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birthday plane card

It was my nephew’s 2nd birthday and he adores planes, so I knocked up a quick plane card for him.

First, I drew a rough plane shape onto some paper for a template, and then used some paper that I got ages ago with Simply Homemade magazine, in red and blue, and cut around it.

Next, I cut an extremely rough cloud shape out of some plain paper, and glued both that and the plane to one of the blue Hobbycraft cards.

Finally, I made a little tag out of plain paper, and used the BasicGrey: Serenade Alpha stickers to spell out his name. Read the rest of this entry

eye mask craft disaster

I’m taking a break from endless studying to bring you this slice of craft failure, in the form of my valiant attempt to make an eye mask. Seemed like one of those things that should be so simple…

In one of the many assorted boxes in my craft-spare-junk room, I found some of those removable pad things that go inside bras to make them padded or push-up or whatever. In any case, they were a sort of eye shape, so I thought ‘ooo, wonder if they would make a good eye mask?’. The answer, I now know, is ‘no’. However, this wouldn’t be a blog post if I didn’t continue with the long ‘noooooooooooooooo’, with bonus pictures of each horrifying stage. The more wrong it went, the more pictures I took, I think in the hope that perhaps my eyes were mistaken – but no, it looked just as wrong in photo form.

Anyway, after dismissing a thought about sewing material round each individual bra-pad thing, and joining them together at some later stage, I eventually just sewed them together, in what I thought resembled an eye mask:

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a trio of birthday cards

The summer always comes with a flurry of birthdays in quantities too vast for me to make cards for everyone (at the moment, in any case). However, I did manage to make three for some members of my family.

First up is a sort of 3D-present-with-ribbons card which I made for my sister-in-law. I’m still making my way through the Hobbycraft card selection, which I’ve used for all the cards – this one used a pink one. Next, I cut out a square from a sheet of the Papermania: Rose Garden set, and used some adhesive foam pads to set it out from the card. I put a couple of ribbons through (cut out of new clothes) and then used the October Afternoon: Boarding Pass stickers to spell out ‘Happy Birthday’.

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50 years scrapbook

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It was my mother’s 50th birthday recently, so I decided to put together a scrapbook with memories and photos of her life. It was an idea that only came to me about 3 weeks before the day, so realising I was cutting it fine, I emailed her siblings and friends for any photos and stories they had. They sent me some lovely pictures of her as a child, some from family visits to Cyprus and one phoned me with some memories of her as a teenager. As my mum had us at a young age, I really wanted to get some information about her before she was a mother. I spent a bit of time looking up dates, television shows and music from the decades when she was a child and teenager. Read the rest of this entry

tie purse

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Whenever I’m in a charity shop, I always have a rummage through the selection of old ties. Having acquired a few of the things, I figured I should probably start turning them into stuff.

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one lovely blog award

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The fabulous hayleymade has nominated me for a One Lovely Blog Award, which is…well, lovely!

Essentially, it’s a way to find out something about the person behind the blog as well as showcasing other blogs – like doing your bit for the blogging community, if you will. Read the rest of this entry

heart balloon cushion

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What with it being summer and ice cream weather, I was wondering what to do with the scraps of ice cream patterned fabric that I had leftover from a previous cushion. I started to cut out the individual ice creams and then tried spreading them out across different fabrics. It didn’t quite work, so I cut some fabric out to back them and started trying to group them together.

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