Saturday, 28 March 2015

Elephants -- Stationery

During March I've been taking part in a daily instagram challenge. Day 29 (tomorrow) is stationery. So this months celebration of elephants have stationery in mind ...

1. Elephant tape dispenser, I picked up one very similar to this from Tiger
2. Elephant scissors, love these scissors but why not make the tusks the scissor blades?
3. Wooden elephant ruler (in the full size photo you can see the tail too)
4. There are loads of elephant pencil toppers, including those you can't make yourself, but I liked the design of these ones
5. Elephant pencil case, it seems you can pick this up for 59p, bargain!
6. Elephant dung note pad. I visited Sri Lanka in 2012, which included a visit to the elephant sanctuary and a visit to the elephant dung paper factory, I bought several notepads similar to this one
7. Elephant paper clips, elevating the humble paper lip
8. Elephant pencil holder, you could combine this with elephant pencil toppers for elephant overload
9. Everyone loves washi tape, so why not elephant washi tape.

For more images elephants in art and craft visit my Elephants board on Pinterest.

All links above are to Pinterest as a number of the items pictured are no longer available at their original link.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Cross stitch brooch

When I saw what the free gift was for Mollie Makes 51 I was very excited. I'd see similar kits on the internet and had thought about buying.

I didn't want to follow any of the suggested patterns and wanted a colour palette that was more me. So I headed to my stash of threads and embroidery floss and picked out some colours.

I started by stitching the middle section in dark blue and then experimented with the different shapes I could make either side of it.

Below you can see a couple of examples of designs suggested by the magazine.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Embroidered bear

Mollie Makes 50 came with an adorable bear with an embroidered tummy.
I actually really enjoyed stitching this kit and improving my embroidery skills. It was a shame that on the basked the printed detail came through a bit too much - I perhaps should have used an additional floss to give it a bit more body but I was following the instructions.

My finished bear.

Details of his tummy. It's a shame you can see the cream fabric showing through in places.

This is what he should have looked like.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


Back in September I bought a copy of Edward's Menagerie which has rapidly become my favourite craft book. Of the animals featured in the book, Samuel the koala now lives with my niece Charlotte, Bridget now lives with the daughter of some friends. Since then I've restocked the shelf with a few more animals ready to gift to friend's kids.

Blake the Orang-Utan.

Emma the Rabbit.

Fiona the Panda.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Seville inspiration

Spending some time in the sun during a British winter is highly recommended. Seville is a beautiful place and full of inspiration for my crafting.

Wooden carved and painted door in the Alcazar.

Inlaid tiles with intricate pattern and great use of colour.

Matador outfit from the Bullring Museum.

Roman Road at Italica, love the shapes and texture of the stone.