Monday, 28 January 2013

Happy New Year! Is it too late to wish you a happy new year?

Recently we went away and when we go on holiday we have quite a few ready meals because I just can't be bothered cooking and so we were left with a few ready meal boxes and Bella was playing with one of the empty ones and no offense 'Weight Watchers Creamy Chicken & Mushroom' but you're not the prettiest box around so I decided to jazz it up a little, it was the perfect size for a mini cereal box but I guess it could have been anything else really.

Anyway, here's a little How-to on what to do when covering a box. It's not rocket science, I'm sure you all know how to do it anyway but just in case you don't, here are some quick instructions!

You will need:

First things first, make sure your box fits on your nice card. Mine didn't so had to add a bit extra onto the end.

And then glue it down. Put the glue on the printed side of the box and stick it on the back of your nice card (i did this wrong, glued it to the nice side of card, gasped, quickly ripped it off and flipped it over, it was fine in the end!)

Then verrrrrry carefully get your ruler and knife and slice around the outside of the box, cutting the card into the box shape. You could use scissors, a knife is more precise. I'm sure there's some cutting rule where you are never supposed to cut towards your body, always away from it, but everytime I try to do that I end up twisting about very awkardly so I always break that rule. And no accidents yet!

And then glue all the tabs...

And fold it all back in the box shape again. You could score the folds to make it easier but mine folded super easily without scoring. Depends on the thickness of your card.

And then you have a nice pretty box! Well, if you're like me, there were some edges that looked a little scruffy so I used some washi tape (washi tape is the best, it's just like cool masking tape) to go along the edges. I went a little washi tape crazy and ended up doing every single edge there was, even on the hidden tabs-you don't need to do that!

Now you can draw on the front with a pen or something, but I did this quick illustration for mine so do feel free to nab it and print it out!!

And here's our box!

Not the best photo, it's not really photo taking weather here. And there are a few signs of wear and tear as Bella has been playing with it. Blue cheerios, imagine that! Normal cereal seems so dull now!


Thursday, 1 November 2012

pumpkin update

So I didn't win the competition- I wasn't surprised, A Beautiful Mess is a very, very popular blog and I knew there would be a ton of entries, so to be honest i was just surprised to be one of the runners up- look, here i am!!

Looks like i'm going to have to win a kitchen-aid on another competition!


**image taken from here**

Monday, 22 October 2012

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers...

 I love October. I love Autumn. I love pumpkins. One thing I don't love is Halloween because I just hate scary things. But most of the blogs that I follow are American and halloween is a b.i.g. d.e.a.l over there! I so wanted to be part of the seasonal fun without all the sinister stuff so I took part in this competition to carve a pumpkin.

Here is my carved pumpkin! I have never ever carved one before because it was too halloween-y but I just LOVE pumpkins as decorations- why shouldn't I use one as a lantern?! And I carved this quote from Anne of Green Gables on it (you couldn't get further away from halloween than Anne of GG could you?!).

And here is a picture of what the words actually look like because the thing with a pumpkin is that you can't see all the way round in one picture can you? Also, I need a new camera. I really struggled to take pictures in the dark, they all came out really grainy. Although it might be me, rather than the camera.

Anyway, happy autumn!


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

a very exciting day in our house!

So i have been away from blogging and selling in my shop recently because of this! It's one of the books that I've been illustrating for 10ofthose and it arrived in the warehouse today! I am super duper excited because although I've illustrated a few things, this is the first BOOK that I have done that's been published and boy I really do love it! 

It's so strange seeing the things I've been staring at on my computer screen for months actually physically in print!!!So here it is, The Mystery of the Missing Spots, it's about Naaman from the Bible. We've got a few of these 'mystery' books on the go, and I can't wait to share them all with you! You can buy it here and it's only £3.99! Bargain!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Thank you Curtains!

When we moved into our house nearly 2 years ago, we bought plain white curtains for each room. Each pair was at least 30cm too long, so when my mum came round we decided to hem them.

We were left with quite a lot of white material, and it was all pretty dirty as it had been trailing along the floor for a few months.
I'm ashamed to say that I very lazily said that I would just throw it all away, as it needed washing and to be honest we are ALWAYS behind on our washing and I just didn't want to add to the pile.

But my mum, who never ever throws anything away, said that she'd wash and dry it all for me (isn't that kind of her?!), and I said that even so I would probably NEVER use it.

How wrong I was!

It has become a staple in my sewing projects, I've used it in so many things I've lost count, but I want to show you some of the projects I've used it for...

These are some trousers I made for Bella over a year ago- the thin white fabric made for some perfect breezy, cool bloomers!

Look how little Bella is here! And I just loved the fancy edges on the trousers, I'm quite sad that she has outgrown them now! (and the curtains in the picture are BEFORE we hemmed them!)

And then a few weeks ago I decided to make some placemats for our kitchen table. I got the pattern from this beautiful book...

I guess the trouble with white placemats is that they are HIGHLY impractical. As I placed them on the table I sternly told Nick that we must be VERY CAREFUL to not spill anything on them. It's a real shame that we're such messy eaters-they are now dotted with stains. BUT I am trying to be laid back about it, it's good to not be precious about stuff, right?!

And then finally I made this doll for Bella. This is her with 2 different looks; 'going-out' and 'casual'!

I've been trying to work out a nice pattern for a ragdoll for a few months now. I drew this one out, not sure how it would look once it was sewn and stuffed-you never can tell! But I'm actually really happy with how she's turned out! Her hair took an AGE to finish. I would have added more but it is actually SO THICK and unmanageable now, there just wouldn't be any room! But we all have thick, unmanageable hair in our family so she fits in extremely well!

We're not sure what to call her yet. Bella wanted to call her Tia Mouse Pig Doll but I thought that was a mouthful, so I'm just waiting for Bella to choose a new and hopefully shorter name for her!!

So thank you Mum, for making me keep these curtain trimmings, and thank you Curtains, for being so useful!

Monday, 23 April 2012

It's someone's birthday on Saturday.

My little Bella Primrose is all grown up and turning 2, and I know it's what everyone says but it really has gone fast! 

I thought I'd freshen up her bedroom a little, I made some sweet little flowers to put on her wall:

I made a rather smug looking little rabbit because we now have a pet rabbit called Posie and Bella is obsessed with rabbits! 

Last year around Bella's first birthday I made a print called 'Bella likes...' with all the stuff she liked doing on it. The plan is to update this every year and this is her new one!

'Poudu' is what she calls Posie and we love it so much, she makes it sound so french!! 

Here she is, my little beauty, almost two. Sigh, I just love her!!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

shiny and new

So I've given the blog a bit of a makeover.

For about a year at least I've not really felt like i knew how to make the blog my own but after having a proper go at tweaking bits here and there i have finally created a blog that feels like me! To be honest it's all been a bit of a headache and I even started a new blog somewhere else because I thought it might be easier to customise with a whole different blog company but it niggled me to abandon my little blog here so I decided to knuckle down and I think I finally understand lots of the different things I can do with it to make it my own!

And my aim is to change the header (the thing at the top) as and when I feel like it because I get bored very quickly! This rabbit at the top is a little nod to Easter. Now I know Easter isn't all about rabbits but I didn't really want to draw Jesus!

One day, one day, I will regularly update this blog and work really hard at getting it off the ground. But for now, this will do. But thank you, you faithful few who actually read this and stick with it, it means a lot!