My little boy has a lot of favourite books, but the book that he keeps coming back to as a favourite and which has worked its way into being part of our household and part of our lives is The Lorax. Last year, for World […]
Do you have a favourite flower? I’m not entirely sure that I do, but these last few years I have favoured big, flouncy blooms, and things like peonies and hydrangeas have been high on my list of ones I’d love to have gracing my imaginary […]
For the past two seasons I’ve had a wreath on my front door, because I like the little handmade reminder of nature as I cross the threshold to home. So, after the wreaths of paper leaves for autumn, and paper snowflakes for winter, I decided upon some paper flowers for spring.
The majority of the flowers are daffodils, which perhaps symbolise early to mid-spring more than any other flower in the UK, with their bright yellow trumpets calling the announcement that spring is finally here.
All of the earlier papercraft projects that I have made with the Cricut have been from templates of my own design, but I decided to have a look in the Cricut store of pre-prepared shape and designs before starting this project, and there happened to be a free month of Cricut Access (which gives you unlimited access to a large number of project cuts) on a free trial offer, and I found most of these flowers on there, ready to cut.
I cut the flowers as they were, resizing a few. The only ones I altered in any way were the pale narcissi with the small yellow trumpets. I resized those to give a larger size difference between the yellow corona and the pale petals, as these are some of the daffodils (along with the large and smaller bright yellow blooms) most familiar to me.
The flowers were all pretty simple to assemble, if a little fiddly at time, trying to get the glue to set. I used UHU glue as it was what I happened to have on hand, pressing the joins together and letting them come apart again, to make the areas tacky, then holding them together for ten seconds until they were bonded.
I hadn’t bought a wreath form when I made the flowers, so I made them without any foresight as to how I might arrange them. When I went to the craft store in search of a form for the wreath I saw this rather large moss-effect wreath for only £5, and as it was completely different in style to the ones I’d used for my previous wreaths, and was already green and spring-like, I decided that it would work nicely.
I arranged the flowers along the wreath until I ran out of prepared blooms, spacing the pink and purple blooms among the yellows of the daffodils without too much planning. I glued the blooms in place with UHU glue (a hot glue gun would likely have been easier, but it was in the cupboard and I was being lazy) and hung it up with my trusty wreath holder, which probably does more work than it’s £1 price tag could have expected. Welcome, spring!
A month or so ago we were discussing Darwin’s favourite programs when we said he’d never really got into a film. I thought, perhaps, that he might like Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro. Russell wondered if he’d find it at all interesting, but as Darwin […]
As I walked with my little boy to his nursery this week, we talked about the changing seasons. He was given a perpetual calendar for his birthday, which also records the time, weather and changing seasons, so we have enjoyed watching the almost daily changes […]
The first Christmas decorations have gone up in our house in the form of our Christmas stockings. In past years I have hung the two stockings that I designed and knitted; (Star Stocking and Cool Stocking) for my husband and I. I love those stockings so very much and they have been a part of our Christmas celebrations since we met.
If you wanted to knit your own stockings this year and were looking for a relatively quick and satisfying knit, or just really wanted to jump start your plans for next Christmas, I currently have these stocking patterns on an offer whereby if you add both to your Ravelry cart it will automatically take 50% off of the combined price, meaning you get both patterns for $5 rather than $10. Clicking this link will add both to your cart and apply the discount for you.
Next year I want to add a third pattern to the Christmas Stockings, that I will design specifically with my little boy’s personality in mind. This year, however, I wanted to try a different form of Christmas stocking and make a trio of matching family stockings.
I bought the linen Christmas stockings pre-made for speed and ease. They are not the most refined stockings, and mine in particular seems to have been seewn a bit wonky, but they come at an absolute bargain of a price, when they are in stock.
I cut the vinyl decorations using Greenstick Materials vinyl, which is a new brand to me but seems well priced and with a good variety of colours. I haven’t washed any of these yet, but they have adhered to the rough linen very well, even with the very fine line work that I decided to use.
Astute readers will notice that there is a tiny bit of decoration missing on my stocking. I don’t know how that happened, but I shall remedy it before Christmas. Perhaps.
I want for a navy blue vinyl alongside the traditional green and red because I thought it would give a little extra richness to the design, rather than using black as I might have done. I really like this colour combination on the natural, unbleached linen.
As this is the first year that my toddler has really has a grasp of some of the concepts of a family celebration at Christmas I am hoping that he enjoys placing the stocking at the end of his bed at Christmas Eve so that Father Christmas can fill it with some small little magical gifts. Have you got your stockings ready and made? There’s still time to sew, decorate or knit your own. Hopefully Father Christmas will bring you something lovely this year, and some chocolate coins.