Wish you were here


In an earlier post I mentioned how I always take up lots of projects when I’m stuck in bed. As well as being surrounded by loads of books, papers, pens and my typewriter, I now have lots of postcards of Cardiff to add to the pile. What could be my new project? Well actually I’ve gotten involved with someone else’s project.

Like most people my age, I would love to travel, but at the moment I’d be lucky to make it to the cinema because of my health. And, of course, the hurdle to most people- cost. So when I read about the Postcrossing experiment, I was more than excited about it. As fast as my little achy hands could, I typed in the web address and signed up.

You must be wondering what sort of project could get me so keyed up (pardon the pun). Postcrossing members exchange postcards with each other. I would have been sold at that, I love postcards and handwritten letters. I always collect and send them wherever I go. More than that though, Postcrossing is international so members get postcards from all across the world. When you sign up, you are given the address of strangers to send postcards to, and in turn, strangers are given your address and send postcards to you.* My first postcard was from Malaysia. Members can also browse each others’ profiles and request direct swaps. I am feeling very popular because I have already had a few such requests.

As though it were made for me, Postcrossing combines so many of my favourite things. The founder, Paulo Magalhães, is bringing back the wonderful tradition of handwritten postcards. I can’t wait to learn about the lives of people all over the world. How can you have possibly finished this blog post without clicking onto the site to sign up?

As a special offer I will send a unique postcard about where I live for the first three people to request it.

Do you like sending postcards or are they redundant with texts, emails, Facebook, etc?

For more information on Postcrossing, visit the website www.postcrossing.com

*For those of you who would be concerned about posting your address on the internet (and you are right to be), your address is not published on your profile but only given to members who are selected to send postcards to you. Clearly it’s not full-proof but I feel ok about a few random people who lives hundreds of miles away being given my address and nothing else.

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HOMEMADE: Pretty Paper Mobile


Sorry today’s post is a little late in the day- all of my days post exams are either filled with recovering or making the most of responsibility free time! Anyway, on to today’s project. Check out this cool paper mobile from Folksy (a website similar to Etsy). The project doesn’t say to use recycled papers but I think brightly coloured packaging or old magazines would make a funky mobile, as well as being environmentally friendly. Have fun making lots of different types, I know I will. If you don’t fancy making them yourself but love the look then keep an eye on my Etsy shop, you’ll see them on there very soon- requests for colour, pattern or paper used are welcome!

Side note: thanks for bearing with me with the blog updates, I promise they’ll be coming along soon it’s just taking a while for me to get back on my feet post exams.

HOME-MADE: Pretty crockery turned into even prettier things


Turn me into something pretty

Today’s Home-made post is more than just one project so there’s loads of options requiring different skills and time so there should be something to suit you. Your primary material is crockery, lot of bright colours and patterns- ask your friends or family for any bits knocking around they don’t want or visit a charity shop, you’re likely to get some great vintage patterns for great prices (for more on buying craft materials from charity shops click here). I found these projects on allaboutyou.com which is the website for several different magazines all compiled together, it’s a big site with loads of great resources. Go forth and have fun! Feel free to share your own ideas or improvements on the projects.

Here’s the link

Home-made: BUNTING


This is a really simple and quick project. All you need is:

1. a paper punch or a lot of patience to cut shapes out by hand

2. some string or ribbon

3. a glue gun or super or pva glue

4. different coloured papers- I wanted to recycle so I used newspaper and flyers

Method:

1. Cut out lots of your chosen shape in different coloured and/or patterned paper or card. If you want to keep a pattern going then it’s best to sort out shapes in to piles. You can also use different shapes, but I’ve just used bows in the example.

2. Unwind a good length of string and glue on one shape. Place a blob of glue onto your shape and stick it onto the string. Turn the string over and glue another shape onto the other side. Keep repeating this until you reach the length of bunting you want.

I told you it was easy. This is a great party decoration or holiday decoration, but you can just make them to pretty up a room. I hung the bow bunting above my desk to add a bit of colour and pattern among my many sticky notes and flash cards.

Home made: Valentine keepsake


I am going to ease in to the home made section of my blog slowly. I am going to begin with a quick and easy project which will make a lovely little Valentine to give to the person (people) you love on St. Valentine’s day. This project came from Kimmie (creativeaddictionblog.wordpress.com). I have been subscribed to Kimmie’s blog for a while now. Her blog inspired me to get back in to making gifts, my own accessories and scrapbooking. As one of my new year’s resolutions, I sorted out all my craft, art, sewing things in to boxes , and labeled them, so I can easily locate things, and now, with the help of Kimmie and some other great blogs, I am making things nearly everyday.

So anyway, here is a little rainy afternoon project.

 

Scrap cardstock and/or paper (I used my scrap cardstock because I have so much of it, but if you don’t have scrap use new), scissors, glue, adhesive magnet, hole punch and ribbon

1.) Take your first piece of scrap cardstock and/or paper and fold it in half.  Then, using your scissors, cut out a heart approximately 1 1/2 inches.

2.) Using your first heart as a guide, cut out 3 additional hearts, you will have 4 hearts in total. Feel free to use different color cardstock or paper like I did.

3.) Once you have your 4 hearts cut out, arrange them to be glued together. I glued mine diagonally, but you can glue them vertically or sideways. It’s up to you.

4.) After the hearts are glued together, take the adhesive magnet and attach it to the back of the hearts.

5.) The final part is optional. Taking your hole punch, punch a hole through a heart of your choice and string through a piece of ribbon.  You can put the ribbon on the right, left or through the middle.

Of course, you can personalize your hearts by writing messages or you can use decorate stamps to give it more flair.  Be creative!

Please note that the above craft project was copied from Kimmie’s blog and is not my own work.

Dont’ fancy a magnet?

Make smaller hearts and use it as a Valentine badge by taping a safety pin on to the back of the hearts.Or, keep adding hearts to make a Valentine garland. I made one last year, and it looked so pretty that I kept it up all year. I’d love to hear if you came up with any other ideas yourself!

Feel free to let me know if you came up with any other ideas for this project.

Don’t forget to check out Kimmie’s blog: creativeaddictionblog.wordpress.com