Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas stars

Hello Bloglanders

And I made some stars for my Xmas decor.  First of all, I want to share my project inspiration:


I'm thinking about the middle one with different ornaments but with the whimsy feeling of the left and right pictures. We will see. I'll hang my ornaments as I go but the one for my friend will only have numbers.  She can then open a pressie each day up to her birthday and hang it as she goes. An advent calendar of sorts.

And here they are:

They are made from chipboard and I added some paint and glitter to zuss them up.

Here you can see mine dangling in the wind

Tomorrow I'll be adding little red hearts to my "garland".  Check back and see what I come up with. Thanks for crafting with me today and I hope to see u around Blogland again soon.  For those of you looking for more "starry" inspiration, hop over to the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge and see what the rest of Blogland came up with.

Bye for now.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

DIY Angels

Hi there Bloglanders

It's still busy, busy, busy at HQ Hamman. Wernich is back home and sleeping in his unfinished flat!!! Still a LOT to do.  My aunt came to visit my mum and stayed with me for a week. I loved having her and I think it was very good for my mum to see her. She is leaving for Canada in a few weeks as all her children lives abroad. This weekend my sister came all the way from the Eastern Cape to be with mum. Yes, it's hectic down under in Sunny SA.

Last week I told you that I'll be making my own Christmas ornaments.  It took a bit longer than I anticipated as I couldn't decide on a colour scheme but here is my first project: DIY Christmas angels.

I'll be doing all my ornaments in white, silver, neutral and a touch of red.

Version 1:

I used pot cleaners for the hair.  It's actually an old one that I washed in my dishwasher. The new ones looked too gold for my project. I added a red glitter die cut heart that I've cut from glitter foam to zuss it up.

And version 2:

This time I used the packaging material that comes with the Studio Calico kits for hair and a heart button for the touch of red. I LOVE the hair!!

For those of you who want to try it: My WIP:

1. Die cut the pattern / cut by hand. I used my Silhouette but the original pattern comes from here.  I just omitted the head as I wanted to use a bead. I used silver cardstock but you can use whatever takes your fancy. My angel is half the size of the original pattern.
2. Fold and staple in place. It looks complicated but once you've done the body the wings slide into one another. REAL easy.
3. I used a bead underneath the angel's dress to attach some ribbon to hang my angel.
4. Bead, body, face bead.
Decorate and it's DONE.

I'll be back with some more Christmas decorations tomorrow.  I'm really trying to use what I have on hand and not to buy ANYTHING.  The South African postal service crashed and at this stage it's nearly impossible to get your hands on any nice crafting goodies. SO, I'm using ordinary items to make extraordinary goodies. Why don't you join me and craft along.  The idea is to make at least 20 ornaments before Christmas. I'll be making everything X2. One set I'll keep and another I'll give to a friend who has a BIG birthday on the 19th of December.  An advent calendar of sorts. Don't stress .......................... I'll share right here on Play as U Go.

Thanks for looking at my blog and remember to try something new - TODAY!! On that note .................... I'm off to work on tomorrow's project.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sunday Summary Week 45

Good morning Bloglanders

YES, I know it's Wednesday and I know I've skipped my SS Week 44 BUT my mum was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago and is starting chemo and radiation next week.  It seems that my life is on a roller coaster ride.  But, I still want to record what happens SO, here we go with Week 45.

Finally, my garden bench is back in the garden:

My "blind side son" is now officially a Masters degree (in Architecture) graduate!! Here he is celebrating with his classmates:

He is the one on the right. I can't wait for Saturday when he will be home.  It would be SO nice having both my boys nearby. Even though I do "keep my distance" - I just LOVE having them nearby. They are totally best, best friends and I love seeing and hearing them interact and doing "young man stuff" together.

And Wynand sold his Harley!!! He is a BIG biker but i'm not that keen but after his back operation earlier this year, he started riding less and less. So, last weekend Bob got a new owner.

Here we are:

I think this was the ONLY time I rode with him!!! SO glad I take pictures and keep memories alive.

And I had to give a few 'thank-you pressies":

I used scraps to die cut and decorate them.

And last but not least - I finished a layout in my album:

It still lacks a title but for now I'm pleased with my effort.

My aunt has been visiting and will return home tomorrow. THEN I'll start on a new venture - I'll make 30 Christmas ornaments in 30 days.  Wanna join in the fun??  Just check back here tomorrow.  I'll be showing my inspiration and then I'll share my take on it.  AND ............................ I'll be making everything X2 as my oldest friend has a BIG birthday in December and I'll be gifting her with a set.

Thanks for looking at my blog today ........................ I'll be back tomorrow to share my first ornament. I'm off to find some inspiration and to try my hand at something NEW.

Have fun today and see you soon.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Scrap Fabric Covered Notebooks

Hello Bloglanders

Happy Friday to you all!!!  I hope you will be having a Wonderful Weekend with lots of time to do the things you love.

Today I'm sharing my Fabric Covered Notebook. I used REAL scraps of bull denim. All the cream and white scraps go into a bin and I wanted to use some of it for my Christmas pressies.  I tore the scraps in strips, dyed it with fabric dye and adhered it to my notebooks.

This will be my girlfriend pressies. Who doesn't need a notebook???? 1st one from the Play as U GO production line:

And for those of you who want the inside info:

1. I only have 3 colours of dye in my stash - yellow, blue and pink.  I used 1 teaspoon of dye dissolved in 1 cup of boiling water. Everything went into empty jars and then I started mixing until I had 5 different colours.
2. Add your strip of fabric to the jar and SHAKE, then hang to dry. It drips and makes a mess. Make sure you put some newspaper underneath.
3. Uses a page from the notebook you want to cover (for size) and start pinning your stips to the paper. Leaving about 1 cm extra fabric for the sides and bottom and about 3 cm at the top.
4. Back view.

5. Stitch in place.
6. Back view.
7. Fold the edges over and pin in place.
8. Stitch around the edge to keep the seam in place.

9. Stitching done.
10 Start decorating. I wanted to try out Amy Tangerine's stitch templates. It worked SO well. Just poke the holes in the backing paper as you wouldn't be able to see it on the fabric.
11. Cover the inside with a piece of cardstock and glue in place. My notebooks doesn't have ANY covers - if yours does, you can glue your fabric cover directly onto it.
12  Some more decorating. DONE!!!

I totally love my project. Lots of scraps, cheap and totally adorable and usable!!

I'm off to make some more. YEAH,  I do have lots of friends and each and every one will get one. Until we meet again, have fun and try something new - TODAY.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Take Along Kiddies Art Bag

Hello Bloglanders

Happy Tuesday to you all.  I'm still working on my Sunday Summary for Week 44 and it will get up sometime soon. Problem is - we currently have horrible weather down under in Sunny SA and I can't photograph my outdoor projects!! My Photoshop skills are just not up to upping my photo quality.  I'll put it on my 2015 wish list.

BUT, I did finish my Kiddies Take Along Art Bag!!!

I've got new neighbors with 2 small kids and I was thinking about a useful Christmas gift to make for them. SO, while working on my Watercolour art bag, it hit me - a Kiddies version!!  I really want them to be able to use it while travelling so I opted for a mini chalkboard (Mr H halved a shop bought one for me), multi colored chalk and a felt eraser.

This time round I decided to make the chalkbag and eraser detachable as I thought the child can fold the bag over while travelling and work as it it.

Here you can see the inside info:

And a close-up of the chalk bag:

I used a piece of thick book plastic, added the Velcro, folded it over and stitched. DONE.

For those of you who want to try your hand at it, here is the unfinished inside and outside pieces:

The size of my finished bag (closed without the handles) is 25 x 16cm {10 x 6). About A5 which is perfect for little hands. Open (without the handles) it is 25 x 34cm {10 x 13.5 inches). The finished handles are 2.5 x 33cm (1 x 13 inches)

I decided to decorate the outside with Silhouette heat transfer.  I used the same cut file that I've used here. This time I added a funky "i" and omitted the "heart".  Reason for using the heat transfer???? I keep all my offcuts and had it on hand.  You know, "waste not, want not".

That concludes my Take Along Bag series.  I'm so glad I tried my hand at it. I love my Watercolour bag and I've used it every day over the past month!!  Also, now I'm sorted for Christmas pressies for my neighbor's kiddo's.  Best part is that I only used what I had on hand.

I'm off to start on my girlfriend pressies. Of course, I'll share!!! Just check back.

Thanks for looking at my blog today and remember to try your hand at something new. Have fun and craft

Friday, October 31, 2014

Take Along Art / Craft Bag - Part 4

Hello Bloglanders

I'm running a bit behind schedule but that's how it works down under in Sunny SA. Our ADSL doesn't live up to expectations on month-ends BUT finally, I'm here to share the last part of my Take Along Art / Craft Bag.

How to add the "Puffy Pocket":

The secret is to sew the bottom seam first, then measure and add the Velcro to the Puffy Pocket and inside of the bag and only THEN pin and stitch the side seams.

I've added Velcro to these places. You can add more / omit some:

Now finish off your bag:

In my last picture you can see the pocket that forms between the front and back panels of the bag. I added heavy cardstock to these "pockets" as well as to the bag's spine.  In here, I fit my scrapbook paper. Perfect size and due to the sturdiness, it wouldn't bend.

And finally, My finished bag.  If you missed the post on the Craft Storage Ideas blog, just click here to be redirected.  I shared my tips and tricks on decorating the bag with Fabric Inc over there.

And that concludes my DIY Take Along Art / Craft Bag.  I'll be back over the weekend to share my kiddies version.  Perfect and just in time for Xmas.

I'm off to do some more crafting. Thanks for looking at my blog and see U again SOON.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Take Along Art / Craft Bag - Part 3

Good morning Bloglanders

I hope you are having a Thunderous Thursday.  Thanks for joining me today where I'll explain how I did the "Puffy Pocket" for my Art / Craft Bag. If you missed part 1 and 2, just scroll down to catch up.

I always keep my paper, print-outs and die cuts in a plastic letter box. The one I used is A4 but if you want to use a bigger one for scrapbook paper, just adapt the size of yours. Because of the "bulk" in this pocket, I had to "puff it up" with boxed corners. Let me show you how easy it is:

First, pin the corner of your pocket over the stuff that you want to put in there.

Mark with pencil on both sides. (It should make a square when you unpin the corner)

Now stitch along the pencil line BUT leave the bottom 1cm UN STITCHED!!!  This 1cm seam allowance is where your pocket will be joined to the bag.

Trim the seams.

As easy as that!!!

Tomorrow we will finish our bag.  Thanks for joining me today! Have a GREAT day and remember to try something new - TODAY!!