Friday, August 7, 2015

Home Sweet Home Sewing and Stitching Group

I mentioned recently on FB that I am taking a sewing and stitching group at my daughters school for the next 5 weeks one afternoon a weel- they do an awesome 'Adventure Time' programme where teachers and parents choose some of their favourite activities or things they are experts at and students get to choose what group they would like to join- it's a bit like what I remember of 'Clubs' when I was at primary school- I remember knitting and cooking clubs- and they are still on offer which is great but there's also movie making, computer coding, mountain bike riding, contact sports, fishing, art history, dance and more... lucky kids! So I thought I'd share a few pics of what we got up to today in my group- I called it 'Home Sweet Home' as all of our projects are going to have a little house theme (one of my favourites!). 
I brought it some hand stitching examples I have in our home- I wrote a blog post about the stitched handprints here if it appeals to you...
I blogged about the babushka art here
I did the washing line one and the lady in the flowers needlepoint pieces years ago, before I even got right into sewing and crafting. They are designed by Jennifer Pudney and are really easy to do as the drawings are on the fabric so its like colouring in with stitches!
My nana, Noelene stitched the beautiful alphabet sampler- she was an exceptionally good seamstress and stitcher so it's lovely to have some of her work in our home.

I brought a few books in for the girls to have a look at to get inspired and see all the cool things they can make once they get into crafting.
And my favourite thing was this booklet I put together for each of the girls. I used to have to put booklets together all the time for presentations and workshops when I was full time teaching so it was fun to use these skills again to put it together.
I googled some 'sewing fonts' and found a few cute ones to use on the cover- the font for the 'Home Sweet Home' title is this one called Fabrics 
 
I left the second page blank for them to practice some stitches on hessian and glue it into their booklet. On the opposite page I found some clip art diagrams of different stitches. Today I taught them running stitch and back stitch.

I made up a sewing themed word find on the next page- there are heaps of free word search generators around - I used this one
I found a clip art sewing machine diagram for the next page.

For the last 2 pages I wrote a list of the projects we are going to do- and then my favourite page is the last page- I stuck samples of different fabrics on the page and the girls have to find out the names of each one.
Today's project was to create a house picture using running stitch and back stitch using yarn and a tapestry needle. I gave them each a square of hessian (I sewed around each one to stop them fraying) and showed them my one I stitched last night.  I used the house from one of my favourite picture books for my stitched picture (highly recommend this lovely book which is 60 years old this year- my kids and every class I read it to love it.) 
The Little House
It was really fun seeing them stitching away- lots of needles needing threading and a few fix ups but on the whole they got the hang of it pretty quickly - but they only got a little bit done of their pictures so hopefully they will bring them back next week so I can take a few pics. I sent them off with a little house cookie each. 

Next week we are making little felt house keyrings and bag charms.
Thanks for reading :) 
Megan

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Art Prints online

I asked on my Facebook page and Instagram account this week for some places to buy art prints as my friend was wanting some for her soon to be new lounge/kids rumpus room...well I got a great response and the links to so many awesome online stores so I thought I would put them into one list for you all.  I love art prints for my own home and there are so many nowadays to choose from!

New Zealand based stores...

www.goodregards.com


www.endemicworld.com

www.alphabetsandanimals.net

http://themarketnz.com

http://bronalexander.bigcartel.com

http://www.hazyprints.com


*http://www.willowandsage.bigcartel.com

Image of No Place Like Home print

http://www.sobeaubaby.com

http://www.paperplanestore.com
Print - Paris

http://beaumondebabe.com

http://littlepopstudios.com

http://www.almacustomdesigns.com

http://www.duettdesign.co.nz

http://www.maikonagao.com

http://www.simplycreative.co.nz

http://www.glennjonesart.com

http://www.eviekemp.com

http://www.theartroom.co.nz

http://www.nellieryan.com

http://www.gregstraight.com

*http://www.alittleink.co.nz

Australian based stores but I'm sure some (if not most) ship worldwide

*http://www.forever3.bigcartel.com/products
*http://thisby.net
*http://www.oheightohnine.bigcartel.com
*http://www.onetinytribe.com
*http://sproutandsparrow.com.au
Zesty fun
*http://meenyminy.net
*http://www.victorfox.com.au
*http://www.yorkelee.com.au

And these are three big US based websites that all ship worldwide

*http://society6.com
*www.allposters.com
*www.etsy.com

Happy shopping!
Megan x

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Craft Room Pegboard DIY

As part of our renovation last year we converted a small room and half of a bedroom into a craft room/office space. Because we stuck within the existing exterior walls of the house for this part of our reno the room is just under 2 metres wide but is nearly 6 metres long. So a very long but narrowish space means clever storage as I needed to maximise every inch of this space (still have had to overflow some of it to other areas in the house... ). Pegboard is so popular at the moment and it really is the most awesome product to store and display stuff- it's great for craft rooms, offices, garages for tools, and I am wanting it for the kids bedrooms now too as wall storage is the way to go with all their bits and bobs! I think pegboard would be fab in classrooms too for storing art and craft supplies, stationery items and other things teachers use on a daily basis. So here are a few pics of mine and how we made it...

Craft Room Pegboard DIY

We bought the pegboard from Bunnings- it comes in two colours and two sizes - this is their square 1200mm x 1200mm size sheet. It is a creamy white colour which I was happy with- you could very easily paint it though in any colour you wanted to. The other size it came in was half of this so 1200mm x 600mm. It also comes in a dark brown colour.

To fix it to the wall you are going to need a gap behind it for the hooks to have a space to go into (unless you do what Gillian from Mudbird Ceramics did which was screw mini dowels into the holes instead of hooks then you can screw it straight into the wall).
So my hubby made a frame out of some beading (also from Bunnings) which he screwed to the pegboard, and then it just needed a couple of screws in each corner to screw it to the wall.

Now for some details about all the things I have on my pegboard....

The wooden thread holder was from Spotlight (thanks to Penny from Little Housewife for telling me where to find one- it was about $20)
The turquoise spice rack underneath was from Trade me and is the perfect size for holding some of my wash tape collection.
The little shelf underneath was also from TradeMe and used to be in our playhouse

The wooden shelves are Ikea Spice racks- I bought them from Akia- they are $9 each.  I love these little shelves- I also have one in our ensuite. I was going to paint them before putting them up but I actually like them like this now.

The green wire basket is from TeaPea. I love these baskets and have them in a few places in our home  - the girls have one each above their desks, and I have one in the kitchen for all the artworks/paper that comes home from school /daycare.


The pegboard hooks are from Bunnings- they come in two length so I got a mix of them. I bought some bulldog clips to put on some of the hooks for these cards from Kikki K and Small Acorns- these would be great in kids bedroom to hold their certificates and photos too. Mitre Ten also has a great range of pegboard hooks - more than what Bunnings has from looking on their website... 

The cute fold out ironing board underneath my pegboard is from Wallace Cotton after a friend told me about them being half price in a sale last year. (doesn't look like they have any stock of them at the moment on their website). The spot stickers are 'Abi's dots' from Alex Fulton.


So there you go, some ideas for a pegboard wall of your own!
Thanks for reading and keep an eye out on my Facebook page and Instagram for another DIY coming soon- how to make a chalkboard wall household command centre.... 
Megan x

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Lego Party

Hi everyone, here are the details of my daughter Stella's 6th birthday Lego Party we had last week. I chose to do an after school party as her birthday was on a Wednesday so we could do the whole birthday on the one day, rather than every other year where the party has been on a different day to the birthday. We had 12 guests plus our three kids so there were a lot of kids running around, I don't normally have this many kids but Stella has a lot of boy and girl friends so this bumps up the numbers quite a bit! So here are the details below if you are thinking of doing a lego party yourself- I tried to keep it as simple as possible...kids birthday parties are a lot of work and I have my other two kids birthdays in a few weeks. They aren't having parties like this though…Jack (nearly 4) is going to have one at an indoor playground place where they do everything (it'll be his first party). And Amelie (nearly 8) is going to have a French themed party but it will be small and 8 year old girls are a dream so I'm actually looking forward to that one!!

Invite: I got a lego base board and we spelt out Stella's name and arranged all of her favourite lego mini figures on it, then I took a photo of it and typed up the party info at the bottom (I found a free lego logo looking font 'Lego Thick' as I was going to do a different invite at first so I used this on part of the invite). 


Decorations:  I hung the birthday bunting that I made a few weeks ago (will share that soon)- I've been meaning to make some birthday bunting for ages that we can hang up for each of our birthdays- a fun tradition. Then I got photos of Stella right from newborn to now and used washi tape to make a line of them (they all loved this). And my friend lent me the cool lego storage head.  I also hung a few bright yellow balloons outside.
Food: Because there were so many kids coming I decided to use these Homebrand reusable containers (less than $1 each) and just put the food in them so they could eat outside.

 In each one I put a lego cookie that I'd made. I couldn't find a lego mini figure head cookie cutter from an NZ online store so I bought this one from Etsy). I used yellow fondant to ice them and a black edible icing pen for the face. 
I added fairy bread, grapes, rice crackers, some lego lollies from Crazy Candies

popcorn, and a few other sweets. Approximately one quarter of this food was actually eaten which I was surprised about as I though they'd all be starving after school!

Cake: I asked the amazing Shannon from TuiRose Cupcakes (Check out her Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/TuiRoseCupcakes) to make me some lego mini figures cake toppers after seeing some on Pinterest- isn't the detail on them incredible! Stella loved these :) I just ordered a birthday cake from New World this year as I wanted to make the party as easy as possible for me, so I added some lego lollies and the awesome toppers to my store bought cake.




Activities:  I organised two games to play- Pass the Parcel (Stella's favourite) and 'pin the head on the mini figure'. 
For each layer of pass the parcel I put one of these lego lollipops- I used yellow washi tape to cover the lollipop wrapper and drew a mini figure face on each one.
For the prize I found these lego pencil sharpeners on clearance at Warehouse Stationery (less than $3, and added a lego minifugure from the Warehouse, and a lego pen (I split a pack of 4). 
 

For the 'pin the head on the mini figure' game I was going to print out a free printable but that was going to cost a lot to print poster size, plus printing out the lego heads, especially as I needed two so I could split my big group into girls and boys, so I just bought some A0 size white card and some A0 yellow card instead, drew and painted the mini figures (in a bit of a rush!) and cut out the heads from he yellow card.


Goody bags: I love doing goody bags but I wanted to keep them simple and budget friendly this year so I found these bags for $1 each at a local dollar value type store and added the dots using the free paint chip cards from Bunnings (luckily I already had a circle hole punch)

In the bags I put another lego cookie, a balloon, a lego movie colouring sheet, and some lego lollies.

So there you go, some ideas for your own lego party…I have some more ideas on my Pinterest page here if you want to take a look…http://www.pinterest.com/megsmousehouse/lego/

Thanks for reading and have a great week :)
Megan
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