Thursday, 18 August 2016

My first finished quilt ever. Happy 1:st birthday baby Alicia!

Baby quilt Deb Strain moda fabric Love U

 Ta daaaa!
(Just took 7+ years, but that's not bad in crafteryears is it?)

I thought it wouldn't take quite that long and the top part actually came together quite fast (sewing colorful squares together is so much fun). But then quilting the whole thing together - the sewingmachine eating the fabric and the bulk of it all...Nightmare! And apparently the soft minky fabric I used for the back is a known nightmare to work with and not recommended for newbies. Of course that I learned after I was almost done with the quilt :D 
You live, you learn, right? 

Baby quilt Deb Strain moda fabric Love U

Last year I made a big cleanout in my craftingcorner. I gave away lots of new things I'd never used and decided to give my unfinished projects a one year deadline. If they slip down my prioritylist and are still in the same stage one year later - off they go. 

Just deciding on this state of mind kicked me into gear and I started taking on the task of this quilt that had been laying around for years. I already had the whole front sewn together and the backing and wadding already bought. The only thing that was left to do was to quilt it all together and finish off with a border. Shouldn't be that hard, right?
Well...it wasn't that easy especially as I still had my old mechanical sewingmachine from the 70-ies in trendy orange and brown, haha.
I had to take out stitches every now and then - probably around 40% of the time, but it was worth it in the end. No point in spending that much time on a piece and then making a bad job finishing it.

Baby quilt Deb Strain moda fabric Love U

 The way I quilted it was to make a straight stitch along the onecolored panels. Then I followed the edge of every other square alternating like a brickwork. It was enough to hold everything in place. The final part was to handstitch the green dotted fabric to the edges. 

Baby quilt Deb Strain moda fabric Love U

The night before I decided to customize the quilt so I drew and handembroidered a monogram to the right lower corner. 

Baby quilt Deb Strain moda fabric Love U

This quilt was a gift for baby Alicia's Christening last year. I can't believe she is already one year old today!

Happy, happy birthday to the cutest little baby I know!


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Friday, 12 August 2016

Tilda lovebirds with house

Tone Finanger fabric Lovebirds zoomed
 
I've been looking through some old craft photos and found this cute pair that I don't think I've showed you yet. I made it many years ago when I bought my first Tilda book called "Tildas landsted" (by Tone Finnanger).

Tone Finanger fabric Lovebird

Tone Finanger fabric Lovebird

 I made them for a sewing swap where I got the Magnolia Tilda doll you can see HERE
Each bird have a charm sewn to the front - a locket and a key - and the house has a charm that says "love". According to the pattern you are supposed to add beaks made from skewer sticks, but I was worried they might break in the mail so I skipped them. I think the birds are just as cute with their fabric beaks. 

Tone Finanger fabric Lovehouse

To be able to hang everything up I added beaded string to all parts. One of the birds have white beads, the other one red and the house is a mix of both colors. I also sewed on a piece of wire to the bottom of the birds so you could put them on a perch somewhere in your house.

Tone Finanger fabric Lovebirds

It's fun to see how much my sewing skills have improved since I made these. Sometimes it's hard to apreciate your skill when it feels like it's not going forward. So if you have doubts about your skill: take a look at some of your older pieces and you might be surprised at how far you've come.

Until next time.
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Bow clasp summerfield necklace

Welcome back to my blog and to another post. Today I want to show you another one of my wired necklaces. It's been almost finished for a month or two, but I was unsure about which clasp to use so I let it sit for a while and ponder about it :)

Glass wire summer meadow necklace

Well, it finally made up its mind for a bowshaped clasp so here it is.

Glass wire summer meadow necklace clasp

Glass wire summer meadow necklace detail


It is made with different glass beads. The big green ones are silverfoiled on the inside and the big white ones depict flowers. The tiny fushia ones are freshwater pearls and the rest is glass and crackled glass. 

Glass wire summer meadow necklace

The necklace measures about 45cm (about 18") and is a so called "princess" length. 


I'm getting ready to set up a shop so you can buy my stuff. Isn't it great? I have been eyeing zibbet.com. Anyone had any experience with them? Let me know.

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Jewelry cup and saucer tower

Cup and saucer tower for jewelry

For today's post I want to share with you a great DIY from your thrifted cups and saucers. Are you just like me where you love these beautiful cups, but you just can't justify buying them for their real purpose because they are too small for tea/coffee? But they are soooo cuuuute and you want them soooo muuuuch? 
You just don't know what you would use them for?
Here's a way to eat the cake and have it too.

Cup and saucer tower for jewelry detail

I don't know about you, but when I go to my local thrift shops I see a lot of these small cups and saucers with gold edges and flowers painted on them. There are often a lot of the same design and I hate breaking up a set. Instead I look for those they only have one of. It's also a good idea to have different sizes. Here the saucer is a little bit bigger on the bottom than on top. It takes a while to find the right combination so try different ones until you're happy with the tower. Here I used 3 cups, 3 saucers and a jar in the same style.

Cup and saucer tower for jewelry
This tower is quite small which makes it perfect for jewelry or other trinkets. It's about 28x15cm.
All pieces are glued together except the top jar. I wasn't sure if I wanted the top to have a bigger area to hold a watch for instance or if the jar should be glued down aswell. I left it unglued for now, but what do you think? Do you prefer it with or without the jar glued down?

Cup and saucer tower for jewelry

  By the way, did you know that during the Victorian era hot beverages were drunk from the saucer? Crazy right? I found some info about it HERE if you want to read more.


Let me know if you'd like a tutorial or if you have any questions.
Until next time.

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Winner with both tutorials!

Just a quick note to tell you I was one of the winners in both the wedding- and the catsection at instructables.
Thanks to everyone who voted for me.

Painted dog/catbed from a drawer
Both items are for sale.
Stay tuned for more inspiration, tutorials and remakes. 
 :)
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Friday, 1 July 2016

Wedding flowerbelt/hairband tutorial

Wedding flower belt tutorial
 
On monday there was a deadline for instructable's wedding contest. If you're not familiar with instructables it's a free site where people put up their tutorials in a huge selection of categories. Most of them are step-by-step instructions with photos (like mine), but some of them are with videos. The deadline was monday so naturally I came up with a brilliant project the same day. Nothing like a deadline to keep you motivated, am I right?
 
Wedding flower belt
 
I've been thinking about making videotutorials, but I must admit I feel more comfortable with these photo step-by-step instructions. Do you think it's an ancient kind of way to teach or do you like these kind of tutorials? 
 
Wedding flower tiara
 
The way I see it is that I'd rather take a good photoed tutorial than a youtube one with bad  lighting, lots of unnecessary talk and the feeling of it taking to long and not getting to the point. 
Let me know what you think. Would you rather see my tutorials videoed? Is that even the right word anymore? Recorded maybe?
 I'm just showing you some of the shots of the finished project. If you want the full tutorial, check it out on 
 
 
where you can vote for this project in the wedding contest (in top right corner of the project's frontpage).
 
Wedding flower belt side
 
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Cricket - the sport, not the bug :)

Cricket Derek card Dr digis house of stamps
 
 Has it been a week already? Sheesh time flies when you're having fun. Yesterday I went thriftshopping - found a lot of jewelry and accessories, but not much for crafting. 
 
However, I've been quite busy with other projects so stay tuned and make sure to check out my 
And don't forget to vote for me.
 
 
Let me show you my card for my last week as the guest designer for the 

This week we've been playing with stamps from 
who is also this week's sponsor.
 
Cricket Derek card Dr digis house of stamps
 
I made the card using folds so it looks like he is standing at the top of the hill. I added "balls" by punching out circles and drawing lines on them. Together with the polkadot paper it turned out quite well. Sometimes you have bright ideas, but they don't translate too well when you realize them. This one I think was not one of them.
 
Hope you'll join us in our "sport" challenge at the I love promarker challenge blog. What's your take on it?
 
 
Supplies:
Image: Digi stamp "Cricket Derek"  from Dr digi's house of stamps
Paper: Wild asparagus "Pretty little girl" Dots/Blue paper
Color: promarkers
Other: Circle punch, Martha Stewart border punch
 
 Challenges: 
Bunny Zoe crafts  - Summer
Crafty creations  - Anything goes
Everybody art  - For a man/boy
My time to craft - Summertime
Penny's challenges - Anything goes

 
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Stylish petbed from an old drawer TUTORIAL

Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint
Front says "snug as a bug"
How much don't you love your pet - or would if you had one? Wouldn't you want it to have a bed that is front and center in your bedroom instead of being hidden somewhere in the corner?
By making your own petbed you can style it any way you want and with so many free images out there the sky is the limit.
Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint

I made this one from an old drawer by using Annie Sloan's chalk paint and printed images. 
The color is custom made by me using mostly white, then blue, gray and yellow.
I applied the images using a transfer-on technique and by using free images from 
Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint back
Back of the "bed"
You can find more pictures and the whole tutorial on my instructables page

Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint

If you like it, please consider voting for me in the 
"cat contest" 
or 
"dog contest"  
 or both ;)
You vote by clicking the orange "vote" button in the top right corner of my instructables page
HERE
Click it and you will have a choice of casting your vote for the two contests.

Winner will be announced july 4:th 2016.
 Thanks!
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Friday, 17 June 2016

chalk paint birdie darling heart


Chalk paint birdie heart

I'm finally ready to show you a project using Annie Sloan's chalk paint. I've been so excited to show you this project and even though the paints dry quickly there are still a lot of steps that you need to wait for to dry.

Chalk paint birdie heart lady

I have used a wooden heart (about 10x11cm) and started by painting it with "Emile" and after it dried with a dilluted "old white".
Then I printed out mirrored images on a laserjet printer and using decoupage glue I attached the images to the painted heart.
This is an image transfer technique that I really enjoyed. Let me know if you'd like to see a tutorial.

Chalk paint birdie heart flower

After the images were fully transfered I used a satin varnish on the image to seal it and then Annie Sloan's clear wax to the rest of the surface.
As a final step I added dimensional glaze to the center of flower and crackle medium to the leaf. I will say that the dimensional glaze worked well, but the crackle medium kind of "pearled" itself to the middle and didn't really stick the way I wanted. I think next time I will try adding this before I add the varnish.

Chalk paint birdie heart

So what do you think?

Supplies:
Paint:  Annie Sloan's chalk paint in "Emile" and "Old white"
Glue: plaid decoupage glue
Varnish: Winsor&Newton artists' acrylic satin UV varnish
 
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Naughty or nice Christmas card for GDT spot

Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard
 
Welcome to my blog. Today I'm showing you a card I've made as the guest designer for the 

This week we're asking you to make a project for a child and as always using any type of promarkers.
 
I have to say that this is my absolute favorite way to color images. I've tried copics, watercolor- and oilcolor pencils, twinkling H2Os, distressinks and probably a bunch of other coloring techniques too, but promarkers are by far my favorite.
Would you like a tutorial or tips on how I color my images? Comment down below and let me know.
 
Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard closed
 
The image I have used is from Kenny K stamps and it's called "Xmas tree".
 
Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard inside
  
I made the card resembling a package so it's more fun for a child to open. Inside I sprinkled some stars to give more of a surprise moment. 
One less card to make for Christmas - I know I'll be greatful for this one right around the end of november :)
 
Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard tag
 
Supplies: 
Papers: scrappieces from my Christmasstash
Image: digistamp from Kenny K called Xmas tree 
Color: promarkers
Others: sakura gelly roll (to add sparkle to tag and details on Christmastree)
 
 
Challenges: 
ABC challenge  - J for Just as you like
Allsorts  - fancy bows and ribbons
Alphabet challenge - H for hand colored image
Crafty creations - tic tac toe (sentiment, image, tag)
Fab 'n' funky  - shaped cards
Kraftin' Kimmie  - anything goes
Penny's challenges - anything goes
Southern girls - the kids are all right
Winter wonderland - ribbon and bow 
 
  
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