Friday, 28 February 2014

Paper clay play

Thanks for visiting. Sorry I've been AWOL for such a long time.

I just popped in to post a wee update and wanted to say thank you again to all you kind ladies for your well wishes and prayers for our daughter. She has had diabetes since she was a wee girl. We were lead to believe (by her) she was doing okay, and she reassured us if we asked about her health, that all was good. We were always proud of her. She's always been so clever, talented and seemed sensible and mature for her 18 years. She was so busy with everything in her life, before this happened, with her college & photography work, social life with friends, singing in a band etc, a typical teenager I suppose you'd say. Having no idea she wasn't giving herself the due care and attention she needed for her diabetes, which resulted in her going into a severe diabetic coma. She suffered a brain injury when this happened. This came as a huge shock.

She wakened from her coma after about 2 weeks, she was still on lots of monitors, lines and tubes etc for a good few weeks after this. She had no voice after ventilator was removed. I don't think we think of these things when we haven't experienced this before. It was a very scary time, one I wouldn't like to re-live.

If you know anyone with diabetes, especially young people, let them know how important it is to keep regular checks on their diabetes control. When we're young we think were bullet proof, but this is a potentially life threatening condition without regularly "keeping your eye on the ball".

My daughter got home, after 4 months in hospital. She still needs help getting about and she's getting help with physio' to help her mobility, and she had speech therapy to help with her talking.
She is so brave and is getting stronger, her walking is improving slowly. Her voice though quieter, it's stronger, though she's not the chatterbox she used to be. She's not singing again yet, and I miss her constant chatter too.

On to a bit of me time, which I love when I can get it.

I've been dabbling in odd crafty projects on and off when I've had the time. I had a go at making air dry paper clay too. Inspired by Darcy from PaperArtsy, last year when she created her huge paper mache giraffe, Colin. You can check it out here.

I made quite a large amount of the paperclay, so had some fun.
I made these roses from it the same way as I would fondant ones for cake decorating, and then tried stamping into it. These other shapes are made from stamp impressions from Sheena Douglass flower stamps.

I found this Inkylicious "Always Remember" stamp. I couldn't resist buying it, as it made me think of my brave girl.
I made this fridge magnet for her by stamping this into the paperclay, I trimmed it, and left it on my craft mat to dry.
After letting it dry for 24 hours, I painted  it with black acrylic paint, then used gilding wax to highlight, finished it off by adding a dangling, cameo metal charm.

I had purchased a few silicone moulds 

and made these too. 
Great fun! 
I'll be back to show you what I've created with some of these soon!

Thanks for stopping by.
Alexandra x 


  1. I am so sorry you and your daughter have had this difficult journey. Life can take such a dramatic twist in the smallest amount of time. I'm happy to hear your daughter is on the mend. I pray she will be fully healed one day. I love the things you've made. I must take a look at this paper clay and see if it's something I could attempt. I'm sending you a big hug and give one to your daughter as well. May God comfort you and give you both the strength you'll need. So glad you felt like posting this.

  2. I'm glad to hear things are improving for your daughter, Alexandra! That is good news! I've missed seeing your lovely creations, and these molds are fabulous!! Take care, and wish your daughter well for me, will you? Hugs!

  3. hope she continues to improve and wish her all the best.
    I love all your wonderful paper clay designs, the fridge magnet looks just like a metal piece!

  4. First, I'm very sorry to hear about your daughter, but I'm happy that she's home and on the mend. How scary for everyone involved!

    Next, I have to know. Did you make the paper pulp or did you actually add in the clay? I'm thinking I need to try this!!

    1. Hi Sherry, I made the paper pulp following a recipe, guest designer @ PaperArtsy and very talented, Darcy Wilkinson found online by Paper Mache Lady Jonni Good. It was made from white toilet tissue pulped in hot water, PVA glue, baby oil, I used plain flour and corn flour, (recipe said cornstarch) ,and as we don't call anything joint compound in UK, I used a light weight "Sand less filler" from B&Q. it worked out okay after adjusting consistency a bit with more flour/cornflour as maybe I didn't get rid of enough water initially. I found the clay kept for nearly a week, kept cool and in a sealed bag, then I discarded any clay I hadn't managed to get through. The recipe makes a huge big lump of clay (extra large baking potato size!) If you click the link above to Darcy's post last July, she kindly left a link to Jonni's recipe.

  5. hi there, I am so sorry to hear what you and your daughter have been through. I can only imagine what a nightmare it has been, one of epic proportions. you obviously have a strong girl there, and I am thrilled she is home and improving.

    I love that you had a go at making the clay, isn't it wonderful? I think I made 6 or 7 batches of it for Colin. I bought a cheap hand mixer for around £10 from Tesco especially for the job so that I didn't have to use my kitchen one. I felt sure my family would not appreciate bits of clay in their cakes lol The whole thing worked out so much cheaper, I simply could not have afford to make Colin by using shop bought clay.

    I hope you make more and continue to have fun with it. Colin now stands in my livingroom and makes me smile everytime I pass him.

  6. Alexandra, oh my, what a time!! Big ((Hugs)) to you and your daughter!! I'm so glad she is improving bit by bit and is staying brave and strong!!! Love your clay pieces. I have an old package of air dry somewhere... I wonder if it's still good. I'd love to make a piece similar to your magnet!!!

  7. Life threw you a very distressing curve ball. I can't imagine anything more difficult to deal with than going through something as frightening as this with your child. It's been a very long haul, but I'm glad to know she's getting better. Your molded pieces are very interesting and pretty, especially those roses. I love that you made your own compound. Your refrigerator magnet is very artistic. I would never have guessed you didn't purchase it just as is. My very best wishes to you and your family as your daughter continues on the road to recovery.

  8. I am so sorry that I missed this post! It must be the changeover to Bloglovin, I think. I am so pleased to hear that your lovely daughter is at home and making improvements. It must have been so difficult for you as a family but let's hope things keep getting better. Lovely to see you back and I love your fridge magnet - great words! Hugs, Anne xx


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