Things to Make and Do.

My third site of the week is Things-to-Make-and-Do.co.uk.

This amazing site has shed loads of things to do, from making Play Dough and Sculpting Faces to making Gift Boxes and Trinket Trays to Potato Printing and Glass Painting, the list just seems to be endless. And all with downloadable templates.

The site has been developed by Jo Lovejoy a wife and mum of 4.
Where do you find the time to craft with such a large family Jo?

I am going to have so much fun crafting with these ideas and enjoying time spent with my grandson.
I think we’ll start with a Snowglobe.
Speak soon…

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Published in: on 15/12/2009 at 22:51  Leave a Comment  
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Morsbags…

I have decided to have a go at making some Morsbags. For those that don’t know what Morsbags are check out this link.

Anyway I think they’re a great idea and more of us should be making them and doing our bit for the planet and telling the supermarkets to stop supplying the plastic ones. As far as I’m concerned there is NO need to use plasticbags at all.

So what I thought I’d do is make one and post my efforts on here so you can see how easy it is (or hard, but I don’t think it will be) then it might encourage others to do it too.

I have other ideas up my sleeve on different shaped bags that can be useful so check back here often cos I’ll post what I’ve made. My ideas are not unique, obviously, but  I thought I make different one’s for those who want to go at something a little fancier.

My advice is to check out the Morsbags website if you want to get started now and not wait untill I’ve added my makes to this blog.

Be back soon folks…

OK so I made a Morsbag and I have to say, even for a novice sewer this was easy enough and it only took me 1 1/2 hours to do.

Just had to make sure I got the measurements right and it all went well.

At first I was a bit bewildered that I had to start sewing the side seams of the bag on the outside and then turn it inside out to sew again but it went OK. In the instructions it says that this type of seam is a French seam, so I learned something new too.

I made the bag out of an old curtain that I had and that’s what the Morsbags web site is all about, “recycling” and not using the plastic bags from the supermarkets.

Anyway I encourage you to have a go, I’m a novice sewer and I found it simple enough.

Although I’ve been sewing bits and pieces for most of my life, I’m not trained and the only sewing lessons I’ve ever had was from my mum and my sister (I don’t count school lessons cos I hated them and learned nothing at all).

You could embellish your bags with beads, sequins,embroidery or anything else you can think of to make it a special Christmas present.

I’ve posted pics of my efforts below. The photos are not the best in the world but then I’m no photographer either. 🙂

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Published in: on 25/10/2009 at 13:18  Comments (2)  
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A List of Craft Blogs and Web Sites

On my travels around the net looking for suitable craft sites to list on TheCraftWitch’s blog I came across this list of sites. All UK based and ranked in order of visits to each site.

I’ve had a look around it and there seems to be some really good sites to check out. Go see, I’m sure you’ll find something related to you niche.

Some of my favorites…

It’s All Fiddle Fart

The Cats Whiskers

Paper Crafts by Rach

Crafts.co.uk

CraftLinks
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Published in: on 19/10/2009 at 16:28  Leave a Comment  
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The Sewing Cottage.

Right or wrong I’m going to start my blog with an introduction to my sewing web site

I should think a lot of people will be a bit miffed that I’m starting with a site of my own instead of one belonging to someone else but I can and will bring other web sites to you soon so I thought I’d start with my own.

TheSewingCottage is new and it about all things sewing related, with a little bit of knitting thrown in too, so If you want to pop over and take a look please feel free. If when you get there you don’t see a section on the type of crafts your into then just drop me a line and maybe between us we can come up with something for you and others in your niche.

So far we have a forum, magazine news, photos and videos.

Anyway I hope you like it and will feel the urge to join.

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Published in: on 19/10/2009 at 14:17  Leave a Comment  
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