In Australia Christmas falls in Summer, but yet the stores are still full of wintery, snow covered decorations that don’t reflect a modern Australian Christmas, or mine anyway. I’ve always been a bit non-traditional when it comes to decorating my home for the festive season, and this year will be no different. So inspired by the explosion of fruit themed home decor and craft this year, it felt natural to me to make some Summer Fruit Christmas Stockings in bright colours to celebrate an authentic Christmas in Summer.
These Fruity Christmas Stockings are easy to make with only minimal sewing required. If you don’t have a sewing machine they can easily be whip stitched by hand. All details are glued on because I wanted to make it an accessible project for everyone, no matter what level your crafting skills. I’ve even created a pattern template that you can print so no guess work is required.
Read on for instructions…
I’ve been spending a lot more time playing with paper lately, and even though I consider myself a ‘fabric person’, I’m enjoying the versatility and easy accessibility of crafting with paper. In fact you can turn almost any piece of paper rubbish into something pretty and useful, making it perfect for an upcycling project. I’ve created a handy little wallet style notebook from a cereal box and an assortment of paper scraps collected at the bottom of our art and craft drawer. If you have paper loving friends or a pen pal, this would make a perfect little gift that can be posted inexpensively. Use it as a personal journal or as an alternative to a traditional letter, you can even make one out of holiday maps and paper ephemera collected on your travels.
After making and posting several very large hamburgers last month, I thought it was time to create another fun, not quite edible, but mailable surprise for one of my pen pals. Because Summer is approaching here in Australia, an ice cream cone seemed appropriate, and because I wanted to post some goodies too, I made an ice cream cone shaped envelope. It’s really easy to make and you can get the kids involved with the painting. There is a no sew option too. Just whack on a couple of stamps and the address right on the front, pop it in the post box for a guaranteed happy mail day.
I’m so excited to finally be able to spill a big secret that I and my fellow Bloggerati bloggers have been keeping for ages – we are going to Dubai!
Thanks to Dubai Tourism, a team of 21 bloggers (that’s a lot of bloggers) will be flying to Dubai in December to experience first-hand the rich culture Dubai has to offer.
I love to travel, especially to places where there is a rich cultural heritage to explore, so this trip to Dubai is really like a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to explore the traditional spice, gold and textile souqs, sail on an Abra and maybe even ride a camel, but I’ll tell you more about that in future posts. Dubai Tourism has organised some diverse experiences and activities for us all, so our group will all be exploring different aspects of Dubai’s offerings and I’m sure every blogger will have a truly unique experience to report back to their readers.
Tidying up the other day I unearthed a cute origami book that I bought in Japan called ‘Origami of Delicious Food’. It’s in Japanese but has enough pictures to be able to work out the designs. One of the ‘delicious foods’ was a pumpkin, and I thought it would be fun to make a few and turn them into a garland just in time for Halloween. Emma is Halloween crazy at the moment so she has used it to decorate her room.
This garland would work well for other autumnal celebrations like Thanksgiving (for all you Northern American folk).
The origami steps are a bit tricky so rather than take photos of the steps I made a video which hopefully will be easier to follow. Of course if you don’t have time for all that folding, you could always cut out pumpkin shapes for your garland.
Hi it’s Michelle here again, this time with a tutorial for a Tunisian Crochet Wash Cloth.
Tunisian crochet is a deceptively easy technique that is a little bit crochet, a little bit knitting and looks like weaving. The resulting fabric is quite thick and spongy making it a perfect choice for wash or dishcloths, potholders, cushions and more. It’s also quite lovely for scarves if you use a fine yarn.
Once you get past the first few rows you’ll be powering ahead with the rhythmic motion of making these simple stitches and looking for more projects to try out your new skills.
This is a quick and easy project finished off with a crochet border in Linen Stitch and perfect for gift giving. Let’s get started!
A little while ago I wrote about some of the craft projects I work on behind the scenes for my own enjoyment (you can read the post about it here) and I mentioned I was hoping to attend a basket weaving workshop in Healesville to learn so new skills.
Well this year I’ve really been trying very hard to actually do all the stuff I say I’m going to do rather than just talking about it, which includes going to more classes and workshops. So when Ruth from Craft School Oz posted dates for her next basket weaving and botanical dyeing workshops I booked without delay.
Ruth runs her basket weaving workshops from her home in Healesville, Victoria in the Yarra Valley. It’s a lovely drive about an hour from Melbourne.
I thought it would be fun to give my new camera a work out and document the weekend by making some little videos. I hope you enjoy them…
‘Brought to you by Kidspot and Ford‘
The number one question that I get asked all the time is “Where do you get your wool/fabric/supplies from?” It can often be hard to find very niche supplies locally or at a reasonable price, unless you know where to look that is! So when Ford loaned me a zippy new Ford EcoSport Titanium as part of the Paint the town Ford campaign in conjunction with Kidspot Voices of 2014, I knew just what to do with it. Go craft supply shopping of course!
The EcoSport is designed with city driving in mind, so it was the perfect vehicle to criss cross the city from south to north and then back again. Over a couple of weeks, Emma and I visited all my favourite crafty stores, specifically the ones that specialize and excel in their niche, but don’t shout it from the roof tops. Some of these stores don’t even sell online, you’ll have to get off the couch to explore these treasure troves.
All of my best kept secrets were either discovered by accident (just driving past), or via word of mouth from a friend of a friend, and now I’m going to share the secrets with you. Just you, me and the internet, so keep it under your hat ok.