Thursday, August 29, 2013

Yarn Bombing

I love the idea of yarn bombing. Something to brighten the day that doesn't harm the environment and can easily be removed. If I could knit or crochet I would definitely have a go. Has anyone seen any in their area? I haven't seen any in Hastings yet.

Here are some great yarn bombing ideas I found on Pinterest.

R2D2 How Cute

This one is more subtle

My favourite, such fun

This one is bright and cheerful

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New Items

Well we're all moved in and I've found my felt food patterns at last. I've listed a few made to order items in my Etsy shop. I'm hoping to stock up my shop in the next few weeks.

Here are the felt food items listed in my shop

Farfalle Bow Tie Pasta

Pretend Play Bread
Strawberries and Cream
Fun Cookies
Blueberry Pancakes
Felt Salad


Friday, June 21, 2013

A Mad Hatters Tea Party

Yay! We finally have a moving in day Monday 1st July, can't wait to get all my goodies out of storage and get sewing again. We haven't seen our furniture and boxes since February 20th. The garden is a blank canvas, just lawn at the moment, my husband can't wait to get stuck in making it look nice with lots of flowers. Went for a job interview this morning so hoping I will hear something positive next week. They want someone ASAP so if I get the job I could be starting the day after we move into the house.

When we get settled my daughter and I want to have a mad hatters tea party with some friends. I found some great ideas on Pinterest.

Love this tea stand

These look fun

Would love to have a go at making these fun cupcakes

Some invitations

A bit beyond me

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gifts In A Jar Ideas

Loving looking on Pinterest for crafty ideas I want to try. The gifts in a jar are such a great idea as you can really got to town on the decoration. I've found a few of my favourite ideas I want to make up as gifts.

I love this spa in a jar idea. You could add a fun label with ribbon. Some ideas for the contents could be mini lotions, soaps, foot scrubs etc. Lip balms, nail varnish, face masks, mini bath bombs, bath bags, soft flannel, and some yummy chocolates and sachet of hot chocolate.

How about this housewarming gift jar found on this blog. You could add some hand soap, labels, dish towels, chocolate, dishwashing sponges, small jar of jam, cupcake liners, recipe, paper clips, sweets, measuring tape, magnets, superglue.

Lots of ideas for a baby shower gift jar. I love this one by Marythekaytheblog You could add baby wash cloths, dummy, socks, booties, mittens, rubber duck, mini baby shampoo, lotion, baby vest,.

The easiest jar for me to put together would be a jar for a fellow crafter. I found this one on Prettify Your Life You could add ribbon, mini stamps, brads, pens, inks, cut out shapes, pins, flowers, embroidery thread, buttons, beads, charm, jewels, fabric...

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Free Felt Pattern and Tutorials

I'm feeling the urge to get sewing again. I'll be making some felt food but would also like to try something new. I went to a local houseware shop today Dunelm Mill which when we move will only be about a ten minute walk away. Upstairs I found treasure, a sewing and craft section. I think I will definately be a regular customer.

I found this cute Felt Chickadee Ornament pattern I would love to sew

Don't you love these gorgeous Owl Ornaments? If you want a plushie just make them bigger

I love these Felt Pom Poms, you could make them in a rainbow of colours or maybe colour coordinate them, pink red and white would look great together

This mouse in a pumpkin tutorial looks like more of a challenge
Some more free patterns I found on the web

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Awesome Storage Ideas

Moving into our new home very soon and been cheking out Pinterest for fun and practical storage ideas. I didn't realise there were so many great ideas. I'm hoping to have a little craft corner and found this set up, I would love to create soemthing similar.

I love this idea for stairs
These are a great idea for the bathroom
I love the idea of transforming an Armoire to a linen cupboard

Monday, May 27, 2013

Missing Doctor Who

Season 7 has now been over for a week and i'm missing it already. Can't wait for the 50th anniversary in November. Who is John Hurt? Doctor zero, 9 or someone else?  Loving the mysteries that they give us each season. The best mystery so far for me was River Song. Hope we haven't seen the last of the Doctors wife, such a great charactor.  I've been looking for a present for my daughter who is a big Doctor Who fan and found some wonderful goodies.

I love these Tardis string lights from Amazon
 Fun Timey Wimey necklace on Etsy by GeekQueenDesings
For me, I must have this Tardis teapot from The Gift and Gadget Store
The saddest part in Doctor Who, number 10's goodbye to Rose. Badge by Thingamajiggies
A cute coin purse by cottonlicious

Monday, May 20, 2013

Free Tutorial For Felt Food Doughnuts (Donuts)

I thought I'd do an update on my free tutorial I made back in 2009. This turorial will help you make fun felt doughnuts for your little ones. Once you have the basics you can then use your imagination to make all sorts of styles and sizes.

You will need paper, scissors, pencil, 2 items to draw around for the dougnut and inner circle (or a compass) felt, thread, needle, pins, sewing machine (optional) and beads.

For the dougnut template find something round thats the size you want your dougnut to be (or use a compass) and draw round it twice and cut out so you have two circles. My larger doughnuts are about 9.5cm across.
To find the centre, (if you've used a compass you will have the centre already) take one of the templates and fold in half, then half again. Unfold and where the folds cross this is the centre. Find something small to draw round the centre of the circle and cut out the hole. Using a compass will be more accurate. You now have the template for your doughnut.

To make the icing template, place your doughnut template over the blank circle and draw round the centre circle, cut this out. You can then draw an icing shape round the edge of the circle and cut out. You now have your icing template.
Cut out your icing from felt using your template. Once cut out you can decorate your icing with sprinkles by sewing on coloured beads or small pieces of felt.

 To make the dougnut cut out 2 squares of felt slightly bigger then the template. Pin the doughnut template onto the 2 squares of felt. Either machine stitch or hand stitch round the edge of the outside of the template leaving a gap of about 2 to 2.5cm for turning. While the template is still pinned onto the felt carefully cut out the small inner circle. Take off the template and trim round the edge of the outer sewn edge leaving about  0.5cm. To make an even neater finish carefully make small snips round the circle being careful not to snip the stitches (yes i've done this a few times)

Carefully turn inside out through the small gap.

Sew small blanket stitches round the small innner circle. See my tutorial for blanket stitch

Carefully and with small pieces of stuffing at a time fill the doughnut. I find a chopstick helps to get into some areas. When full, sew the final outer edge piece closed with the ladder stitch which gives a neat finish.

You can now add the frosting to the doughnut. Place the icing over the doughnut and carefully sew the inner circle of the icing to the inner circle of the doughnut. When finished you can sew the outer edge of the icing onto the doughnut using blanket stitch which gives a neat finish.

Here are a few dougnuts I have made some smaller and some plain doughnuts without the centre hole.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Cupcakes Galore

My daughter and I have an obsession with cupcakes and browsing on Etsy I found some wonderful edible cupcake toppers and cupcake boxes that are perfect for gift giving. Once we settle into our new home I can't wait to get started.

I love these humingbird cake toppers by sugar robot

These sleeping baby cake toppers are perfect for baby showers. This ladybird baby by Dream Day Shoppe is so cute

I love the variety of butterflies by incrEDIBLE toppers You can use them indivudually on cupcakes or they make a lovely display on a large cake

How about if you want to give a cupcake as a gift or maybe baby shower, wedding shower etc. I found a large variety of fun cupcake boxes

This fun retro oven box by claudine hellmuth is in PDF format so you can download, print and cut out as many as you need

I love this bird house box handmade by CardsandMoorbyTerri
This lovely flower shop cupcake box handmade by CupcakeBCK holds four cupcakes