Monday, March 31, 2014

Sock Bunny




Sock Bunny Tutorial
To make sock bunnies you will need:
a small sock
felt
large pom pom
moveable eyes
ribbon
clear rubber bands
rice

Fill your sock with about a cup of rice, depending on the size of your sock. Tie clear rubber bands twice to create a head, one on the neck and one on top of the head.

 
Step two
Cut a contrasting piece of felt to create a “belly” for the bunny, glue onto sock using tacky glue or hot glue.
Step three
Glue eyes, teeth (a tiny square piece of felt cut down the middle that resemble teeth), pom pom on the back, and a nose (small rounded triangle piece of felt). Tie a bow around the sock bunny.


Step four
Cut the top of the sock in half to create ears on the sock bunny. Snip off the corners to make the ears slightly rounded.

Thanks to A Pumpkin and a Princess for the tutorial and photos

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Stocking Worm/caterpillar

GRASS WORM OR CATERPILLAR
Mix a handful of grass seed in compost
Put compost onto a stocking leg and stretch out into the shape of a worm or caterpillar
Add googly eyes and pip cleaners for legs or whiskers
Leave your worm outside and don't forget to water


TREE STUMPS revogued

How wonderfully beautiful this is



Easter WOODEN SPOONS

wooden spoons are so cheap to buy and this is such a great way to get involved in easy to do craft


YOU WILL NEED

wooden spoon
cardboard
Felt tip pen.
Paint
scraps of crafting items
IMAGINATION



Giant EASTER Egg

INEXPENSIVE gorgeous Ester craft and a great way to use old wool

Blow up  balloon  to what ever size you like

Cover balloon with string  or wool

Paint on glue 

Leave to dry

Break Balloon with a pin

Gently cut a hole in your string egg 

Fill with goodies

So easy


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Concrete Balls

Supplies:
  • Old glass lamp globes (we also tried a playground ball, it worked, but didn’t keep a perfect round shape!) These are thrift store finds!
  • Portland cement
  • Peat Moss
  • Water
  • Mixing container (We used a Rubbermaid storage container)
  • Stir stick (we say that, but we pretty much just used our hands…)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cooking spray
  • File
  • Wire Brush
  • Hammer
  • Eye protection

This is easy to use 
 Instant cement
Water


Don’t fill the neck of the globe, you want them to end up as round as possible. Set inside a plastic bag  and set upright in a cool place (we used old towels to stabilize them). Let cure for 2-3 days.

 You want your recipe to be the consistency of thick cake batter.

After the globes have cured for a couple days, you are going to break the glass with the side of a hammer. We left the globes inside the bag while we did this to prevent flying glass shards. WEAR goggles or glasses protection! And use gloves.

 After all the glass has been removed, use a file to take off any blemishes or protrusions, then rough up the whole surface with a wire brush. Some recipes come out really smooth and even polished looking…if you like that look, feel free to skip the wire brush.


Thanks to the Garden Glove for the tutorial

Tea towel/ Dish towel apron Quickie

Everyone loves a quickie so try this ten minute apron


  • 1 dish towel (Mine are just regular size 27″ x 21″)
  • 85″ of Ribbon, (at least 1.5″ wide, the wider the better) I suggest 85″, but you can measure to suit your body size.
  • Sewing Machine
  • Stick Pins

How to make a Dish Towel Apron-

If you can sew a straight line with your sewing machine you are on your way to some very cute and easy aprons! You will need to first make the pleats. Armed with your stick pins, let me show you how…




Sew an apron in 10 Mins! via fynesdesigns.com
  1. Fold the dish towel in half (widthwise).
  2. Pinch the fabric 1″ back from the centre fold you just created.
  3. Push your finger into the fold, making a ‘T’ shape.
  4. Pinch one side of the ‘T’ and bring the edge of dish towel back to meet it. Pin in place, repeat with the other side of the ‘T’.
  5. Fold the outside edge of the towel into the centre to meet the pleat you’ve just created. Repeat step 2-4.
  6. Repeat with opposite side of the towel. You should now have 3 pleats evenly spaced along the long edge of the dish towel to hold the pleats in place.
  7. Baste a straight line along the top edge of the tea towel.
  8. Fold the length of ribbon in half and line the centre up with the middle pleat. Pin in place covering up the pleats, to create a waistband.
  9. Using a straight stitch, sew around the parameter of the ribbon that is attached to the dish towel, creating a long rectangle of stitches.

That’s it, how easy, right?!

Thanks to Fynes designs for the tutorial



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Reinvented butter Dish

Find a gorgeous Handle (kitchen draw kind of handle) but if you look around you may be surprised what you can find to use

Get some e3000 glue or silicone or really strong glue, then glue your handle to the dish

Gorgeous, inexpensive and creative



Thanks to Thrifty chic for Photos

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Kitchen tablet or cookbook holder

too easy


Freshen tape

Now this is a handy hint

Fresh tape - A little heat makes old tape work like new. Sometimes, masking tape that's been sitting on a shelf for years won’t pull off the roll without tearing. Freshen it by microwaving it for 10 seconds. Heat softens the adhesive for easy release.

 

 

Dry matches when camping

This is such a great idea

take an old jar

Put sand paper on the top of the lid or I prefer to glue it to the inside of the lid so it also stays dry especially in wet weather or should you fall in water with your back pack on

You will always have dry matches



Belt Chair

This puts a whole new meaning on weaving.






Thanks to the Lady from the USA for the tutorial



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cushions from knitted Sweater/jumpers

I love these cushions as they look so good, you can also cover any size cushion insert you like but today we are using a 16/16

You will need

1.One jumper-sweater and I  like to ones with buttons and this tutorial is for buttoned

2.Fabric to the back if you don't want to make the cushion cover double sided.

 3 pre-made cushion insert

Cut the sweater 17/17 for a 16/16 pillow

Keep the sleeves as you can use them for other things

Keep the hem as it adds character to the overall look



Put your jumper square onto the fabric square and hem or pin then stitch all the way around.
Remember to make the corners round and not a 45 degree (point)
Use a Sturdy needle and make a wider edge as wools moves and can be tricky to sew as it stretches





Cut the corners and turn in the right way, un-button the front and insert the cushion insert



Thanks to Honey Bear Lane for the photos



 This tutorial is for a 16×16 pillow.  However if you want to cover a pillow you already have, just measure by putting the pillow inside the sweater and marking where to cut.  Cut the front of your pillow by laying your sweater flat.  Cut off the arms and a straight line across the top, below the neck.  Cut a 17×17 square for a 16×16 pillow.  Mine is a little more rectangular so it’s more like 17×20.
Read more at http://www.honeybearlane.com/2012/11/10-minute-sweater-pillows.html#stzt6OliJsMX98E8.99
 This tutorial is for a 16×16 pillow.  However if you want to cover a pillow you already have, just measure by putting the pillow inside the sweater and marking where to cut.  Cut the front of your pillow by laying your sweater flat.  Cut off the arms and a straight line across the top, below the neck.  Cut a 17×17 square for a 16×16 pillow.  Mine is a little more rectangular so it’s more like 17×20.
Read more at http://www.honeybearlane.com/2012/11/10-minute-sweater-pillows.html#stzt6OliJsMX98E8.99
 
 
 
List of Supplies:
  • 1 old Sweater–I like the kind with buttons, like a cardigan.
  • 1 fat quarter of fabric for the backing (a fat quarter is 18×22)
  • 1 16×16 pillow form

Read more at http://www.honeybearlane.com/2012/11/10-minute-sweater-pillows.html#stzt6OliJsMX98E8.99
List of Supplies:
  • 1 old Sweater–I like the kind with buttons, like a cardigan.
  • 1 fat quarter of fabric for the backing (a fat quarter is 18×22)
  • 1 16×16 pillow form

Read more at http://www.honeybearlane.com/2012/11/10-minute-sweater-pillows.html#stzt6OliJsMX98E8.99
List of Supplies:
  • 1 old Sweater–I like the kind with buttons, like a cardigan.
  • 1 fat quarter of fabric for the backing (a fat quarter is 18×22)
  • 1 16×16 pillow form

Read more at http://www.honeybearlane.com/2012/11/10-minute-sweater-pillows.html#stzt6OliJsMX98E8.99
List of Supplies:
  • 1 old Sweater–I like the kind with buttons, like a cardigan.
  • 1 fat quarter of fabric for the backing (a fat quarter is 18×22)
  • 1 16×16 pillow form

Read more at http://www.honeybearlane.com/2012/11/10-minute-sweater-pillows.html#stzt6OliJsMX98E8.99

Friday, March 7, 2014

DIY Fairy and Gnome Doors

Fairy Garden Tools

 Gather stuff from around the house…  popsicle sticks, raid the sewing tins and junk drawers for buttons, thumbtacks, jewelry.  Gorilla Wood glue, with hopes that they will hold up to water outdoors and in fairy garden containers. Craft glue, silicone or waterproof glue


 You will work out what tools you need as you create and all good crafters have an interesting selection of tools lol

Fairy Garden Door Construction

Its a rather straightforward process. Lay popsicle sticks out to create the design you want. Cut two cross pieces to hold it all together and glue. Pick out cool buttons, charms from old jewelry, moss and glue it on. Wood stain on some, paint on others and left some bare. Here are the first two. To get the button to lay flat, I cut a small hole in the stick with an exacto or box cutter knife and glued the button in.


Add some color! “Feng shui says that red doors are good luck.” “In China, it’s tradition to paint the front door red before the new year, to invite good luck and happiness.” “In Catholocism, the red door on a chapel symbolized the blood of christ to signify that the ground inside the church was holy, and a sanctuary from physical and spiritual evils.” “In Ireland, front doors are painted red to ward-off ghosts and evil spirits.” And last but not least, “It is just a ‘pop’ of color for a house.”




Thanks to Roots Nursery for the photos and instructions

IMPRESSIVE FREE STANDING FAIRY DOORS 






Monday, March 3, 2014

CHAIR LEGS

old chair legs can be made into many wonderful things and I adore dragonflies and butterflies, so choose your chair legs, make wings out of anything such as old fly screens, paint tins, plastic milk bottles, metal chains, barb wire  or anything else you think may look good and created a colour garden while recycling









DIY coconut butter

A favorite way to use coconut butter is to spread it on toast or just eat a spoonful of it here and there. Careful, it’s really addicting!...