Paper christmas

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Bunting made of old book pages.

No I haven’t disappeared or abandoned you blog, but been very busy studying for uni. Though that doesn’t mean I didn’t have the time to craft at all. Especially when I’ve been studying hard my fingers start to ache to make something.

I do absolutely love christmas, the joyful atmosphere, presents, (handmade) decorations, christmas songs and carol singing in church. Last year in my student house I made my decorations fully out of pages from old books and I continued making some this year. I love recycling and the colours of the yellowed paper with the black letters and red decorations.

Here a selection of christmassy things I’ve made while procrastinating from studying:

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Cute deer brooch.

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Sewing boxes

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In my opinion you can never have too much sewing equipment and therefore also never enough storage. I found this little red sewing box at a charity shop the other day. It was in need of a new coat of paint and one of the wooden bits on the side was broken so I could take it home for a mere £1.

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The next day at a flea market I found another sewing box, completely filled with crafty bits and bobs. I picked it up for £5 and didn’t look until I got home what was actually inside. Going through it I could throw most of it away -short strings of thread, mysterious plastic circles- but it also had everything to make a tapestry, who knows I can give a go at that one day, and a ‘woollen-flower-maker’. In the bottom was written ‘April 1960’, so guess thats when the box was first purchased.

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It had a lot of scratches on the top, so I decided to paint both sewing boxes. There was some white paint lying about, so used that. 2 weeks later I still haven’t repaired the small one so I can only properly open half, but the big one looks as new again.

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ps. Grandmothers tip on getting paint off your hands: rub them in with butter. I didn’t believe it at first, but it works really well and as a plus it doesn’t dry out your hands (like most chemical stuff does) it actually moisturises your hands at the same time as well. From now on I always have a pack of butter when I go painting.

Crochet midwife blanket

You might have noticed my love for bbc series ‘Call the Midwife’. In the last episode of season 2 they all work together to crochet a granny square blanket. I’ve been intending to learn to crochet for a while and as a couple of people on Tumblr started to make a Midwife crochet blanket I decided to jump on the bandwagon.

Someone referred to this youtube clip and this is finally one I completely understood and I can follow. My first attempt is still a bit wobbly, but I now get the technique so I’m hoping to make loads of squares over this summer.

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With thanks to Gemma Garner,  Heliotrope-dreams, and mirandakatherinehart.

Tool apron

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I have just started working at the theatre festival ‘Parade’. Walking around all day you want to keep your hands free, but not have a bag over your shoulder all the time. My -very practical- colleague wears a tool belt, but as wearing jeans is painful enough for my fashion sense, you won’t find me dressed like a handyman.

Inspired by the bar staff I made myself an apron to stuff my tools etc in. I used oilcloth fabric, as it’s sturdy, waterproof and easy to clean. I worked off the edges with bright blue bias binding and made a wider white bias binding for the ties. The side pockets are perfect for a bottle of water and my phone. In the centre I sewn an elastic band to organise stuff.

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For the rest of summer I’ve got the most cheerful tool belt and always everything by hand, and I don’t need to worry anymore if my skirts have pockets or not!