Category Archives: Tutorials

Easter bunnies and an Easter chick (duck) garland

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Easter bunnies and an Easter chick (duck) garland

 With Spring trying to push its head up through the still cold damp earth I thought it was about time to take down the Scottie dog garland from my much loved good old Welsh Dresser and replace it with something more seasonal.

Scottie garland

Scottie garland

This presented me with a perfect seasonal opportunity for my third Minerva Crafts Bloggers Network Post. Read the rest of this entry

Cosmetic cases and a make up brush roll.

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Cosmetic cases and a make up brush roll.

I don’t know about you, but I have right old mixture of cosmetic cases, wash bags and jewellery bags that I use when going away for the night.
How lovely, I thought, to have a matching set. A set you could take out of your case and lay out on the dressing table in readiness for that night’s occasion or week’s relaxation. I decided this would make a great project for my second Minerva Crafts sponsored blog post.

I wanted something smart looking but with a soft trim.  From the Minerva website I chose some hard wearing black denim and a soft floral cotton lawn to compliment. I shall be purchasing more of this lovely cotton lawn fabric. It feels very much like the famed Liberty print fabric we all adore, but at a fraction of the cost.

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Minerva Crafts Kit

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Flower power!

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My daughter and I went a little paper flower mad yesterday.Paper flower tutorial
It turned out that she was rather good at paper flower making, turning out beautiful blooms after just a couple of tries.
So if a 12 year old can do it………….

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Baby bibs and burp cloths

I think ‘burp cloths’ are an American thing. I certainly didn’t use one when Freya was a baby; we just used muslins over our shoulders. But what a great idea!

I needed something light weight to send to Gibraltar. An ex colleague of mine has made her life down there with her husband and has just had a beautiful baby boy.

Matching bibs and burp cloths fitted the bill. I think it is always nice to have something special for when you are visiting friends or venturing into your first ‘bumps and babies’ coffee morning.

I had already bought the cotton fabric

fabric for baby boys

fabric for baby boys

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My mummy’s sewing needle case

Isn’t this lovely liberty print fabric to die for? It reminds me of a day spent with my daughter last summer when we caught a train to London for a tour of Buckingham Palace and made our first visit to the famous Liberty store.
I came back and ran up a sewing needle case.27th January 2014 047 I love to make items that I regularly use with materials that mean things to me. My mum spotted it at Christmas and asked for one of her own so this time I recorded all the steps. Read the rest of this entry

Pom Pom Cushion

Well hello everyone. This is my first blog post for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. So you’ll find a copy of this on their site today too. This has given me real opportunity to work outside my stash!pompom15 Read the rest of this entry

Decopatch glasses case – the tutorial

Decopatch glasses case – the tutorial

After last weekend’s ugly to lovely project I was keen to cover my other two cases.
I took a few more photos along the way to share with you and have included a little guidance in case you should ever want to do it yourself

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First, choose your paper. This is decopatch paper; a sort of printed tissue paper. Other thin paper could be used but perhaps for something not quite as fiddly as the glasses case.

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I gave my case an undercoat of white acrylic paint. This is recommended if you are covering a dark object. It just makes the colours sing more.

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You will also need a couple of brushes and some glue. I use decopatch glue. It dries completely clear and gives the finished piece a sort of lacquered look.

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Tear your paper into lots of little pieces. I prefer to tear rather than cut as the torn edges seem to blend into each other better.

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Right we can start. First the fiddly bit. Carefully ease the inner plastic liner away from the edge of your case.

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Apply some glue

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Picking up a piece of torn tissue with your gluey brush place into position, half in, half out of the inside of the case. Brush the tissue liberally with glue before placing a second piece, over lapping the first.

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Turn over and using plenty of glue, stick down. Continue around the edge of the case in this way.

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Now continue across the body of the case using plenty of glue beneath and on top of each piece, overlapping as you go. Smooth out any bubbles and creases with your brush.

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This is the easy part; continuing over the top of the case. It won’t look too pretty at this point. They’ll be lots of little creases and bubbles. These will disappear as the glue dries.

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