Easter has got to be one of my favourite holidays, not only is choc-o-block full of chocolate and other delicious edibles, it’s the perfect excuse to make super cute crafty things. The spring inspired colours are pretty (even thought it’s autumn here) and everyone loves a bunny!
This week I’ve created a Bunny Takeaway Box and printable. This project is quick and inexpensive to make, and is ideal as a gift when filled with eggs, toys or baked treats. They would also make a cute alternative to a basket for an Easter Egg Hunt. (more…)
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I bet you’ve heard of camping, maybe even ‘Glamping’, but Gramping? Yes it was new to me too. Gramping is camping with grandparents, three generations of family having fun in the great outdoors.
We are Grampers from a long way back, Emma’s Nan and Pop love hitting the road and are no strangers to pitching a tent, but it’s become such a trend that there is now a Gramping Association – www.grampingassocation.com.au.
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.