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
I’ve mentioned before my love of seemingly pointless little bits of printed paper and ephemera. It’s a love that isn’t going anywhere any time soon, in fact if anything I think it might be growing.
At college I was quite organised with my scraps of serviettes, ticket stubs and foreign sweet packets and I kept them all filed in a series of photo albums. Over time these albums have been neglected and now my precious pieces of paper are stored in drawers; knicker drawers, sock drawers, knife, fork and spoon drawers. Essentially anywhere in the house that I can tidy them away quickly always promising that I Will Deal With Them One Day. Well, that day has come. Having found two lovely large box frames at a boot sale the other day I realised they would be the perfect showcase for my papery bits ‘n’ bobs.
I have made one for my bedroom and one for the lounge. I painted the backing card the colour of the walls and mounted the pieces using a mixture of spray mount, foam pads (the kind used in Decoupage to give height) and small dress making pins. I didn’t want all the pieces to be stuck down flat so using a mixture of these three sticky things I was able to keep a nice variety of heights and shapes.
Some of the pieces are personal to me; that’s my birth announcement in the bottom right. Some are holiday reminders; Finn Air towelette anyone? But all of them have a nice bit of design going on and inspire me every time I look at them.
pictures behind glass are hard to photograph
If you want to start (or develop) your own paper addiction then always look in the small dusty boxes at car boot sales and junk shops or head over to Present and Correct for your next fix.
Way back in September I had a nice trip out to the Wilko Christmas press day and I’ve wanted to blog about it ever since. Finally I’ve got around to it. I didn’t really know about the marvellousness that is the Wilko Home and Garden superstores as I don’t have one near by. Having seen the glory of their Christmas decorations this year I managed to track one down and have stocked up on tree treats that I feel may stay up well in to the new year. I think my overall favourite are the creamic keys and the wooden mushrooms. They’re the kind of thing you find in bespoke gift shops with a much heftier price tag.
Above are some of my favourites and you can buy them all 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 …
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)
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…
I do have a little something up my sleeve for actual Valentines day … get your Postit notes at the ready …