Monday, 29 July 2013

684 - Wild Olive foodie plushies

I really need to stop buying felt to make things, and then never making them! I bought some cream and red felt to make two Wild Olive food related plushies for my kitchen. Now, I finally did get around to making them this month, but I have had them both pinned for over a year, so god knows how long I've had the felt.

Anyway, first up is this little heart pastry, designed by Wild Olive and featured on Cut Out + Keep.



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And next up, a cute little slice of pie.



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And here they are rocking in my kitchen, with some other foodie based crafts.

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Friday, 26 July 2013

683 - Get Well Soon Guitar

So my Mum's friend son, hasn't been feeling well too lately, so my Mum asked if I could stitch him up a get well soon card. We frequently go down to his house on New Year's Day, and I usually end up playing Guitar Hero or Rock Band with him in his room to avoid the bad 70's tunes on the TV downstairs. I had a quick look for some quick guitar hero cross stitch patterns, and found this awesome Guitar Hero controller one.



I decided to stitch it on 6 count fabric, because it made it chunkier, as it's quite a small pattern. Then I double sided taped it onto a card.

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I didn't write anything on the front, as my handwriting isn't the best, so I thought I would leave that up to my mum ha ha!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

682 - Reindeer cards

So at the start of July, I unfortunately got made redundant from my job. RUBBISH! But, it did give me lots of time to get my craft on. I started this little set of reindeer cards, and then finished them in one day while watching a whole season of How I Met Your Mother. Ouch on my hands! So sore! But they are finished, and very cute!

Reindeer cards

Reindeer cards

Reindeer cards

Reindeer cards

I once again said no thanks to the back stitch, but I think the main focus of these bad boys is the cute little button noses anyway.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

681 - Crafty Haul

Yay, I went to Hobbycraft a couple of weeks ago and bought myself some new shineys. I was picking up some specific things I had in mind for crafty projects, and also got some cool bits and bobs in the sale. I have to say, Hobbycraft are really getting more and more amazing ranges of pretty things. I love seeing all the different things when I pop in.

Hobbycraft goodies

First off, the boring things. Wadding, perler beads and a lovely collection of felt colours for a nice project I plan on doing. So pretty.

Hobbycraft goodies

Next up so photo frames, one for my What Delilah Did anchor and some other nice coloured ones, which are actually magnets! So cool. These are from Tesco though, not Hobbycraft. The Boofle stamp and the little fabric buttons were both in the sale. I don't know why they have Christmas stuff in the sale just now, because surely this is perfect Christmas crafty buying time. I also got some cute Forever Friend bows and some tape with a travelling theme.
Hobbycraft goodies

And finally, this awesome woodland themed scrapbooking pack. Apparently worth £22, it said it was £10 on the packet but only £5 on the shelf. After making sure it was indeed £5, I bought it.

Hobbycraft goodies

It has some die-cut shapes in it, some brown cards, wood effect looking alphabet stamps, some woodland stickers, green dots and woodland themed notes. All for £5! Love it! Hopefully I can use a lot of this in our wedding Smashbook.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

680 - Kokeshi doll card

Another day, another Cross Stitcher free kit. I must be banging through them at a fair rate now. I picked this Kokeshi doll card because it looked pretty and had no fractionals, which is always a good thing.

Kokeshi doll card

She turned out lovely, and I like the touch of gluing the little bow on. However, it did say it would take about 4 hours and I think it took a lot longer than that! Still, hopefully whoever gets this card will think she's quite sweet.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

679 - BATDOG

So my little brother has two major loves in his life. Batman and his little plush dog, Doggo. My Dad text me and said he thought Kai would flip if I made Doggo a Batman mask, so I decided to have a bash at it.

Check my awesomely professional measurements.

Making a batman mask/cape for my little brothers dog toy. Check out my blueprints

So I sat down to knock him up a little mask, and decided that a cape was also needed, to complete the outfit.

Batdog costume

Batdog costume

Batdog costume

So here's Doggo modelling the outfit. I think he looks quite swish.

Batdog costume

Batdog costume

And Kai looking quite excited (maybe that's more to do with the ice pole).

Batdog costume

I'm not sure how long felt will last in the hands of a hyper almost three year old, but hopefully he loves it!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

678 - What Delilah Did

So I can't remember how I found out about What Delilah Did but I've been following her on Facebook for a while. A couple of weeks ago she posted about some advance copies of her new book Storyland Cross Stitch, which she was selling in her shop along with some exclusive supply kits. Sadly, by the time I'd seen the post, they were all sold out! Luckily, a few days later some more kits went up, and I snapped up this book and owl cushion kit combo.

What Deliah Did craft book

So here's the book itself, how gorgeous is it?

What Deliah Did craft book

I won't show you loads of projects from the book, because it'll ruin the surprise, but here's the little owl I got the kit for.

What Deliah Did craft book

What Deliah Did craft book

What Deliah Did craft book

I love how the kit contains actually everything you need to make the cushion, and not just the cross stitchy part. Can't wait to get started on him. This cushion is done on evenweave, which I have had bad (albeit my fault) experiences with before. So I'm looking forward to giving it another shot.

Next up, I love surprises! I turned to the back of the book and found this!

What Deliah Did craft book

It's a little kit to make up one of the projects from the book. Oh lordy I love it!

What Deliah Did craft book

And finally, this cute little postcard, which after I read the back I realised you're meant to stitch through it. That'll be an amazing little project, which would look cute in our bathroom I think, if I frame it.

What Deliah Did craft book

All in all, this was insanely worth the £34 I paid for it (included postage). So excited to get started on everything, considering I have three things to make before I even look at the other projects. So go check this book out, it's so lush.

Monday, 8 July 2013

677 - Windowsill planters

Ages ago I saw this blog post over on Campfire Chic and squealed a little.



The reason for the squeal was I have this little cat planter! I swiftly dug him out of my mum's attic and brought him home to sit on my windowsill. I used to keep pencils in him when I was little but clearly he was meant for grander things.

I spotted seeds in the supermarket a couple of weeks ago and bought some cress for the cat planter and some chives for another little watering can I have.

I know cress grows crazy fast, but look at this!

Cress planter

Cress planter

I had it for dinner in a yummy potato salad once it has reached a crazy height. Nom!

Cress planter

Friday, 5 July 2013

676 - Totoro! Totoro!

I've been on a craft purge lately. Trying to make as many of my kits as I have hanging around in the hopes of de-stashing just a little. I had some felt that I had bought for some specific projects too, so I decided to knock one of them out in the form of Totoro.

I found this tutorial a while ago and as it was all felt, I was all for it.



Totoro plush

Totoro plush

And here he is chilling out on my bookshelf.

Totoro plush

I have to say, one thing I hate about sewing with felt is when you try and turn it outside it, it's so hard! Lord! But all in all it was a really easier pattern to do, and if my sewing machine skills were a little better I'm sure he would look a bit neater.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

675 - Christmas Cat

I've had this little guy for what must be close to two years, but every year the Christmas rush comes around and I end up not making him. Sad times. Well I was in the mood to make him this week, and I finally managed it. This was one of those patterns with a lot of similar colours but it didn't take too long too as I was only stitching his head and then his legs.

Christmas cat

He came with this cute festive mount to put him in, so it looks like he's hanging through the wreath. Because the stitching was showing at the back, I decided to stick some Christmas scrap booking paper I had on there to keep the back to the stitching safe (and hidden ha ha!).

Christmas cat

The back stitch in this wasn't actually too much of a pain and he just looks so much better with it, I couldn't have left it out.

This was a really old Cross Stitcher cover kit (from 2006 I believe) and I have to say I liked the quality of the kit a lot better than the current ones. The thread was a actually a nice length instead of ridiculously short, the fabric was soft and bendy instead of rock hard, and even the quality of the thread felt softer and nicer. I have read some things online about the quality of Cross Stitcher kits going down but had never seen it myself as I only started getting the magazine a couple of years ago. However, I definitely liked this kit better.