Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! (My children too).
Monday, April 28, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
I have a friend who often laments that she can't grow anything, bemoaning the fact that she can't decorate her house with any houseplants, especially disgruntled as now it seems to be making a comeback! I didn't think I'd see the day that my mum's macrame plant hangers would be on trend!
So I crocheted some cacti for her using some hand spun wool that seemed to be a good "cacti" colour, a combination of merino, alpaca and silk.
I "potted" up a couple of cacti for her and with a few cacti left over I potted up some for me too. They are now sitting on my work desk, a little bit of colour, with the added bonus that they don't need any watering!
I didn't have a pattern, but I did google "crocheted cacti" for a bit of inspiration, there are some amazing examples. If crochet isn't your thing, have a look at these painted stones! I think the kids and I might have a go at those these holidays.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Easter bark! A big hit with my little man who hates the peppermint Christmas version. Below, a cute way to recycle an egg carton and egg shells. It makes a great table centerpiece/runner and I make a long row of them nearly every year.
Any Easter makings at your place?
Monday, April 14, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Textile waste is a world-wide problem, growing by the day, with our desire to change our clothes each season and the ability to buy cheap fashion readily it's no surprise that there is a problem! It's hard to balance the desire to dress ethically and still clothe myself and fast growing kids without breaking the bank. I am part of the problem, guilty of buying cheap clothes more often than I'd like (no one's perfect right?) I try to even things out by buying second hand when I can and upcycling those thrifted buys too.
I recent call for some warm clothes for a friend's little one meant I raided my stash of thrifted Merino tops. I keep my eyes peeled for them year round, often picking them up for just $1 over the Summer months (the best time to buy Winter woolies). A few wee holes here and there don't put me off, it often means I get them for a bargain price.
I quickly made up three pairs of little pants to keep the little legs warm. I first made some of these upcycled pants back in 2010 from this great tutorial by Craftykin. So quick and easy!I've made many pairs in the following years. I was inspired by this upcycling post by Dee too when I made the red pair.
As not to waste a scrap of Merino I've got a project in mind for the off cuts - stay tuned!