My kind of flower arranging

25 Jan

I’m not very good at keeping flowers or plants alive. I do try, don’t get me wrong but what with a rabbit who just wants to eat them all and a puppy that thinks they are a toilet/chew toy doesn’t really help! So I tend to stick to Cacti, spider plants (which are immortal!) and the occasional bunch of daffodils. So what can a plant murderer do do help brighten up her windowsill? Why, buttons on wire of course!

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Happy Birthday Mum

21 Jan

It was my mum’s birthday yesterday and after buying  Christmas presents  I always find it hard to think of something nice to get her in January. Luckily I remembered her mentioning something that she wanted a while ago and it also happened to be something that I have wanted to have a go at making for ages. A fabric memo board!

They are so easy to make, but seeing as I hadn’t made one before I thought it best to have a practice run, that way I get to make one for myself as well! So I gathered my supplies; a cheap pin board, some wadding, ribbon and buttons, a staple gun and some funky fabric, and off I went.

For my memo board I used some vintage curtain fabric that my sister in law gave me along with some yellow ribbon and buttons. I think it’s beautifully simple.

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Happy with the outcome of my first attempt I cracked on my mums birthday present. She’s a big fan of blues, so I chose a lovely blue floral fabric that I’ve had hiding in my stash for a while. I picked out some lovely chunky blue buttons to sew through the joining ribbons and also used some of the ribbon to create a hanging handle. I covered the back of the board with some plain blue cotton to hide away the staples and back of the board.

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I really enjoyed making these and will definitely be doing them again to sell at craft fairs and on my Etsy page. I particularly loved using the staple gun!

Kindle Covers

14 Jan

I was asked to make a kindle cover for someone’s Christmas present , she loved cats and her favourite colour was red. This is what I made her. She really loved it!

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After posting a picture of it on myFacebook page I then got two more orders! Here they are 🙂

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Beautiful Berries for Jemma

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Plush pink for Lucy

 

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Like what you see? I’d be happy to make one for you in your favourite colours! They are £15.00 plus postage. What are you waiting for?!

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Pretty Parcel wrapped up and ready to go

Happy Christmas to you…

24 Dec

As well as making stuff for my own home this year, I have also been busy with an order for my friend of a table runner, 4 place mats and 4 matching napkins. She chose the material and I got cracking!

The table runner is a simple length of Christmas material trimmed and hemmed. The two ends are sewn into a  point and finished off with a lovely button at each end.

This picture gives you an idea of what it will all look like set up on Christmas day :-)

This picture gives you an idea of what it will all look like set up on Christmas day 🙂

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The place mats are made of matching material with a red satin bias edge and sewn with a layer of wadding inside which gives them a lovely plush feel.

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My favourites though are the napkins. I think they look super cute with their button holders 🙂

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Happy Christmas to me…

23 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but it’s also a time to get creative and make your home a festive hideaway. So as well as completing Christmas orders I set about making a ‘home made Christmas’ and cozying up for the festive season.

Firsts things first…the tree! I am really pleased with our Christmas tree this year, it has the usual twinkly fairy lights, tinsel and ball balls  but it is finished off with all my handmade goodies; mini knitted stockings, button Christmas trees and my latest creations, candy cane mice!  The candy cane mice I am absolutely in love with, such a simple idea that I got from Prima’s Christmas Makes magazine. Made from felt, glue and a candy cane. I loved them so much I made one for everyone!

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Our beautiful Christmas tree 🙂

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Candy Cane Mice 🙂

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Button Christmas Trees!

Now a Christmas tree would not be complete without some lovely presents underneath it, and this year I wanted to do something different.

A few of my pressies wrapped and ready to go!

A few of my pressies wrapped and ready to go!

 

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I couldn’t find any cheap wrapping paper that I liked so instead I used brown parcel paper ( £1 for 8 meters !) and set about cutting out many a snow flake! ( Patterns also from Prima Makes) Glued neatly on the front and finished off with labels made from last years Christmas cards it has proved to be a beautiful and cheap way of wrapping up my presents. What do y’all think?!

Thanks Betty

28 Nov

Last week I was given a wonderful gift.  My husband’s work mate, Lisa,  is a lovely lady who has been looking after her elderly next door neighbour Betty for years. Sadly Bet had been declining for a while and has now had to move to a nursing home where she can have the ongoing care she needs. It has been left up to her and her husband to clear and sort out her house as she has no family to do it for her. Not an easy task as she has been in the house for over 60 years and her parents before that! So there is 60 years plus worth of treasures (and boxes of soap!?) to sort through.

Whilst organising and de-cluttering Lisa came across some goodies she thought I might like and saved them for me.  The magical stash consisted of hundreds of vintage buttons that had been saved over the years kept in beautiful rustic tins, lots of pins and needles, thimbles and scissors and lots and lots of vintage threads and cottons. What a wonderful find! They are all beautiful and I am sure I will put them to good use.

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Close up of the tins. I love the glimpse into history 🙂

Not only was I lucky enough to receive this collection, Lisa also gave me the gorgeous vintage sewing storage table that she found all this in. It is just so beautifully retro!

So thank you Lisa and most of all thank you Bet. I will make sure I put them all to good use and carry on crafting!

Lamp shade makeover

16 Nov

I have recently been doing crafts for myself and doing projects that I have long wanted to do. Making things for other people is lovely, but it’s nice once in a while to be able to make something pretty and be able to keep it for a change!  I brought these two fat quarters from The Eternal Maker earlier in the year and knew that I wanted to use them for something for myself , and when the latest issue of Mollie Makes landed on my doormat it gave me the perfect idea!

The article ‘Queens Of Granny Chic’ attracted me instantly and I hope to buy the book it is based on very soon! (Granny Chic-by Tif Fussell and Rachelle Blondel ) One project in the book is how to cover and make a patchwork lamp shade. I wasn’t quite brave enough to make a patchwork shade, so decided to simply use the two fabrics for a panelled effect.

The lamp stand itself is straight from my parents 70’s living room and I love it, the shade though was slightly less inspiring so I couldn’t wait to bring it back to life.

I ripped off the old dusty and tired fabric and used the frame to turn it from this:

Into This!:

I used the old cover as a template and sewed the pieces together with the machine. It is an almost perfect fit ( not bad for a first attempt!) I then hand stitched the top and bottom seams to the frame itself which holds it in place nicely and helps to define the shape.  I’m thinking about maybe adding a tassel or pompom trim to the bottom. Would love to know what you think? x

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