Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Inspired by - Twinkle Star Glasses Case

Today I have another project for you, inspired by another amazing blogger. This time it's a super colourful glasses case totally inspired by the amazing Red Haired Amazona and her fabulous Twinkle Star Hand Mitts pattern. 
Twinkle star crochet glasses case
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Let me tell you the story..... Back in July some very pretty colourful crochet appeared on Instagram feed of Louise, The Red Haired Amazona (well, I say appeared, her whole feed is pretty and colourful, but this was especially so!) and 'huzzah!' in August Louise publish the free pattern for the most beautiful hand mitts she named Twinkle Star. 
I promptly made a pair (which I love and have given to our daughter as she loved them too) and as I was sewing it all up it struck me that they would be a great size for a glasses case.

To make one you will need:

Yarn - about 2oz in total of as many different colours as you like. I used 6 (pink, blue, purple, yellow, dark blue and grey)
4mm crochet hook (I think these are just THE BEST)
Fabric for lining 8.5" x 8" (22cm x 20cm)
Matching thread
A button

I'm not going to go into great detail about how to make the basic rectangle of crochet as you can find all that over on The Red Haired Amazona. Pop over here and follow the wonderful and VERY detailed how too (honestly I thought I did a lot of photos for a tutorial but I'm a photo lightweight in comparison!) 

You can see I mixed the pattern lines up a little for the glasses case. I only did stitches and pattern rows from the original hand mitts pattern, I just mixed them up and did whatever took my fancy in whatever colour came to hand. 
This is the most brilliant stash buster project! Once my piece of crochet was approx 7" or 18cm I stopped. (it was 8" or 20cm wide)
Please excuse these next few terrible photos, it was evening and I was excited to get this finished!
Ahhhh, look at all those ends to sew in!!!

I used all the ends to sew the side seam of the case up so I was sewing them in (aka tidying them up) at the same time. I found it easiest to do the larger bits first, the places where a few rows are the same colour.
Then where there was just one thin row I simple tied the ends and sewed them in, like this:
Sew the bottom up too.
Cut a piece of fabric just a little larger than you crochet has ended up.
Twinkle star crochet glasses case

Now stitch the side and along the bottom. I used a thread the same colour so I've drawn in some comedy sized stitches to show you where.
Trim the corner seam allowance as shown then slide the lining into the crocheted case.
Twinkle star crochet glasses case
Fold the top over neatly, tucking the raw edge inside and pin.
Twinkle star crochet glasses case
Then slip stitch all around the top to attach the lining to the crochet.
Twinkle star crochet glasses case
Sew a button on the front in the centre and then make a chain loop on the centre of the back. Join the yarn to the centre stitch, chain enough to go round the button fairly tightly (I did 10 chain) and then slip stitch back into the centre stitch. Sew the ends in. 
Twinkle star crochet glasses case
Twinkle star crochet glasses case
Ta dah! Finished. I think this is one of my favourite makes ever (and yes, I know I say that a lot!)
Twinkle star crochet glasses case
Out of interest, here are some photos of the Hand mitts that I made first, following the pattern from the Red Haired Amazona properly.
Twinkle star crochet hand mitts
Aren't they pretty?
Twinkle star crochet hand mitts
I made these mostly out of the left overs from the Rainbow Heart Bunting and Carnival Cushion I made ages ago with just a few other little left over bits thrown in.
Twinkle star crocheted glasses case
Do you think you'll try The Red Haired Amazona's gorgeous pattern and make pretty hand mitts for someone this Christmas? Or adapt the idea and make a glasses case? OR you could do a smaller version as a phone case or a bigger one for an ipad .... or wouldn't it make the most lovely little purse, handbag, coaster, cushion...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Handmade Monday #47

Hello everyone and welcome to our weekly craft link up - Handmade Monday. 
Handmade Monday is a place to share your makes, bakes and other handmade craft ideas and find some new inspiration.
How's the week been for everyone? Any big plans for the week ahead? 
I've started to think about ... dare I say it .... Christmas and actually made a first gift. I can't share it here though as the recipient reads the blog now and again! 
However I can share a piece of hand lettering I was asked to make as it has now been safely delivered. My first commission! I share my handlettering practice now and again over on Instagram and someone saw it and asked me to do their favourite quote for them.  

Enough about me, now it's time to take a look at the features from last weeks Handmade Monday:

I must have a bit of a thing about acorns, last week I feel in love with some beautiful felt acorns and this week it's these rainbow beauties from AnneMarie's HaakBlog - aren't they pretty?

Two weeks ago Ann from The Apple Street Cottage shared with us her beautiful chest of drawers with napkin decoupaged drawer fronts and then last week we got to see how she did it. I love it when someone shares the issues they face with a project and how they over came them, especially when the results are as beautiful as this. 

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We have a friendly facebook group for Handmade Mondayers where we share useful things we find, advice etc. You are welcome to join us if you share your projects here at Handmade Monday. 

The rules for Handmade Monday are simple:
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Easy DIY Abstract Art

You really don't need lots of mad artistic skills to make a passable piece of abstract art for your home.
Easy DIY Abstract Art
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Our dining room has needed a something to go on the wall in a big ol' space for the 2 1/2 years since we moved here. 
I finally found a suitable old canvas in a local charity shop to paint over and last week I got to work. It's really easy and quite a lot of fun to make your own art and if you don't like it or get tired of it after a while you can just paint over it!

To make you own DIY Abstract Art you will need:

A canvas - buy new or pick up one in a charity shop or garage sale maybe
Household emulsion paint (latex)
Spray and/or acrylic paint in your choice of secondary colours 
A couple of brushes, nothing special - just use what you have
Ideas - pinterest is your friend here, I've a board of ideas to get you started.

I found this red canvas for £4, it's about 24" x 31" (61cm x 79cm) - perfect.
The first thing you want to do is get rid of any colour you don't want. 
I wanted our new art to be shades of white & grey with a touch of blue and pink. So I painted the whole canvas with 2 coats of regular household emulsion paint (I believe you call it Latex in the US)  
Now you are going to create your masterpiece. 
It's all about splodging on layers of paint until you are happy. How you do this will depend on the look you want and the paint you have.
I had a very small bit of spray paint left over from something else in the perfect shade of blue so that's where I started.
It may be hard for you to believe but this is not the final look I was going for!!! My husband pulled a doubtful face at this point, I don't blame him!
You can see I also had a teeny tiny bit of silver spray paint hanging around so I squirted that on too. If I had had more silver I think I would have done much more of that and much less of the blue. But this is ok, because we are working in layers these early stages don't really matter too much. Just keep going!

Next I mixed my grey acrylic paint with the emulsion (latex) and just painting in on randomly. I gave the middle a bit of interest with a band just the grey on it's own and a bit of a line up the right side. I just left a few bits of blue showing properly, but there are a few areas where the white/grey mix is pretty thin and the blue shows through lightly. 
Once you have the bare bones like this I'd recommend letting it marinate. You want to leave it to dry anyway, but give yourself a day or so to look at it again with fresh eyes. 
I decided this needed to be lighter all over and it needed some proper points of interest. 
I added a few areas of pink, a few grey and white lines with the finer brush. It was all very add hock, just a few bits here and there. Stand back every now and again, make a cuppa then return to your art and see what you think it needs more of. 
Just keep going with random blocks, lines or even dots and whirls if you like. Stop when you think it's enough.

To finish I used the larger of my brushes, with just the smallest amount of white paint to go over most areas. This softened the whole thing and lightening up some of the areas that felt too dark.
You can see here how the almost dry brush softens the pink area.
This is probably the busiest part of the artwork. Those lines through the white blob were done with the thinner brush and grey paint whilst the white shape underneath was still wet, to give a variable effect.
You can see the almost dry brush effect in this close up too.

And here it is in all it's glory in situ.
Make your own abstract art
I'm sure the light balance is all off in this photo, the sun was streaming in the window - hooray! But it gives you an idea. One day I'm going to paint those wooden chairs white. 
You can also see my globe makeover and where it lives ....
... and those are my Autumn Apothecary jars on the table 

I really enjoyed making my unique piece of abstract art and as a complete bonus, I hardly spent a thing. 
Make your own abstract art
The main rule seems to be there are no rules, it's art so you can do what you like. 
Easy DIY canvas art
If you paint a bit and the next day decide you don't like it you can just paint over it. Have fun, I can honestly say it was much easier than I thought it would be to create something that's not embarrassing to hang on the wall. Do you fancy having a go?
 

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Handmade Monday #46

Welcome to our weekly craft link up Handmade Monday. 
Handmade Monday is a great place to share your makes, bakes and other handmade craft ideas and find some new inspiration.
I've finally got my Etsy shop up and running after a ridiculous amount of procrastinating. I had this idea that I had to be 'ready' until I realised that I never would be! I have quite a lot more to list but at least it's started now. Feel free to pop by and make it one of your favourites if you'd like to!!!


Now it's time to take a look at the features from last weeks Handmade Monday:
Laurie from My Husband has too many Hobbies showed us how to make these felt acorns - there are plastic Easter eggs under there! Can you believe it?!

Staying with a felt theme, Claire from Pillar Box Blue used her left over scraps from the felted blanket she shared with us a few weeks ago to make pretty flowers for this autumnal denim wreath. 

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A massive thank you to everyone who does participate and takes the time to visit the other Handmade Mondayers and share their projects and ideas.

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