Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Inspired by - Clasp frame Purse

Today I've got another project I've tried which was inspired by another blogger - sewing a clasp frame purse.
Sewing a purse with a clasp frame always looked kind of complicated to me so I'd never given it a try. Then about 6 months ago the lovely and very talented Anna from Tea and a Sewing Machine shared a tutorial which made it look quite do - able.
I picked up a couple of clasp frames inexpensively from the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show in July so I could have a go.
Things don't always happen very quickly round here so it wasn't until last weekend that I finally got round to facing my fears and making a purse with a clasp frame.
I used some scraps of left over polka dot fabric and an old yellow shirt for the lining. I did a little embroidery on the polka dot fabric first, before making it into the purse.
It's the same style as the embroidery I did earlier in the year on this tote bag.
Then I just followed Anna's instructions to make up the purse and attach the purse frame. 
It was a bit fiddly but not as complicated as I had feared. 
I kept getting my thread caught on the clasp which slowed me down and finishing off the thread was tricky as the clasp was in the way, but I managed.
The inside of my purse is not quite as neat as I might have liked but over all it's pretty cute. Because of the spacing of the holes in the frame my stitches seem large to me and casting off was tricky as the frame is in the way. Any tips - please leave them in the comments!
All in all this was a fun little make, i
f you fancy having a go I'd say 'go for it!' 
Head over to Tea and a Sewing Machine for all the details, Anna show how to create your own pattern from whatever sized clasp you have and then breaks it down step by step. 
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Handmade Monday #43

Welcome to another Handmade Monday, our weekly craft link up. 
Handmade Monday is a place to share your makes, bakes and other handmade craft ideas and find some new inspiration.


I've been doing a bit of this and that this week, including making some 'Daisies for Vicky':

Two of my bloggy friends, Lynda's Craft Room and The Wee House of Crochet, are holding a crochetathon in Warrington on 21st October and are asking for donations of squares in this pattern from people who can't go along on the day. It's a fundraiser for Victim Support in memory of their friend Vicky Wynne-Jones. If you are interested in joining in, details about the crocheting can be found on The Wee Hookers facebook page and the page to donate - with a chance to win one of the daisy blankets they are making - is here.

Now here are the features from last weeks Handmade Monday:
I love a beautiful handmade card and Linda from Paper Seedlings often shares a fun new technique. I love how she's given these stamps a bandana look just using a gel pen. She explains it all here.

Julie from Julie's Creative Lifestyle has crocheted some lovely little dishcloths and shared the pattern links to. I must put these on my to do list. 

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Autumn Apothecary Jars for free

Introducing just a little autumn or fall decor into your home for free (or almost free)
Today I'm delighted to be joining a lovely group of creative bloggers to bring you the We are Pinnable Blog Hop - Celebrating Fall. More of that later.
I'm not much of a one for lots of 'changing with the seasons" decor. We have Christmas decorations that go up each year and until recent that was about it. Then I was given a glass jar from Ikea which I assume is supposed to be for spaghetti and thought it might be fun to have a little seasonally changing apothecary style arrangement for the dining table. I sourced a couple more jars very cheaply (charity shop and old sweet jar) and this summer they have looked quite pretty in a floral sort of way.
I was very inspired a couple of weeks ago by Leanne from Faeries and Fauna who had shared a whole load of Autumn/Fall ideas to fill jars like these. Check all those ideas out here.
I wanted to fill my jars for free if possible and I almost managed it!
First I went on a foraging mission. We have a small wood nearby so me and my carrier bag went for a walk. I was hoping for conkers but this wood has no horse chestnut trees apparently. Never mind, what it does has is a whole load of oak trees so there were acorns everywhere. I also found some pine cones, not quite as many as I had hoped but some at least.
Things like this can be full of bugs so I spread them all out on a foil covered baking tray and gave them 30 minutes in a hot oven (200c) 
The smell is not as pleasant as you might hope! Not awful but not delightful either. 
The green acorns went a little bit brown in the heat and all the cups fell off.
I threw away the ones that had split and, feeling a bit ridiculous (and hoping no one in the family would walk in and see what I was doing) I used my hot glue gun to stick the cups back on to the acorns.
It worked though, they look cute and very Autumnal! 
As I didn't manage to collect enough pinecones I just mixed them in with some leafy looking pot pourri I already had. I might go on another pine come quest again later. Next time we have some really windy weather I pop out and see what has fallen.
2 down, 1 to go!
My original idea had been pinecones in the tall jar, conkers in the short fat jar and acorns in the little jar. With slim picking of pinecones and a total lack of conkers it was time for a new idea.
I'd been teaching our middle son to make origami cranes the other day and on the TV show Create it Yourself they had filled a Bell jar with origami shapes, so autumnal geometric origami seemed like a plan.
I used coloured paper from old envelopes, I just trimmed them to squares of various sizes.
I used a whole load of Youtube tutorials, some were easier to make than others.
OctahedronCubePaper Diamond (this one is in French and I got in a bit of a hot mess with the glueing but I think that was more me than the tutorial!)& Pyramid.
This one is called Diamond and I found the first one was tricky to put the two colours together, but once I got the hang of it, it was super easy and one of my favourites.
My other favourite is this one, the Fox Box. It uses 3 little squares and was really easy.
Once you start looking on YouTube you can find dozens of great tutorials, these are just the few I found with a quick 'geometric origami' search.
So there it is, I managed to fill these 3 jars ALMOST for free! 
I'm on the lookout for fancier apothecary jars each time I visit a charity shop as these are pretty basic looking. But we are doing this for free/almost free, using what we have instead of always buying new so for now I'm happy!
Now it's time to see all the other 'Celebrating Fall' projects and ideas:

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Simple Cards with Beautiful Papers

Make some super simple greeting cards using beautiful papers.
Make Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
I love making handmade greeting cards for family & friends. Sometimes I spend ages thinking about creating layers, textures, finding just the right embellishments from my stash, but sometimes it's nice to keep things really simple.
The other day I had a card making session and made some really simple cards which I think show off some beautiful papers to the max. I had a selection of lovely papers that had come in some recent Mollie Makes magazines and wanted to put them to good use.
The papers I used were from these designers:
The Printed Peanut
Mia Dunton Illustration
Jess Phoenix
Chloe Hall
I pulled them all out so I'm not entirely sure who did which design now - they are all lovely though! 

Because the papers are so gorgeous I just added a sentiment (I either print them on the computer or rescue them from old cards) and a button/thread or two. That was all I felt they needed, sometimes simple is better. 
Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
This one has a greeting printed onto velum which just tucks round the paper before being stuck down.

Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
Here I've used a pretty flower button (also a Mollie Makes freebie) and some embroidery thread.

Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
Super easy, this "Thank you" was cut from an old card I'd received.

Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
Not much needed on these beautiful papers, just a message and a button!

Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
Ooo, I went a bit mad here and added a message, button AND thread! 

Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
There's a little but of glitter round this greeting, just to mix things up a bit.

Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
This paper is too cute to need anything else!

Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
Here I used the leftover bits of paper just to make sure I wasted nothing.

Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
This sentiment is another one which came from an old card, with thread and a button it's dangling down. 
Simple cards with  Beautiful papers
Here's another with a dangly sentiment, button and thread.
You could use gorgeous scrapbook papers or good quality wrapping papers (cheap thin stuff just doesn't work) I used Pritt Stick glue to stick down the papers and Anita's Tacky Glue to secure the buttons.

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Hopefully you've enjoyed looking through these simple card ideas to use any beautiful papers you might have knocking around waiting to fulfil there destiny to be used to make something lovely! 

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Handmade Monday #42

Welcome to another Handmade Monday, our weekly craft link up. 
Handmade Monday is a place to share your makes, bakes and other handmade craft ideas and find some new inspiration.
I've been cheating on my CAL with some other crochet this week, I love multi coloured things but I do hate sewing in all those ends.

Now here are the features from last weeks Handmade Monday:
Apparently autumn is here/on it's way really soon, in the northern hemisphere anyway. My Husband has too many Hobbies shared how to make these lovely little felt pumpkins, I think they are really sweet.

Catherine of Hillview Embroidery made the most beautiful baby blanket with a very sweet embroidered duck. What a gorgeous gift.
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The rules for Handmade Monday are simple:
  • Did you make it? Yes - hooray, we'd love to see it!
  • Add the link to a specific blog post, not your main site URL.
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