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Thing-a-Day 28: Gingham and Lace Utensil Holder

This was something of a prototype. Now I’ve worked out the details, I’m going to make another seven, but not tonight.  Advertisements

Thing-a-Day 28: Gingham and Lace Utensil Holder

This was something of a prototype. Now I’ve worked out the details, I’m going to make another seven, but not tonight. 

Thing-a-Day 27: Origami Dragonfly

  Just a quick bit of origami for day 27. I promise to create something more detailed this evening for my final Thing-a-Day of 2014.

Thing-a-Day 27: Origami Dragonfly

  Just a quick bit of origami for day 27. I promise to create something more detailed this evening for my final Thing-a-Day of 2014.

Thing-a-Day 26: Kilner Jar Sewing Kit

I’d had a long day, so in the end I went for the simple approach and used an old ball of wool as the pin cushion lid. 

Thing-a-Day 26: Kilner Jar Sewing Kit

I’d had a long day, so in the end I went for the simple approach and used an old ball of wool as the pin cushion lid. 

Thing-a-Day 25: Bread, fresh from the oven

I felt much better today so started this bread this morning and popped it in the oven when I got home from work. So far I’ve resisted the urge to tear off and eat a large piece (complete with butter

Thing-a-Day 25: Bread, fresh from the oven

I felt much better today so started this bread this morning and popped it in the oven when I got home from work. So far I’ve resisted the urge to tear off and eat a large piece (complete with butter

Thing-a-Day 24: Tulips

I wasn’t very well yesterday evening so I just took a photo of some tulips to use as my Facebook cover. 

Thing-a-Day 24: Tulips

I wasn’t very well yesterday evening so I just took a photo of some tulips to use as my Facebook cover. 

Thing-a-Day 23: Sewing Machine Cover

  I had three options for pockets on this sewing machine cover, In the end, after all my thinking and planning I went for the one that looked best but was possibly the least practical. 

Thing-a-Day 23: Sewing Machine Cover

  I had three options for pockets on this sewing machine cover, In the end, after all my thinking and planning I went for the one that looked best but was possibly the least practical. 

Thing-a-Day 22: Measuring and Planning

An unexpected visitor arrived when I was starting yesterday’s ‘Thing-a-Day’. I’d got as far as measuring, calculating and planning. I couldn’t quite decide which option to go for. Today I finally put my plans into action. Any idea what they

Thing-a-Day 22: Measuring and Planning

An unexpected visitor arrived when I was starting yesterday’s ‘Thing-a-Day’. I’d got as far as measuring, calculating and planning. I couldn’t quite decide which option to go for. Today I finally put my plans into action. Any idea what they

Thing-a-Day 21: Sloe Gin

I decanted and bottled this year’s sloe gin yesterday. The sloes had been macerating in gin since October last year so the flavour is good and strong. Just in case you’re wondering, the bottle in the picture is very small and

Thing-a-Day 21: Sloe Gin

I decanted and bottled this year’s sloe gin yesterday. The sloes had been macerating in gin since October last year so the flavour is good and strong. Just in case you’re wondering, the bottle in the picture is very small and

Thing-a-Day 20: Tea Light Holder

  This little tea light holder was made to match the basket linings from my bathroom storage project. So although it looks like a Japanese flag, it is actually pale blue with a rose coloured circle. The small white dots

Thing-a-Day 20: Tea Light Holder

  This little tea light holder was made to match the basket linings from my bathroom storage project. So although it looks like a Japanese flag, it is actually pale blue with a rose coloured circle. The small white dots

Thing-a-Day 19: Lavender Shortbread Biscuits

I’ve wanted to make lavender shortbread for a while now. These were photographed fresh from the oven and I haven’t had a chance to taste them yet. I’m planning on taking them into work and seeing what my colleagues make

Thing-a-Day 19: Lavender Shortbread Biscuits

I’ve wanted to make lavender shortbread for a while now. These were photographed fresh from the oven and I haven’t had a chance to taste them yet. I’m planning on taking them into work and seeing what my colleagues make

Thing-a-Day 18: Poorly-Executed Origami Swan

I didn’t have much time for this one and as you can see I had to follow an on-line tutorial. I’m getting behind with my posts this year – must try harder.

Thing-a-Day 18: Poorly-Executed Origami Swan

I didn’t have much time for this one and as you can see I had to follow an on-line tutorial. I’m getting behind with my posts this year – must try harder.

Thing-a-Day 17: Chilli Chocolate Truffles

Although I made the mixture for these late yesterday, I’d failed to read ahead in the instructions to the bit that said ‘leave for at least two hours’. I left them overnight and finished them off this morning. Hopefully that

Thing-a-Day 17: Chilli Chocolate Truffles

Although I made the mixture for these late yesterday, I’d failed to read ahead in the instructions to the bit that said ‘leave for at least two hours’. I left them overnight and finished them off this morning. Hopefully that

Thing-a-Day 16: Orange and Amaretto Marmalade

I usually make this with whisky, but as the Amaretto was within easy reach I thought I’d try that instead.

Thing-a-Day 16: Orange and Amaretto Marmalade

I usually make this with whisky, but as the Amaretto was within easy reach I thought I’d try that instead.

Thing-a-Day 15: Raspberry Vodka

Raspberry vodka – quick and simple to prepare but now I have to wait at least 3 weeks before decanting and drinking it.

Thing-a-Day 15: Raspberry Vodka

Raspberry vodka – quick and simple to prepare but now I have to wait at least 3 weeks before decanting and drinking it.

Thing-a-Day 14: Finished Animated gif

I resisted the urge to make something heart-shaped for Valentine’s day and completed my gif project instead. It’s not perfect but it’s a definite achievement. My next challenge is to put some music behind the animation. 

Thing-a-Day 14: Finished Animated gif

I resisted the urge to make something heart-shaped for Valentine’s day and completed my gif project instead. It’s not perfect but it’s a definite achievement. My next challenge is to put some music behind the animation. 

Thing-a-Day 13: Origami ‘Shining Alice’

Is it a star? Is it a flower? I’ve no idea but it’s called a ‘Shining Alice’ and it’s something new that I learned how to make yesterday. 

Thing-a-Day 13: Origami ‘Shining Alice’

Is it a star? Is it a flower? I’ve no idea but it’s called a ‘Shining Alice’ and it’s something new that I learned how to make yesterday. 

Thing-a-Day 12: Twine Crochet

I didn’t have much time to make anything complex so I experimented, crocheting with some twine that I bought when I was in Holland recently. 

Thing-a-Day 12: Twine Crochet

I didn’t have much time to make anything complex so I experimented, crocheting with some twine that I bought when I was in Holland recently. 

Thing-a-Day 11: Crochet Hearts

I’ve crocheted a few hearts this evening as part of a larger project. If everything goes to plan I’ll make some more and turn them into a decorative banner.   

Thing-a-Day 11: Crochet Hearts

I’ve crocheted a few hearts this evening as part of a larger project. If everything goes to plan I’ll make some more and turn them into a decorative banner.   

Thing-a-Day 10: Animated GIF Poetry

This is a real departure for me as I’ve never made a GIF before in my life. I carefully photographed all of the words to the poem ‘Maggie and Milly and Molly and May’ but ended up with far too

Thing-a-Day 10: Animated GIF Poetry

This is a real departure for me as I’ve never made a GIF before in my life. I carefully photographed all of the words to the poem ‘Maggie and Milly and Molly and May’ but ended up with far too

Thing-a-Day 9: Bathroom Storage Project Finished

I just had one last storage box to paint and decorate today. The paint isn’t completely dry inside yet but I took the photo anyway.

Thing-a-Day 9: Bathroom Storage Project Finished

I just had one last storage box to paint and decorate today. The paint isn’t completely dry inside yet but I took the photo anyway.

Thing-a-Day 8: Round Bathroom Basket

For today’s project I lined a round storage basket with fabric to match the boxes I lined earlier in the week.  I’ve nearly finished my bathroom storage project – just one more  box to go.

Thing-a-Day 8: Round Bathroom Basket

For today’s project I lined a round storage basket with fabric to match the boxes I lined earlier in the week.  I’ve nearly finished my bathroom storage project – just one more  box to go.

Thing-a-Day 7: Balloon Mini Vases

  Friday’s thing-a-day project as it didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. This was partly down to the fact that I only had large balloons so they didn’t fit snugly around the glasses. When I planned this I

Thing-a-Day 7: Balloon Mini Vases

  Friday’s thing-a-day project as it didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. This was partly down to the fact that I only had large balloons so they didn’t fit snugly around the glasses. When I planned this I

Thing-a-Day 6: Origami Bookmarks

It’s book club tonight and that means I’ve got very little time to do anything creative. After some thought I decided to make origami bookmarks for all my book club friends

Thing-a-Day 6: Origami Bookmarks

It’s book club tonight and that means I’ve got very little time to do anything creative. After some thought I decided to make origami bookmarks for all my book club friends

Thing-a-Day 4: Paper House Luminaries

These little luminaries are only 4 inches high – just the right size for a tea light. However, I learnt the hard way that it’s best to use a battery operated tealight (the mark on the sloping roof of the

Thing-a-Day 4: Paper House Luminaries

These little luminaries are only 4 inches high – just the right size for a tea light. However, I learnt the hard way that it’s best to use a battery operated tealight (the mark on the sloping roof of the

Thing-a-Day 3: Origami Elephant

All I can say about my origimi elephant is that it turned out to be a lot more complex than I’d imagined.

Thing-a-Day 3: Origami Elephant

All I can say about my origimi elephant is that it turned out to be a lot more complex than I’d imagined.

Thing-a-Day 2: Bathroom Storage Baskets

I’d been meaning to upcycle some clementine crates since Christmas. Today I made the most of some free time and finally completed the task. A few coats of paint and an hour or so of cutting and sewing produced two

Thing-a-Day 2: Bathroom Storage Baskets

I’d been meaning to upcycle some clementine crates since Christmas. Today I made the most of some free time and finally completed the task. A few coats of paint and an hour or so of cutting and sewing produced two

Thing-a-Day 2014, Day 1: Kindle Cones (fire starters)

My thing for today involved a walk in the rain to collect fir cones so I could make fire starters. I had a go at making these for TAD last year, with mixed results. Think I’ve perfected them now.

Thing-a-Day 2014, Day 1: Kindle Cones (fire starters)

My thing for today involved a walk in the rain to collect fir cones so I could make fire starters. I had a go at making these for TAD last year, with mixed results. Think I’ve perfected them now.

Thing-a-Day 28: Photo Collage

I spent day 28 in London and had to leave home at  6.45am. I didn’t return until 11pm and this left little time for me to complete my thing a day. I travelled down with my son who had an

Thing-a-Day 28: Photo Collage

I spent day 28 in London and had to leave home at  6.45am. I didn’t return until 11pm and this left little time for me to complete my thing a day. I travelled down with my son who had an

Thing-a-Day 27: Star Box

I’ve managed to get behind with my Thing-a-Day Posts. Here’s Feb 27th’s offering: I’ll add day 28 this evening.  

Thing-a-Day 27: Star Box

I’ve managed to get behind with my Thing-a-Day Posts. Here’s Feb 27th’s offering: I’ll add day 28 this evening.  

Thing-a-Day 26: Origami Tulip

This is made up of two simple pieces of origami slotted together. The flower is based on the origami water bomb and I had a couple of goes, until I was happy with the outcome. I only had one sheet

Thing-a-Day 26: Origami Tulip

This is made up of two simple pieces of origami slotted together. The flower is based on the origami water bomb and I had a couple of goes, until I was happy with the outcome. I only had one sheet

Thing-a-Day 24: Cheese Straws

I’ve no idea how it is that I’ve never made cheese straws before. They’re so simple to make and temptingly delicious. I know they look a little bit like fish fingers sprinkled with Parmesan, but trust me, they really are

Thing-a-Day 24: Cheese Straws

I’ve no idea how it is that I’ve never made cheese straws before. They’re so simple to make and temptingly delicious. I know they look a little bit like fish fingers sprinkled with Parmesan, but trust me, they really are

Thing-a-Day 23: Finished Tulips

All finished. Now I just need to frame it.

Thing-a-Day 23: Finished Tulips

All finished. Now I just need to frame it.

Thing-a-Day 22: Cup Cake Candles

This was an opportunity to recycle those leftover candle stubs I’d been keeping for a while, along with a clump of black wax that came from a bottle of champagne I’d been given for Christmas. As I had absolutely no

Thing-a-Day 22: Cup Cake Candles

This was an opportunity to recycle those leftover candle stubs I’d been keeping for a while, along with a clump of black wax that came from a bottle of champagne I’d been given for Christmas. As I had absolutely no

Thing-a-Day 21: Tulips

Tulips are my favourite flower and I always try to do something ‘tulipy’ for TaD. This year I’ve started a cross stitch which I hope to finish before the end of the month.

Thing-a-Day 21: Tulips

Tulips are my favourite flower and I always try to do something ‘tulipy’ for TaD. This year I’ve started a cross stitch which I hope to finish before the end of the month.

Thing-a-Day 20: Sourdough Loaf (at last)

The process that started seven days ago has finally yielded some bread. The first loaf came out of the oven a couple of minutes ago and the second has just gone in. The early morning smell of freshly baked bread

Thing-a-Day 20: Sourdough Loaf (at last)

The process that started seven days ago has finally yielded some bread. The first loaf came out of the oven a couple of minutes ago and the second has just gone in. The early morning smell of freshly baked bread

Thing-a-Day 19: Paper Hydrangea (ish)

Thirty sheets of paper and an evening of folding resulted in this sort of paper hydrangea . Each flower is made up of five separate origami folded cone petals are joined together in the centre. The six flowers are then

Thing-a-Day 19: Paper Hydrangea (ish)

Thirty sheets of paper and an evening of folding resulted in this sort of paper hydrangea . Each flower is made up of five separate origami folded cone petals are joined together in the centre. The six flowers are then

Thing-a-Day 18: Sourdough Sponge

Phase 2 of my sourdough bread baking.  The starter was bubbling away nicely so I’m confident that there’s some life in it. By the end of day 19 I should actually have a loaf of bread, but for now I’ve

Thing-a-Day 18: Sourdough Sponge

Phase 2 of my sourdough bread baking.  The starter was bubbling away nicely so I’m confident that there’s some life in it. By the end of day 19 I should actually have a loaf of bread, but for now I’ve

Thing-a-Day 17: Fir Cone Fire Lighters

So simple: Tea lights taken out of their metal cases and melted in muffin cases with cinnamon bark and fir cones pushed into the melted wax and left to set.   The only slightly fiddly part is making sure the

Thing-a-Day 17: Fir Cone Fire Lighters

So simple: Tea lights taken out of their metal cases and melted in muffin cases with cinnamon bark and fir cones pushed into the melted wax and left to set.   The only slightly fiddly part is making sure the