I am supposed to be sorting paperwork, but as I was up as early as usual, I have spent 2 hours finally making the laptop case that’s been in my head since Christmas.
I had been carrying my little laptop round in a padded envelope for a while and I thought to myself, ‘why not make a case from it?’
Of course, lovely as padded envelopes are, I am a fancy fabric girl and ( a shock to you I know) I had kept a dress of my daughter’s, (already upcycled from Lovely Husband’s Great Aunt’s skirt) that she had grown out of. The fabric was too gorgeous to give up so I decided to use it for this project.
I discovered some co-ordinating lining fabric in my stash and basically made a pillow case to slot the opened up envelopes into. Then I folded and sewed the edges together and turned it right side out to make a pretty padded envelope before topstitching some of the edges to hold them in place. A piece of elastic I’d saved from the waistband of a garment too worn to give away was perfect for holding the flap closed and to finish off I raided my braid box.
The bonus is that my little laptop can no longer lurk in dark places, laughing at me while I search for it – this bright wrapping will make it easy to find!!
Having completed one item of jewellery and with another friend’s birthday imminent, I decided to make a pair of earrings.
This friend has a thing about Sunflowers.
As you can see, this time I used white shrink plastic of A6 size and drew two Sunflowers freehand, hoping they would come out roughly the same…
Once again, using my trusty Sharpies I coloured them in before cutting them out carefully.
I punched a hole in each one and cooked them for the required time. As you can see they shrunk significantly:
Finally I added some ear wires and attached them to a piece of card to make them look posh…
I have a house full of notebooks.
Ok that is a bit of an overstatement, but I certainly possess a lot of notebooks because I can’t resist buying them whether I need one right now or not PLUS I can’t let a free one pass me by.
Is there a word for stationery fetish? I am certainly suffering from it…
In a bid to save some money and use up my stock I had a good look through and decided that part of the reason I am not choosing to use some of them immediately is because they are not the most beautiful notebooks in the pile. I decided to give them a makeover!
I was using duct tape recently for another craft project and thought to myself, ‘ I know I could use a bit for this!’
Here are the results:
this one was hardback – I simply added a band of orange, some Sharpie patterns and orange paper ends inside.
This one I strengthened the cover of as it was just a paper front. On top of the weighting I used duct tape to go round the whole book – even over the spiral binding which I had covered with an old advertising leaflet. It still opens and shuts well and looks much more appealing!
I almost can’t wait for my current notebook to be finished 🙂
I have a thing about Shrink plastic.
My friend likes Peacock tail feathers and it was her birthday towards the end of last month, so I thought I would have a go at something I had been meaning to do for a while – Shrinkadink jewellery.
I sourced clear Shrinkies paper and drew a Peacock tail feather on to a piece roughly A5 in size, with my trusty sharpies.
After a stint in the oven, the feather was about 5cms long – perfect for a pendant.
I had also treated myself to some jewellery findings and pliers and had a lovely time making a necklace for the pendant.
I start back at Guides this week and in keeping with tradition, we often look at resolution making in January. It’s not always personal – sometimes we look at them in terms of the things they would like to try at Guides during the year.
In the past we have written ourselves letters, sealed until the end of the year, and made little matchbooks, but this year I decided to go with the firework scheme. I recently came across Popplet, which I think is a very cool mind mapping tool and I had been toying with a lesson plan to do with resolutions. In doing so came up with 5 strands to make it less intimidating to children:
something I will do less of
something I will do more of
something I will do with my friends
something I will do at home
something I will do at school (or work if you are grown up).
As you can see by the image, I have used black card – this is A5 – and glitter glue in the center for the 2015.
Strips of colour are applied (perfect for using up those scraps of coloured paper we (I) have hanging around) – these are the pretty bit of the firework and hold your resolutions – small to keep things short and to the point – and white pen was used to add drama.
I put a paper ribbon on the top for hanging. Will let you know how these went down at Guides!
I was tidying my bedroom today and I came across an old handbag mirror. It still opened and shut but the silver outside was horribly tarnished, so I got my nail varnish out and prettied it up.
I will use some proper varnish to try and protect it, but however long it lasts, it looks so much more attractive now!
How do you carry a watermelon?
Why, in a watermelon bag of course.
Inspired by a watermelon t-shirt seen online while we were planning craft activities for Guide camp, we bought calico bags, red and green fabric dye and seed shaped beads.
The girls dip dyed their bags and, when they were happy with the colour, we rinsed and dried them before decorating them. Most girls opted out of sewing on the beads, preferring to write slogans on with fabric pen, but this is Oldest Daughter’s – and I did the sewing…
In this picture, the darker bag is mine. Dip dyeing whilst being in charge meant it got left in significantly longer each time and, as usual for the woman who can’t see a straight line, the pattern is wonky. However I will salvage this with strategically placed ‘seeds’ so the finished bag looks more purposefully arranged!
The Gruffalo theatre production has hit our town again and sidekick and I were asked to repeat our star performance at two workshops.
We stayed true to our original plan, but changed the media for each animal. As you can see by the picture, our two to six year olds did a grand job.
We also had a find the leaf game which culminated in a leafy tree on our graffalo picture – this is what our little mouses were photographed with at the end.
If you are in the South East and you fancy a trio to the deep dark woods, go here for more info 🙂
I had to share this because it is rare for my children to get excited about art the way I do.
Youngest daughter watched Newsround recently, when they were covering Lucy Sparrow’s The Corner Shop art installation in which all the items for sale are made of felt.
Shortly after I was preparing another Gruffalo workshop, this time involving felt owls and she asked if she could make tins, like the ones she’d seen on TV. Now youngest daughter has never sewn anything more than a few stitches before, but she sat and sewed these.
I am so proud.