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 ^_^
Hello there…this is my last valentines post! As you can see I’ve been weaving hearts. Remember the woven space invaders? Well, I have been meaning to weave a heart card for ages and I f-i-n-a-l-l-y got around to doing it!
I used some graduated fluorescent paper (yes, ebay is my best friend!). You could try normal fluorescent strips, rainbow strips, gold strips…
The how-to is below….and the templates, as usual, are at the foot of the post.
FOR THE WOVEN HEART CARD YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Colored paper strips (5mm wide). Quilling strips work perfectly.
+ A4 paper for the card & envelope
+ Something to score the paper
+ Craft knife and cutting mat
+ Sticky tape/glue
+ Printable templates (at the foot of the post)
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1. Print out the template for the card. I just used regular white printer paper but you can use any colour you want. Cut around the outside of the card and then, using a craft knife and ruler, cut along all the vertical slits.
2. Cut out 14 paper strips. They need to be 5mm wide.
3. Weave the paper strips into the slits to create your heart shape. You will need to put some sticky tape onto the end of each strip to hold it in position.
4. Trim the edges, then fold the bottom flap of the card over and glue into position.
5. Print out the template for the envelope. Cut, score and glue. You can even make some paper confetti from the leftover paper strips.
6. Ta-da! Job done.
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+ Once you have cut your slits, make sure that you work on the reverse side of the paper, so that the printed lines end up on the inside of the card.
+ When you have finished your card pop it under some heavy books to make it super-flat.
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Ireally liked the 3D hearts in the gift-wrap I showed previously so I’ve been making paper versions! They make a nice alternative to a card.
You can even make one every color of the rainbow.
There is a little box which you can make to put the hearts in (each box fits two hearts).
Templates for the box and the hearts are at the foot of the post. It’s a fairly straight forward cut, score, fold, glue project. Any problems then do leave a comment.
They look great in neon but I’ve found the neon colours really hard to photograph. Tips please!
Hello! Here is the ‘new & improved’ valentine popup template as promised. As you can see there are only a few minor changes. Most importantly it now pops up the other way so it can be stood on a mantelpiece or windowsill. There is also an added ‘chink’.
Templates (+ cutting/scoring guide) are at the foot of the post. Refer to the old post for instructions but make sure you use the new cutting/scoring guide and templates below. As usual, if there are any problems please leave a comment.
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+ Use good quality paper or card for the insert. I would say no heavier than 160gsm for best results.
+ Use the point of a needle (and a ruler) to score. That way you get really crisp folds.
+ Take your time and cut/score as precisely as you can.
+ Once you have scored and cut all the lines flip the piece of paper over before popping the heart out…this means the printed lines will be hidden from view.
+ Do make a test card because the second attempt is always better (there are two inserts on the pdf ^_^).
(Boxed geometric heart to come next week…)
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Templates for light paper:
Templates for dark paper
Hello! Sorry it’s been quiet here lately. I’ve been working on my new book so have had my nose to the grindstone!
I plan to post quite a few valentines ideas over the next few weeks (including a ‘new & improved’ version of that card) so do check back soon. I always add new posts to my facebook page & pinterest page so you can follow me there if it’s easier.
Anyway, here is some valentines paper for you to print (my hubby is the non-romantic type so I’m always trying to come up with something that’s not too schmaltzy )!
The paper is for small packages only (unless you are a whizz with double sided tape and want to stick a few sheets together). By the way, the dotted lines will only print out correctly if you set your printing preferences to ‘image’ or ‘image & text’. You can usually find these settings in the print dialog….leave a comment if you have problems ^_^.
Without further ado here are the links:
Happy Monday all!
- All I need… (my mum's blog x)
- Arvindgupta Toys
- Beci Orpin
- Chez Beeper Bebe
- Crow roosters crow
- Curly Birds
- diy or die
- Fine Little Day
- Handmade Charlotte
- Hello Kiddo
- IDN Magazine
- Kickcan & Conkers
- le dans la
- Lullatone home orchestra
- Meet me at Mike's
- misako mimoko
- Officers (my cousins band)
- Piles of washing
- Red Ted Art
- Sausage Jar
- Swiss Miss
- Wabi-sabi wanderings
- What I Made