Thursday, 27 October 2011

My Creative Space - Pretty Hair Accessories

Today I'm linking up with ourcreativespaces.  What a great place to find inspiration to create.  I found inspiration there last week from here and here, so this week, in between school runs, housework, playgroups etc I was able to squeeze in a little creativity with these girly hair accessories.  It was lots of fun rummaging through my fabric scraps and learning a few new techniques for making fabric and crocheted flowers.  

With this tutorial  I learned how to make little fabric rosettes (see beige hair clip above).  I still need a little more practice to get the wrapping right, but I think it kind of resembles a rose!

This tutorial helped me to make a stacked fabric flower for the other clip, I haven't made one for a while, so couldn't quite remember how to, and what fun!
I was super impressed with how easy it was to crochet a rosette too, and I found the instructions in the Patons Learn How To Crochet guidebook (bought from Big W).
So once the flowers were made, I just glued them onto the hair clips, simple.

And the fabric baubles? I found a little tutorial for these in an old Handmade magazine, just fabric covered buttons attached to a piece of elastic and secured with a little glue.

These were all lots of fun and so quick to make, just the kind of projects I like for a quick creative fix! Might have to make a few more for Christmas presents now, they'd make nice stocking fillers don't you think!

So, did you get your creative fix this week?  You can go here to see what others have been up to.



Thursday, 20 October 2011

Things I'm Loving - At Home

Linking up with Kristy at PaisleyJade today for Things I'm Loving, so here we go.. 

I'm loving spending time at home with my little one. 
 I'm so grateful to be able to stay at home and look after her..
Playing with blocks and chatting
Pasting and making collages
*These photos of my daughter children have been removed for internet security purposes.

Taking her to playgroup, she looks forward to it every week, and so do I.
Here I can relax a little, have a cuppa and a chat with other mums. 
There's plenty to keep her busy, and lots of other kids to interact with. 
 I was a little lost before I joined this group, now I've made some new friends and feel less isolated.  It took a little while to find the right playgroup, but I'm sticking with this one! 

Right now
my daughter is so little, but one day she'll be all grown up,
so I just hope she remembers hanging out with her mum.

I'm also loving seeing both of my little treasures playing happily together (at least sometimes) in the new space we've created in the spare room (it's neautral territory).

And lastly, we're all loving Donna Hay's Simple Lemon Cake (with sour cream). 
The recipe can be found in her Modern Classics Book 2. 

 Yum! It almost didn't make it into the oven, since the batter tasted like
lemon cheesecake (my favourite)!!
So moist and lemony, that it just didn't need any icing on top,
 just a sprinkle of icing sugar!

Hope your week has had plenty to love. 
 You can pop over here to find out what others are loving too!

*This post has been edited to remove photos of my children, for internet security purposes.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

My Creative Space - Bunting & A Little Dream Comes True

This week I finished off my bunting for The Bunting Swap, which I'm pretty happy with, and all five were posted off yesterday.  This is my first craft swap, so it's a fun and interesting exercise for me.  I would have liked to have made more, but glad I didn't because time seems to be limited at the moment.  For the front panel I used some old Aldi shopping bags made from calico.  These bags have been sitting in the cupboard for quite a while now, just waiting for a new purpose.  I used various scraps of patterned fabrics for the other side and matching fabric scraps for the lovehearts.   

I didn't realise this was an international swap until I received my recipients list, so I was surprised to find that one of them would be going to Switzerland and one to Wales, I hope they make it there safely! 

I've received one of mine so far, thanks Alison of  Alison By The Bay for the lovely pale blue spot and check bunting, it's right up my ally!  The afternoons see me eagerly checking the letterbox each day for the remaining four.  I'm guessing the longer they take, the more intricate and elaborate they'll be (just kidding).  It's fun though dreaming up what they might look like and what I'll do with them.

Speaking of dreaming, I have been dreaming a bit lately, and one of those little dreams has just come true, nothing earth shattering or life changing,  but I'm a little excited because I've made a nice little creative space all of my own in our office/spare room.   I now actually have my own sewing table and my machine no longer has to compete with the computer or paperwork!   But more about that later, still decorating and can't wait to share. 

Have you had any surprises in the mail this week?

For more creativity and inspiration, go here.