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cat cushion

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Another short post to join my other cushion posts, this time with a cat pattern on the front, instead of the usual ribbons, buttons and beads.

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fabric flowers

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I had a day where I thought ‘I really need to make fabric flowers’, you know, like you do. Anyways, I found my box of fabric scraps and started messing around with gathering bits of materials and sewing them together.

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book page wedding cards

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I made two wedding acceptance cards for friends Jemma (The Embellished Elf) and Ross, and Clare and Neil using book pages again.

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bird card

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Just a short blog today – here is a wedding acceptance card I made a couple of months ago. I drew two bird shapes (freehand, because I’m lazy like that) on patterned paper, glued them to some cardboard and then stuck them on the card. I then used a needle to pull a ribbon through and tied it in a bow. And er, that was it really!

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t-shirt rug

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I found a great idea for using up old t-shirts in a book called ‘Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft book’ – knit them into a bathroom rug. Yeah, I was a bit confused about how I could knit a t-shirt, but once you start doing it, it’s really simple.

Essentially you get a lot of old t-shirts and cut them into long strips, ie, by cutting round and round the t-shirt. You also need giant knitting needles. The book said 15 mm plastic ones, which is what I used. You cast on 30 stitches and away you go.

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wallpapered chest of drawers

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I have a fear of proper DIY. I can faff around with needles and fabric and small fiddly bits, but when it comes to larger pieces, I’m not too sure of myself. So today is about a craft project undertaken by my husband, Mr Cosycrafter. Obviously, I made all the superficial design decisions, but when it came to the hand-cramping sanding and dull repainting, it was all him.

A few years ago, I got an amazing book called House Proud by Danielle Proud. She’s a master in finding old furniture and revamping it in quirky ways. One of her suggestions was to use wallpaper to decorate a chest of drawers, which immediately interested me due to a very tatty, ugly one lurking in my bedroom. It was a hideous pink and white colour, but since it had been in my room since I was a very young girl, I couldn’t  bear to get rid of it. If there was a way of hanging on to my treasured chest of drawers without nearly gagging everytime I looked at it, then I was all for it. Read the rest of this entry

gold bead cardie

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Absolutely ages ago I promised that I would upload images of another cardigan I’d lazily sewed some beads on.  Unfortunately, my degree module started and before I knew it I was sunk in a mire of endless reading and assignments.  I kept promising myself ‘craft breaks’ but suddenly crafting seemed like such a slog compared to the relative ease of pressing buttons on a remote control…

Thankfully, I’ve made it back out to continue blogging about the veritable sea of crappy items that pass for ‘homemade craft’ in my house. Read the rest of this entry

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