As you may already know, I LOVE free stuff!!! The offer of something for free makes me feel like it’s my birthday. I get as excited as a child opening their birthday gifts, and sometimes I even squeal in delight. I have issues, I know that.
One of the awesome things about being a crafter has to be the abundance of amazingly useful printables. Thank goodness for the internet! The greatest thing about the internet + printables combination is that there are SO many FREE ones available!!!! So if you are feeling crafty but you don’t want to go to the craft store for supplies, or said craft store is closed (due to it being 10 o’clock at night) or you are a little strapped for cash, you can jump on the computer find a fun printable and away you go. Another great thing about printables is that they are usually things that you can do with young children.
I have built up a list of websites that have heaps of great printables and I thought I would share this list with you. These are the 7 best websites for FREE printables. Some of these printables are for crafts, some are for around the house and some are activities that you can do with young children. Have a look through them and let me know which ones you like best! (more…)
Red roses, boxes of chocolates, heart shaped cards and romantic gestures. All heart melting things that let us know that it is coming up to Valentine’s Day. I know that Valentine’s Day is traditionally meant for singles and new couples but as a not-so-old married woman, I can’t helped be swept up by all the…
Red & Pink
…and you thought I was going to say LOVE 🙂
After finally taking down my Christmas Garland my hallway wall just looked too bare, so I decided to make a lovely romantic Valentine’s Day garland to decorate our home in celebration of the holiday of LOVE! (more…)
Last week, I showed you how to make a Memory Catcher and in that project I used a rustic style white frame. I looked everywhere for the perfect frame and I couldn’t find what I was after. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until after I made the Memory Catcher that I found this frame. So I made my own! I didn’t make the actual frame (I did not have time to do that) but I gave a simple cheap black plastic frame into my perfect frame! Guess what? It was SO easy to do and because I am totally awesome and I love you all so much, I am going to tell you how I did it! Get ready to do your own picture frame makeover.
Last week, I wrote about New Year’s Resolutions and shared with you some of my more crafty/creative ones and how I was planning on keeping on track with them this year. I mentioned that I also had a selection of personal resolutions, there is one in particular that I have put a lot of thought into and wanted to share with you; Savoring the positive memories of 2015 to assist in being a more positive person and to help me really live in the moment. I thought that this might not be a resolution that not only I had, perhaps my tools to help me do this might help you too.
In the past, I had lightly dabbled in paper crafts such as scrapbooking and card making. I had once attempted a horrible excuse of a scrapbook. It was so bad that just the shear memory of it makes me shudder in shame! I have had a lot more success with card making; some of them were quite great (if I do say so myself) and some of them not so much, although I don’t think any of them were as bad as the scrapbook. Argh, that scrapbook.
A number of weeks ago, I wrote about my visits to the 2014 Craft and Quilting Fairs and at the Canberra fair, I attended a workshop on resin jewellery run by Beads N Crystals. Brisbane based, Beads N Crystals run all kinds of workshops and if their workshop at the fair is anything to go by, I’d love to try many more of their workshops, check them out if you are ever in the Brisbane area.
For a long time resin jewellery was one of those crafts that I had always wanted to try but never known how to do it or even what supplies I needed. It always seemed to be one of those really difficult crafts, but as I took my seat at the resin workshop I looked over to see three young girls that looked to be about 10 years old, I felt a little more confident. Surly if they let young children do the workshop it would be easier than I had imagined. I really needn’t have worried, it was so incredibly easy to do.
In the workshop we used a liquid gloss resin called Magic-Glos™. This particular resin required no mixing and is cured by exposure to UV light, either sunlight or UV light bulbs. We each made two necklace pendants using bezel settings for both, one with rice paper and clear resin and the other with resin and resin dye. Both results were beautiful and once they were cured under the UV light they were ready to wear. (more…)
Who can resist the soft smooth nap of new minky fabric, it just beckons you to stroke the soft cuddly fibres. I see the bolts of it in the fabric store and all I want to do is curl up in the layers of its strokable softness. If I had to describe minky in one word, that word would be; strokable. I love the feel of minky, it just makes you want to stroke it against your cheek and snuggle up to it.
As soft and luxurious minky is to touch it is just as difficult and daunting to work with. I have collected a couple of pieces of minky, purchased when the price was just too good not to. However I never really knew what to do with them and never felt particularly comfortable diving into a minky project. This changed however when I came across a stockpile of the most gorgeous minky fabrics, a supplier was selling at irresistible prices. I couldn’t say no; pink and white chevron, pink with different length nap in a chevron pattern and light pink with raised dots.
The Appliquéd Towel
A favourite gift of mine for small children is personalised appliquéd bath towels. It may not be a common gift but I think that is part of the appeal to me. My mother use to give personalised towels as baptism gifts for her nieces and nephews and one of my most memorable items from my childhood was a pink bath towel that my Nan and Pop gave me. It had a pink hippopotamus appliqué on it with blue square framed glasses. It pretty much disintegrated many years ago as a lot of well loved and used items do. However I still remember it with fondness all these years later.
I recently started making these gifts for the young babies and children in my life. The first one that I ever made was for my friend’s daughter; Miss E’s baby bundle. It was the first time I had ever tried appliqué and I was so excited about how it came out. I used a little gender neutral owl motif to suit the nursery theme Mrs S had set up.
There is nothing I enjoy more than creating something gorgeous for someone special in my life. It just makes me so happy to see my family member or friend open the gift with delight. I love knowing that they will love and appreciate the customized item and the hard work I have put in, just for them. My latest creations were one such project.
My close friends Mrs S and Mr C were expecting their second child; their first Miss E is such a beautiful happy little princess and is one of my very favourite little people. I just knew that Miss Es little brother or sister would be too.
Mrs S is one of the most self controlled people I have ever met. Despite the fact that she is a sonographer she was adamant that she wasn’t going to find out the gender of the baby; for either pregnancy. Day in, day out she would be working with sonography equipment, telling people the gender of their babies and not once peaked at her own belly. Not even just a little bit. How on earth does she do that? I can’t even begin to imagine! I love the idea of keeping the gender of the baby a surprise until the birth, but as a crafter I find this exceptionally frustrating. There are so many gorgeous girl and boy fabrics and supplies available and I’m not much of a fan of gender neutral colours. More accurately put; I am vehemently against them, particularly yellow and green, for a very ridiculous reason that actually has nothing to do with the colours themselves. That was until I finished this project! I am now a gender neutral convert! Not quite to the point where I would be able to keep the gender of my own baby a surprise; let’s not get ahead of ourselves.