Got an Ipad? Need a new case for it? Well, if you buy a copy of Making magazine this month you will get this nifty little project taken from Felt Sew Good. See it as a kind of ‘try before you buy’ opportunity, though really you should just BUY!
Here is a book. A book called Felt Sew Good. A book I spent many hours last summer creating; dreaming up, making, writing and illustrating the 30 or so projects and it’s finally here and though I do say it myself it’s really rather nice. It looks, feels and smells good too. Above is a little taster of what’s inside and if you head over to Amazon now you can use their nifty ‘look inside’ feature to find out more!
Oh and you know that thing about buses and how you can wait for ages and two come at once? Well, apparently it’s the same for books as here is Felt Sew Goods sister title Little Sew and Sew. Also by me, also rather nice and also available to buy now!
Over the following weeks there’ll be some free project downloads, some interviews and other exciting things. Cool.
This morning I sat down at my computer with the sole aim to write at least 5 blog posts as I know I have been woefully lacking recently (I have written three books in my absence so I haven’t been totally lazy). Instead I have managed just one, but I hope you think it’s a good one?!
Introducing Cirque Des Oeufs, my specially designed Easter egg printable for one and all to download, printout and decorate your eggs. Click the picture above to download the PDF or click here.
P.S. Don’t forget last year I gave you instructions to make this little cutie, Click here to get the instructions and template
Finally decided to tell that special someone in the office that you might, well, kinda, like them? So sneak to their desk when no ones around and leave this little hint there. They won’t know it’s you … unless you leave the fluro pink Post-it notes by your computer …
How to make it? watch here…
There’s a world of craft out there and Valentines day seems to inspire so very many pink, fluffy, sparkly projects that Do Not make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
I’ve had a little look round the interweb and found these simple clever little makes that Do make me happy. Click on the links to go to the sites for the How-To …
1. heart shaped paperclips by babyccinokids.com
2. heart doilys from Marthastewart.com
3. Valentines clip art from graphicsfairy.blogspot.co.uk.
If you don’t know about this site it is A.Mazing. It’s a brilliant collection of royalty free images from Ye Olden Days that you can spend days scrolling through (partly because it’s So Great, partly because there are quite a lot of ads and things to scroll past, but it is worth it.) It also has crafty suggestions on what to do with the images and free downloadables (see below)
4. paint chip heart garland from graceandlightstudio.com
There are loads of projects using the paint cards you get from DIY stores at the moment. It’s such a genius idea. There’s definitely a blogpost about them coming up soon.
and finally there’s always this little gem…
5. origami heart by sewyeah.co.uk
I do have a little something up my sleeve for actual Valentines day … get your Postit notes at the ready …
Christmas is closer than it was last time I posted a Christmassy craft project … Anything that doesn’t move should be being decorated. Food that you don’t think about any other time of the year should be being consumed (Mince Pies, Devils on Horseback, Mulled Wine, Brandy Butter) and bad bad bad songs should be being danced to at Christmas parties.
I have yet to start any of the above (apart from maybe the mulled wine and mice pie consumption but then that started in September.) I have made this forest though, which is a start.
The basic tree shape is easy to make and using different colours and textures of paper you can build up acres of forest very quickly.
Here’s how to do it.
It would make a very stylish table center or above a fireplace (watch the flames!)
For some reason Summer has decided not to end this year (not that I’m complaining.) but if your garden is lacking a little colour right now then these giant paper poppies could be the answer … until it starts raining … (which as Miss Jones just pointed out will probably be on Sunday when the Paralympics come to an end and they go all sad and limp … as do we).
There was one step they missed out though… Finish with a liberal sprinkling of fairy dust!
If you like that … Try …
Similar but not the same as last weeks ribbon flag project and the two would work wonderfully well in conjunction with each other; this lovely large banner of flags adorning a gorgeously iced birthday cake surrounded by millions of flag topped cupcakes. Yum.
The method of making this banner is pretty much the same as the flags. See here for the step by steps. I used two lollipop sticks wrapped in Washi tape (what’s Washi tape? This is Washi tape) and wrapped the flags around a piece of embroidery thread. I fixed the thread to the lollipop sticks using a bead and a pretty pin. Job done.
My mum is a very clever lady, she pretty much taught me all the craft stuff I know (apart from the stuff that happens In The Garage which I learnt from my dad). She’s also a lady who likes to be busy All The Time so when I can I like to keep her occupied setting her tasks and problems to solve that help me out with projects I’m working on.
The latest task I set her was making some miniature knitted bunting that I plan to use when I shoot my next books. I cannot knit. Well I can, I can make scarves and blankets for dolls and things that are square and things that are rectangular. Anything that doesn’t involve more than casting on, knitting and casting off then I’m your gal but when it came to triangles they are slightly beyond me. One wheedling phone call later we have Mums Mini Bunting. Cute.
MUMS MINI BUNTING
Cast on 12 stiches
Knit 3 rows
Knit 2 together at either end of next row (=10 stitches)
Knit 3 rows
Knit 2 together at either end of next row (= 8 stitches)
Knit 3 rows
Knit 2 together at either end of next row (=6 stitches)
Knit 3 rows
Knit 2 together at either end of next row (= 4 stitches)
Knit 3 rows
Knit 2 together at either end of next row (= 2 stitches )
Finally Knit 2 together and cast off. Ta-dah!
Mums top tip? These are much easier to knit when you are not watching telly and trying to help Dad with the crossword at the same time as it’s easy to lose track of your rows.