Just a bit of housekeeping to begin with. I am having problems with the ‘comments’ section on my site – if you have tried to comment and have been unable to I’m sorry. Anyway, I am working on it and will hopefully get it sorted out in the next day or so. If you really need to get in touch, and are unable to via the comments thread, then feel free to send me a message instead.
Back to the craft! Ever since I wrote this post about string-tie envelopes I’ve had heaps of requests for envelope templates in standard sizes. I finally made some (yay!) which you can find at the foot of the post.
If you need a hand constructing the string-tie envelopes then refer to this post for help.
Have a nice week. Back some time next week with more craft!
If you want to know more about paper and envelope sizes then check out this website.
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C6 ENVELOPES = 16.2 x 11.4 cm
fits A5 paper folded in half
A5 paper = 21 x 14.8 cm
Envelope template (pdf)
Hello! I’ve been working on some fruity gift-boxes for the new book. While I was putting the templates together I thought the watermelon design would make nice bunting!
I have 10 days left to finish all the projects for my book. (Hurray! Phew! Eek!)
Hope you are all doing well.
If you fancy making a watermelon garland you will find the template at the foot of the post.
Watermelon garland template: Click to download PDF
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Off topic: I have finally joined twitter (although I must be the quietest tweeter that walked the earth – however I am tweeting when I add a new post). I have also claimed my blog through bloglovin. I’ve only started using bloglovin today but it seems like a handy tool if you struggle to keep track of the blogs you like.
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Hello to everyone. Hope you have all had a lovely Easter (that’s if you celebrate it of course!).
I saw this wrapping paper a while back and thought it was pretty cool.
There are loads of ‘wordsearch generators’ available online so it’s really easy to make your own personalised word search gift wrap. You don’t even need much in the way of supplies…just some white paper and some highlighter pens (or you can use highlighter strips).
I created my word search using puzzlemaker.com. My grid contained 20 columns and 24 rows. This fills an A4 sheet. Make sure you only print the first page out though…the second page just contains the words you have added.
I also put each word into the wordsearch generator about 6 times (as some words appear backwards or aren’t in the right place after wrapping the present).
Instead of wrap you could make some wide gift ribbon to wrap around a present. You could also make some nice cards, envelopes or small gift-bags!
After a quick google I found another DIY word search gift wrap tutorial here so you may wanna check that out for more tips.
Happy word-searching ^_^
This post is for the minimalists amongst you! (I’m not sure if it’s a step too far but I kinda like it….and it’s a nice way to wrap a chocolate bar for a grown up.)
It was inspired by this tattoo.
You can print it out on any colour paper you want…it actually looks really nice just on plain white (files are at the foot of the post).
Hope you all have a lovely Easter….
Since making this I also saw this free printable origami rabbit gift-tag on eatdrinkchic.com. Do visit…there are lots of nice things to see there.
Edited to add: If you want to fold some real rabbits then check out this origami rabbit tutorial I spotted today on howaboutorange!
Please print this out as ‘image’ or ‘text and image’. If you print it out as text it may not print the dotted lines. You can find the settings in your print dialog.
These wrappers may not fit your bar of chocolate exactly so you may have to cut to size.
Small rabbit wrap (e.g. Fits perfectly on Green & Blacks or Lindt chocolate bars)
Print on A5 paper (½ sheet of A4)
Large rabbit wrap
Print on A4 paper
Believe it or not I have never actually met another blogger in real life. (I really should get out more). I have been in touch with a few lovely bloggers via email though, and one of the friendliest is Maggie from Red Ted Art. Anyway, Maggie has just released a book, full to the brim with kids crafting ideas, and I have one to giveaway.
If you want a chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment at the end of the post ^_^
The boring bit: One winner will be chosen at random and the competition closes on Fri 22nd March 2013, 12 noon GMT.Ths
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EDITED TO ADD: This giveaway is now closed. The winner is
Heather (Liveit.firstname.lastname@example.org). Heather you should have received an email from me. If you haven’t got it then do send me a message and let me know.
FYI: The winner was drawn at random using a wordpress plug in called ‘and the winner is’.
Hello peeps! A quick Easter printable coming later today…before then I just wanted to show you one of the projects I have been working (for my book!).
I can’t get enough of gradients at the moment and love these Plissé folders by Hay so that’s kinda where the idea for these models came from.
The book is going to contain 25 – 30 brand new projects….there will be plenty of papercraft projects but lots of other kinds of projects too! There will also be lots of templates in the book and illustrated step-by-steps (and you will also be able to download full-sized templates from the web too! Yay!). I’m also going to be making videos/animated gif’s for the more complicated projects.
I’m so excited (and a bit tired as well!). Spring is not quite here yet and my two little boys seem to be catching every bug under the sun :-/
Hope all is well with you!
‘Minieco’ the book will be hitting the shelves in September and will be published by Cicada books and distributed by Thames & Hudson. The very talented Garry Maclennan is doing the photography for the book…which is very cool. More information to follow soon…
Hello there! Minieco feels a bit neglected at the moment :/ However behind the scenes I have been crafting my little heart out.
I’ve been bead-weaving, sewing, dyeing, printing, woodworking, macramé-ing and paper-crafting my way through 30 new projects for my new book (I’m 2/3 of the way through the project list so hope to be posting a lot more in April).
My macramé obsession has reached fever pitch lately. I made a quick hanging vase this morning and thought it would be nice to share it with you.
To make this hanging vase you only need to learn a ‘Josephine knot’ (aka Carrick bend) and a ‘gathering knot’ so it’s a lovely easy project if you are just starting out down the macramé/knot-tying route.
YOU WILL NEED:
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+ 4 lengths of cord measuring at least 1.5 meters (I used super long shoelaces – but you can use paracord instead)
+ About 50cm of cord (I used a contrasting colour)
+ Glass vase….a jam jar works just as well.
+ Elastic band (optional)
+ Some flowers!
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First of all you need to master the Josephine knot. Check out the animated gif below. Once you have done this follow the rest of the instructions below:
1. Find somewhere to work…a wall hook works well, or you can use a door handle! Hang your ring on the hook and thread your cords through the ring at their halfway point. You should have 8 working cords.
2. Now you need to do a gathering knot. Chop your extra piece of cord into two pieces. Take one piece and form a loop as shown
3. Take the right-hand section of cord and wind it tightly round the 8 cords. You should do this about 6 times.
4. Now take your bottom-tail and thread it through the loop at the bottom.
5. Pull on the upper tail.
6. Keep pulling until the loop is tucked inside the cord wrap. You can trim the ends. Depending on your cord you may need to seal the ends with a lighter to stop them from fraying. (Take care with this step and practise on a spare piece of cord first).
7. Leave a gap then tie a Josephine knot using the front four pieces of cord.
8. Turn your curtain ring around and repeat step with the back four pieces of cord.
9. Leave a gap again and tie two more Josephine knots as shown.
10. Pop your vase/jar inside and see how it fits. You may need to alter the position of the Josephine knot depending on the shape of the vessel you use. Put an elastic band around the eight cords so that your vase/jar is well supported. Take the other piece of cord and tie another gathering knot at the bottom.
Good luck! Let me know how you get on.
BTW: I have been dreadful at replying to emails and comments over the last few weeks…I will make a concerted effort to catch up over the next few days ^_^
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