Sunday, 5 October 2014

Hoop To It!! ;P

Hello lovely people!

Today I wanted to share a project with  you that I have been working on since last year!  It has just taken me a while to get round to finishing it.

I wanted to make wee tiny embroidered pieces of work and came up with the idea of tiny embroidery hoops.  I sketched a design out and  Ady put it onto the computer for me to adjust it a wee bit.  He knew someone who had a lazer cutter that would cut out my design.  So I ordered some pale pink acrylic and he cut me these really cute hoops!

It took me a few trys to get my fabric to stay in the frame but I managed it!  My first try was a hand stitched dittery dot logo, which took ages to do and made me go a wee bit cross eyed.  But it looks really cute and was worth it!

Now I have some really cute brooches for my coat!

Dittery Dot

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Fresh Paint!

 Hello lovely people!

 I have been playing around with a new app called fresh paint.   It is fantastic!   Over the past few months I have been working on some new work  and this has helped me to draw and create some lovely drawings.

As you can see I have used the watercolour paper and paint  to create a lovely soft image of a doll I made.   I am delighted with the results so far.   It was super easy to blend and shade without a mess.

Dittery Dot

Monday, 28 July 2014

Re-vamp your summer dress!

 Hello lovely people!

 It's the summer holidays! Yay! This will be my first summer holidays as a teaching assistant.   So I need to find lots to keep me busy, otherwise I will get bored.

 I bought this dress from Tesco. It's very nice but a bit plain and a tad short for me. It comes just above my knee and if I'm honest I like dresses to fall just below them ( I don't like my knees).

I wasn't quite sure what to do with it.  Then I saw some fabric that was right up my street!

It was pink and had moustaches! In case you don't know these are 2 of my favourite things.

 So I set to work measuring how much I wanted to extend my dress.  To make it fall below my knee needed a 7 inch piece of fabric.  l cut a 18 inch  strip of fabric and folded it over.

I then pinned it to the dress and tried it on again to make sure I was happy with the length.

I was so I began to saw it together.  I decided to sew it under the bottom hemline because it would lie flatter and look better.

Here it is! I added some pink/blue ribbon around the waist to add more colour.  I am really pleased with the end result.

I did a similar thing to another dress I bought in the sale.  It is lovely but l chopped it to just below my knee, ( maxi-dress looked like a big nightie on me). 

I bought some dylon dye and followed the instructions.   I set up a tub under the clotheshorse and let the hem dangle in the water for half an hour.

After 30 minutes l rinsed the hem until the water ran  clear.  Then put it in the washing machine and hung it out to dry.

The colour is very subtle which is what I wanted and if I get bored with it, it will be easy to dye over the top.

Dittery Dot

Monday, 21 July 2014

Here Comes The Sun, Little Darling . .

Hello lovely people!

The sun has got his hat on! Hip, hip, hip hooray!!!

I was soooooo excited that we had some sun the other week that I had to dig out my sunglasses :)  The case I have for them is really bulky and took up a lot of space in my bag.
So I made a soft fabric one that is a much better size and sooo much lighter.  

I added some wee cute ladybug buttons I had and threaded a ribbon through the draw string I added at the top and it was done :)

If you want to make your own just make sure you have enough fabric to cover your glasses.  I drew round mine and added a 1cm seam allowance.

Then I used a safety pin to pull my ribbon through the top and knotted the ends :)

Dittery Dot

Sunday, 13 July 2014

A Tiny Mushroom World!

Hello lovely people!

Ages ago I purchased a bell jar from a wee shop in Chester and I have finally gotten around to turning it into a cute ornament! This is an awful picture of it and I do apologize.

The Victorians loved to display things in jars and frame lots of weird and wonderful objects so with this in mind I hunted around for things to display.  I had lots of wooden hemispheres and bobbins left over from a previous project so I began to play with them and build them on top of one another.  I have become a bit obsessed with mushrooms at the moment, no idea why tho?  This is what I came up with...

My own little mushrooms! :D I just used a glue gun to stick everything together.  I made quite a few...

I had lots of different sizes and some were already painted but that was ok because acrylic paint would cover that up.  I had a small cardboard flower pot and a bit of foam that I began to position the mushrooms on to of.

I kept playing around with these and placing the dome on top of the display but it just didn't look quite right.  I had a image in my head and I wasn't able to create it.  So I left it for a few days and looked at it with fresh eyes.

Then I decided that it didn't look special enough.  I had some wee mushroom ornaments that had tiny doors and windows carved into the stalk!  They had been sitting on my bookshelf for ages and I decided to try these in my dome.

This was what I wanted and set about covering the flower pot in some wool felt and glue gunned it all down.  I then cut out a circle of cardboard and did the same to it. I wrapped some green thread around the stump a few times to add some detail and interest.

Next I began placing the mushrooms and making sure it all fit under the dome .  Then I glued them in place.

I went to Hobbycraft and saw some wee people that are normally used on train models and thought they would be perfect for my tiny mushroom world.

These were then stuck down around the houses along with some white lace flowers to finish it off.

What do you think of my tiny world?  I love it and would like to make some more...just need to buy some more bell jars! 

Dittery Dot

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Bobbin Mania!

Hello lovely people!

Everyone knows that I love bobbins and you can imagine how delighted I was to find these in a craft shop!

WEE TINY BOBBINS!!!  Ady said to me "what will you use them for?"  I had no idea but I had to get some.

When I got home I was stacking them up and playing with them and wondering what to do with them when I thought it may nice to have them on a necklace.  I wanted some colour on them so I wound wool around them and tied it.  This was very tricky as some of them were really wee!

Finally I ended up with some lovely tiny bobbins and I simply strung them on a chain!

Dittery Dot

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Egg Box Flowers

Hello lovely people!

I have a lovely post to share with you today.  In craft club we have been making flowers out of cardboard, paper and egg boxes!  We had staff collecting lots of egg boxes for weeks so that craft club had enough to make our wreaths.

I cut out large circles from cardboard boxes and took them into school.  Then I had the children paste strips of green paper and card onto the rings with glue sticks and PVA.  It was very messy but a lot of fun.

The children had to make sure that there were no bits of brown peeking through the green strips.

Once they had dried the children cut off all the rough bits of paper until they had a smooth edge.

After this the children cut out different leaf shapes to decorate the wreath.  We had big ones and small ones :)

The children then placed these on the cardboard rings until they felt they had enough to cover the paper.

The children then used different coloured felt tip pens to add some veins and outline their leaves.

Once they were happy the stuck these down securely with glue.

Next the children chose some egg cartons and we used poster and acrylic paint to cover them up.  They didn't look like flowers yet, we still had more work to do to them.

Once the paint was dry the children cut down into the egg boxes and began to create petals and forming flowers.

This is one child's flower wreath.  They have used some lovely colours.

Some children used a variety of colours in one flower and created some really lovely flowers.

Next I taught them how to use glue guns safely and watched carefully as they glued down buttons and the flowers.  We then added a string so that they would hang and volila!

Here are the finished flower wreaths!  I think that they look fantastic and each one is so unique!

I decided to show take some photos of the flowers in our school woodland and here are the pictures below.  They really look great in the woodlands, it's just a shame we cant leave them there all year!

Dittery Dot