December 17, 2013
As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am very sad that we don’t celebrate thanksgiving in Australia. This however gives me the opportunity to think thankfully at Christmas time.
Here are some simple ideas from around the blog world, that can be incorporated in your Christmas celebrations particularly in regards to the table.
Some are beautifully quirky, some ingenious, some worthy of a yearly repeat, some child friendly and some all of the above. Let me know if you get inspired and use some, it’s great to hear from you.
February 8, 2013
I’m a bit in two minds about Valentine’s Day. Some of me sits on the “It’s a created day that is all about retailers and spending money” and the other side of me feels it’s great to be reminded to tell the people we love….that we love them in a more intentional way.
This year I feel more of the second…. hence the post….. but have tried to make it a little more creative (rather than spendy) because self created things almost always* help communicate the love better.
Ideas For Creative Dates
Super Lovey- Dovey
For the Kids
Ideas to Bake
Countdowns to Valentine’s Day (or count on….)
Everything else.* Yes if you have asked for something specifically ….or have been promised something and you receive a sweet handmade gift, you won’t feel the love!
November 19, 2012
Some of you may have noticed a new page below my header…. and not a moment too soon. (like everything I do).
I have collated our advent calendar activities, readings and adventures for you to share and use.
We went with the ‘December is very busy’ approach and although we had a parcel for each day in December we planned from the start to open more than one each day and include some of our communities activities within the calendar.
It worked pretty well…..and included NO LOLLIES but ROCKS!
Yes! This is the week to be finalising your advent plans, if you haven’t already.
October 5, 2012
September 29, 2012
Tutorial for A4 size monster…..
What you will need.
- a zipper (approx 49cm)
- 15cm x 100cm mouth fabric (red)
- 10cm x 50cm teeth fabric (white)
- an old blanket or bedspread with tasselled edge.
- small amount of fabric for eyeballs.
- 2 buttons.
- thick thread for sewing o the eyes.
How to make it.
hint: The further your fabric from the zipper the less likely it is to get caught when opening and closing….and exposes the zipper more, which is what we want in this case.
- Cut 4 (or more) 8cm x 8cm squares for the teeth.
BODY (Part1) :
- Cut 1 rectangle 49cm x 51cm. (blanket fabric)
- Cut another rectangle 49cm x 20cm.
- Machine (with right sides together) the rectangles on either side of the mouth piece along the 49cm edges.
3. Machine the sides together. Stitch the seam again where the arms are positioned to reinforce them.
2. With a ruler join up the dots and cut through both layers of blanket to create the leg shape. Machine together along the newly cut line. Seam allowance 1.5cm.
- Now for the top (horns). Coming diagonally down from the top corners about 3cm and put a dot ( don’t come lower than your eyes) draw a line from one dot to the other using a ruler. This is your machining line.
- Trim excess fabric from the corners being careful not the cut your stitching.
- Turn your monster inside out through the zipper hole.
- Push the horns and legs out with the end of your scissors to get a nice point.
September 1, 2012
Has everyone one in Sydney received there Ikea catalogue in the post?
This is the first time in 7 years since we have had one delivered, so it’s all pretty amazing.
I love seeing how ideas are styled together more than I like buying things…. which is great and very cheap enjoyment.
Before the catalogue arrived, however, I did purchase ANEBODA, for a linen cupboard.
The beauty of the Aneboda is the $89 price tag, the down side (and the thing that has meant I haven’t purchased it before now) is the ugly see-through plastic panels on the doors.
No doubt this keeps the price low, but ….really…. this is the best option?
I decided to hack the cupboard so I could enjoy it both for it’s price and it’s appearance.
…. and I’ve included a quick tutorial so you can too. There is no sewing required!
What you will need
- glue gun and glue
- cardboard (I used the box the flat pack came in)
- about 1/2 m of fabric. (if it is wide enough) otherwise approx 2m of fabric
How to do it.
1. Measure carefully the plastic section of the cupboard door you want to cover. Using the cardboard that the cupboard came in cut 2 rectangles the same size as your measurements minus .5cm in the length and width of each piece.
2. Lay the cardboard pieces down on ironed fabric. I choose stripes….. (I purchased this from Ikea too) and cut around the cardboard leaving about 5cm turnover on all sides. If you are using a changing stripe (like this) or a fabric with a large and obvious repeat…. this is the time to make sure the pieces are cut with this in mind.
5. Repeat for other door panel.
August 18, 2012
It is my habit to only make one costume a year for book week and for all the rest to come from our dress-up box…. or someone else’s.
This keeps the cost and stress down, and helps the kids get creative about which character they want to be.
I though, just in time for this year I would share a tutorial of how I made the bib.
If you want to create one and don’t sew, you can follow the along, but just use cardboard as the base and instead of stitching the finishes on, use glue. If you do it this way there is no need for lining or binding and would be much less time consuming.
So with no further chatter……..
The Pharaoh Bib Tutorial
What you will need
- Cardboard or paper to make pattern
- base fabric ( I used blue velvet) a rich colour is best
- lining fabric (I used gold satin)
- bias binding (again gold)
- Iron-on stiff interfacing
- Large gold sequins
- Gold wool
- Gold thread
- Gold fabric paint tube
- Contrasting fabric to reverse applique (I used a gold silk)
- pencil, scissors, sewing machine and thread.
How to do it.
1. Start with a rectangle approx 42cm x 18cm
4. Cut another of these pattern pieces in the same way for both your lining and interfacing. You should now have 3 different coloured fabrics (base, lining and interfacing) all the same shape.
6. Put your lining to one side and just work with your base cloth (blue) and your interfacing now.
Iron the interfacing to your base cloth (wrong side of base fabric to shiny side of interfacing) using a dry iron.
7. Transfer your design onto the interfacing.
13. Turn bib so that the wrong sides are together. Give it a really good press with the iron. Be careful of the sequins as they can melt! Best to iron from the lining side.
Pin lining and base bib together at neck edge and outside edge.
15. Using slip stitch, hand sew the bias binding down on the lining side. Tie a knot in the neck edge bias strings to secure.
To complete the costume use the fabric and decorations you have left over to make a headband and armbands. Strips which velcro together. Wear over a long thin white dress (or a white sheet worn in a cylinder shape) with a straight black wig and go nuts with the eye make-up.
Let me know how you go. I’d love to see your creations.
August 11, 2012
As there were no current takers for the interactive Pinteresting series I decided to pre-empt the upcoming book week celebrations, with a collection of 50+ ideas for costumes.
In the collection I have made sure there are lots of simple “last minute’ ones and many ‘no sew’ ideas.
I have tried to be fairly generic, and stuck to books over movies.
This years theme is “Champions read” and parades are approaching fast (August 18-24)
This ‘cut-out doll’ idea I love……. but I am not sure I will be able to persuade one of my two to do it.
We will see.
Lots of these costumes we still have and are happy to lend, if you live close.
We love a good dress up at our house!