Sunday, September 29, 2013

Handmade but heartfelt brooches

I had some felt left over from the booties I made as my last craft project. So I looked up for some small little thing to do with it. 

This is the result: 

And then I got carried away...

They are handmade but heartfelt. ;-)

Do you like them? 
Which colour is your favourite?
Would you like too see them in any other colour?

Approximate cost of materials: €4

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chronicles of an announced gift - the end result

As promised, here is the final result of the gift I've been working on this week:

Gorgeous, aren't they? I first saw these booties when I was looking up for things to do with felt and I loved them.  When my friend invited me to her baby girl's christening, I thought: now it's my chance to give them a go!

This is the tutorial on how to make them. 

As you can see, my results is a bit different: I decided to experiment with a different colour stitching and my stitches are closer to the edge, which I'm not convinced about. But that is the beauty of handmade stuff, I guess: each piece is unique. 

I hope you had fun following this chronicle!

Check here for the clues previous to this final post.
Cost of the materials: €8-10 approx.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Chronicles of an announced gift - clue # 3

So, tomorrow is the big day and the gift is finished, phew!

This is final clue before the mystery gift is revealed - a little detail:

Make sure you come back on Sunday if you want to see the final result. As you'll understand I don't want to spoil the surprise! I hope she likes it...

Do you know what it is yet? 

If you guess it right, I'll make you one for free!

You can read the post that started it all here and the one that followed it.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chronicles of an announced gift - clue # 2

Is it a cupcake? Is it a boat?

What do you think?

I'll keep you posted on the progress!!!

Read the post that started it all here.
And clue # 3 here.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Chronicles of an announced gift - clue # 1

Well, I have a do this Saturday and I want to bring a present. 

Being short of cash but having loads of time -I'm off today- and materials at hand makes you craftier. "I'll rustle something up", I thought. 

As the first clue, here is the photo of the colour scheme:

And no, I'm not making up a flag for a new country. 

Do you dare to guess what material is it?

Check here for clue # 2 & clue # 3.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Smiley mug

I have seen different tutorials about how to make this & I liked the idea. So I decided to make my own. All you need is a mug or a cup and a marker. 

I choose simple red mug as opposed to white and a gold marker instead of a black one like most of the examples I found on the web. 

The instructions are very easy: 
- wash the mug, let it dry properly
- draw your design on it with the marker
- bake in an over at 350 degrees for half an hour
- let it cool down completely before taking it out & wash it again

My oven only goes to 250 so I had no choice. I only baked it for half an hour instead of increasing the time because of the lack of temperature as I was secretly expecting it to explode any minute. But it didn't. I left it cool, wash it again and it's ready to use. 

This is the final result:

I love it! 

Note: They recommend you to hand wash it. I'll keep you posted whether the design washes off eventually or not.

Cost of the materials: €3-€5

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Priceless frilly ankle socks

I did these about 3 years ago. I searched for something similar in the shops and on the web but couldn't find what I wanted. So I did them myself.

-7 pairs of black ankle socks, €3.00
-half a meter of ruffled red ribbon, €3.00
-thread, needle, salt tube, left foot & drop of blood: 
model's own
-a good time, some pricks and a cool pair of socks... PRICELESS!

elasticated frilly ribbon
start sewing the ribbon around the edge of the sock
oops, something went wrong
to stop the bleeding, maybe?
nah, to fix the other problem!
the end result
the end result (x 2!)
And finally, here is me modelling them with my beloved Firetrap shoes:

Cost of the materials: €4 each pair approximately