Thursday, 29 December 2011

Pretty Petals - A quilt in progress


Well Christmas is finally over and we are having a few nice quiet days at home.

I've had few hours to myself (which has been bliss) to start a quilt for my good friend Jo's new bub (yet to be named).

I took my inspiration for this quilt from my petal pillow case tutorial - I'm still playing around with the arrangement of the blocks and think maybe the top left corner block in the photo above is too pale...I'd love to hear your thoughts?

Caity x

Monday, 26 December 2011

Knife-Fork-Spoon Canvas for an Entertaining Area

This is another painting that I completed recently for a friend. It is going to be put in her outdoor entertaining/BBQ area. The area needed a bit of modernising, and a large, contemporary painting was a cheap and easy solution.

The painting is actually on two large canvases (see photo below), as this was a good way to give the entertaining/BBQ area the effect of having a feature wall (the canvases almost take up the whole wall). It's the simplicity of the design for this canvas that makes it work.

Happy painting!


Thursday, 22 December 2011

Paper Snowflake Garland


Only 3 sleeps to go now - can you believe it? 

Last minute decorations are being frantically finished at our house, the shopping is now complete and I'm ready to sit back and enjoy the festivities!

I made this snowflake garland quickly with a paper punch and some white card. Then just machine sewed them all together....

It looks so pretty on my tree - my only wish is I had time to make more! 

Oh and I just had to show you the sweet little bird Christmas decoration my mum made for Thom! 

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Em and I here at Thom Haus - we have really enjoy getting all your comments and sharing our ideas with you.

Caity x

Monday, 19 December 2011

Simple White Christmas Bird Mobile

Home Decorating/Craft:

This mobile was easy to make, and I used leftover cardboard from a box, cotton string, white paint and some hardy sticky-tape.

First I traced the outlines of a few different types of birds onto the cardboard. You could draw these yourself or use some templates that are provided online... birds are everywhere!

Then I cut them out, painted them white, drew an eye on each of them, stuck them to the string (see below picture).... and hung the mobile up! As only one side is painted, it is designed to sit flat on a wall.

This mobile looks fantastic as a Christmas hanging for more white Christmas home decorating!


Thursday, 15 December 2011

Fabric Christmas Gift Tags


Christmas is getting so close now - have you got all your gifts ready to go? Unfortunately I'm not even close - BUT if you are ready to wrap then these fabric gift tags will really personalise your present.

Here are a few close ups for you - I just love aqua, red and white this year - reminds me of the sherbet pips colour range!!!

To make these I just cut out a couple tag shapes in fabric and then ironed them onto white card. A quick stitch around the card with the sewing machine, punch a hole through the top with a standard hole punch and thread through with some pretty ribbon and they are ready are ready to attach to your present!

It's not too late to get some of these tags made!!!!

Caity x

Monday, 12 December 2011

Cheap Decorating for a White Christmas

Home Decorating:

These run-of-the-mill empty wine bottles look fantastic painted white and placed together on display. I used an undercoat and then a semi-gloss topcoat for the painting (both were water-based).

I thought they'd be lovely as part of a white Christmas themed home, or maybe somehow as a simple table centrepiece. You could also use them as a base for a small rustic Christmas tree using sticks.

The only thing to remember when painting wine bottles is to make sure you paint inside the rim at the top a bit. Otherwise you won't end up with the same look!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas Reindeer Napkins


It's been a busy week at our place this week and even with some sewing friends over for a girls' afternoon getting any sewing done has been a challenge!!!

Luckily I did mange to finish off these napkins I started a few weeks ago. I'm thinking I will keep these for myself - I don't have any Christmas linens yet!

These were quick to make too - I bought some plain white napkins from Target and did a large running stitch around the outside in a red pearl cotton. 

Next I used a cookie cutter in the shape of a reindeer to trace my shape. Ironed it onto vlisofix and then machine zigzagged each one in place!

You could make these for any occasion to really personalise the day with numbers for special birthdays, monograms for a wedding, children's images for fun parties and the list goes on.

Caity x

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Christmas Present Ideas For Under $3!

Home Decorating:

Recently I had a few quick minutes to browse through a bargain shop for gift ideas for Christmas... and I came up with quite a few nice present options. Here are three of them below!

This tea towel would be really striking put into a frame (see my Tea Towel Pictures from earlier this year), or simply hung up on a wall in the kitchen using blu-tac and pegs. This tea towel cost me $2.
These pretty pastel plates would be a lovely gift on their own, or they could be hung up on a wall as a set of four or more. These plates were on sale and cost me $0.70 each.

This little black-bird (or birds, if you bought lots of them!) again would be a lovely gift on its own, or it could be painted a block colour, decorated with a pattern, or you could spray glue some fabric onto it.... endless options! This bird cost me $1.

And there were loads more possibilities for cheap Christmas presents in the bargain shops!

Happy bargain shopping!


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Fabric Button Earrings


Ok, ok - it's official - I'm in love with my new Instagram app on my phone.... and I just wanted had to use it to show you my lasted crafting.... so watch out, I think I might be addicted :)

Just a quick project from me this week. I thought I might show you another favourite way of mine to really use up some of those smaller scraps of fabric you might be hoarding - you know the ones that you are not even sure why you keep when you snip them off?? 

These earrings make great presents and don't take too long to make either which is all the better seeing Christmas is now only a little over 3 weeks away! 

I even made a couple pairs of Christmas inspired ones.

PS: You will find the button kits at most good craft stores or try here where I bought mine.

Caity x