Friday, 17 November 2017

Splat! Splatoon!

This year the boy's birthday theme was all about Splatoon after the recent release
 of the second game on Nintendo Switch.

I got out the felt to make 10 squidlings for the party bags and I made him a character. This is Callie!

The party bags were a huge hit for all of the kids and I heard reports that some of them
were snuggling them at night. That is really special and is one of the reasons why I love handmade!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Charizard Pokémon crochet softie

This was the best surprise present for a Charizard fan! I crocheted my version of him and made a softie, figuring out the pattern as I went. Next time I will record the steps so that I can share them. If you want some add structure to your softies just add some wire on the inside. I was really happy with the little guy!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Pikachu to the rescue!

If you are feeling a bit crafty but want something simple to make that the
kids will love, why not paint a Pokémon character or two?

I painted Pikachu flying out of a small canvas because we love his
chubby belly and happy grin. Acrylic paints are easy to use and quick to dry.
Give it a go!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Pokémon Go-Go

Are you or has your family and friends been wild over Pokémon for the past year since the Pokémon Go mania took hold? Need some Pokémon themed ideas for crafty presents? Check out what I made last year! You could make some too!

The boy really wanted a Pokémon Go themed birthday party. His wish was my command. I crocheted Poke Balls for each of the party bags and decorated the party bags to match. You can get the crochet pattern for the balls here.

I was inspired at Christmas time and made decorations for our tree. I bought white baubles and used glitter paint to create the desired effect. Then adhere a gem on the front with glue. Head to the $2 shop for your supplies and these make great presents.

There were little figures all over the house so I thought about upcycling jars to make Poke Ball Jars. Wash your recycled jars and paint the lids with acrylic paints. They are fun and can be taken on-the-go - Pokémon Go!

Lastly, I made a Poke Terrarium using a store bought glass vase, fake flowers, little figures and hot glue. Don’t burn yourself… (I may have…)  

Fun things to Pokémon Go-Go!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

How to make Plarn (plastic yarn)

Collect recycled plastic bags of different sizes, colours and patterns. 
Ensure that the bags are clean.

Flatten them out, following the individual bag's original creases.

Gather your supplies. You need something to cut with and a ruler.

Fold a side edge of the bag approximately 3cm and continue to fold till you reach the other edge. Flatten as you go. 


Cut off the lower end off the bag and dispose of the scrap.
Cut 2cm pieces of the bag, all the way till the handles. Dispose of the handle scraps.

Unfold the 2cm pieces. You will notice that each piece is a loop.

Join two pieces together by making a slip knot.
Continue until all of your pieces are in a long string of plarn.


Roll up your plarn into a ball.

 Ready to use!
Time to crochet or knit away!


Friday, 27 October 2017

Marjorie Bligh: pioneer recycler and maker

Image via eprints UTAS 

Marjorie Bligh lived her life publically and with passion. She was well known in Tasmania, Australia as a domestic goddess - some would say that she was a housewife superstar. If you don't know about her and you are interested in all things crafty, you really should read one of her books or look up Housewife Superstar: The Very Best of Marjorie Bligh by Danielle Wood.

Marjorie Bligh died age 96 in 2013 but her handmade relics live on in museums and private collections. One of her amazing talents was to recycle or upcycle almost everything. She made useable items including clothes, hats, and bags out of plastic bags. How fantastic! I can't wait to sink my teeth into learning and making out of plastic bags myself. Watch this space!  

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Reminiscing - Handmade to Help

I have been thinking about all of the wonderful craft projects for charity that I have participated in over the years. So rewarding and lots of fun!
This includes the fantastic creation and donation of Softies for Mirabel that is coordinated by Pip. In 2010 a group of us made some squishy stuff  to donate and I made this felt pillow. I thought it was perfect to sit on someone's bed. I hope they liked it!

In 2011 we made Hope Softies for kiddies that lost everything in the Queensland floods . I sewed a little felt cat. Meow!

The floods effected so many people and we saw true compassion and generosity with lots of rad people organising donations and craft projects.

I love to crochet so it was an easy decision to make squares for Crochet A Rainbow. These were crocheted and sewn into blankets after they were donated. Warm blankets to warm hearts!

And the crochet squares didn't stop there.... Our craft group also made squares for Papillon Gold. Our squares were joined with others to make blankets for people in need through the Knit4Charities charity.

Then in 2013 I coordinated the Brown Owls Launceston in crocheting squares for Woolies for Tassie. The blankets made from donated squares were given to people who lost belongings in the bush fires that year.

It is really important to help those in need and if I can make something with warm wishes then it is even better!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

New beginnings!

I used to love blogging but life got away from me. Now I am back!
I would love to share what I have been doing since I stopped writing for
 Le Tigre Papillon and show you some of the fun stuff I am doing now. Yay!