Category: Crafty

Tuesday Treat – Crafty Fox Box

I’m always on the look out to try new craft things, preferably quick things. My main craft is knitting and I’m not a quick knitter so I like to try other things that might create an end product a bit quicker! A while ago, I read about the Crafty Fox Box over on Patchwork Harmony’s blog (and this was the inspiration for my paper garland). I’ve noticed that subscription boxes are becoming more & more popular and you can get everything from snack boxes to coffee, dog treats to stationery. I’m hoping to try a few others and report back.

crafty fox boxYou get quite a lot in the box, along with a link to get some instructions. I cannot wait to have a go at carving my own stamp, along with the other bits & pieces. The cards that come with it are really good quality so I’m hoping to design some new cards using the stamp that I make and the one that came with the box. I’m so glad I got a craft box! Have you signed up to any monthly box subscriptions – are there any that you can recommend?

How to Make a Paper Garland

I have hoarding tendencies. What can I say – it runs in the family! I will never forget visiting my Granny at her home & seeing that she’d kept the gift tags from our presents to her and hung them on the wall! That’s just the tip of the iceberg! So, in a bid to preserve my sanity & to not get bogged down in clutter (moving house 4 times in three years also helps!) I try to find a use for something if it’s going to stay in our home. If it doesn’t have a purpose or can be given a purpose quickly, then it’s regifted, given to charity or recycled. After all, our house is quite small & storage is at a premium. So when I come across lovely paper or packaging, I’ll try to think up a way to use it so that I can keep it. This is one of the reasons I love Pinterest so much. You can pin ideas or blog posts about using different materials to give them a new lease of life. And it was one of these that inspired my paper garland (though I cannot find the inspiration for it anywhere, so if you think the idea is yours, please let me know so I can credit you!) I had a really old page from a book that came with a Christmas present from my OH and a lovely red stripe paper bag. Nothing special, but I couldn’t part with either of them! So I decided to make them into a paper garland to hang on my notice board to make it bit more interesting.

Paper garland kit

I am quite impatient with some crafts. If it needs a lot of kit or is going to take me ages, I’m less inclined to do it. So I needed my garland to be quick & easy. And it was. I cut out triangles from the paper & the bag and cut some bakers twine (reused!) to length. I had no idea if the double sided sticky tape would work, but so far everything is still where it’s supposed to be! I added a small strip of tape to the back of each triangle. And hey presto! It worked!

paper garlandA simple, and quick, paper garland. The triangles are quite small, and you could cut them to any size or shape. It didn’t take long & I didn’t have to buy any new materials, which I think is always a good thing. Here’s the finished article on my newly pimped up & decluttered notice board.

The paper garlandThe Mo Farah quote is from The Green Gal’s blog & it inspires me every day! The British Cuppa card is by Archivist Press, though I bought this at Daylesford Farm. The Pinterest logo is a sticker that I stuck on the same paper used in the garland.

I’m really pleased with it. It was simple & quick & is a lovely new feature to my room. I’ve been reorganising my work space recently, mainly because I had too much ‘stuff’ going on and not enough organisation. Reorganising & prettying up my notice board was part of sorting out my space. How do you reuse things that you really want to keep? Have you come across any fab ways to reuse paper?

Pinterest Friday

Isn’t the weather amazing at the moment?! It’s gloriously hot & the country looks amazing, lots of lush greens and wild flowers all over. Beautiful! This Friday I’d thought I’d do another Pinterest post, rounding up some of the beautiful & inspirational images I’ve been repinning over on my boards.

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I hope these images bring a smile to your face on this sunny summers day! Have a good weekend!

Introducing Pinterest!

I’ve been on Pinterest a while and use it daily for a variety of things. I am so familiar with it that I forget that other people might not be! Pinterest is basically an online scrapbook, a tool for collecting and organising the things you love, where you can collate different images from an online source. Not only does it help you organise all the great things you see on different websites & blogs, but it helps to link back to the orginial image as much as possible so you can find out how to make that great skirt in the image you just pinned becuase it links back to the tutorial. Plus Pinterest are releasing updates all the time. These updates have really improved my experience a lot lately. It’s quick & easy to pin, search and now you can send a pin to someone! I think this is fantastic! You see something someone might like or a present you want to hint at! Click on send and it’ll send the image to the person you’ve selected. Planning a surprise party or a collating a birthday list but want to keep it secret? No problem! You can have up to 3 secret boards that only you & the people you choose to share it with can see! Awesome!

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But this is just the tip of the iceberg  It’s a great way to collect & keep ideas, information, images, recipes – whatever you want really. You create boards that reflect what interests you, whether it’s food, tea, cakes, cars, photography, knitting or even pugs! Yep, pugs!

Pug Pinterest board

Personally, I use Pinterest for a number of different things. I use it to collect ideas ranging from craft, knitting, home and garden to pictures of pretty things that cheer me up when I’m having a bad day. I have a range of boards including my knitting board (full of beautiful knits and patterns), temptations (scrummy food that I’d like to eat, not cook!) and a board full of images of places that I’ve been to or want to go to. Click on the image below to have a look at my boards. You can follow them all or just ones that interest you.

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If you aren’t on Pinterest but would like to join me over there, then just click here to start your Pinterest addiction. Be warned! Many a few hours have been lost by many people exploring all the pretty things that people have pinned over there! Plus I’d like to introduce Fiona Parker who has some amazing boards over on Pinterest. You can find out more about her & what she crafts over on her blog. And I’d like to thank Rosie over on DIY Couture for introducing me yesterday! Thanks Rosie!

Happy Pinning everyone!