Saturday, 19 May 2018

Mint to Be - Wedding Tic Tac Label

I am now a married woman!!!  Who'd've thought it?!  Our wedding day was yesterday and it all went wonderfully!  I'm too exhausted to do much other than get everything packed and ready for the honeymoon (and that's only because we have to!) but I'd already written this wedding craft blog post, so thought I'd publish it today... here goes... (Incidentally neither of us actually ate a single Tic Tac throughout the day!  I'm putting mine in my hand-luggage bag, though, so it might get used yet!)

As a little bit of fun, I made a few pretty Tic Tac labels for the wedding.

I bought a pack of four boxes of Tic Tacs, and removed the labels from them.  That was a bit tricky as they were quite sticky - I heated them with a hairdryer to help the process along!

I then created a quick label design which I printed onto label paper.  The labels on the paper were bigger than I needed, but I just cut my label designs out once printed.  In case you are interested, the label I created was 2.9cm x 9.45cm.

On one side, I put...

Cute mint to be tic tac labels for wedding gifts or favours

On the other side...


Cute mint to be tic tac labels for wedding gifts or favours

The 'Mint to be' idea was something I'd spotted all over Pinterest, and thought it was quite cute.  Some people use this idea for favours, but we didn't have favours - instead opting for a sweet table.  I made these because I decided to put a box of Tic Tacs in the handbags of my bridesmaid and me - to keep us minty fresh throughout the day!  I then got struck with the creative urge to have a bit of fun with them... as if I didn't have enough to do!


Cute mint to be tic tac labels for wedding gifts or favours

I made four because there were four boxes in the pack - the other two I gave to my parents.  They weren't manly enough for Rob to take one!  ;)


Cute mint to be tic tac labels for wedding gifts or favours

I thought it was a nice thing to have in my bridesmaid's bag, alongside a little pocket mirror that I bought from a seller on Etsy.


Cute mint to be tic tac labels for wedding gifts or favours

The mirror was from here.



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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Crochet Colour Block Blanket

Finally it's done - just in time for this sunny weather!!

Click to find out more about this easy bright crochet colour block blanket.

A very bright and colourful crochet colour block blanket!

I started this in April 2017, so it's been over a year in the making... which isn't bad for me when it comes to making an adult size blanket!

Click to find out more about this easy bright crochet colour block blanket.

Details
Dimensions: 110cm x 151cm approx
Yarn: King Cole Bamboo Cotton in:

  • 531 Peacock - 2 100g balls
  • 536 Fuchsia - 2 100g balls
  • 533 Green - 2 100g balls
  • 544 Red - 2 100g balls
  • Violet (discontinued) - 2 100g balls
  • 542 Navy - 5 100g balls
I really like the finish of King Cole Bamboo Cotton - it's got a nice sheen and a lovely smooth finish, which enhances the vibrancy of the colours.


Click to find out more about this easy bright crochet colour block blanket.

It's hard to get a decent photo of it lying flat on the floor, as it ends up looking wonky and wobbly and I lost interest in pulling and straightening it!

It's a lot straighter than it looks in this picture.  Although the edges are curling over for some reason, which isn't something I'm used to with crochet.  It was all double crochet (UK treble crochet) but I finished the blanket with one round of crab stitch.  I'm not too bothered about the curling edges to be honest - I could try to block it but I don't think it's worth it.  You can see from the second picture of it draped over the chair, that it all hangs and sits nicely enough.

Click to find out more about this easy bright crochet colour block blanket.

I absolutely love it - it's just how I wanted it to look!  I love how bright it is, and how the navy really sets off the colour blocks.

I might write up the pattern for it if anyone is interested?  It's not that tricky really - just solid granny squares.  It'll be more of a method, than a pattern.

This has already been claimed by Rob.  In recent months he suddenly started asking when I was going to finish "his" blanket!  Well, I'm pretty pleased by that - he's not usually that taken by any of my creations!  It's done just in time to be a wedding present for him!!  ;)



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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Wedding Reserved Signs

As I keep banging on about... I'm getting married soon.  Now that we have ticked over to May, it is in fact this month!!

I decided to make some little reserved signs to be placed on the chairs of the wedding party - to save their seats for the ceremony


How to make these cute reserved signs for your wedding!

I made these for the parents, and also one for my bridesmaid and one for the best man.

The inspiration for these was this pin which takes you to this page.  They have a downloadable template, which I didn't use.  I copied their design and made my own, using my wedding fonts.  I can claim no credit for these, though - they were a complete copy of the inspiration.


How to make these cute reserved signs for your wedding!

I used hammered white card, pink ribbons, and aqua eyelets.  I plan for them to be placed on the seats of the chairs.

They were just a bit of fun really - I saw the inspiration on Pinterest and felt like making them!

I have now created a page on my blog with links to all the things I've made for the wedding... you can find it here if you are interested.




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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Paper Peonies

Sorry it's been a while - wedding planning seems to be taking up my time these days, as the big day draws ever nearer!

I've got something lovely to show you today, though!  Even if I say so myself...


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

I've spent this weekend making these beautiful peonies out of crepe paper - and I love them!

SUPPLIES

These were my supplies, which I ordered online.


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

I ordered these from Little Craft Bugs - an online store I'd not used before, but it seemed to have a good range of supplies for paper flower making.

You never quite know what you're going to get when you order online, but I'm so pleased with these items - they were perfect for the job.  The crepe paper is very good quality - thick and nice and wrinkled / kind of 'concertina-ed' (not a word!) and I just love the colours!  It is actually floristry crepe paper, so not the cheaper stuff you'd buy for crafting with kids etc.


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

These colours are from this range in the below options (top to bottom):

Light Fuchsia
Light Pink
Rose Pink
Yellow

The Rose Pink is actually quite a corally/peachy pink - which is actually perfect as I wanted pinky and peachy shades.

They only had a light green in stock in this section, so I bought green in a bigger roll - this one in Clover Green for the leaves.

I also ordered:

1.2 mm 30 cm long floristry wires (which I believe equates to an 18 gaue)
Green floral tape

I had to rush to hobbycraft when I started, as I realised that I didn't have any glue left in my hot glue gun.  When I was there I also bought some additional wires:

22 gauge 25cm long floral wires - these are thinner than the 18 gauge ones and I used them for the leaf stems.  Each flower needs three leaves, each on its own stem.

You use a hot glue gun to adhere the flower together.


MAKING THE PEONIES

Ok, that's the boring supplies out of the way!  (I wanted to put them here in case anyone wanted to try it for themselves.  Also, so I remember in future years!)

I can take no credit for these beautiful peonies - I merely used the template and followed the instructions of Lia Griffith:

Blog Tutorial - includes link to template PDF
Youtube Tutorial

The only changes I made were to make the whole flowers smaller.  Instead of printing the template on A4 paper, I traced it off my computer screen at the size it opened up at, as I didn't want them to be as big as Lia's.  They are still peony-sized - hers are just extra big (which is beautiful of course!)  I also used the thinner wire for the leaves, but the thicker wire for the main stem of the flower.


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

Cutting our your pieces is quite time consuming - especially when you just want to start to put your flower together!  It's worth it, though.  Shaping the petals is very satisfying!  You can see below what one of the petals looks like before and after shaping.  That crinkly surface is what makes it so easy to shape.


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

They really do end up looking like petals!


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

The first one I made was in light pink...


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

... and I was hooked!!  I can't believe how beautifully it came out!

As soon as I finished I embarked on one in rose pink... that beautiful corally colour...


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

Aahhh, so pretty!!


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

Then finally onto one in the light fuchsia...


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

I love them all!


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning


I am planning to have them in a vase at my wedding, on the table with the guest book.  Then if I manage to get them back from the wedding intact, I will display them at home.  Or else I'll just have to make more, as I need them in my life!

What do you think?  Would you give crepe paper flower making a go?  I can wholeheartedly recommend it - I am so in love with these peonies!


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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Happy Easter!

 Easter tree with cute crochet eggs

Happy Easter!

I bought this tree from Hobbycraft (you can find it here, although it was in the sale when I bought it) and I crocheted the eggs last year...

Check out this post to find links to my patterns, if you feel like making your own!

Hope you're having a lovely long weekend!



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Friday, 23 March 2018

Peek-a-Boo Crochet Baby Blanket - Complete!

Sorry for the silence lately - time is just whizzing by!  Rob and I have been on our stag and hen weekends - much fun... then recovery... was had!

It feels like the wedding in May is careering towards us - eeek!  I'm experiencing a sense of being very busy with wedding planning, although I'm not sure what I'm actually doing that's taking up so much time.  Thinking about it, it's more the head-space it's taking.  The awareness that this big event is looming and we have to get everything in order for it.  It's not like I'm spending every minute doing wedding related things - far from it.  I guess it's just always on my mind, which makes me feel busy with it!

Anyway - back to the point of this post... my completed Peek-a-Boo blanket!  I showed it to you here without a border.  My friend has now had her baby, and it was a little girl, so I have been able to crochet the border of the blanket.  I have gone with pretty pinks!

A beautiful cute little crochet baby blanket - quick and easy to make.  Click to find out more!

I love it!  I wanted to use pink for the border, as I think it looks so good with the duck egg / aqua colour, so I was pleased she had a little girl!  (I know, I could have used pink for a boy too - let's not go into the whole gender colour debate - I just probably wouldn't have done.)

A beautiful cute little crochet baby blanket - quick and easy to make.  Click to find out more!

I love it so much!!  As I said when talking about the blanket previously, I've wanted to make this blanket since it first came out - years ago!

The aqua colour is such a difficult colour to photograph - I have no idea why it's so troublesome.  You can see in the other posts I've linked to in this post, that it seems to look different in nearly every photo!  I am pleased that the colours in this final post have actually come up the closest to reality!

A beautiful cute little crochet baby blanket - quick and easy to make.  Click to find out more!

I can't wait to hand this over and meet my friends gorgeous little baby now!

Details

Pattern: Peek-a-Boo Blanket by Sandra Paul - Size: Small Baby Blanket
Yarn:
  Main colour: Sirdar Snuggly in Choo Choo Train (419) x 5 balls
  Border: Sirdar Sunggly in Precious (187) (darker pink) x 1 ball
              Sirdar Snuggly in Pearly Pink (302) (lighter pink) x 1 ball 
Hook: 5mm (I'm a tight crocheter - pattern calls for 4mm)
Measurements: 72cm x 87cm (smaller than the measurements in the pattern due to my tight tension - I really need to loosen up!)


What do you think - isn't it so pretty?!  (Even if I say so myself!!)



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Sunday, 4 March 2018

DIY Doily Confetti Cones Tutorial

I've been doing some wedding crafting!  I wondered whether I should keep some details secret, and only share them after the wedding... but then I thought "nah!"


Looking to make your own DIY confetti cones?  Here is a great tutorial for cute, cheap and easy doily confetti cones!

I will show you how I made them... it's very easy!  And best of all, I had all the supplies to make the cones already!  I had bought the doilies years ago with ideas of wrapping things in brown paper with doilies and bakers twine - luckily I barely used them!

1 - Gather your supplies:

  • doilies - mine are 30cm diameter
  • double sided tape
  • scissors (to cut the tape)

Looking to make your own DIY confetti cones?  Here is a great tutorial for cute, cheap and easy doily confetti cones!

2 - Use two doilies together, for a bit of strength - they tend to stick together anyway.  Fold the bottom of the doilies up by about 3cm:


Looking to make your own DIY confetti cones?  Here is a great tutorial for cute, cheap and easy doily confetti cones!

3 - Fold the left hand side in, from the middle point at the bottom to the middle point on the left hand side:


Looking to make your own DIY confetti cones?  Here is a great tutorial for cute, cheap and easy doily confetti cones!

4 - Cut small squares of the double sided tape and place along the diagonal folded edge, removing the backing.  (I took a photo of this, but you couldn't really see the tape, so I didn't include it.)

5 - Roll from the right hand side, making a point at the middle of the bottom edge, where your diagonal fold starts, rolling round, then sticking your taped edge down:


Looking to make your own DIY confetti cones?  Here is a great tutorial for cute, cheap and easy doily confetti cones!

Your doily confetti cone is complete!  Make as many as you need... I've made 50!


Looking to make your own DIY confetti cones?  Here is a great tutorial for cute, cheap and easy doily confetti cones!

When you are ready, fill with the confetti of your choosing.  I found some dried petal confetti on ebay...


Looking to make your own DIY confetti cones?  Here is a great tutorial for cute, cheap and easy doily confetti cones!

This was only filled for these photos, though - I'm going to leave the petals in their plastic bag, in a dark place, to try to keep them looking and smelling their best for the wedding day in May.  I'll fill them nearer the time - but making the cones themselves is a task that is good to do in advance.  Another thing ticked off the list!


Looking to make your own DIY confetti cones?  Here is a great tutorial for cute, cheap and easy doily confetti cones!

You could also add little embellishments to the cones, like an adhesive bow.  I haven't decided whether to do that yet, or not.


Looking to make your own DIY confetti cones?  Here is a great tutorial for cute, cheap and easy doily confetti cones!

My next challenge is what to put them all in, to hold them on the day!


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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Tilda LemonTree Fabric - Blog Hop

Tilda have a new collection out, called LemonTree.  I was lucky enough to be sent some fabric from SewandSew, in order to take part in this blog hop showcasing the pretty new designs.

I partook in a similar blog hop a couple of years ago - but I prefer this new range, as it's a little bit brighter and more cheery!  That would follow, as this is a Spring release and that was an Autumn release - and Spring colours are more me!

This is the selection I was sent...

Cute little drawstring bags made with Tilda Lemontree fabric

I decided to make a couple of cute little drawstring bags, and used a bit of all the fabric except for the purple and green one at the bottom.  I think I needed other fabrics from the range to coordinate well with that one.

Cute little drawstring bags made with Tilda Lemontree fabric

The pattern I used was from A Spoonful of Sugar but without the lace motifs.

I love the pompom trim I used on the red one!

Cute little drawstring bags made with Tilda Lemontree fabric

The lining is the second to bottom fabric in my top picture, which is so pretty - I need to make another project which shows it off more!

Cute little drawstring bags made with Tilda Lemontree fabric

The blues are pretty too... the bottom fabric is so gorgeously whimsical...

Cute little drawstring bags made with Tilda Lemontree fabric

I lined it with one of the fabrics I used for the outer of the red bag, positioned vertically rather than horizontally...

Cute little drawstring bags made with Tilda Lemontree fabric

I think I'm going to use them to hold gifts - it would be lovely to receive a piece of jewellery presented in a pretty bag like this!

Cute little drawstring bags made with Tilda Lemontree fabric

You can visit the other crafters taking part in the blog hop, using the links below - lots of lovely ideas and inspiration!

Monday 19th February – SewandSo
Tuesday 20th February – Little Black Duck
Wednesday 21st February – Vicky Myers Creations
Thursday 22nd February – Tea and a Sewing Machine
Monday 26th February – Helen Philipps
Tuesday 27th February – Strawberry Patch Ramblings
Wednesday 28th February – Dinki Dots
Friday 2nd March – Just Jude Designs



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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Tilda Fabric!

Do you like Tilda fabric?  I've been sewing with the new collection from Tilda - LemonTree!

Tilda's new fabric collection - LemonTree

Check back on Wednesday, to see what I've made!




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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Completed Crochet Colour Blocks

I've been working on them since April last year, but I have now finally finished my 12 crochet colour blocks!


They are each about 29cm x 29cm, which is fairly big.  I love the bright zingy colours - gorgeous King Cole Bamboo Cotton which is one of my favourites.

I've had the colours and layout planned out in an excel spreadsheet - and they will all be joined together in the arrangement shown below...


Bright colourful crochet colour block squares - to be made into a blanket.

I have a dark navy to border and join each square, and hopefully make the bright colours pop... not that they need much help in that respect!  I thought it would be a good contrast and enhancement for all that brightness.


Bright colourful crochet colour block squares - to be made into a blanket.

The plan is to complete three rounds of navy around each square, joining as I go.  I will then do a few rounds around the whole piece - depending on how much yarn I've got left!  I'm very excited to see this come together!!



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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Pattern Cutting and Garment Construction - Weeks 3, 4 and 5

I've not been keeping up with my updates on my clothes making course, so I am grouping lessons 3, 4 and 5 together.  We're now half way through the course!  There will be a week's break for half term, then 5 more weeks to go.

I have now created a mini body with collar!

Find out all about sewing a shirt with collar, sleeve and cuff!

This is all just practise work, with cheap thin calico material, just to learn the skills we need.  This is why it's not full length, to conserve material, as it was the collar we were focused on.

Find out all about sewing a shirt with collar, sleeve and cuff!

This was made using the pattern pieces we created in week 2.  I won't try to explain how you sew the collar on the shirt, as I couldn't get my head around it until we actually did it.  However, I'm pretty proud of how it turned out - it's quite neat!  (It is even and equal as well - it's just hard to get it to behave for a photograph!)

Even though it hasn't been made to anyone's size - it was just using whatever blocks we happened to grab when we drew out the pattern on paper - I thought I'd try it on, just for fun...!

Find out all about sewing a shirt with collar, sleeve and cuff!

It makes me feel like I might be able to make myself a shirt that I can actually wear!

We then went on to start to make a sleeve with cuff and slit.  We drew up our pattern pieces (again - the arm was made shorter to conserve material).  My cuff was measured wrong somehow, so I shortened it when I was making it with the fabric - so it wasn't as long as the paper pattern piece in the end.

Find out all about sewing a shirt with collar, sleeve and cuff!

That little bit of pattern piece is the cuff slit facing.  That was a fun new skill!  You cut that little rectangle of fabric and interfacing.  You sew it to the sleeve, where you want your slit to be, with your stitching going a couple of millimetres to one side of the centre line, then angling to a point a little bit down from the top, then coming back down a couple of millimetre to the other side of the centre line.  You then cut up the middle, between the stitches, as close to the point as possible without snipping it.  You turn the facing round on itself (again - something I couldn't get my head around until I saw it!) and you end up with a nice need slit!

Find out all about sewing a shirt with collar, sleeve and cuff!

The sleeve/cuff slit came out really well actually - I'm not sure how!

The cuff gets sewn on it pretty much the same way as the collar.  There is an overlap as you can see above, for the fastening.  I don't think we are bothering with the fastening on these practise pieces.  My cuff isn't quite finished - one half of the folded fabric is sewn on, but I need to do another line of stitching around to catch the other half of the fabric which is on the inside.  I also need to sew the sleeve into the body piece.

I'm not sure if we will be continuing with that in our next lesson, or cracking on with our main wearable garment!  It feels like completing our final piece in the 5 weeks we have left is going to be tricky!

I am really pleased with how much I've been learning, though.  I'm so glad I decided to take the course!

You can read my other posts on the course here:

Week 1
Week 2




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