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I’m back from Dubai and missing the place already, especially my little oasis in the desert, the Shangri-La Hotel. You’ve all heard the phrase “Never judge a book by it’s cover”, well this really sums up my experience at the Shangri-La Dubai. On the surface it’s a mild mannered business traveler hotel, and to be honest if I was making the booking myself I may not have chosen to stay here because what the Shangri-La excels in cannot be shown with a few pictures on a website. In the days of style over substance, it was refreshing to stay in a hotel that felt like home when you walked through the door. So many little details that other hotels take for granted were well and truly covered at the Shangri-La.
Hi there it’s Michelle here and it’s that time of the year again! Almost time to deck the halls and all that jazz.
Here’s a quick and easy little crochet project to brighten up your day.
You can make these little crochet Christmas tree decorations as single ornaments to hang from your tree or attach to a gift or why not make several and turn them into a festive garland. I’ve also included instructions to make the mini pom poms to embellish your little Christmas trees.
After making some Fruity Christmas Stockings last week to celebrate a summery Christmas, I thought it was only fitting to make some fruit themed decorations for our Christmas tree. These Fruity Christmas Ornaments have a vintage vibe and were inspired by the simple graphic shapes of vintage advertising posters and illustrations. I can’t wait to put up and decorate our tree to show off these delicious looking baubles.
These fruit ornaments aren’t a quick project to make but are certainly worth the effort as I think these decorations are really special and will become a cherished part of any Christmas decoration collection.
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…
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.
I’ve been having an awesome time sending ‘snail mail’ to a heap of new pen pals in the last few weeks. Writings words on paper seems much more tangible than this virtual world I seem to inhabit sometimes. Creating something for no other reason than to make someone happy has helped me out of a creative rut that has slowly snuck up on me without my noticing.
But as much as I’m enjoying the standard envelope and note paper scenario, I wanted to post something that reflects my quirky personality. Yes, a giant hamburger! And why not, it’s within the size limit of an Australia Post large letter so it will get anywhere domestically with just two stamps. I wish I could see the postman’s face when he (or she) delivers this.
Giant postcard making is a fun kids craft activity too, and you probably already have all the supplies at hand. Read on to see how Emma and I spent a fun afternoon…