2 minute hairclip – Tutorial

My girls go through loads of hairclips, headbands, bows, etc.  Most often I will send Emilie off to school with some beautiful adornment only for her to return home with it broken in 3 places or simply gone altogether.

I needed a fast, cheap, hair-holding solution.

I came up with this:

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Things you need:

  • snap clip
  • half a pipe cleaner
  • button
  • hot glue gun

This sweet little clip literally takes about 2 minutes to make — a seasoned crafter might even be able to get one done in under a minute!

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Here’s how to do it:

1. Curl your pipe cleaner half up into a neat little circle, tucking the sharp end underneath

2. Apply a dab of hot glue to the end of your snap clip

3. Attach your pipe cleaner circle to the snap clip

4. Add another dab of hot glue to the centre of the circle and apply your button — all done!

5. Stand back and admire your work. ūüôā

My girls love these clips and I don’t have to worry if they lose them — I can whip up a new set in no time at all!

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This is a basic clip.  You could always dress it up by using coloured snap clips, covering the clip with felt, adding a sparkly button, or even using metallic pipe cleaners for a different effect.

Let your imagination loose!

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How does my garden grow?

Out of control.

On my way to take Emilie to a playdate yesterday, I came across a landscape guy working on my¬†neighbour’s¬†garden. ¬†The sun was shining and as I thought guiltily about the jungle that was currently brewing in my backyard, I succumbed to the urge to solicit him for a quote.

I pointed out my¬†embarrassingly¬†overgrown hedges, weed choked flower beds, and swamp-height grass. ¬†He promised he’d give me a great deal on sorting out both the front and the back gardens. And he could start in the morning. ¬†It sounded too good to be true.

It was.

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He turned up an hour late and brought his little brother and wife (neither looked a day over fifteen) to help out.  After approximately 45 mins of the fastest grass cutting and hedge trimmer wielding I had ever witnessed, I was left mind-boggled by the mess they had made!

As I began to protest the horrendous workmanship an older man turned up.  I presumed this was the father of the operation. He had one eye and was covered in tattoos.

I parted with the cash post-haste. ¬†Let’s think of it as a charitable donation.

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In the aftermath, I’ve been ringing reputable companies for quotations to sort out the disaster. ¬†I’ve certainly learned my lesson.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. ¬†And in the words of my mother, “cheapness is never good.”

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Perhaps I need to take up a spot of DIY gardening?

Yarn-bombed fabric holder

The Easter holidays were manic to say the least. Carting the kiddies around to visit swimming pools, parks, soft play, and a museum with a T-Rex so lifelike that I had to physically carry a petrified Emilie away from it.

I barely got a moment to myself.  Until yesterday.

The sun came out! After weeks of endless rain, hail and snow flurries, the first signs of spring were here! I flung open the door to the garden and let the kids make mud pies while I caught up on some crafting.

I had in my¬†possession¬†a rather dull “basket” that I found in the clearance section of T.K Maxx (T.J Maxx in the US) for¬†¬£3. It was actually some sort of giant outdoor candle holder but I decided it would make a great holder for my growing fabric stash.

But it was ugly.

So I yarn-bombed it…

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I love the idea of yarn-bombing. In my town I’ve come across yarn-bombed trees, park benches, and most recently a yarn-bombed roundabout. ¬†Lovely, fuzzy “graffiti”. ¬†It makes me smile.

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I crocheted around the spokes using the technique in this video.  It was a bit fiddly trying to crochet in such a tight space, but I like the way it turned out.  Still a bit ugly but alot less dull!

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And my fabric fits snuggly inside! ūüôā

Sew Sweet

Thanks to Ikea (and a small miracle) I am the proud owner of a new sewing machine.  I have to be honest РI am rubbish at sewing.

In junior high as part of our home economics class we were taught to sew. I actually produced a rather fetching red and yellow summer dress. I have since forgotten just about every basic sewing step. At the very least, I can thread the machine.

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I’ve found that online tutorials do little to help me – I just don’t get the concepts or terminology even with instructions loaded with photos.

So I simply wing it instead.

Today I wanted to make a little drawstring bag for Zoie. She’s 2 and storing treasures is what she’s all about.

I freehand cut letters out of felt and zigzagged stitched them to a Laura Ashley remnant I had in my craft stash.

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It was crooked as can be, but the letters stayed on and that’s all that mattered!

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So my stitches on the felt were manic, but the stitching along the top came out quite nice, methinks.

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I threaded some sheer ribbon through the top and voila, a lovely treasure bag, rather handy for toting around favourite bedtime stories.

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For me, this basic little bag was a trial in patience and a steady hand. If you actually would like to make one of your own, try this tutorial from the original craft guru, Martha.

With a little more practice I might soon get the hang of this! ūüôā

Easy Easter

It’s Easter Sunday. ¬†I gave the kids far too much candy and set them loose in the back garden. ¬†30 minutes of peace.

I settled down with my crochet hook and got to work.

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Just about 40 more squares to go…

Yesterday I found an oilcloth remnant in a local upholstery shop and for the neat sum of £1 it became mine.

I made this with it.

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Comes in pretty handy doesn’t it?

Happy Easter all! xx

Lalaloopsy bash

Last weekend I hosted a Lalaloopsy themed birthday party for my daughter’s 6th birthday.¬†It was a wonderful opportunity to use my crafting skills and supplies to put together a truly colourful and creative event.

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The main party table incorporated a wrapping paper runner and the plates accented with flowers I had crocheted. These also doubled as quirky party favours.

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There were games of Twister and musical chairs and a chance for the guests to decorate their own paper dolls or foam pirate hats/swords. This proved to be a real hit!

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I rolled patterned paper into handy popcorn cones and fashioned a holder from a floral foam block covered in spotty wrapping paper. A bit of ribbon added the finishing touch.

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There were plenty of sweet things and a mountain of colourful cupcakes.

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I decorated a few round nesting boxes with scrapbooking paper and trims from my local fabric shop for a fun centrepiece. Amazing how far a little imagination can take you!

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During the run up to the party, I fell in love with the Lalaloopsy dolls and playsets.¬†As a result we’ve amassed a collection of ¬†5 large dolls, 1 little doll, 10 mini dolls, and 2 mini playsets. ¬†Total guilty pleasure but my girls adore it!

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This has to be one of my favorite parties to date and the very best part, of course, is that the kids loved it – especially the birthday girl!

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A beautiful day indeed! ‚ô•