Saturday, 19 November 2011

Fabulous Craft Barn Giveaway

In amongst all my orders for aprons and bags and working at the wine store I happened to grab five minutes to visit all my favorite blogs and just look what I found!  A new crafty shop and blog to follow and the chance of winning some reall yummy craft supplies.  Check out the link for the Craft Barn Giveaway for your chance to win!  

Well, what are you waiting for?  Stop mooching around here I gotta get back to work!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

My Faux Statue...

whom Lovely Man has christened Titty Ha Ha!
When I saw Carol's tutorial for altering dress forms (check out The Polka Dot Closet) I just knew I had to do one and I knew just where I wanted to put it.  Recently my lovely boss ordered some stock for our shop (Superior Wine) from a company in California who just happened to sell dress forms for around $10!  AND he kindly ordered one for me! 
So this weekend, armed with Mod Podge, Walnut Ink Crystals, a stash of sheet music and some images from The Graphics Fairy  I got her done.  No sooner was she finished and the Mod Podge nice and dry I installed her on top of my lamp table in the dining room.  I am just so pleased with the way she turned out...totally love her!  Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial Carol xx

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

When You Just KNOW!

Well remember I couldn't find the link for my latest project?  I just absolutely KNEW it was a blog called CampbellsStoop!  But when I was searching I was looking for Photo's onto Canvas and, of course they didn't!  Silly me they put theirs on wood and titled it accordingly!  So I found it, and can now give credit where it is due, you can check out the instructions to make one yourself AND... can be safe in the knowledge that the instructions work equally well for both wood and canvas so the choice is yours!  I don't know why I shy away from wood, but I do...I really need to step out of my comfort zone sometime soon don't you think?  Anyhow here is my finished piece.  The canvas has it's own little easel, it cost me $2 total in Dollerama (Canvas & Easel!), but I can't decide whether to use it or not and if I do should I paint it white and distress it a little, or maybe a subtle creamy vanilla?  What do you think?

Switching On The Love

Remember a while ago I covered the light switch covers in the bedroom with some lovely images courtesy of The Graphics Fairy?  Well I have been at it again!  This time the Kitchen, The Bathroom and the Hallway have come in for a little TLC!  I am totally smitten with these covers and how easy they are to do.  Of course, several people have said to me, "Oh we used to do that years ago"...and there was me thinking I'd learned something new...but then fashions do that don't they?  They come and the go.  Only the other day Carole, from The Polka Dot Closet, remarked how anything with a shabby chic graphic transfer or water decal on it is highly sought after and in a few years we'll all be sanding them off!  Shame cos I think it's all rather pretty!

Anyhow here are my latest switch covers...loving them SOOOO much!

I also played with putting a photograph onto canvas with much loved Mod Podge this morning after seeing a post on a blog that I follow, however hard as I looked I couldn't find the blog let alone the particular post to link back!  So I will investigate further, and I will take a picture of the finished piece when the second coat of Mod Podge (which I added just before writing this) is dry.  Ciao!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Oooh More Pillows!

Oh my goodness I'm hooked on pillows.  Everyone these days seems to be making pillow covers from cable knit sweaters and I just simply had to have a go!  I only had a pink sweater handy and didn't think it would go with everything but I figured as I got it for free if it didn't go in the lounge it could go somewhere and would be good practice.  I have also been keen to have a go at making ruffles having seen so many beautiful creations with those on too.  I checked out online how to make a ruffle and it was amazingly easy!  I just hemmed both edges in the normal way and then set the machine to the longest stitch length and sewed down the centre!  Then very carefully I pulled the thread and gathered the fabric up!

Et voila!
And best of all it actually goes pretty nicely with the butterfly cushions I made...all I need now is a nice new couch!  I am in the process of crocheting a flower to go on it as well but I can't read my own shorthand so will have to watch the video tutorial again cos I got halfway through and then things started to look very strange indeed!

So far this week I have managed to get two more aprons finished for one customer and have two more almost finished for other orders.  Then all I need to do is make up some bags for another customer who has been oh so very patient, a few card orders and then it's time to make some stuff for me.