Thursday, 22 August 2013

Pile o' knits

I've been knitting lots recently and have this big pile o' knits. There's lots of different bits in that pile; baby cardigan, baby vest, fingerless mitts, socks, bandana, shawl and a moebius cowl.

A pair of vanilla socks (my pattern)...

And this is what is currently on my needles...

It's a baby vest. It's a sort of a made up pattern, with the inspiration being from a photo of something similar. I do like a bit of stranded knitting! The yarn is Rowan Milk Cotton and is just lovely to knit with but unfortunately has been discontinued by Rowan. The only thing is now I love this so much I want a grown up one for me.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Painted Rocks

I've always had a fascination with painted rocks. My aunt used to paint for Royal Crown Derby and she painted the most beautiful things, including a large stone, which we use as a doorstop. 

With all the trending on Pinterest about painted rocks I had to have a go. This pin in particular inspired me.

A long search of the garden later...

This is what I did:

  1. Clean the rocks well with a toothbrush. Remove any sand or dirt
  2. I freehanded the pictures but you could draw them on in pencil first
  3. I used a fine rigger brush and acrylic paint to paint the design.
  4. Finally, I coated them in a thin layer of glossy Mod Podge.
Here's the finished result in the lovely Tulipwood bowl that Mr made for me.

Bowl of painted rocks

My painted rocks

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Creative Filofax

I'm not entirely sure why but I dug my Filofax out of the cupboard and have started using it again. I thought I'd try and add a bit of creativity to it and make it more personal.

I bought some washi tape and stickers from Riky and Nina.

Washi tape and stickers
The packs of stickers are great if you just want a little bit for journalling or scrapbooking etc. Each page has four thicker strips, two thin ones and four circles. I bought a pack of plain and some with cool details ( e.g. the sticker has ticket stubs, barcodes, music on them ).

I used the stickers to redo the dividers to something more suitable for my needs. I'll use the rest as I continue to use it.

Remade Filofax dividers

Then I had a little fun with the washi tape. I bought a cute panda one and some pretty yellow flower tape.

Washi tape divider
Washi tape
 I wanted some sticky notes in my filofax but the official one wasn't quite what I wanted plus I had some nice geometric ones already. So I made my own. I used a page from the Filofax as a template and cut out some thick paper to the correct size and punched in the holes. I don't have a 6 hole punch so I just marked the holes and did each one singularly. Using double sided tape, I added some of my sticky notes.

Of course, I then had to decorate it with washi tape!

Handmade filofax sticky notes
For about the last 15 years, I've kept a list written out on the computer of all the books I've read. The list is in the 1000s at the moment. I can remember a lot but can't always remember if I've read a particular novel in a series so I like to have the list with me. So I don't accidentally buy the same book twice - it has happened!

With that many books, it would take forever to write by hand and probably fill up the Filofax. So I cut out different colours of Filofax sized paper out and with a little trial and error managed to print the list out back to back in a teeny tiny font. I managed to get it down to 10 pages.

Filofax book list