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Girls’ Christmas Craft

  • Posted on December 24, 2010 at 8:14 AM

We’ve been a little slack with getting our Christmas craft projects done this year :( We seem to have had so much else on but have now managed to get a bit done :)

One of our first projects was wrapping paper. We have a big roll of paper from Ikea that we then stamped. Must remember the Ikea paper is not sticky tape nor corner of present friendly!! But the result is a whole lot of presents under the tree wrapped in lovingly made paper.

Christmas Wrapping

We also had a day of quilling where the girls made (well, Amy did but Sophie was tired and lost interest) cards for their special friends. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of Amy’s finished work for her album but they turned out really well. She did the whole design herself.

I also class cooking as craft, particularly at Christmas when so much is needed! So we have also made 3 puddings and pudding cupcakes, shortbread, chocolate crackles, rocky road and white Christmas. None of my versions of the crackles, rocky road or white Christmas follow the traditional recipes and the additions tend to vary a bit but I think I have finally settled on what will become standard. The chocolate things and puddings will be eaten on Christmas Day (taste testing was, of course, done!) and the shortbread only lasted one afternoon!

But what I have really wanted to do involved lots of glitter and sequins! These were going to be the craft kits I was intending on selling. (Due to not very nice insurance companies, however, these won’t be going ahead. Hmm, I still have a couple of kilos of sequins and glitter! ) Our hallway is now glittered and not really sure how well the vacuum works on fine glitter! Hallway? Yes, it was the only space clear enough!

These are their beautiful, finished pieces. Not quite how I envisaged some of them but we had so much fun! I think I may have a glitter addiction…

Girls' Christmas Ornaments

Merry Christmas!

Quilled Christmas Stocking Ornament

  • Posted on December 22, 2010 at 7:49 AM

Quilled Christmas Stocking

I was really stumped for presents for the girls’ teachers and Sophie’s speech therapist this year. I didn’t want to go in for a voucher (too impersonal), and wasn’t really keen on buying just anything. They were important milestones we were thanking the teachers for this year; Amy had really enjoyed her year and having an “arty” teacher had really kept her happy, Sophie was finishing preschool and both girls had had the same teacher so she had been part of our lives for 4 years and had really made an effort to help Sophie with her speech and language issues and Sophie was finally finishing up with her speech therapy after 2 and a half years. What to give these special people? Another friend makes an embroidered ornament for the teachers which I thought was a lovely idea but I’d never thought of giving something like that. It was when I was in the local art and craft shop (the girls there are starting to recognise me now – oops!) that I saw some glass ornament and they were just calling to me to put some quilling on them. Present idea decided! Now to design and make 4 of them (one for us to keep of course!) in 2 weeks!

I decided to quill one side and and cover the other side in glitter – can’t have too much sparkle at Christmas!!

Quilled Christmas Stocking Glitter Side

Once I’d worked out the design, the sizes of shapes etc, it was time to get them all done. Oh no! Not enough paper!! So a quick call to a supplier and my Mum to pick up the order, and I was on my way. Luckily I now have my new glasses because I was working for hours into the nights. I was certainly not counting on the humidity! Humidity certainly effects the coiling and sticking of paper. Because I was working with metallic paper too, it got quite tricky at times! The designs on each varied a little with each ornament which I didn’t mind as it made each one unique. I then put them in a pretty white box with quilled holly on it.

Holly Christmas Gift Box

I am really happy with the result. It was nice to give a personal gift to those making a big difference in our girls’ lives. I’ll start earlier next year though!

Bamboo Wrap

  • Posted on November 19, 2010 at 4:20 PM

My current crochet project is another project for me! Wow, I must be spoiling myself! I am making myself a light shoulder wrap in black bamboo. I love bamboo for the fact it is a sustainable crop and the resulting yarn (although treated with all sorts of things and is classed as rayon) retains many of its natural properties and is so soft against the skin.

Bamboo Wrap start

This is it so far, not a lot, I know! The main part will continue straight and then it will finish with the triangle shape again. The girls’ ballet classes have finished so that’s an hour and a half a week I won’t have to sit down to work on it now :( Hopefully it will be finished soon as the weather here is crazily cold at the moment and I need something to cover my shoulders when wearing my summer dresses! I just refuse to get winter clothes out in November in Sydney!! I am hoping to finish it with some beads around the outside.

Glue Gun

  • Posted on November 13, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I’ve been thinking of buying a glue gun for a while now (they look cool and seem to be very useful) but don’t really know much about them or what exactly they are good for. What’s the difference with the hot gun? I was thinking of using it for decorating hair clips and the like but not sure if that is what I should be using.

If anyone out there can help me with some information, I would greatly appreciate it.

The Online Shop is LIVE!

  • Posted on November 6, 2010 at 10:03 PM

The Cassis Craft Online Shop is now LIVE!!

More products will be added each day for a while. So far there are a few very cute teddy bear cards and there are so many more things to follow. There are some great surprises coming, particularly for those interested in quilling, or even those of you who have not yet discovered this fantastic art.

Make sure you subscribe via email or in a reader so you know when new things are added and what I am creating.

Are you on Facebook? The store is also available on the Cassis Craft business page there! Technology is truly amazing!

Shipping is available worldwide. Overseas customers can pay via PayPal. Australian customers also have the options of paying by cheque, money order or direct deposit.

Happy shopping!

Stamp Stash De-Stash

  • Posted on November 2, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Ok, the time has come to really be sensible about what craft things I stash! The excess is stifling my creativity :( !! It is time to de-stash some of my rubber stamps – all Stampin Up! brand – that I have bought with all sorts of great intentions and ideas but have either never used or maybe used once before having great intentions and ideas for another set!

I will be listing them with a photo and price on my Facebook page under the Photos tag. At this stage, I can only offer them to Australian residents who can pay by direct deposit. If you would like more than one set, I will try to combine them in one parcel and let you know the final price.

Please feel free to ask about any of the stamps.

If you don’t have access to Facebook and you are interested in any stamps, please let me know and I will see what I can do for you.

Here is a sample.

Paper Bead Bracelet

  • Posted on October 20, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Yes, that’s right, paper beads!! As an extension to my quilling, I have also started making paper bead jewellery, something for myself really! I’m not a big jewellery wearer but have decided I need to spruce things up a bit.

I love wearing black so have made a black, white and silver bracelet using memory wire. The beads are glazed for some water (and sweat) resistance but I certainly wouldn’t want to get them too wet, not sure what would happen and don’t really want to test the theory!

I am really pleased with how it looks and is comfortable, even for a non-jewellery wearer, to wear. Now if only I could make diamonds from paper…..

Paper Bead Bracelet

Quiet days crafting

  • Posted on October 15, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Well, those school holidays went far too quickly and with everything that happened,  I feel like I need 2 weeks just to do what we had planned! Anyway, while the girls were sick, they did some quiet crafting.

The first thing we did was French knitting. I had to do a bit of googling to remind myself how to do it and set about teaching the girls. While Amy was doing reasonably well with the small tool, Sophie was struggling so I made her a homemade-cylinder-and-popstick version. It also doesn’t help with her that she goes between wanting to do it right-handed and then left-handed!

Sophie concentrating on French Knitting

Of course, seeing how quickly Sophie’s tube was being made and then tangling her yarn around the spokes of her tool, Amy decided she would like the homemade version too. I think they did quite a good job of their first times.

Amy, well, back at school and proud of her French Knitting

One of the other things they like doing is being let loose on the craft box. It is a big plastic tub on wheels full of all sorts of things. Sometimes they just create whatever they feel like, other times, I give them a theme and they produce something. The latest theme was “ice cream”. This is what they created. Amy has ice-creams in a row, a feathery bird in the sky and a dolly peg person laying in a hammock :)  Sophie got sidetracked with the pegs and made people with sunhats going to the beach.

Amy's Ice Cream Creation

Sophie's Peg People

The other fantastic creative toy they both love is Lego. For some reason we had to get the Duplo back down rather than them playing with the “big person Lego”. It was a great team effort from both of them (well, mainly Amy doing it) to use every piece in the box to create a house with stairs and table and chairs as well as a couple of trucks.

Lego Creations

So while they weren’t the best holidays, at least we got some quiet time together. :)

Back soon

  • Posted on October 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Sorry about the lack of posts – between myself and the 2 girls being sick and my grandfather dying, I have been a bit energy and time poor. I should be back on track next week :)

Crocheted Pigtail Scrunchies

  • Posted on September 5, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Over at ArtEZan, not only do I have some unique, original design cards, but also some crocheted scrunchies and other hair accessories. These ones are made from a gorgeous blue and green Italian ribbon. They are a smaller size ideal for a little girl’s pigtails.

Blue and Green Italian Ribbon Pigtail Scrunchies