Archive for December, 2010

6 Ways with Snowflakes… Last Minute Gifts

This is a nice, minimum effort craft today, for all those people who are absolutely worn out from all the running around, and crafting madness that Christmas involved. If you made presents for all those near and dear to you, are are probably running a little low on last minute things to give. And it’s just plain bad manners to go visiting this time of year without a little token. Well if all this is true, or if you fancy being a little creative with the smallest of effort, this is for you!

These snowflake cookies are wonderful to give for New Year’s. Wrap a few in cellophane with a big bow, or wrap in tissue paper or put in a nice tin and give them to those you visit in the New Year. They are simple.

All you do is take some cookies (I made Bill Granger’s Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Cookies, but you can easily buy cookies to decorate), then take some ready-made icing (or you could whip up your own) and get creative! Leave your decorated cookies to dry for 30 mins- 1 hour (until the icing hardens), then package ready to gift! Easy Peasy?!

6 Ways with Snowflakes… 3D Snowflakes

Ok, so Christmas is done with, and now it’s time to be thinking of the New Year! Down with the Christmas decorations and up with the New Year’s ones. These 3D  Snowflakes are perfect for party decorations and cost relatively nothing and they definitely have a ‘wow’ factor. They can be tricky the first time, but once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll fly through them. They make a great change from the traditional flat paper snowflakes.

 

All you’ll need is:

  • Paper (white or colored)
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • String

To make you’re snowflakes:

  1. Take an a4 sheet of paper and fold it diagonally. Trim the excess in order to make your sheet into a folded triangle (or unfolded square)
  2. Fold your triangle again
  3. With pencil mark three evenly spaced lines parallel to your longest side.
  4. *Be careful with this step, and refer to photos below* Cut along your lines, starting from the side of your triangle with two folded edges. Don’t cut all the way along, stop about 1cm from the end of your line.
  5. Unfold your triangle. Starting with the centre cuts, pick up each and stick one on top of the other
  6. Turn your snowflake over. Taking the cuts next to the centre ones, stick on top of each other.
  7. Turn your snowflake over and keep repeating this until all your cuts have been stuck and you are left with a section of your 3D snowflake.
  8. Repeat this 5 more times, then assemble your snowflake by gathering the centres and sticking the side together, as shown in the photos.
  9. Using a hole punch, punch a hole one of the tips and thread your string though and hang your snowflake

I love these snowflakes so much. We used to make them when I was in school and with the weather we’ve been having lately, I think it’s pretty apt.

Note: Sorry for the sucky yellow-ish photos. Winter is playing havoc with  my pictures. Bring on the long, bright days of Summer again

Merry Christmas Everyone

Here’s wishing all you readers of Knit1Slip1 a very Happy Christmas and only good things for the New Year. This is a perfect time to thank you for all your support and for stopping by the website, leaving kind comments, and supporting my through my shop. This all would never have survived without your help. So, to end, I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas.

x Emma

I’ll be Home for Christmas

Oh my! It has been forever since my last blog update. I’m so sorry! But I assure you I have a really good reason, I promise. It’s Christmas time (whoopee) and the time for the trip home to spend the holidays with family. It is a very simple concept, and something which has never proved difficult before. Generally, traveling home will take about five hours (including all the airport waiting time, connecting trains and so on). This year? Three hellish days! I could have killed someone. And the amount of times I nearly turned around and said ‘stuff it.’ Why? Well because the UK and Ireland has been thrown into chaos by yet MORE snow, about a foot. More snow than I’ve ever seen at home in my life. You see we’re right on the coast, in a warm temperate climate. We never had snow like this ever in my life. I remember all those nights I spent when I was little, praying for a big snow, so school would be canceled and I could spend the day out having fun. I had never sledged, or made a snow man until I moved to Scotland. But anyway, I’m getting off point. Basically mother nature has dump a boat load of the white stuff right on top of us. But thankfully, as my Christmas miracle, after those three days, I made it home. Alot of people are not so lucky, all the airports are effectively closed, and there is just no way home until after Christmas. What a shame.

So that is my reason for no posts. I’m very sorry. I’ll (fingers crossed) never do it again. Right now I’m off to stuff my face with pre-Christmas treats, find some wrapping paper and a Christmas CD. If you managed to get home for Christmas, enjoy it, and if not, well you can still spoil yourself. And if you had a worse journey home, please share. Misery loves company!

6 Ways with Snowflakes… Stamps

Well good morning everyone! There is only two weeks left until Christmas. Gulp! It’s time to get moving, you’ve bought some presents, but you still need to wrap them. You’re getting boat loads of cards through the post but you have still to send yours. Well here is a super easy, cheap and quick way to blitz your way through all your Christmas wrapping and greeting needs.

All you need to do to make your own wrapping paper, Christmas cards, gift tags is make a few quick and easy stamps. I know the though of potato stamps may bring you back to when you were in primary school, they can create quite effective, cheap, and quick alternative to making proper rubber or lino stamps. What to get going?

All you need is:

  • Some potatoes. This is a perfect use for those ‘seen better days’ spuds in the bottom of your veg basket
  • A craft knife
  • Marker
  • Stamp pad

To make your snowflake stamps:

  1. Cut your potatoes in half. Each half will be one stamp.
  2. Slowly and gently draw in your image to your potato by tracing the outline with your craft knife
  3. Cut away the potato around your image – about 1/2cm in height
  4. For more complex designs you can draw on your image using a marker. First, using tissue, wipe away excess starch from you potato. Then draw away and trace and cut, as before.
  5. Leave for a few hours for your potato to dry out or if your really impatient, wipe starch from the surface of your potato away and get stamping

You can stamp plain paper or tissue to make wrapping paper, blank cards, scraps of paper for gift tags or envelopes. I got stamp happy with my ornament swap envelopes. Happy stamping!

Holidays are Coming

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Don’t you just love getting unexpected surprises in the post? I absolutely do. I’m one of those people who, when they hear the rustle of the post man runs to see what surprises have been deposited. So, with this in mind, when I saw the announcement for the 5th Annual FreshlyBlended Ornament Swap. It’s like a huge secret Santa with ornaments.

And yesterday (after 10 days without post!) I receieved my first one, and I’m absolutely astounded with its loveliness. How cute is it? It is the work of the talented Tamara in far flung Australia. She’s a wizz with papercraft. Check out her etsy shop, it’s jam packed full of beauties, I especially love her 3D bird in a cage. Honestly have a look around for yourself.

Meanwhile my ornaments are extremely delayed due to being snowed in for over a week, but I hope to get them out today. Fingers crossed. Want to see them? Well I’m not going to show you because that would ruin the surprise wouldn’t it. But I will give you a vague sneak peak!

6 Ways with Snowflakes… Beads

Well the snow came with a bang last Saturday. Actually lots and lots of bang and some flashes too. It was one of the most spectacular thunder storms I’ve ever witnessed during a Scottish Winter. And it has barely stopped snowing since then. It’s 10 days later here and we’re still trapped – snowed and now iced in. It’s -5 degrees according to the thermometer, we haven’t had post or rubbish collection in those 10 days and we are running very low on food. Good news is that is it still possible to trek to the local shop to get supplies. Bad news is that I am so very under prepared for this that the most appropriate food wear I own is a pair of chuck taylors. Humph. So I’m trying my very best to stay warm and dry inside but I am going mad.

But finally I’ve giving in to the weather and I have made a vow, that if I can’t beat it, well I might as well join it eh? So here begins the next of our ‘6 Ways with…’ series and this time we’re dealing with the humble but beautiful snowflake.

Snowflakes are the perfect winter symbol. I always put them up around the house in the run up to Christmas. I’m not allowed to put up actual decorations as Mr. A. is a Christmas baby and therefore the tradition has always been that his birthday is celebrated then Christmas, rather than being overshadowed. But snowflakes are acceptable and also I leave them up well into January and until the beginning of February, the end of snow season really. So lets begin shall we?

This is a really fun craft and uses up odd and ends of beads. I use these snowflakes as window decorations but they also look great on the Christmas tree. What you’ll need is:

  • Beadsmith Snowflake Wire Pack (every good beading shop will have these this time of year)
  • Beads of any shape, size or color. I used a mixture of clear, white and silver but colourful snowflakes would look great too.
  • Round nose pliers
  • Ribbon/Illusion cord to hang your snowflakes
  • Craft Wire (optional)

To assemble them is simple, just:

  1. Take your snowflake wire and start pushing beads down each strand. Leave 1 cm of wire still visible. When you’re happy with your arrangement, take you round nose pliers and turn the wire at the end to form a loop and to close your snowflake strand.
  2. Repeat this all the way around your snowflake
  3. If you want you can fix stings of beads between your snowflake strands by taking some craft wire. String with beads. Wrap one end of your craft wire around a snowflake strand and go to the next strand and wrap again. Repeat this until you join your strand all together, as shown in the two snowflakes in the below right photo.
  4. Finally when your finished, take some ribbon and pass it through one of your snowflake loops. Tie and hang.


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