Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Snazzy Skirt

I just can't resist the fabric of Flora fox so made another skirt for my 8 yo
and just for fun the same one for my 2 yo!

I've used the tutorial written by Cat on a Limb's:

I've made an embellishment folding a large satin ribbon like a rose

Little Darlings

I went to an hobby expo and couldn't resist the book Schatjes (little darlings) by Nelly Pailloux. In a attractively cute way she shows 18 felt projects one can make and though one can think of it oneself or find a lot on internet I'm just a sucker for these books where the author's love for what they're doing just spills over in their work.

My girls went to a party today and the b-day girl asked for money. I hate to give money but I guess the customer is king. I couldn't resist though to make a little key chain which I know she would adore to go with each money present. I let the girls make their own cards so it wasn't just a business transaction :)

Oh I've found her original book at amazon, same book different cover and language (of course):


How to Make 18 Cute and Fuzzy Friends

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740785117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740785115

Friday, 25 March 2011

Starting out on my journey of mixed media

One of my best friends celebrated another birthday of hers and I wanted to make her something special. I started out on my first job in The Netherlands and prayed for a colleague friend not knowing how to find one and where to start. The Lord very soon after connected me with a German colleague that started the same month as me and she turned out to be a christian, spoke fluent English, also married a Dutch guy like me and will be a friend for life.
I've used podge, pearl liner, Acrylic with and without glitter and words from a calender I've bought in South Africa on a visit to my parents a couple of years ago. I is painted on a canvas board.
The heart is very special (like in all relationships), I found it between my memoires and it was drawn by my 8 year old when she was age 4 or 5.

Recycling jeans into a bag

I've been wanting to do this/try this for a VERRRRY looooooooooong time and this past Wednesday I've done it! And did some Wednesday sewing (yeah Crafty Mamas!). I actually kept these Hello Kitty pants to mend the knees but never got to it and in the meantime my kids out grew it. But I wasn't in dispair as I've had a plan B -grin- ok a plan C because plan B was to cut off the legs and use it as shorts...
As it is a size 116 it turned out a sort of clutch purse with long handles :)
I've added left over zpagetti for fun because MY NAME IS MONIQUE AND I LOVE ZPAGETTI!

The crocheted flowers are from a spring swap at swap-bot

crocheted coin purse

Yes, I'm updating my blog all at once, showing what I've been up to the past month. For the coin purse group at swap-bot I've crocheted a coin purse and added a lining and zipper. Quite a first for me but practise makes perfect. I realised I need a goal to try something otherwise it is such an effort to try something. With the swaps I have a swap partner I'm making something and it has a deadline! And in the meantime I'm using up stash!!

I've found this neat tutorial to add a liner and zipper, from sparklepetal, whom used the
-awesome- circle tutorial from Attic24 .

Mine came out a bit looking like a harvest moon but I'm very chuffed with the colour and the liner I've used. The crocheted flower I've added is one I dug up from my past. I have no idea which pattern I've used at that time.

Dishcloth with a kitty silhouette

I made this dishcloth with 100% cotton for a dishcloth swap at swap-bot. The idea was to crochet or knit one for your partner with 100% cotton. The one I got is working double time. I really love it. I've used my favourite pattern (crazy cloth) and looked for a kitty crochet pattern so to add something extra to the dishcloth. Between all these cat patterns I chose a kitty from the window cat family

Hello Kitty Poochie bag

For a swap at I made a poochie bag. The theme was to make one for your swap partner using Happy Zombie's (great!) tutorial. I used stash for this project and used an iron on Helly Kitty that was just waiting for the right moment. My swap-partner is a HK fan so it was very appropriate to give her a poochie bag with a HK somewhere :)