Thursday, 27 June 2013

Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts

Creative Ideas:


Firstly, I just wanted to say hi - I've missed being here - it's been a bit up and down lately in my world, but hopefully now I'm back to stay! 

I've got a couple of great ideas to post and I can't wait to show them to you over coming weeks.

But for this week, it's a great little recipe to make your own relaxing bath salts.

Ingredients:
1 cup Epsom salts (in the bath aisle of your local supermarket)
1/4 cup dried lavender
1/4 cup almond oil
6 drops essential lavender oil

1. Mix the almond oil and lavender oil together

2. Mix the Epsom salts and dried lavender together

3. Combine all ingredients, mix well and bottle

You could use any combination of oils and dried herbs of flowers. Some suggestions I'd like to try are: 
  • lemon zest with lemon oil for a refreshing scrub
  • rose petals and geranium and rose oil
  • dried rosemary and lavender and rosemary oil (avoid rosemary oil during pregnancy).
Hope you enjoy this quick and simple little project!

Happy creating

Caity x

Monday, 24 June 2013

A Modern Take on a Traditional 21st Birthday Gift

Artwork:


On Saturday evening we went to the 21st birthday party of a really lovely girl that we know, and I wanted to paint her something as a gift. I know that we no longer give people turning 21 those oversized keys that were all the rage a few decades ago… but I actually still like the idea of giving someone something that represents a step forward in life and reminds us of the increased responsibility that we now have for ourselves in turning 21.

So I came up with this 21 keys design! The drawings of the keys are based on another artwork that I completed a year or two ago for a friend of mine.

This artwork was very simple. I purchased another piece of plywood from Bunnings (I just love plywood!), and I used paint colours(interior acrylic paint) that I already had at home in my stash. I tried to use colours that I thought our 21st girl would like.

Firstly I drew the 21 keys onto the plywood. If you decide you'd like to try this, you could either copy my designs or find some simple key designs online.


Then I simply painted them in different colours! Just make sure you balance the colours as much as possible throughout your work. 



I also added a little saying down the bottom ‘All doors are opened at last’ and a happy birthday message, just to personalise it a bit more. I roughly drew this lettering on first and then painted over the top - it's very easy to do.


Happy painting!

Emma

Monday, 17 June 2013

Decorate Children’s Clothes with a Laundry-Marker

Craft:


We recently went to a lovely children’s party where the children all got to decorate t-shirts with fabric paint. My daughter Poppy just loved hers, but decided that she wanted to “add more things” to her t-shirt once we’d returned home.

I was wondering how to easily to this – I don’t have any fabric paint at home – so I thought about using a laundry marker. So easy! I’d purchased one recently in order to name Poppy’s clothes for school.


So for my project this week, I asked Poppy to draw a few things on t-shirts for me! This sort of thing would be such a quick and easy (and lovely!) birthday gift for another child. You can probably also buy coloured permanent fabric markers, I just didn't get to any shops this week!



You could also easily use fleecy-lined jumpers for this project, and they would be a bit more suitable for winter than t-shirts!  I only had t-shirts in my cupboard though.

Actually, come to think of it, some little ‘cars’ driving up a ‘road’ drawn onto the leg of a pair of grey tracksuit pants for a little boy would be SO cute too!

These textas are totally permanent too! I've washed Poppy’s shirt from the party heaps of times and the drawings are here to stay!

Happy drawing!

Emma

Thursday, 13 June 2013

More Hanging Mobiles Made out of Cardboard and Fabric

Craft:


Unfortunately Caity is snowed under again with work this week… so here’s another little post from me!

As you know, I love hanging mobiles! They fit into any space and look so funky. I’ve made quite a few over the time of our blog!

… and a mobile made out of cardboard and fabric.

Well, this is another version of my Simple Hanging Mobile. I completed it recently for an engagement present for some friends. 

These mobiles are really, really easy to make. All you’ll need is some cardboard (use an old box), scraps of fabric, scissors, spray glue, string and some hardy sticky tape.

You’ll find all the directions listed here. Try one out!

Happy making!

Emma

Monday, 10 June 2013

Easy-Sew Plaited Fabric Scarf

Craft:



This week I was flicking through a lovely book that my mother gave my daughter Poppy for her recent birthday. It’s called Little Things for Busy Hands by Katie Evans. In it is a ‘Little Mat’ sewing project. 



I love the look of those plaited mats, and it gave me the idea to make a scarf in the same way. I also thought that a belt or bangle would look fantastic too, but unfortunately I ran out of time for that this week!


As with all my projects… this was very simple to do! The only time-consuming part is sewing the plaits together. No sewing ability is required though! My sewing is pretty rough as you’ll see, but it just seems to take lots of thread and can be a bit slow. I did my sewing on and off over a couple of days. I just kept it near my kitchen bench and did bits when possible in between the washing up, cooking etc.

All you’ll need for this project is some material (you can use scraps), scissors, a needle and thread.

Firstly, cut some strips out of your material. For my scarf here, my strips measured about 135cm each in length, and a couple of centimetres wide. I cut enough strips for 5 plaits.


Once you’ve got your strips, tie them together at one end and start plaiting! 


Plait down to the other end and then tie off again. 


I didn’t plait tightly, but it’s not loose either. I know that sounds a bit vague but you’ll know what I mean if you give this project a go!


Then it’s a simple matter of sewing each of the plaits together. Don’t worry if your sewing is rough, it all adds to the nice rustic look of the scarf!



I thought that this project would also be lovely if you used three strips of different material. I have some pretty floral ones here and I thought I’d make a scarf for my daughter Poppy, seeing as it was HER book that gave me the idea!

I hope that you enjoy this project if you decide to try it out.

Happy making!

Emma

Monday, 3 June 2013

Low-Cost Artwork for a Business

Artwork:


These paintings were completed this week for a local hairdresser. She has recently renovated her salon, and has used black, charcoal and an orange feature wall. These pictures are to hang directly behind the reception desk.

She wanted to keep the decorations as cheap as possible, so I found a way to do these large pictures for her for very little money! I thought it might be a good idea for small businesses who don’t want to spend lots of money on artwork, but want their premises to look funky!

So I used MDF! These sheets are each 90cm x 60cm, so three of them make the artwork quite large. Each of these panels only cost $3.50 each from Bunnings, which means that this whole artwork cost a total of $10.50!! I used paint that she already had (leftover) from re-painting the salon.


The most expensive part of this artwork was purchasing the Command adhesive picture hooks, which were $6.32 for a pack of 4. I purchased three packets of these.


Again, the designs are very simple, and are in a similar style to my Simple Orange Bottles Canvas and my Knife-Fork-Spoon Canvas for an Entertaining Area.

I had to do about 4 coats of the orange, as the MDF needs a few coats over it so that the colour is right.


Then I simply worked out what I was going to paint, I decided on scissors, a bottle of product and a comb. Perfect for a hairdresser!

Once the orange paint was dry, I just painted the designs on freehand. This style will always look funky – you really can’t go wrong with it, no matter what your items end up looking like!


I’m looking forward to delivering these to the hairdressing salon this week.

Happy creating!


Emma

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Modern Sand, Sea and Sky Painting

Artwork:


This is my favourite new artwork I made this week for my home - it's going to hang in the hallway for the time being, but once I get my renovations done I think I might move it to the dining area.

This was really simple to make. I hope you have a try and show me how you go! 

Using a ruler I drew lines 3 - 4 inches apart horizontally across the card. Then just hand drew random scallops along each row and painted them white. 


Once I had the depth of colour coverage I was after I added the additional two colours.



Do this until you are all finished. Then just frame and hang.

Happy painting!

Caity x

Monday, 27 May 2013

Plywood Skyscraper-Design Panels

Artwork:


This project was really enjoyable to paint, and it was also very easy to do! I wanted this artwork’s design to be plain, geometric and modern. Once I’d completed the project, I thought they looked like the windows of skyscraper buildings, hence the name.

My plywood panels use a VERY simple concept of squares for the design, and they are based on my Black, White and Orange Canvas that I painted some time ago. My panels were cut ages ago by our builder (so I can’t claim any credit for using the saw to cut them up!), and they’re each 12.5cm x 30cm.


I simply drew on the squares with pencil.


Then I used a fine brush to paint around each square. The lovely charcoal colour I have used is Dulux Grid. I thought they looked better with the sides left unpainted.



I plan to hang them up using those Command sticky picture hangers.

This project is for a friend’s 40th birthday – I hope she enjoys her Plywood Skyscraper-Design Panels!


Emma

Monday, 20 May 2013

Corflute Garden Decorations for Children (and Grown Ups!)

Creative Ideas:


I was very happy with my project from last week using corflute! So I thought I’d try a few more ideas for using this material outside and around my garden.

This week’s project is more for the IDEAS, rather than the finished product, if you know what I mean. I just quickly did a few things up to look at, and unfortunately didn't have time to do more examples!

I thought a nice idea would be to decorate an outdoor children’s play area with shapes and designs cut out of the corflute.


I used exactly the same cutting method as I did for my Funky Outdoor Mobile, and then I simply hammered the shapes into the trees using nails that I had leftover from one of my Christmas Projects. All very simple of course!

You could use these corflute shapes for all sorts of things:
A lovely little fairy house at the bottom of a tree – imagine how exciting it would be for your child to discover it!


Or you could make a large shape out of one piece of corflute and secure it to a wooden block for a stand. Put it somewhere in your garden – the same as you would for a sculpture. 


My rabbit is fairly small, but again, it’s just for the idea. I don’t think I need any more rabbits in my garden as I have enough live ones! A large mushroom would look great, or a bird, or a tree, a boat… anything really! You could also put several bird shapes into a tree or make a kite mobile.

Shapes would be perfect to help decorate an unsightly tree stump – I’ve got a few of these around my garden! A perfect place for fairies to live!


Just try to keep your shapes relatively simple so that they’re easy to cut out.

And then when you or your children get sick of the shapes, you can throw them out!!

If you decide to try this project, have fun! 

Emma

PS I forgot to say that it is very easy to decorate your shapes if you wanted to – a permanent marker is perfect for use on the corflute.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Simple Soft Toy Elephant

Sewing:

I love making children's toys so this week I have a simple soft elephant for you. It reminds me of Emma's Easy-to-Make Soft Toy Elephant.

This is a great project for a beginner sewer and will take you under an hour.

I just drew up a basic elephant shape, similar to Em's and added a large ear in a contrasting colour that sits separate to the body.

If you want to make this for a little one I suggest you use either appliqué or embroider a small eye on just to be safe, like I did.

I made mine with a cute blue gingham check but I think it would be great recycling an old jumper or pair of jeans.

Happy sewing.

Caity x