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!

Lovely butterflies

IMG_0570 Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Instagram will know that I have a thing for monarch butterflies. In fact, we’ve been rearing them from eggs to caterpillars, catching the metamorphosis into chrysalises  and then watching in wonder as butterflies eventually emerge. We’ve come to consider these amazing little things as pets and the children will often name the butterflies before we release them outside.IMG_0571 So when I saw the new Butterfly Flight Clear Stamp Set, I felt that it was personally made for me. I stamped the large butterfly design onto cardstock and used orange and yellow gelatos to add color. I blended the gelatos with a few drops of water on a fine paintbrush to get a real orange/yellow glow.

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Cork Valentine’s coasters

I’m not exactly lazy when it comes to decorating for holidays, but let’s just say that it’s not always at the top of my to-do list. Lack of time usually means that I don’t always get ‘extras’ done but then I remembered that some crafts don’t have to take a lot of time or energy. In fact, some of them are entirely effortless! Like these cork Valentine’s coasters.IMG_7528

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Snowflake skirt – Using the Fuse dies in a different way

IMG_5625Making your own fabric design is easy and cute (not to mention, ever-so-slightly addictive!) I used the Fuse Creativity System and the snowflake die in two different ways to embellish this skirt I made for my daughter.

First, I used the letterpress plates as stamps by sticking a foam glue dot to an acrylic block and onto the back of the plate. This creates a handle for you to hold. I lightly brushed white fabric paint onto the letterpress plate with a sponge brush and stamped it on to my fabric.

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