Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
One of the many driftwood projects I planned to do is this - to use driftwood as a wall hanger. Onto which I wanted to hang paper boats. These I learnt to make as a child and has been absolutely my favorite origami project throughout the years.
To make them you need craft paper, sewing thread and needle and of course - driftwood.
I cut an A4 sheet in half. You can use any size of paper for different sizes of boats.
Fold the piece in half.
Next, fold the sides inward.
Fold the lower part upwards
Do the same with the other side.
Put the fingers inside and pull outwards.
The paper resembles a diamond at this stage.
Press it and tuck in the sides.
Next, lift the bottom and fold.
Fold the other side, too.
Take the paper in your hands, put the fingers inside and pull.
It will look like this.
Pull the sides so that the center piece springs up.
Shape it up and your boat is done.
We did didn't have many colored paper to choose from so we made several white ones and the kids colored them in colors of their choosing (the bottom part of the picture).
These can make a cute mobile too. When Jacob was a toddler I had a mobile with these boats hung over his bed.He found them quite amusing.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Prior to going on vacation I made a list of beach activities I would like to try with my kids. I didn't plan on hauling the house with me in the sense of supplies we might need because I wanted to use things we will have at hand right then and there. However, a month is a long time for the kids, so I had to extend the list and found these ideas on the Internet we are all eager to try.
I have wanted to make a beach tent for ages. But this year I took a sheet from home hoping that this year we will actually make it.
image via pinterest
Eva is a bit reluctant to become a mermaid (read: shy), so I am looking for a secluded place on the beach so we can do this.
Isn't this hilarious?
Every year we try to learn as much as possible about the nature around us. We'll continue that this year too.
Stones are plentiful for these activities.
Image via Pinterest
Hopefully, we'll get creative with polishing our nails, if my sis doesn't forget to bring her nail polishes. We forgot ours.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Here's my new crochet pattern for these adorable flower anklets. A lovely addition to your beach wear - just the right piece to beautify your summer. Put on your bikini, tie the anklets and you are ready to go.
I made these inspired by the view I have upon waking up every morning - of a white sandy beach kissed by the turquoise sea and pink oleanders framing the picture.
We took the photos at the old and abandoned railroad overlooking the beach where I used to go to with my parents when I was a child. So many good memories. It is the same place I blogged about last year.
The pattern is here.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
I've been quiet for a while because we are finally on holiday. We've been enjoying sunbathing, swimming, digging holes in the sand and making sand castles. In the hours when it was unbearably hot, and every living soul tried to hide in the shades, I too find a retreat and set to finish my collection.
I have some interesting activities for me and the children lined up to do while we are here, so hopefully I share something soon.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
I have had this t-shirt for 2 years and I have never worn it. Can you believe it?
In my country we call this tees Rambo t-shirts - the association is obvious - no need to explain more- and such are not my favourite kind. Because of the back - I don't like how they look on me and if I had a wider lace piece I would have certainly amended the back too.
So, I was attracted by the color of it and it was a bargain too so I decided to buy it and refashion it to my taste. Finally I got around to do that.
In the center I added two ruffled elastic lace pieces and then applied one lace piece / ribbon over the two right in the center. For decoration I added several glass buttons. All in all, not bad.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
So, Happy July everyone!
Today I set at work to make some fabric roses. They were originally intended for refashioning a cardigan but I ended making myself a brooch.
To make these roses, cut a rectangular piece. Mine was approximately 20 cm / 7.9" but you can make them shorter or longer.
I also tried different fabrics to see which will work the best for this. All the above fabrics turned out great as well as the one below. The light purplish fabric is lightweight cotton.
Fold the piece in two
Sew it at the bottom
Next, cut it as shown. Don't cut too deep.
Here it is.
If you are not satisfied how the petals fall, roll it again until you get the desired look.
When done, pin at the bottom so that it doesn't unroll.
Make some more roses.
Cut a piece of cotton for the leaf.
Felt would be great to use - unfortunately I had none.
Put the bunch inside, fold the leaf to a close and pin.
Sew it in place.
Add a decorative ribbon or lace and add a pin at the back.
This is such an easy and eye-catching project I am sure you are going to enjoy.
The roses can be used for innumerous projects too.
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