Room box fail!

This was a real fad, by which I mean something I’ve only ever tried once, didn’t even complete and was eventually thrown away.  An epic craft fail.

roomboxI had a thing for miniatures and wanted to make some teeny furniture but felt that it should be in context.  A doll’s house was too big and too much of a commitment so I went for a room box.  I bought a router so I could do the woodwork involved in making the box itself.  That was the first problem, I hated using it.  So noisy, messy and had to be done outside. Ugh.  But I persevered, making the skirting board out of balsa and the range and floor tiles out of modelling clay.  I even installed wiring for lighting the room and creating a glowing fire in the range.  At this point I’m not sure what happened but I left it and never went back.  I kept it for several years thinking that at some point I’d finish it (as you do) but eventually it was jettisoned.

Not a total failure though because I did learn that woodworking that involves a router is probably not for me!


Paper village

I love this clever paper village from Asbee Design.  I made a slew of them and they looked cute at Christmas on the black mantelpiece lit with LED tea lights.  I didn’t put them away with the rest of the decorations.  Paper villages are not just for Christmas!

Edit: I hadn’t seen the tutorial before I made mine so didn’t use wax paper over the windows which makes a lot of sense.  Next time!



First we had each other


This was my first attempt at using vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo.  I wanted to make something a little different for my stepson and daughter-in-law’s anniversary, the first with a new baby.

The typography ‘first we had each other’ had caught my eye on the Silhouette online store (designed by Lori Whitlock).  After much trial and error I found a suitable photo of my gorgeous granddaughter that would look good as just a white image.

In Photoshop I converted the image to black and white.  I then made an adjustment layer using the threshold setting and used the slider until the photo was recognisable and not too broken up at the edges.  I cut it out thinking that this would just be a test and further tweaking would be needed but to my surprise when I tried it on black card it looked great.

This effect should also be possible to achieve using the online photo editing site  Upload a photo, convert to black and white and in the Adjustment menu choose Threshold and play around with the levels.


Making a leather journal

leatherjournal_collageI had a small stash of leather just waiting for a project when I saw this tutorial on Kirstie’s Handmade Britain.  I’ve made several as presents and I love the handmade look of them.  The video and written method are a bit skimpy on details, for example, the lining paper instructions are confusing  (I didn’t line any of mine).  I was also a little daunted at having to draw lines 4mm apart accurately.  However, a little interweb research came up with a site to print your own configurable graph paper – this is for a sheet with lines spaced at 4mm.   No fiddly measuring!!