Friday, 30 May 2014

Altered Scrapbook Cover

I altered the cover of a scrapbook my friend sent me.  I had everything on hand to make this, so this was a zero dollar project for me.

Here's a little tutorial.

I started with a plain scrapbook my friend sent me.

I cut a piece of burlap and glued it down using Mod Podge.

I added some jute burlap and a ribbon to the left and glued down salt dough stars which I stamped.  I spelled out my son's name using foam lettering from the Dollar Store.  I braided jute twine and glued it down along the edges using Mod Podge.  I used clothes pegs to keep it in place until it dried.

I fashioned these curly things out of jute twine and glued them down, keeping them in place with tape until they dried.

I mounted a black and white photo using foam bits.  I might change this photo to a different one in sepia - the one I used was the only one I had that was suitable at the time.

I added a button using a glue gun and added ties using jute twine, also affixed with a glue gun. And there you have it.
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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Dragonfly Tablet Sleeve

I made this tablet cover yesterday. The dragonfly is made from felt, the wings have an iridescent opaque overlay. Embroidery detail is stitched using one strand of embroidery cotton.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Jack, Jackie, The Jackster, Jackinator, El Jackal, Ja-KAY

This is Jack, who we rescued from a local shelter. The other cats are still adjusting to this guy invading their space, but it's slowly getting better.

As you can see, he's adjusted swimmingly to having a roof over his head and three squares a day.

Moss Green Lacy Baby Cardi

I knit this little cardi this week which will be listed in my Etsy Shop.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Newborn Hooded Cardigan

This sweater was meant to be given as a gift, but the newborn baby is a chunky monkey and will need a bigger size.
I'm putting it for sale in my Etsy shop instead.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Boxed Bag and Needle Holder

I made this boxed bag and sewing needle holder for my knitting odds and ends.

I used a tutorial which I found online by doing a general search; there are several great ones to chose from.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Burlap Covered Box

                         I crafted this little box for storage today.
It's a simple little project, and here's a brief explanation of how it's done:

Choose your fabric and wrap your box as you would a present. I used a plain ole cardboard box, cutting off the top to create an open box. I used Mod Podge to glue the fabric in place.

I used pegs to keep the fabric in place while it dried, like so.

Embellish with...whatever. I used Mod Podge again to glue the elements in place.  The daisy was crocheted with butcher's  twine.  I found a tutorial with photos here which shows how to crochet daisies and I sort of got addicted to making them in different sizes. See how tiny?!
Look at the horrific mess I make no matter what I am crafting.  Who would think this kind of destruction can happen while making a simple little box?  Me, that's who. I'm impossible.
And there you have it.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Baby Giftwrapping

Here's another example of my rustic wrapping with a lamb cut out of card stock, and a bow made from ripped fabric strips.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Tulip Wreath

There is still snow on the ground, but I put together this wreath to encourage spring to come.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A Crop Of Newborn Baby Beanies

I had planned on knitting preemie hats to give to local hospital NICUs and after all the knitting, I realized they are all borderline too big for premature babies, so these are all for sale in my Etsy store.  Back to the drawing board and knitting way smaller hats!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Snowflake Mittens

I should probably stop knitting mittens but I can't help myself.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Briggs Mittens

They were knit with pure wool from Briggs and Little, which is the first wool mill established in Canada in 1916, and is one of the few woolen mills still operating in North America.

The mill is located in New Brunswick on the east coast and boy, would I ever love to do a tour of that place!

Violet Radiate Cardigan

I knit this swing cardigan for the upcoming warmer weather.  

Free pattern and details can be found on my Ravelry account.

Altered Floral Notebook

I put together this little notebook yesterday when I needed a bit of distraction.

The hardback notebook is from the dollar store and was covered with cotton fabric which I left very wrinkled on purpose.

The flower petals were cut out of a thicker fabric which frays. I embroidered around each petal and stitched french knots on the center part.  I used regular markers to colour the stem and petals and then glued everything down with mod podge.

I printed out the little love quote on white tissue paper and then mod podged it onto the fabric. 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Wood Notecard Box Makeover

My dear friend sent me a wood box that previously held notecards because she knows I'm mad about boxes.

I did a streaked paint job in black on the bottom and then applied flat latex in cream to the lid. I lightly sanded over the cream paint to give it a roughed up look and then did an image transfer using Citrasolv on top.

Because the box has a textured finish, the image is all vintagey looking which is what I was aiming for.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Rustic Christmas Star Giftwrapping

My simple gift wrapping this Christmas was done with my typical kraft paper wrapped with white bows and adorned with gold glitter salt dough stars.

I am lucky enough to have a ton of off cut fabrics from a bedding factory, so my ribbons and bows are ripped into strips using the offcuts, but you can certainly use old white sheets that are destined for the rag bin.

The simple salt dough recipe is:

1 cup of salt (get it at the dollar store, it's cheaper than the grocery store)
2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of water

You may have to adjust the water/flour by a bit, and I always add a bit of oil, about a tablespoon. This keeps the dough from sticking to your hands.  Once you've rolled the dough and cut out your shapes, bake at 200 degrees for about an hour.  You can also leave them to dry for a day or so.

I brushed my stars with Mod Podge and then sprinkled gold glitter all over.

I used a stamp set to mark the name of the recipient, and I'm going to see if I can stamp right onto bare dough ornaments because I think that would be a cute presentation too.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Felt Christmas Soldiers

I crafted these adorable Christmas soldiers today using felt, some gold braid I found at the fabric store, and some gold beads.

After assembling and gluing the front of the soldiers, I traced out the finished soldier on a solid piece of black felt and then glued front to back to add some stiffness to them.