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Simple Origami Sunday: BUNNIES!

Two origami bunny tutorials:

The yellow one is inflatable, so when you get to the second to last step, you need to… blow into the bunny’s nose!

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Coptic Binding – first attempt

Coptic binding is something I’ve been wanting to try for ages and I found a really great tutorial. I love this one particularly as the pictures are so clear.

To practise this technique, I decided to bind my old sketches together. They’ve been laying around, sheets of A4 from sketch pads that have fallen to bits… I don’t really know why I keep them but I do! Binding them all together meant I could keep them all tidy in one place and also have a go at coptic binding. Winner.

I love the spine!

One of the advantages of this type of binding is that allows the pages to lay nice and flat:


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Paper balloon mobile – handmade gift idea

One of my favourite Christmas presents this year was this book: Everything Oz, The Wizard Book Of Makes & Bakes. Ever eager to have a reason to try out new craft projects (though sometimes no reason is needed!) I chose the paper balloon mobile to make as a gift for my friend, who’s just had a baby boy. Armed with some adorable but subtle blue pram-printed paper from good old Paperchase, I set to work.

I’ve decided that I’m not going to post a full tutorial on here, because I really think that if you like crafts then you’ll love this book- it’s a great investment. However, I’ve done little pictures of my progress, so you can get a good idea of how these are made.

So. Here goes. Basket first:

The base is a circle with tabs round the outside, which are attached to a long rectangular strip of paper (nice surface on the outside!).

Next, I made the swags to go around the edge of the basket:

I did 4 of these, evenly spaced. Ish.

Then on to the balloon! Using a variety of papers works well. I used blue printed, sometimes inside out, plus some plain silver.

I adapted the balloon bit slightly, using the method from the paper beads I make.

All that was left to do then was to attach the basket to the balloon:

Ta da! I’ve added a few embellishments, a silver paper bow to cover up a gap in the swags, where the string was glued on and also some teeny triangles for bunting:

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Weekly Inspiration – Letters Of Note

It began with an innocent discussion on snozzcumbers, and ended with this link being emailed round the office from  Letters Of Note:

This website is a definite must visit for anyone who likes reading, writing, letters and words.

Here are some of my favourites:

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A trio of mini notebooks

Craft complete! The cover material came yesterday and I finished my trio of miniature notebooks. Very happy with the results:

It was the cover that caught my eye

It was the cover that caught my eye… #11

First visit to the charity shop this year and I visually stumbled upon ‘The Book Of Madness And Cures’ by Regina O’Melveny:

The title is as intriguing as the cover, and a quick scan of the blurb on the back cover (in short – a female doctor in Renaissance Venice is compelled to cross Europe in search of her father) confirmed my gut feeling- that I should buy the book immediately!


Oh, and I also picked up a copy of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies 🙂

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Happy 2013! New Year, new projects

As 2012 is now over, I think it’s high time I knuckled down and finished some of the projects I’ve either started or been thinking about!

First up, I have 3 mini notebooks to finish, with black covers. Sadly the black bookbinding material has been out of stock, but it’s now on order to be delivered! I have the cover boards all cut and ready for covering. Come on postie! I need to make more of these:

I’ve had some awesome material from Ikea to make into cushion covers for a whole year now, so they will be next on the list for finishing off:

I got some great key embellishments that have flat backs, perfect for adorning my notebooks:

Completed projects to follow 🙂


Reasons to send Christmas cards

And when I say Christmas cards, I mean proper snail mail cards, none of this e-card nonsense!

  • EVERYONE likes getting post. The less mail we get through the door, the nicer it is to get something worthwhile!
  • It shows you’re thinking of people and it’s nice to be thought of. Even in the smallest way.
  • It keeps you in touch with people you don’t see often.
  • They make you feel more festive.
  • You can’t put an email on the mantelpiece.

It was the cover that caught my eye

It was the cover that caught my eye… #10

It was the cover that caught my eye, sure, but then I saw the name ‘Joseph Gordon-Levitt’ and that made me carry on reading!

I saw this, the second volume, on a gift list ideas page in a free magazine- I have the person who left it on the train to thank for this one.

“The universe isn’t made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories.”

Read more about this here.

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Visit The Craft Fantastic Folksy shop!

Oh, go on, go have a look. I have a fancy new banner and everything.

I have Christmas origami gift tags:

Knitted wrist cuffs and headbands:

And a selection of little notebooks, only £1.50 each!


Go on…