Well I was pleasantly surprised to open my mail yesterday to find I had received 2 certificates and a monetary prize. A few weeks ago I collected my submissions for the Fisher Ghost Craft Exhibition but the organiser did not say anything to me so I assumed that I had not won. What do they say, never assume…. They are right, never assume. Highly commended for my pretty pouch and first place winner for my kirigami card. Pretty chuffed.
Yes I have been a little slack with my miniatures but I did make something recently. I came across these boots in this e-zine [page 63]. Ok it’s all in Japanese or Korean but I traced the template onto a leather/suede swatch I had. For the sole I used synthetic cork which my dad cut into thin slices. I stitched the two pieces onto the sole, then stuck another slice to cover the stitching. Trimmed any excess. I stitched some thread through as laces. Not bad for a first attempt. They look a little bit like these, don’t you think? The boots measure about 2 cm in length – can anyone tell what scale that makes them?
Crocheted flowers, who doesn’t love them. I certainly do. Well when I found a picture of a crocheted rose on Pinterest and a pattern and I just had to try it. One I used to wrap a gift for a friend who welcomed a baby girl. The other I turned into a brooch. Looking at these again makes me think I should make more.
Look who popped in for a cuppa the other day, ma Owl. I realise she might need to visit an eye specialist soon [as gravity is not helping her pupil].
and I found these Owlets in the garden. They are very sweet and wishing to find a good home
My mum made them from her scrap [fabric,ribbon, trim] stash. Their bodies however are made from panamina. It’s a material she sourced during one of her trips to Argentina. I describe it as stiffened [sometimes coloured] Aida [cross-stitch] material. It lends itself to cross stitch and also holds it shape well so the possibilities are endless. My mum and I made years ago little panamina handbags and vellum umbrellas as bonbonnieres [party favours] for my niece’s 1st birthday.
I wanted to share a card, gift wrapping and table setting ideas with you today. We had friends over on the weekend, a little post birthday catch up. I recently bought myself a scoring board and was itching to try it out. So I created the background. I love the textured look. Some pretty paper, ribbon and tag completed the card.
I have tried these feathers before but this time used normal paper. I need to refine this because their potential is great.
And in an attempt to use what is outside to pretty up the dining table I used dried leaves as place cards and the flower from our choc mint cordylines.
My challenge continues and am happy I am still ‘into’ it. You can check out 1st and 2nd months creations. Well a sub challenge this month – nothing sweet [cause that would be easy for me - I much prefer baking]. It was kinda of easy to pick too because I have been wanting to make these for ages.
…pot stickers, gyozas, dumplings….
What ever you call them they are little parcels of mince that burst with flavour. So again modified, cause I do that best, made them with chicken mince and added garlic chives and water chestnuts amongst the usual. Dipped in soy – they were yummy.
My card challenge hit three birds with one stone. BHG challenge – tick. Wanting to try out kirigami – tick. Fisher Ghost competition – tick.
So this is what inspired me. I thought I could reprodcue a pattern [the blue rosette under 'rental' or the white one painted on the coffee table] using my punches.
So in order from the centre out – my circle punch, balloon, apple cut in half, teddy bear cut in half, flower and tiny circle. The outside result…
My good friends brought me back this and so I wanted to try out kirigami. So after searching for templates on the net for so long I decided to make my own following the general templates rules of where to cut, and score and fold. I printed off ‘best wishes’ from the computer and cut away. Here is the inside result….
I was pretty happy with the result so I decided to submit the card along with my pouch for judging at the Fisher Ghost Festival craft competition.