I was asked by HOW.DO, a clever new app, to design a project to celebrate the birthday of William Morris the 19th century designer/writer who urged a return to handmade craftsmanship amidst a world rushing toward industrial manufacturing. His textile and surface designs heavily featured floral and nature inspired motifs, so with that in mind I gathered some leaves and flowers and set off to print my own paper.
Printing your own Floral Wrapping Paper is super quick to do, and with the magic of HOW.DO I’ll even talk you through it!
I’ve been tidying up my sewing room and came across a tin full of pastel toned paper pieced hexies that never made it into my Hexagon Table Runner. All those pretty vintage florals got me thinking about Easter themed crafting, and after having a little play with the hexagon shapes, these cute little bunnies hopped right out at me.
These Mini Bunny Pillows are fun to hand stitch and can be made with the smallest of fabric scraps. If you’d like them to scent your drawers or wardrobe, include some dried lavender to make them smell just as sweet as they look. They would make a great Easter gift that lasts all year round, add a pin to the back to turn your mini bunny in to a wearable brooch.
I like my envelopes to be sturdy, sometimes paper doesn’t cut it when you want to include something that needs a little extra protection. Also plain white envelopes are BORING, why be blah when it’s so easy to make something really special that won’t cost you a cent.
Magazine covers are abundant, why not recycle them into eye catching, sturdy envelopes that won’t get lost in the mail.
This envelope was made from a Marimekko catalog cover, but you can use any front or back cover with a colourful design. Sewing instead of gluing is an easy mess free alternative especially if you are short on time.
I’ve had this Bedside Organiser on my To Do list for well over a year. I don’t know what took me so long because it’s awesome and has made my space so much more pleasant to be in. I’m not a very organised person and can sort of ignore a moderate amount of mess, but after a while it gets me down, so it was time to do something about it. This Bedside Gadget Caddy is designed to hold everything that I like to keep on hand so I’ve designed it to suit my needs. Originally (last year) I was just going to make a pocket for my iPad but I’m quite happy that I waited and made a caddy to hold everything, as you can see from the picture below, I really had to sort out the clutter situation. (more…)
Most of us love to make things, you may even have a small business selling things you make, but the reality is there just isn’t enough time in the day to sit behind the sewing machine and ‘make to sell’ for a living. I know many of you would like to diversify into selling PDF patterns, it’s a smart thing to do because after you’ve created your pattern you can sell it forever, while you’re asleep even!
So what’s stopping you?
Responses on facebook were all the same “I wouldn’t know where to start!”
Initially I too thought I didn’t have the skills or time to research how to create a PDF pattern, but once I got stuck in it wasn’t as daunting as I’d imagined.
I’ve collated some information that I found helpful as well as a couple of eBooks that contain a ton of useful information.
Assuming you have some great product and design ideas, here are 5 online resources that can teach you the skills to get that pattern on the market:
I have a rambunctious four year old, sometimes she is delightful, most of the time she is challenging. She’s four, it’s her job I suppose. After a year of resisting (even though it was recommended) I’ve implemented a reward chart. Turns out the stick method doesn’t really work with Emma, it also makes this household a stressful yelly full of drama place, so we are trying the carrot instead. Most of the charts I found online were quite specific with days or chores, I wanted something very simple because I don’t ask for much – just listen and be good.
I’ve created my own printable reward chart, go ahead and print yourself out a copy if you think it may work for you.
I have earmarked 2014 as the year of doing, experimenting, making and creating more. I want to get out from behind my keyboard and connect with like minded creatives, exchange ideas, and if I’m lucky, work on projects together. This year I’ve all ready started Japanese and Ballet classes, because it’s never too late to learn something new, and I’ll be going to more ‘in real life’ crafty and social events to just chat to people and exchange ideas, inspiration and hopefully make new friends too.
So when my long time crafty pal Magdalena Franco told me about Unleash Creative, a series of fantabulous creative workshops she has organised in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, I was very excited to be able to take part and explore the possibilities. (Well first I told her she was insane because it’s a huge amount of work to organise events in three different states, but she loves to organising events so that’s ok).
About Unleash Creative:
Each event will be held over the course of a full day with a variety of intimate-style hands-on mini-workshops to get us thinking, making, creating and set off on a colourful adventure filled with paper, pom poms, string, and glue.
It’s no secret that I love Instagram, so much so that it’s one of the first things I check in the morning before I even get out of bed. I love how it brings like minded creatives together and allows for such immediate communication and sharing of ideas.
Naturally I had to create a little Instagram themed project, and these cross stitched buttons were a quirky take on the whole ‘Social Media blog button’ thing.
It’s really been years since I’ve done any cross stitch, it was one of the first embroidery stitches I learnt, and was really quite proficient at it as a child of 8 or 9. I’m not sure why it’s been such a long time since I revisited, I really found it quite a meditative process, and the small size of these buttons means that you can finish quite a few very quickly. It’s the perfect beginner cross stitch project because you get immediate results.
I’ve created a pattern for each motif which you can print out as a PDF. If you don’t want to make buttons, you can use the pattern for other project applications like stitching a phone cover.
I’ve included basic Cross Stitch Instructions and tips, as well as instructions for using a fabric covered button kit.