I found this heart-shaped piece of slate in Wilkinson for a couple of pounds and picked it up as a cheap stocking filler for a friend. When I came to wrap it I decided it was a bit dull and since I have a pack of chalk pens, I thought I’d add a bit of my own decoration to it.
I searched ‘home is where the heart is’ on Pinterest for some pretty images to copy, which then brought suggestions for other chalkboard designs and pictures.
I went for a combination of one image saying ‘welcome to our home’ (as I didn’t think my original quote idea would fit on a small slate), and one set of flowery decorations that I thought would work on the heart shape. I was bold and didn’t sketch it out first but drew the design straight onto the slate and painted over it a few times. Luckily I didn’t make any mistakes, though I don’t 100% like my lettering on ‘home’ as it’s a bit chunky compared to the other writing.
I wish I’d bought more slates for Christmas presents as it was a quick make and looks heartfelt (see what I did there!).
Washi tape projects began to appear in my Pinterest newsfeed recently, even more so after I pinned an idea for decorating stationery with the stuff. The first project I tried out was for mini bunting, as you can never have enough bunting in a home!
I’d found a pack of three rolls of washi tape at Tiger for mere pennies and then the only other thing I needed was string. It was a simple project and took no time at all to fold the tape around the string and then snip the corners to make the traditional bunting shape.
It’s a cute little decoration and as I have some Christmas tape too, it’s a project I will definitely try again to add an alternative to beads or tinsel on the Christmas tree.
Note: it’s now after Christmas that I’m typing up my notes and I have to admit, I didn’t have time to try the Christmas-themed washi tape bunting… Next year!
Whilst searching through Bella Coco’s Pinterest feed looking for edging borders for my blanket (see previous post), I spotted a tutorial for crochet snowflakes. I wanted to make some Christmas decorations for family members and a Christmas garland with pompoms (using my nifty new pompom maker).
The main part of the snowflake was very quick and easy to make; making the points of the snowflake was fiddlier and took quite a long time in comparison to the main part. As a result, some of the parts of my garland are flower-shaped, as that’s the shape you get before adding the points of the snowflake. I also used some of the unfinished snowflakes (i.e. flowers) to add to gift tags for Christmas presents (though I forgot to take a photo 😦 ).
So I actually ended up with a lot more from the one tutorial than just snowflakes: a garland, gift tags and a flower brooch too. It’s a lucky thing they’re quick to make!
This has been the longest project of all – a granny stripe crochet blanket. It took several months in total, and is rather on the small side, but for a first attempt at a crochet blanket isn’t too bad.
I used two Bella Coco video tutorials that I found on her Pinterest feed: one for the granny stripes and another for the triple picot border. I had searched through a lot of other tutorials, both written and video, for the granny stripes but found hers to be the easiest to follow and so used her video for the border too.
The stripes are very easy to do, and can become quite addictive in a ‘I’ll just do one more row’ way, and the video tutorial was clear and simple to follow. It just takes a very long time to finish a blanket! When it was finally done, I decided to add a border to neaten it up around the edges and to make it look finished. I chose the triple picot border for something a bit more challenging for me and because it just looked pretty.
Next time I’ll get the dimensions right so I can have a blanket for my entire bed and not just for my lap!