Sunday, January 25, 2015

Upcycle Hankies into Envelope Purses for Your Handbag

A while ago I bought a lot of new hankies with the idea of patchworking them together to make a curtain for my craft room. That was the idea. Today, I had another idea....I decided to see if I could turn a hankie into a small purse. It measures 19cm x 14cm. I sewed on a button and made a small slit so you can do up the button to close it. You can put anything you like inside....make-up, sunglasses, notepaper and pens.....

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mixed Media Envelope Art

I just love making my own envelopes and decorating them. I particularly love the illustrations of Krys Kirkpatrick and wanted to include one of her sweet girls in my envelope art. I have provided a link so you can check out more of her gorgeous work

For this envelope I used vintage pics from an old, falling-apart children's book, paper serviettes, fabric scraps, lace and buttons.

Scraps of material and lace, snippets out of old books and the odd button, pearl and butterflies.

A lovely picture of woodland folk from an old book, material scraps and a sparkly dragonfly.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Op Shop Drinking Glass, Paper Serviette and Mod Podge.... more creating!

I bought 10 of these drinking glasses at Vinnies and they are just the perfect size to turn into  tea light holders. All you need is the glass, pretty paper....I use paper serviettes....a brush and Mod Podge.

I have made two so far and added some pretty lace (also from Vinnies) as the only embellishment.

These are so easy to make so I will craft a few more for my next market stall :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Op Shop Glass Bowl, Fabric Scrap and Mod Podge......let's create!!

 I started with a clear, glass bowl from an op shop. The best place to buy things!
 I had this gorgeous scrap of material that was just waiting for a project....
 I Mod Podged the bowl and then laid the material, design side down, over the bowl and pressed it out with my fingers to make it smooth. It is worth spending a bit of time on this to make sure you get out any bubbles or air pockets.
 Toffee thought the drying time was too long, but it was only over an hour. Keep in mind that it was a warm day so allow more time if the weather is cooler. Once dried, I used sharp scissors to trim the edges.
The final step is to Mod Podge the back to make it durable. You can put anything you like in the bowl, and just give it a wipe out with a wet cloth. Easy craft and great for gifts!!

With some leftover scraps from the bowl, I covered a glass candle holder and added some pink lace and a button. I have just lit the tea light inside and it looks really lovely glowing through the floral fabric.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Shadow Box

I am on holidays at the moment and am loving the time to craft. My latest project is a shadow box. I found an empty perfume and soap box in a bag of material that my friend gave me. It was just the perfect size with a flip-open lid.

  The painting is all done now and I am about to start working on the inside.


All finished!

 I used the original pages from several old children's books to create a scene to go with my favourite words from a Joan Walsh Anglund book. The sweet, pink flower came from the window box on my dollhouse.