Ok, I know the title is cheeky but it’s true in a way. I have done the hard work for you [although I like to call it research, that's what I keep telling my OH]. Come follow me on Pinterest, or at least this board and you will find free e-magazines. There is something for everybody [that's crafty inclined], whether it’s:
I am sure you will love ‘flicking’ through these great little finds. Yes some are teasers but most are full editions. Yes some are in other languages but most of these are full of pictures that you can follow.
Go on, grab a cuppa and happy flicking!
And because I couldn’t post without a photo here is our little garden miracle. Our frangipani tree previously planted by the landscapers in the shade transplanted in full sun by my dad produces this little gem and an abundance of foliage. I am gonna miss you frangipani’s – till next summer.
My parents just came back from a wonderful trip to Vietnam. They had a great time, exploring the country, meeting wonderful people and eating local delicacies. Oh and did some shopping. Check out these crafty souvenirs they brought back for me.
So I reverted to what I enjoy and decided to replicate this cake
Guess what. no variations this time – followed the recipe to a tee It was a hit a recent at a gathering of my husband’s childhood friends.
No surprise that this picture along with my Martha Stewart scoring board inspired me…
to make this card for a friends little boy turning one. I love making rosettes but recently I saw on ‘Scrap it TV’ a neat trick that made it sooooo much it easier. Once the strip of paper is folded and pleated you glue one end together and let it dry – then you join with double sided tape to create the rosette. This is given me an idea to do a quick pictorial tutorial as its easier with photos than words I think. I cut some Bazzill cardstock circles with my 1 inch Fiskars cutter and ran it through my printer to print the ‘o’, ‘n’ and ‘e’.
I have been wanting to do this for a while and now understand why I have put it off. You need to note down all the details, remember to take photos at every step and hope that the project turns out ok. I have been wanting to write a tutorial that is. My inspiration came form this and this blue DMC yarn – although when I bought this I wasn’t completely convinced with this colour.
I wanted to make something for 2 lovely ladies [who happen to be sisters] they love cute things and appreciate the handmade. As with most amigurumi the yarn and hook size is not critical. I used Semco Milford knitting crochet cotton thread and size 2 hook. So without further ado, here is my tute.
Start with making 4 discs.
To make 1 disc start with a magic circle. First row consists 6 double crochets [dc] joined with a slip stitch [sl st]. Second row consists of 12 dc [2 in each dc of the 1st row], join with a sl st. Third row consists 18 dc crochets [2 dc in one dc and 1 dc in the next dc] – repeat till end. Make another 3 discs. Then stitch 2 discs together as shown below with the same cotton thread.
To make the body of the spool. Start with chain, 30 sl st to join. First row, 1 dc in each chain, 30 dc in total, sl st to join. Repeat for rows 2-6.
Then sew one end of the body of the spool to one disc with the same cotton thread. Fill the spool with hobby fill and then sew the second disc to the top of the body of the spool
Wrap yarn or thread around the body of the spool. You could even wrap ribbon or cord. You will need to wrap more yarn at one end if yours ends up like mine, but that’s ok it will get covered up.
As for the blue – I love it now. These are great as pin cushions or simply cute sitting in your craft room.
A reminder here why I am doing this, and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th challenges if you are interested. What a wonderful opportunity to make there savoury muffins…
for an impromptu school friends catch up mid week. I included tasty cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and basil in my variation – they were yummy. Love use the baking paper squares for the ‘cafe’ look.
I love these. Destination boards. Love the everything about it.
So no surprise I was inspired to create a background with this effect for a card for my gorgeous niece. I admit I struggled, played around in word and then played in excel and contemplated in powerpoint but no, it was in word, inserting wordart – ensuring the height and width is consistent create equal length word. And it work. Black and white and a white ribbon. Hope Miss M likes it. Got my old typewriter as a prop:)
I have been asked to create wedding invitations a couple of times now but my recent creation, not so recent nearly 3 years now was very special and unique. My good friend from school, of Vietnamese heritage was marrying an Egyptian. So the brief was to try and tie the 2 cultures together and to be a bit different. So I came up with a pyramid shaped ‘card’ with a red fan embellishment. Although most invitations were delivered in person they could be mailed flat if need be. Oh I wish I had my Martha Stewart scoring board back then, the fans were done by hand, fold by fold. The invite details you can a snippet in the next photo and initials were printed on vellum and the initials were secured with gold heart brads.
Although I came across many pyramid box templates however I had to modify it, as you can see in this photo the ‘tongue and groove’ was added so the pyramid could be secured and shut.
It wasn’t hard to catch up with my SIC BHG challenge. A reminder here why I am doing this, and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th challenges if you are interested. This palette or rather a pastel version…
reminded me of this cute fabric I had. I also wanted to use my hexagon die cut [in 3 sizes]. Cutting hexies of fabric and cardstock so quickly is bliss. I have decided that I need to use up my stash – I have so much [ok I will make this a resolution!], so I decided to personalise the birthday card for Miss R who was turning 1 with a fancy ‘r’. I then used my Martha Stewart hydrangea punch to create a cute border around the fabric.
In addition to cute a Silver Threads party dress I made Miss R a personalised t-shirt with a cord of French knitting I had made. And finished it off with butterfly sequins. And a ‘one’ on the brown paper bag out of out MS hydrangea flowers
As for the recipe I wanted to try I couldn’t go past trying this…
you see I received something similar for Christmas and they were scrumptious. So my touch, was added almonds and made into a log and served as medallions and not balls. My next batch will have the little chunks of white chocolate and marshmallows just like my Christmas treat had.
Yes, I am guilty I have lagged behind my self imposed challenge however am revved up to catch up and get going again. A reminder here why I am doing this, and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th challenges if you are interested. I love bunting so when I saw this…
I was eager to get cutting and folding the gorgeous paper that came with the magazine and create this red and white star beauty bunting. The stars are so easy to make with valley and mountain folds. Here they are on our wall…
and a close up.
At first I thought this was cheating…
because there is no cooking involved but then justified it by thinking we need to eat healthy and not complicate life [or mornings at least]. So this was breakfast for my little man and me. Muesli, honey yoghurt and fresh strawberries. Oh, with our tomato crop in the background. Yes thought I would go red and white theme for this post. Am loving my new found muesli – ‘GranOHlaah’ – really could eat it all day.
And recently became a little more active on Instagram – mainly of our garden and what it produces but am also loving the filters and effects – like this one above.
My last post on Christmas gifts. For 2013 gifts anyway. I had purchased a cute all glass teapot and 2 varieties of tea for a good friend of mine but wanted to make a little something too. I was inspired by the recent teapot holder I made and was ‘researching’ pinterest for some inspiration. This really caught my eye and I think it’s absolutely gorgeous but I was keen to come up with my own idea/design. What do they say, sometimes inspiration is right in front of you… well it was. Tea pot, tea leaves…. a tea bag of course! It was perfect as I had this stash that I could use. I had made these little bundles as gifts years ago and I happened to keep one for myself
I positioned the fabric so that the colours resembled the darkened infused tea leaves and the white paper of the tea bag. I used my Taiwanese linen fabric [oranges and lemons and letters] for the backing and crocheted a chain to attach the tag to the tea bag. My friend and her hubby were happy with their gift and they were also the recipients of my award winning card - as it was them that inspired my curiosity for kirigami.