Thursday, 11 July 2013

Simple Baby Boy Cot Quilt

Quilting:


Finally, a new quilt is on its way - it's been a long time between quilts this year. But a request for a commission of a baby quilt from a friend finally got me moving again.

This quilt is a simple pattern of rectangles 9" x 11" in dimension. I'll do some basic straight line quilting and think an orange binding might look the best. I'd also love to find an orange spot for the backing, but will see what I come across!


I'm looking forward to making a few more quilts again now I've broken the drought!

Happy quilting!

Caity x

Monday, 8 July 2013

Cardboard Wall Dots For Simple Party Decorations

Craft:


This weekend we had my daughter Poppy’s 6th birthday party at our lovely local Memorial Hall. Our Hall is very large and consists of several rooms, so I had to find some cheap and easy ways to decorate it (nicely!) for the party. I decided to focus on decorating a couple of key areas for maximum impact, which led me to my idea for my Cardboard Wall Dots.



I also made up some new No-Sew Bunting to go with my Wall Dots, which looked very nice.



My Cardboard Wall Dots were very simple to make! They also hardly took any time to do. The only materials you’ll need are:

-          Fabric
-          Cardboard boxes
-          Serrated knife for cutting out the shapes
-          Spray glue

Firstly, cut (“slice”, I suppose I really mean) your shapes out of the cardboard with your serrated knife. 



Then place the dots on your fabric and cut around them. Leave a bit of material right around the dot, so that you’ve got enough to fold over once you’ve applied your spray glue.


Give your dots a quick iron to get rid of any creases. 


Then spray the wrong side of the material with spray glue, and place your cardboard dot in the middle of each piece of material. 

Give it a while to become sticky. Then fold the edges over the cardboard and give them a little while to dry.


Then simply stick them up on the wall with blu-tack. They will look terrific.

If you decide to try this project, I hope you enjoy it!

Emma

Thursday, 4 July 2013

"I Wear My Heart On My Sleeve" Jumper

Sewing:


I love this jumper - it's just a thin wool one I picked up on sale a few years ago - but it seems it's been attacked by silverfish while sitting in my cupboard since last winter.... what to do....

Some cute little patches to freshen it up and it's a new top!

To make this I simply cut out 2 hearts from a furnishing fabric sample I had.


To attach the hearts to the jumper you can either hand sew with a button hole stitch, running stitch or machine sew with a tight zig-zag or satin stitch.

I'd recommend using some flisofix or similar to attach the hearts to the sleeves first to make sure they are really secure.

I hand-sewed a buttonhole stitch around mine for 2 reasons:

1. I wanted to watch Offspring while I made it

2. I was too lazy to get the sewing machine out!

Happy sewing!

Caity x

Monday, 1 July 2013

Quick Makeover for a Child’s Jumper

Sewing:



(Sorry about the orientation of this photo! Blogger has decided yet again how my photos should appear!) You get the idea though!

This weekend we were very excited to have a 5th birthday party of one of Poppy’s lovely little friends. There are so many beautiful “little girl” things around to purchase, but I wanted to give her something useful and practical. I also didn’t have much time this week so it had to be quick!

So I purchased two size 5 sloppy joe jumpers from Target, and gave them an easy makeover by sewing on some “dots” of pretty material.


This project was very, very simple. Firstly I cut out two round shapes from my selected materials and gave them a quick iron.


Then I ironed down a little seam. 


I pinned the material dots onto the jumpers in the position that I wanted them. 


And then it was a quick matter of sewing around them! It doesn't even matter if your sewing isn’t perfect – the messy look just adds to the appearance of the jumpers.


The only problem was that the little girl I gave them to said “no, they’re too big”. !! She’ll love them though I’m sure!

Happy sewing!

Emma

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