DIY Cement Centrepiece

I have a big crush on mini cement planters at the moment.

A few months ago I took a short break to visit family in Adelaide. As it turned out, my weekend away coincided with the Bowerbird Bazaar, Adelaide’s Design Market…lucky me! There were so many amazing products at the markets, but one of the stand outs for me were the handmade cement planters. I loved the different shapes, designs and textures and the imperfection of these vessels. Not only did I want them for myself, but I also knew the planters would make great gifts for friends at home.

While on the lookout for some planters available locally, I stumbled across this awesome DIY from Green Shoes Wedding. This tutorial shows you how to make your own cement planters. Although the theme of the tutorial is making cement planters as a table centrepiece for your wedding, the planters are equally suited to any event, or simply as a gorgeous addition to your home.

I hadn’t considered making my own, but this tutorial certainly makes it seem like a do-able task. I love the idea of making unique shapes and sizes to suit my home!

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Happy crafting!

 

Colour Block Crochet Blanket

I am always on the lookout for new crochet blanket patterns and I’ve recently been adding lots of gorgeous images, crochet tips and tricks, and links to crochet blanket patterns to my Hook and Yarn pin board on Pinterest.

One crochet blanket that has got me particularly excited is this colour block crochet blanket by Jacqui from The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood. As a lot of my personal crochet is done in the evening when I am tired, or watching TV, the projects that I enjoy most are the uncomplicated ones! I love my ripple blankets, but I don’t know how many times I have reached the end of a row only to discover a mistake way back at the beginning, and had to pull it all out and start over!

crochet blanket patterns yellow and grey

The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood colour block crochet blanket is simple, modern and stylish. It is perfect for a beginner, or someone like me who doesn’t always want to concentrate too hard! The pattern is available for purchase here. While a seasoned crocheter may not need to follow a pattern to make this blanket, it is a great guide if you are just starting out in crochet.

My first colour block crochet blanket is underway, and I am hooked (pun intended) I am not using the yarn suggested in the pattern, but have gone with a 12 ply wool and alpaca blend. Come and see the progress of my blanket on Instagram.

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Happy crafting!

 

 

Make Valentine Day Cards Tutorial from Martha Stewart

 

If you are planning to make Valentine Day cards this year and are looking for something a little different to try, then check out the Martha Stewart Folding Heart. To make one of your own, all you need to do is cut a heart from pretty paper, add your personal message, fold it into an envelope, and seal with a sticker. Easy! See the Martha Stewart tutorial here.

Simple and versatile, this project can be used in many ways to make Valentine Day cards, but why stop there…it is equally suited to Mother’s Day, birthdays or just about any occasion.

Here are some suggestions to get you started this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Attach a folding heart as a gift topper, in place of a card or gift tag.
  2. Make a whole stack of mini folding hearts, fill them sweet nothings, and leave them where your Valentine can discover them one by one.
  3. Deliver a personalised folding heart with breakfast in bed.
  4. Make a really big folding heart from a 12″ sheet of scrapbooking paper.
  5. Get the kids involved too. They will have fun making these for family and friends!

 

Make Valentine Day Cards and Wrapping

 

And if you’re feeling extra creative and want to take this a step further, and turn folding hearts into gift wrap (above image), follow the tutorial here!

 

Happy (Valentine’s Day) crafting!

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Blank gift tags now on sale at Paper Cotton Love

Paper Cotton Love has a new look for 2014, and to celebrate we are having a SALE!

For a limited time only, selected blank gift tags and other products are 20% OFF. This includes some of our most popular colours and styles, so why not stock up now for your 2014 markets, events, gift wrapping or craft projects?

Bulk packs of blank gift tags on sale too!

 

Shop at Paper Cotton Love on Etsy here or on Craftumi here

Sale ends Sunday 5th January, so be quick!

 

Happy New Year…and happy crafting x

 

 

I love a handmade Christmas advent calendar!

I am making one of my own at the moment (from felt) which I will share here when finished. Until then I thought I would share this gorgeous tutorial on how to make a Christmas advent calendar using library pockets/envelopes.

make a Christmas advent calendar tutorial by Ruffled Sunshine

I really love this calendar by Ruffled Sunshine because the supplies are relatively easy to source (you might already have most of them in your craft box!), and the advent calendar can be personalised to suit your own style or decor. It is also a great project for using up all of those Christmas craft embellishments and scraps of paper you have been collecting!

You could choose to use bigger or smaller pockets, add your own choice of colours and embellishments, and even make it with or without the frame. Children will have a lot of fun decorating their own set of pockets, to make a Christmas advent calendar like this one too!

Are you going to make a Christmas advent calendar this year? Go on!

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Happy crafting!

Make crochet coasters

Blue Crochet Doily Coaster

Each year, before the Christmas rush begins, I try to come up with one Christmas gift idea that I can hand-make, in lots of different colours. Last year it was mini Zpagetti Yarn bowls, this year I have decided on crochet coasters. There are a lot of patterns available for crochet coasters and over the past few weeks I have been experimenting with several of these, to find something nice and simple to make, with enough detail to have a bit of ‘wow’ factor when finished.

After trying a lot of circular designs, many of them quite plain, I have settled on this pretty crochet motif pattern.

Crochet Coaster by Paper Cotton Love

The yarn I am using to make my crochet coasters is a 4ply cotton / acrylic blend.  To get the thickness I need for coasters I am using two strands of yarn at once. The cotton / acrylic yarn has a lovely firm, slightly glossy finish.

The crochet motif looks lovely in just one colour, but would be equally nice made in 2 or 3 co-ordinating (or contrasting) colours. I am going to add a small circle of co-ordinating fabric to the centre of my coasters, strengthened with a little iron-on interfacing, to give them an extra burst of colour and pattern, and improve their function as drink coasters!

Are you giving handmade gifts this Christmas?

Happy crafting!

Paper Cotton Love has been featured in a gorgeous Pastel Christmas themed treasury on Etsy this week…many thanks to curator Candlelit Desserts!

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Have you already starting thinking about how you will make Christmas cards and gift tags this year? It is never too early to start planning a handmade Christmas! We have been working hard at Paper Cotton Love over the past few weeks to put together our 2013 Christmas range (hence the lack of blog posts here in recent weeks). I am happy to announce that the bulk of the Christmas range is now available in-store.

Our Christmas papercraft range of embellishments, tags and twine is versatile and fun! With two colour combinations to choose from – ‘Christmas Pastels’ and ‘Traditional’, you will be sure to find something just right for your Christmas crafts and gift wrapping.

Ten gorgeous colours have been used to create the Christmas Pastels range, from soft and pretty pink and peach, to pale blues and turquoise. Large Christmas tree tags, mini trees and bunting embellishments coordinate beautifully together and can be used to make Christmas cards, embellish gift tags, decorate wrapping paper or gift bags, embellish a scrapbooking page and much more!

If you prefer to use the more traditional Christmas colours when you make Christmas cards or wrap your Christmas gifts, then our ‘Traditional’ range, in gorgeous red, green and grey, has got you covered.

Our Christmas embellishments have been designed to coordinate with Paper Cotton Love blank cards and tags, to make your Christmas crafting quick, easy and enjoyable. I have included some images above that show you some easy to make embellished tags and gift-wrapped packages.

Look out for coordinating twine packs, and card and envelope sets that will be in-store soon.

Christmas Pastels and Traditional range can be purchased online here.

Happy (Christmas) crafting!