DIY Dining Plate

DIY Dining Plate

Just drew this on one of my plain plates. I used a sharpie marker pen(thick) and just started to doodle. As always animals came to my mind first, so we have a bird and a butterfly!! Now im going to pop them in the oven for a little while just on a low temp to stick the marker pen onto the plate.

There you have it!! You don’t have to spend loads of cash buying fancy plates, just be creative and make them yourself. Or ill make one for you!! ūüôā
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Experimenting

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Just got some polystyrene from the apples I bought so thought I would give stencilling another go!! I’m gonna keep practicing so I get better and better at it because I like the effects you can make and also my mum bought me loads of ink stamps for Christmas so I need to use them!!! ūüôā if u have any ideas what to draw five me a shout!!! Xx

Wire Wrapped Tree

Wire Wrapped Tree

A great project to try that looks absolutely stunning!!!

This was a very fun project for me. ¬†I have a friend getting married this October in the desert. ¬†I had been thinking I wanted to make a little family tree for her, and with the contest theme being ‚Äúbeads‚ÄĚ ‚Äď I was hit with inspiration. ¬†Why not make an¬†actual¬†tree, with birthstone beads representing their families? ¬†The end result is something that embodies both roots and growth, which is the perfect message for the beginning of a new life together!

 

This is a bit more time-intensive than what I usually show you, but I wanted something special not just for the contest, but also for my friend’s gift.  I would estimate I have about 5 hours into it, because beading and wire wrapping, while not difficult, can be pretty time-intensive.  I did work on it about an hour at a time, so it is something that you can easily put away and come back to later.  I’m also not going to go into a lot of detail here, because this is one of those things where there is no right or wrong, you just have to go with it however it shapes up for you.  I’ll just give you a few pointers.  If you try it, use plenty of wire and do what you like the looks of, and you can’t go wrong. :)

I started with a rock from my yard.  If you attempt this, I have some suggestions.  You definitely want something flat and stable on the bottom, and after putting this together, I was surprised at how heavy the beads were after adding so many.  So I would say, as a general rule, decide how far you want your branches to reach on all sides, and choose a rock that’s an equal diameter.  Mine was slightly more top-heavy than I would have preferred.  It doesn’t just tip over or anything, but I want it to be really safe from getting bumped into.  I will probably mount it on a small wooden base before giving it for added stability (which will also protect any surfaces from that wire under the rock).

First, I cut about 2 dozen lengths of copper and brass wire about 24‚Ä≥ long for a tree about 8‚Ä≥ or 9‚Ä≥ tall. ¬†I used 24 gauge copper and 22 gauge brass‚Ķ and if I were to do it differently, I would use 24 gauge for the whole thing. ¬†While I love the looks of the two thicknesses, the 22 gauge was too big in diameter for my smaller beads! ¬†Fortunately the larger beads were fine, so I stuck with it, but if you‚Äôre shopping ‚Äď shop for 24 gauge for the whole thing. ¬†So test out your beads and make sure they will work ‚Äď then, wrap the ‚Äúroots‚ÄĚ around the rock base.

Once you have your roots started, twist your wire to create your trunk. ¬†You‚Äôll want to wrap a few additional times closer to the bottom before moving up to make it thicker at the bottom ‚Äď more like a natural tree trunk.

Once you’re satisfied with the height, start sorting your wires back out to form branches.  This was my favorite part.  Consider starting each main branch with anywhere between 4-8 strands of wire, give it a twist, and continue separating them and branching them out until you are down to just individual wires.

The beads here represent the people in my friend’s and her fiance’s families.  I did a little research on birthstones, and found that most months are already represented by easily obtainable semi-precious stones.  I was able to find genuine garnet (for January), amethyst (February), peridot (August), and citrine (November).  Diamonds and rubies were of course out of my budget, but with a little more digging I found that carnelian alternatively represents July, and white quartz represents April.  So with everyone finally represented, I got to work beading each branch.

 

Now, I found it most helpful to work from the lower branches and go upward, but there’s no rule.

As you go, just look at your proportions and arrange the beads and branches in a random and natural-looking way.  When I got to the end of each branch, I just coiled up the wire on round-nose pliers, but you could finish it any way that appeals to you.

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Wreaths (very cheap)

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Magazine wreath with paper mache birds.
I wanted this wreath to resemble a bird’s nest. I cut strips from magazines, curled them with a scissors and glued them to a wreath form.
The birds are also made from magazines using a special paper mache recipe. This is the reason I’ll be doing a series of paper mache projects this week. I made a full batch of the special paper mache paste which is enough to make paper mache crafts for weeks.
Here’s the recipe. I would cut it in half or even a fourth… it makes a lot of paste.
  • Combine ¬Ĺ cup flour and 2 cups cold water in a bowl.
  • Boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan and add the flour and cold water mixture.
  • Bring to a boil again.
  • Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Let cool. The paste will thicken as it cools.

Tear colorful magazine pages into thin strips and dip into the mixture. For these birds, I cut out cardboard templates and paper mached over the cardboard.

Let your paper mache thoroughly dry.

There you have it! ūüôā Happy making!

Homemade Jam :)

Our Lovely¬†home-made¬†Raspberry Jam!! I’ve never made jam before but thought id give it ago because we had masses growing in the garden… 1.5kg of the little berries! We (me and my¬†step-dad¬†Graeme) Looked up the recipe and found a really simple one on¬†http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1511719/homemade-raspberry-jam The next day we were on a mission to get all the equipment and¬†ingredients¬†together and start the task!!! It only took about 30minutes to do with the help of¬†Millie¬†my little sister flinging red sauce all over the place(beware.. it does stain). And there we have it, our very own raspberry jam in little pots and one giant pot that Graeme bought. It is¬†absolutely¬†BEAUTIFUL if i may say so myself! Very very cheap as well¬†because¬†you get a lot of jam out of it.¬† Go on… make some!!!! You wont regret it.

Easy to make bags

 These bold, stylish prints are sophisticated without being serious and come in a rich palette of colors perfect for fall. I added some sturdy contrasting cotton webbing handles for a pop of color, and I love the way they came out! The new materials are as follows:

Materials:

To make one tote bag:

  • 1/2- yard of¬†Outside Oslo Fabric. I used (clockwise from top left): Dawn Frond, Dawn Sticks, Dusk Wildflower,¬† and Dawn Picket
  • 2 yards of¬†1-inch cotton webbing¬†to compliment your fabric. I used (clockwise from top left): Taupe, Turquoise, Turquoise, and Yellow.
  • Cotton thread¬†to match your fabric
  • Cotton thread¬†to contrast with the inside of the bag

The fabric in these how to shots is from Echino and is now out of print but you can see more from the same designer, Etsuko Furuya here.

 Cutting

Cut two 16-inch tall by 14-inch wide panels from the fabric. Make sure the pattern is going the correct direction on both panels.

Cut two 22 1/2-inch long pieces from the webbing.

Attaching Handles and Hemming the Top

Pin the handle pieces to the top raw edge of the right side of each panel 3-inches from the sides. The raw edges of the handles should match up with the raw edge of the top of the panel so the handles will be facing down as shown in the picture above. Make sure the handles aren’t twisted.

Using the contrasting thread sew a zig zag stitch across the  top edge, sewing the handle to the top edge in the process.

This zig zag stitch should be right at the edge of the fabric as shown above.

Turn the panels so their wrong sides are facing up. Press and pin their top edges with the handles down 1 1/2-inches

Make sure to pin the handle so it’s perpendicular to the horizontal sides.

Sew this fold down with the matching thread a 1/4 inch from to top edge and then with a second seam 1/4-inch from the bottom zig zag stitch.

The handle will now be attached and the top hem sewn down on both panels. You’re now ready to sew the bag together.

Sewing the Bag Together

Pin the panels right sides together and sew along the sides and bottom 1/2-inch from the raw edges using the matching thread. Back stitch at the beginning and end of each seam.

Snip off the bottom corners.

Using the contrasting thread zig sag stitch along the raw edges of the sides and bottom of the bag.

Make sure to stitch right along the edge to contain the threads from the raw edges.

Turn the bag right sides out press the corners and you’re all done!

Badge Holders For Workers :)

This is what you’ll need:
A small amount of  leftover fabric {or you can use some cool ribbon},
 the lanyard {a little bit over a yard} you can buy it at your local Fabric Store,
glue gun, scissors,
a key ring {I used the one from my old holder}
and  Fray Block {optional}
You can even use an old badge holder
and just give it a makeover!
 
First I made my fabric flowers…
The burlap one I made back in the days of my bathroom makeover.
I used some hot glue while making the flower to hold the fabric together.
Then I cut two thin strips of fabric {the size will depend of the lanyard you get}
I always like to iron my fabric as I go, I found it
easier to work with that way.
{I am sure you can use ribbon instead of fabric}
I wanted mine badge holder to have an organic look and these fabrics were perfect!
After cutting it was time to attach the strips to the lanyard.
Time to sew!
Next step was easy,
I chose {in front of the mirror} where to place the flowers
and then I just hot glued them…
{Did you know that there is hot glue for fabric?
After it was time to choose where to place the pen packet.
I put the fabric on top of the pen to measure how much I would need.
Then I cut the fabric, ironed it and began to sew it.
{You kind of have to pleat the bottom of the packet since the fabric will not sit flat}
Here is a picture…
 Well… at this point I was almost done…
Next thing was to sew the ends of the lanyard together
and make the loopwhere the key ring was going to be,

 

That’s it…!
Now I better go and finish the other two.

Chickens to the rescue!

Hey! Well ive just finished making my first chicken from the tutorial and im already onto making my second. I really like them, I like the way you can make them as funky as you want by adding different fabrics.

The hardest part was sewing it all up at the end because the legs and feet have to be tucked inside and they do kind of get in the way!

Here are some pictures of the process and the finished product!

First i cut out the pieces from the template i printed out(on my other chicken tutorial)

I then sewed the eyes on using a close together zigzag stitch on my sewing machine

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I then sewed together the other bits and bobs and turned them the right way, i used felt for the feet and beak. I attached the feet to the legs using a zigzag stitch and stuffed them.

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Then came the tricky part of sewing around the edge whilst keeping the feet inside! But i did it in the end and then stuffed the chicken with paxo(joke… im a vegetarian..) and walahhh! You have a chicken! And you can call her whatever you want. You could even make some eggs to go along with it.

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Applique owls Tutorial

Applique owls

Nicola Smith from Table View made wall art by covering a canvas block in an appliqué owl design.

You will need
‚ÄĘ 40 x 40cm cotton print fabric or shweshwe, for appliqu√© background
‚ÄĘ assorted cotton fabric remnants and felt offcuts
‚ÄĘ matching coloured thread
‚ÄĘ 20 x 20cm box canvas
‚ÄĘ assorted buttons
‚ÄĘ staple gun

Before you begin
On a piece of paper, draw a 20 x 20cm square that represents your canvas. Draw and plan your owl design within the square. Make a template based on the design to use as a pattern.

To make
1 Cut out the shape of the body from the cotton print remnants. Cut the face, eyes and beak from felt and the wings from contrasting cotton fabric.
2 Lay out the pieces and carefully pin together.
3 Using a zigzag stitch, carefully sew along the edges of the wings, turning the fabric as you work. Remove the pins as you work.
4 Using a wider spaced straight stitch, sew the felt face in position.
5 Use blanket stitch to sew around the outline of the face. Alternatively, use embroidery thread and hand stitch this detail.
6 Using different stitches of your choice, sew the beak and eye circles into position.
7 Sew on the buttons for the eyes using a contrasting thread.
8 Centre your owl on your 40 x 40cm square of background fabric. You can also add details like a branch and leaves. Pin all the pieces in place, layering the pieces as you will stitch them.
9 Working carefully, stitch along the outline of the owl, branch and leaves. Use a tight zigzag stitch around the outside of the owl. Tuck the owl under the branch then work the felt branch with a straight stitch.
10 Place your finished appliqué right side down on your work surface. Centre your canvas block on the 40 x 40cm square.
11 Neatly fold in the sides of the fabric and fold over to the back of the canvas block. Hold the fabric tightly in place and secure the edges with a staple gun.

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Go to her website http://www.offtheboard.withtank.com to see her other designs.

Chickens!!! How to make them

This is my new project for the weekend. Making these lovely chickens! ūüėÄ I love chickens i have some in my garden so im going to make some stuffed ones.
Heres how to do it :
If you do make some of these please post some pics on here i would love to see them! 
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Chickens

You will need
‚ÄĘ templates (see below)
‚ÄĘ cotton fabric in assorted colours and designs (for the body)
‚ÄĘ felt (for feet and comb)
‚ÄĘ matching coloured sewing thread
‚ÄĘ stranded embroidery thread
‚ÄĘ 2 buttons, for eyes
‚ÄĘ polyester stuffing

Chicken pattern 1

Chicken pattern 2

To make
1 NOTE The seam allowances are all 1cm, except for the seam-free felt pieces. Download the template and use it to cut out all the body parts from assorted fabrics.
2 Sew the wings, legs and beak with right sides facing, remembering to leave openings in the seams to turn them right sides out.
3 Use a zigzag stitch to attach the felt feet to the leg pieces.
4 Use a zigzag stitch to attach the outer and inner eye pieces to the body piece of the chicken.
5 Sew buttons on as eyes and decorate the outer eyes, body and comb with embroidery stitches, if you prefer.
6 Stuff the chicken legs and turn the beak and wings right side out.
7 Pin the various body parts in place, facing in towards the body. Sandwich the legs between the body and belly parts and sew the belly to the body part.
8 Pin the body pieces to each other with right sides facing and stitch together, leaving an opening at the back.
9 Turn the chicken right side out through the opening and stuff.
10 Hand stitch the seam closed.

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