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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Eve, Eve

All the presents are now wrapped and sitting pretty under the tree. I always forget how much time you need to allow to wrap all the presents and how many roles of tape you go through! The above style was achieved by combining the elements I've blogged about over the last few weeks. The paper ribbon was made using left over paper from the paper stars and I used twine to tie the clay name tags.
I'm signing off for the Christmas period so I'd like to wish everyone a very happy and relaxing Christmas. Eat lots, be merry and I look forward to catching up in 2011!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas cards and gift tags

I’m always running late with Christmas cards and this year is no different! I started making them today and I really wanted to use up the bits and pieces left over in my craft tin. The cards I’ve made so far have been created from origami paper, scrapbooking tacks, cotton thread and buttons.

I also wanted some name tags / Christmas tree decorations so I cut out these star name tags out of oven bake molding clay and stamped the initials of family members to personalise.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

All wrapped up

I love the raw look of recycled brown paper for wrapping up Christmas presents. I thought I should try and jazz it up a little this year with some stenciling using some plastic lace from Spotlight (I bought 1 metre that cost be about $5) and a can of white spray paint from Bunnings (about $4)

It was as simple as 1,2,3….
1) lay the lace on top of the brown paper
2) spray the paint in long strokes over the lace (using it as a stencil)
3) peel the lace off while the paint is still wet and hang to dry

…and hey presto! Ready to wrap some fantastic gifts!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sydney Summer Sun

This weekends weather was too good to miss. My sister-in-law just jetted in from New York so we lapped up a swim, read by the lake and ate fish and chips at sunset... No crafting this weekend so I'll be catching up tomorrow night! My husband went crazy with a little point and shoot (Panasonic Lumix) this afternoon so the photos are courtesy of Cade Turner http://www.cadeturner.com.au/

Monday, December 6, 2010

19 days ‘til Christmas!

Ok, so I’m starting to get a little obsessive with my studio space and I’m burring myself in lots of projects. On the weekend :

- I padded out my dressmaking dummy to the correct size (to ensure perfect pattern fit every time!)
- finished my first “block” pattern to create a template for my own designs
- started this simplicity pattern (using white lace)
- Finished another Christmas garland for the house.

The paper garland only took me about 1 hour to make. The paper is from spotlight (currently on sale for VIP members) and I used a Lincraft hole punch.
To make:
- punch out 3 circles of contrasting paper (I did 31 x 3 circles for my garland)
- stack 3 circles on top of each other
- pull 10 cm’s of thread through the machine before you start to sew
- sew a straight stitch right through the centre of the 3 stacked circles then keep machine sewing with no paper for a couple of stitches, then feed another 3 circles through and stitch again down the centre. Repeat until all circles are sewn.
- Leave another 10cm’s of thread at the end for tying.

Great Christmas project for those of us running short on time!

P.s. This is a pic from the weekend of myself with our sewing teacher Letty and some of the lovely ladies from our class - I'll miss them over the Christmas break!

Friday, December 3, 2010

I heart the Finders Keepers market

I’ve got the biggest Market crush ever!!!

The Finders Keepers is well worth the visit. I bought stacks of handmade Christmas presents and picked up plenty of inspiration to fuel me for the next 100 weekends.

It’s on tomorrow (Sat 4th December) in Sydney – FINAL date for the year!!!

Have fun ox
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