Sunday, May 22, 2011

DIY Everyday Survival Kit

Everyday Survival Kit

A friend of mine from High school is having a few health problems so I thought I'd make her a survival kit to put a smile on her face.  Below are all the contents of the kit and I've also included the silly things that they're all for :)

Marble:  For when you loose yours.

Rubber Band:  To stretch yourself beyond the limits.

Candle:  To remind you there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Tissue:  For drying your tears.

Paper Clip: To hold everything together when it falls apart.

Pack of seeds:  To help you *grow* stronger everyday.

Toy racecar:  Wishing you a *speedy* recovery.

Clothespin:  To help you hang in there.

Eraser:  To remind you that you can start every day with a clean slate.

Battery:  To give you that extra charge to keep you going... and going.

Piece of Rope:  When you reach the end of yours, this will keep you going a bit longer.

Small Smooth Stone:  To remind you that the rough times help to refine and polish.

5 cents:  So you'll never be broke.

Band-Aid:  For when things get a little rough

A Crayon:  To color your day bright and cheerful.

Glitter:  To celebrate the joys of life.

A Puzzle Piece:  Without you things wouldn't be complete.

This is how the toy car started out.

Being me I didn't want to leave it looking all old and shabby so I used some acrylic paint and made it pink.

Added some gold on the bumpers and white acrylic on the lights and sealed it with Duncan sparkles, just it case in gets wet somehow, that will stop the acrylic paint washing off.

Here's the finished car, all pink and sparkly.

I did the same with a boring old peg.  Cut two strips of paper to fit, stick it on and you have a better looking peg.  Don't you think?

Here it is finished.

It was fairly easy to put it all together and didn't take long to do.  I've got two school aged children so most of the contents were all around the place I just had to put it all together.  You can call it whatever you like - BFF Kit, Hospital Survival Kit, One of those Days Kits, just use your imagination.  I put it all in a make up bag with the text printed on a piece of paper.  I also included other girly things in the post box like soap, a beaded bracelet, earrings and matching chain (all inside a black jewelery bag), a shower sponge, moisteriser, face wash, some cute nail files in a matchbox looking container and some other stuff.   
I hope she gets a nice surprise when she get's it this week in the post.

I found this fantastic website that has fantastic crafty things that I'm sure you would all love so here's the link Design Sponge go check it out if you've got some spare time.  They have some great DIY tutorials, recipes and other crafty activities.
Don't forget to visit my favourite fabric shop at   

Have a fantastic day,
Luv Mel...xXx
(This blog is for you Louise)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Recorder Covers


Recorder Covers
Considering both my children are in the recorder group at school this year, I thought I'd make them a cover instead of the boring old plastic one that ends up breaking mid way through the year.

Here is Master 9 showing what he's learning at the moment.  (Oh, my poor old ears!)

Here's how I did it -
1.First on the fold cut a piece approx 60cm length and 15cm wide.

 2.Then pin sides and flap and sew all the way round, leave a gap to turn the right way out. (don't sew the folded bit).
 3. Turn in the right way and it should look like the picture below.
 4. Sew up the gap you left to turn the right way round.
 5. Fold to desired length and pin.
 6. Sew up both sides.
 7. It should look like this picture below by now.
 8. Attach press studs or I thought velcro would work too.
 9. Check to make sure press studs close correctly.
 10. Attach cord for hanging it up.  (This is optional, but makes it easier to find)
 11.  Here's the finished cover, with recorder and cleaning stick inside.  What do you think?

The kids really like them and they won't get lost so easily now, I hope!

Monday, February 21, 2011

DIY Rug from scraps

DIY Rug from Scrap Material

I started making this in an effort to replace our horrible rug that's falling apart and everything seems to stick to it.
I haven't finished it yet but thought I'd show you my progress so far.  I started by sewing pieces of about 10cm wide strips of fabric together.  I put 3 rows together at the start and just kept braiding them.  I'd like a round rug which is probably the easiest so I sat it flat and hand stitched it together.
This is it a couple of weeks ago but it has grown since then.

When it's big enough to cover our lounge room floor I shall be happy.  It's a very easy thing to make anyone can plat 3 strips of fabric together.  Great way to use up all your bits and pieces left over from other stuff.  I've used old T-shirts, shorts, pajamas and whatever else I had in my scrap bag.  It reminds me of the bread bag place-mats my Granny used to make.  (I think she used to crochet them but I'm not great at knitting and crochet)
Shall show you all the finished rug when I'm happy with the size :)

The other stuff I've been pottering around with lately are a couple of pairs of pajamas for our Miss 11  and I'm going to make myself a shirt, when I get to it.  Why is it that when you want to make something for yourself it seems to get put to the back of the pile a lot??
I blew my budget this week to as my favourite on line material shop ozmaterialgirls had a sale on awesome flannel fabric which I've purchased as I couldn't control myself and besides the kids Master 9 and Miss 11 have both grown out of all their winter pajamas so what's a girl to do??  If you need quality material these girls have got it and they are nice people too:)
I've also been making puppet bodies which I'll have to show you all.  I've finished the policeman, Punch and Judy but still have 3 more to get finished.  It's a bit of a fiddly job as they're smaller scale than normal sized clothing.  Has been hard but fun and I'll show you those eventually too.  I've been a bit slack and haven't made any bags this week but did finished a quilted red messenger bag I've been trying to get finished for a couple of weeks so all effort wasn't in vain.

Hope you're all having a fantastic day.  Until next time, stay fabulous.  Luv Mel...xXx

P.S.  Here are the rabbits always eating, just thought I'd share as I think they are so cute but the brown one looks kinda evil in this photo, don't you think?

Just an update on the scrap rug.
I'd like it to cover our lounge room floor but it isn't quite big enough yet.  I'm hoping to get it to a usable state by the start of winter here in June but it's already freezing cold and I'm wishing I had concentrated on the mat and not the hundred other things I'm trying to make.  Oh well, such is life, it will be finished eventually :)
Here is how it's looking now:
What takes the longest is cutting the strips of fabric and stitching them together.  If I find a faster way I'll be sure to let you all know.  Hope you're all keeping warm :)
Until next time,
Stay fantastic!  Luv Mel...xX

Saturday, February 5, 2011

DIY Teapot to Potplant

The Teapot
I made this teapot a couple of years ago but unfortunately it was my first teapot and I didn't make the inside of the spout big enough so it couldn't be used as a teapot.

Making Holes
First I had to put drainage holes in the bottom which was a bit of effort but I got it in the end. I used a wood screw and slowly put it through the bottom where the marks were from firing. When they fire things in a kiln they sit it on little metal prongs and there were three little spots where the glaze hadn't taken so that's where I put the holes.

Must have drainage holes
As you can see in the picture, you have to make the holes go all the way through, if you don't put holes it will get waterlogged and your plant's won't be very happy and might even die. You have to be pretty careful or you'll break the ceramic so just be gentle and go slowly.

Volcanic rock
Put some kind of drainage rock in the bottom, I used volcanic rock because I already had some but you could use anything really. This will stop your drainage holed getting blocked, you don't have to do this bit but because the teapot was fairly tall I thought this would help.

Fill with good dirt
Fill almost to the top with some good quality potting mix, it helps the plants stay happy for longer. I used some that I got from the local hardware shop but as long as it's good quality you're plants should stay happy :)

Pick and position plants
I'm not the greatest gardener, I try but a lot of plants just won't grow for me. So I choose succulents as they are less trouble and pretty much look after themselves.Put your plants where you want them to grow and fill in and around the plants with more potting mix. Press the dirt down around the plants so they don't sink when you water them.

Give your new pot plant a good long drink. Make sure that you water it well the first week. If you've got proper drainage it won't stay too wet and your plants will thrive.

Teapot to Potplant
Put some rocks around your plants to prevent weeds from finding somewhere new to grow. You don't have to do this either but I had these rocks lying around taking up space and thought it looked better with rocks around the plants. Up to you if you do this bit or not :P

Succulent Succulents
Here it is, all finished. Now find a place in the sun where it can grow happily and enjoy what you made.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Life in Morpeth

 Finally School Holidays are Over :)

There's so much going on all over the world that I kind of forgot to get started on my blog :(
On the other side of the world there's all the awful politics in Egypt.  Mother nature has ravaged North Queensland and straight after they had such terrible floods across Brisbane that it makes my worries look minuscule compared to some people today.  Unfortunately most of us in Australia know someone who has been effected by the natural disasters, it's all a bit too close to home for me.

So on a happier note, it's so lovely to have the kids back at school.  They get so bored by the end of the school holidays that they drive me insane and end up argueing over nothing.  All you parents with school aged children out there know what I mean.

You wouldn't think butter would melt in their mouths.  They look so well behaved and respectable in their uniforms, don't you think?  This was before there first day back and they are still loving it, so far.  We got our 11 year old her first over the shoulder boulder holder these holidays, she's almost as tall as I am too and she's a big Senior at school this year.  Makes me feel kinda old watching her grow up.  The little man is coping better now too.  I think they both like having their Dad around more.  He's changed jobs and is home more than he used to be which Master 9 needed, I think.
They both have female teachers this year.  It will be a nice change for them both.  The school only has about 200 students, it's very small but that has it's advantages.
So hard to get anything done when they are home on school holidays.  Since they've been back I've had all sorts of grand idea's and have actually got a few things I've been sewing finished.
I'm going to make some quilted handbags next.  I'll have to get started.  I was thinking a red one and a black one and after that I can only imagine. 
Here's a couple I've made already.

You can visit my store at 

I've donated a couple of bags to a Queensland Flood relief auction, which went incredibly well at TOMG $1 Auctions These girls work amazingly hard and have the most fantastic fabrics.  You should send them some like on their facebook page and let them know where you heard about them :)
I'm planning on making some fun things for Valentine's Day this year so stay tuned and I'll show you what I get up to.

Hope you all have a fantastically fabulous weekend.
Luv Mel....xX