Button Cardigan

20140131_163458I love buttons, the lovely bright colours and the fun shapes. I also hate boring¬† clothes so a couple of years ago I sewed some fab new buttons to a plain back cardigan, and then another purple one with crayon buttons. I think they are really fun and quirky and I thought I’d show you how to make one yourself.

20140131_160040You will need: a plain cardigan, buttons, black thread, scissors and a needle.

First you need to carefully cut the original buttons off the cardigan. Choose the correct amount of buttons and use some creativity to decide which ones you are going to use in what order. Bright colours work best on black cardigans, if you have a coloured cardigan use colours that complement the colour, so if you are using red, try using purple, orange or pink buttons, if you are using a blue cardigan, use green, turquoise or purple buttons. 20140131_162513Thread your needle and tie the end into a sturdy knot. Do a couple of stitches where you want to put the button to secure the thread.20140131_162713Thread on the button and sew through a couple of times. Tie a couple of knots to secure the button and then do the same for the other buttons.20140131_163302#1

That’s it! I chose to use some fun kids buttons, in a rainbow of colours. Here is the other cardigan, a purple one with a set of crayon shaped buttons. 20140131_163923Another thing to check is that the buttons go through the holes.

20140131_155824So there we go, a cute cardigan with bright buttons!

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Pyrographed Heart Signs

2014-02-13 08.22.46This year I made lots of my own christmas presents, and these pyrographed heart signs I made were very popular! I was unsure about putting how to make them up on the blog, however I had a bit of research and you can get a pyrography tool for less than ¬£15 on the internet, for example here or here . I am very lucky to have a creative family, I borrowed the pyrography kit from my Mum and my Dad cut the hearts out of beech faced plywood with his scrollsaw. If you don’t have access to a shed full of tools, you can buy ready cut wooden hearts on the internet, for example here or here.

You will need: a wooden heart, a pyrography tool, pretty ribbon, a rubber and a pencil.20140127_182021

First of all lightly draw your design onto the heart in pencil. I wrote a simple word in curly lettering, and then a doodly pattern around the outside, lots of small teardrops, hearts and flowers that interlock together. 20140127_184043Turn your pyrography tool on to a low heat and start to trace the pencil design. Pyrography is just like drawing, use the tool exactly how you would use a pen. 20140127_185236Make sure you go over the lettering a couple of times to make it really stand out, and go around the outlines of the shapes.20140127_190234Choose a couple of shapes and fill them in completely, and for others just go around the outlines, splitting the shape into two sections. Thread some pretty ribbon through the top, I used a polka dot red ribbon. You can write names, words, quotes, whatever you fancy that is unique to the person you are giving it to!

20131219_164423This is a larger heart I did in pine for my friend Becky for Christmas. I think these make gorgeous presents, and are totally unique, you could also do them for Valentines Day. This is a craft you can enjoy and be completely creative with, just like sketching, I think it’s really fun.

Love Mrs Gardom

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Lots of Love Hearts Garland

20140121_173518Remember way back in December when I showed you how to make Beaded Heart Decorations? Well I hope you enjoyed it because to make this awesome garland you are going to need a lot! There is something about dangling decorations that draws people, and a garland is a lovely way to brighten up a whole wall without any lasting damage! It is quite a lengthy process, but I find sitting and making a beaded heart watching the telly is a lovely way to relax and you get something fabulous out of it!

You will need: Invisible Thread, Metal Wire, Round-nosed Pliers, 2 Drawing Pins, Beads (as many sizes, shapes, colours as you can find!), Wire Cutters, Wool (3 bright colours), A Safety Pin.20140102_200451

Okay, so you need to make a lot of beaded hearts, about thirty, follow the instructions on my blog for Beaded Heart Decorations . As these are hung from each other the best way to finish the beads is to make a loop when you start, then thread on all your beads leaving about half a cm, make the heart shape and thread the left over wire through the other loop and squeeze it shut.20140107_143839When you are making hearts try and coordinate your colours, for example red, purple and orange or blue, turquoise and silver. Here are some examples I made.20140107_143855

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20140107_143932 Cut a length of each colour of wool to about 3 metres (or however long the wall you want to cover is). Tie the three strands together, use the safety pin to pin the knot to your leg or a sofa arm, and plait the colours together. Tie off the plait.20140107_173448Now tie a small length of invisible thread (5-10cm) to the bottom of one heart with a small double knot, then tie this through the top loop of another heart. Carry on this process to make a length of beaded hearts strung together with invisible thread, 4-6 hearts look best. Make as many of these lengths as you can. Tie a 5cm length of invisible thread to the top loop of the top heart of each length of beaded hearts.

20140121_193839#1Hang the wool plait on your wool, securing either end with a drawing pin. Then tie each length of beaded hearts to the plait with a secure knot at 15cm intervals.20140107_220659There we go! You have a beautiful beaded heart garland! You can keep adding hearts and lengths of hearts to the wool as and when you fancy. I think these look really lovely and you can choose to use a mix of colours or colours that complement your colour scheme.20140121_192152

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Bohemian Bedroom – Part 2

2014-02-13 10.31.05So you’ve seen my inspiration, a bohemian bedroom, lots of bright colours, artwork on the walls, fabrics, beads, a little oasis in the big city. I thought I would update you on the progress we’ve made! We have a lovely bright duvet cover from Dunelm, with a floral pattern, and a throw – which is actually a single duvet cover in purple silky fabric with some lovely embroidery. There are some pretty cushions, which I am hoping to add to, the Love cushion is from New Look, the purple one is from Dunelm and the patchwork one was made by yours truly. I bought the rainbow rug years ago. The drawers are standard ones that came with the flat but I have blu-tacked tissue paper to alternate drawers to add a bit more colour.2014-02-13 10.34.08 The garland above the bed is made from beaded hearts and I will post a tutorial soon if you would like one for your own bohemian bedroom!I love lamps! My bedside lamp is a giant silver pineapple from Next and Saam’s is a blue lava lamp from Clas Ohlson. I bought the batman comic canvas for Sam for christmas from The Range, it adds a bit of retro geekiness! The paintings above the bed are from my A Level art project on Dramatic Effects of Light and they are oil on canvas.This is our amazing tree of life wall hanging, which I bought from the Hippy Hole in Grand Central Hall, the colours are perfect and the indian looking pattern is perfect. The guitars are our babies and add to the vintage recording studio feel. 2014-02-13 08.35.38Sam bought me this gorgeous mirror for christmas from a Fairtrade shop on Bold Street, the carved wood is perfect. 2014-02-13 08.33.33

This is my art wall! The pencil sketches are of an elephant and Taj Mahal, the vertical painting on the right is inspired by a Klimt piece, the bubbles are just in different coloured acrylic. And the pyramids, seascape and two skies are acrylic pieces – I just love the sky!2014-02-13 08.36.54

That’s our progress so far, there is still more white than I would prefer but the few touches we have added have made the room feel much more homely.

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Toast the New Year with Beaded Wine Glasses

20131230_202932Yesterday I really fancied making something. I have a complete love affair with beads, and decided to try and spruce up our wine glasses a bit. These are quite simple to make, and will look fab at your New Years Eve Party, what better way to celebrate than with a gorgeous sparkly wine glass, in your favourite colours. I think I might make some as sets for presents as well.

You will need a selection of glass beads, I chose to use lots of rainbow colours, 40cm metal wire, about 0.7mm thick, a pair of round nosed pliers, and a wine glass.

20131229_171424Start to spiral the beaded wire around the stem of the glass, loosely to start with.

20131229_181408Bead the wire until you have about an inch left. Make a small loop with pliers to secure the beads. 20131229_184717Then tightly wind your beaded wire around the stem of the glass, using the unbeaded wire to make a loop around the stem to secure it.20131229_184902#1And you’ve finished! You could go crazy and do martini glasses, champagne flutes, anything with a stem! If you wan the wire to be more dense around the stem use a bit of extra wire as well. I’m really chuffed with these, a simple, quick craft that you can use.

Have a great New Year, Love Mrs Gardom

Beaded Heart Decorations

20131219_151216I made these beaded heart decorations for our christmas tree this year and used red, gold, clear and pearl beads. They would also be lovely to hang as decorations all round the year, in colours to match your room.20131219_134421You will need wire, thin enough to thread beads onto, round nose pliers, wire cutters, invisible thread and beads. Beads can be quite expensive from haberdashery shops so I would suggest buying cheap jewelery with small beads from shops like Primark and using those beads, also try stationery shops like The Works, who often sell nice sets of beads for a couple of pounds.

20131219_134724Choose a set of colours, no more than 4 to keep it simple and measure about 20cm of wire for large decorations, and 15cm for smaller decorations. Cut your wire and fold it in half, using your pliers to squeeze the middle into a neat V shape. Start threading your beads, make sure you use a variety of colours and sizes.

20131219_140741Thread the beads on one side of the heart, leaving about an inch of wire free, use the pliers to squeeze the wire, stopping the beads from slipping off. Do the same for the other side of your heart.20131219_144711Then join both ends of the wire with a twist and bend into a heart shape.

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Twist the ends of the wires tightly together and then fold the twisted wire into a loop, securing it by squeezing the loop with the pliers.

20131219_150615Tie a loop of invisible thread through the wire loop you have created and bend the heart into shape again. And thats it!

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You can try different wire shapes, like stars, but hearts are easy enough to shape and look lovely.

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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Wooly Christmas Bauble Tutorial

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Last year me and Sam were looking around John Lewis for fancy christmas baubles (don’t worry we only bought two) and saw some cute ones that looked like balls of wool, but they were expensive! I decided to make some myself this year and here’s how i did it.

You will need…a cheap plastic bauble, wool (just cheap wool from a pound shop or wilkos will do – its about the colour), double sided sticky tape and scissors.

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First of all you need to stick a strip of double sided tape on the bauble from one side to the other, peel off the backing and add another strip from the other side all the way around.

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Once you’ve done this stick the end of your wool to the tape and start wrapping. The key to this is to do full circles and make sure you keep covering your bauble evenly. Nobody likes a wonky bauble.

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When there are no gaps and you are happy with the effect, cut off your wool leaving about 4 inches. With this leftover wool tie a loop which is the same size as your bauble. Then slip the loop snuggly over your bauble, which gives a nice neat way to finish. Ta-Dah!!

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I think these are really fun and a nice cheap way to slightly alter your christmas tree colour scheme. If you want to go really crazy, use a couple of different colours, just tying them together and wrapping with three strands of wool instead of one.

20131206_143153Well there we go, first internet tutorial done!

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom