Giveaway Winners!


Thank you to all the lovely giveaway entrants who jumped through all my hoops, and gave me some very valuable input into how to improve my latest project. I realise that I posted in the giveaway details that the winners would be announced the same day, and in my defence it is still the same day in Australia, since 5pm PST is 10am the next day in Australia, but sorry if I confused anyone! 

After muchado, well two hours in front of the TV typing each commenter's name into excel and than adding the facebook and blog followers to that, in two separate competitions, we have TWO winners. 

The lucky winner of the craft supplies is...

Drmithome

 

The winner of the Owl fabric Sandi ID Wallet is.....

Yadira

 

If you missed out and would like to purchase any of the craft supplies from the giveaway, they are all available in my etsy shop; All Wrapped Up Craft Supplies. Or if you missed out on the Owl Fabric Sandi ID Wallet I have four just made fresh off the sewing machine/ironing board, and in other fabrics too, in my other etsy shop; All Wrapped Up and Handmade.

Happy Crafting, 
Thanks again for all the helpful advice and comments!
Mel
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The indecisive crafter

Handmade Giveaway + Jewellery Organiser Clutch


THANKS FOR ALL THE ENTRIES THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!
Happy Crafting
Mel

Time for a giveaway #2. If you've already read the first post I'm sorry that you have to read my story again, but the question is the same, feel free to skip down to the comment form. If you wish to enter the craft supply giveaway check it out here.
Hi there to all the newbies and to my followers an extra special thanks for hanging with me. I've had a busy week but I did managed to finish my 5000 word psychiatry essay early - well on Friday, and it was due Monday, so I had a guilt free weekend sewing up my new idea. I started with a magazine prototype, then I did a quick version with some cheap not so pretty ikea fabric (the one with the creepy birds - in my defence it was cheap, and I was convinced I would have a use for it - and three years later I have), then the good version I made was too short for my frame! So version no.4 is finally complete but I'll get back to it later. I'm sure you're all hanging out to see what I'm giving away. The giveaway item is a handmade Sandi ID Wallet - a simple snap pouch with a clear ID pocket on the back in Timeless Treasure's Owl fabric. The ID wallets are also available in my etsy shop and I also have a free tutorial on how to make them here.



How to enter 

  • To enter the competition you need to post an answer to the question below = 1 vote
  • For bonus votes after answering the question; 
    • If you are a follower on my facebook = 1 vote
    • If you are a follower of my blog = 1 vote
  • So that is a total of 3 possible votes each. 
  • In your comment please answer the question, list if you are follower and where, leave a contact email for if you win
  • The item will ship internationally
  • Entry closes Friday May 25 5pm (PST); Australians Saturday 26 May 10am (AEST)
  • Winner will be announced the same day and chosen by random number generator. The winner will have 2 days to contact me with their details, otherwise a new winner will be picked.
The Question

So back to my story about the four tries it took it get my weekend craft project right. Can you guess what it is? I'm sure you're all like we've seen these wallets with the flip lock frames EVERYWHERE for $8...well I have a stash of these frames so I decided to come up with some new ideas on how to use them. So you remember my post about my cheap jewellery purchases - it's been sitting in the box it came in for a few weeks now. Well it's found itself a new home....any ideas yet?

Wait for it.... 


A travel jewellery organiser clutch!


Instead of rolling your jewellery on itself with the risk of crushing and tangling, this one folds together. 


On the far left there is a clear zip pocket with three seperate compartments - one large enough for bangles and the other two for earrings. Next to it there's a ring pillow which is held in place with a snap button.

On the right side there are three long pockets for necklaces. There's one larger one for chunkier necklaces on one side and two skinny ones next to it.The pockets are long enough to avoid tangling between the different necklaces and the clasp sits at the top along the strap.

This is what the jewellery organiser clutch looks at from the side, the necklace pockets snap together, and the clear pocket holds together with the metal frame.

The real QUESTION 
Do you like this type of travel jewellery organiser? What would you improve and would you prefer to purchase a complete clutch or would you be interested in purchasing a sewing pattern for this clutch instead?


Happy Crafting and Good Luck for the Giveaway!
Mel
**If you wish to enter both competitions; the craft supplies and the handmade giveaway you will need to post comments on each post.

Thanks for reading this very long post, if you have time I have some more pretty pictures and free tutorials if you have time to check them out:






mel@all.wrapped.up Web Developer

The indecisive crafter

Craft Supply Giveaway + Jewellery Organiser Clutch


THANKS FOR ALL THE ENTRIES THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!
Happy Crafting
Mel

Time for a giveaway - two in fact! This year I'm participating in the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day. 


Hi there to all the newbies and to my followers an extra special thanks for hanging with me. I've had a busy week but I did managed to finish my 5000 word psychiatry essay early - well on Friday, and it was due Monday, so I had a guilt free weekend sewing up my new idea. I started with a magazine prototype, then I did a quick version with some cheap not so pretty ikea fabric (the one with the creepy birds - in my defence it was cheap, and I was convinced I would have a use for it - and three years later I have), then the good version I made was too short for my frame! So version no.4 is finally complete but I'll get back to it later. I'm sure you're all hanging out to see what I'm giving away. These are the items up for grab in the craft supplies giveaway - all the items are also available in my shop and so I've compiled almost one of everything for one lucky winner.


Giveaway Craft Supply Items
 
 
  • Sandi ID Wallet supply kit
    • Badge reel 
    • Self cover button 
    • trigger hook 
    • 7 x snap buttons 
  • 1x key hook (+2 rivets) 
  • 1x heart shaped twist lock (+2 screws + washer)  
How to enter 
  • To enter the competition you need to post an answer to the question below = 1 vote
  • For bonus votes after answering the question; 
    • If you are a follower on my facebook = 1 vote
    • If you are a follower of my blog = 1 vote
  • So that is a total of 3 possible votes each. 
  • In your comment please answer the question, list if you are follower and where, leave a contact email for if you win
  • The item will ship internationally
  • Entry closes Friday May 25 5pm (PST); Australians Saturday 26 May 10am (AEST)
  • Winner will be announced the same day and chosen by random number generator. The winner will have 2 days to contact me with their details, otherwise a new winner will be picked.
The Question

So back to my story about the four tries it took it get my weekend craft project right. Can you guess what it is? I'm sure you're all like we've seen these wallets with the flip lock frames EVERYWHERE for $8...well I have a stash of these frames so I decided to come up with some new ideas on how to use them. So you remember my post about my cheap jewellery purchases - it's been sitting in the box it came in for a few weeks now. Well it's found itself a new home....any ideas yet?


Wait for it....


A travel jewellery organiser clutch!


Instead of rolling your jewellery on itself with the risk of crushing and tangling, this one folds together. 


On the far left there is a clear zip pocket with three seperate compartments - one large enough for bangles and the other two for earrings. Next to it there's a ring pillow which is held in place with a snap button. 


On the right side there are three long pockets for necklaces. There's one larger one for chunkier necklaces on one side and two skinny ones next to it.The pockets are long enough to avoid tangling between the different necklaces and the clasp sits at the top along the strap. 


This is what the jewellery organiser clutch looks at from the side, the necklace pockets snap together, and the clear pocket holds together with the metal frame.


The real QUESTION 
Do you like this type of travel jewellery organiser? What would you improve and would you prefer to purchase a complete clutch or would you be interested in purchasing a sewing pattern for this clutch instead?

Happy Crafting and Good Luck for the Giveaway!
Mel

**If you wish to enter both competitions; the craft supplies and the handmade giveaway you will need to post comments on each post. The handmade giveaway is linked here.

Thanks for reading this very long post, if you have time I have some more pretty pictures and free tutorials if you have time to check them out:















mel@all.wrapped.up Web Developer

The indecisive crafter

Zebra Cake with Coffee Buttercream


Happy Mother's day to all the mums out there. I have one of those mums who is IMPOSSIBLE to buy things for. She's not fond of flowers since "you can't eat them" and she's very ambivalent about what she does like to eat; she either meh about it, or it's classified as "different". This year I decided to stick with what is safe. Mum likes coffee (read loves, obsessed with, cannot live without) and she likes her marble cake. So I decided to give this zebra cake a go. 

I was a bit worried about the taste given the comments on various blogs - so I trialled a few teaspoons of the batter in a mini muffin tin first. Especially since I couldn't cut the cake to taste it once it was cooked. I use 3 out of the 12 mini muffin holes so I half filled the others with water to equalise the heat distribution. Lucky I did a taste test as the cake was a bit bland. The batter for the cake uses oil instead of butter as it needs to be runny to form the pattern. I think next time I think I will use melted butter instead to give it more flavour. From the picture above you can tell that the middle is a bit more dense than the outer layers - it's not quite as crumbly as cake either, but still good with the icing. The go to recipe I have for a marble cake also just uses cocoa powder for the chocolate portion so I think it's definitely the difference in butter which contributes to the taste difference.

On a side note I also made a card for my mum. I love this quote because it holds true. Whilst we all gathered back home for breakfast this morning, mum realising there was only 4 eggs in the fridge was all like "I don't really like eggs anyways".
If you want to print this as a card, it should be printed as 1/2 an A5 size cardboard piece of paper
For the step-by-step recipe with photos keep reading after the jump. 
mel@all.wrapped.up Web Developer

The indecisive crafter

Aliexpress Jewellery Review


I am probably one of the most contradictory people I know. I 100% believe in buying handmade and paying more for original designs, handmade items and things made with love, but on the other hand I'm not one of those people who can make a handmade pledge to only buy handmade - I just don't have the funds for it. So I figure if I am going to buy cheap mass production jewellery I may as well buy it directly from the source anyways. If you read my last post on my market day set up, you will know I'm a serial internet trawler. I constantly google shop, travel, restaurant and tailor reviews. What did we do without the internet? 

So I figured since I have a camera and a blog, I should probably help 'pay it forward' by adding my own online shopping reviews to the mix. So most of you are aware that most of what we buy in our home countries are made in china anyways, so there is actually a website which groups wholesalers or basically just cheap stuff together for  you to indulge your online shopping habit. The only thing is since mid-last year paypal stopped their association with aliexpress, not because of anything dodgy but I think most people who choose to shop with them choose other payment options anyways so  it wasn't super profitable. This would probably also be a good time to tell you this is NOT a sponsored review or anything, I'm just passing on my personal review in the hopes it might help someone whose deciding whether or not to purchase some things online. The good thing is aliexpress protects you if you use visa/mastercard etc. So on to the review. I recently purchased some items from JY Jewelry. I ordered them on 27th April and received it on 8 May. They have a minimum order of $15 but you can mix and match anything you want AND there is free shipping. Given that this stuff is cheap and it's made in China, my expectations were not high in terms of durability or quality, just something cute and cheap, in this aspect I am very pleased with my purchases. 




From left to right: 

Excuse my stumpy fingers - I'm short! The above pictures are what the rings look like on.


This is what the stacked bracelet looks like when it is on. This was the most 'expensive' item at $3.99 and given that the cheaper items were of a good quality for the price I would have expect more for this one. The actual bangles are made up of transparent red cover wire and are slotted into gold bands, not glued. I stretched them a bit to wriggle them up my arm and one snapped. It was easy enough to put back together, and the charms are cute, but given that I could have got a few other items for the price, this one was not as worth it.

 

These earrings are both quite cute and not heavy at all. Both are quite true to the online picture, but the one on the right ($1.12) is definitely the favourite. As it was pointed out to me the ones on the left ($1.16) looks like solar panels.


This is the second set of bracelets I purchased. It came in a set of three bangles for $1.50.

Although the soldering of the bracelets are visible it's not scratchy at all. They are super cute. Min.order is $15 (mix order) bangle KS0185073

Anyways hope this review will help some of you who need cheap jewellery or wanted to dip your feet into the world of wholesale purchasing. 

Happy Crafting (+shopping!) 
Mel

mel@all.wrapped.up Web Developer

The indecisive crafter

Market Wrap Up + market set up ideas


Ekkk I know 'market wrap up', I sound like the guy on the Safeway commercial who tries to convince us he's our friend by telling us all about what's fresh - unfortunately, I really could not think of another title. I've been enjoying some time away from my sewing machine after the market I did in April. I've even managed to clean up my study/sewing room - the room is basically only clean when it's not in use! I've wrangled my dad into building me some kind of collapsible lightbox, since the big cardboard box one I have takes up half the floor space in my house. Dad's using the leftover cardboard rolls that they send vinyl/oilcloth fabric on from www.fabric.com. I have quite a collection of them from all the fabric I've ordered - though shipping to Australia is almost as much as the items themselves! It's actually comparable to wait for certain major craft shops in Australia to have their 30% off sales on fabric and batting. When the lightbox gets done I'll take a few pictures and have  bit of a how to. Dad's got all my stuff smuggled away in his garage so I've know idea what's going on.

You all know my love of pinterest, so it will come as no surprise that I've made a board; To craft and go to market of all the beautiful market stall set ups I'd love to steal. I do have a particular shout-out though. As always I ran out of time to make this, but it's something I'm going to look into doing soon. If you sell bags or clothes it's always better to display them hanging than flat on a table. Not only does the extra height draw the eye it also gives you extra table space. This tutorial is from Made with Love it's basically a customisable PVC pipe, pot plant stand.

Given that I didn't have enough time to make one of these, I whipped out my trusty garden trellis, which you may remember I propped my DIYed photowall photobooth on. This was my market set up for The Handmade Show in April.

I used some S shaped hooks and my left over Martha Stewart tissue paper pom poms (also from my 21st birthday party) to liven up the trellis.


I also used a tip from Jane from Project by Jane - using a large paper bag to help prop up my dark blue over-sized Rebecca bag in the corner. She wrote up a post full of helpful tips on how to stuff bags to take better photos.


I also bought a bunch of shot glasses around my 21st birthday, not for the conventional reasons though! I was hoping to glue them to plates to make cupcake stands but at the last minute I managed to find some candlestick holders on the cheap at a random op-shop. And since I didn't want everyone passed out by the end of the night we didn't have shot glass worthy drinks, so I was left with a collection of shot glasses around the house. Turns out they make excellent support stands to prop up items such as these passport wallets.


I made up a quick photo frame stand for my Sandi ID Wallets with matching badge reels. I took the backing board out of the photo frame out and wrapped a rectangular piece of chevron fabric around it. I then grabbed a piece of elastic and wrapped it around the top so I had a mini washing line in the photo frame to hang items from. I also used some of my cake stands that I made for my 21st birthday party for holding the ID wallets and my business cards. 


I also took some classic advice and varied the height of the displays and all my items had a standing cardboard price tags next to it. You won't be able to read it clearly but the Soy Envelope Clutch price tag has the price, its features and two photos of the functional lining to highlight it's benefits. I thought it would be important to highlight these as some people are a bit to shy to touch things and play around with them, and others prefer to browse without my constant chatter.

Hope these tips help you out a bit too. I'm an internet trawler and am always searching for easy simple inspirations for my market stalls. So this is my contribution! Hope it helps.

Happy Crafting!
Mel
mel@all.wrapped.up Web Developer

The indecisive crafter