31 October 2011

boo! halloween crafts

Pumpkin... carved in a rush between feeding William, feeding the cat and making the dinner.

Cat Sillhouette inspired by Feast Bowl

Halloween Votives thanks to Skip to my Lou

Spider Sacks thanks to Modern Parents Messy Kids

27 October 2011

halloween front of house crafts to make if i have time

1. Hanging Spider Sacks :: Modern Parents Messy Kids

2. Halloween Votives ~ Skip To My Lou

3. Spirit Jugs ... eighteen25

4. Cat Sillhouette || Inspiration only. Image from Feast Bowl

5. Menacing Mummy Window Cling - you could buy a window cling like this one, but I fancy working out how to make one of these mummies for real.

6. Batty Sock Puppet >> Country Living

25 October 2011

embroidered cards

Since William was born we've been very lucky to be showered with gifts from our amazing family and friends. I especially love the handmade ones, as I can appreciate the effort that has gone into their making.

My brother in law's mum surprised us with a wonderful hand sewn quilt and I thought that, for her, I'd hand make a thank you card.

I had spotted this neat tutorial from Freckled Nest showing how to embroider handwriting and I thought I'd give it a go.

I made a template of my "thank you" on scrap paper (and took a couple of copies so that I could use again and again).

Then, I taped the template to my card and used a drawing pin to push out the holes for the thread to go through, following Freckled Nest's advice of placing holes where lines cross eachother.

Finally, I sewed around the writing in backstitch and added a button for the dot of the exclamation mark.

Simple and effective - thanks Freckled Nest!

24 October 2011