Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Delightful Doilies!

My latest obsession is… doilies!

Granniesh, perhaps, but chic I say and look at all the different ways both paper and fabric doilies can be used!

This is a really simple idea but very effective. Why not spruce up tired pillows or cushions with doilies.

Cottage pillow by Octavi

Look at these gorgeous necklaces! I had originally thought that they were made from lace and resin but they are in fact etched glass, how pretty! They are made by Fox & Clover, check out there other jewellery.

Clutch and purse by Sew Lola.

Another piece of jewellery using doilies… this was an idea by Country Living.

Why not use paper doilies for art? I love it! (Especially with the small stitch detail)

These delicate illustrations are from a collection by Shuxin Liang.

I found this cute vase on Paper Mash. They used a recycled jar and doily.

MORNING IS THE PLACE FOR DEW - Upcycled Repurposed tiny lace doily dangle earrings from Glowstones.

These photographs are simply beautiful! Tidal Pool by Knitalatte.

This is possibly the most inventive use of doilies… frozen in water they make the most stunning decorations. How clever! These decorations are the brainchild ofResurrection Fern.

Tablecloth by Dottie Angel
Paint doilies with fabric stiffener and mould them around a bowl overnight to make this very elegant crochet bowl.

And last but not least one of my own pieces!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Crafty Egg time...

I couldn't get over how quickly all the eggs sold out this year (I contributed to eating more than my fair share before Easter, how very bold!)
Anyway, I wanted to give something different this easter so came up with this egg box conversion.
I thought it made a nifty little gift.

1. Find an egg box and remove the label.
2. Buy, or alternatively create, some nice paper to use in replacement of the sticker. (I found this picture of Peter rabbit on the net, added the spotty background and made a simple repeat which I then printed out myself)
3. Cut a slot in the box for the ribbon to thread through. Or you could simply tie the ribbon around the box to secure the contents.
4. Add some nice shredded paper or perhaps some feathers as padding on the inside of the box.
5. Fill with some tasty eggs and hey presto!
(I couldn't find any attractive looking eggs but as an alternative idea, you could always fill with painted eggs, they make lovely decorations)

*Handed painted eggs courtesy of Sur La Table

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!
How adorable are these cookies from Sweet Ambs, an American based pastry artist. Her attention to detail is phenomenal and I simply love her use of colour. Check out her blog to see more incredible edible delights!