Home-Made Pencil Cases

From: Tesco Living   YOU WILL NEED: Sheets of funky foam in assorted colours Chunky wool yarn Self-adhesive Velcro strips A sewing needle Scissors Two clothes pegs HOW TO MAKE: 1. Fold the foam sheet over by 10cm, to create the case section. 2. Hold the fold in place with a clothes peg at each… Continue reading Home-Made Pencil Cases

Craft 101 #2: Pumpkin Carving

  It’s definitely that time of year when pumpkins sporting eerie cut out faces with a glowing candle inside adorn window ledges and porches. It’s a classic Halloween tradition which scares the living daylights out of me – and it’s got nothing to do with the creepy looking faces!   Years ago when I was… Continue reading Craft 101 #2: Pumpkin Carving

Craft 101… Making Tassels

Tassels are used in a range of crafts, especially paper crafts, so it’s a good idea to learn how to make them. They are relatively simple to make, but as always practice makes perfect. These are perfect added to cards, albums, bookmarks and photo frames. The instructions below for the tassels will produce tassels that… Continue reading Craft 101… Making Tassels

Painted Floral Bench

From: Essentials, 2014 YOU WILL NEED: Bench Sandpaper Paintbrush Primer Waterproof or oil-based paint Decorative paper Waterproof Glue Varnish HOW TO MAKE: Sand your bench lightly to remove any old and loose paint or varnish. Make sure your bench is completely dry before you start painting. Paint the bench with a coat of primer and leave… Continue reading Painted Floral Bench

Cute As A Button: Mad Beauty’s Gift Ideas For The Keen Crafter

I recently came across a site called Mad Beauty that specializes in beauty and skin care products. Among some fabulous finds, are a range of novelty items for any crafter who’s mad about sewing and knitting. There are lip glosses and balms in the shape of buttons, cotton reels and balls of wool; tweezers with… Continue reading Cute As A Button: Mad Beauty’s Gift Ideas For The Keen Crafter

Picnic Blanket

From: Essentials, 2014 YOU WILL NEED: Fabric Pins Sewing machine Thread Buttons Scissors Wadding HOW TO MAKE: FOR THE BLANKET Cut out two pieces of fabric 114cm x 144cm. Lay them right sides together and sew around the outside edge, leaving a gap of 30cm on one side. Turn round the right way. Cut out… Continue reading Picnic Blanket

Fragrant Bath Salts

From: Women’s Weekly, 12 August 2014 I first tried my hand at creating bath products around thirteen years ago – and I loved it! I liked the fact that I knew exactly what was going into these products and that they contained lots of natural ingredients such as herbs and dried flowers. I used essential… Continue reading Fragrant Bath Salts

Plant Label Spoons

The easiest and prettiest way to see where everything’s been planted. From: Essentials magazine, 2014 YOU WILL NEED: Wooden spoons Paint brushes Acrylic paint Pencil Waterproof varnish HOW TO MAKE: give each spoon a coat or two of paint. Choose a different colour for each one. Use a pencil to lightly draw the outline of… Continue reading Plant Label Spoons

Heart Table Weight

Stop the wind playing havoc with your tablecloth! From: Essentials magazine, 2014 YOU WILL NEED: Scissors Fabric Ribbon Pins Sewing machine Thread Buttons Sand HOW TO MAKE: Cut out two hearts from your fabric. Lay them right sides facing together. Pin and sew around outside edge, leaving a 3-4cm gap at the top. Make small cuts… Continue reading Heart Table Weight