Monday, September 24, 2012

"Welcome Home, Little One" Newborn ETSY Collection

This is the loveliest ETSY treasury I think I've ever had the pleasure of being included in!........and such a gorgeous subtle concept for a babies room, I ADORE it!

This was put together by the wonderful Bjorn and Bringly, and features my "Little Ships Paper Mobile"

Click on the picture for a browse through some of these items or click through to my ETSY store to check out my mobile (and other stuff)

Little Ships Paper Mobile 

Made to Order - $20 (plus P/H)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Creative Space "Quilt Light" by Tamara Maynes - New Craft Raconteuse.

Have you EVER seen anything cooler than this??!!!

This is the "Quilt Light" designed by Tamara Maynes - New Craft Raconteuse. I have been wanting to try one of these out for a while now and finally ordered my template this week! 

The Quilt Light is a self-customizable product and in this instance you are the co-designer!

Shown here in heavy weight painted cardboard the Quilt Light can be made in any size from any suitable material. 

Purchase the downloadable PDF which includes a full page template and ten step instructions to make your own Quilt Light.

I am stitching mine at home but if your not sure about doing by yourself, you can attend a DIY Quilt Light Workshop at Megan Mortons "The School" run by Tamara herself!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

ETSY Treasury - Geometric and Natural

Here is a new collection of products from some amazing shops I love on ETSY!
Just click on the picture to have a browse or buy a thing or two

Friday, September 7, 2012

Himmelli Mobile DIY Tutorial

Have you heard of Himmelli Mobiles?

It is a Finish Christmas decoration traditionally made from straws, strung together to form geometric shapes! It as super easy and extra fun to make and you could make your in any colour shapes or sizes!

I made one the other day and was asked for a tutorial so I put one together.........this is the first DIY tutorial I have ever put together so I really hope it makes sense, if you get totally frustrated tell me and I will try to explain the process more clearly! Enjoy!

You will need – Drinking straws, (I used “Black & Gold” Brand fluoro regular sized straws. You can purchase thinner cocktail straws online if you want a more delicate look.) Sewing cotton or embroidery thread in a pale or matching colour, sewing needle (the heaver the better) and scissors.

1. Cut the concertina necks off the straws (you can save the ends to use to make more mini shapes)

2. Now cut the straws to the desired length – mine were roughly 12 cm long (keep the offcuts for later use)

3. You will need eight straw lengths for the diamond – Thread all 4 lengths of straw onto the cotton leaving 2   equal lengths of cotton to tie off

4. Tie off the cotton tightly to form a diamond shape.

5. Now thread 2 straw lengths on 1 side of the leftover cotton and repeat on the other side.

6. Tie these ends together to form a second diamond

7. Using the leftover ends of the cotton, tie the two points of the diamonds together

8. Now thread 4 more lengths of straw (these can be whatever length you like – smaller for a diamond shaped Himelli larger for a cube) onto another length of cotton.

9. Tie off the cotton leaving 1 long end threaded through the needle and 1 shorter end – this should leave you with a square shape

10. Insert the square inside the finished outer frame and tie off around 1 of the middle joints as shown.

11. & 12. Now thread the needle and cotton through the straws of the inside square, knotting off at each joint along the way

13. & 14. Continue this until you reach the starting point and tightly tie off with the shorter end of the remaining cotton.

15. You have finished your first shape!!!!

Adjust the straws so that they sit against one another correctly and make a few more!