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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / GINORMOUS Flash Card Wall Art with TUTORIAL on: April 02, 2012 05:57:35 PM
I've just finished some cute Wall Art for my sons play room, actually it's more Wal(m)Art than Art but I like it and so does he!

I had all the supplies to hand, so no trips out and finished in one go don't you just love it when that happens? Ikea Ribba Frame a whopping 70cm x 100cm, some Felt and a piece of White $1 store Bristol board, job done.

If you want to make your own here's how I did it (easy as it is some tips will save you time and a pain in the butt!)

* Keep the existing Ikea Paper in your Frame, just flip it over and use the back.
* Cover that with your Matte Frame.
* Slide your Bristol Board under your frame and tape it down to the Frame
* Use Double Sided tape and stick each layer down before moving
* Cut out your Letter A and Apple then use Double Sided tape to secure pieces
* Hot Glue Gun your Apple pieces together, using minimal Glue so it doesn't show through
* One last wipe down of the inside frame, it gets pretty staticky and Fluffy from the Felt.
* Check Positioning before putting back in frame
* Pop back in the frame and use scissors to push down all the tabs.

Done, have fun making your own  Cheesy

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Button Flower GROW hoop on: January 15, 2012 07:11:28 PM
My little girl is due any day now so instead of doing all the things I should be doing like tidying and urm packing my hospital bag  Shocked, I've been testing out my basic embroidery skills to make a hoop for her nursery.

The buttons were all ones I had in my stash and I added the word Grow to the grass, since I was using Aida fabric it was easy for me to keep my stitches even, I usually am a bit lacksidaisical about that I admit, and I'm planning on adding her name, weight, date of birth etc underneath that when she does arrive.

Hope you like it, I should probably get off the pc and go pack for the hospital right?!  Wink
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Teeny Tiny Hoops from Milk Bottle Tops with Link to Tute on: January 15, 2012 06:58:04 PM
I love a great recycling project so when I saw this idea http://creativeribbons.blogspot.com/2011/11/bottle-top-decorations.html  I had to try my own, except that our milk bottle tops don't come off unless the O-ring seal is broken, dang it, so I just worked round it and found my own way to make them work.

I fully intended to post the tute on Craftster but this post has taken me 3 goes and 4 times trying to upload photos, I would cry if I lost a written up tute on here  Shocked so here is the link on my blog. http://www.rubymurraysmusings.blogspot.com/2012/01/tutorial-mini-embroidery-hoops-from.html

I made these for the nursery of my due any day now little baby girl, I'm really just starting out with embroidery and it's my first non cross stitch post on here so be kind. I figured that using buttons would detract away from any nonsensical stitching I might have conjured up, like blinding you with tiny cuteness  Wink

Also sorry about the enormous photos, no idea how that happened or how I can change them eeeeek  Huh

14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mini Post Box from Toilet Roll Tube on: December 13, 2011 01:17:09 PM

I've had a cold of late so I made something to cheer myself up, it's a little post box for my sons letters to Father Christmas  Grin

Mini packages and postcards

Door open shot to show that the post bags (full) fit in there too! and the hinged door shuts as well.

It's made from scrap fabric (mail bags) Felt and Toilet rolls, I'm dead chuffed with how it turned out, I can't seem to stop making teeny tiny things these days.

Hope you like it, as usual there is more info on my blog

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt Xmas Tree Decorations - WITH TUTORIAL on: December 13, 2011 01:07:16 PM

I love Felt decorations, they're so homely, so I rustled up some and a tute to make these easy peasy felt Trees, they are a great way to use up those pretty left over pieces of lace and ribbon that are too small to be useful, please tell me I'm not the only person that keeps them.   Wink

P.s please leave a comment if this doesn't make sense, I copied it from my blog and it seems to take an age to match up the right descriptions with the right photos, phewee.

What you'll need
Sheet of Green Felt or other non fraying fabric
Scraps of Brown Felt or other non fraying fabric
Old Cereal Box
Hot Glue Gun or a decent white glue
A roll of 1/4 inch Ribbon
Scraps of assorted Lace/Ribbon/Trim of all sorts
Sturdy Needle
Chop stick/Toothpick/Skewer (will save you from burning your fingers)

1. Start out by cutting a template for your Trees from your old Cereal box, mine were roughly 3 inches high by 2 inches wide you could do them all free hand but as you'll need two triangles for each decoration you want them to match. Cut an even number of these from your Green felt, if you want 6 decorations cut 12 etc etc.

2. Now for the fun part, take out your ribbon scraps and decorate your trees, in one colour, multicoloured, however takes your fancy. Leaving a bit either side to wrap around the felt piece.

3. When all ribbons are stuck down, flip over the piece and glue down the ends of the ribbon. Using the toothpick/Chopstick/Skewer push down each ribbon end until they are secure.
Here you see the messy back part and the front looking all tidy with lose ends tucked away.


4. Next up cut a piece of felt roughly 1/2 inch by 4 inches, add glue along the back and fold it in half lengthways.

5. Stick the tree trunk to the messy side of your Tree piece and cut another card triangle just a hair smaller than your felt piece. If you made a template at the beginning use this to trace around then cut it smaller, trace the new smaller piece for other decorations, you need one for each tree. Take an undecorated triangle of Green felt and stick your smaller card triangle on to it, there should be a gap around it.

6. Glue both pieces together, making sure you seal up the edges (gle then press together) to stop the card showing. Next up Marvel at your creative skills then take a ribbon, thread your sturdy needle and pierce the top of the Tree (making sure you are poking the needle through the card), pull the ribbon all the way through and tie in a double knot. Knot the ends furthest way from the tree together to then hang your tree decs.


All done Smiley

16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Suede Mini Mitten tree decoration & Tiny purse too on: November 06, 2011 11:38:24 AM

I love to recycle and I had an awful Hammer style 80's suede jacket that I'd bought for the ugly to awesome challenge at the beginning of the year, anyway I've been working a lot on recycled leather on my blog and I thought it's time to get snipping and sewing with the jacket fabric so I made these little beauties. I even made another pair to decorate my sewing machine, y'know to keep it warm in the Winter  Grin

The little purse is Glue gunned but the mini mittens are sewn on the machine, I made a tute for the Mittens if anyone's interested.
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Teeny Tiny Spell Book Pendant with link to Tutorial on: November 06, 2011 11:31:34 AM
I made one of these last year for a swap but only now got round to making more for Halloween, made with a sheet of printer paper, scraps of Cardboard, Scrap of Leather and a Gold Sharpie I fully intended on upoloading the Tutorial to Craftster but there is already a great one on here I see.

Although it was for Halloween I think this makes a cute all year round necklace, I mean who doesn't love books?!

Hope you like it, I was lucky enough to be featured on a ton of awesome sites with this project so I'm feeling pretty clever and thought it time to share on here Wink

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Anthro inspired Sweater with Ruffled Shoulder Action on: November 06, 2011 11:23:45 AM

I do love poring through the Anthropologie on line catalogue... then deciding I'd never pay $560 for anything I couldn't live in and making an Anthropologie refashion. This easy peasy refashion cost me $3 using stuff I already had to hand. Dollar store zippers 2 for a $1, and each sweater cost $1, so I saved myself a ton, now if only I had that money actually in my pocket!  Grin

Sadly although I am desperate to wear this I can't fit it over my enormous pregnant belly, but at least here in Canada it'll still be cold after baby is born  Wink

Here's the before shot, I love this sweater but it definitely needed some Shoulder business!

I've written a tute on my blog but there's a ton of photos and text to import to Craftster, if I get the time I'll try to add it here too, until then my blog link is in my signature
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jean Genie Floor rug on: October 03, 2011 09:37:51 AM
This is a project I finished over the weekend, it's made solely from denim scraps I had lying around begging to be used. I cut around 800 strips then folded and ironed them before stitching them down to a piece of canvas (formerly a drop cloth!)

It was a time consuming but fun project, I loved that I could work with the fray of the denim and make it more deconstructed and unfussy, I just layed out, pinned then stitched down, and man did it bust my denim scraps!
More photos and some other teeny tiny projects using up the rest of the denim bits that were too small for this rug, photos of all that stuff on my blog in case you're interested in seeing more.

Would love to hear what you think  Grin

20  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Sewists/Yarnies Vs Papercrafters - 2 x Sewist Angels FOUND on: May 21, 2011 07:13:56 PM
2 people dropped out of the swap one had 2 partners, I've found one Angel already but want to fix up two lovely ladies as soon as possible.

I have questionnaires to send but here are some snippets of their answers:

1. US Crafter looking to receive any of these or similar items
List 10 items you would love to receive: (Please include a mix of Mediums/Smalls)
knitting project bag
knitting needle holder
zipper pouches
coffee mug cozies like in my wists
binder covers
wet bag
fabric baskets
obv pillowcase
shirts size small
tea wallet
art caddy
car cd holder
Is there anything you do not want to receive?aprons
What are your favorite colors/patterns? i love a wide range  , love modern florals, nature, owls,dots geometrics
What are your least favorite colors/patterns? really LARGE patterns  

No Allergies in this persons house so crafters with animals are fine.

2. US Crafter looking to receive any of these or similar items

List 10 items you would love to receive: (Please include a mix of Mediums/Smalls)  
book covers
doll clothes/accessories (blythe or barbie sized)

What are your favorite colors/patterns? Orange, flame colors.  I realize not everything looks good orange and I really like all colors.
What are your least favorite colors/patterns? Gross green (the one mixed with yellow)

Allergic to smoke

UPDATE: 2 LOVELY ANGELS FOUND, SimplyFabulous and Leslieshappyheart
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