Category Archives: Crafts

Make My Week #51 – Face Cushions

These will be under the tree for my 2 favourite boys.

My concept was to make silhouettes (am I the only one who finds it impossible to spell that word??) of my boys faces with the things that they love surrounding them – kind of like what is inside their heads is now outside and around. One for my number lover and one for my vehicle lover.


I think they will love them – super easy to make I might do a tutorial if anyone is interested.

Joining in with this lovely new crafty linky and out creative spaces too.

 Show & Tell Thursday's


Make My Week # 49 – Sparkly Jewels

On Saturday it was my birthday so as well as having high tea at my place for some of my lovely friends I went to a jewellery making class with my very dear (and daring!!) friend Deb.

We went to this class at the Make Cafe

It was a lot of fun and beautifully decorated including fudge, sweet treats, tea, coffee, fancy juice all in a beautiful setting. If you live in Chch and something interests you I would so recommend any of the classes.

This is what I made – cute huh? I used beautiful origami paper I picked up when we were in Melbourne.

Joining in with Our Creative Spaces.

Make My Week #48 – Advent Calendars

This year I wanted to make the boys an advent calendar to store the special advent activities we have planned, which are a surprise to them.

This coming weekend we are also having a special early celebrations with some other families and each family brings a $10 gift for another family. So I made a second version as our gift.

The trees are made from felt with gold thread couched onto them (my first attempt at couching) and 24 buttons sewn on. I made our one first out of the lighter coloured felt and a random selection of buttons but I like my second effort better!

Then I made 24 little felt Xs with holes in the middle of them so each day a little decoration is added to the tree.

For the other family I added chocolates to each mesh pocket. Ours have numbered cards with the activity written on the other side of the number.

They are a bit random but I rather like them and I think the boys will like it.

On Tuesday I’ll go through some of our advent activities but if you want a list to do something similar leave a comment and I’ll email you our list.


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How’s your Christmas making coming along??

Make My Week #47 – Speedy Craft

The super glue, the pre-bought fixtures, the speed – what’s not to love??

This week I used some gorgeous vintage buttons my sister bought me in Europe to make these super sweet earrings.(I used a mini saw to shave off the back loops)

I also used some dahlia flowers in resin (or similar something!!) to make another pair of earrings

and this rather large rose ring.

So long as you can control yourself not to touch them too soon (give them 12 hours) these have to be the easiest fastest craft ever.

I had the inspired idea to use my pincushion to hold the earring stalks in place while they dried – it worked a treat.

Other creative types over at Our Creative Spaces – blue button down on the right.

Can anyone else believe it is 47 weeks already…. does that mean there are only 5 weeks left of the year?????

Make My Week # 46 – Ah Hoop-la

I first saw this neat embroidery on Cat’s blog here

and when I saw her last month I asked if I could copy it – I kind of free-handed it rather than properly followed because, well you know how I roll :o) (unless you are new in which case I’m not much of a pattern follower)

I have made this for my brand new beautiful niece and seeing as she is unlikely to see or remember this post I thought I’d debut it here.

My niece lives in London so this also has the advantage of being very light to send.

What things do you make that are light to send internationally?

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Did you enter my November giveaway??

Make My Week #44 – More Little Houses

These are the latest in my little houses thing.

The larger one was for my sister’s birthday and the other is just a play to see how it looks when  the colours are reversed.

I’m quite pleased with these.

Happy November!

Click onto the Creative Spaces button down on the right to see other people making fun stuff.

Make My Week #42 and October Giveaway

Okay so remember I promised a giveaway every month this year? – you forgot? Well, never fear I absolutely did not!

Anyway first things first is this weeks creation – a while ago I saw this gorgeous embroidery on pinterest and so last week I sprung from there and made myself a rather much larger version with smaller houses…. weird huh?

Here is the original:

Source: via Miriam on Pinterest

Here is mine:

I just freestyled it – looked at the picture once and then went for it with no clear plan. I am very pleased with the results though.

I love this. And if you look very closely you’ll see there are some little lighted windows along the street.This was inspired from these bible verses – (I also happen to like the song this little light of mine more than most).

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

However since I’ve made it I also am reminded of the following lines

I seen the little light‘ from Catherine Mansfield’s short story The Dolls House

and also ‘some windows are lighted but mostly they’re dark‘ from Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss.

I’d like to try one on black fabric with white stitching next. Does anyone else have a thing for houses? I love little houses. The fabric in my header appealed for that very reason.

Anyway on to the giveaway….this month you get to choose between the cameo ring, the cameo brooch or a wee pencil brooch. All made by me and I’ll either send you the original or make a new one for you.

Leave me a comment and let me know which you would pick. Or just leave a nice comment about my wee houses and say if you’re not entering – I won’t be offended.

Open internationally – let’s share the love people. Closing at the end of the month or when I tire of reminding people to enter. (I’m a little unpredictable like that!!)

because I might be flying away to a romantic rendezvous with The Atlas today I won’t be responding to comments until next week but don’t let that stop you ….

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For other stuff I’ve made recently

Other stuff I’d like to make on pinterest.

Make My Week #41 – The Perfect Little Present for a Stationery Lover

I love Spring it gives me this sudden burst of crafting energy. This week I have done all sorts of bits and pieces.

I saw an idea similar to this on Pinterest and I thought it looked like fun so I promptly bought myself a wee saw and a tiny drill bit (haven’t managed this part yet)

as with all good creative projects I tried one like what I saw and then I changed things to my own ideas.

I am turning these into brooches.

There is a bit of work on the hand holding the pencils while you saw but on the whole these are a super easy, super cute project and one I think would make a lovely and do-able present for teachers at the end of the year.

If you don’t count the RSI and the purchasing of a new saw (which was only $10) it was also cheap. Some hot glue, brooch backs and a packet of pencils – $2.90.

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Are you a gifter for teachers? What kinds of things do you buy?

Do you find that you go off on your own tangent when you start making things or do you stick firmly to the pattern?

Make My Week #38 – Rest

It’s a friend’s birthday this week and like most people I know she is a busy, self-sacrificing, wonderful woman.

So I made her a rice heat pack with a zip off cover even! – apologies to those who find the use of food offensive in crafting – and an eye mask.

She is a dog and animal lover so I thought this fun fabric was perfect.

The eye mask came from an idea and tutorial on Amelie and Atticus (a blog I read) – note my awesome cutting skills that means the dog has no head – yeah I marvel at my talent sometimes too!

I have infused both with some lavender and lemon essential oils – restful and reviving – hopefully they don’t cause confusion!

To see what others are making this week click on Our Creative Spaces on the right.

I’ve also made some yummy and easy muesli this week – let me know if you’d be keen for a recipe post.

Both the rice heat pack and the  eye mask are very easy first-timer projects if you are someone who is keen to start sewing.

Make My Week #37 – Wonder and Discover

In July I made some embroidered brooches and did and giveaway and the winners could choose the words.

The winners words were Wonder and Discover

these are the parcels that flew away in the post

I particularly like wonder. You can see the winners post about it here – so sweet it’s going to school for show and tell.

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