Friday, 8 April 2016

Cat Rescue Charms

I foster kittens every now and then for my local cat rescue. I shared a photo of my foster cat Chaos in a post about a wood burnt cat spoon, he is my cat now. My husband finally let me keep him after Chaos got crystals in his urine, I guess he saw how upset I was at the possibility he might die. Either way, Chaos is a special little character and luckily he has found his forever home with me.

Our rescue has wonderful creative supporters that donate their handmade items for us to sell so we can raise money to care for unwanted cats and kittens.

We had organised a market stall so I decided I would make a whole lot of cat phone charms that we could sell. After the market stall I needed to make a stand so they could sit at the vet where we get all the vetwork for our rescue cats.

I made some of the phone charms with the loops used for the older phones that had the little spot to loop it through. They still work great to attach to keyrings, zips, car mirrors, etc. But they don't work with new phones, so I found earphone dust plugs to create charms for those phones.

The tree stand I got for Christmas time originally had bells in all the holes and wasn't very stable with all those charms on it so I made a base and glued it in place. The original charms with loops hung off the branches easy enough. The dust plug charms didn't fit over any branches so I used the holes where the bells were and attached an earring hook with a jump ring so I could hang them.

I didn't take a photo of the non Christmas tree I made, but I just drilled holes and inserted wire to create a hook on either side of the branches.

These trees are a great way to display small items for sale - and they don't need to be specifically for jewellery.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Bee honey dippers

At the moment I am totally uncreative, there aren't any crafts I feel like doing. After my huge list of handmade gifts at Christmas time (and the birthdays around the same time) I just get worn out and don't craft for awhile. But it is March now, this weekend is Easter and other than my sister's birthday in January, I haven't made a single present. 

I have a birthday present to finish in just over a week (and by finish I mean I also need to start it)! Hopefully starting on this handmade gift will help me get the creative bug again.

Luckily for my blog, I have plenty of goodies I've made and haven't yet shared. Like these honey dippers.

I know they're not commonly used anymore but they are cute in their own right. Personally I think I made them even cuter with the little bee designs I burnt into them. I made tips for my wood burning pen to create the basic outlines to keep them consistent, then just added in the details.

I've given a few of these as gifts, and a few have been added to my "selling box". My selling box is where the items go that I've made just out of enjoyment, not intended for anyone in particular, just my one day I'm going to have a market stall or website where I can sell my creations. I am happy that it at least has been added to since Christmas.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Summer Flowers 2016

I realised it has been quite awhile since I've posted photos of my flowers. There aren't many at the moment, it has been pretty hot this summer - I think that is the reason my callas are only just starting to pop up (they are supposed to flower in Summer, technically it is now Autumn). Hopefully there is still a chance they will flower.
A lot of these are new flowers I've added to my garden as we are thinking about getting a native bee hive. After researching I'm trying to add lots of white and yellow flowers and I will now try to avoid the red flowers as bees don't see red.

Here's hoping I have lots more beautiful flowers to share soon!

Friday, 26 February 2016

Matching Outfits

I found some super cute fabric at Spotlight one day and decided to make matching outfits for my nieces and nephew for the Christmas presents.

The first dress is the free peasant dress pattern from Sew Much Ado. This was for my new baby niece who was born in October.

The second was a pair of shorts for my little nephew, I used the free Day Camp Shorts Pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.

The third dress I made was another Madison Dress from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. I used some of the blue fabric to make matching buttons for this dress, they turned out so cute. I've made a few of these now, I should see if I can find photos of the others and post those. This orange one is the first one I ever made.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Newsie Cap

I saw this pattern for the Newsie Cap from Peek-a-Boo Patterns and thought it was so cute. While my sister was pregnant she said she was going to have so many hats for her baby boy so I figured I would make him one.

Well in the end I technically made two, I was tired and for some reason thought I had to add the seam allowance to the pattern so I ended up with an adult size newsie cap! Luckily I had enough fabric leftover to make a second one that actually fit him.

Oh and this was one of those times where I left it until the last minute - this photo has no button as I sewed that on in the car.

They both turned out cute, but it was a little bit fiddly putting it all together. I think if you were really careful sewing the outer hat and lining together you could make it reversible.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Reversible Vest

Awhile back (I think it was for Christmas 2014) I made a cute little reversible vest for my baby nephew. I found a tutorial online with a free pattern (size 18 months) which was lined. I figured since a fair bit of it was lined that I might as well make it reversible which led to me finding this tutorial for a reversible vest (size 12 months).

My combination of these two great tutorials and patterns looked cute on my nephew, and it was nice that I could sew something special for him.

Sorry about the photos, I really need to learn to finish gifts early so I have time to take the photos, along with spare time to retake them when they don't turn out that great.

Stay tuned, my next post will be for the Newsie Cap from Peek-a-Boo Patterns I made for his birthday to match this vest!

Friday, 25 December 2015

Baby Boy Onesies

Merry Christmas to all my readers!

It would seem that my go to gift for new babies are painted onesies. I tried a different paint this time, my normal fabric paint needs to dry for a few days then it is ready to wash. This paint uses the iron to heat set it... and I scorched the onesies a bit. Luckily my paint is back in stock at the craft store and I don't need to worry about ironing it too much or not enough!

The giraffe is from the silhouette online store, I think he looks super cute on a onesie.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Agate Pendants

Years ago I bought some polished agate on eBay to make pendants for my little sister and my sister in law. Then I came across the agate again while browsing on eBay, which has resulted in some lovely pendants for myself and as gifts.

The blue one at the end is my favourite and I wear it most of the time, it has pretty much replaced my tree of life wire wrap pendant that I used to wear. They are quite big (and therefore quite heavy) and as yet I haven't found a chain I like for them,one day I will find the perfect one!

I enjoy making these pendants and find that I make around five of them each time I sit down to make one, they are quite addictive little projects to make. Now that I've been writing about them and looking through the photos I really feel like making more. Unfortunately Christmas is not too far away and I still have a lot to do - and not enough time as usual!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Etched Martini Glasses

I love glass etching, but it is impossible to photograph glass thanks to all the reflections. Bumping up the contrast quite a bit helps the etched design show up a little better in photos.

These martini glasses were an 18th birthday present for my husbands cousin. I used my Silhouette machine and a feather design from their store for the stencils. 

Curved glass makes it a bit difficult with the stencil as it bubbles and causes the stencil to lift in some spots. Luckily this design was pretty forgiving where the cream leaked out.

I still need to try glass etching with my Dremel - I was so excited about buying one and I've hardly used it. I did try engraving a pet tag myself and I had trouble keeping the Dremel steady so it has put me off the idea of using it for glass etching when I can just use my etching cream. Although not all glass takes with the etching cream, so I'm sure there will be a day where I have no choice but to try it!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Crochet Baby Blankets

Awhile ago I asked my mum to teach me how to crochet, while there are heaps of videos online that teach you how to do it, I just couldn't figure it out. So I started with a chevron blanket for our couch using three colours. Then for some reason I decided that I should make a blanket for my youngest nephews first birthday. I finished it just in time for his birthday party.

I really liked the yarn with different shades of blue, it made a cute blanket. I decided to use the same sort of yarn for my niece's first birthday present - this one was a very, very late birthday present!

I've decided that I don't like crochet, probably why it took me so long to finish that second baby blanket. Unfortunately I still have to finish the chevron one I started for our couch. Oh and I have another niece on the way so I'm trying to decide if I should do the same for her first birthday - if I do, then I need to make one for my 11 year old nephew... maybe I'll get one finished just in time for his 18th birthday!
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