Saturday, 18 October 2014

Christmas Clothespeg Elf

A while back I bought some clothespegs - you know the dolly style ones - with the intention of making something with them.  Anyway, they have been sat in a drawer doing nothing so yesterday I decided to make a Chrilstmas Elf using one of them.

I had a look through Pinterest and came across a lovely little fellow by Tara Dennis.  She has a great downloadable pdf instruction sheet along with the templates you need to make the elf.  You can find the details here.

As I am not a big fan of gluing fabric together, I stitched mine instead.  I cut my pieces smaller than the template and did an over stitch on the outside whilst placed on the peg.  For the trousers, I cut the pattern in half and slotted each piece through the gap and again stiched them and then moved the felt around so that the stitched parts were between the slot where you couldn't see it.  I made the gloves smaller as well and I did glue those into place.  For the songsheet, I cut out a small piece of musical notes paper and glued it to some card and then glued the gloves to that.

Here is my finished elf

I am really pleased with my elf, he is rather cute I think!  My niece has now decided she would like to make some so she will be coming over this afternoon!

Thanks for popping by!!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Felt Pencil Toppers

The weather is starting to turn although here in the UK, I think we have been quite lucky this year as we had a nice September and although we are having rain and a few storms now, we are also getting sunshine in between.  It is getting quite chilly in the evenings though and alot of people have already started to turn their heating on!

I am in Christmas mode but not that motivated so having to push myself to make things for the Christmas Market I am co-organising.

I've been making these cute little felt pencil toppers.  They don't take too long and are ideal kids to buy at the market or for stocking fillers.  Anyway I've made a batch of them and will make some more as I am hoping they will sell well!

Here are the ones I have made already

I especially like the monster ones as the colours are bright and anything goes!!

I've also been making a start on tree decorations.  I wanted to do some felt snowflakes this year and found the perfect die by Sizzix except that is is discontinued and no one seems to want to part with it!  I can't believe that there isn't an unwanted one out there!  The die is a Sizzix snowflake die 657055 and I believe it was a Basic Grey Bigz die and it looks like this

If anyone in the UK has this and wants to sell it, please let me know!!  You can email me or if you see it on a craft selling group on Facebook, I'd also love to hear about it!  Thanks!

Ok, that's all for now!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Fantastic New Sizzix French Bow Cutting Die

I love bows and think they alway give a more finished look to gift wrapping especially my gift wrapping which is not the greatest!!  Some people love to gift wrap and I remember seeing in a tv show called Orphan Black that one of the characters had a gift wrapping room with things on the wall to hold her rolls of gift wrap and a big table in the midde to do the wrapping!  As much as I love the idea of making your gifts look nice, mine never look great and if I am wrapping a whole batch of gifts they gradually get worse and worse!!  But that is about to change, thanks to a new cutting die that Sizzix have just released.  It is called 'French Bow' and is designed by Brenda Walton for Sizzix.  It makes lovely, large bows - the largest bow part is 10.5cm x 5.5cm (4 inches x 2 1/4 inches).  It's a standard Bigz dies so you don't need to use extended cutting pads.

The large size of this bow is achieved by folding over your cardstock/paper, you then position your fold on the die so that it is joined on the fold when it's cut.  Here's the cutting surface so you can see what I mean!

There is a large bow and a smaller one and the ribbon tails which you can either cut with a single piece of cardstock or again fold over and cut depending on how you want your bow look.  There is also the middle piece which had fold lines marked on it for you.

Here is the assembled bow

I used this die to make a bow to jazz up a gift bag.  The bag was one I recycled so just needed abit of decoration to make it prettier!  I made a matching tag using my new Stampin Up angled top tag punch (a very nifty and useful gadget!!)

I bought this at a craft show last week but I think it is being released this month so should be available in most craft stores.

Sorry the pics aren't great but the light today is weird :)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The 'C' Word is Coming!!!!

Well as the title says, Christmas is coming - it is frightening to see how fast this year has gone.  I have been trying to avoid thinking about Christmas as I hate doing things too early!  Over on my Facebook page I've had a few people ask me about what things I am making for Christmas this year so I thought perhaps I had better get cracking, especially as I am arranging another Handmade Christmas Market locally so will need a good amount of things for that!

So here are a few of things that I have made so far for Christmas 2014.

I've also done some flannel reindeers ready to decorate, they are all folded into shpae with the bar of soap secured in the midde.  They just need their antlers and faces which i will do nearer the time!

All available on my Facebook page.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Lavender Fragranced Flower Brooches

Hi - I've had a little break from blogging as I haven't been up to too much.  August was a terrible month weatherwise, which, after the lovely hot July we had here in the UK was very disapointing!  We've had alot of rain and wind and most days you just couldn't plan anything as the weather was so changeable.  Lots of summer events were cancelled as well which was a shame. 

Anyway - it's been alittle warmer and is supposed to be 'hotting' up over the next week so this will improve my mood for sure!

I've realised we are getting closer to Christmas and I will need to start making things ready for the Christmas Market that I am organising with a friend!  I really don't know where this year has gone, it's just flown by!

I've been making some felt flower brooches and decided that I wanted them to have a fragrance to them so the middles are stuffed with lovely freshly dried lavender from my garden.  A quick squeeze to the middle of the flower releases a gorgeous lavender smell.   These will be great to put onto winter coats as they are nice and bright and the lavender will keep the moths away!!

These are available to buy over on my Facebook page for £4 each plus postage.

I think I am alittle obsessed with lavender this year!!  I bought a tray of 10 lavender plants last week as they were on special offer at Lidl for only £3 so a bargain 30p a plant!!  I've potted them all up now so just hope they grow into nice, healthy bushes.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Lavender Bottles

I'm carrying on with the 'lavender' theme today as my room is full of drying lavender and smelling gorgeous!  Today I have used fresh lavender to make a lavender bottle.

I recently found a book on lavender at a cheap bookstore that is closing down for just 50p.  As well as lots of lavender information, there are some ideas of things to make with lavender.  This idea for lavender bottles appealed to me as you use fresh lavender on the stalk and weave ribbon into it so that when it dries out, the lavenders stays inside of the woven ribbon 'bottle'.

These were made in Victorian times to use for keeping drawers and cupboards smelling fresh and lovely.

I need to get some purple ribbon to match the lavender!  It uses quite a bit of ribbon and as I have a large roll of the red gingham I used that!

I'm quite pleased with it and I'm sure that as I make more of them, my technique will improve!