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Paper Mache Pumpkin


Tomorrow is Halloween and I am excited to show you some of the bits I have been making, especially my paper mache pumpkins.

I like to do things on the cheap, and I guesstimated that a pumpkin was going to cost me around $12.00 – too much for me. So I looked at how to make one and thanks to Scott at: I found the easiest, cheapest and most awesome way to make a pumpkin.

All you need is:
• plastic bag
• news paper
• flour and water glue *
• string
• green & orange paint

* To make glue, I use 2 cups of plain flour and 5 cups of water. Stir over low heat until glue consistency. Let cool and then use. This recipe makes heaps, but it will keep in the fridge for a week.

Here goes …

Here are some other easy and cheap Halloween ideas …

Last minute hats …



Sequined Christmas Decoration



I found this Christmas ball decoration and thought it would be an easy project to undertake … How wrong I was.

I like to give handmade Christmas decorations out as gifts at Christmas time and this looked like the one for 2014. I am happy how the ball turned out, but I lost count of how many hours it took me to thread a bead and a sequin on to a pin and then push it in to a foam ball.

Here is how I went about it …


The end result is awesome. I would like to make more, but just don’t think I have the time, we will see.

If you attempt this project, make sure you have at least a million pins. Try and get them from a cheap shop otherwise it will cost you a minor fortune. I went through a box and a bit of pins.

Crochet Unicorn Beanie


While I was flicking through beanie patterns, my little girl came across a unicorn beanie. So again, I thank Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me for this awesome free pattern.

Free unicorn beanie pattern

I was a bit slack adding the mane, but B was happy with the outcome.

Edible Blooms


I finally had the confidence to use my ‘Zing’ cutting machine and wow did I have fun.

My first project was the above posy of flowers.

To create this project was simple (if you have a cutting machine) if you want you can hand cut flowers out.

What you will need:

• Flower design
• Chocolate hearts
• Coloured card x2 colours (I used three A4 blue sheets and three A4 orange sheets)
• Wooden skewers
• Pot/Vase
• Craft foam (the stuff they put in the bottom of your box of flowers to keep them upright).


Once I had my two different coloured flowers, I simply used a needle to place a small hole in the middle of both flowers and inserted my wooden skewer through each piece of cardboard. Then I gently placed my chocolate on top and twisted the skewer until my chocolate was secure (had this not worked, I would have tried heating the skewer up a fraction and then twisting it on to the skewer).

Once I had a handful of these I started to place them in my pot that I had placed craft foam in the bottom (this was the hardest part for me). I am no florist.

A friend who is a florist suggested next time I should start from the top and work my way around – thank you Stacey 🙂

So what seemed like hours, I finally ended up with this beautiful gift …


Scarf and Beanie

Here are a few other projects I have completed over the past few months …


Crochet Owl Beanie


A huge thank you to Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me for this awesome free pattern.

Free owl beanie pattern

IMG_7851These are a gift for two newbies 🙂

Homemade White Clay


What you need:

• 1/2 cup cornstarch
• 1 cup baking soda
• 3/4 cup water

How to make:

1. Combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water in a saucepan until well combined.
2. Stir ingredients over a medium heat (stir constantly).
3. Within a few minutes the mixture should begin to thicken. When it looks like smooth mashed potatoes it is ready. Remove from heat.
4. Take your ball of clay and place it in a bowl. Cover with a damp cloth until it is cool enough to touch and work with.
5. Roll out clay on to a baking paper and cut with cookie cutters (5mm thickness). I used a straw to make my hole.
6. Air dry for three to four days or place in an oven at 100ºC for one hour.


All my air dried clay cracked 🙁

The clay I put in the oven on the middle shelf went slightly yellow (I turned clay over after half an hour)

The clay I put in the oven on the floor of the oven dried perfectly (I turned clay over after half an hour)


Tomboy stitch/French knitting

A blast from the past …


Now that I have mastered the art of the Tomboy stitch again, I am going to see if my little man will get hooked 🙂

How to make bath bombs

I am really enjoying making things out of what I can find around the house and that I can do with the kids.



You will need

• 10 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda
• 3 tablespoons of citric acid
• Food colouring
• Sweet almond oil
• Scented oil (we used lavender oil)
• Small jar
• Mixing bowl
• Spoon
• Ice cube tray


What to do

1. Grease the sides and bases of your ice cube tray with a small amount of almond oil.
2. Place the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Mix the ingredients together well, to form the base mixture.
3. In the small glass jar, mix together 6 drops of your scented oil, 5 teaspoons of sweet almond oil and about 10 drops of food colouring.
4. Gradually pour the oil mixture into the base mixture. Quickly mix it all together. The mixture is ready when it stays together in your hands without crumbling too much.
5. Spoon the mixture into the ice tray. Press it down firmly.
6. Leave the bombs in the tray to set for a few days.
7. Carefully up-end your bath bombs to remove them from the mould.
8. Ta da, you should have fizz when you pop them in a bath.

Hand/Arm Knitting – Infinity Scarf


A close friend of mine posted an article on hand knitting, so I had to give it a try. For this project you need two ‘chunky’ bundles of yarn, a pair of scissors and two arms 🙂


Unwind some of your yarn and put the two ends side by side. You will need a long tail (about four feet). Next you will need to ‘Cast on’ this video best explains how to do this I cast on using 10 stitches.

Now that you have 10 loops on your arm you are ready to knit. It is best to watch the video that I have linked to. To make your stitches, you need to grab your two lengths of yarn, tuck them through your cast on loops and put this new loop on your other arm, then let the other loop drop off your cast on arm (clear as mud?).


Once you are happy with your length, ‘Cast off’ (see video again) and join your two ends together.

A big THANK YOU to my photographer.