Make Your Own Poster Art

Cool poster art! Great for sprucing up your room. 🙂

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Getting some momentum…

It has been a long time since my sewing machine had any action. It’s time to get back into my love affair with sewing and this project is not only inspiring but I always need a new change purse (I always lose them)!

Very Berry Handmade

My enthusiasm for blogging is creeping back as my sewing is getting more fun again. No surprises there I guess! The only problem is that I haven’t got much new to show you because my clippy-purse making is continuing…  Great for watching sport by… But I shall cast caution to the winds and be a blog bore…. at least until Friday when I promise to change the subject from Tana Lawn and clippy purses…

I had some of this beautiful Wiltshire Berry (it is right up there in my top Liberty Tana Lawn prints) lying around and it somehow found its way next to some bright red linen/cotton mix. I just thought ‘ker-pow!’ (the boys have been watching Batman…!) because they looked so vibrant together. I had one purse frame left (for now, <evil laugh>hahahaha</evil laugh.), so it all seemed very obvious really:

Clippy purse with lovely red Liberty Wiltshire Berry

Finding a lining fabric to work with these…

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Write More Letters : Easy steps to DIY, recycled envelopes!

Super cute idea!
I love sending letters and this is a great way to get inspired to reconnect with your pen pal! Got to do this. 😀

The Radical Uprise

99% of the letters and packages I send are one of a kind. I use old magazines and catalogs to create unique, DIY envelopes that travel the world. I get loads of compliments on these easy, handmade parcels, so I decided to share the simple steps you can take to create your own!

Grab a load of old magazines. IKEA catalogs (or something of the like) are recommended since the pages are already square. If you’re using a standard magazine, simply rip out the pages, fold the page over into a triangle and cut across the imaginary line that would fall below the triangle (this makes the square). I recommend using two or three pages of the magazines, depending on the thickness. Letters and parcels go through several hands and machines and you don’t want to risk getting your envelope ripped open. You can always reinforce the edges with a…

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Vintage Jam Jar

Don’t you hate buying presents for people who have everything? Next time, don’t waste your money, make them some jam in an awesome jar instead.

Everyone loves jam, especially home made jam. Here’s a step by step guide to make sure the jar does your jam justice!

You Will Need
1 x CLEAN jar (make sure it has been well washed in hot water)
1 x 30 cm of Ribbon (colour of your choice)
1 x piece of Thick white paper
15 x 15cm of fabric (of your choice)
Craft Glue
Scissors
Pen
Pencil
1 x Elastic band

Let’s Get Crafty!
1.  Place the piece of fabric over the Jar.

2. Fasten the elastic band around the lid of the jar, over the cloth.

3. Make a mark on the cloth.

4. Take off the cloth and mark a square, using your original marker as a guide.
NB* It’s always better to use a pencil as it doesn’t show up later (I’ve used a pen so you can see clearly).

5. Cut along the dotted line.

6. Using the white piece of paper create your label. Here I have drawn a rough square and written ‘Strawberry Jam’ on it, go wild and personalise your jam jar!

7. Spread the craft glue thinly over the back of your handmade label. Stick it onto the center of the jar. You will need to leave the label to dry completely before touching it.
NB* Do not put too much glue on your label as it will become soggy.

8. When the label has dried, pick up your piece of cloth and place it over the lid as before.

9. Place the elastic band over the cloth to hold it in place.

10. Take your ribbon and cut the ends so they look lovely and neat.



11. Tie the ribbon around the elastic band firmly.
12) Tie a bow and cut the ribbon if it is too long.

All finished! How easy was that? Now you have created an awesome Vintage Jam Jar to give as a gift, or keep for yourself!

Tips:
If you are making a selection of jams, use different size jars to create a vintage mix and match vibe.

Be as creative as you like with the labels, ribbon and cloth choice. I always like to match the colours to the jam ie: pinks and reds for strawberry.

Make sure you wipe the jar after putting the jam in, as it can make everything very sticky. Be extra careful of sticky fingers as you won’t want to smudge your labels with jam!

Recipe:
My favourite recipe for Jam is very simple. Lots of fruit (strawberry jam is my favourite), LOTS of sugar, a squeeze of lemon and a few crushed apple seeds (they help it bind), all simmered on the stove until the mixture coats the back of your spoon.

If you want something more formal, check out this recipe.

Let me know how you go!

Carmen