Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Makers' Box :: project one

I've just had a quick look through my blog posts so far this year and I think I have forgotten to tell you about some exciting news - I'm part of the Makers' Collective Making Team for 2015! I'm so thrilled to be working with Mikaela and the Makers' Collective - if there are two things I believe in they are craft for everyone and local Canberra events/businesses, so I am super excited to be able to help spread the word about both.

One of the really cool products that the Makers' Collective offers is the Makers' Box - a subscription based service where you receive a project per month as a kit in the post (they are sent quarterly, so you get 3 kits at once). The projects are really varied, and the best thing is everything you need for the project is right there in the box, so it's the perfect way to try something new without having to run around after a bunch of different supplies - and of course you can add in bits and pieces from your own crafting stash to really customise the project and make it your own.

I was really excited when I saw one of the kits was for air dry clay magnets - I had a bit of a look around for air dry clay for ornament making at Christmas, but decided to use fimo instead - so I couldn't wait to try it out. You can see in the picture there that the kit came with a little instruction book that has loads of photos and all the info and templates you need to make a cute little cloud and raindrop set of magnets. I decided to try a something a little different, and embellished my clay with stamps and ink from my stash instead. (You can probably also see that there is plenty enough clay in the kit for both!)

And there are my finished magnets. I found the clay a little bit hard to get smooth when I was cutting it out, but gave it a sand it after it dried, and am happy with the result. In terms of the stamps and ink, I was so impressed with the level of detail that came out - I really thought the stamps might be a bit intricate! I tried a few different inks - some were a bit watery and rubbish, but others worked really well (a reflection of the quality of the inks, not the process!). I gave these a layer of Mod Podge to seal them a bit too. Over all I think they came out pretty cute - I think if you had stronger magnets they would make cute needle minders for your stitching, and if you felt confident about the seal you could probably also make some cute brooches! I think next I might try to make some little jewellery dishes - either stamped like these or textured with lace imprints or something.

My fellow Making Team member Natalie made the cloud magnets with her daughters - pop over to One Scrappy Doctor to see how they turned out (spoiler alert :: they painted theirs and they turned out super cute).

You can find all the info you need to subscribe for the Makers' Box here.

And here are a few other exciting things going on at the Makers' Collective:

I'm excited to have made a little Eastery quilty project & tutorial for the launch issue of MAKERS magazine! MAKERS is a quarterly online magazine which is launching March 24 - you can find out more AND sign up for a FREE subscription here.

March is birthday month at the Makers' Hub and how better to celebrate than with a month of giveaways - this week's prize is double passes to see the film Infinitely Polar Bear - more info here.

XO Bron







Sunday, March 15, 2015

EllaFunt Cardigan

I'm not sure whether it's the cooler nights we start to get, or the fact that I'm sick of summer and dreaming of cardigan weather, but each year around this time I get a bit obsessed with knitting. As always I have a long long 'to knit' list and am busting to start new things, but I'm also feeling really keen to finish some projects that have been hanging around - a side effect of knitting for someone who will grow out of things I think! And so the EllaFunt cardigan (here on ravelry) I started last Easter is all done.

One of my favourite things about this is the yarn! My friend Penny (happy spider knits) was selling little kits of hand-dyed wool with this pattern in mind, so there was the main colour and then tiny skeins of the colours used in the yoke - such a fantastic idea! And I am in love with the effect of the green!! It is kind of heathered rather than a solid colour - so pretty! I did add the navy blue from my stash, as I was making a larger size than the kit was for and worried I might run out of the green (I think I would have been fine). Speaking of size, there are loads of comments on Ravelry from people thinking they must have messed up their gauge because their cardis have come out so big - but actually if you look at the chest circumference I think the sizes (in terms of age) are really generous. This is the 6-12 month size and has quite a bit of space (and length).

So it's a definite win! Amelia wore it to lunch with some of our yarn-appreciative friends on Friday and as soon as she got out of the pram a lady at the next table commented on what a lovely cardi she was wearing =) I'm thinking about making another one for next year, switching the elephants out for another pattern. For now I have a 'Granny's Favourite' cardigan on needles, and am loving it! It's mustardy yellow, squishy 8 ply and feels like autumn =)


Sunday, March 01, 2015

Bean bag

So nice to start a new month with a new project - especially one that can be finished the same day AND can be make from just fabrics in my stash (I only had to buy the zip and the beanbag filling!)

I used a free tutorial from Project Nursery blog called Sew a Kid's Bean Bag Chair in 30 Minutes - and it really didn't take much more time than that.

I sewed it pretty much exactly as per the tutorial, except I added a lining bag too - to make it easier when the vegemite handprints get too much and it needs a wash. I used an old fitted sheet which I cut and sewed exactly the same way as the cover, except that instead of a zip I sewed it shut once I'd put the filling in. And, seriously, getting all of those little styrofoam beads in there was the most difficult part of the whole project!!