Posts Tagged ‘craft’

Etsy List: You’re a Star!

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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'You're a Star!' Etsy List by H is for Home

You’re a Star!
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Last week we were glued to the new series of Stargazing over on BBC Two. It got us thinking about the popularity of the star as a motif in art, design and architecture. Just think of how many of the world’s flags contain one or more stars; the beauty of Van Gogh’s stunning Starry Night; and the 8-pointed star in Islamic architecture.

Here’s an Etsy List we put together of stars in interior decor & homewares.

Charity Vintage: Vulcan child’s sewing machine

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

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vintage Vulcan child's sewing machine for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of CLIC Sargent
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We’ve sold a few of these vintage Vulcan child’s sewing machines in our shop – they always prove very popular. This example above is being sold on eBay for Charity by & in support of CLIC Sargent*.

It comes with all its accessories, instruction booklet and original box. I love the instruction where it says, “Thread cotton thus”! It’s available at the ‘buy it now’ price of £39.99 which includes postage and packing.

*CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people and their families. They provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. They are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.

Salt dough decorations

Monday, December 16th, 2013

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salt dough Christmas garland with red hearts and white stars

We spent some time this week putting up our Christmas trees and decorations. We’ve got a glistening artificial copper tree on the top floor and a real spruce on the ground floor.

salt dough ingredients

In addition to some shop bought baubles, I decided to make some home made Christmas decorations using salt dough, just 3 cheap & basic ingredients were needed. Plain flour, table salt and water – in easy to measure and remember volumetric quantities: 2-1-1. Two parts flour, one part salt, one part water. Measure out your mix using any cup, spoon, scoop or similar container depending on how much dough you want to whip up.

salt dough cut out shapes

I used cookie cutters to make a few different shapes – stars, crescent moons, hearts, medallions. Before you pop them in the oven, don’t forget to use a skewer to make a hole in each if you want to hang them on your tree or wall!

salt dough cut out shapes

I’ve seen instructions elsewhere on the ‘net that you can use either an oven or a microwave on its lowest setting to dry out your dough. I used both methods to compare & contrast. The microwave method was very quick -  this batch was done in about six 1-minute bursts. The oven method was much, much slower – about 4 hours at 110°C/225°F/Gas mark ¼. You can see the difference between the two methods in the photo below – the microwave method made the shapes puff up (unevenly); I prefer the way the ones made in the oven turned out.

cooked salt dough cut out shapes

I had a few bits & bobs of shiny, crafty things stashed away that I thought I’d use to embellish – glitter, ribbon, beads and sequins.

cooked salt dough cut out shapes with craft materials

I even had a spray can of gold paint – I can’t remember where or when I bought that – but it came in handy!

spray painted salt dough cut out shapes

We have a copper Christmas tree that these will look great on!

gold painted salt dough Christmas decorations

But my favourite salt dough decorations I made are these two garlands – very Scandi!

Salt dough garland

We’ve just gathered some lovely holly with nice red berries on one of our dog walks – and our garden is full of ivy with the most beautiful seed heads that look exploding stars. That will bring seasonal nature indoors and provide the perfect finishing touch.

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Tuesday Huesday: Ampersand Design Studio

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

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Selection of Ampersand Design Studio fabrics available on the Hawthorne Threads website

I discovered Ampersand Design Studio’s Cream and Sugar range via the Hawthorne Threads webshop and immediately fell in love!

I had my Bernina sewing machine serviced recently but alas it’s been lying dormant ever since. This fabric is just the thing to make me get off my proverbial and get creating!

Tuesday Huesday: Painted feathers

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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DIY painted feathers from a post on the Free People blog

I saw this image of painted feathers on one of my Pinterest forays, it’s originally from the Free People blog. I’m always collecting pretty feathers on my dog walks along Rochdale canal or in the farmers’ fields up above our house. They’re normally from ducks, geese, crows and magpies – I’ve got a couple of beautiful jay feathers with their shock of blue.

I come across lots of drab ones that I don’t bother picking up but I may start pocketing those ones too – feather painting could be a new little hobby!