Tissue Paper Flowers for Spring

That’s it. I have had it. No more winter! Easter break is on the way and the Easter bunny will need to wear earmuffs and a scarf while he hides his eggs! 

I thought maybe in order to help spring along I’d make a flower to cheer us all up. I will not lie – it’s also a practice for perhaps wedding deco… You never know! 

I found the instructions  on http://www.designeverydayblog.com.

Here we go!

  

1. Pick some pretty tissue paper, you will want 2 yellow sheets for the centre and 4-6 sheet for the petals depending on how full you want your flower. Lay the sheets of tissue in a pile as neatly as possible.
2. Fold all the sheets over at the same time, you can play with the size of the fold so get different effects but 5-6cm is a good start.
3. Now repeat this fold back the other way.
4. Continue with this accordion style folding until you have folded all the paper. At this point I like to run something hard like a ruler along the folds to make sure they stay.
5. Now you can unfold the tissue and separate the yellow pieces from the rest.
6. Fold the yellow tissue back up, it should go back together nice and easy thanks to that little ruler trick. Fold in half and trim to about half the size it was.
7. Now take a pair of scissors and make lots of long cuts in the yellow tissue.

8. This will now be your flowers centre.  

 

 9. Now take the coloured tissue and fold it in half, cut the ends into whatever shape you would like your petals to be. The most important part here is to make sure you cut quite a long way down the sides as this will make it easier to form your flower.

10. Now you have your petals and your flowers centre. If you notice any petals that are a little too joined together due to how the paper is folded now is a good time to fix them up.
11. Unfold all your tissue paper again and lay the yellow tissue back in the centre.
12. Re-fold the tissue, this can be a little tricky, just try to get it back together as best you can as it doesn’t matter if it is a little messy.
13. Fold all the tissue in half.
14. Wrap a pipecleaner through the centre of the folded tissue paper and twist to secure.
15. Now start with one side and pull up the tissue whilst fluffing it up, separating each layer to create the centre of the flower.
16. Now do the same with the petal layers. You need to me very gentle so as not to rip the tissue paper.

17. Once you have finished once side its time to do the other side.

  

And there you have it!  Happy Spring and Happy Crafting!

Heads up!! DIY Knit Headband with Crochet Flower

Winter seems to be never ending here in Quebec… As such, it means cold weather and cute cold weather items are still good to go!

I figured this was an opportune time to post a knit and crocheted headband I made! My cousin commissioned me to make a head band similar to the one her bestest friend lost.  She found this great free pattern and I began to teach myself how to knit and crochet!  There are some wonderful youtube videos to watch in order to teach yourself!

While I knew how to basically knit and purl, I was clueless as to how to insert extra stitches! You know, make it wider!  Then came the decreasing stitches… making it smaller! I will admit I restarted three times…. But third time’s the charm right??

Crocheting was the same deal.  While there are wonderful videos on youtube, it took me three go’s to get the tension right and therefore complete the flower.

Moral of the story… while crocheting is easier, it is a b***h to get the tension and that somehow makes it harder in my eyes.

Anywho, I basically got half of this done in one afternoon and worked a little here and there on the rest.  It could easily be two afternoons if you devoted the time.

The pattern can be found on http://www.krafty-katie.blogspot.co.uk and she even provides google docs for them!

Happy Crafting!

    

Christmas Candy Cane Wreaths, Sharpie Mugs, and Simmering Potpourri

Wow… It has been one busy month of December! Between parties, Christmas shopping and decorating, and closing up the school I was teaching in, I hardly had time to blog!

Never fear though, I am back with a few new pieces and they are just in time for some last minute gifts and DIYs. This year I have gone all out with the craftings and the handmade gifts. One of my ballet assistants got an arm-knit scarf, a few people are getting simmering potpourris bags, there are some pedicures in a jar (pictures to follow after Xmas for those!), and a sharpie mug or two!

In no particular order, here we go!

DIY Candy Cane Wreath

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I had seen a few of these on Pinterest and decided to try it on my own!

What you’ll need is:
16 unbroken Candy canes
A glue gun
Some red or green ribbon
Cardboard
Christmas Paper

The steps I took are basically as follows:

1. Glue two candy canes at a time together.
2. Cut out a circular piece of cardboard (I think mine was from a box of frozen chicken wings or god knows what…) and arrange the candy canes in the wreath formation. Glue them down.
3. I also glued the points together; I felt like it stabilized the wreath.
4. Cut pieces of ribbon and glue around candy canes – of course this is options. Also cut one long piece to create the part to hang the wreath.
5. Finally, use some Christmas paper to create the centre to cover up the glue and candy cane ends!

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Voila! Happy Crafting!

 

DIY Sharpie Mugs

These make for wonderful little stocking stuffers or fill them with items and wrap for personalized gifts!

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All you need is:

Oil based Sharpie Pens (The is VERY important – do not use the regular – they will wash off too easily)

Mugs – I went to the dollar store – They work better than more expensive mugs because they have less coats of shellac for the sharpie to go through when baking.

Steps:

1. Wash your mug!
2. Pencil can be used to plan out the mug – but watch out it easily wipes off!
3. Use your sharpies to draw and colour your mug.
4. Stick them into the cold oven, turn oven to 350° and bake for 30 minutes. Once done, turn off the oven and let them cool down inside the oven.

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As a note, I would not stick them in the dishwasher. I would hand wash them in order to preserve it as long as possible 🙂

Happy Crafting!

 

Simmering Christmas Potpourri 

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This potpourri simmers on your stove top just like my fall “Witches Brew“.  However, this one has a more festive scent.

I got the idea from this lovely lady’s blog: cleanandscentsible.com

What you need:

Oranges, lemons, whole cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks

Clear plastic wrapping paper, twine or ribbon

Paper or a printer for instructions

How to:

Wrap one orange, one lemon and either double the amount of spices so they can make it twice or make sure to write down that it is only enough for one pot.

On printer paper or by hand include the instructions:

  • 1/2 an orange, cut or sliced
  • 1/2 a lemon, cut or sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp. whole cloves

Combine all of the ingredients with water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Alternatively, you can add cranberry juice or apple juice instead of the water for a little variation of scent. Reduce heat and simmer as long as desired.  Add additional water as needed to prevent the mixture from drying up. When done, this can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator and used again for up to a week.

Leave for coworkers, a teacher, or neighbours!
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Merry Christmas all and Happy Craftings!!

❤ Miss Amanda

DIY Dip Mix and Hot Chocolate Christmas Ornaments

I love Christmas. Particularly, I love giving gifts.  I love the feeling of watching someone open up a gift I have found for them that I truly know they will enjoy.  In my mind, it truly is ‘the most wonderful time of the year”.

That being said, I decided I would make quite a few of my gifts this year, like the arm knitting and finger knitting projects I have written about already.  However, for these news projects, I did not have to work alone!  My bestest friend Miss Allison came over and we had an afternoon of crafting, movie watching, and food eating.

Both of these projects are from the same lady’s blog, bubblynaturecreations.com.

The glass ornaments we used were from Michael’s and the ribbon is from the 1$ aisle at Target.  All the spices can be found at your local grocer’s and I went to bulk barn for the tiny chocolate chips and bulk white and regular hot chocolate. You will also need foil to close up the tops. Lastly, make sure you have a funnel on hand! Trust us….. You will need it!

The Dip Mix Ornaments

The 5 dip mixes that are created for this adorable gift are Dill, Bacon, Fiesta, Italian, and Herb Ranch.  Be aware that two mixes call for items that we couldn’t find to place inside – non-refrigerated parmesan cheese and non-refiregerated bacon bits. This just means that on the instruction card we have written down that the person must add them themselves.
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Hot Chocolate Ornaments

For these ornaments, we used hot chocolate, mini chips and candy canes purchased from the Bulk Barn.  The funnel comes in handy again here!

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Happy crafting and gift giving!

Fingering Knitting Boot Cuffs, Headbands, and Scarves!

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What a perfect way to get cozy for the weather! What makes this craft so wonderful is that not only is it super cute, but super inexpensive! One skein of yarn made all three of these items! I bought the yarn from Michael’s and the buttons for the boot cuffs from Fabricville.

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The head band I found on this lovely lady’s site: http://www.simplymaggie.com/diy-15-minute-finger-knit-ear-warmer. Make sure you leave enough to tie the ends!

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The boot cuffs are from another site: http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2013/12/diy-finger-knitting-30-minute-boot-cuffs.html.

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There was enough left over from the skein for me to make an arm knit scarf afterwards. Now of course this will all depend on the size of your calves and your head. But this highland dancer’s calves and head that doesn’t fit most hats had enough left over and so hopefully you will too!

Happy cozy crafting!

DIY Ribbon Christmas Ornament

Do not hate me. I started my Christmas preparations and gift making in July because well…. sometimes I just feel the need to get ahead of the game!  I’m not one of those people though that listen to the music in July *cough* Hannah *cough*  I prefer to wait until December to actually start getting in the mood.  But the gift making and prep can start whenever I have the time and the energy 🙂

Today’s Christmas prep was making ornaments!  This was extremely fun and just a little time consuming…  Time consuming because the tiny little sequin pins are just that, tiny.

The materials you need to make this craft are:

-Scissors 🙂

This idea came from a Pinterest post I saw.  Now I do not understand the language AT ALL, however the photos that accompany the article are enough explanation on their own.

http://m.duitang.com/people/mblog/52834667/detail/

I did not add the little bows on top but it is something I am thinking of doing.

Here are a few photos during the process and after 🙂

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Happy crafting!

Arm Knitting Cowl Scarves

Needles, and yarn, and pearling, oh my!
Knitting is a daunting task to many. What size needles?! There’s different weights to yarn?! Counting stiches?!

I was afraid at first as well. Then I dove head first into a blanket that will never be at some point I will finish.
(Here’s it’s status now…)
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Anywho, here’s a craft that anyone can do! The finished product is lovely and it doesn’t take you months to finish! Bulky yarn works the best so I would go for size 5 at the very minimum – 6 and super bulky work the best. This makes for lovely gifts and wonderful accessories. I bought this yarn at Fabricville; they tend to be cheaper than Michael’s.

All you need is:
– 2-4 skeins of bulky yarn (2 for the tight large cowl in position 3 of the final products. I also only used 2 for the loose cowl in positions 1 & 2 of the finished products photo. I would use 4 if you want to be able to double it up when wearing either.)
– Your arms!!!

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The idea comes from http://www.handimania.com and their YouTube video and instructions that I followed can be found right here: http://www.handimania.com/knit/30-minute-infinity-scarf.html

In pictures 1 & 2 of the final products I did only 8 links rather than 12 to see how it would look. Picture 3 of the final products is the 12 links.

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Happy arm knitting!!