Archive for October, 2010

Reclaimed Slate Trivets

Happy Halloween to all you out there! I hope you’re enjoying it in a suitable manner. Mine is being spent listening to spooky stories, eating lots of candy and being careful no to go out in the dark alone tonight. What about you?

Today, we’re having a small break from our hairclip project and I’m here to present to you a project that I’ve been meaning to get around to for years. I’m making Slate Trivets and Plates. I love natural materials, and try to have them as much as possible around the house. Slate is my latest love. Old slate from even older buildings. Slate that has survived decades exposed to the wind, rain and snow, and that has weather marks and holes where they were fixed. How do you feel?

All my slates were salvaged. None of them are imported and all of from either Scotland or Wales. And all of them were taken from wrecks of buildings, none were taken from functioning roofs. Most were lying in the vicinity of where a roof used to be, before anyone gets worried.

To make you trivets:

  1. Take your cleaned slate and place it with your preferred face up, place a cork tile below and trace around.
  2. Cut out your trace and recheck it for fit. You may need to trim it more.
  3. Fix your cork to the slate using a strong adhesive

It is that easy. I’ve made four trivets now and I love them. They are perfect for hot pans next to the cooker, lovely for candles as a centerpiece, wow-ing as a cheeseboard at the end of dinners. These beauties are going to feature heavily around the flat. How do you like them?


Bill’s Chocolate Brownie Cake

Apologies to all you non-dessert lovers, all I ever seem to feature is cake. But I can’t help it. I’m addicted. Bill Granger’s Easy Mix Chocolate Cake with Real Chocolate Frosting from Simply Bill is my latest experiment. I had such a taste for chocolate cake and this was the outcome.

The cake is unbelievably simple, and you mix it all up in one bowl. Then the sour cream and chocolate frosting is delicious and cuts through the heaviness of the brownie-like cake. Yum. I must remember it for birthdays. It would look great with come candles or sparklers.

6 Ways with… Hair Clips: Buttons

I think I have a button obsession. Although you might be fully aware of this following my ‘Adventures with Buttons‘ series from a month or so ago. But they are just lovely. They come in all shapes and sizes and colors and are brilliant to adding that finishing touch to projects. So of course, when making a series on hair clips, there had to be button embellishing involved.

This craft takes mere seconds if you have already made up your clip covers. Everytime I buy some piece of clothing that comes with spare buttons I put the spares in a big pickle jar. I never generally have to use the spares so why not sew them to your hair clip covers to transform them? Perfect for gifts and yourself.

Ahoy Ahoy!

Hello Sailor! It’s time to take to the Seas with this nautical inspired necklace. I’m a sucker for anything ocean themed, but blue stripes, anchors, bows, or knots on it and I want it more than anything on earth. So it’s time that I accessorized my collection even more with this lovely necklace. Best of all, it costs less than £1 if you manage to use mainly reclaimed scraps like me.

All you’ll need to make it is:

  • 4 pieces of cord, 30cm in length, diameter of around half a centimeter. I used the shopping handles of a bag from french connection. Keep you’re eye out, some of the fancier shops give away bags with nice cord handles. Otherwise any cord or rope will do the job.
  • 4 jump rings
  • Gold chain to your desired length
  • Lobster clasp

To Make:

  1. Take one length of cord and tie a loose figure of 8 just like the one shown (above left).
  2. Take your second piece of cord and follow your first piece of cord. Do this with your third and fourth lengths of cord
  3. Tighten up your figure of 8 gently and making sure all pieces of cord stay along side one another
  4. With the ends that face on to the front of your knot, pull them to the back, trim them and glue in place
  5. With the ends that face on to the back of your knot, trim them and glue in place
  6. At the back of your knot, lightly spread a little glue between each cord to avoid them moving when you’re wearing it
  7. Thread 2 jump rings through the back of your knot, attach your chain and add your clasp to the chain and you’re ready to wear

National Baking Week

It’s National Baking Week in Britain from the 18th – 24th of October. They have a super website, bursting with really nice recipes and ideas. You should head along for a little inspiration. In honor of National Baking Week, I whipped up some fairy cakes (choc chip for Mr. A. apple for me) and a batch of breakfast scones. Yum! Fresh baked Scones, with melted butter and jam and a piping hot cup of tea. Life is good. I hope you treat yourself to something delicious too. Life would be extremely dull without baked goods.

6 Ways with… Hair Clips: Felt Flowers

The first of our 6 decorated hair clips… Felt Flowers. Aren’t they sweet? And really simple to start the project off. I made this felt flower using a jumbo hair clip and more muted colors giving it a bit more of a mature feel, but to adjust it for kids just use a normal sized hair clip and lots of lovely bright colors. Easy.

All the upcoming projects are perfect for both little and big girls 🙂 So there is no reason not to give them a try. Each of the project only take minutes, especially if you’ve pre covered your hair clips.

For your jumbo Felt Flower Hair Clip you’ll need:

To make it up:

  1. Cut 3 circles – One 5cm in diameter, one 6cm in diameter and one 7cm in diameter. This can all be approximate. I just loosely cut around a large spool of thread and continued enlarging my circle
  2. Place your circles on top of each other (small to big) and sew in place towards the fat end of your hair clip
  3. Take your chosen seed beads and sew liberally and at random in the centre of your flower. Make sure your beads are big enough to fit over your sewing needle.

And that’s it! Only a ten minute project with a cute winter flower accessory to show for it. If using normal sized hair clips, follow the steps as normal just adjust you circle size (One circle 2.5cm, one circle 3cm, and one circle 3.5cm). Hope you’re going to give it a go!

6 Ways with… Hair Clips: The Basics

Following the success of ‘Adventures with Buttons‘, there is a new section ‘6 Ways with…‘ And this October we’re dealing with hair clips. Something simple and easy to start with. The section will give you 6 different ways to craft your plain hair clips and I just can’t wait to share some ideas with you!

So to get started, here is a short tutorial on how to make hair clip covers. These covers are used in each of the tutorials to come, and are very simple to whip up. If you’re planning to craft along, I recommend you make up a few ahead of time, to make later decorations even simpler. I came up with the idea, as I feel Christmas racing towards me (they have puddings, and advent calenders and selection boxes in the shops! yipes!), and my Christmas gift list is ever increasing. These little hair clip crafts are perfect for simple little handmade gifts for friends. All my girlies are getting some! Hope you join in.

To make the hair clip covers, all you need is:

  • Hair clips (I got regular sized ones and jumbo for fun too)
  • Felt in various colors (whatever you fancy)
  • Needle and thread to match your felt color
  • Sissors

To make them up it couldn’t be easier:

  1. Place your hair clip on a piece of felt, and trace around loosely using a marker
  2. Cut out outline. Place cut out back on your felt and cut around template. You now have two templates Continue reading ‘6 Ways with… Hair Clips: The Basics’

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