I already mentioned my flirtation with mosaic…here’s a little project I used to get myself accustomed to the technique. I used a cheap blank birdhouse from The Works, cost 99p. 

Take birdhouse, apply mosaic glue. Stick fine array of buttons where you wish. Leave to dry, overnight if you can bear it.  Mix grout, make it a bit more runny than the instructions, apply with fingers around the buttons. Then use fingers, paper and damp sponge to wipe away unwanted grout and reveal the buttons in their full glory. Leave to dry overnight. Yes, leave it, don’t fiddle. Then polish off to make the buttons gleam. I have yet to do the final step. What can I say, I’m impatient.

I used emulsion in a tasteful taupe to paint any surface I didn’t grout. I also put a bit of grout onto the plain surfaces first to creat a texture to compliment the buttoned sides. 

I love my little birdhouse and its sitting in my living room on a rare clear surface. Easy to do and fun. All mosaic supplies came from Hobby Island. I like them a lot. 

Thank you teacher part one

so, it’s that time of year again, and I’m wondering what to get my children’s teachers to say thank you for taking them off my hands for the whole year. Little one has finished reception and is still in the school system so I have lots to be grateful for. This post shows what I made his teacher and I am just about to presents to her this afternoon. Wish me luck.


I made her a necklace with  ABCD pictures so that when they are learning their letters and sounds, she might want to use it as a prop. Failing that, she could always hang it up somewhere and wonder at what kind of person spends their time making these things!

I made it using Shrinkles. This stuff is amazing. You just draw your picture with a permanent pen (I used Sharpies) stick it in the oven, leave it in there for about two minutes and it shrinks down by about seven times. And there you go, you have ready-made Perspex beads. Don’t forget to punch a hole in the picture before you stick it in the oven though. 

Then I used some soft Jewelry wire, some star beads and lots of time in front of RuPaul’s Drag  Race to make a wire wrapped necklace.

If she doesn’t like it, do you think it would be rude to ask for it back?!

Pack hack

i always feel a bit bad about the amount of packaging Amazon wrap around my purchase so today I decided to reuse the envelope that carried Elder’s first clarinet book to us so abley. I basically covered the gatefold envelope with some paper sheets I had and then used a hole punch to make a hole for the ribbon. Dead easy but I’m now the proud owner of a portfolio to keep my sketches in. Result!


Hats off

It’s half term guys…almost Summer…last weekend was a scorcher, so much so that I scored a sun hat for £1 from a charity stall at a local fair as I was in danger of becoming a burnt offering to the sun god(s).

Scroll fwd to today, rain, cold, dank. I needed a spritz of summer. So I trimmed my hat using feedsack quilt block scraps, buttons and ribbons…



Just need some sun now…

Log cabin decoupage



Here’s a very quick make. I got a boring plain wood small photograph frame for 99p from our local charity shop. And some free decoupage paper from a craft magazine (crafts beautiful). Instead of scattering the paper randomly however, I did it in strips in a sort of log cabin kind of pattern. I think it gives it a nice textured finish which takes advantage of the shape of the frame and it was really quick to do. Hope you like it.

Fuzzy felt

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Have to share this find…hand stitched felt children! I spotted them in a charity shop (rhymes with Boo High-der). They were on a manky antimacassars which I chopped off pronto. I auditioned backgrounds and went for some beautiful wool I got a few years ago, pre Portas charity shopping. I’m trying reverse appliqué but its a journey, lets say…any tips would be helpful!

Big softie

We met the new baby. She is beautiful. And so, to mark the occasion, I whipped up this cushion. I finished stitching it five minutes before we went to visit.

Very quickly, I used two fat quarters of contrasting fabric and bondaweb to stick the ‘z’ on. I sewed it on with running stitch and 3 strands of floss.

I sketched the slogan lightly with a pencil and then stitched it as simply as possible.

The back is a plain envelope, no buttons.

A Little rushed but it went down well when presented this afternoon. Hopefully, it might raise a smile in the wee small hours.