March 10, 2013

Liberty Coin Purse

Liberty Coin Purse

I have a bit of an obsession with Liberty fabric, if I could afford it I think I’d make everything using it. Last week I bought a small piece of the ‘Mitsi’ print in green on eBay. It’s only 35x35cm so I decided I’d try and make a small coin purse with it. I ordered…

March 7, 2013

Ceramic Illustrations

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I’ve been posting a bit about various pottery projects that I’m working on and I know that not many people have easy access to a kiln, which makes those projects impossible. I wanted to find a quickie craft that’s easy to do and can be done with the most basic equipment… you’ve only gotta go…

March 6, 2013

Button Hearts

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These little button hearts are perhaps the quickest quickie of all. All you need is wire (various types/thicknesses will work), wire cutters and buttons! I initially made a small one as an idea to put on a homemade Valentine’s day card but ended up creating a few larger ones too as decorations. I have one…

March 5, 2013

Glazing Over

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Today I took some little samples of different glazes out of the kiln. These are different to the glazes I used for the stencils – they were underglazes that can be applied directly to leather hard clay (clay that has dried out for a few hours). To use these glazes the clay must first be…

March 4, 2013

Simple Spring Skirts

Simple Spring Skirt

We’re four days into March which means spring has officially begun! My sister and I decided to mark the arrival of one of our favourite seasons by making some new, decidedly un-wintery, skirts. Our pattern cutting/following/sewing skills aren’t great but we picked a simple pattern and we think the results are perfect! I used a thin…

March 2, 2013

Simple Jewellery

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This can take a little time if you’re using tiny beads like me, but it really is a simple project that makes a really cute little gift for a friend or yourself. Invest in some of these round headed pliers.. they are useful for all sorts of things in jewellery making, so definitely worth the…

March 2, 2013

Pottery Designs

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I’ve been working on some different techniques with different glazes for a while now. I am quite new to pottery, so I’m just enjoying playing around with different glazes, thicknesses, stencils and glazes techniques. I got off to a bad start… when I opened the kiln in great anticipation of my first load, I was…

March 2, 2013

Flabbits

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So I cut out my first flabbit (floppy rabbit) about a week ago and he is now ready to be introduced to you. He’s the first one, so needs a little tweaking, but hopefully more will follow and they will get better and better! I’m going to look for some better buttons too, to help…

February 25, 2013

Why We Love Tapestry

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Needlepoint is one of my favourite crafts. I’m not talking about old fashioned cross-stitch (not that I have anything particularly against it) but an updated, more modern take on tapestry sewing. It’s a bit like paint by numbers but I don’t think that its simplicity is a negative thing – it’s relaxing and somewhat therapeutic! I enjoy…

February 10, 2013

Easy Ribbed Fingerless Mittens

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I picked up the yarn for these mittens at a sale in a local craft shop; it’s Rowan Lima which is baby alpaca and so soft. I ended up going back the next week to pick up more because I enjoyed working with it so much. Rowan have produced a number of books which feature patterns specifically for the Lima wool, I bought the Homestead…