Tag: Handmade

Toddler Bow Tie

We are attending a family wedding in late April, and this will be the first time I’ll dress Robin in smart wear (well, smart casual). I’d purchased a cute blue/yellow shirt from a charity shop a couple of months ago, and managed to get some coordinating chino trousers from Primark. However, I felt the outfit was missing a little something…

Onto Pinterest I went! After a good gander I realised what the outfit needed was a bow tie!

I had a look on Etsy and generally around the internet, but I couldn’t find one that was right. Then I remembered I had some leftover fabric from the lampshade I made.  So back onto Pinterest I went and soon enough I came across this step-by-step guide from Simply Being Mommy.

I did however not use a glue gun, did a tiny bit of sewing and added some elastic instead of a brooch pin. But I did however follow the fabric measurements and how to create the bow. I think it turned out pretty well in the end! Let’s hope Robin doesn’t yank it off on the day, I’ll be sure to update this post with a photo of him when the day comes 🙂

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Pom Pom Wreath

I finally got round to buying some pom pom makers! I know you can create a similar thing with a few bits of cardboard, but these are far cooler 😛

I purchased a 4 pack of makers from Hobbycraft for £5, good value for money if you ask me. I then picked up a Wire Wreath Frame for £1, along with a couple of balls of Party Time Chunky Yarn.

For this project I decided to use the 5.5cm (pink) pom pom maker. I found myself spending a few evenings sat in front of the TV churning out one after the other.
One day Robin spotted them all in a bag and wanted to play, sadly that was sort lived due to him throwing them about the room and me wanting to actually do something with them.

The wreath making was pretty simple. I made sure that I had enough yarn on each pom pom when tying them up, so that I could attach them to the wire frame. After a bit of fiddling, I finally created this…

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So much fun! Great craft project for kids or adults and perfect for all year round.

DIY Drum Lampshade

We’d recently bought the LAUTERS tripod floor lamp base from IKEA, but I wasn’t really a fan of any of the shades that were on offer there. I had a good look online to see what I could find, but either the patterns or the prices were not right.

I then came across a lampshade making kit on Amazon (which can also be purchased directly from Dannells website) and thought that I should just try and make my own! I popped to my local fabric shop and found some lovely fabric that I thought would go well with the lamp base and the rest of the room.

When I first saw the instructions I was a little overwhelmed, however it was a lot easier than I thought. My first challenge was cutting the very long piece of fabric correctly on the floor (obviously I had chosen the largest shade at a whopping 45cm diameter!).
I then improvised with the sticky back plastic weights (seen above as two bottles of Fairy fabric conditioner and a candle).
Somehow I did manage to successfully roll the plastic backed fabric onto the very sticky hoops. The instructions recommended getting a friend to help, but typical me was determined to do it myself.
The final stage involved a lot of tucking with a small piece of plastic. Now this part took some time and patience. I now understand the work that goes into making a simple lampshade, kudos to those who do it for a business!

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After all of the tucking and poking, I finally had a complete lampshade! I’m pretty proud of how it turned out. Quite tempted to make one for the landing…

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i am acrylic WORKSHOP – Take 2

After my last visit to iamacrylic, I jumped at the chance to do another workshop with them. This time I wanted to step up a gear and give myself a bigger challenge.

I’ve always wanted a necklace that showed two things that I like and go well together… Tea & Biscuits! Surprisingly no one had created this yet (well, all the searches I had done I couldn’t find anything). Not that I wanted to copy, just inspiration. Anyway, I did some sketching and came up with the below.

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Because I had done the workshop before, I kept in mind the tips I was given. Layering was the main thing I remembered, making sure not to make it top heavy and to be sure that everything would fit.

Come the actual workshop, I made a couple of modifications to my design.

  • The tea sitting behind the cup shape as this made more sense
  • The handle of the cup was now part of the overall cup shape
  • The teabag tag would dangle on a bit of chain from the tea

I managed to just about get this done within about 4 hours! I’m actually really proud of this piece and was overwhelmed by the lovely comments I received with iamacrylic shared it on their Instagram.

I’m that happy with it that I’m looking into purchasing all of the tools and acrylic to make some more to sell.

Would you be interested in purchasing one if I were to do that? What would you be willing to pay for it? Please let me know in the comments 🙂

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i am acrylic Workshop

I’ve become a little obsessed with statement necklaces lately, wither they be made from wood or acrylic. I can’t remember when I started following i am acrylic on Instagram but I can certainly tell you why! Ruth and Brendan produce wonderful pieces of acrylic jewellery from their shop in Bristol (interesting fact: they live there too!). One day they posted an image on Instagram promoting a workshop. I jumped at the opportunity to create my very own piece of art to wear.

I was greeted warmly on a wet Sunday morning, being the first to arrive. With the wonderful offer of a nice cup of tea and promise of some home baked treats for later (these were cookies by the way). Soon I was joined by a local lady and a couple who had traveled from London.

My design started the night before the workshop, a terrible drawing on my phone. I then drew out a far better version when I got there, and decided to remove the rain drops. Mainly because I didn’t think I would have enough time but also because rain and hot air balloons don’t really mix…
Once I had figured out what my design was going to be, it was time to select my acrylic colours! There were a few sparkly options, so I knew I had to figure a way of using some of that.

I then cut out my paper templates and drew round these onto the acrylic protective film with a ballpoint pen. Then it was time to get the saw out and attempt to cut out the pieces making sure not to break too many blades (thankfully I only broke two). The key to this was to move the acrylic and not angle the saw, which is a lot harder than it sounds!

Once all of my pieces were cut out, it was time to finish off the edges. You smooth these out using metal files and wet/dry paper. Again there is quite the technique to doing this, making sure you don’t file too much but doing it enough to get rid of the cutting marks.

Finally it was time to piece it all together. Ruth advised on hole placement and created the holes for me. She also added the chain from the balloons to their baskets, clued the sun onto the cloud and then added the main necklace chain.

Here you can see my masterpiece in all it’s sunny glory! I’m pretty proud of this, from start to finish in only 4 hours.

It was such a wonderful experience and I hope to do it again soon. In fact, I’ve already booked myself onto the next one, however this time I’m taking a friend along with me.

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Kitty Quilt

Our lovely neighbours have a lovely kitten called Munchkin and we (more my husband) look after her from time-to-time. I said to her owner (Charlotte) that I would make her a kitty quilt at some point. Did Munchkin really need a quilt? No. Was I going to make one anyway? Of Course!

For this quilt I actually used some pre-cut squares I found in a Julian House charity shop. I bought 3 little bags of these squares but only really used one of them for this quilt. The dimple fleece backing was from a Hobbycraft fat quarter bundle.

This was the first time I had worked with smaller fabric pieces, I really enjoyed it actually. When stitched together I thought it looked very much like a Kaffe Fassett quilt due to the stunning mix of colours.

I was very happy with the final quilt, however I think next time I might but a thin layer of wading in between as I  felt it could of been a little ticker.

And finally, here is the lovely little Munckin enjoying her little quilt. I’ve been told that its been great for the chilly evenings 🙂

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Take A Walk Down Look Lane

Take A Walk Down Look Lane

I wanted to write a blog post about this new website called Look Lane that my friends helped build. If you’re a maker and would like to start selling your creations on a great looking website with reasonable selling fees, then Look Lane is certainly the site for you.

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Created by Debbie, founder/designer from indie brand Duck & Duffel – she decided to launch a shopping platform that met the needs of both buyers and creators.
As you can see below, the website looks amazing and the fact that you can design your shop front just makes it all that more fun.

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Why not open your shop today! Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too.

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