Friday, 30 January 2015

Up-cycle Your Chairs

Hello lovely people!

We have recently moved house and I have been really busy over the last few months doing up the house and recycling things.  I took these pictures a while ago and am only getting round to posting it now!

Ady's mum gave us a table and chairs that she no longer needed and I decided to spruce them up a bit.

I popped out the seat and roughly sanded down the wood and painted them white.

While the chairs were drying I had to set up the table base in the living room!  Again I sanded it down and painted it white.

Once this was dry I used masking tape to create stripes along the support and I then used blue and white paint (the blue matches the kitchen wall colour).

The chair cushions needed replacing and new covers.  So I got some fun fabric from Ikea and used this to cover the pads.

 I loved this fabric because the birds are really cute and it is a good bold pattern.

Voila!!!  I have a new set of chairs and table and it hasn't cost much at all!

Dittery Dots

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Printing Fun!

Hello lovely people and a happy new year!

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and New Year?  I had been quite ill in the run up to the holidays but recovered just in time for Christmas :)  I have been doing lots of cross stitching in my cuddle chair.

I had also been looking into screen printing and what sort of kits are out there.  I did a bit of printing at university but that was a few years ago now and I have forgotten a lot of the processes.  When I went to Leeds a few weeks ago I found an amazing print shop in the Corn Exchange....

Emma (the girl who owns Medium), was so helpful and explained what sort of kit I would need to buy.  And I was able to order everything I needed from her!  She even offered to give me a tutorial to help me get started! 


So that was where I was today!  Her shop is full of kits, paints, inks, papers and exciting things to get creative with.  Emma started off by showing me how to create paper stencils and how to print onto paper.  Then she talked me through how to use the photo emulsion technique and gave me lots of really helpful tips and ideas.

I used one of my peggy doll images and Emma showed me how to layer images on top of one another.  This is the design that we produced...

I love the bold blue and how the dolly looks printed on top.  I can't wait to try some more designs.

Emma has a website and a Facebook page where you can buy printing products and she does all kinds of workshops! Click on the link below -

Dittery Dot

Sunday, 14 December 2014

My very own Christmas angel!

Hello lovely people!

If you read my blog regularly then you will see that I make a lot of dollies and I usually give them away or make them as presents etc.  Sooo seeing as I am making my own Christmas decorations this year I have made some huge dollies.

I made them in the same way as my smaller dolls, I just made the pattern bigger.  I have created a Christmas angel and a Christmas elf.

Their hair has been inspired by Elsa and Anna from Frozen and so has the cape that my elf doll is wearing.  I think it has a nice shape and flow to it.

I got this wee wooden sled at a garden centre and painted it because the wood was very dull and boring.  My doll is just the right size for it!

I have a picture here to show you just how big these dolls are compared to my normal ones...

I don't think I have shared any pictures of this wee doll so here she is.

Dittery Dot

Friday, 12 December 2014

DIY Christmas Decoration Part 2

Hello lovely people!

I have another quick post about some decorations I made for Christmas!  What do you think?

I made these wee elves!  Hehe I have used pipe cleaners, thread and wooden beads for the heads.  I also attached a loop on the back so that they will hang up on the tree.

The girl elves have wee knitted skirts and snowflakes in their hair, while the boy elves have funny hats.

Dittery Dot

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Craft Club Christmas Trees

Hello lovely people!

At craft club this term we have been making some fantastic pom pom Christmas trees and I wanted to share the finished trees with you.

First the children had to wind different shades of green wool around some cardboard rings.  I had made sure we had a small, medium and large circle.

Then I asked my dad for some old plant pots.   Once they had been washed the children painted them with glitter glue and used a glue gun to carefully stick fancy beads and ribbon onto the pots.

 Once it had all dried l placed a pencil and lots of wadding  into the pot.  After this I helped the children to place their pom poms onto the pencils.

 Then it was time to make a star for the top of the tree.   The children used felt and drew a star shape. Then  we used simple sewing stitches to sew it together.

 Next we used beads and tinsel to decorate our trees!   Ta dah!' Look at our lovely trees!

 Dittery Dots