Objects old, vintage, hand made or upcyled, and old techniques with a modern twist

Archive for February, 2016

Monday Mood Board-Sewing Brights

Mmm, lovely colours!

bright-sewing-materials

The two reels of lace trim (blue and pink) are lengths of handmade vintage trim that I dyed myself; see this post for details of how to make your own!

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Miniature Paper Tape Bunting!

 washi-bunting

Bunting is a fantastic way to brighten up a dull corner, and this miniature bunting can find a home in the smallest of spaces! The bunting is made from Washi (paper) tape and cotton thread, and is a quick and easy project, and thrifty too.

washi-tape-rolls

First choose your washi tape- I chose tapes that were all the same width for a uniform look. Next fold short lengths of tape in half over a strand of thread (or wire if you want to shape your finished bunting), sticking them to themselves. The lengths of tape that I used were approimately 3cm long, and I attached them to the thread with 2cm gaps between each ‘flag’.

mini-bunting

Keep adding strips of tape until the bunting is of the desired length. Next, cut the bottom off each piece of tape, making the ‘flags’ into squares.

mini-flags

 You can leave the flags as squares for a bolder look, or trim them into triangles. If making triangular flags then I found that it is best to cut from the top of each flag, downwards, to avoid accidentally snipping the thread!

paper-tape-bunting

And after only a few minutes’ work you have some lovely, cheerful bunting to brighten up a corner of your day!

miniature-bunting

washi-tape-bunting

Monday Mood Board- Measuring up

numbers-and-measuring

Although some animals (including dogs, parrots and monkeys) have been shown to understand the differences between greater and smaller quantities, the concept of measuring, counting and quantifying appears to be a particularly human fascination!

Wintery Knitting Project- Finished!

bobble-hat-and-snood

I have finished the cowl knitting project that a started a couple of weeks ago, using some lovely soft Artesano alpaca and wool yarn that had been languishing in my stash. As you can see, I decided to use the left over yarn to knit a bobble hat- I had just enough yarn!

knitted-bobble-hat

The hat and cowl were both easy knitting projects, and the stripes mean that they would be great for using up yarn left over from other projects.

At least the continuing bad weather means that I have already had an opportunity to wear my newly finished items- every cloud has a silver lining!

Monday Mood Board- Some Lonely, Unloved Stamps…

coloured-ink-pads

This lovely wooden box of letter (and number) stamps was a lucky find at a car boot sale last year- the set only cost 50 pence and didn’t appear to have even been used!

letter-stamps

So far I have only used the stamps to label a couple of Christmas gift tags, so hope to come up with a few more uses for them, starting with a spot of printing on fabric.

One advantage of only having my current craft stash to use this year (see my crafty New Year’s Resolution for 2016) is that I have started taking a good look at what I already have, rather than being distracted by shiny new purchases. I have actually felt a little uncomfortable coming across a few lovely items (like this one) that I have hardly used, and hope that I will be able to rectify this over the coming year.

wooden-stamp-set

I’m looking forward to stamping my mark on some new projects…!

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