Friday, 31 May 2013

Maxi Skirt

Soooo, just a quick post tonight to share with you a quick make:



This is a maxi skirt I made for myself following the instructions in March's (I think) issue of Sew.  It really was very simple to make, but soooo pretty in the yellow butterfly fabric.

I'm slowly building my summer wardrobe.  I picked up a copy of Burda earlier in the week and there are so many pretty summer dresses which will be perfect for my holidays, so keep your eyes peeled for some of them soon.

Anyway, that is all for now.

Happy Crafting!

Holly 
xx

Review: Homemaker - Issue 6

Sooooooo, two apologies:

First off because today's post is soooooo very late.  'Twas a late night yesterday as I was at my friend's wedding, so it didn't get written then, as it usually would, and today I had an appointment at the doctor's first thing.  Two hours later, I finally got home.  I only went for some blood test results! 

Secondly, I should have reviewed this magazine a couple of weeks ago, or at least on Tuesday when I finally tracked down a copy.  I really need to get that subscription sorted.

Anyway, without further ado, shall we proceed . . . . .

This issue comes with a free birdy hook set, which I have given to my darling husband to keep him entertained.  It doesn't seem to be working though - he is still addicted to Battle Pirates on facebook.  In fact, he's probably been playing on that since we got home.  Oh, well, at least it keeps him quiet.  Anyway, should he need them, the instructions for the hook are about half way through the magazine.

This issue is all about Summer, and one of the first projects jazzes up your garden ready for those BBQs and summer parties.  There is some pretty cotton napkins and vintage-style bunting.  I adore the idea of putting fresh flowers in vintage green bottles and hanging them with string.  Now, if I only had a garden . . . .  What I can make use of though is the gorgeous papercut invite and the rhubarb and ginger cheesecake.  I just so happen to have been given a load of rhubarb from my sister's garden.  Unfortunately,  hubby doesn't like rhubarb, so I will just have to eat it all myself.  Shame!

There are loads of other recipes this issue, including Eric Lanlard's iced berried with white chocolate sauce (yummy - and the berries and chocolate don't sound too bad either)and Neil Berry's chocolate and cognac cake.  Gwyneth Paltrow also shares her sweet potato and five spice muffins (altogether now - I am not just one spice, I am fiiive spice.  I am better than all you other spices) and a banana no-ice-cream ice-cream, which is perfect for me as I now have to avoid ice-cream where I can due to a hereditary cholesterol problem meaning I have to reduce my cholesterol intake as much as possible.  Finally, there is a delicious-sounding recipe for Snickerdoodles.

Clocks are the order if the day as you get further into the magazine - from how to buy and care for the vintage ones to making your own from a dinner plate.  Now, if only I would be allowed to be let loose with a drill . . . I adore this project and it would certainly bring a pop of colour into anyone's home.Having been on the hunt for a suitable kitchen clock since I moved into my house over 18 months ago, I might have to go this way.

I adore the 'tired feet' refurbished church kneeler.  Now, I either need to find a suitable ready-for-refurbishing church kneeler (where do I get one of those), or speak very nicely to my daddy to make me the base.  Something like this would be perfect for short me, whose feet don't always reach the floor when sat on a chair or sofa!

Not that I would get away with something like this in my rented house, but I think I am slightly in love with the painted staircase in Decorator's Diary.  The spice-trail colours are even getting me all excited for my holiday to Tunisia later in the year.

I enjoyed reading the feature in beekeeping and the DIY bee hotel.  I have nowhere to keep bees, but I luuuurve honey.  My big sister however, should definitely have bee hotel in her garden.  I think it is amazing.

Other projects and features include:
  • Wayne Hemingway discusses how science and design could work together
  • 5 ways with sheet music has some lovely decorative ideas for music lovers
  • An interview with RICE owner, Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau all about 'colouring people happy'
  • make a colour pop storage unit
  • Meet the Maker meets Gisela Graham
  • make a roman blind
  • painting your curtains (???) not sure about this one
  • bright canvases
  • Helen Murphy explains why we love kitchens.  In all honesty, I am ahead of trend here - I have always congregated in the kitchen and it is one of the most important rooms in a house to me
  • make a retro kitchen apron
  • knit some bowl covers
  • meet cake decorator extraordinaire (not as good as my big sis though) Mich Turner
  • surface pattern designer, Sian Elin talks inspiration and turning your dreams into a business
  • make a DIY peg bag
  • make a polymer clay decorative garden tile

The  next issue is out on 7th June (next week), but right now, I am going to sort out my subscription.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Thursday, 30 May 2013

Sooo Spoiled

Soooo, I just have to share with you the pretty new Cath Kidston sewing box I got as my leaving present from work yesterday:



It's so lovely.  I feel so spoiled, which I already know that I am and my darling hubby will confirm whenever asked.

It originally came full of sweets and my all time favourite drink - Tab!  But I spent last night sorting out.

No longer do I have a corner of my desk covered in bags filled with thread, zips, binding etc.  Everything is all neat and tidy in my new sewing box, which is at least four times the size of my old one.  It even fits my scissors and pinking shears in the bottom.

Now, I have a wedding to go to today, but I will be putting my new present to good use tomorrow on my recovery day.

Here is a sneak peak of what I have been working on for my friend, Carly.  She is coming for her fitting on Saturday, so maybe I will have a finished product  to show you at the weekend.  It is going to be so lovely:



Supposed I'd best go get ready now.  I made the dress and petticoat myself  Fingers crossed the weather stays dry.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday: Make It Crafty

Soooo, it's Wednesday, which means that it is time for a new challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Once again, we have a new sponsor (or new to me anyway) - Make It Crafty!  Who have some great digis and I think I will be a customer with them from now on:



And here is this week's amazing sketch:



And my card:



I coloured the image using Promarkers and watercolour pencils.  I then die-cut it into a circle.

The papers I have used are from a paper pack I had in my stash.  I love their brightness - they remind me of summer.

Finally, I added a flower in the bottom right hand corner, made using three flowers die-cut from bright papers, layered together and finished with a gem.  I hope this counts as sufficiently self-made for the Eclectic Ellapu challenge

I think I will enter this into a couple of challenges:


Paper Make-Up Stamps - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Self-made Flowers
A Gem of a Challenge - Bring On The Sunshine
Charisma Cardz - Here Comes Summer

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Decopatch Butterfly

Soooo, I've finally discovered decopatching and have made this little butterfly for my Grandma for her birthday:



Isn't it pretty?

I made it with a kit I got free a couple of issues ago with Crafts Beautiful.

I think I could get quite hooked to this new craft.  I found it quite therapeutic.  I have some papers left, so just need to get some MDF blanks, which aren't too expensive.

To finish, I just added some ribbon so it can hang.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Monday, 27 May 2013

Cosmo Blog Awards

Sooooo, my little sister has convinced me to enter the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards for best craft blog.

Please click on the button at the top of the right hand side of this page to nominate me - I need all the nominations I can get.

Thank you and

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

More Beautiful Butterflies

Soooo, I was going to use the card in Butterfly Decoupage as my grandma's birthday card, but the step-mother (non-wicked) took that to sell at her work - I can't say no - she is my biggest supporter after all.  Sooo, I had to make another one:



I made this using the same Hunky Dory Flutterby Wishes set and a pink blank from my stash.  I just love this set and could be tempted to invest in another.  Anyway, I added a few more bits and pieces.  The image, sentiment and backing paper are all from the set.  I stuck the sentiment on with sticky pads to give a bit of dimension.

The ribbon is from Hobbycraft, the flower from a job lot I got from Ebay a while ago.  The heart pins I got free a few months ago with Simply Homemade.  These are actual pins for sewing, but they are so pretty I keep using them on my cards.

The 'Grandma' letters are from my stash and I have had them so long I can't remember where I go them from. I have a feeling they were from Yellow Moon.  

The flat backed pearls are from my stash.  Finally, I added a tiny tiny pink gem to the right of the butterfly.  You can't really see this on the photo though, and it does blend in really well with the image.

I hope my Gran likes it.  She does love butterflies and we have certainly gone for a butterfly theme this year.  I will share the the gifts I have made in future posts.  In addition, she is also getting an Aloe Vera plant, as mine keeps sprouting babies and I keep having to give them away before the monster takes over my kitchen window.




Anyway, I am entering this card into the following challenges:


Fingers crossed.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Catch The Bug Photo Inspiration

Incy Wincy Photo Inspiration

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Duck

Sooooo, inspired by my visit to Doncaster today, where everyone calls you 'duck', as opposed to the 'love' of Leeds, I made this card:



I used a LOTV die-cut (I wanted a quick card - no time to colour), a greeny-coloured card blank and papers from a Papercrafter paper pack.

I edged the die-cut with broken china distress ink and wrapped the paper with two lengths of blue organza ribbon, hoping that this will suffice for the 'stripes' in the Lilli's Little Fairies Challenge.

I added faux stitching with a white gel pen around the edge of the spotty paper and stamped the 'new baby' sentiment in black ink.  I coloured the hearts using a powder blue promarker.

Finally, I added a blue bow to the bottom right hand corner of the die-cut and blue gems in the top right hand corner of the card.

I am entering this into the following challenges:


I have a few more cards to share with you, but these will have to wait until tomorrow/Monday.

In the meantime, small announcement - until Monday at midnight, I am offering 10% off all stock in my Etsy Shop.  Please use code FRIENDS10.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Friday, 24 May 2013

How To: Make A Shrug from a Scarf

Soooooo, this is one project I might be attempting if I find a pretty scarf.  I'm not really one of those people who wears scarves (except the giant woolly ones in winter), but I do like the fabrics and patterns they are made from, so this project could be perfect:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Wedding Outfit

Soooo, I've finally completed the sewing aspect of my outfit for my friend's wedding, which will be taking place this time next week.  I've been making her some gifts, but I know that she reads this blog, so you will just have to wait until after the wedding for details on them.  Sorry.

Anyway, details of my outfit can be found on my other blog, Teapots and Tantrums.

First off, I made a pretty dress, which can be found here.  Then I made a pretty petticoat to go with it, which can be found here.

I'm still trying to find some shoes, and raiding my sister's vast collection has proved fruitless, so looks like I will have to go buy some come pay day.

Happy Crafting!

Holly

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday: Elisabeth Bell

Sooooo, as it is Wednesday today, there is another challenge available over on Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

This week, we have a new sponsor (or new to me anyway) - Elisabeth Bell, who has some of the loveliest, most detailed images for you to use:



Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection features enchanting, whimsical, Digital stamps for all of your paper-crafting projects!
Although Elisabeth illustrates for several stamp companies, no one except Elisabeth Bell herself has a collection of sweet digital stamps, this is a perfect way to get your instant gratification.

With a growing catalog of high-quality digi stamps, Elisabeth offers a multitude of themes. Such as holidays, special occasions, childrens adorable characters, and just the everyday cuteness that Elisabeth is famous for producing.

These Digi Stamps are available in standard black and white line art, and are great for resizing, and rotating to suite your needs.

Inspiration, by her very own Design Team, is posted, and shared daily, on Elisabeth’s “Digi Bells Blog” using Elisabeth Bell’s digital art.

And here is our wonderful sketch for you this week:



And here is my card:



I coloured the image using watercolour pencils and matted the image onto red card.

The papers were from my stash, as was the ricrac and the sentiment.

The winner this week will get the choice of two of three images as their prize, and this image is one of them.  You will see that the rest of the SSW DT have used the other two images, which are:



Good Luck.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx







How To: Make A Post-It Note Holder

Sooooo, a pretty project for you today:


I think I might attempt one of these for myself for starting my new job in a couple of weeks, as I really get fed up of the yellow squares on my desk with no real place.  I also want to make my new desk as pretty as possible.  I might also make some for my new colleagues as a 'welcome me' present.

We shall see.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Monday, 20 May 2013

Review: Simply Homemade - Issue 30

Soooooo, do you like my new look blog?  I was getting bored of the vintage pink, so decided to go for fabulous orange instead.

Anyway, only a couple of days late, I bring you my review of the latest issue of Simply Homemade.

It hit the shops on Friday and comes with a free recipe box kit, and as always, the first project in the magazine is how to make up your free kit.

I quite like Art Noveau, which has some beautiful lilac glass painting featuring flower motifs.  These could easily be adapted to other colours.  There are vases, wine glasses, mirrors and window hangings.  All the templates are included in the magazine.

Staying with the flower theme, there are some nifty creations using flower-shaped shrink plastic.  These also stick with the lilac theme too.  There is a hair clip, which looks very pretty, a necklace, a gift bag and some decorative pieces too

I want to try out the chutney recipes featured in the magazine - tomato & pepper, and mango, both of which sound absolutely delicious.

I also would love to try (but probably never will) the crocheted bag made from granny squares, some with an added flower.  My big sister crochets - I might suggest that she might like to make this for me.  Or, I could learn to crochet - the first one is the most likely option though.

Other projects this issue include:

  • felted satchel
  • log cabin quilt table cover
  • candle holder
  • nature-inspired cutlery holder & mug cosy
  • fluffy vintage-inspired pin cushions
  • patchwork quilt
  • cards, kindle covers and decorations featuring music and lyrics
  • steampunk-style wall art
  • crocheted desk games, including snooker, tenpin bowling and basketball
  • teddy bears


Giveaways this issue are:
  • £500 of The Bead Shop vouchers
  • Berisfords ribbons sets
  • decorative drawers
  • The Soapmaker's Companion book
  • Dremel hobby kit
  • Molly Felicity Designs sets
  • Botanical Sticky Memos pads
  • Dreamees sets


The next issue is out on 13 June and comes with a free stamp set and coordinating papers.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Dreamboats and Petticoats

Soooo, following on from my Ta Dah! post.  I thought the dress needed a finishing touch on the form of a petticoat.  

I trawled the internet for a pattern or tutorial and came across a great one from RocknRoll Bride.

I love the idea of the rainbow petticoat in this tutorial, but when I went to buy my tulle, they didn't have all the colours I wanted, so I decided to go with a simple white petticoat:



I thought that this may go well with other dresses too, as it is a neutral colour.  In fact, it will go brilliantly with my favourite white dress.

I bought enough tulle to do a three-layer petticoat, but decided after two layers that that would be quite puffy enough for my dress.  I making another 50s style dress, where more layers would look really good, but I need to consider that I will have to sit down at the wedding and I don't think the bride has a huge dress, so I need to keep mine simple.  And, I can now make an even smaller, one-layer petticoat, or make a petticoat for one of my nieces, as they will no doubt ask for one now.

I did have one mishap making this - I made the original waistband too small, so I had to unpick it all and make a new waistband.  However, this didn't take too long.  From start to finish, with my mishap took less than three hours.

Anyway, all I need now is my shoes and my outfit will be complete.  I need grey as my fascinator-hat is grey, and I am now really struggling to find some grey shoes that I like.

Happy Crafting!

Holly


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Soooo, I have another boy card to share with you today.  I think this will be my last post of the weekend, as I have some sewing to do and I really need to catch up on some telly.

Anyway, here is my card:



I made this using an image from my LOTV art pad.  I was originally going to go with a blue theme to match the boy's clothing, but I somehow ended up with a green theme.

The papers are from a Dovecraft pack.  I edged everything, including the image, with Memento Cottage Ivy ink, and I followed an old Sweet Sketch Wednesday sketch.


I used gold ribbon - more for want of being able to find a green one I liked - and two green buttons from my stash.  

To finish, I stamped zzzzzz inn green ink using some alphabet stamps I got from Hobbycraft a while ago.  Again, I used the Memento Cottage Ivy ink.

I am entering this into the following challenges:


I will have some more cards to share with you later in the week, along with some other projects.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Saturday, 18 May 2013

Flower Power

Sooo, just a quick post today to share with you a new work skirt I made for summer if it ever arrives:



I made this using the same Burda pattern I used for my Lipstick Kisses skirt.

With this one though, I made the lining shorter, the facings wider and stitched the facings to the lining.  The fit is just as good, but I find that I am more comfortable wearing it, as I'm not having to tuck the facings in all the time.

The fabric is ............ shhhhhhhhh . . . . from a pair of curtains, but I really like it.

I'm getting my practice in with the invisible zips!

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Butterfly Decoupage

Soooo, this is the second card I will be sharing with you today.  I may make some more later, or I might get absorbed in Dr Who and catching up on my telly from the week. 

Anyway, before I start going off on a tangent, here is my card:



It's so pretty isn't it?  I originally started this as an order from the step-mother (non-wicked), but she wanted a name putting on it and I don't think there is room without ruining the card.  I will think about that one.

I have accidentally pretty much followed the sketch over at A Gem of a Challenge, probably as I had it in my head from earlier.  So, I think I will enter it into that challenge.

The pink paper, sentiment and the decoupage butterfly topper were from a Hunkydory Flutterby wishes set I got free with this month's Cardmaking & Papercraft,  I have to say, it is one of the best freebies I have had in a while from any magazine.  I've added a photo to show you the depth and layers of the decoupage.

The mirror card, ribbon and gem brads are from my stash.

The decoupage was put together using silicone glue, as I find it gives a better finish that sticky pads,  mirror card behind the decoupage topper was die-cut using a Spellbinders nestibility.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Let's Party

Soooo, in between getting a most fabulous new hair cut and doing some bits and pieces of sewing prep (cutting out etc), I have been making a couple of cards which I would like to share with you.

Here is the first one:



This was made using a LOTV stamp which I got free when I visited their shop for their birthday celebrations a couple of months ago (not had chance to go back since and this really needs rectifying).


I thought I had better get back into some proper stamping, as recently I have just been using ready coloured art pads from LOTV or simply digistamps.  I've not done this consciously, but neither have I really made the effort to use my giant stash of stamps.

Anyway, I stamped this in black versafine and then coloured in with watercolour pencils.

I'm not entirely sure how I came about my colour scheme - I just started colouring and went with it. I followed the sketch over at A Gem of A Challenge.

The patterned paper was a freebie a couple of issues ago with Cardmaking & Papercraft.  Everything else has come from my stash and I have forgotten where it came from originally.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Friday, 17 May 2013

How To: Glass Painting

Soooo, today I bring you a project to pretty up the glass in your house:


Use bright colours to inject some summer into your home. 

Happy Crafting!

Holly

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Vroom! Vroom!

Soooo, as promised, here is my second card:



I made this using another of the images from my LOTV vintage boys art pad.  I think their new art and sketch pads are amazing.  Great for those who don't always have time to stamp.

The papers are from my Wellington paper pack and I used a red card blank.  I inked the edges of all the papers with brushed corduroy distress ink.

The twine and 'fun' frame are from my stash.

To finish, I punched a circle of white card, inked the edges with brushed corduroy distress ink and stamped the sentiment (LOTV) in black.  I then added a circle in brushed corduroy.  Once it was attached to the card, I also stamped the wavy lines/postage mark in brushed corduroy.

I am entering this into the following challenges:


I'll now be concentrating on making some cards for my craft fair next week, so keep your eyes peeled for more on the blog.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Relaxing In the Garden

Soooo,  tonight I did a bit of sewing (more to follow on that later) and then I started on some Father's Day cards, as I have a craft fair next weekend, and there could be the opportunity of selling some there.  I have two to share with you tonight.

Here is the first one:



I have used one of the images from my lovely new LOTV vintage boys art pad.  I inked the edges using broken china distress ink.

The papers are from a Wellington pack I have had for what seems like forever.

The twine was from my stash and the sentiment was a LOTV sentiment stamp.  I didn't put anything about Father's Day on this first one, so it could also be used as a birthday card.

Finally, the button is from my stash - I was given a shoebox full of Burberry buttons and now I have to try and use them all.  This could take some time.


I want to enter this card into the following challenges:


The next card is coming up.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


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