I’ve got a fair amount of ribbon in my craft stash and was thinking about adapting this idea with coloured ribbon (and, perhaps a few vintage butons). What do you think?
Oh my. Now I didn’t think it was possible to improve a vintage suitcase, but this tutorial from A Beautiful Life proves me wrong…
It’s a great way to rescue a suitcase with a less-than-pristine top, too. Full instructions here but be prepared to lose a few hours browsing the rest of the blog; it really lives up to its name!
I was spoiled for choice for this edition of Friday Five but there are still only four things on the list… My internet has gone a bit wobbly and I want to press ‘publish’ before it dies completely. Enjoy!
1. This one comes courtesy of some book-research which got out of hand. I began looking for bird-themed ceramics on Etsy and, as if by magic, lost six hours of my life. Steampunk Bicycle print ‘The Sparrow Thief’. CollageOrama upcycles old dictionaries by printing bold images on the pages.
2. Even though I am personally freaked out by the depth of the ocean, and find it difficult to think about that volume of cold dark water without nausea, I couldn’t fail to appreciate the brilliance of this graphic by the BBC. It illustrates the awesome depth of oceanic trenches in a clever and informative way. As long as I don’t picture myself in a tiny boat floating on the surface, I’ll be fine. Urp.
[Found via Jennifer Crusie’s blog]
3. March 8th was International Women’s Day 2012 and although I actually intended to post about it yesterday, I’m going to pretend that I’m a day late in order to make a statement about gender equality being relevant every day. Also, check out this excellent article from The Huffington Post: 10 Reasons Why Feminism is Good For Boys and Men.
4. An inspired (and very patient) crafter has built a Tardis in a bottle. Cool.
I like their placemats, too. They’re available in a range of colours and are priced £6.50 each. Visit Solitaire for tea towels, lavender bags, cushions and more.
[Thanks to Fay for the recommendation! *waves*]
Purl Bee not only offers comprehensive instructions, but also sells the perfect fabric pack for the project, so there’s really very little excuse not to…
Except for the rewrite. Oh yes. That.
Top of the list this week has to be this gorgeous dotty apron which my daughter made for my birthday. She had the help of a talented (and wonderful – thanks Mum!) Gran and it was her very first sewing machine project.
To say I was overwhelmed when I opened the parcel would be an understatement. I won’t lie to you, dear reader; tears were shed. How could it be that my baby girl* could’ve executed a surprise present so perfect? How? My mind, it boggleth. My heart, it squeezes with joy. Seriously; how did I get this lucky?
[Thanks to Mum for the photo, too. Read more about the fabulous apron-project on her craft-filled blog The Turtle Moves]
* Anybody who wishes to point out that my baby girl is now eleven years old is perfectly at liberty to do so. I have my fingers in my ears.
It’s the 10th of January and, thanks to a migraine yesterday, I’m only just easing back into work. I still haven’t written that inspiring ‘new year’ post, finished the short story that I began in December, or pitched for any new journalism.
I’ve also realised that the book I was working on before Christmas is dead in the water. I’m feeling a bit rubbish about it, but am telling myself that it was useful to attempt the rewrite. Truly, those hours of work are not wasted. At least I can finally lay that particular book to rest, but it’s also disconcerting to find myself, suddenly, without a WIP.
So. Onwards. I’m planning a couple of weeks of free-writing and brainstorming in the hopes that a clear winner emerges from the various half-projects and new ideas I have slopping around in my brain. I want to just dive in (and usually do) as I hate being in-between books. I feel lost and grumpy, but I’m going to force myself to take the time to research, explore and dream.
This new year post from Neil Gaiman might help… His wish for 2012 is that we “Make New Mistakes. Make glorious amazing mistakes.” If you’re making mistakes it means you’re trying something new and, most importantly, you’re Doing Something.
[Image notes. I’ve vowed to create more stuff this year. Not just with writing but with craft, art, home-making, and food, too. My best friend got married on the weekend and I made this card for her and her lovely husband. I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out and am so glad I hauled out my paper supplies rather than buying something mass-produced.]
It’s almost certainly too late for me to create my own little bird house mantel for this Christmas – and I’d likely* explode in a non-festive stress bomb if I were to attempt it – but that won’t stop me reading BirdHouse’s tutorial and day-dreaming.
Still, our tree went up on the weekend (with our assistance, we don’t have a magic self-decorating tree), the fairy lights and cards are strung around the living room, and I’m beginning to feel suspiciously Jolly. How about you?
The digital age has shunted library index cards out of favour so there are beautiful wooden card catalogues ripe for repurposing in your home.
Poetic Home has an article full of ideas (and lovely pictures).
Dream Book Design reinvented her unit into a beautiful buffet. Take a look for the how-to and photos.
I love this time of year. I love the crisp, cold days, the autumn leaves, and the smell of wood smoke in the air. I love the way darkness falls quickly and resolutely, the cosy nights indoors and the promise of frost and snow to come. Yes, by January I will heartsick of winter and wishing for the spring, but for now I’m craving it.
I also love Halloween. I love the idea of lighting candles against the dark, of curling up with a good spooky book or giving one as part of All Hallows Read.
The iconography really appeals to me, too. Not so much the Freddy Krueger masks, eyeballs, and fake blood, but the witches in black pointy hats, dumpy, cheerful pumpkins, and bats with their black wings spread wide. Not to forget ghosts made from bed sheets, black cats and broomsticks, lanterns and a shiny full moon. I just passed a happy half hour browsing this gallery of vintage Halloween postcards.
And if that’s put you in the mood for some themed decorating, check out this collection of carved/decorated pumpkins from Country Living and these free, printable images from the generous Graphics Fairy.