Friday, 31 August 2012

Another Pinterest Project

I often wonder these days, what on earth would I do without Pinterest? How did I manage to have ideas without it?!! Ages ago I pinned some yarn wrapped chipboard letters, thinking that I had a large chipboard 'B' and tons of yarn lying around, and today I was sat at my desk, spotted it and thought I'd give it a go.

After I'd finished, I posted a pic on Instagram, as I do with most things, and I immediately had two comments asking how I did it, so here it is....

It was dead simple......I had a pre cut chipboard letter but I'm sure you could do your own if you wanted.  I simply ran some ATG, a small amount at a time and then wrapped the yarn around.  I used the end of a ball of chunky wool so it covered quite quickly.  The only tricky bits I encountered were where the horizontals meet the verticals, but with a little extra tape and some perseverance I made it work.  The fabric flowers are some that I made an absolute age ago.....probably about three years or so, from a you tube video that I don't remember the name of!  Those were glue gunned on and it's as simple as that! (Jess and Lou, I hope I've explained it well enough!)

Now to find a space in my craft room for it!!


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

An Instagram Summer

As the summer holidays draw to a close and I get ready to start my new career, I thought I'd share with you some photos that seem to sum up the last six weeks for me.  They are all photos I have shared on Instagram which also seems appropriate as I have become properly hooked in the last few months!

Here we go......

As we speak, I am working them up into a little project that will remind me of how good summer 2012 was! It will be finished soon, it has to be, my days of endless craftiness are limited!!

TFL xxx

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Wedding of The Year

As I write this I can't believe it was two weeks ago.....for the last year I have been helping my best friend plan her wedding, it only seems like 5 minutes ago that Lee proposed to Jen in Paris and now they are married!!

The wedding was absolutely perfect!

It started with the bride, her bridesmaids and personal attendants (that's me!!) getting ready at her parents house....
(I took this one so I'm not in it!!)

You can't see the shirts very well but I monogramed a load of oversized shirts with our initials to wear on the morning, the photographer thought they were great!! (Thanks Pinterest!!)

The service was beautiful, I cried buckets and the new Mr and Mrs Smith looked sooooo happy!

Me and the girls appropriately (and inadvertantly) came dressed as team GB!!!

The weather was beautiful and perfect for the photos....
 The food was good, drinks plentiful, the band were awesome and we partied hard!!!

It truly was the perfect day for the perfect couple.  I cried from start to finish, complete emotional wreck, and it took a good few days to recover but it was totally worth it!!!

I'll be back to share all of our crafty contributions to the day very soon xxx

Monday, 20 August 2012


I promised I'd be back to fill you in on more goings on from the last couple of months, so here I am!

At the beginning of July, it seems an age ago now, I helped to organise a hen weekend for my best friend Jen.  We hired the most beautiful converted barn in Dorset and had a lovely girly weekend of food, wine, pampering and partying.

I won't go into to much detail, there are far too many stories to say it was eventful is an understatement! But for now I just want to share the craftiness!!

So my main job for the weekend was to organise the food.  All the hens chipped in a tenner and I am proud to say that for this I provided for 16 people, an evening meal, two breakfasts, a lunch, a sweet table and 8 bottles of wine!! Now that is good shopping!

Most of my creative energy went into the sweet table for the Friday night.....

There is a bit of a story behind the theme for the weekend......the bride chose her dress from the Disney princess collection by Alfred Angelo, and the princess in question just happened to be Tiana, you should have seen her face when I told her that was the Princess and the Frog!!! So we went with a purple and green colour scheme and lots of frogs!!

I made lilac and green Macarons, cake pops, dipped marshmallows, strawberries and 

pretzels, rice crispie squares, cupcakes, Beignets (a bit like doughnuts, Tiana's speciality in the film!) and Oreo pops.  I have to say it went down well with everyone!

I also made a little fridge magnet for each hen as a souvenir and a guestbook that we gave to Jen the night before her wedding but neither of which I have photos of!

Back with some wedding craftiness soon! xxx

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Long Time No See!!

Don't're not seeing things.....that's right.....I am actually blogging!!!

Where have I been?? Well life has been chaos! Since I last blogged I've been spending lots of time getting to know my new class, I've been on a hen weekend and to one of the most beautiful  weddings ever, and I've been busy creating, but more on all of that later.

First, I want to tell you about my new classroom! It is a very, very, exciting thing for me to finally have my own classroom. I think, without even really knowing it, it's been something that I've dreamed about since I was a little girl, and now I have one!  I have to keep reminding myself that it's only mine for a year (my contract is temporary,) but for now I am going to enjoy it and make the most of having all the enthusiasm of an NQT!!

My class is year 1 and is called Penguin class, I don't know if I have mentioned before but penguins are my favourite animal so I have very much taken the theme and run with it! For example, one of the first things I did was make these....

Penguin tricky words that are velcroed to the wall so that the children can take them to copy and then pop them back.

My next project was a little Ikea chair that we bought my nephew years ago, he's grown out of it and it was looking a bit tatty but after a lick of black paint (thanks Dad) and me digging my sewing skills out of mothballs, it got transformed to this......

My very important penguin chair! Simply made with three pillowcases (about £1 each!) and some felt scraps.  I have to say I'm pretty chuffed!!

And finally, a project I've worked on for a while, since before I had the job actually! I bought this bolster cushion years ago with good intentions of making a cover but it never happened until now.....

A granny stripe in pretty rainbow colours, hopefully it will make the book corner a really inviting place.  This has to be my new favourite crochet pattern, so easy and grows really quickly.

And I actually enjoyed writing this post to so if you're lucky I'll be back soon with more!!

TFL xxx