Category: Home Decor

Christmas Stocking

I made this Christmas Stocking for boyfriend last year, but wanted to keep it a secret then until Christmas Day.  This is our first Christmas living together which means I had the opportunity to decorate the house properly so it’s tinseltastic round here now! Continue reading “Christmas Stocking”

Christmas Tree Skirt

We don’t have a regular Christmas tree but use a large Yucca Plant that boyfriend has had for ages.  So I dress it up with tinsel and festive do-dads but it still has that ugly brown plastic pot.  I made a cover for it a while back but I needed to make another one for Christmas. Continue reading “Christmas Tree Skirt”

Homemade Nail Polish Stand

I did a nail polish cull, cutting my collection from 74 to 36! I just hadn’t been wearing policy that much recently, and a lot of them were still being stored in a box under my bed. The rest were inn a little basket on my chest of drawers which kept them corralled but not very easy to see.  And that’s another reason I wasn’t using them.

So I made some little stands for them.  I did this a while ago with foam, but ended up getting rid of them when I moved house.  Plus I had about 400 polishes then and didn’t need stands that big anymore.

I used some cardboard that my planner came packaged in (side note am now obsessed with planner stickers!), and some foam board which I have accumulated somehow, and some silver crepe paper.

I just cut the cardboard to my desired size, and then stacked them on top of each.  I cut the foam board to the same size and glued that on the top and bottom of the stack.  I then wrapped it all over with the silver crepe paper.  As usual I glued it all with fabric glue as I find this to be very secure, and my regular PVA is glued shut!  It looks so much more organised now, although it does take up a bit more room on my dressing table. 

 

 

Flower Pot Cover

For slightly mad reasons I decided to make a cover for the flower pot of out (boyfriend’s) Yucca tree. Boyfriend is planning to fill the living room with greenery apparently, he has not though.  I didn’t like the horrible brown plastic flower pot the Yucca is in, so decided to make a simple cover for it.  It is essentially, a rectangle of fabric (isn’t everything?) with elastic in the top.

I measured the flower pot, 29cm high and 79cm diameter. So I cut my fabric approximately 31cm x 84cm to allow for the hems.  I was using some left over fabric so I couldn’t quote get a bit enough piece, and had to add in a little bit on the corner.  I cut the jagged edge off to give a nice straight edge, then cut a triangle out of some off cuts.  The tricky part was getting the pattern to line up.  I’m pretty pleased with the result.

Once I had my beautiful rectangle, I folded over the top about 1cm to create a tube for the elastic.  Given that my elastic was so skinny, and it’s always a ball ache to pull elastic through I decided to put the elastic in first and then sew.  At full stretch my elastic was about 81cm.  I pinned one end of the elastic to the end of the fabric to keep it in place.  It meant when I got about half way along I ran out of elastic, so I stretched the elastic to its limit and pinned that end to the other end of the fabric.

I kept the elastic pinned into place for the time being.  Then I hemmed the bottom edge of the fabric (much easier to sew a straight line, then trying to hem a skirt).  Then I folded it in half right sides together, and sewed the two pieces together.  And it was done!

 

Holiday Scrapbook

After my trip to America (New York and Washington DC) I thought I would try my hand at scrap booking.  I’ve kept a scrap book before but then lost interest in it, and it sits half-filled on a shelf somewhere.  For this project I chose a smaller scrapbook that would be dedicated just to this one trip.

Whilst I was there I kept hold of receipts, tickets, restaurant business cards, food packets etc  Anything really that I liked, that summed up the USA to me, or that reminded me of the trip.  I have the Rishi tea bag wrapper from my birthday lunch.  I kept the baggage check tickets from the very rude staff member (fond memories).  And I have the flattened Milk Duds box that kept me sustained for the first few days of jetlag in NYC.

I took a lot of photos with my phone, and a bunch with my digital camera.  So I could start planning it all out as soon as I got back. I did a lot of notes when I was planning it out- that’s how my brain works!  I listed the photos I wanted to use, the items I had to include, and also what we did each day to remind myself.  I still manged to mess it up and get two of the days the wrong way around!

But I also used film cameras (Canon Ixus and Diana F+) as well, and had to wait to get them developed before I could see if I wanted to use any of them.  So it dragged a few weeks annoyingly.   Below you can see a an image that boyfriend took with his phone (left), it’s off me with my film camera.  And you can see the photo I took of him with my film camera (right).  You can also see how much better digital cameras adapt in lower light levels!

It’s not perfect, some pages look a bit messy or odd.  But I’m pleased and plan to do it again when I go away in October to Riga.

Homemade Net Curtain

I have made a net curtain for the downstairs toilet.  I am slowly trying to improve my new house (which for a long time was just boyfriend’s, then I moved in).   It’s quite nice that we have a downstairs toilet, although not really that essential.  The decor is quite dated, so I’m trying to spruce up the least exciting room of the house.  There’s no point in investing large amounts of money or time into it, so I’m just trying to add some little touches.

I’m making us a home.

The blind in there below was brown and let in no outside light.  It was also pretty dusty, and at one point I think it rolled up and down but no longer. The net curtain I made also does not roll because I couldn’t quite figure that out.

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It’s just a simple rectangular piece of fabric and I cut to fir the window.  I allowed an extra few cm on each of the long sides for the hem. I also added an extra 15cm to the length.  Hemming the long sides was both simple and fiddly, as the fabric was a bit curled under already.  I folded it over twice, pinned, then sewed.  The same with the bottom hem.  I was going to make the bottom hem bigger and include curtain weights but they just looked weird when I tried it.  The weights ensure the curtain hangs straight down, but they’re not crucial.

At the top I created a loose loop through which I could feed the curtain rod.  I used a tension rod so I didn’t have to have a proper curtain rail or drill into the wall.  For this one you just unscrew it to make it longer and then it wedges in place, but without damaging the wall.curtanin1

The net curtain is still fairly see-through, so I may embark on a proper curtain if I can figure out how to get it to work.

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Creating Pictures from Pokemon Cards and Stamps

Pokemon Cards

I’ve had a pile of pokemon playing cards knocking about for a few years. I picked them up at Play Expo, which is worth a trip if you’re into games and what not (I met Pikachu)!  I just bought a random pile for about £3 so there aren’t any shiny ones, or valuable ones, or Pikachu ones!  And there are  some duplicates within the bunch, but I do like them and wanted to display them some how.

I bought a cheap frame, I knew the cards wouldn’t fit in without showing some of the background which at the time was just bare wood.  I laid down a layer of upside down cards so the Pokemon logo was the background. I had to glue them in place, and trim around the edge.  This was fiddly as they kept coming unstuck and moving around.  I then arranged the good cards on top that I wanted to display.   Again, I used some pritt stick to keep them in place too.

I like the overall effect.  And I like that I’m using from my stash, I keep hoarding things!  Boyfriend even let my hang it up, although not in the living room where other people would see it.

Stamps

When we were sorting through the boxes of very important things boyfriend had hidden away unopened for 2 years, he found a little bag of stamps.  They were designed as a starter kit for stamp collection, although he didn’t last long as a philatelist, and also managed to pour glue all over his stamp book…But I thought some of the stamps were pretty cool.  So he let me take them (also walk away with a calligraphy pen)!

I cut some thick beige paper as my backing sheet, then arranged the stamps on the page.  Given that they were all different sizes the gaps between them weren’t going to be the same but that was fine by me.  I didn’t need to stick the stamps down, I think the gummy backing added some friction.    

Snoopy Play Mat

Snoopy Play Mat

play mat I found some fun fabric in a shop in Manchester a few months ago.  It was a quilt panel of Snoopy as the Flying Ace, which I thought might make something nice for my niece.  It was the wrong size for a dress unless I cut up the design which kinda defeated the point.  So I opted for play mat, as in something she can sit on while she plays.  Honestly, not sure how useful it’ll be.

Method

So, totally making it up as I went along.  I cut out the panel piece, which was a simple large rectangle.  Then I cut the same size piece in a plain red drill fabric, as well as two pieces in some quilting I had bought.  It’s quite a bit piece so it was awkward to cut out and get them all the same size.   I just eye balled it really and tidied it up later.

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I pinned the pattern fabric onto one of the quilting pieces, then I sewed it in place.  I sewed around the edge, as well as picking out key details in the Snoopy pattern and sewing around them.  I wasn’t super neat, but I don’t think niece will be overly bothered, although I’m sure she’ll appreciate the extra effort I put in…  I then sewed the red fabric to the other piece of quilting, I used two to make it nice and soft for her to sit on.  Then I put the Snoopy piece of fabric and the red fabric right sides together and sewed them together.  It was difficult at times to sew through the quilting, perhaps a sign I was doing this all wrong?  Anyone know?

I left a gap of a few inches open on one side (near the bottom) so I could turn it inside out.  Actually, I didn’t, so I had to unpick a few inches first!  Anyway, I then turned it inside out, which made it the right way around really.  Then I sewed up the gap with a messy slip stitch, because how do you do a neat one?  I ironed the play mat, and then wrapped it cute wrapping with little pink cats on it.