Made it Monday #3

I’ve got a few things to show you over the next couple of weeks. I have been struggling to sew as the craft room progress means that some of my stuff is upstairs and some downstairs and nothing seems to be where I am!!

However I am managing to make a few things so I should be able to post in this series more often.

Today’s item is this

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This was a present for a very special family friend. I bought a plain white mug and cut out stencils of his name

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I used a sharpie pen to colour in the letters then added 2 sachets of hot chocolate and a bag of mini marshmallows. Looks pretty good altogether I think.

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As the deer pants

A while ago hubby came home from work with an invite to a 25th wedding anniversary. As we very rarely go out on our own we decided to go. My mum agreed to babysit the little monsters our fantastic kiddies and even said they could stay the night with her.

Then the dilemma came. You know the one. The one, as women, we struggle with at all special occasions. WHAT TO WEAR???

After working in health and social care for 10 years, where I wore jeans and a t shirt most days, then being a SAHM, my wardrobe is rather lacking, to put it nicely 😦

Clothes shopping has become a horrible experience for me recently. I’m not sure why but I just feel that everything I try on recently makes me look hideous and/or fat! I’m not saying that for sympathy by the way, just explaining why I really really didn’t want to go shopping for a new dress. So I did it the old fashioned way! And by that I mean I made one.

Due to my current body/self esteem issues I chose a pattern that I had used before

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I used view A but didn’t use an overskirt and made thicker straps so that I could wear a bra underneath.

After scouring the internet I bought this gorgeous fabric from Sew Scrumptious. Not only is it purple but it has DEER on it! What’s not to like?? Plus the lady who runs the shop is lovely. (She didn’t pay me to say that by the way. This is all my own opinion)

Here I am torn between wanting to show you and the fear of being judged. Judged on what I’m not entirely sure. But I’ll try to ignore that.

So who wants to see my finished dress?

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Giant pompoms

In my last post I showed you some of the things I have made while decluttering my craft staff. One two things I showed you lovely people were my giant pompoms.

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One each for little lady and baby D. They both love them and play with them a lot. It certainly was a cheap and easy present for them (hubby wants me to add that although it was easy it was very time consuming). Here I have given step by step instructions for anyone wanting to make their own. The clever crafty Lucy even suggested using them as pillows!

First off you need a dinner plate, a small bowl and a piece of cardboard.

Draw around the dinner plate.

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And then the small bowl (you can use whatever you want here but I like long fibres so make my little circle a lot smaller than the big circle.

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Cut them out so you get a doughnut shape. Make another one exactly the same.

Put both pieces together, (this is the hard part) choose your wool and start wrapping it around the rings.

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Keep wrapping and wrapping and wrapping.

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Once your ring is entirely covered in wool you need to separate the two cardboard rings at the top in order to get your scissors in between them. This can be a bit tricky especially if you have wrapped your wool very tight.

Carefully cut all around the edge, between the two pieces of cardboard and wrap a piece of wool around the centre to stop the now loose fibres falling apart.

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Tie the wool in the centre and fluff your pompom into a ball shape.

If you have parts that are longer than others then you can cut them to shape. I have heard of heart shaped pompoms but I’m not sure I can be bothered with the fuss to be honest!

Please do pop back with photos/blog links once you have made your own giant pompom. I’d love to see what you made.

Crafting and decluttering

Sorry I’ve been missing in action for a while. It’s not that I’ve been doing nothing. Just the opposite in fact. We have embarked on a decluttering mission here at a lifetime of DIY.

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We have sent boxes to the charity shop, passed things onto friends and family and sold other bits and pieces.

While our house is looking marginally tidier and slightly less cluttered (still a long way to go) it has highlighted the true extent of my craft stash. I am honestly surprised by the amount of fabric, paper, notions, haberdashery I have. Some of it I don’t even remember buying, I have *that* much!

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If we are to declutter properly then my craft stash needs to be reduced. So that’s my new mission for 2013 – to reduce my craft stash. I can do this in 2 ways:
1) Sell or donate items
2) Use it!
Personally I think I will end up doing both. While it will declutter my stash by selling and/or giving it away, I love crafting and so using it (and possibly selling the finished items) will be enjoyable for me if not a bit slower.

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By my own rules, I can now only bring down supplies for 2 projects at a time. This will keep clutter in the front room down and also ensure that I don’t start too many projects and end up overwhelmed.

Some of the projects made already under the “craft declutter” mission are shown throughout this post. Matching leg warmers for my little lady and Angelina Ballerina; some cards; and 2 giant pompoms – one each for lady and baby D.

I will endeavour to post photos of other projects as and when I complete them so do pop back from time to time to see what I’ve been up to. Hope you like my creations.

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Dining Chairs

The dining room is probably the best room in the house, condition wise. Apart from the odd bit of peeling paper:

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nothing really needs doing in there.

Apart from our dining furniture that is.

In my wisdom, some years ago I bought a lovely wood dining table and chairs with white seat covers. In my defence there was just the 2 of us. However, since having the kiddies, the chairs are now a grey/off white colour with different food stains on them for good measure.

The table and chairs are in good condition and still suit our lifestyle so recovering the chairs is far more economical than buying new.

Now don’t tell the hubby but I have a HUGE fabric stash in the attic. Okay, so hubby does know but only cos he had to put it up there 😉

While rummaging around in boxes looking for something else (naturally) I found a lovely yellow check cotton which would go well with the decor already in the dining room.

Hubby very bravely, let me play with the staple gun. A decision he probably regretted once I trapped my thumb in the handle!!

Well at least I didn’t staple it to the chair!!!

One bruised thumb and a purple nail later, I had 4 brand new looking dining chairs at no cost to me. I even had enough fabric left over to make a table runner (although the picture below actually shows my christmas tablecloth)

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