63 Weeks and 2 days | Me and Mine {May}

May. What a fabulous, brilliant month! The busiest — without question — since the babies arrived. Every spare moment was spent planning and organising their naming ceremony and all I can say is that every single second, that was given over … Continue reading

60 weeks and 5 days | 14 months old | Siblings {May}

The word of the week is ‘hectic’. This month has been utterly crazy and we’re only mid-way through — somebody please pass me the gin. Everything has been geared towards this weekend for so long and now it’s almost upon … Continue reading

60 weeks and 3 days |#CraftBlogClub | Spring Clean Gift Swap

Back in March, the Craft Blog Club — that I’ve mentioned in previous posts — laid down a third challenge…

Create and send a gift to a fellow #CraftBlogClubber, using only what you have lying around at home. A bit like the ‘Secret Santa’ challenge without the secrecy!!

In some ways, this made it slightly easier, as we could chat to our allocated crafter and get a feel for the kind of things they like.

My buddy was the lovely Tracy who writes over at iheartmyfamilyhome.

She has created a stylish, vintage inspired, home and — as her blog name suggests — loves making her house look beautiful.

I decided that I’d make another papercut picture. Slightly different from the last one, that I designed on the mac; I thought I’d draw one freehand this time.

Here’s how I got on:

1. I drew a freehand illustration in pencil on a piece of paper.

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2. Using a light-box, I reversed the image by drawing over the back of my picture.

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3. I traced the image on to a piece of good quality cartridge paper and began to cut out the design with a scalpel.

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4. This process was very time consuming!

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5. …and the pieces that were left were really tiny and fiddly

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6. If you’re scared of sharp knives, this craft is definitely not one for you! :)

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7. Almost finished.

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8. Turn it over to reveal the picture!

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9. Mount it on to a piece of card, so that the design pops.

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10. Frame it. And voila!

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It was lovely doing something crafty again — especially as I had an idea of the kind of thing the recipient would like — the only thing that made life difficult was lack of time…! Things have been SO busy recently. Every waking minute is spent organising the baby’s naming ceremony — more about that later!

Anyway, back to the #craftblogclub ‘Spring Clean Gift Swap’!

I was delighted to receive my parcel, in last week’s post!!

A gorgeous card from Tracy and not one but TWO beautiful gifts!!! Not for me, as such, but for my beautiful Twinkles!!!!

Two beautifully crafted fabric stars.

Each with their initial on.

I’m so touched that she’d created something so lovely for my babies. We will treasure them. It’s a shame the pics don’t do them justice; the sewing is just fabulous… SO neat.

Have a look…

1. Each star was beautifully packed in it’s own cellophane bag.

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2. So lovely, as you are able to see what’s inside before you unwrap them!!.

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3. I’ve tried to take a close up of the stitching… it’s a bit blurred but LOOK how neat it is?! Amazing!

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4. The back of the stars are just as perfect as the fronts; soft white felt with baby blue stitching.

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5. The front of each star features a sweet polkadot fabric, scattered with bunnies and cars. Then each star has the boy’s initial carefully cut from navy felt then sewn on.

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6. The stars are now hanging over the babies cots; ‘C’ for Cosmo…

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7. … and ‘B’ for Bertie!

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8. Amazing too how they match in so well with the boy’s room! They are absolutely perfect :)

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I am delighted with my gift(s) and really grateful to Tracy for taking the time and trouble to make such thoughtful presents. Looking forward to the next #craftblogclub challenge already!