Mollie Makes Felty Fox Brooch

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I’m ashamed to say that I abandoned my blog for a little bit while things got crazy busy, but I’ve finally found some time to share the projects that I’ve been working on.

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I love Mollie Makes, but I usually end up forgetting about the projects that come with the magazine each month.  I finally got around to making one of the cute little felt fox brooches from Issue Thirty-Two.  He’s so cute and was super easy to make, even for those of us who aren’t great at sewing.  I’ll hopefully get around to making him a friend sometime soon!

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Christmas Countdown: Felt Animal Ornaments

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Remember a good while back when I made these finger puppets?  Well, turns out I don’t really have much use for them. I suggested at the time that they might make nice Christmas tree decorations and I finally got round to it.  I can’t believe how adorable they turned out.

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To make the ornament I made holes in the side of the finger puppet and created arms out of the string from a La Senza bag.  I then stuffed the body, added legs made out of the same string as the arms and sewed the whole thing up to secure it.

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So they can hang on the tree I sewed on a loop of string to the back of each ornament.

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A little unconventional for the Christmas tree, but cute nonetheless.  I can’t wait to get the tree up to take some proper pictures.

Christmas Countdown ’13: Kraft Paper Bows

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I don’t care if it’s still November, I’m feeling all Christmasy already.  To tidy up the presents lying about my room I decided to get wrapping.  I found the template for these cute paper bows, which cut out of kraft paper look great alongside my brown paper wrapping.

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I used paint pens and Sharpies to decorate the cut out pieces before gluing it all together.  I then decorated the plain brown wrapping paper in the same way (a little squint, but lets ignore that) and I think it looks pretty good.

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That’s one down, only heaps more to go!

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Thanksgiving Mini-Pumpkin Centrepiece

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I’m supposed to be writing an essay, so typically I’m looking for other ways to spend my time.  We had this mini-pumpkin lying around from Halloween (no time to carve it), so I grabbed a paint pen and started doodling.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and think it might make a pretty little centrepiece for Thanksgiving, especially when paired with these cute golden leaves cut out from a tomato puree tube.

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Halloween Crafts: ‘Pumpkin’ Carving

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Sometimes, I actually have to remind myself that I’m not 10 anymore, but I can’t help it, I still get ridiculously excited about the holidays.  With Halloween fast approaching, I’m trying to find the time to put together a costume (so much more important than uni work and making money), which I will be sharing once finished.  In the meantime, I figured I’d share a cute little Halloween project I made a couple of years ago.

It’s a cheap alternative to a pumpkin and also makes the room smell really nice!

What you need:

  • An orange
  • A small, sharp knife
  • A tooth pick and green sharpie
  • A small tea light

How to: 

1.  Cut the top off and hollow out the bottom part of the orange, keeping the top for the lid.

2.  Carve your design into the orange.

3.  Colour the toothpick with the green pen and stick into the lid to create a ‘stalk’.

4.  Light the tea light and ta-da, a super quick and easy ‘pumpkin’.

(Just as a safety precaution, it’s probably best not to leave the lid on while the candle is lit in case it sets your house on fire – mine seemed fine while I took the pictures, but I wouldn’t risk a whole night)

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DIY ‘bat country’ Mouse Mat

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I did say that I would share what I did with the other cork pot stand – so here we go, a more manly mouse mat made as a birthday present (see my original one here)!  I’d like to mention that I have never read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, so I’m hoping that this is an alright representation.  This time I experimented by drawing on the cork with Sharpie instead of the acrylic paint I used on my own mat and I actually think it turned out better.  The mouse glides much more easily over it.

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DIY Dip Dye Shoes

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It’s getting colder in Scotland, and the change in the weather is getting me down.  Not that I don’t love Autumn, but I’ve been stuck inside working all summer and would have appreciated enjoying some of the lovely sunshine.  To cheer myself up, I decided to spend a morning dip-dying a pair of shoes, so even if it’s dull outside my feet can look bright and happy.

There are a few great tutorials for this already on the internet.  My method was a combination of these tutorials: Frankie exclusive diy: dip-dyed shoes and iLovetoCreate’s Ombre Tie Dye Sneakers

What you need:

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  • A pair of plain canvas shoes (Primark sells them for only £3!)
  • A packet of dye
  • Salt and warm water to make the dye mix
  • A cloth
  • A paintbrush
  • Vaseline

How-to:

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1.  Prep the shoes:  Remove the laces and set aside (if you have removable inserts take them out as well, my cheapo pair didn’t, so I’ll just have to live with the insides being pink as well).  Cover the soles and rubber bits with a tin layer of Vaseline to protect them from the dye.  Then throughly wet the shoes to help the dye spread.

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2.  Mix the dye:  Mix the dye according to the instructions on the packet (dissolve in warm water and add salt), be sure to do this in as deep of a container as possible for dunking the shoes.

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3.  Dip the shoes:  Dip the tips of the shoes into the dye and hold them in for a while depending on how dark you want the colour to be.  Take out of the dye and dip again, this time letting to dye spread further up the shoes.  Repeat as many times as you like until you’ve got as much colour as you want on the shoes.  I also dipped the heel into the dye to make it darker as well, leaving the shoes lighter in the middle.

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4.  Add more colour:  To get a really bright colour on the darker areas, use a paint brush to add some more dye to the shoes.

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5.  Blend the colour:  Using a damp cloth, gently pat the dye to blend the colour more evenly.  You can even dip the cloth into the dye to add more colour or spread the dye to areas the dipping missed.

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6.  Allow to dry:  Once you’ve achieve the colour you want, leave the shoes to dry for 5-10 minutes.

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7.  Rinse:  Rinse the shoes under running water until the water coming off the shoes is clear (hopefully this means that they won’t turn my feet pink).

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8.  Leave to dry:  Remove the shoes from the water and leave to dry overnight and rub off the Vaseline.

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These are bright and cheery, just what I need to lift my mood when the weather gets cold.  I forgot how fun using dye is.  Keep a look out for some more tie-dye projects as I can’t get enough of it!

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