with ladybirds at the moment, so we might have to see if we can make some ourselves.

buttons and paint... said...

Ooh we've done pebbles this week too - Felted ones! Yours are fab! xx

Mythillogical said...

I love pebble art! I still own an Oscar the Grouch pebble paperweight I bought when I was a kid.

marianna said...

Your painted pebbles are so cute!
And thank you for hosting a great link up party. I love seeing what everyone is creating ....

threads 'n' shreds said...

I received my craftseller in the post last week, and I was trying to decide which your project was this time but didn't come up with an answer. You prob did give a sneak peak but I have a terrible memory! The pebbles sure look fun and funky x

EleanorLucy Millinery said...

I'm going to stop congratulating you on being in craft magazines or I'll be here forever ;) Love your ladybird family, very cute! :)

Katie said...

Managed to miss Handmade Monday again - doh! Maybe next week! Love the pebbles. They are so friendly looking. I cant wait for my LO to be old enough to do this. Would be better if we lived near a beach (she thinks wistfully!)

Christmas Pie Crafts said...

I love the painted pebbles - they would look great around my pond. Hope you have a good week.