Can’t believe I Used To Pay For Gift Bags!

I’ve joined a small craft group in a hope of learning new skills and having more craft experiences. The craft of the evening was making gift bags, especially handy with Christmas just around the corner. They are actually quite simple to make and making them saves an absolute ton of money. I will just show photos to begin with and a tutorial will follow. When making these ones I forgot to take photos and so I don’t have any photos to go alongside the tutorial.

My Gift Bags

The one on the right was my first attempt and I must say it wasn’t entirely successful. For a start it just wasn’t rectangular at all. I guess it is full of character :-p

Epic Fail

The one on the right was my second attempt and lot more successful. For a start it actually looks like a normal gift bag. This one I might even be able to use.

Fantabulous Friday!!!

Set of 4 glass coasters

It’s nearly the weekend and I have now finally had my coasters back and they look great. They have been fired at such a high tempreature that they are flat and make the perfect coasters.

Testing my coaster!

They are even better than I expected. You can’t tell that some of the sides were not quite straight because of the glass melting.

I am one step closer to my ‘homemade home’, where everything has been made by me! Well that’s the dream anyway. It means I have a lot of crafts to learn.

Yesterday I collected my glass coasters and also had another workshop to make a free standing curved structure similar to the one below. It will be able to stand up and I will put a little behind it to turn it into a little light.

It will be like this but with my design on it instead.

It will have my design on it, which is a two butterflies flying in the sky.

Before the firing!

It will be fired flat to begin with to prevent the glass from slipping and then will be fired again to shape it into the curve. It won’t be fired at such a high temperature because I don’t want to lose the texture of the shards of glass in the sky. I will be able to collect it on Monday and I can’t wait!

This week I don’t have tons to show for the amount of sewing I’ve been doing. But I have finally finished all 20 blocks for my double quilt. They just need squaring up and the sashing adding and then I can think about adding the wadding and backing. I look forward to seeing it finished.

I have managed to make a little make up bag that I found the tutorial for through The Fledgling Seamstress Blog . The tutorial is from Three Bears. It was a pretty easy tutorial to follow and it made a good introduction project for my sewing machine as well. I thought that once filled with some nice cosmetics and decorated with some cool yoyos (another thing I have learnt how to make this week), buttons and ribbon they would make some pretty funky  presents.

This weeks aims are to:

  • square up and add sashing to my sample quilt blocks,
  • make some kind of bag from one of my many magazines and books I have collected and am yet to use,
  • (I know it’s early to be thinking about it but I want to be on top of things) try to make merry christmas bunting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little bit of homemade goodness.

Everyday I become more and more of a domestic goddess. At the beginning of this year I decided that last Christmas was ridiculous on the purse strings. So I pledged to make all of my presents through the year. So far it is going well, although I have not yet started on the Christmas to come presents. Today it is my Nanna’s birthday and having made no plans for it I decided to use ingredients I already have to make her some cupcakes.

My final result

I already had the presentation box from my last visit to lakeland (I just couldn’t resist and I’m now glad I didn’t).  The butter icing is blue as that is the only colour I had left in my baking cupboard and I found some chocolate sprinkles in the back. My boyfriend politely said that the butter icing is nice but not quite right. When I asked him to elaborate he said he couldn’t put his finger one it. Not very helpful at all but there we go.

The plan was to make a total of 12, which would mean 6 for Nanna, then 2 for us at home and 4 for my boyfriend to take to work for him and his work friends. However, this plan was sabotaged by my spaniel cross called Chappie. Unlike my boyfriend it turns out that he did enjoy them and had no complaints (I could tell this because 1 just wasn’t enough…he devoured 2!)

The half eaten evidence!

The guilty culprit!

At least I can say someone enjoyed my cakes :-p

Now all I need to do is clean myself up (my once black t-shirt is now white) and take my sweet treats across.