I heart buttons.

I heart buttons. A lot. Almost as much as fabric. Almost.

A while ago, button heart wall art was all over Pinterest. I was in love. And this was actually something I wanted to have a go at straight away.

I actually made this a few months ago when I first saw the millions of pins, but thought I would share it with you anyway. The frame was another freecycle find, it was originally gold but with a bit of spray paint it had a new life. I painted the backing board the same colour (or as close as I could get it) as my bathroom wall, then just got happy with the glue gun and some buttons! I was pretty happy to find out that the buttons fit behind the glass too.

Cool huh? It now sits proudly in my bathroom.

The sad thing is that hardly even made a dent in my button collection…

Nic

What to do when your toddler is driving you nuts

 

Cloud doughHead to Pinterest!

Seriously. I have a whole board full of ideas of things to do with kids. Some for older kids that I’m keeping in mind for later, some suitable for toddlers. If you have any more awesome ideas, leave me a comment below. I could always use more!

A while ago I pinned this awesome idea for Cloud Dough:

Cloud Dough by Juggling With Kids - click picture for link to pin.

It’s just flour and baby oil. The original recipe is 8 cups flour to 1 cup baby oil, but I halved the amounts since I didn’t have that much flour to spare and wanted to store it in an icecream container. I also only had the scented aloe vera and vitamin E baby oil, but that just made our activity smell really nice!

This child of mine isn’t really into mess (which I’ll admit comes from me) but lately she has been a little more adventurous with things like this and has actually tolerated getting her hands dirty. Right after we started she asked for the cloth to wipe her hands but I distracted and encouraged her to keep playing which she did, for 45 minutes! I’m incredibly proud.

Check out her pants. They were just clean on. It was a struggle for me but I keep my mouth shut and we kept playing. Towards the end it was of course all over the floor too. I’m also incredibly proud of myself.

Back to the dough. It’s soft like flour, but squishes together like wet sand at the beach. After these photos were taken I went and grabbed her mini beach bucket and spade and we made little sand castles!

We had so much fun. It turned our bad ‘horrible weather outside and Miss Squish not having her usual nap therefore me not getting a break’ day into a great afternoon with a new experience.

Suddenly I’m reminded that these days are numbered. Soon she will be all grown up and won’t want to play with flour and baby oil on the kitchen floor with me… Must do things like this with her more often.

Nicola xx

The problem with t-shirt scarves

See it? No? Here’s a better look:

FLUFF! Maybe it was the t-shirt I used, but it left little fluffy bits EVERYWHERE. I’m a little put off making these now, which is annoying because there are a million cute versions all over Pinterest. I think maybe I will try again, with a bigger tshirt too so that it makes a more full-looking scarf.

I’ve been super productive today. Not only have I attempted the t-shirt scarf, but I’ve also finished off some wool-wrapped bottles that I started the other day and a braided bracelet that I started about 4 or 5 months ago! Loving this lovely tidy craft room, makes me feel happy.

My version of wool-wrapped bottles

5 strand braided bracelet with zip flower

As well as all that, I’ve also been working on a few things that will be posted with tutorials when I’m done.

Hooray for productiveness!

Nicola

I vow to never buy wrapping paper again

Christmas has been and gone, and we had a wonderful time. But what I hate to see is the huge pile of wrapping paper and other non-reusable (well not after little fingers have ripped through it all) gift wrapping things that are left over.

I’ve decided that I will no longer purchase wrapping paper, cards, tags or labels to wrap gifts. I will blog my efforts and I encourage you to join me. Help me cut down on all the crap heading into our landfills.

Luckily for me, I’m not the only one who thinks this way and there is loads of inspiration around the place. Cue Pinterest:

DIY Fabric ribbon

DIY Fabric ribbon

Woven paper gift topper and newspaper

Woven Paper gift topper with newspaper

Salt Dough gift tags

Salt Dough gift tags

Alternative gift wrapping ideas

Ideas using things from the hardware store

I  can’t wait to give some of these a go. I have a few birthdays coming up so I’ll get a chance pretty soon.

Has anyone got any alternative gift wrapping ideas? I think I’m good for embellishments but there is probably only so many gifts I can wrap in newspaper so I could do with some more ideas there.

Nicola xx

Repurpose: Pallet to Wall Art

Something you will notice about me is that I am so very CHEAP. Meaning, I have no interest in paying for things unless I have to, or at least not full price. Repurposing things is great for this particular trait, because not only does it cost me nothing, it also reuses something I wasn’t using!

A few weeks ago, a lady came to my door selling oil paintings. The paintings were gorgeous, but I just felt like saying “but I have a pallet in my garage”. Of course she would have thought I was crazy, so I politely declined and decided to finally get on to turning said pallet into the beautiful piece of wall art floating around in my head.

You see, I had seen this on Pinterest:

Pallet Artwork - youngancrafty.blogspot.com

Again with the Pinterest obsession. Gotta love it.

Cute right? And I had this mini pallet sitting in my garage, which came with something we had had delivered. As soon as I saw it I was in love as the wood was all weathered and awesome looking. It deserved to be more than just a pallet, it was too pretty.

So when I saw that picture on Pinterest, I had an Aha! moment (as I hope will happen for all of my hoarded posessions). I got to work and this is what came out of it:

To make the wooden base, I simply deconstructed my pallet, used two of the thinner pieces for the back and nailed the larger pieces on in strips (using the original nails too by the way, yeah I know I’m cheap).

For the actual painting, I freehanded some random tree-looking shapes (don’t plan, just jump right in there) and added some burgundy coloured circles. The burgundy colour was chosen because it was origanlly supposed to go in our master bedroom, but we have since decided we’d rather not risk having it fall on our heads during the night. I then drybrushed some white over top of the burgundy for interest, just so the colour wasn’t completely flat.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out. The only problem I have now is if it isn’t going to be hung in our bedroom, where should we put it?

Hmm.

Do you love pallets as much as I do? Or do you fall in love with things because you can see their beautiful potential?

 

Nicola xx

I’m a Pinterest Addict – Hair Comb DIY

And proud of it. Who’s with me?!

But rather than just wandering through pinterest and feeling creative, I need to actually attempt some of the awesome things that others have made and pinned. Cue BLOG – because that was one of my reasons for starting it!

A few weeks ago, I saw this floating around and just had to pin it:

Embroidery Floss Decorated Hair Comb Tutorial

Embroidery Floss Decorated Hair Comb

I absolutely LOVE these things. My hair is a little crazy at the moment because I haven’t had it cut since July and one of these babies just spices things up and makes me happy about my hair again! Brilliant.

Katie from Lemon Jitters has provided a great tutorial but once you get started it’s kind of addictive and you can’t help but play around and come up with new patterns! Here’s a pic of my attempts:

Embroidery Thread Decorated Hair Combs

My attempt at decorating hair combs with embroidery thread.

I’m pretty happy with them. The hair combs came in a pack of 6 so I’ll definitely be whipping up a few more of these. Or maybe I should have a play and see what other pretty things I can do to them? Hmm.

Starting out is hard. If you have the time could you please give me a quick hello so that I know I’m actually writing for someone? And please introduce yourselves and point me in the direction of your blog if you have one. I’d love to have a read.

Nicola xx