Monday, 27 February 2012

Easy-to-Make Pictures using Leaves from the Garden

Artwork:


I made these 'leaf pictures' because I needed something to decorate a wall with that was quick, cheap and easy to do. I purchased the frames from The Reject Shop (or another shop like that) for about $1 each.

I went into the garden and chose eight leaves. Some of the leaves I used are the same - but that doesn't matter.

Then I just got some white paper out of the tray of my printer, cut them to size, and stuck the leaves on with a tiny bit of craft glue.


The pictures look surprisingly effective when all hung together. Because the frames are so small and light, I hung them using some small picture hanging strips. You can only see a set of 6 here in this photo - but there are actually eight!


You also don't have to just use leaves.... have a look at what's around your garden. Sticks, bark, grasses and dried flowers could also look really good.

Happy making!

Emma

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Updating a Vintage Chair

Home Decorating::


It's been a tough few weeks here.. there have been a few big changes on the home front which has lead me to needing to give my house a mini make over.

So I've started with something small. I've had this chair sitting in my bedroom for well over a year now. Its a lovely Australian spindle back chair I was given a few years ago. But it looked so dark and dingy my room.

I updated this chair in a lovely blue called 'July' full strength from the Dulux collection.




I had to paint 3 coats of undercoat to cover the dark timber properly and then 2 coats of the gloss to give a really nice colour.



I'm so happy with the results and it has really brightened my bedroom.

The bathroom is next!


Caity x

Monday, 20 February 2012

Cold tap Hot tap, which one's which?

Home Decorating:


This was an idea that I had for the kitchen, bathroom and laundry in the cottage that I recently renovated myself.

Because the taps are old and the plumbing arrangements are "creative" to say the least... it's difficult for our guests to quickly see which is the cold tap and which is the hot tap.

The solution is to put a letter above each of the taps! And it looks great too!

Emma

Friday, 17 February 2012

Storage and Decorating Ideas for a Small Home Office

Home Decorating:



This is our office - (I cleaned it up for the photo by the way... so don't think that it looks this good all the time!) It is a very small room, more of a hallway really. Originally, this is how it looked (below).


As with all my renovations and decorating, my changes had to be cheap! This is a brief summary of all that I did:

- I moved the original shelving unit to the end wall (you can see in the 'before' photo where the shelving stood before being moved), and we had a builder install a laminate desk that runs from one end of the office to the other

- I positioned the printer and hardrive on the shelf, to keep it out of the way of our desk space. I also made one of the shelves smaller to store paper, envelopes etc

- I painted all the walls and the ceiling. I painted a green feature wall to make the room look a little bigger and more modern

- We had an electrician remove the flourescent light that was on the wall, and install track lighting from one end of the room to the other

- I purchased a two-drawer white filing cabinet so that I had some filing storage that sat neatly under the desk

- I also purchased a magazine/document storage rack from IKEA, which helps to keep stuff off the desk

- I covered a pinboard in white material and we attached it to the wall. The pinboard runs nearly the length of the room, and this also helps to keep stuff off the desk!

- I added a peace lily plant to try and soak up some of the "bad air" coming from having machines in a small space

- For a pencil tin, I painted a baked beans tin white. Very cheap and easy!




Emma

Monday, 13 February 2012

Peg Print Canvas Design II

Artwork:



A while ago I did my first peg print canvas which turned out well... so I thought I'd try another one!

This time I changed the design to a circular pattern. I just started with the smallest inner circle that you can see, and I worked my way out freehand from there.

Again, I just painted the canvas the background colour that I wanted, and used a wooden peg printed in paint to achieve the shape.

Emma

Thursday, 9 February 2012

‘Rain Drops' Quilt in Progress

Quilting:


I am in LOVE with this quilt (it might well be my most favourite quilt EVER) and it's not even finished yet! 

I've pulled this one out of my unfinished projects basket - hence the crumpled look in the photo above (apologies!)




And as strange the idea for this quilt came as I was sitting at a café in Perth last year when I saw a advertising banner on a bus shelter that had lovely paper cut outs of rain drops falling (I was so taken with the picture I can’t even remember what the advertisement was for!!!!)

Anyway, it made me think about what a great quilt little droplets of rain would make.

I made this quilt using a single piece of Kona Cotton Grey in Ash for the background and then drafted up 3 varying sizes of rain drops free hand to use as my templates.


I've now tacked all my rain drops by hand and just need to appliqué them onto the background.... so


So many projects on the go at the moment - hopefully I will get one finished soon!!!!

Caity xx

Monday, 6 February 2012

Make your own Personalised Recipe Book... with a Difference

Creative Ideas:


This project will really get you organised in the kitchen! I'm not someone who likes to be in the kitchen, but I have to be because I don't want my family eating rubbish. I wanted to make the whole cooking experience as simple and as pleasant as possible for myself... so I organised my own recipe book to do just that for me.

I started with a Word document that had a table of contents etc. It was all already set up via a template. I separated my headings into categories that suit the way I cook. I used:


Soups
Side Dishes
Main Meals
Salads and Dressings and Sauces
Breakfasts and Brunches
Desserts
Cakes and Slices
Biscuits and Muffins and Scones
Jams and Spreads
Drinks

Then, I collected all the loose bits of paper and cutouts with recipes on them, and typed them into the document one by one. A bit time consuming I know, but as I typed them, I re-worded the cooking detail (method) where necessary in order to make them easier and quicker for me. I'm a basic cook! If you use your table of contents properly, each entry will have a number and an allocated page etc, so recipe one can easily be found when you're scanning through your book.

(Below) is what a page of the table of contents looks like.



And (below) is what one of the typed out recipes look like. I also included space for mentioning where my recipes come from, if it was from someone special.

The real difference with my cookbook is that I also went through each of my recipe books and made a note of all the recipes that I would cook out of each particular book. I noted down the name of the recipe, the book that it was from, and the page number. Then I added these lists to the end of each of the sections of my cookbook (eg. Main Meals). Below is an example of what one of these lists looks like.


Then I had my book printed out double sided, and put each individual piece of paper into plastic slips, and then all clipped into a folder.


I have found that my recipe book has really made my cooking life easier! I only ever need to look up the one book now! The rest are just for display!

Happy cooking!

Emma

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Made in Cherry Quilt Along!

Quilting:

Well I'm excited to say that this week I've joined my first quilt along!!! Its being hosted by Chelsea over at Pins and Bobbins - and even though I'm a little late to join I'm starting with gusto!




I thought this might be a perfect solution to try and reduce my scrap basket a bit (seeing I can't actually close the lid on it at the moment :0 )




So I have pulled out all my blues and greens and cut up the million odd squares I need to make this quilt and I've even had a go at starting to lay them out - although our spare bed doesn't want to fit them all on...




I've chosen to cut my squares at the 3" size - pretty much because it helped me use up some of my smaller scraps - so my finished quilt will be a little smaller than the options shown in the quilt along.

Well - I better get back to it - I need to catch up big time on this one!

PS - if you want to see what all the others are making - have a look on the flickr group - it's so inspiring!


Caity x