Because life’s celebrations shouldn’t cost the Earth

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Valentine's Jewellery Box

DIY Decoupage Decals

The Design Team theme over at Cuddly Buddly this month is Valentine's and I whipped up this little box for our darling goddaughter.  I used the same tissue paper and inkjet printer method as for these Halloween candles;


This technique allows you to take any picture and turn it into an image thin enough to decoupage onto your chosen surface.   It also means that you can create personalised items.  As our goddaughter is Japanese, finding a shop bought jewellery box (American - jewelry) with the name 'Ayana' on it might have been a long-shot!




You can find the full tutorial on the Cuddly Buddly Blog and the William Morris inspired clip-art can be purchased here.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, 12 January 2015

Sewing World Magazine 2015

SewforSoul Feature

Sewing World Magazine have just released details of February's issue and one of my makes is featured, yipee!  I'll share more details when the postman brings me my copy but if you can't wait until then, it's due to hit the shelves on 16/1/2015.

My project is an appliqued pure wool hot water bottle cover, upcycled from a felted sweater - Perfect for the cold and snowy weather which is forecast to be coming our way!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Upcycled Christmas Sweater

Free Motion Embroidered Jumper

Happy New Year everyone and wishing you all a very blessed 2015!  We've had a lovely Christmas here in the North of England and, as the children returned to school today, I'm finally catching up with a bit of (belated!) blogging.

My youngest asked for a 'Christmas' sweater over the holidays, so I went to our local charity shop and picked out a plain red number.  Whilst I wanted it to have a festive vibe, I was reticent to stitch up something that could only be worn one or two days a year.  Instead I went with a very cute little penguin which can be used throughout the entire winter season.

I used this adorable digi stamp from Cuddly Buddly for the applique. 

I've posted a full tutorial over at the Cuddly Buddly Blog should you fancy making one.  It was a really simple process and can be adapted for any occasion.  How cute would a personalised onesie be as a precious new baby gift?! 

Happy New Year!