Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Baby Sea Turtle Fabric

I bought this gorgeous fabric yesterday as it reminds me of my trip to Hawaii. We saw one turtle while snorkelling on the Island of Oahu and then we spent a week on the Big Island. On one of the beaches we went in the water and there were lots, and i mean lots of turtles, we had to be really careful we didn't trip over them. We were trying to keep put their way but they kept coming up near to us. It was a truly amazing experience. On our way back to the hotel after spending the day travelling round the island, we stopped off for a walk along a beach and saw a turtle on the sand. It was getting dark so we couldn't get a photo.

I'm going to make the material into a wall hanging and i'm hoping to embellish the material with small seed beads etc. I had to get a metre and only need a quarter, so i'm selling the rest on etsy. I'll post a photo of the wall hanging when i've finished, it will probably take me a while though!

Monday, September 28, 2009

My daughters "dismembered" teddy bear

My daughter joined a lunch time art club with a difference. To take apart various soft toys and create something new, think Frankenstein! The kids loved it, especially the boys. There is even a waiting list for the next group. If you want to read more check this out http://http//

Don't you just love the lips! Its great as they're even teaching knitting at lunch time too. I'm hoping that they teach them to crochet, so my daughter can then teach me. Its great to see these crafts coming back!

On a side note, coming from the UK and living in New Zealand, whenever they say bear, it sounds like beer, why are they making beer at school?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Featured Etsy Shop - BeneathTheRowanTree

When i saw this name on the etsy forums i just had to have a look at the shop and found that the shop certainly lives up to the gorgeous name. You will find some truly gorgeous items, including needlefelted owls, hedgehogs, gnomes, beavers, bears, cupcakes..... Gorgeous silk streamers in a variety of beautiful colours plus more. I recommend you check this shop out. Here is a little taster of what is available

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Free Tutorial - Mini Scrapbook

This scrapbook/card is made out of one piece of 12 x 12 paper (pref double sided). It can be used as a unique and fun card or as a mini scrapbook. I've used it as a card for my SIL's baby with lots of fun baby pictures and saying on the tags and decorated on the front. I also used it as a mini scrapbook for my grandmother, with photos and memories on the tags and decorated on the front and back. I can't take credit for the idea, i think it was on one of the shopping channels craft hour.

First fold the paper in half, then make into a concertina with 4 sections

Fold back the 2 end section and hold in place with a fun brad

For the 2 middle sections, with scissors or a square punch, cut out a small rectangle shape, leaving space at the sides. These 4 sections will become pockets for the tags

Open out the paper and put a thin line of glue or double sided tape (sorry, mine turned out messy!) down the side of each section leaving space for the tags to slide in. Carefull place both halves together

Make up 4 tags, punch a hole in the top and tie on a fun ribbon. You can then decorate as much or as little you like. You can decorate both sides of the tags and both sides of the mini scrapbook. Is less more? Nuh!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Felt Butterfly Cake

I've been sitting with my daughter all day as she's been sick in the night and through the day. As my son had his appendix out when he was 5, thats one of the things i worry about when anyone is vomitting and has bad stomach pain, we may be down to the doctors tomorrow. I decided to have a go at designing something i've been meaning to have a go at for a while, a felt butterfly cake. I remember making these with my mum when i was young, i think they're also called fairy cakes. My daughter loves to make them too, my son just loves to eat them!

Heres a picture of my creation, it hasn't turned out too bad, the felt paper casing was a bit of a challenge!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Swap-Bot Etsy Treasury

I've managed to snag another treasury and featured some items made by fellow swap-botters. There are some gorgeous items included. Here is the link if you want to check it out, i think the more clicks the more chance of being on the etsy front page? I'm sure i'll be making more as its really addictive! Mmmm i think i need to work a bit more on my cropping skills on paint. Its taken me a few days to find out how to get a picture of a treasury onto my blog!

The swap-botters featured are, Me (lisajhoney), Invisible, MissThundercat, Courtney, Rengawk, Momwithahook, Trinket, Freespirit66, Craftaddict02, ArtsyAthina, KatinaNavane and TangleCrafts

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pegs For Towels

My new bathroom is nearly finished and i only want matching towels that go with the colour scheme to be used, the only problem is whose towel is whose??

So i made some funky pegs, (i need to make 2 more). Each member of the family has their own peg and when they've used a towel they pop the peg on. This will save on me having to wash the towels every day!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cream and Raspberry Jam Doughnut

After a bit of experimenting i managed to come up with a cream and jam doughnut. I feel though that i need to do a bit more tweaking with the cream. The sugar sparkles don't look too bad.

This is one of my favourite doughnuts, although i have to have mine with real cream rather than mock cream. Its not one i have too often though!

My next tutorial will be for a mini scrapbook made out of one piece of 12 x 12 paper. The photos are on my memory stick, as we've got a new computer, but my daughter has it at school at the moment with her homework on being marked! Hopefully i'll get it back this week

Friday, September 4, 2009

Jack's New Bed

Well, I finally got round to making my dog Jack a new bed. His old bed was falling to pieces and not washable, so i bought some material and wadding and its been sitting in the cupboard for a few weeks. It was so easy to make and i've made one end accessible with poppers so i can put it in the washing machine. I think he likes it!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Felt Food Has Been Featured

Today i found out my felt chocolate cake, fruit slad and pizza slice has been featured among other yummy food plushies in the OC weekly blog

They are doing a feature on the Art of Plushie Food and there are some real cuties on there

Etsy seller Eternal Sunshine

Etsy Seller Karen Swimmer

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Giveaway Winner

Here it is, the random number picked was comment number 66
So Lilly is the winner and will receive a cupcake needlebook, well done

The Moopy Doll will be available for another giveaway. That was so fun i will definately be doing another one.

Thank you everyone for entering :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

One More Day To Enter The Giveaway

If you want to enter my giveaway here you have one more day to post in the comments to enter. I will draw the winner on Wednesday afternoon, New Zealand time.

Remember you must be a follower of my blog to be in with a chance to win and you can make up to 5 comments from the list. Each seperate comment is one entry. Some of you have commented on being a follower of my blog as a comment which is fine.

At the moment i think the moopy doll is the most popular choice

Good Luck x