Wednesday, 11 April 2018

WOYWW 462 - Melt Pot and Floral Organising

Happy Wednesday to you all.  It is mid-week again and time to take a tour around global crafty workspaces.  Click HERE to join in.

This is going to be a quick post for me, as my eyesight is not so good this morning.  I have had a busy time for the past week (Rich was away in France doing the Paris-Roubaix cycle ride and I seemed to have a lot more dates in my diary than usual) and my body finally said "no" yesterday.  I am planning a quiet morning, and then off to take my little car for its MOT this afternoon.

Waiting patiently for me to find a few hours in the day (and some more energy) are 2 particular things.

Firstly, a used Melt Pot which I bought via a Facebook group.  Always wanted one when they were being demonstrated on the tv a few years ago, but did not have the funds.  Suddenly remembered them last month and when I went to Google to find one, it turns out that they are discontinued and the only new ones for sale are mostly in the US/Canada and expensive.  I asked on a mixed media Facebook group for ideas on how to use UTEE without a Melt Pot, and was given a few ideas (which didn't work too well for me!), but then a lady offered me one for the grand sum of £10.  It arrived with a book, some UTEE and dyes.  Planning to make some embellies for ATCs/journals/canvas projects.  Anyone got any tips?

Secondly, the lovely new (and gorgeous floral/gingham print) storage/organiser/transporting bags etc, which I treated myself to when I saw them on Create & Craft last month.  I also bought a sewing machine bag and the larger holdall, but my courier never delivered them (which has happened twice over the years with C&C and Hermes!) and they were sold out when I asked for replacements.  Again, when I find some spare time I will be organising my paints/embossing powders etc into a more easily used system (at the moment they are loose on an Ikea trolley - and I have to rummage around trying to find what I want, which drives me mad every time).  I can also get my small collection of yarns etc into one place, and take stash/tools with me to craft workshops.  I love storage and organisation!

I hope everyone is well and happy.

Breakfast time now!

Ali x


  1. Hi Ali, hope you find a little more energy soon. The Katy Sue silicon moulds (or any silicon mould which can be used with paper clay or fondant) are perfect for making UTEE embellishments. Sarah #14

  2. Hi Ali, for moulds I'd suggest having a look on Aliexpress- there are loads available on there. You can also make your own silicone moulds using cornflour, or talc, and silicone sealant- the sort you use for DIY. I made some 3 or 4 years ago, using old jewellery and suchlike, and they are still flexible now. There is a post on my blog about it, if you're interested . Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #6 XxXx

  3. That's a lovely bag, Ali - the colours are great and it'll be so useful! Hope a day's rest helps you feel a bit better.
    Hugs LLJ 9 xxxx

  4. What a bargain buy Ali, you will have hours of fun with it. The best thing to do is just play with it as there will be no waste as you can remelt anything you make that you are unhappy about. The only thing that will happen is that if you are using different colours they may get a little muddy after time but that's just like any colours we play with.
    Happy Crafting and Thank you for sharing WOYWW.
    Tracey x

  5. Ooh melt pot - mine is gathering dust sadly, must get it out for a play - I have so many pretty UTEEs I really should use them. If you like random, you can just pour some melted utee onto a craft mat and stamp into it. You've got me thinking - off to utube for a browse I think!! Take care. Happy WOYWW Cindy #19.

  6. what a bargain! I have one though I don't use it often. Tip - don't stand it on a self healing cutting mat... it will warp from the heat...... how do I know this???!!!! have a good week! Helen #3

  7. Well done on your bargain buy, how lucky was that? Will you show us next week what you did? I have one but only really used it to melt wax, I'd love to get properly into encaustic.

    Hope your energy levels play nice for you this week,
    Carmen x #23

  8. Hope you are feeling better soon, Take care of yourself,

    Lilian B #13

  9. I so love the melt pot but haven't used mine for a while. Moulds are definitely the easiest way to use it but I also like pouring some onto a heat proof mat and stamping onto it, apply ink to the stamp first and leave it on until the liquid cools and starts to harden then the stamp will remove easily. I prefer rubber stamps for this. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x12x

  10. I have one of those melting pots too - don't use it much any more, but my tip is to always line it with foil first! You used to actually be able to buy foil liners for these! Hope you are feeling better, Lindart #29

  11. Love the beautiful new storage bags...I sometimes wonder if they realize what an inconvenience it is when you order a set of something and one is discontinued. I didn't get the chance to post on WOYWW this week and don't feel like it now but laying in bed reading posts is about all I am capable of this week. Hope you find the energy and don't you just hate it when the body refuses to do what it used too...brain fog, vision issues etc! Have a great week Ali! I will be back next week! Vickie


Thank you lots and lots for your fab comments. I read and treasure them all. Ali x