Wednesday, 30 October 2013

715 - Pretty Christmas Cards

It's almost Halloween, and here I am making Christmas cards. I had this kit that I got last year in the magazine Let's Make Cards. They give you loads of ideas to make some lovely cards with the gorgeous supplies I got. I decided to make a few by following the directions and then made the rest by just making up my own patterns. I still have loads of supplies left for next year or whatever, but I used up all the card blanks in this kit to make 10 cards, so here they are.

Christmas cards

Christmas cards

Christmas cards

Christmas cards

Christmas cards

Christmas cards

You can't tell, but this paper is velvety! It's awesome!

Christmas cards

Christmas cards

Christmas cards

Christmas cards

I don't do a lot of paper craft, so this was a nice change.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

714 - Crochet Poppies

Last year I posted about a pattern I had bought for a crochet poppy for Remembrance Day. I found the pattern when I was browsing through my crafty folder and decided I needed to make one this year well in advance so I would actually have it for November 11th.

Crochet poppy

Crochet poppy

Me and Leatherface are rocking the poppy.

It was really quick to knock up too, and I managed to watch one episode of QI while I was making it, which wasn't too bad.

The pattern for the poppy is now free, so pop over to the Bead Shop Scotland's page and grab it!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

713 - Smashbook Update

Phew, it's been a good while since I updated my Smashbook. I looked at the folder where I keep all my bits and pieces before I stick them in the book, and it was bursting at the seams. So I finally tackled it!

It's a mixture of random bits and pieces and all the stuff from when we went on holiday in June.

Tickets!
Scrapbook snaps

Our holidays! A whole six pages of them.
Scrapbook snaps

Scrapbook snaps

Scrapbook snaps

Scrapbook snaps

Scrapbook snaps

Scrapbook snaps

This is all stuff from the roller marathon that me and Donald did, which doesn't look the most interesting but it's all tucked inside the envelope.
Scrapbook snaps

This is all little bits and pieces I've saved from various different days. I like this page because it's all random!
Scrapbook snaps

Monday, 21 October 2013

712 - Pug Embroidery

There are many people who share my love of pugs, and one of them is ex-workmate Charlotte. With her birthday coming up, I decided I would embroider her something puggy, and found this awesome Pugly pattern over at Sublime Stitching.

Pug embroidery

Pug embroidery

Look at his wee puggy face! He's so cute!

Friday, 18 October 2013

711 - Big Knit. Little Hats.

If you're anything like me, you might have heard of Innocent's Big Knit campaign but not really been involved in it. I managed to get a hat last year from my Mum I think, which now sits on top of my DVD rack, but I never seem to see the little hats when they are actually in the shop!

If you don't know what the Big Knit is all about, check out what Innocent have to say about it on their website:

"As many as 24,000 older people die needlessly because of the cold every winter. Many others spend the time lonely and isolated, unable to heat their homes and struggling to get out and about.

So ten years ago we had an idea. We asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats. We put those hats on our smoothies, and for each one sold we made a donation to Age UK."

This year I heard that the deadline for sending in the hats had been extended to Halloween, and realising I had enough time to actually take part, I decided to get my knit on.

I looked on their website and they have a whole load of patterns, but I decided to go for the Doddle Pattern, because that way I could knock a few out quickly.

Innocent hats

Innocent hats

Innocent hats

Innocent hats

I'm very proud of the rainbow one, and I'm so jealous of the orange and grey one because I would totally wear that. Maybe I need to make a big one for myself.

I'm also excited because I got to make pom poms for the first time ever and actually managed them! I bought pom pom makers a little while ago, and I knew from instructions that they were really easy, but I still had to fear. But luckily I managed them and they are as easy as they look!

If you're interested in making some amazing tiny hats for Innocent you still have plenty of time, and these hats only took me about an hour each, pom pom and sewing in ends included. Check out their website for details and look out for the hats when they pop up on top of the smoothies! I'll be doing the same as I always seem to miss them! 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

710 - This is my boomstick

So it was my lovely fiance's birthday at the start of October, and after buying all his pressies I realised I hadn't actually made him anything.

I decided to have a bash at a Ash from Evil Dead perler bead figure, and I think he turned out rather well. You can find the photo I used for the pattern here.

Ash perler bead

He's quite cute eh? Well for someone who has a chainsaw for an arm.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

709 - Have you seen a girl with hair like this?

So a little while ago one of my friends was hosting a Heroes vs Villains fancy dress party. After much deliberating between the costume I already owned and the fact I didn't want to wear a wig, I decided to dress up as Ramona Flowers. I mean, she must have had red hair at one point in her life right?
Turns out I already had the clothes to cobble together a Ramona Flowers outfit, but the main part was making the giant hammer. What started off as a cardboard box, a brush handle and 3 rolls of silver tape was knocked together to make myself a giant hammer.

Ramona flowers hammer. :)

I was quite happy with how it turned out. I also made myself a star handbag by drawing a star on some extra cardboard and taping it to a blue bag I had (you can see it in the photos below).

So here are some photos of me from the nights, I'm very happy with how it turned out.

Attempt at Ramona's hair with long bits at the front.

Ramona outfit

Ramona outfit

Ramona outfit

Ramona outfit

Ramona outfit

And here's the photo of Ramona I was going for, in case you have no idea what she looks like.


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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

708 - Christmas bird hoop

I do love free Christmas kits in my crafty magazines, but to be honest, they do tend to repeat a lot. Lots of little cards, or gift tags, and I end up with a lot of them just waiting to be made (one day!).

However, this month with Cross Stitcher I got this lovely little hoop ornament kit, which was a nice change!


Christmas hoop

This was a stitch on soluble canvas job, which always makes me a bit nervous, as I have to wash my stitching, but it all turned out fine. You were supposed to glue the ribbon on the hoop in a bow, but I decided to use it as a loop so that I could hang it on my tree.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

707 - Knitted Milk Carton

It's been quite a while since I pinned this knitted milk carton pattern to one of my Pinterest boards. I had actually tried to bid on one on eBay as part of Teen Granny's Knit Relief but he had gone out of my price range. A quick google later and I found the free pattern!

Well after my recent run of knitting success, I decided to give him a bash.

Milk carton

Milk carton

Milk carton

Milk carton

I love how he turned out, though I found the pattern a bit confusing at times, though I think I worked it out. I'm most proud of the fact I managed to knit a word!

The worst part were the instructions for sewing him together, as I just couldn't get the top part of him to make sense and had to do it all again (with the help of Donald) before I got it right.

His shape is a little off,as it was quite hard to stuff him and get him to hold his shape, so he's not quite as perfect a square as he might be. Also the top bit is a bit mental, even on the second attempt. But I love him! Look at his wee face!

Here he is chilling in the kitchen where he belongs. Very happy.

Milk carton.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

706 - Recipe Book

I spent one day a couple of weeks ago FINALLY sorting my recipe book and I'm so happy. I had a huge pile of Asda magazines that are full of recipes that were just sitting on a stool in our living room and I finally managed to sort through them all and get all the ones I wanted stuck in my recipe book. So here it is!

Recipe book

Recipe book

Recipe book

Recipe book

Recipe book

There's a mix of hand-written and stuck in recipes, as well as some full page ones in plastic pockets. I'm so happy I've fleshed it out now and can just add to it as I go along, which will be much less of a hassle.