Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Monday, 21 November 2011

A 32p chocolate bar transformed

Firstly, I bought those 32p choc bars from Asda. I also bought the smartprice foil but opened it up to find that it already had foil!!

I then set about making the letters for the wrapping. If you use Word art then literally drag the letters back to front you end up with names going backwards. This enables you to print off and when you cut out the letters are the right way round.

Cut the letters out and use pva glue to cover and sprinkle glitter on.

Pull your wrapper round your bar before adding the letters. Use double sided tape to fix, then you have your bar ready for decoration.

I used some snowflakes and the letters. It makes an amazing present for about 60p.

Monday, 17 October 2011

A Wedding Matchbook

I did get this idea from Helen at itsallfiddlefart blog. So I will not claim the glory for what I think is a fantastic idea. I bought a load of sixpences from Ebay after finding out that Hubs has a load in the loft. Doh moment. This match book was made by cutting out the bits by hand. I know that there is a Sissix matchbook die, but I ain't got it, so good old fashioned hand cutting and I used a hole punch to make the holes. You need to cut two pieces of card the same width. I folded the outer bit using 1 cm at the bottom and in the middle to creat the top fold. Then you simply fold the inside bit, punch the holes in the same places and trim so that it fits Neatly inside.

My new camera isn't particularly great at picking out the detail, but the front reads' A little something for your Wedding Day' whilst the inside reads 'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence for your shoe'.

I will be attending a good friends wedding soon and I felt this was a fab gift to give her on her hen night.

Christmas Decoration

Every year in October I say that I am going to decorate the tree with all natural decorations. Every year, the same old plastic stuff comes out. I dream of dried orange pieces, felt hearts, pine cones with glitter and some gingerbread salt dough decs with lots of gingham ribbon.

Maybe this year, I may achieve my dream. But I suppose that all of the stuff I have collected over the years will not go up. The little plastic balls with pics of the kids in. The special balls that the kids made etc.

I started it off anyway this year by making a stuffed heart. Cut a bit of card in half to make a heart shape, draw round and cut out two shapes. I did the embroidery first and I know it's a bit wobbly but hey ho. Then blanket stitch round leaving a gap to stuff a bit of wadding, finish sewing up and you have a nice Christmassy heart.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Easy placemats Part 1

I haven't blogged for ages as I simply haven't made anything for ages. However I watched an episode of Channel 4 'Make do and mend' and got this idea from there. Placemats. These are really quick to make and look amazing. People will be getting these for Christmas this year.

I used a tabloid newspaper as a template. One page. Fold into 4 and cut off the corners. Unfold and pin to a piece of folded fabric. Fabric is folded with pretty side in, so you can't see the pattern. Pin the paper to the fabric in each corner.

I used a biro to make some marks alongside the paper. Carefully remove each pin from the paper and re pin the fabric.

You should be left with this.

Sew and trim leaving a few inch gap anywhere (for turning inside out.

Easy Placemats Part 2

Turn inside out


Press your opening flat

Machine about 1/8 inch all the way round for a really defined shape.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Right, It's party time....

So I have a little 4 year olds party this week. I decided to make these as party favours. Using Cadburys miniatures. I cut and wrapped new wrappers, stuck a jewel on and put them in pretzel bags from ebay. Each bag has cost me 50p in total, including everything. I bought the jewels from the works. Any paper will do and for the top you literally fold a bit of card in half, open it up, staple the cello back to the back bit. Glue/DS tape the front bit to the cello bag and you have these.
So that the lads who are coming don't feel left out, they got jeweled bars that were not pink!