Rainy days

So it is bucketing down here today. We have pools and buckets out the back to catch the rain to save for the garden on hot days, and they are nearly overflowing!

Its the perfect day for staying in and crocheting, however my wrist is too sore to do so. (I really need to remember to wear my wrist brace when I crochet, cause it takes days to recover enough to be able to crochet again if I forget!)

So today’s project was re organizing the pantry, and labeling all of the flour containers that we use for other ingredients.

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It was pretty simple, I just cut some scrap paper to size, got my texta on and then stuck the labels on with PVA glue.

Not water proof, but the inside can be wiped out with a damp cloth.

Happy crafting, and if you are in southern Queensland or northern NSW my thoughts are with you. Please stay safe, and hopefully the flood waters start to recede soon!

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DIY blocking board.

With the amount of squares I have been making lately, and with how warped they have been looking I decided that I needed to start blocking them.

Usually I use a sheet on the floor to block, but that means I have to take up floor space in miss 8’s bedroom, and buying blocking kits are expensive so I decided to make my own.

All it cost me was $6, the price of the tape.

Materials:

A strong cardboard box

Waterproof cloth tape

And some cotton material (I used an old cot sheet)

First trim your cardboard to the size you want your blocking board to be. Don’t worry about  folds in the cardboard, it will be sitting flat while you are using it anyway, and you can reinforce the back if you want to.

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Next seal off all of the sides with your tape. Now Place strips from top to bottom, slightly overlapping until all of one side is completely covered in tape.

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So now this side of the cardboard is waterproof, and should be protected from the moisture while we are blocking. But it doesn’t look so pretty, and needs a little something to protect it from the heat of the iron. (If you block using steam) At this point you can tape another piece of cardboard to the back if you think it is too thin, or needs some reinforcing.

So cut a piece of fabric so that it has approx 3 – 4 inches of overhang on each side. Pull it nice and taut, taping it down on the side that still has cardboard exposed.

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And here is the front:

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And now you are ready to block your pieces!

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Here are some of my ‘In a spin’ squares blocking.

 

NB your pins will get a little sticky from the glue on the tape. This is fine for blocking, but I wouldn’t go using your good sewing pins or something of the like with his board.

Happy crafting 🙂

Kids craft Sunday – gift tags and bows

How to turn your kids paintings into nice gift tags.

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You will need:

An old cereal box

A plain piece of paper (or scrap paper blank on one side)

A painting or picture

Glue stick

Darning needle

And some yarn, we used red eyelash yarn with a green and red picture to make Christmas tags.

Cut out one panel from your cereal box. Paste the kids picture on one side of the box, and the plain paper in the same spot on the other side. Trim the uncovered edges and them cut the cardboard into rectangles the size you want your gift tags to be, leaving a 5mm border allowance on each side.

At this point I usually poke holes around 5mm in from the edge and approx 5mm apart to make it easier for my daughter to sew, but you don’t have to do this. Then using the yarn go around the edges in blanket stitch, leaving a long tail to tie the gift tag to the present.

There is a great blanket stitch tutorial here http://www.holiday-crafts-and-creations.com/how-to-do-blanket-stitch.html

And with the 2 leftover pieces of paper from all the way back here https://cookcraftcope.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/kids-craft-sunday-splatter-painting/

We are making gift bows.

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To make these, we cut 1 cm strips across the short side of a printed A4 piece of paper. We folded the strips of paper into figure a of 8 using a push pin to hold them in place We cut the strips used to make the 3 figure of 8 shorter than the rest, and stuck a sequin on the folded out push pin.

I am not very good at explaining this one I am sorry, but there are some good tutorials out there and here is a link to one 🙂 http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com.au/2009/10/make-gift-bow-from-magazine-page.html