Statement Jewellery is a fabulous way to bring an old outfit bang up to date, but designer pieces can be a little expensive. Instead try making these Harlequin Bangles yourself with some inexpensive supplies, no special skills required. Choose colours that suit your style, wear several stacked together or mix and match them with other plain pieces. Read on for step by step instructions…
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Mollie Makes issue 23 – Project feature
There is something super special about flicking through a magazine and seeing your work right there in print. I know digital is the way of the future, but my chest still swells up a but when those words and images are right there on paper (mum always seems more impressed too). The last few months has seen my patterns and projects featured in quite a range of publications, the lead time is so long with some of them that I’d totally forgotten I’d contributed until copies of the mags arrived in the mail!
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I was having a crafting existential crisis a few weeks ago, just one of those creative funks that happens to all of us once in a while. I easily get caught up in the everyday routine and forget to set some time aside to just make. No creating = Sad Cinti. So it was time I got stuck into a big project that I could look forward to spending time on…A quilt.
Inspired by some artworks on pinterest, I thought a Triangle quilt would be fun. I started cutting last weekend and thought it may be interesting to have a little Triangle Quiltalong.
Every few weeks I’ll show you a stage in the process and guide you along the way. There are no strict rules, just potter along in your own time and share your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #TriangleQuiltalong. I’ll pin the photos on a dedicated Pinterest board so everyone can be inspired.
I’m no professional quilter, so my style may sometimes be a little unorthodox. I’ll explain how I’ve gone about each stage, and add some hints and tips that I find helpful. I haven’t created a pattern for you, but more an opportunity to experiment and have fun.
Today I’ll be covering cutting, and have included a template and planning grid for you to print.
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Craving a little chocolate fix? Well if you have a few minutes and a microwave, you can make this Easy Chocolate Brownie in a Mug Recipe
I discovered this recipe on one of those unsourced Pinterest internet hint meme things. It’s super easy and just the thing to satisfy a Chocolate craving without baking a whole cake.
I shared the recipe last week in the My Poppet newsletter, and have had so many lovely thank you emails, that sharing it on the blog was the least I could do.
Make some for the kids as an afternoon surprise, ice cream is optional but makes this treat extra special.
1/4 cup sugar (I used a little less)
1/4 cup SR flour
2 tbsp cocoa
pinch of salt
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp water (I added an extra one)
Combine all the dry ingredients in a mug, add oil and water and mix well till combined. If it’s too dry add a little extra water.
Microwave for 1 min 40 sec
Bing! All done. Careful it’s hot.
Cake has a slightly dry consistency so feel free to add liberal amounts of ice cream whilst still warm.
Hardly any washing up – You’re welcome!
There is nothing I find more satisfying than reusing something unwanted to create something practical. This Monster Tote bag is made from an unwanted cushion cover that has seen better days. The fabric was still good but the design a bit tired, so rather than throwing it away, I put is aside for the right project to come along. I’m not one to craft or make just for that sake of it, and am more inspired to create an object if there is a need. I’ve been feeling a little uninspired to craft lately because we just don’t need much stuff at the moment, so when one of the mums at school was a little concerned that she’d forgotten to get a book bag for Library day, I came to the rescue and told her I’d make one. The truth is, she came to my rescue, because I was needing a project to get motivated to sew again.
This bag is super easy to make even for a beginner, I’ve photographed every step and even created a template for the monster face. If you aren’t into monsters, you can still use the basic steps to make a tote bag from a thrifted cushion cover you like the design of.
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As Valentine’s Day approaches one can almost feel that ‘Love is in the air’, so inspired by that whimsical phrase I decided to make a heart shaped kite. I’m not really into the whole commercial nature of Valentine’s day, but I think it’s a nice gesture to give someone you care about a small token to show your affection. It can be a simple as a note or a card, but if you have more time, this pretty heart kite would make a special gift. Add a note “You have my heart on a string” to make it really romantic. Take the family out for an dinner picnic and some kite flying for a memorable evening. This kite is not only fun to make and fly, but makes a gorgeous photo prop or wall hanging as well. Continue reading →
Being a blogger is the best job I’ve ever had, sure it doesn’t pay that well but sometimes you get a chance to do something pretty fun. I was offered a family pass to see Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, and the opportunity to meet the most famous mouse in the world. I’m not normally star struck by celebrities, but I must admit, I’ve wanted to meet Mickey Mouse since I was Emma’s age, so I really was very excited. Oh yeah, the kids were pretty excited too. Continue reading →
Bookplates are a beautiful way to personalize a gift, ensure a loaned book is eventually returned or in our case, update the ownership of a collection of thrifted books. It’s not uncommon to find the previous owners names written in children’s books, so Emma really loved the idea of sticking some pretty labels with her name over the old inscriptions. I’ve created a set of four retro inspired floral bookplates. The printable PDF is free for personal use, so feel free to print as many as you need.
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