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Paper Glitter Brooches

Hi everybody! Today I show you a quick and easy craft from Beci Orpin’s latest book “Make & Do”. Beci is my favourite designer. She’s absolutely the best when it comes to colours and shapes. I have all her books and her work is a constant inspiration to me. She really encourages people to be creative and be inspired by everything in everyday life.

This little project is the cutest thing: Paper brooches! I decided for neon and glitter as it’s my favourite at the moment. I really love how it came out, especially the texture of the gold glitter paper. I guess it will turn out beautiful with a black outfit.

The whole book is full of great projects and I strictly recommand it to you. It’s already one of my favs on my craft-bookshelf. Have fun and happy moments!


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Just scale down!

20140520-102242.jpgHi everybody! Today I’d like to show you what I did with one of the designs I made for my book. Originally I made it for a lampshade – really one of the bigger makes. So, that’s what I often do, when I like an aspect of a project very much but at that moment don’t have the time to do the whole thing: I just scale down. I take the part out of it that I like most and bring it in a new context that is easier to manage or takes less time.

So when it comes to my lampshade design it’s easy to do so. I just took one part of the drawing and stitched it on a small notebook. I always do things like that and I’d encourage you to do so. It opens up so much possibilities for creativity and brings crafts to a manageable level in you every day life. I always have a list with things I’d like to make and it’s piling up constantly. Some of the bigger ones stay there in this “o.k., when I got the time for it” thing. This is too bad – so now and then I decide to scale down instead of not making it. Every time I did it I was really happy with the result.

Nevertheless I have one big project going on for more than a year now and it takes a lot of patience to finish it: A beautiful and colourful Granny Square blanket. I’m more than halfway through and I work constantly on it. This too is something very satisfying because I literally feel time spent on making that blanket weaving in it. With that project in the background and all the the other small things I make every day I found the perfect balance.

I hope I could inspire you with my thoughts to scale things down before they never will be made. Have fun and happy moments!


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Knitted Tiny Baby Bunnies

20140518-133525.jpgEaster is a few weeks behind – I know. But it’s never too late for bunnies. I found the pattern for these cuties on the blog of Mochimochi Land. The designer behind is Anna Hrachovec. I love her work very much and she already wrote several books wich all are the cutest thing! It’s so much inspiration in there and I constantly knit presents for my friends and family from her publications. Especially when it comes to the really tiny toys everybody goes “Awwwwwww!” every time. It’s so much fun!

So here’s what I made of her bunny pattern. This year I was a bit too late for Easter but for next year I decided to make lots of these bunnies in lots of colours for decoration and as presents. It’s a really quick make and don’t be afraid that it could be too tricky to knit something that tiny. You get used to it in no time and within an afternoon you’ll have a pretty bunch of them. Have fun and happy moments!



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Stamp it!

20140302-123659.jpgHi everybody! You know what: Handmade stamps are the cutest thing! There are several ways to transform your own motifs into stamps. Today I’ll show you the easiest way with foam rubber, wooden pins and some glue.

You’ll need:

20140302-123625.jpgFirst thing you draw your motif onto the foam rubber. Make sure that it isn’t too big – it should be slightly smaller that the pin. Then cut it out an glue it onto the pin. It’s already finished. Yay! If you like, decorate your stamp with Bakers Twine in a matching colour to the ink pad you’ll use.

Now go ahead and stamp along. It’s great as a small present or to customize greeting cards, small notebooks and all kinds of stationery. It  will work on fabrics too if you use an ink pad that is suitable for it. Have fun and happy moments!

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Take a bow!

Hi everybody! This weekend I did some sewing. It’s not one of my best disciplines – I wish I could do better and sew dresses, skirts and such things. But I can manage small projects like this one: A bow broche! I didn’t use my sewing machine for it – just did it by hand and played around with fabric and ribbon to match. It was great fun!

So, if you like to join on that little cutie, you’ll need:

small piece of fabric
small piece of ribbon
needle and thread
broche pin
if you like, small amount of stuffing

Fold your fabric in half so you have a rectangle. Keep the right sides of the fabric inside. Now sew both pieces together (by hand or machine). Leave a small space open to turn the rectangle inside out. If you like, you can add some stuffing now. It gets a bit more stability for the bow, but it’s not necessary. Then close the rectangle.
Now you shape the bow by gathering it in the middle. Fix it with some stitches. Then wrap around the ribbon, fix it with some stitches at the back too and add the broche pin. It’t finished!

You can try all kinds of sizes and colours to match it with your wardrobe. I have the fabric (red with white dots) for next one right here beside me. Yay! Have fun and happy moments!