Category Archives: Craft
This is my first St. Brigid’s Day as a Christian and I’m in Ireland so I couldn’t let the day pass without making a St. Brigid’s cross. People usually make these out of freshly cut field reeds but I, always having to be different :p, made my first cross at a class today out of something else. I was so excited at the prospect, and the class was so chaotic, that I didn’t really catch what kind of reeds these were. What I do know is that the demonstrator cut them herself at the end of last summer and she had to wear chest-high waders to get them. Good woman! She might have said ‘bulrushes’ but don’t quote me on that. She told us that they can last for hundreds of years. People used to use them to make household items, and she still uses them to make things that she sells for a living.
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This post was inspired by a wonderful lady called Myra who started a blog to showcase her mother’s amazingly realistic crochet flowers. I mentioned to her that I used to do macramé so she suggested I try Chinese knotting by following this video:
So I grabbed the first thick yarn I could find… String vest cotton leftover from my dear nan‘s hoard. 😀
It wasn’t ideal but I had a go…
But I couldn’t stop there. It’s just too much fun, and there are loads of knotting videos on YouTube. Besides, I’d always wanted to know how to tie a monkey’s fist knot, so I went on a knotting binge. Here’s another video I used, this time in English:
The string vest cotton wasn’t working out too well (although it would make a lovely soft vest – I’m almost tempted to make one). So I scrounged around and found an old cord off a blind…
Thank you Myra, I had great fun! 😀
I normally cut my own designs for snowflakes at this time of year. When my daughter joins in we end up with a veritable snow drift of paper delights. This year I made the mistake of looking at my Pinterest account. This usually results in some new obsession; this time it looks like it’s other people’s snowflakes. The ones shown below are mostly based on patterns I found via Pinterest. The Celtic cross one I designed myself. (As always, you can click on an image to see it more closely.)
My apologies in advance to my vegan readers; we used a lot of eggs in this crafting session. Please see my previous post for more on the egg issue. A small consolation is that no factory-farmed eggs were used: Sally bought duck eggs and was given chicken eggs by a neighbour who keeps her own birds. Also, after writing the previous post I went out and bought a vegan egg substitute. It won’t be any good for Easter crafting but hopefully I can now make cruelty-free cakes and so on. 🙂
Sally’s daughter supplied us with two kits from the States; thank you Erin. I haven’t seen this kind of kit in Ireland. There were all sorts of ways of decorating the eggs. My favourite was the wax crayon used to create “resist” designs with the dyes. I hope you enjoy the photos. You might remember the bunny ears from last year; my daughter has inherited the hoarder gene from someone (not me, obviously 😉 ).
There is a long-running children’s TV programme in the U.K. called “Blue Peter“, maybe you’ve heard of it. I grew up with it. The presenters used to show us how to make lots of things, like accessories for dolls, Christmas decorations and treats for Mother’s Day. I didn’t attempt very many of their projects but I did make their pomander as a present for my nanna. It involved sticking a lot of cloves into an orange and decorating it with ribbon, etc. My nanna had it hung in her hallway for a while and then it disappeared. I assumed it had gone moldy and been thrown in the bin. I think you know where this is going from the title, don’t you? When we were clearing out my nanna’s house after she passed away we found the pomander in her wardrobe. Bear in mind that I made this thing in the seventies and my nanna passed away in 2013… The Wikipedia entry on pomanders says they last several years; they might want to revise that up a few decades! I have to admit that it was a bit too freaky though so it did finally go in the bin.
Sally and I managed to squeeze in another crafting session before she heads off to the States. She wanted to make a swag for the town crib. We started with the same method as for the wreaths, making bundles of greenery (conifer, ivy, holly, etc.) cut from Sally’s shrubs and trees at the Mill. We fastened the bundles with cable ties and then hung them on a piece of washing line. We then fastened baubles and ribbons between each bundle and disguised the fastenings with beads and ribbons. Sally will be adding a few little extras once the swag has been hung on the crib.
Sally is going to be spending the Christmas season in the U.S. so we did our Christmas crafting yesterday. This is our third time making wreaths together (see this post for another one) and I love it. The smell of the greenery is delicious, and I love combining the different textures and colours. I had intended to take more photos of the process but I was almost finished before I remembered to take my camera out. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos I did take. I’ve included a few seasonal views of “The Mountain” too.
We just had the most fabulous afternoon of crafting at Sally‘s. My daughter hasn’t taken her bunny ears off since they were made. She’s been running around outside with them on, and now she has her headphones on over the top of them.
Sally had some wonderful projects set up for us. I brought some eggs that I had managed to blow successfully for the first time ever. Sally also had some boiled eggs ready to decorate. Last week Sally and I made bases for our moss gardens out of woven willow. Today we went gathering all different kind of moss and natural objects to pile onto the bases. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the crafting.
I just watched this fabulous TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, and had to share it with my creative blogger friends.
I’m running a bit late today because lightning caused a power cut here for a few hours. I missed my cups of tea but it meant that we could put our stove on.
Yesterday I took my daughter over to my friend Sally‘s Mill and we did some Christmas crafting. First we collected twigs from Sally’s garden. They needed to look like miniature trees. We took them inside, stuck them each in a base block and then drew them. We tried to create a landscape around them.
Sally had glued some sticks together for us so that we could learn how to make Mexican God’s eyes. We all loved making them. We especially liked the sparkly yarn that Sally had in her 20-year-old stash.