My wonderful friend Lady E has a blog over here at Modernmummusthave.com. She’s having a baby soon and is always on the look out for stylish, beautiful things for the new baba’s room. Her post about cushions in the shape of clouds caught my eye recently and got my creative juices flowing. ‘I can totally do that’ is what I thought and then I thought ‘I can totally do that using an old jumper’. So I did and using these instructions so can you.

The jumper cost me £4 from a charity shop but I made some others using a cashmere jumper I (oops) shrunk in the wash. If you’ve got an old sheet or pillow case lying around you could use that for the lining fabric instead of buying some and if you use the stuffing from a cushion that’s seen better days you could do the whole project for actual free.

pics Vogue.com

Though the fashion world is buried deep in the mania of the Autumn 2012 Fashion Week whirl, us mere mortals are rejoicing the arrival of Spring – well, in the shops at least, the weather just needs to catch up. This season the accessory is big in all senses of the word; from giant bags at Victoria Beckham to wiiiiiide belts at Alexander McQueen, but the thing that caught my eye (and almost took it out) were these earrings from Dolce & Gabbana. Going back to their Italian roots the boys celebrated the humble pasta shape and vegetable stall with these super kitsch baubles Pat Butcher (RIP) would be proud of.

They just make me smile (the models not so much).

I’m sure the highstreet will be awash with similar treats soon and mothers will finally be able to wear their little darlings pasta necklace offerings with pride and be on trend – when has that ever happened? If you can’t wait here is a simple step by step guide to making your own … They take about 15 minutes to make and are super cheap. I got my vegetable beads from The London Bead Shop and all my findings and general jewellery goodies from the wonder that is Hobbycraft.

fly my prettiesIn my youth I learnt to make these origami hearts to impress the boys when down my local pub. (It works. Fact.) I used the silver paper from inside cigarette packets but these days you’ll probably have to find other more readily available paper; maybe the random club flyer or free magazine that is always lying around.

Now I am sharing the love for Valentines Day. Enjoy!

please credit sewyeah.wordpress.comI also learnt to make a pig and an elephant. But they were only used in emergencies … when prettier, wittier girls were present.

I don’t remember how to make them now. I guess I didn’t have to make them that much.

I love paper. I love the way it is super versatile and you can make it do pretty much anything you think of. I once made it do this for a photoshoot. If you want to make something similar you can watch an instructional video I did for HobbyCraft a little while ago, it shows you how to make these giant flowers.

Anyway I digress… The other day I stumbled across the beautiful website of  Paper+Cup Design. After having a good look round I found they had just released a book full of their quirky and cute designs. I received mine in the post this morning and though the projects are quite simple they all have the delightful design aesthetic that I love.

If you are new to crafting, want to make something with your children or just want another book to coo over and be inspired by then get yours here.