Sunday, 30 January 2011

Puppy Love

This is who has been keeping me from my crafting lately!

He is a 9 week old American cocker Spaniel called Monty.
the house is now covered in bits of torn up newspaper and bits of plants which he keeps bringing in from the garden!

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Twit- Twoo

I've made another owl-this time using my own owl pattern. I wanted it to be used as a cushion but it's a bit small really so next time I'll make one more 'cushion' sized.

I managed to use just scraps of fabric from my stash for this owl but I may have to go shopping for larger pieces of fabric if I want to make larger cushions (any excuse to shop for fabric!)

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Cornish driftwood

Whilst on holiday in Cornwall last year I collected loads of lovely pieces of driftwood with plans to do somthing with it.
I spent ages playing with the different pieces trying to decide what to make and eventually after searching the internet for ideas I decided to make a heart. The pieces are lovely and tactile and so smooth and some even have bits of sand or small stones in the cracks.

I used my hot glue gun (for the first time in years) to glue the pieces together and I'm really pleased with the outcome and it is surprisingly very stable.
I've looked around the internet at similar pieces and they're quite expensive to buy- I'm sure they're better made than mine but I'm pleased that mine cost me nothing (apart from the glue) and is also a lovely reminder of a great holiday.
I have iton the wall in my lounge at the moment but i think it will look better in my bathroom.
Now to decide what to do with the left over bits!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Night night bunny

This was another project that i had buzzing round my head before Christmas.
Knowing how much my niece loves her 'bunny' and looks after him I thought she (and he) would like a cosy bed to sleep in with his own little pillow.
The cosy bed and pillow:

Bunny snug and warm ready for bedtime:

It was surprisingly easy and quick to make and I'm thinking about making some to put in my folksy shop but wouldn't know how much to price them at and even if they would sell- any ideas???

Saturday, 8 January 2011

A new addiction!

I had an idea in my head before Christmas to paint each of my nieces a plate for their Christmas dinner. I wish I didn't always get these ideas going round my head because I didn't really have time to mess around painting plates that I thought would look rubbish anyway but the idea wouldn't go away so I bought a couple of cheap plates and some porcelain paints.
I traced an image of Peppa pig from a magazine and transferred this to each plate and painted it. It seemed very fiddly to start with and was looking a bit blotchy but the paint looked more even as it dried.
The childrens names were painted on each plate and some dots around the edge to finish them off.
I was very pleased with how they turned out and the children loved them and used them for every meal over Christmas.
I forgot to photograph them properly!

I am now searching round for blank pottery to paint-I think i'll look around for a white jug to paint to go on my kitchen shelves because i have searched everywhere for a colourful one but haven't been able to find just the right one!
I think all the children I know will be getting their own personalised plates soon too!

Friday, 7 January 2011

Secret santa swap

These are the lovely gifts I received from Dana in the secret santa swap.

Thankyou very much Dana I love all the gifts especially the card organiser which will hopefully mean that I send less 'sorry it's late' cards this year!