Sunday, 30 September 2012

so. much. instagram.

Hey folks! I'm going to be pretty busy for the next couple of days with family stuff&things so I don't know if I'll have time for a proper post. So, instead, here's a whole bunch of instagram photos I've been taking. I'm really loving having a way to take pictures (that actually look nice!) with me all the time ^_^ Sorry if you already have seen these on instagram! But for those who haven't, here's a snapshot (ha ha! ~_^) into my everyday life ...



- Lisa xx

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Fresh baked pi embroidery hoop

Hey! I finished this embroidery piece for the Harry Potter Craft-a-long and I'm really happy with it! ^_^

 I used part of a fat quarter of pink fabric from Spotlight and black embroidery thread.

I aimed for a kind of sketchy look which works really well for me because my embroidery skills are not that great! ~_^

I'm especially happy with how this bit of text turned out! Yay for improvement of skills!

The image I used is from here and I added the text in Illustrator using "Velocette" and "Gabriola"  ^_^

The hoop was from an op-shop and for some reason it had writing on it so I covered the embroidery hoop in washi tape before I began stitching. I really love the look! ^_^
- Lisa xx

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Bubble, bubble

This week has been one of those in which all you want to do when you get home from work is eat junk food and cocoon yourself into a doona. But it *did* end up getting slightly better. Kinda. In some regards. 

Anyway, enough of my whining, let's get on to the crafts! ^_^

As it's getting close to the end of September, I've been getting into the Halloween spirit (ha ha! ~_^). This headband is cute enough to be worn at work and I can't wait to wear it on Halloween!

It was super easy to make; I just cut some bats from black felt, covered them with glitter mod-podge, and then (when they were dry) hot glued them onto a headband.

The mod-podge made the felt slightly stiffer, which prevents the bats from being too floppy. And they look very pretty and sparkly ^_^

Continuing with the bat theme, I made this wreath for our door.

I wrapped a styrofoam wreath base in grey wool - which took ages! I used a GIANT ball of wool from my Nana Tess and I used the entire thing! So if you're planning on doing this yourself, buy more wool then you think you'll need. I was so suprised at how much yarn it took to cover this thing.

Then I just hotglued on more felt bats. It's pretty basic looking, but I really like it ^_^

Next, glitter time!
I brought three cheap plastic skulls, covered them in modpodge, and then covered them in *glitter*! If you haven't done this before, here are two tips: 
1. Don't mix the glitter into the modpdge - it seriously reduces the sparkle.
2. Use a shoebox (or steal the box from your husband's new Warhammer models) to contain the excess glitter - you'll be pouring a lot of glitter over whatever you're covering but you can return the excess to the jar at the end (by using a funnel) and having a box with corners makes pouring a lot easier.

I love how they turned out, but the silver and purple ones look so much better than the black - I think because the black glitter is not as fine.

Anyway, that's it for today - I'm hoping to get a couple more projects done this coming week so fingers crossed for productivity! ~_^

- Lisa x

Friday, 14 September 2012

"Free hugs" cactus embroidery hoop

Hello! I just have one project to show you today as I have been spending too much time procrastisurfing and playing video games. *Such* an adult! ~_^

This hoop is for my Herbology class in the Harry Potter craftalong. I pinned a picture ages ago and thought that I would do my own version for this challenge.

I really like how it turned out, and I'm really pleased with my embroidery handwriting as I always find text the hardest thing to embroider well ^_^

I'm also loving bright green with polka dots at the moment! Do you ever transfer inspiration from crafts to outfits? I totally do! And I have a polka dot blazer that I think would look even cooler with a cactus brooch on it ...

But, first - housework! >_<

- Lisa x

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

I is for Instagram!

Hello! Happy mid-week! I have exciting news (well, it's exciting to me anyway!) .... I upgraded my phone to a shiny new Galaxy Note (ooo, ahhh) and (almost more importantly) I finally have instagram! I am way too excited about this app - I'm loving the filters and how pretty all my photos look and I'm pumped to start trying out all of the cool tutorials and craft projects I've seen using it around the webs.

So, here are some of my photos so far ^_^

... and I have two questions:

1. Is there an easy way to add instagram photos to my blog posts?
2. How do I find people so I can follow them? I have had no luck by typing in usernames or keywords but I am probably just being really dumb about the whole thing!

- Lisa x

P.S. I'm on instagram under teaandcraft - of course! ~_^

Sunday, 9 September 2012

"A clove a day keeps the vampires away" and "you are my sunshine" embroidery hoops

Hey! I'm back! ^_^ Work's been getting in the way of crafting again - boo! But I have managed to finish two embroidery projects for the Harry Potter Craft-a-long ^_^

This one is for Defense Against the Dark Arts; the challenge was to make something to which could help defeat a Dark Creature - I chose Vampires, obviously ^_^

I'm not totally happy with the text; I wanted it to be a bit rustic and angular but ... ehhh ... I don't know. I'm not unhappy enough to re-do it though ~_^

And this is for Flying Class; something inspired by the sky. I brought both of these patterns from Urban Threads - omg, I brought SO MANY patterns from them o_0 Their patterns are so fab though, and really well priced (I'm not being paid to say this, I swear!)

I'm really happy with how it turned out ^_^

I hope you had a great weekend!

- Lisa x