Wednesday, 22 December 2010
I started by cutting quite a wide triangle out of a old Christmas card
I then cut this into horizontal strips
I then removed a couple of the strips and arranged the remaining ones a little crookedly on my card. I added a "flowerpot" made of another part of the old card and a gold sticker star at the top
And that was all there was to it really. Here's the finished card again. Quick and easy - just the job!
Friday, 10 December 2010
And now, check this out
First take a serviette and fold it to look like this:
This is what the back will look like.
Then, from white card cut out the beard and head shape with wings and also cut out a wavy moustache as shown below. Then cut out an oval shape to put the eyes and nose on - ours is made from orangey coloured card, but a skin tone coloured card would look even better. Use a hole punch and black/red paper to make the eyes and the nose and stick them onto the oval shape. Glue the oval shape and the white moustache onto the main beard shape.
The side "wings" are folded at the back of the serviette - it's best to try for size on the serviette before glueing, marking the two "wings" with a pencil where they should overlap. Then remove the Santa face from the serviette, overlap and glue the two wings using your pencil marks to guide you, then leave to dry completely before sliding onto the serviette.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Imagine my embarassment then, when we showed up at the starting point to see that everyone else had probably spent a whole week carving and shaping and etching their lanterns, so decorative they were. There were fancy shapes, wavy lines, zig zags, swirls, even children's names. Feeling rather inadequate, I kept telling myself it was the taking part that mattered, but, to make matters worse, a storm was blowing up and the wind kept blowing our candles out. Cursing myself for using cheap IKEA tea light candles and having failed to bring along spare matches, I must have looked a bit dejected. And here's the thing; no-one else's candles were going out. Then someone let me in on the secret - they were all using BATTERY-POWERED candles in their lanterns....Duh! Fortunately someone had some spare (battery-powered) candles and one of my tea lights took pity on me and decided to stay alight for the whole of the procession. Despite everything, a good time was had and needless to say I will first in line for those battery-powered tea lights next year.....
Monday, 20 September 2010
And here's the inside:
The outside is made from corrugated cardboard, with lengths of wool glued into the grooves. A great way to use up scraps of wool and the children got on with the colour schemes all by themselves. I think they've turned out well and they would make good presents too:)
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Note to self - perhaps more forward-planning???
Thursday, 24 June 2010
I found the idea for it here
Anyway, the weather is improving by the day, so I'm off to tackle the garden....
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Here's the T-shirt before...
And here it is after my efforts...
Phew - it's actually turned out ok. I drew around a dinner plate to make a paper circle pattern, then pinned the circle over the silver writing on the front of the T-shirt, leaving the T-shirt double and then cut through both layers of material to get a back and a front to my cushion. I then used the sleeves for the strip around the middle. After sewing it up (only broke the thread once :))I hand-stitched the silver cord around the front seam (takes forever if you are me) and finally added the buttons at the bottom to hide the join of the silver cord, as I couldn't think of another way to hide it!
If you have recycled / re-purposed old clothes or fabric and written about it on your blog, why not leave me a comment with the link to that post. Or, if you have come across a good idea for recycling fabrics, please add a comment and the link.
Off to rummage in my sewing box now...
Thursday, 10 June 2010
This is a really quick project, with no specialized materials, great for a rainy afternoon. We did it with 6 to 9 year olds.
Small piece of holographic paper or tin foil
2 x wobbly eyes (if you don't have these, you can draw the eyes on)
Piece of string
First, use a template to cut 2 fish out of coloured cardboard. These will be stuck together, so decide which 2 sides are "outside" and mark the tail of each fish with a small cross.
Next, take an old catalogue and cut out small circles for "scales". You will also need a small amount of holographic paper, as we used, or silver foil, to add the silver scales. Next, starting at the tail end of the fish, using a glue stick, stick the paper scales row by row on to the fish, overlapping them a little and moving towards the head with each "row". Don't forget to randomly intersperse the catalogue scales with shiny silver scales. Add a wobbly eye. Complete a second fish in the same way, making sure you check which side to stick the scales to. Finally, glue the 2 fish together with the scales on the outside, sandwiching a thread between the fish so that you can hang it up.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
I've read a couple of these Shopaholic books and they are always fun and light-hearted. Next came something a bit more spine-chilling:
This is the third book in a series with the hero Ben Hope, the first two being "The Alchemist's Secret" and "The Mozart Conspiracy". It's an action-packed thriller and hard to put down, but alot of blood is spilled - not sure if I could stomach this as a film.
Finally, I've just finished this book:
I always enjoy her books. The story is basically how one girl meets a new man and another breaks up with her man and their friend's struggle to come to terms with his cancer. However, the character portrayals are astonishingly detailed, very credible and at times, rather poignant.
Right, off to find a new book now....
Friday, 4 June 2010
Bookworm post coming tomorrow....
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
On the crafty front, I have managed to make this bag charm
If using wire to make these charms, sooner or later it becomes brittle from all the swinging back and forth and snaps. If you don't notice, you lose all of your beads, so this time, instead of using wire, I have threaded the beads onto cord. Hope it lasts a bit longer. Any bag charm experts out there - please feel free to leave your tips/comments.
Finally, on the job front, I have been offered my first student by a small local language school. I applied to them in January, pre-CELTA course and they contacted me last week to say they had a potential client for me. I am meeting with him tomorrow, so fingers crossed all goes well....
Thursday, 22 April 2010
My daughter made this cute pen holder from a tin can at school.
I searched around a bit and found that you can do all sorts of things with tin cans. Look at this and this.
Just before Easter the Mummies were invited to Kindergarten for the afternoon. Any visit to a Kindergarten in Switzerland will involve doing some crafting (Basteln) at some point. And this visit was no exception. Look at what we made:
This started life as a plastic envelope. Draw the basic shape of the chicken with black marker pen on the plastic envelope. Then, before cutting the shape out, put about 3 staples around the black line. This stops the plastic from slipping away from you and disappearing underneath the table when you cut out. Next cut comb, wings, feet and beak from felt. Add all these but the beak by "trapping" them between the 2 layers of plastic with more staples. Glue the beak on the front. Draw the eyes with black marker pen. Finally put a few white feathers in the "body" of the chicken and staple up any gaps in the plastic. We added a thread to the top and our chick is happily hanging in my son's bedroom window.
And last but by no means least, a lovely project from my very talented friend Monique. I know Easter is over for another year, but I am definitely doing this next year.
Monique has kindly provided the instructions for this project:
*Fill one corner of a classical sandwich plastic bag with Plaster of Paris (liquid Gipsmasse/Giessmasse)
* Hang it to dry so that exactly that shape stays
* When dry, paint the chicken in any colours you like
* Cut the beek out of red paper and stick it on the chicken with glue
* Paint eyes or glue on shop-bought funny moving eyes
* Glue feathers to the back
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
On Saturday we visited the thermal baths at Schinznach , nice, if pricey for a family and definitely more for adults than children. On the way there we bought 6 dining chairs here, something which we've been meaning to do for about 8 months! On Sunday we bought 9 O`clock passes on the Zurich Transport System (11.50.-CHF each with Halbtax, kids free if they have a Junior pass). What great value this was! First we took the train from our village to Zurich main station. Then we rushed over to platform 2 and onto the S10 which took us up the Uetliberg.
Spectacular views from the top despite the murky weather - or was it the volcanic cloud? Then back down into Zurich again, a walk along the Bahnhofstrasse catching the children's parade for Sechseläuten, Zürich's Spring festival. At Bürkliplatz we were drawn to the boats on Lake Zurich and, discovering that our passes entitled us to get on them, on we hopped. An hour later we got off the boat at the lakeside town of Küsnacht and took the train back along the lake to Zurich and then back to our village. Phew! What a lovely day!
Yesterday we had a relaxing day visiting the little town of Stein am Rhein, then continuing along the shores of Lake Constance. We stopped off for ice cream and a paddle and more or less had the lake to ourselves
Then finally dinner on the island of Reichenau before the short drive home. A word of warning, the sun is stronger than you think and my husband and son both got a little sunburnt yesterday. Time to get that suncream out, I think...
All over this weekend, we kept listening to the reports of suspended air traffic and thought of all the unfortunate people stranded at airports. We were grateful that we'd been able to stay at home and still enjoy all these things on our doorstep. I'm sure we will go to Paris sometime, but for now, we'll be checking out our local attractions....
It's nice to get back to blogging - will be showing you some crafty things later this week!