31 January, 2012

Putting Pinterest into Action

I spend A LOT of time on Pinterest If you are a fan then you know how it goes, you repin one 'must do' pin then that leads to another and then another.  Before you know it the cat has gone and fed itself and tea is a burnt cinder in the oven.  I made a promise to myself that I would start putting the inspiration I find on Pinterest to good use this year and try to complete at least one project a week.
Project number one for Pinterest (number 3 for 2012)   I saw this adorable little mouse on The Long Thread. a few weeks ago and I pinned it to my Gift Ideas  board.

Source The Long thread

Isn't he adorable - I love the natural linen with the floral.  This is from a book that Ellen who is the blog owner has recently published.  There is a great Etsy video on the blog which shows the making of the pincushion.  I was rummaging around tidying up today and I found some calico and some pretty floral I bought recently which got me thinking....

I needed a doorstop in my craft room - I had been using a heater but knew I could do better than that so I got out some paper and made a pattern and eventually ended up with a super-sized mouse as a door stop.
Hello cutey!

Not his best side

He is slightly too big so next time I make him I'll make him a bit smaller.  I think he is lovely although I have to refine my embroidery skills.  I'm eager to make him pincushion size too. Now what else can I find to make .....I'm in a Pinteresting mood.
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30 January, 2012

Hello 2012

I thought I had better acknowledge the arrival of 2012 while there were still a few days of January left....I don't know where this month has gone.  I have a week off work so I am looking forward to catching up on my blogging as well as finding some creative time. 

My oldest son recent left home so I moved all my crafting equipment into his old room - I can't believe I have so much 'stuff', or that I had it all in a wardrobe.  When I finally have the room sorted I'll post some pictures.
While I was moving everything and put it away, I am ashamed to say I found a lot of projects I had bought several years ago and never gotten round to completing them.  Well this is going to be the year of getting things done,and of using what is already in my stash so let me introduce to project number one for 2012.......
Please excuse the nakedness of this little lovely.  She has been waiting patiently for me to 'clothe' her.

Here she is with her finery  on - I used a paper napkin for the decoupage, I have no idea what the paint I used was.  In an endeavour to 'make do' I used what paint I had and mixed different colours together until I had what I wanted..

I don't have a before picture of my next project - but it was basic brown as the pig above was to start with.
This is the finished article - I still want to put some inserts in it but will use it for a while so I can decide what I need.  I'm planning on using it as a sewing case.

I'm not sure what came over me when it came to choosing the colours - although they are in the patterned paper on the top.  I just mixed paint I already had until I got the shade I wanted. I love the way it has come out.  For me it has the old world charm I was looking for