Monday, 31 January 2011
As a child I spent hours and hours and hours colouring in, so this weekend I really enjoyed reliving those times with my kids. We coloured in pages from the i colour book which has lots of gorgeous designs and once your creation is finished you can detach it and use it as a postcard.
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
These fab. cards from Lollipop designs are printed on recycled card in the uk and come with a rubber stamp and ink pad for you or your children to personalise and decorate yourselves. Plus all you need comes in a lovely box making it a great pressie for a creative friend. I added some glitz on mine aswell by adding some rhinestones and some sticky back glitter.
Monday, 24 January 2011
In the Telegraph magazine last weekend there was a very interesting article about a Orsola de Castro, the first person to create up cycled fashion on an Industrial scale. Orsola goes to great lengths to source vast quantities of fabric and clothes from all over the world that would previously have gone into landfill. She designs with that raw material in mind and as some fabrics she uses are already made up into garments, she has to redesign using what she is given thus transforming them into a commercial garment. This is great skill. Recycling, up cycling and making do and mending is very close to my heart. If I am honest I like "things" especially beautiful hand made "things", so, by buying/making something out of waste ticks that box for me but I don't feel like I am over consuming! If you want to read more about Orsolas business "From somewhere" please follow this link www.fromsomewhere.co.uk . She even has some up cycled clothes for sale in the uk supermarket Tesco! Above is my attempt to up cycle, a flower brooch made from an old pair of gloves.
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
I'd like to introduce to you my new friend (he hasn't got a name yet). I saw some monkeys made out of a pair of socks in a shop yesterday and rushed home to make one. I thought once I had made a prototype I could get my children to have a go, but this version is a bit tricky due to lots of sewing. I need to come up with an easier version. Watch your socks!
Friday, 14 January 2011
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
There were lots of secrets revealed too, like how to remove stains on costumes (baby wipes or vodka are good stain removers), the fact that most costumes are fastened with Velcro and the amounts of padding, hooks and body odour that has to be endured!!! Yuk!
Sunday, 9 January 2011
Please take a look at this lovely blog from Cinnamon Joe studios. It's brought to you by my brilliant agents based in the USA. They post lots of stateside trends and other interesting nuggets from the fabulous world of design. http://cinnamonjoestudio.blogspot.com/
Friday, 7 January 2011
I am pleased to say that I am sticking to one of my New Years resolutions, to do more craft with my children. They made their thank-you notes this week and we came up with the idea of using the sweetie wrappers from all the Christmas indulgence. They even insisted on sending one to Father Christmas to say thank-you for their gifts, bless them!
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
*To do more craft with my children. I Usually don't do craft with them very often because it's 5 mins of entertainment against 30 mins of clearing up so I will try and be more patient.
*Be more patient!
*To be a more experimental cook.
*................and finally to have more fun.
H a p p y N e w Y e a r !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!