When it comes to gifting, I always overthink the topic, making sure the presents I give to my nearest and dearest have a personal touch. If someone mentions a thing they desire, I note it down even if their birthday is months away. If I’m out and about, shopping, and see something unique that would make a perfect gift for someone I know, I buy it and store in my little gift stash, ready for the next occasion. And sometimes, I decide to make the presents myself.
It’s been a while since I posted any of my crafts, I know (or posted anything at all, for that matter). Summer in the UK seems so short, especially for a heat-loving individual like myself, that I like to spend every second of it exploring new outdoor spaces. Craft projects are left for long, autumn and winter evenings at home. That being said, I do occasionally start a small DIY project in the summer, it just takes me ages to complete it.
Another month has gone and we’re now closer to 2022 than 2020. Where do all the days go?! Time flies so fast. Last month, I decided to post a summary of my highlights of June 2021. I feel like it’ll be nice to look back on in the future, so I decided to make it a tradition and write up an overview of July 2021 as well. In all honesty, things I did at the beginning of the month feel like such a distant past, I’m actually amazed with how much I manage to fit in one month. One thing’s sure – I’m really good at keeping myself busy all the time.
It feels like forever since I posted any of my crafts. The truth is, I usually don’t spend much time on crafts in the summer. Warm weather and sunshine seem so rare and precious, I choose them over pretty much everything else. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have any older projects to share! This one came in two parts, and as it often is with my crafts, I started working on it around July last year and then life happened and I got distracted. When I finally completed it, it was… February this year, I think.
The project from today’s post is one of those I’d had on my list for ages. I bought some plain wooden bookmarks two or three years ago, with the intention to paint them one day, and never got round to actually doing it. Not until now, that is. I finally decided to fish the bookmark out of my huge box of craft supplies and have a go at painting it with acrylics.
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The card making season 2020 has come to an end – at least when it comes to cards for family occasions. The last card I needed to make was a birthday card for my mum. I decided to continue with the watercolour adventure for this final project. I’ve been enjoying playing with watercolours and I already have a few ideas for future watercolour crafts – I finally feel like I understand how to work with watercolours a bit more.
It’s been a looong time since I last did any type of crafts. After moving out from my family house and starting a new life abroad I’ve been busy trying to figure out the adult life in the rare moments of spare time. Autumn has always seen a downfall of crafting for me – all of the occasions such as Mother’s Day or family members’ birthdays fall between March and July, so I usually do most of my cardmaking in that period. My dad’s birthday comes first, so his birthday card is typically my first quilling craft in the year.
The majority of special occasions in my family fall in the first half of the year. Grandmother’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays of all my family members. I need so many cards! I wasn’t able to post for a while, so I’ve gathered the photos of some of the cards I made in the last few months. Naturally, all of them were done with my favourite technique – quilling.
Today, I thought I’d share one of the DIY projects I’m most proud of. Not because the result is outstanding (my first and, for now, last sewing project), but because the result is surprisingly decent, given the difficulties I had. Unfortunately, I don’t have the instructions or templates. At the time of making this pillow, I wanted to film the whole process. Sadly, it turned out the camera I had wasn’t capable of filming in decent quality. Such a shame, looking back – I so wish I had that footage!
A while ago, I decided to let my long-forgotten watercolours shine and spent an afternoon playing with them. I created a few simple bookmarks that day and was left with some scraps of watercolour paper which I didn’t want to go to waste. So, without a real plan, I made a few little tags. They’re really tiny – 3.5x5cm – but I think they’d look okay used as gift tags, perhaps?