Category Archives: Tutorials

2010: My year in blogging

I started this blog back in April. Over the past months there have been many times when I haven’t managed to blog as often as I wanted (or, let’s face it, at all!), but looking back over all the posts … Continue reading

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Hand carved stamps: lanterns and blossoms

Yay! I’m so happy to be back blogging again! Over the next few weeks (I have a lot of photos to show you!) I’ll share some of my recent adventures in the UK, Morocco and Germany, but in the meantime, … Continue reading

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Tin can lanterns

This is a tutorial for making simple, pretty lanterns out of used tin cans. Perfect for Winter evenings indoors or balmy, Summer al fresco dinners. What you need to make the lanterns: Used tin cans, cleaned thoroughly, with their labels … Continue reading

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Midwinter mandarin lanterns

I’ve been quietly celebrating a few things this week: Monday, of course, was the Winter solstice; on Tuesday my man returned home to me after several weeks away visiting his family on the other side of the world; and on … Continue reading

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Kimono paper tape PREVIEW!

I can’t wait any longer! I have to give you a preview of something fun I’ve been working on recently for my soon-to-be-open shop (which will be up and running this week for sure!). I’ve been creating sets of kimono … Continue reading

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Display jars for treasures

I seem to have a bit of a treasure theme going on at the moment…and in particular, ways of storing treasures. First there was the pirate’s treasure bag, and now it’s a beautiful way of displaying flotsam and jetsam and other bounty … Continue reading

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Pirate’s treasure bag PART TWO

You might remember from my original Pirate’s Treasure Bag post that I was making the bag as a 5th birthday present for a little boy that we know. Unfortunately in the end we weren’t able to go to his actual party, but … Continue reading

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Pirate’s treasure bag

This week has been very busy for me, and I’m afraid it’s meant I haven’t managed to post as much as I wanted to. This afternoon I grabbed some time to make a present for a little boy whose 5th … Continue reading

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Birthday bunny

Yesterday we went to the first birthday party of a little man called Arthur Bunny. I’m all for making presents (more personal, saves money, more fun!), and Mum and I thought that the obvious gift was to make a bunny, … Continue reading

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Tamarillo chutney

Our two year old tamarillo tree (Solanum betaceum), has produced an absolutely bumper first crop. Unfortunately, two out of three members of our household don’t really like fresh tamarillo, but we’re all fans of tamarillo chutney, so Mum and I … Continue reading

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