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It’s Easter soon – time for decorating eggs, making Easter Bonnets and cute fluffy bunnies and chicks… but if you are looking for some more sophisticated crafts then check out this selection of projects I did for Homes and Gardens magazines Easter Special.

My favourite project were these little egg transfers. I’d seen these done before and thought they were actual transfers you could buy but when I started investigating I found out about this amazing stuff called Lazertran which is a printable waterslide transfer paper. Basically all you do is find an image you want to print, print it onto the paper, cut it out, pop it into a shallow dish of water, wait for the transfer to slide off and then place it onto your surface of choice. Simples right?

The only hurdle in this project is finding an owner of a laser printer who is happy for you to put a piece of plasticy paper through their machine (FYI… my boss is not one of them!). Luckily Lazertran have a list of printers suitable for this process and also provide the name of a printers in the UK (Bear Print 118 High Street Porth Madog Gwyneth 01766 513920, in case  you were wondering)  who will happily print out your project for you at a very reasonable cost (I can’t remember what exactly but around £1-2 per A4 sheet).

 

If you want to make your own eggs then you can download the images I used here or visit the lovely Graphics Fairy site for more choices.

 

For more Easter projects visit the Homes and Gardens website here

 

 

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I love these tassels! They are super easy to make and are a really nice way to adorn anything from bags to cushions and curtain tiebacks. As they are made with garden string they are a bit more robust than ones made from wool. I have two tied to my back door key and the keys for the summer house. They are so large and bright that I never have to worry about losing them …

To make your own simply follow the steps below.

you will need

Scissors
String I’ve used one from Nutscene, they have loads of bright and cheery colours to choose from and these rolls are £3.60 each.
Gold thread or thin ribbon
Bleach (economy toilet bleach is fine)
Small china bowl
Piece of card approx 13cm tall

Tassel step 1

one: Choose your twine

 

Tassel step 2

two: Wrap the twine around the piece of card about 30 times

 

Tassel step 3

three: slide another piece of twine under the top loops and tie a tight double knot.

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May I introduce the new (to the UK) stationery brand Kikki K …

 

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You know when you see something that makes your heart stop for a moment and then race ten to the dozen? – For some people that thing is the Love Of Your Life, or a cute puppy or a parachute jump – for me it’s notebooks, pens, pencils, tiny post-it notes and giant year planners. Staplers, greetings cards, jazzy sellotapes and fancy drawing pins.

If you feel the same as me then you should hot foot it down to Londons Covent Garden and spend some time (probably between 20-90 minutes) at Kikki K.

 

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Kikki K was founded by Kristina Karllason when she realised that all the lovely stationery and organisational bits and bobs she had taken for granted in her native Sweden didn’t seem to be readily available in the rest of the world. So she designed her own.

 

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I was lucky enough to meet Kristina when she popped over to the UK to check on the new store from her home in Australia.  We spent a happy hour chatting about all things paper (and me sniffing the notebooks). It was fascinating to hear how Kristina had come up with the idea in the first place; having no set plan on what her new business was to entail she struck upon the idea of nice stationery when she was organising her desk in preparation and realised there was a gap in the market for nice paper goods.  I like to think she was procrastinating a little like I do when faced with a new job or project … “There’s no possible way I can begin this project until all my pencils are sharpened, I have a new notebook, I’ve ordered the exact shade of green ink I need for my fountain pen, the skirting boards have been dusted and the cupboard under the stairs is tidy”.

 

 

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To help the procrastinators among us Kikki K does a lovely range of journals to help you organise your thoughts, dreams and plans as well as pretty much everything else your little stationery heart desires.

 

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To see more of the Kikki K range head over to their website by clicking here AND if you sign up for their newsletter you get a £5 gift voucher for use instore or online (with no minumum spend this is pretty cool!!)

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Looking for an alternative idea for your Valentines Day cards this year? This simple craft project is super quick and easy to make. It also has a secret love message hidden inside …

YOU WILL NEED
thin coloured cardpaper straws
craft knife and cutting matt or scissors
arrow head and tail template (click here for download)
pen
little bit of washi/masking tape.

 

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one: download, print and cut out the arrow head and tail template. Draw round or tape it to a piece of coloured card.

 

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two: Use scissors or a craft knife to cut out.

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