Mini mustache embroidery hoops

IMG_5467 Every now and then I like to do a little hand stitching, do you? These miniature (3″) embroidery hoops are the perfect size for a quick project that you can start and finish in less than 2 hours.

I used the mustache stamps from What a Gentleman Clear Stamp Set which I stamped onto a piece of dotted fabric and then put it tightly inside the hoop.IMG_5435I filled the mustaches in with a satin stitch and black embroidery floss. I added extra detail (which was a chance to practice a few other embroidery stitches) around the edge of the design.IMG_5445 To finish, I covered the back of the hoop with a felt circle.IMG_5451IMG_5458IMG_5462 You’ll be pleased to know that I’m refraining from using any mustache-related puns in this post!

Monthly round-up JULY

This month has been a month to RELISH! Like many of you, I have had children home for the summer vacation and we’ve immersed ourselves in spending quality time together, playing, creating, reading and having fun. Many of my crafting projects have in some way involved them.  I had the chance to review the new Book Let’s Sew Together (and we even gave away a copy!) which is a great resource for people looking for creative projects to work on with children. From the book, my kids and I made these slippers and these necklaces!July collageI shared an idea for creating your own abacus here and my son’s amazing cardboard box arcade ideas here.IMG_1395We announced our three winners of the Create Behind the Seams contest we co-hosted with Pellon and it was so fun to watch the unique and fabulous entries roll in.CBTSFacebookHighlight-4I shared a peek at Spoonflower’s new faux suede fabric with a new Kindle case and some cushions.IMG_2877And I also managed to sneak in a few paper projects too. There was the stencil technique with punches and possibly my favorite project of the whole month, my simple geometric heart wall art.

August’s theme will be REFOCUS. Whilst I’m not ready to start thinking about Back To School, it’ll be upon us before we know it. That means, new school clothes, pencil cases, accessories etc. I’m not going to wish away the summer though. In reality, I feel like it’s only just beginning!


Easy Diorama

IMG_5092 Here’s a quick project for crafters young and old – a simple 4-sided diorama, ready to be filled with your scenes of choice. Start out by drawing a large circle on a piece of 12″x12″ card stock (I drew around a dinner plate). Then do the same of 3 more pieces of card stock, so that you have 4 in total.

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