Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Making A Peg Bag

Presents for grandparents are not an easy thing, if they want something they've probably already gone and bought it for themselves by now anyway. So for my Nan's birthday this year I decided to try out a sewing pattern I'd been keeping hold of from a magazine for ages.

The pattern was for a peg bag, not a massively exciting present but handmade and something that she couldn't just nip into the shops and buy.

Here's what the peg bag looks like.
The hardest part of this project was trying to find a curved small wooden hanger to fit into the peg bag, in the end I bought some kids wooden hangers from Ikea and they are perfect for the job. As my hanger is a slightly different shape to the simple curved one used in the pattern the end result of my project is slightly different to the original pattern but that just adds my own personal twist to it.
 
The lining fabric is from a stash I bought at a vintage show a couple years back that I've just never found a good use for until now. Be prepared to see more of the outside fabric in a post I'll be sharing after Christmas as I've used it for someone's Christmas present. The bag is held closed by a chunky vintage deep pink button and a small loop of ribbon.
Here's hoping Nan likes her new peg bag and she doesn't think I've given her a dull birthday present.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Decopatch

 A few weeks ago I went to another craft show (surprising I know), the tickets were free as the company sent 2 complimentary tickets for having purchased tickets from them previously, so I had to go.

I was glad to see a company called The MDF Man had returned, earlier in the year they closed down and I didn't expect to see them back so it was a pleasure to see all their new goodies. Of course this meant I had to buy a few bits and pieces as well to make up for lost time. This close to christmas it's obvious that I mainly bought christmas items.

The first piece is a large mdf sign of NOEL, only £4. I've decoptached it using PVA glue and some spare wrapping paper leftover from a present wrapping session. Love the scandi reindeer print and the red is perfect for it to go up in our lounge this christmas.
 Then I saw these cute MDF christmas trees, there were 2 different designs and in many sizes. These little ones were only £1 each so I bought one of each.
 For the first tree I used some candycane print designer paper that came free with a craft magazine...I'm not a massive fan of designer papers so they have a habit of sitting in my stash box for ages...but now I have decopatch projects so they may get used a little more now!
 For the second tree I found some more christmas theme designer paper in my stash box, this time covered in holly leaves and berries. Just love how these trees have been made freestanding, wish I'd have bought more now.
I chose to decopatch the trees differently to the NOEL by ripping the paper into small pieces, it seemed more effective on the smaller work area and makes the paper desigbns stand out more.

Still got one more piece from the MDF to do but it's not christmas themed, it's similar to the NOEL sign but it says HOME, just need the right wallpaper offcut to do that project. Who knows maybe The MDF Man will be back at Sandown Craft Show in January then I can get some more goodies to decopatch.

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Knitting Bag

 At a fabric show earlier in the year my nan found out I was making handbags for the women in the family for christmas so she asked me to make her a knitting bag for christmas...this was my plan all along but at least with her asking I could get her to pick a fabric that she liked.

 So she picked a dark blue dragonfly print fabric and some plastic twist handles that look like they are wooden. I had plenty of lining fabric leftover from the handbags I made so that was nice and easy.
 I always tend to buy more fabric than I need, anyone else have that problem too?

I roughly followed the tutorial over on the Emmaline blog here.
I stitched in a large interior pocket to store smaller bits in. I ever remembered to sew one of my hadmade labels on the pocket as well.
Quite a roomy bag and I'm really impressed by it. Took me longer to whipstitch the fabric around the handles than to cut all the fabric out and make the basic shape of the bag!
My nan has a thing for giraffes and I managed to pick up a few giraffe buttons at the show without her realising so I've sewn them onto the internal pocket, see how long it takes her to notice them.
 Here's hoping the bag lives up to the expectation and it has many happy trips to the local knitting club my nan goes to. 

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

November Card Club Pt 2

 So here's November Card Club Part 2... Paula's class. This month the class was all about using the stamp set Lovely As A Tree. It was even a crafty sunday afternoon class instead of a weekday evening as we thought the class was going to take us a lot longer than normal card club does.

The first project was a candle surround.
We used:
  • Lovely As A Tree stamp set
  • Holiday Home stanp set
  • White Vellum cardstock
  • Whisper White ink
  • Tuxedo Black Memento ink
The worst part of this project was the wait for the black ink to dry so we could stamp the white layer to look like snow. We may have been doing other projects while we waited but I just wanted to finish this one so I could turn the tealight on to see how cool it looked.
 ...And here the surround is with the electric tealight switched on, lovely glow and it really works with the background of the trees.

Then we moved on to making notebox with a couple of cute little cards inside of it.
We used:
  • Envelope Punch board
  • Lovely As A Tree stamp set
  • Crumb Cake ink
  • Early Espresso ink
  • Linen Thread
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Candy Dots Neutrals
  • Woodgrain embossing folder
  • Autumn Accents Bigz
  • Something To Say stamp set
  • Word Window punch
  • Modern Label punch
  • Crumb Cake cardstock
  • Early Espresso cardstock
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
I went for making 2 different card designs to go in my box, changing one card to be horizontal and by using a different sentiment to give a little variety in my cards.
Of course there had to be some proper card making too, after all it is card club.
 
 The first card used:
  • Lovely As A Tree stamp set
  • Crumb Cake ink
  • Crumb Cake cardstock
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Linen Thread
  • Woodgrain embossing folder
  • Candy Dots Neutrals
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Project Life Corner punch
The second card used:
  • Crumb Cake carstock
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Crumb Cake ink
  • Early Espresso ink
  • Candy Dots Neutrals
  • Lovely As A Tree stamp set
  • Greetings Of The Season stanp set
  • Ovals Collection framelit (to make the mask for background)
 We finished off by making a little giftbox...with the dreaded Envelope Punch Board again!
We used:
  •  Envelope Punch Board
  • Crumb Cake cardstock
  • Crumb Cake ink
  • Autumn Accents Bigz
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Glimmer Paper Gold
  • Watercolour Wonder washi tape
 This month we even got 2 goodies as it's our last class before Christmas. The first was a tube of Dazzling Details Silver Sparkle in a very sparkly box made using the Curvy Keepsake Box framelit.
 The second was a Swizzels lolly in a cute little box style bag.
Now we just have to wait for the new catalogue to come out so we can pick the theme for January's class.

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Friday, 14 November 2014

November Card Club Pt 1

 So the first card club of November wasn't really a normal card club night...we had more of a workshop making 3d items to inspire us for christmas.

The first thing we made was a giftbox. I must admit I hate using the Envelope Punchboard with a passion but for some unknown reason I found the Gift Box Punchboard a lot easier. Anyone else have this issue or is it just me?
 I used:
  • Gift Box Punch Board
  • Under The Tree Speciality DSP
  • Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon
 Then we moved on to my favourite project of the evening, I've been wanting to play with this die for ages as Pinterest has shown me so many good ideas to use it for. I coloured my pearls in using my cherry cobbler blendabilities so they looked like berries. Inside this little christmas pudding was a ferrero rocher...yea i ate that when I brought the pudding box home.
I used:
  • Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Early Espresso cardstock
  • Under The Tree Speciaility DSP
  • Jewels Basic Pearl
  • Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities
The next project was a giftcard holder, or money holder as was suggested by Suriya who was running the workshop.
I used:
  •  Dots mask
  • Coastal Cabana ink
  • Gift Card Enclosure Pack
  • Metallic Bakers Twine
  • Mossy Meadow ink
  • Sponge Daubers
 Suriya must know that I get through masses of notebooks a year as there was a notebook project on the to do list as well... I kept mine rather simple as it will no doubt end up in my work bag and get a tad dirty.
I used:
  • Kraft Grid Journal
  • Stars mask 
  • Coastal Cabana ink
  • Sponge Daubers
Then there was a candle to work on...
I used:
  • Heat Tool
  • Tissue Paper
  • Real Red ink
  • Mossy Meadow ink
  • Festival of Trees stamp set
Using some of the spare card I had I made myself a dozen tags to go on presents.
I used:
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Festival of Trees stamp set
  • Mossy Meadow ink
  • Tag Topper punch
There were also some card blanks to make 5 cards. really love this stamp set and it's so easy to use, it's one of the new photopolymer sets.
I used:
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Mossy Meadow ink
  • Real Red ink
  • Pear Pizzazz ink
  • Wondrous Wreath stamp set
The final project was a fabric bag to decorate.
I stamped different images from the same stamp set on either side of the bag.
I used:
  • Mini Muslin Bag 
  • Mossy Meadow ink
  • Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon
  • Many Marvellous Markers
November card club Pt 2 is on the 23rd and it's more 3d projects but this time playing with the stanmp set Lovely As A Tree. 
 
If anyone has pinterest or blog links to projects using this stamp set can you share them with me as a comment for future inspiration please?

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Drawer Update

Earlier this year I bought 4 door knobs from Anthropologie during a shopping trip to London with a friend. I planned to put them on the drawers in my study when I had finished painting it...well months after the painting was finished there were still no blue door knobs on the drawers.

Finally on a day off I decided to have a clear out in the study and found the door knobs hidden away, so they had to be fitted there and then!
I did it properly, I measured everything out and used tape to draw my centre point on for drilling the hole on each drawer.
A bit of fiddly around trimming the length of the bolt on the door knob and a lot of sawdust later the door knobs were fitted to now become drawer knobs.
I chose 2 different knobs so they could be alternated over the drawers. I must admit the white patterned one is definitely my favourite.
Thanks Anthropologie for giving my boring craft stash drawers a new lease of life in my newly decorated study. Now what should I get around to customising/upcycling next?

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

2014 Christmas Cards

This year I've been really organised and I've already made all the christmas cards for friends and family, I've ven started making some of the presents too!

I've done 3 different designs this year, 4 of each design to cover all the people we send cards to. Simple designs but I got to play with quite a few of my favourite Stampin' Up bits.
The snowflake card used:
  • Northern Flurry embossing folder
  • Sassy Salutations stamp set
  • Coastal Cabana ink
  • Turquoise card (non SU)
  • Silver stickles (non SU)
 The tree card used:
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
  • Sassy Salutations stamp set
  • Real Red ink 
  • Real Red cardstock
  • Star punches (non SU)
The third design I decided to use my favourite batch of Stampin Up baubles and my new Flowering Flourishes stamp set from Octobers card club.

For some reason on the blue cards I mixed the bauble designs but on the red I didn't, guess I just wasn't paying that much attention as I had no design set out before I started sticking them on.


These cards used:
  • Delightful Decorations stamp set
  • Delightful Decorations punch
  • Sassy Salutations stamp set
  • Flowering Flourishes
  • Real Red ink
  • Pacific Point ink
  • Jewels Basic Rhinestone
  • Red and blue cardstock (non SU)
  • Gumball Green ink


Hopefully next year I can be just as organised and get everything done early as there's bound to be last minute cards to make and things to do, there always is.

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Flower Birthday Cards

In my organised state using my rest days to get things made I've made both of my Nan's birthday cards early too! Cue playing with more Stampin Up sets that I can't wait to use.
 
The first card is for my Nan whose birthday is November 11th hence making the flower look like a poppy.
This card used:
  • Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities
  • Blended Bloom stamp
  • Sassy Salutations stamp set
  • Real Red ink
  • Jewels Basic Rhinestone
  • Memento ink
  • Ivory cardstock (non SU)
  • Black stitched ribbon (non SU)
The second card is for my other Nan whose birthday isn't till mid December but I was in the flow of making cards so I thought I'd best make it while I had a design in my head.
This card used:
  • Perfectly Penned stamp
  • Stippled Blossoms stamp set
  • Strawberry Slush ink
  • Pink Pirouette ink
  • Bermuda Bay ink
  • Coastal Cabana ink
  • Pistachio Pudding ink
  • Gumball Green ink
  • Coastal Cabana cardstock
  • Pink Pirouette taffeta ribbon
  • Ivory cardstock (non SU)
 Here's hoping they both like their cards.

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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Making Penguins

So I will admit I have a bit of a penguin obsession, I know...

Last year I made some icing penguins for our christmas cake, they were very fiddly and it was such a shame to have to eat them... so this year I decided to make some out of fimo instead so they could be reused and not eaten.
The white fimo of the penguins is glittery making them a little bit more festive, can't wait to see them on our christmas cake...now I just need to design the rest of our cake.

The other bit of penguin madness started at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace a few weeks ago.... Mum bought me a half metre of penguin print fabric that I just couldn't leave behind. I made myself a tote bag from the fabric and still have enough left to make another makeup bag or something of a similar size.
 Anyone else get the pont that I kinda really like penguins???

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