Sunday, August 25, 2013

Craft with Kids - Party Tablecloth

My little crafty girl Ms. B had a great idea today that I thought I'd share with you all.
All you need for this project is a table, an old cotton sheet and a packet of fabric crayons.

Spread the sheet out on the table and have each member of the family sit around it and start drawing all over the sheet. You can move the sheet around to fill in all the blank spots, then when you're done just iron the design through some greaseproof paper and it's ready for use as a party tablecloth!

Ms B adding to the family creation

We used an old sheet that we have previously used as a craft tablecloth so it already has some interesting food dye stains.
You might want to use it as a tablecloth for other messy art projects too, as it looks better and better with each arty accident!

Crafty party tablecloth
The kids really enjoy having an enormous canvas to work with and they can use their imaginations to join each persons picture together into one creation. You could challenge the family to draw a story on the cloth, perhaps even the family story or try drawing your neighbourhood complete with house school friends houses, playgrounds

We use Pentel Fabricfun crayons for designs on cloth and clothes

In addition to using this as a tablecloth, we also use it as a gift wrap of sorts for large presents like bicycles. Simply drape the cloth over and tie a ribbon around it!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Kantha Sun & Moon quilt for Toryn

This quilt has been some months in the making and is finally complete, such a great feeling to finish a project like this. I started with some vintage linen tablecloths, dyed one blue/grey and added some swatches of my Kantha and Kantha II collection fabric to create an eclectic earthy style quilt design.

This is the first quilt that I quilted myself, so it certainly isn't perfect but I wanted it to be totally made by me for little Mr Toryn. I think I know his mama well enough to know that she will like it :) but I hope he loves it too one day and remembers "Aunty Clair" when he sees it.

Big loves!

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Quilt in the making...

Here's a sneak peak of a new quilt I'm working on for my baby niece, Myla.
I'm using fabric from my Kantha and Granada collections.
The smaller concentric squares will be used on the back.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fabric Giveaway!

Amira at littlemushroomcap blog is holding a giveaway where you can win a Bee & Lotus WOFSY (Width of Fabric Strip Yard) in the Granada collection range
or these gorgeous creations she has made with one of my WOFSYs!

Amira from Little Mushroom Cap blog made these beauties with a Bee & Lotus Granada WOFSY

Head on over HERE for you chance to win it!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Postage Stamp Collection

I thought it was about time I introduced the kids to the world of stamp collecting.
I used to spend hours looking at my collection of stamps from around the world, trying to determine which country one might come from and checking the market value in my little booklet from the newsagent.

On our last trip to the Op shop (thrift store) we picked up a bag of used stamps still stuck to their envelope corners for the princely sum of 10c.

After the kids spent an hour sorting them into groups of birds, flowers, people etc. we ran the bath and dumped them in. I have an old piece perspex that was not good enough for a picture frame so we used it to stick our stamps onto to dry once they had floated off the paper backings.

The perspex keeps the stamps nice and flat while they dry so they don't curl and they come away very easily. When the stamps are wet they just stick right on.

our collection of Aussie stamps, new and vintage

The paper bits were stuck to the bath, it looked very pretty at the time but was a bit of a pain in the butt to clean off later :{.

Oh well, it was worth it to have happy and engaged kids for a few hours and it has given me an idea for a new fabric collection!

Next we will be sourcing some empty stamp albums to sort them into.

temporary storage for our stamp collection