An experiment in book-binding.

After seeing some gorgeous books on Etsy, created by “Paperlion“, I was intruiged by the idea of making my own books. I gathered some old cardboard, some excess computer paper & some funky hot pink embroidery floss, and got to work, following a tutorial for coptic binding that I found with assistance of Professor Google. The end result: And a shot of the binding stitches: The

A quick exercise in creation…

I have subscribed to a mailing list called “Illustration Friday” for a while now, it’s an little email inspiration prompter. I haven’t really done much with it, because until recently, I’ve mainly focused on photography as my main artistic expression, plus most other mediums were quite scary, to be honest. They seemed to demand a larger outlet then my mediocre abilities were able to produce.

Another Tag…

From Vanilla this time!   1. Where is your mobile phone? Buried in the bottom of the nappy bag, where I can’t really hear it, and miss almost every call I recieve (which averages out to about 1 per fortnight, and certain to be from my husband!) 2. Where is your significant other? At work, so I’m told. 3. Your hair color? Blonde, tending towards

If…

I’ve been tagged by Shannon, quite a while ago now, but it’s quite a hard one. The Rules: 1. Link to the person who tagged you. 2. List 5 things that could make your life very different should it come true. 3. Tag 5 other people.   If…   … I had have gone to uni straight out of school as planned, I wouldn’t have

Another change mat

So the secret project I teased you with last post has been finished & passed on to it’s recipient this morning.   A simple little snails trail change mat, made from fabric leftover from the apron I made for my mother-in-law, and that I also used to make a couple of pencil rolls. I have a small amount left, which I am hoping should be

Flowers & flare

Just a couple of images I found as I was sorting through my current card.   A sweet pink camellia:   Some yummy sun flare: This one is my favourite of the two images. It just seems to have an air of vintage whimsy that appeals to my girlishness.   Lots of crafty stuff happening this weekend, a bit of sewing on the project that

Two for four…

So, another week ends, and with it, my first foray into stay-at-home-motherhood with two small children. Would I call it a success? Probably. The house has been clean everyday, tantrums have been minimal (or no more frequent than usual, anyhow!), trains have been played, cakes baked, hedges pruned, and I even found time to do a little crafty something. Now what oh what could this

It’s a boy!

For those who are as yet unaware, our beautiful second son arrived safe & sound on the morning of September 22 – four days overdue. All went smoothly, and almost a neat 12 hours after my first contraction, I got the VBAC I had been longing for for two years, and gave birth to a little boy, the spitting image of his big brother, though

Pencil Roll Tutorial

As promised, I’m back with a tutorial for a pencil roll I made a while back. It holds 10 pencils plus a notepad. I used Staedler Maxi Learner’s pencils, for two reasons. One, they are nice & chunky for little hands, and two, they are the only Australian Made pencils I could find. MATERIALS: Outer fabric – 2 peices cut 15.5″ x 8.5″ Inner fabric –