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Gift bow tutorial

23 Dec

Merry Christmas y’all!!

‘Tis the season for last minute crafting and wondering why we didn’t start all these projects about two months ago!

Here’s a quicky tutorial for making gift bows – the perfect finish to your crimbo present wrapping! I like to make these out of Jet’s old bits of drawings and paintings. She brings SO many home from nursery these days, it’s ridiculous. There is no way we could keep hold of them all and I feel like a proper meanie when they go in the recycling bin…

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Here’s how we do:

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That’s all for now, so I guess all that is left to do is to wish everyone a very ***MERRY CHRISTMAS***  - I hope you have a double-brills day!!

x x x

Knitted fairy lights advent calendar *pattern and tutorial*

6 Nov

Far be it for me to mention the ‘C’ word this early on in November, but for those of us who like to be prepared and who are already of a festive persuasion, now is the time to be thinking about crafting up some advent calendars!

Here is a pic of my knitted fairy light advent calendar (original post here):

It takes a little while to knit up as there are 24 of the lights to work on, but it is fun to make and a great stash buster!
Each bulb makes a little pocket and I put mini decorations in each of those so that the smalls can hang them on a special little tree. You could always just put a load of chocs and sweets in there though, eh? – NOM!

Full pattern follows. Let me know if you knit one up too, I’d love to see your version! Continue reading

Willow Christmas Wreath tutorial

17 Dec

Here is a clever thing that my sister-in-law (outdoorsy type) showed me. Making wreaths is a quick and easy little craft which is EXCELLENT for making cheap-as-chips little crimbo presents – WOO-HOO!!

Here is an example that I made out of willow for my Mother-In-Law, who is what I would like to describe as a “wreath fan” if ever there was one.

Here’s a little tutorial for good measure too :)

These examples have been made out of dog wood:

Lovely.

Cocktail umbrella wreath tutorial

19 Jul

Mmmmmm Pinterest

I have been spending what is probably far more time than is healthy drooling over this site for the last few weeks. It was my friend Carolyn’s birthday last weekend and I had seen on her account that she liked these cocktail umbrella wreaths. Thinking I was the queen of genius, I proceeded to make said cocktail umbrella wreath as a gift for her. I rocked up to her party brandishing an enormous box with the wreath in it and gave it to her. Only then did I discover that she had already blummin’ made one to decorate her house for the party!
BAH! My wreath giving high promptly crashed down in flames.

Should I have asked if she had made herself one already?
Is this new Pinterest etiquette that I am not aware of?
AND…
Surely this situation begs the question (*Carrie Bradshaw voice*) – How many cocktail umbrella wreaths is enough?

I am hoping the answer to that is “At least two”!
Here’s a little tutorial for how I made it:

Jet’s Advent Calendar

23 Dec

Hurrah and huzzah and Merry Christmas!!
Not that I am cutting things a bit fine here with it being the day before Christmas Eve and all, but I have JUST finished Jet’s advent calendar!
The good thing is that there is still one day left this year in which it can legitimately be used – but the best bit is that Jet doesn’t really know what an advent calendar is, so she doesn’t even know how ridiculously late it is – YAY!

This is my first ever knitting pattern, so I am quite pleased with myself for actually having pulled it off. The idea was adapted from something I found a while back through Google Images. Each of the lights makes a little pocket for you to put choccies or other little treats for each day of advent – CUTE!
It has been a complete mission getting it finished off as I don’t have so much time for luxuries such as knitting little whatnots these days. I am really chuffed with the results though and I am hoping that if it goes down well with the  small person, it can be one of those things that can come out year after year as a family tradition (not that I am getting slightly ahead of myself here or anything!).

Here’s some pics anyhoo:

Merry Christmas one and all – I hope you have an über-cool yule!

Much love from, Bird Face x x x

Paper Rosette Tutorial

22 Oct

Thought I’d just post up this little tutorial for how to make paper rosettes like the one I made for Jet’s birthday card.
It’s really simple to do and it looks CUTE!  ^_^

Circular Scarf

4 Mar

I have had these couple of pieces of fabric hanging around the house for a few months. I had used them to tie around my “waist” when I was preggers, but hadn’t found anything to do with them since then (particularly as my sewing skills leave much to be desired!!)

Cue super-simple to make circular scarf!:

Instructions below:

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