Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Magic is still, listen, open your eyes...

Magic is still, listen, open your eyes...

Handmade cuffs...Tutorial

Tutorial- "Cuffs "

I used recycled scrap materials:

100% Silk
Velvet ribbon

Tutorials about the fun ways you can make a cuff when designing with a theme such as Steam Punk, shabby chic...
Ideas for materials you could use are below:

Fabric Scraps, Interfacing Scraps, Co-ordinating Threads, Embellishments, Button/hook
, ;Lace, Ribbons, Linen, Fabric flowers

Music sheet -
it is the Victoriam era, music of that romantic age.
Watch face-
Always ever present in most steampunk themes.
A token of a time traveling memory perhaps?
Another persistent icon, other things that are popular that can be added; keys, watch hands, springs.

It adds personalization to your piece.

- Completes the path from the watch piece to the gear, adds movement.
Curio Bottle-

Adds dimension and mystery. What lies inside this tiny vial? A secret code, Magic potions? Or maybe a love letter from the future. Held in place with copper wire.
Pleather- Fake leather. Easy to work with, affordable.
Lace- Stained with leftover tea. Adds a feminine touch.

Blogs with cuff tutorials:


Start with a piece of fabric that will be your base-something fairly sturdy
-I used some plain muslin that I coffee dyed. I actually tore the fabric, so the edges are frayed, but you can certainly cut, or hem for a neater look.
I tore because I like that look and it was easy! The fabric is 2 inches wide.

Measure your wrist and cut the strip 1 inch larger than your wrist.
My wrist is 7”, so I cut a 8” piece of fabric (so the fabric is 8” x 2”).
Next I fold over one end of the fabric 1/2” and stitch. (My bracelet is now 7 1/2” x 2”). I am showing you the stitches with red thread, just so you can see them.
Use straight stitch on machine but you could also sew by hand, or use fancy stitches. These are not rules, just guidelines!
This folded over piece will be where we make a button hole, or where you attach snaps/Velcro, or whatever you use to close the bracelet.
I thought initially I would tie mine with ribbon, but then I thought
A) ribbon might get in the way and be too bulky, and
B) how would I tie it if no one was around to help me?
You will want to use a thread that matches your fabric so your stitches don’t show.

I do all my stitching on a machine using a straight stitch

Before we make a button hole, I start layering my bracelet .

I like my bracelets to look like a fabric collage, so you don’t have to use big pieces that go all the way across the length of the bracelet.
You can piece things together. I start with the bottom and top, adding trims that will extend over the edge of the base fabric and hide it.
I usually use a larger lace on the bottom, because it will hang down on your wrist like a ruffle, and use a smaller piece on top, that overlaps just a little.
I sew the top and bottom pieces onto my base fabric, and then start playing with layering other trims.
I try to pick a color scheme and stick with it, this one is all neutral cream and white. I play around with positioning my trims and overlapping until I get a nice layered, overlapping look.
I use bits of crochet trim and lace, seam binding and lace bias tape, rick rack...whatever you have on hand.
I also pick a central element to use as the focal point of my bracelet…
a buckle, a piece of appliqué, or a beautiful button.
A special piece that will be the “cherry on top” of your bracelet.
I play around with all these pieces (stacking and overlapping) until it looks pleasing to me.
Then I carefully take each layer off,
and starting with the bottom layer first, stitch the layers on.
keep layering…
Once all the layers have been sewn on, I choose a button to use for the closure (you can also use snaps, hooks, or Velcro).
If you have a machine that makes button holes, then good for you :)

If you don’t, here’s what I do:

Use a pencil or a disappearing ink marker (used for sewing) to mark the size of your button on the BACK side of your bracelet, on the end that has been folded and sewn. I marked this in black ink just so you could see it.
connect the two marks with a line…
machine stitch around the line with a small stitch,
I stitch around several times.
Use an exacto knife to cut a slit to make the actual hole.
You will also be cutting through the lace on the front of the bracelet.
Add your focal piece (button/buckle/bow, etc.) to the front center, and stitch in place. For this one I used a flower appliqué and a rhinestone button.

You can sew another piece of fabric to the back of the bracelet to give it a more finished look if you want,
but I usually don’t, so you can see my stitches on the back.
That’s it! Wear it, Give it, Love it! xo
Written tutorial by : Suzanne Duda

Love & Light

Only four sleeps!

Well its been a very busy two weeks...
Schools plays, xmas decorating & shopping, 
Creative time limited but we still managed to fit some in :0)

Time to catch up with blog land today! 

Lewis happy after decorating, great fun!
Especially watching daddy up the ladder 
& giving him decor directions hee hee

Time to chill out now :0)

No peeping Lew...yes you! lol

School play no.2
Xmas - Scrooge

Lewis and his friend Daena

Cake making & decor

Hmmm sprinkles!

We bumped into santa!!
How cool was that, of course I whispered in his ear..

This guy was great!

Yep santa's sleigh is empty, he was stopping by 
to pick up some carrots and milk for his reindeers.

School class play

Oh and the highlight of these pass two weeks 
possibly the arm wrestle with nana, question is who won? lol

I want to wish you all a merry christmas,
have a magical time
Big love and hugs
Tracey and family 

Creating presents...By Lewis

Lewis (my son) wanted to create a present for a friend.
So we played with Diamond glaze, glitter, paper, beads,
and jewellery pieces.

There is no better present than one you have made  :0)

L=Lewis   D=Daena
Pretty glitter earrings

 Once the Diamond Glaze set we connected the charm to a bracelet

My favourite by Lewis
Necklace for Daena
Used beads & his own words/sketch
all sealed with Diamond Glaze ( Hard setting resin)

Below is a pendant for Lewis's sister, she will love it Lew!

A bookmark for mummy :0)
How happy am I...

Drying - In progress

Wonderful ideas' for presents :0)

Love & light

Sunday, 20 November 2011

How to Make a No-Sew Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt : Decorating : Home & Garden Television

How to Make a No-Sew Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt : Decorating : Home & Garden Television:

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How to Make a No-Sew Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

Put the finishing touch on your tree with an elegant and feminine ruffled linen skirt.

This easy no-sew skirt can be made using only scissors and glue.

Materials Needed:

4-1/2' x 4-1/2' piece of canvas
measuring tape
4 yards cream linen
sharp scissors
fray-blocking glue
3 1/3 yards grosgrain ribbon
hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Measure and Cut Canvas

Using a tape measure, mark and cut a square of canvas that is approximately 4-1/2' x 4-1/2' (Image 1). Fold the square into quarters, then over itself to form a triangle with the folded center at point.

Cut base in a quarter circle (Image 2).

Cut a small quarter circle out of the point (Image 3).

Open the skirt until it's folded in half and cut along the radius on one side of the center hole only (Image 4). This will provide a hole for the tree trunk and a slit in the fabric so the skirt can be placed under the tree. Apply no-fray glue along all raw edges and allow to dry. 

Tip: A canvas painter's drop cloth/calico is an inexpensive material perfect for this project.

Measure and Cut Linen
Using sharp scissors, cut linen fabric lengthwise into 2-inch-wide strips as above.

Create Ruffles

Preheat hot glue gun. Apply a line of hot glue approximately 1 1/2 inches from outside edge of skirt.
 Create ruffles by pinching linen with fingers and pushing gathers down onto hot glue (Image 1).
 Work in small sections, no more than about 12 inches at a time. 

Continue this process around the entire skirt edge (Image 2). 
Start the next row approximately 1 1/2 inches above the previous row. 
Continue adding rows until entire canvas base is covered.

Attach Ties

Cut 10 pieces of grosgrain ribbon into approximately 12-inch lengths. 
Use hot glue to attach ribbon to underside of tree skirt along slit created in canvas base (Image 1). 
Evenly space five on one side of slit and five directly opposite. 
Place skirt under tree and tie ribbons together in bows (Image 2). 

Note: Although this tree skirt is not machine washable,
 keep it looking its best by spot-cleaning stains and shaking off needles and loose debris.

Love, Peace & Light