Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Thursday, 16 February 2017
This is my my latest craft project; an owl doorstop!
The idea for this project has a little story behind it. When I moved in with my boyfriend I brought a few pieces of furniture with me as his place needed some extra storage. One piece was a pink ottoman that'd be great for storing my shoes in. The only problem was that it wouldn't fit in in his monochrome bedroom. So I set about finding a grey blanket that I could use to cover it so it would be accepted. This was harder than I thought it would be, but eventually I settled on this fleece one from IKEA (which I bought via Ebay because IKEA's postage prices for cheap items is ridiculous).
The wings are blanket material on one side and patterned on the other with a layer of wadding inside. I hand sewed the top of the wings to the body of the owl.
I'm so please with how this turned out and because it's made from a fleece blanket it's so soft! Not that I've cuddled with it....
Sunday, 12 February 2017
It was back to London on Saturday to start half term fun times with my boyfriend. First stop; the Natural History Museum. Have you guys seen all the variations of elephants there used to be? Tusks in all kinds of places!
What did you get up to this week?
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
The Frosties soon disappeared over a few mornings as my boyfriend's breakfast and we've made one batch of chocolate crispie cakes (and we'll do more once Tesco decides to restock it's own brand milk cooking chocolate). But that still leaves us quite a few little bags of cereal.
this recipe for cornflake cookies. I looked through a few recipes online but chose this one as it put cornflakes in the cookies mixture, not just on the outside so I thought that would use up more, and because it included chocolate chips and sultanas for extra flavour and what's not to like about that?
Regardless of the correct cornflake corverage these cookies were yummy and did not last long. The cookies have a bit of a cakey texture - not a bad thing - and the cornflakes become chewy rather than crunchy. The chocolate chips and sultanas are welcome additions and I even think I could've done with putting more of them in the mix.
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
I think it's fair to say the blogosphere is a fan of modern calligraphy and it's all over Pinterest. So I wanted to give it a try because it looks so cool. I started by googling 'modern calligraphy alphabet' and copying the letters.
I did a bit of research and watched a few youtube videos before making my first attempts. The method I chose to use is a two-pen approach. This was due to lack of proper equipment more than anything. First I draw the whole letter with a fine Berol marker, then I go over the down strokes with a broad Berol marker, to emmulate the way a nibbed pen and ink looks.
I roughly drew out guidelines in pencil which helped a lot. I drew three lines; one for the letters to sit on, one for the tall letters to go up to, and one for the 'tails' to hit (I'm sure there are proper terms for these elements). It kinda took me back to handwriting practice in Year 4.
Next I need to look at fancy capital letters and maybe I'll get on to using a proper brush pen or nib pen.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
The tutorial I used for reference is this one. It's in German but the pictures are enough to go on.
The felt soil nicely wedges in the flower pot so I haven't needed to glue it in place yet. I picked up the pot from the Scrap Store. I may re-paint it at some point but for now I quite like the scratched up gold look.
With my felt cactus complete all that's left to do is add my pins and start a new sewing project!
Sunday, 22 January 2017
...finally met up with my friends for the first time since Lizzi's wedding. We went to Cafe Rouge for a breakfast that lasted 3 hours. Bacon and pancakes!
As we hadn't seen each other since before Christmas we used this opportunity to exchange our Secret Santa presents. This resulted in the table being covered with glitter. You're welcome Cafe Rouge.
My other slightly Christmas related activity this week was making cookies with my boyfriend using the leftover frozen dough from when we made Christmas cookies back in December. Using just four coloured icing pens limited our decoration options, but they don't have to look pretty to be delicious.
How was your week?