Paper Snowflakes

Update!

I worked a bit more on this at lunchtime.  By the end of the week the window will no doubt be covered in snowflakes.  I think I’m hooked!

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This is certainly work in progress.  Crafting (and as it turns out, cutting pieces of paper) is not my strong point!

My office at work with my three attempts (so far).

Lyndsey chose Paper Snowflakes for this week’s Martha Monday’s Project.  The office seemed the ideal place to put these, as I sit right next to the window and also have a pair of scissors always to hand.  I always like paper snowflakes (although haven’t made them for years).  My snowflakes are very random and I think I will have to check out some snowflake guidelines to help me cut better. 

 

 

Martha Mondays – Glowing Hurricane Vases

Thanksgiving Table Decor was this week’s Martha Mondays task chosen by Karen and was great as there were so many things to pick from.  Obviously I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving although I wish that I did as I like the idea of giving thanks very much.  Instead I chose hurricane vases which would go with the gourds that are still lining our mantlepiece.  The vases are wrapped in layers of tissue paper to give a glowing affect when the candle inside was lit.  These were easy to make (although I think the instructions are harder than they need to be). 

I did a yellow one, a mixture of yellow and orange on the middle one and an orange one.  Next time I would layer on more paper.  These glowed all night long and I think they looked really pretty.  I am thinking of using the idea on some smaller glasses (I used vases for this) for Christmas.

Nesting – Photo Frames for my Bedroom Wall

The air is chilly now and I am in the process of ‘nesting’.  I have never really nested before but I am so inspired by different blogs that I read that I am very keen to give it a go.

My aim: 

  1. To tidy the top of my dresser and remove the photoframes.
  2. To work to a budget of £10.
  3. To make it stylish and easy to adapt later.

And I did it!  Thanks to Ikea frames and ribbon from John Lewis, I came in at £10.  And I couldn’t be happier with the results.  I am already thinking about using photos of me growing up at Christmas for December.

Here is the process:

The walls are actually a light grey, although they show up in the photos as more lilac. 

 

I laid the photographs out on my bed and decided on the order and how I wanted them positioned.  From left to right the photos are: Violet in the garden (some years ago), Violet and I in Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park, at an Il Divo concert in Norfolk, a wedding in Florence and ready for a night out in Sydney.

 

Instead of bashing nails into the wall I cut out brown paper templates of the frames and positioned them about an inch apart. 

 

  The Ikea hooks were ideally for hanging the ribbon from.  The ribbon then hangs from the gold nails in the wall.  I will be able to easily change the ribbon and height of the frames when I next change them. 

 

And the finished result.  After doing the frames I then sorted out my necklaces and it is less cluttered now.  And friends are very happy with their gifts of necklaces!

 

Martha Mondays – Easter Eggs

 

Teresa chose this weeks project of Easter Eggs.  I was keen to try out a craft for Easter and chose to do the Origami Eggs from the April 2004 issue of Living.  Recently I have been buying lots of old issues from Ebay, and I also received a batch for Christmas.  The older issues always appeal to me as the projects seem less styled (in a good way) and much less Photoshopped. 

 

Anyway, Origami Eggs.  I couldn’t find any origami paper but did find pretty decopatch paper so used that.  These are a little rough around the edges (after many attempts) and there is no way that they would make the pages of a Living magazine, and will probably not be used as part of the Easter decorations in the house. 

It’s rare for me to get the glue out in our house, so I couldn’t resist glittering an egg (or two) with the Martha Stewart glitter set I received when I went to see a taping of the show in December. 

 

I may give these another go before Easter.  It was fun to do a craft project for a change, but I certainly need to perfect my skills in the crafting department!