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....