At the start of the year, I made a promise to myself to make time to do more crafts. Whilst I am creative every day, I don't have as much time as I used to for crafting, sewing and experimenting with different materials. So...with this thinking in mind, I recently subscribed to Mollie Makes magazine, to give me a bit of inspiration. It's such a beautiful magazine, full of lots of lovely projects, so I knew that I would (and will continue to) get a lot of use out of it.
My first make...
...a cat planter! I used Jen Pyrah of Wren and Wilson's tutorial (issue 91) for a cat-shaped, yarn-holding bowl, as my starting point and to give me the instruction. I am not a knitter, so instead of a bowl to hold a ball of wool, my catty bowl would be a planter for my ever-expanding house plant collection!
The only thing I had to order online was some air-drying clay. As soon as it arrived, I gathered the rest of the things I would need – as listed in the tutorial. It was great fun getting messy and working with my hands, to hand-build a pot out of clay. I haven't played with clay in such a long time, and I am definitely not a natural potter, but I enjoyed seeing my little chap come to life. I only juuust had enough clay to go around the base, to make the sides of the pot, so he went a little bit wonky. He has a unavoidable leaning, bulge at one side...but you know what...that's what makes him unique!
I wasn't sure how long it would take for my creation to dry, so I left him on a cake rack for as long as it took. This took patience, as it actually ended up taking five long days until it was completely dry! I was so happy to see that he didn't crack though, so I didn't mind too much
Once dry, I painted my little guy in blue chalk paint (DecoArt), white acrylic and added the black details with a Posca paint pen – all items I already had. I used Jen's example in the magazine as a guide for my design.
Here he is, pre- being varnished. I used a clear sealer from Plasti-kote to varnish him, as it's just something I had a can of already. I really love him, and although he isn't perfect, I am proud of how he's turned out. (I also painted a teeny thumb-pot that I made out of the scraps).
And here's the finished article – varnished, with dino-friends and potted up with a (slightly sickly) Orchid plant!
I would love to know what you think of my efforts (I know he's not perfect), and please tell me if you've made anything recently from Mollie Makes. I can't wait to make something else.
If you'd like to make your own cat bowl/planter, you can find the tutorial in this month's Mollie Makes.