19th October 2012 Helen

One of my recent Pinterest sessions was all about cards and paper.  I found a lovely, simple idea by a Montessori teacher for making cards for her class with brightly coloured shapes, stitched onto plain cardstock. I was due to send out a mixed batch of ‘Thanks’, ‘Birthday’ and ‘Thinking of You’ cards so I happily took this lady’s idea and – using some nice handmade paper with gold threading through it, I used strong gold thread in my machine to stitch a little stack of cut out shapes onto the front.  Ideal for hearts, stars and any symmetrical shapes. Definitely a…

30th August 2012 Helen 6Comment

At last. The epic is over! The Roses and Daisies blanket is complete and, I have to admit, it really is beautiful! This is a 40th wedding anniversary gift for my parents – albeit a year or so late!  I blogged about this back in June and (optimistically) thought I’d be finished within a few weeks but the little delays like holidays and kid related mayhem meant it took slightly longer. The pattern came from Crocheted Throws and Wraps: 25 Throws, Wraps and Blankets to Crochet, and was quite simple. The original pattern used 99 squares for a 83 x101 cm blanket….

30th July 2012 Helen

My first forray into stamping was fairly simple-adding names onto T-Shirts using Versacraft Ink and a simple letter set, but recently I’ve been making some nice cards and am delighted with the results. I had read a lovely tutorial on making your own stamps (found through The Making Spot it’s a great step-by-step guide by Ginger and George). I was well overdue making some thank you cards for my baby girls’ birthday pressies so I gave it a try and made these really nice flower cards in no time.  As suggested on the blog I did add ink detailing to a few but, I have to…

5th July 2012 Helen 2Comment

It seems every child we know has a birthday in the early Summer months!  I love birthdays and picking up pressies but it’s a bit of an expensive mine field trying to get everyone a little something special. I know myself the perils of a growing mountain of plastic on the toy shelves in our house so this year I tried my hand at personalising some t-shirts for little birthday buddies and they turned out pretty well. Here are my handstamped t-shirts. I had some Ikea cotton fabric with trucks and cars so I just ironed on some Wonderweb on…

2nd July 2012 Helen

I keep meaning to get to grips with my sewing machine! It seems everytime I take it out I’m about ten minutes late and I’m learning ‘on the hop’, how to make something!  Maybe its not such a bad way to do things but sometimes it does leave me with precious little time to plan out what I’m at – which explains some fairly dodgy patchwork attempts that are stuffed into a bag sat the back of the hotpress!  One thing I did manage to start and finish fairly recently is a funky little knitting needle holder for my Mum.  She…