Friday, June 29, 2012

Handmade Heart Swap Part 1: Received

Recently I took part in the Handmade Heart Swap ....

Yesterday I received my parcel from my swap partner, the lovely Claire from Sweet Birdy Love.

There were also some edible goodies but they didn't last long enough to make it into the photo.

Check out the gorgeous applique on the pouch. I'm surprised that Riley hasn't tried to run off with it yet, he is vehicle obsessed!

I love it all. Thanks so much Claire!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Learning to Crochet ....

My latest crafty addiction ..... crochet!
I first picked up a crochet hook last year but no matter how much I tried I just couldn't get it. I don't know what prompted me to give it another go and I don't know what's changed but all of a sudden it's all beginning to make sense.

Last time I started with granny squares so this time I took a different approach and jumped right in crocheting little flowers. If anyone's interested I used this tutorial hereIt still took a lot of practice but I got there in the end and I've even managed to successfully crochet a hat! It was supposed to be for Riley but it turned out waaayy too small so I added a cute flower to it just because I could.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tutorial: Selvedge Coaster

Here's a fun and easy project for using up selvedges by turning them into a funky coaster ....


- a bunch of different selvedges
- 4.5 x 4.5 inch square of quilt batting
- 4.5 x 4.5 inch square of cotton fabric for the back of the coaster
- sewing machine and thread

Start by arranging your selvedges on top of the batting in the order you want them to be. Remember to take into account that you will lose about 1/4 inch from all sides once finished.

Sew each strip to your batting close to the selvedge edge (the side that won't fray) until the piece of batting is completely covered.

Trim off extra selvedges to the size of the batting.

Lay your backing piece on top of the batting right sides together and pin. Using your pressure foot as a guide, sew around your square leaving a 2 inch gap for turning.

Trim corners and turn right side out. Press.

Top stitch around the entire coaster close to the edge (making sure to close the gap as you go) and your done.

Now make yourself a cuppa and admire your new coaster.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pincushion Swap: Sent and Received

I recently took part in a pincushion swap hosted by the House of Pinheiro and Sew Far Sew Good. Since my pincushion has now been received I can finally share it with you all.

When making my pincushion I really wanted to try something new so when I came across this tutorial here I knew it would be perfect.

I think it turned out pretty cute for my first time doing something like this and most importantly my swap partner loves it.

And here is the pincushion that I received in return ....

I love it and it's been put to good use already, one can never have too many pincushions ....

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Digital Scrapbooking

It's been ages since I shared any of my scrapbooking pages on here. I'm still part of the Digital Elite Team (DET 15 now) at Digital Scrapbook Place and I'm loving every minute of it. Here are some pages that I have done recently ....

Credits: Take A Break Value Collection by Lauren Bavin
Credits: Christopher James Page Kit One and Craft Foam Alpha - both by Meryl Bartho
Credits: Monkey See Page Kit by Nicole Young
I'm also super excited that one of the layouts that I submitted last month has been chosen to be on the cover of the latest issue of ScrapStreet Mini Mag! You can see my layout here.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

My Creative Space: Texture/Quiet Book

I can finally share with you all what I have been working on for the last wee while .... a texture/quiet book for a special little boy's 1st birthday.

Unfortunately my photos aren't the best as I left them until the last minute ....

I was inspired by this idea here but I decided to take it a step further and combine it with a quiet book.

When deciding what pages to make I gathered a lot of awesome inspiration from around the internet and from Pinterest in particular.

I had originally intended putting the pages on a big ring but I couldn't find one so in the end I used a basic chain stitch (that's the extent of my crocheting skills) to make a 'tie' to hold it all together.

I included a mix of touchy-feely pages as well as some more interactive pages for him to grow into.

It was my first time using eyelets and I would not recommend them if you can avoid them. The fronts look pretty but the backs are a completely different story. Let's just say that they are really hard to put in and have them look like they're supposed too.

I did 6 pages in total, 7 if you include the front page. The finished pages ended up being about 5x5inches, small enough for little hands to manage.

This was such a fun project and the ideas for different pages are endless! The hardest bit was stopping myself from getting carried away and keeping in mind that I was making it for a 1 year old.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Something for me ....

I have had this little pouch sitting on my desk for ages just waiting to be finished. This weekend I finally got around to it and now I have a cute new pouch to add to my growing collection.

I love pouches. They are so useful and have to be one of the quickest things to make plus they don't require a pattern. Great for using up scraps of super cute fabric too.

I finished up a few other projects this weekend as well but I can't share them just yet ....