Monday, May 31, 2010

The before and after of clothes peg baskets...

Had a fairly productive weekend on the craft front. As promised, I have sorted out the clothes peg basket situation - I'm sure you're happy to know! ;) Here is the before and after. The replacement was made totally out of materials I had lying around the house! Instructions: 1. Carefully punch many holes in the bottom of an icecream container (for drainage) with a small screwdriver 2. Punch 2 holes on either side, as pictured. 3. Optional - take some matching ribbon and put a running stitch along one edge, and gather to frill, attach. 4. Take cable ties and put through the holes, as pictured, note you will need to use the 'hole' part of one cable tie as a stopper on the outside (you can just see this in the pic). 5. the final step is to attach the basket to your line, connect the cable ties in the middle to do this. Note the pic of the finished basket, with the old basket a sad and distant memory, in the background :) he he he. Oh and this is an earlier proto-type (->), I was not lucky enough to have two of these coathangers lying around, or I could have just have placed it on the other side in the opposite direction, and skipped the cable ties.

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Jam Jar idea :)

I've been thinking about fairs and cake stalls lately... trying to think up a new way of presenting homemade jams, chutneys and the like. I always think the round piece of fabric placed on top with a ribbon, looks like a lady's hat. So...this is what I came up with. It's a jam jar lady. Instructions: 1. Cut a circle of fabric or patterned paper, place on lid and secure with rubber band and a ribbon over the top. 2. I used a large oval punch on cream paper, and then trimmed one end off for the face. 3. Eyes were 1/2" and 1/4" circle punches, and a loveheart mouth. Hint: you need the right weight of paper - I used 110gsm, and I also used double sided mounting paper, or JAC paper, to secure them nicely, with no glue! I adhered the mounting paper to the coloured paper, before punching the shapes :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It looks different!

A new background. It was time for a change. You like? :) Oh! and can you please help me feed the fish to the right? That'd be great, thanks.

Monday, May 10, 2010

"New" craft materials :)

Look what materialised on Mothers Day. It's a book mark, although a little thick for that purpose just between you and me, being a couple of mm's thick. It's 13cm long. Looks like layers of pine or birch layered together, then it's had the shape cut by laser I'm guessing. Anyone know where to get them? I'm sure it will dawn on me, what to make with them. I have some half ideas in my head already. A later post maybe...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sewing themed kisses?

Large, button-themed brads, or split pins, with 1.5mm wide, white quilling strips for a 'x' or kiss. You could use fine ribbon, twine, what have you. I think this idea could be carried over to sewing too :) What do you think?