Hi all. Mother's Day is tomorrow here in the UK, and thanks to ideas from you gals I have made this for my friend, whose long-awaited first baby was stillborn last year (the day before Mother's Day, in fact). Just a shoebox, some brown parcel paper, some handmade paper and a bunch of paper flowers. I wish I'd had enough of the 'lid' paper to do the whole box, but I got it ages ago and just couldn't find any more. The brown's not too bad though
And a close up of the lid. It's pronounced 'rey-han' - it's Welsh, btw.
Just an emtpy box, with a few extra sheets of the white-with-hearts tissue paper, to keep all sorts of bits n bobs in. Hope she likes it.
Yikes, my daughter's school is having a 'dress-up as your favourite storybook character' day tomorrow, and my 6 yr old has just decided she wants to be Angelina Ballerina. She's known about this for weeks, and all the cajoling about 'why not Rapunzel? Or Little Red Riding Hood?' has not paid off
I'm mediocre with a sewing machine, pretty good with paper and card, and smart at improvising. I have no money, and this costume has to stand up to a typical 6yr old's day at school.
Now I've heard tell that gloves mate for life, so I am always upset by the sight of a single, lonely glove lying in the middle of the road, or abandoned on the pavement (sidewalk).
I found just such a poor, single glove on my way to (walking my daughter to )school the other week, and I picked it out of the gutter and sat it on a wall, just in case someone came along who could reunite it with its partner.
A few days later it was still there, so I took it home. A quick wash, and a little love and comfort later, and it's a freewheelin glove monster, without a care in the world!
He he - what to do with an old pair of jeans and two ties...? Why a bag of course! I call this my bum bag, and it holds waaaay more stuff than I thought it would Tip - make this from someone else's jeans, preferably a really skinny person. I'm quite skinny, but it still gave me a shock
Close up of fastening and alteration to back pockets (sewed up the outside, cut a slit on the inside and presto, inside pockets)
So whaddya think? I'm pretty proud, because I've never done any 'real' sewing before. Only trouble with it the straps - they look great but because they're shiny material they keep slipping off my shoulders. Actually it's not too bad when I'm swinging along of my own free self, coz then I can rest one hand on the bag/strap (IYKWIM), but when I'm sluggin uphill pushing a buggy loaded with heavy baby and heavy shopping I'm not quite so suave
Also for my kids' room. Sorry no before pics, but for a long time this chest of drawers was painted dark maroon gloss. Very boring, quite chipped, and with teeny unpainted wooden drawers knobs that were loose and wobbly. And now look, pretty fine IMHO
The drawers and the red knobs were done with tester pots from B&Q, so 60p each, the blue was a tester pot with some dark blue acrylic mixed in, and the stars are gold acyrylic. The knobs were 50p each, and i chose em big to a) be easy for little hands to open and b) be able to withstand little feet using them as a climbing wall because they will, I'm sure!
It's 'aged' on purpose, which i think suits the style. My 5yr old doesn't agree, she can't understand shabby chic just yet
ha ha this took about a year to complete but I got there in the end! Still needs a few animals/bugs/birds, but the totoros are looking after it just fine at the moment.
Did this for my daughter's room (she's 5) because she wanted a jungle bedroom with a princess bed (?? Hence the pink sneaking in round the edges of the photo!). Her brother (2) shares the room now, and he loves it.
My first pics! I've been lurking and posting here for ages, but only just got a digicam to prove that I can actually do stuff myself - lol