It's really simple and it's great to make something that you would recycle otherwise.
Well, this picture shows the process a little way along, but it is SO simple that I know that all you need is the idea and not every little detail!
I used a Whiskas cat food box (the supersize one!) as it looked like a great shape and too good to throw away. I had been eyeing up the boxes for some time wondering what to do with them.....
I have also been thinking about making my stall look nice at a craft fair and so this seemed worth a try.
I used wallpaper to cover the box and I simply slathered on cheap PVA glue to fix it on with. It was good fun cutting the wallpaper as I could practice my material cutting texhnique (you know, the thing they do in shops when they cut your fabric in one long SWOOSH!) Tremendously satisfying, but rarely straight (when I do it!). I have a long way to go before I get to material mastery!
Use the box itself to cut out your panels with and then use little fold over tabs to cover any ugly edges.
I like to do things quite quickly and see results fast and this was the quickest way to see results. I'm sure that if you spent more care then you could do amazing things! I went for a shabby chic look, as that is what I had to work with! However you could cover it with fabric, or what about brown parcel paper? You could stamp it to create cool affects, stick on photos, examples of your product, or stick an envelope on the front to put business cards in.
I did a scallop effect front which looks quite nice. I drew on the shape and then cut it out. You could easily do a straight down and across version though, which would look just as good.
I'd love to know your thoughts and also any craft stall tips that you have!
It would make a great table organiser or magazine holder too, but for me it's all about the display!
Flowers for Furries
I am very excited about Flowers for Furries at the moment! Indy has been looking really sweet (still bonkers!) but sweet with her flower on. I have left it on for two weeks solid now and it is bearing up well. I am going to pop it in the wash to see what it turns out like, but I am hoping it will look fresh as a daisy!
It's not like she is a dog that avoids puddles either. She is in the bramble and the poo and so I think she qualifies as an excellent product tester!
I am thinking about flowers for boy dogs too.... It's a bit trickier, but I have now got some tartan for a wee Scotty and I am working on some designs for my very handsome Ridgeback. Aka Archie.
Cute bitches and handsome hounds
(I love to say that and not be considered inappropriate!)
For a promotion I am thinking of having a competition for the face of Flowers for Furries - Evening Wear/wedding - collection. I couldn't find anything in time for my wedding to dress my dogs appropriately and I would have loved them to have been dressed up and ready to party!
So, in the meantime if you think that your dog could don some pretty fancy flowers and look the dogs
B*!!*(s then please send me a photo of your hound! The prize is (potentially) a years supply of flowers - one for every month and she/he will get to go in the circle of fame on the merchandise.
Awwww. Your dog could be famous......
In the meantime if anybody is interested in a flower then get in touch.
£3.99 (including postage)
Click on my flowers for furries page.
Well, I am pretty happy with the results. The chair might not be perfect, but it brightens up the bedroom now and fits in well with the country cottage style that we have. I love the new cushion with the little flowers
This is now my studio space! It's lacking a bit in the way of a table and storage, but it looks nice at the moment and the light in the afternoon makes it the nicest room in the house.
I am half way through my first reupholstering project. I have had an old Parker Loom chair for years that I love, but it has looked a bit tired and old, well, since I bought it! I read an article on how to upholster and inspired by the lady's matter of fact advice, decided to give it a go. It basically involved deconstructing the item and then rebuilding in the same way. For the top half, it's actually more hammering than sewing. I just need to get my sewing machine out now so that I can finish the base cushion and make a pretty coordinating cushion to go on top. Lovely.
An old paperweight of my Nan's keeps a few pieces of inspiration together.
Home sweet home
The boats in Penzance harbour make a pretty colourful scene. I am looking for inspiration for a new line of cards at the moment. I have some lino cutting equipment on order and looking forward to playing around with ink.
I love being a crafter - life is one continous play session!