Other Craft Projects

Hello there Crafty Friends!

A few weeks ago I shared this fun sneak peek of a project that I was working on, and now I can finally share the finished piece with all of you! hurray!

My friend Rebekah, yoga teacher, awesome supermom and creator of the amazingly popular poem Slow Down Mummy, contacted me and asked me to make something unique for her daughter Ellie’s birthday!

Ellie loves unicorns, so Rebekah wanted something fun and colourful that would brighten up Ellie’s room.

I love having a secret mission, so I set to work sketching and plotting and figuring out what i would make!

and here is the finished piece! TA-DA!

I loved how it turned out! YAY!

I sketched the unicorn in my sketchbook, and then using a light box, traced it onto some watercolour cardstock. I wanted to build some dimension, so i used a paper piecing or decoupage technique to build up different layers.

I used my distress ink to add colour to the project. I love how soft and sweet it looks! I used a little bit of pink watercolour for the cheeks though!

Notice the hair and how much it shines! :-) This is a material that i have had in my stash for a long time. I believe it is called Angel Hair, and you can iron it together between two pieces of parchment paper, and all the fibres fuse together. I bundled up sections and then ironed to top edge so they would all stay together. Then i tucked the ironed sections behind so you cannot see it from the front. I had to use some double sided sticky tape to encourage the fibres to lie in the right direction, but i think it turned out fab!

For the horn, I wanted extra shimmer, because we all know that unicorn horns are extra magical! So i added a coating of ranger rock candy distress stickles!

For the clouds, i used a MyFavoriteThings die and cut several of them, and creased them down the middle. Each cloud on the project is made up for four die cut shapes.

I also used dies to create the cloud background. This time i used the MamaElephant stitched landscape trios die. For the rainbow, I used the simple stitched border dies from lawn fawn, once again coloured using distress inks!

Rebekah wanted me to add some text that said ‘I don’t believe in humans’. LOL! I decided to practise my brush writing and add a little hand lettering to the project! It was fun, but uber difficult to get the writing so small. I had to use a teeny weeny paintbrush, i think it was 3/0.

For extra dimension, I reached for my tub of embellishments, and added some sparkly star confetti and some yummy buttons! Then I was done! I bought a white shadow box frame from amazon and popped the project inside! WOOOHOOO!

And today was the big day! Happy Birthday Ellie! I hope you had a wonderful day and you like your new unicorn frame, made especially for YOU! <3

Before you go, here’s a little photo that Rebekah shared- so you can see it in the frame! Enjoy!
Have a great day!


Hey everyone… a bonus video to share with you today. And, for a change, it isn’t a card! :-)

Last year we ordered a fancy schmancy birthday cake for Piper’s birthday, and although it was pretty and delicious, it was rather pricey. This year, because i was doing waaaaaayy more planning for the party, i decided to simply pick up a store bought cake. After all, there was one that perfectly matched the colour scheme of the party :-)

but i wanted to spice it up a bit, so i got my crafty hat on and decided to make a personalised cake topper and a custom decorated birthday candle.

Both these items were a huge hit at the party, and the great thing is that they weren’t really difficult to make either! :-)

For the candle, it was all about glitter glue and buttons! YUMMY!

I even managed to pass the candle on to my friend Alexia for her daughter’s birthday cake the following week – why not, huh?!

And for the cake topper, i used some paper straws mixed with some crochet twine, and stamped some cute images from the SimonSaysStamp Mini Party Animals stamp set, coloured with copics.

Here’s a video tutorial, walking you through how i made these fun items, and below are a few more piccys of the projects and also some from the party.

A huge thank you to my friend Elizabeth for bringing her candle and taking some photos on the big day of the party. I was far to busy scurrying around with a microphone running party games, and making sure that DJ Craig was working hard, and interacting with parents and being chased by little munchkins! It was a great day, and i am very thankful that i have some photos of the occasion. Thanks Elizabeth! xx

Enjoy the video! Still another video this weekend as usual :-)


Christmas Sparkle Fudge (with recipe)

by Lesley Oman on 21 December, 2014

HHC Xmas fudge

Piper: “mummmmmmy! I want to do cooking craftin’! “

Thats what i heard this afternoon. And she knew exactly what she wanted to make! Christmas fudge from her Christmas Craft book.

HHC Christmas Craft book for kids

I picked up this little beauty a few weeks back from ‘The Book People’ – i love those guys- they have some fantastic bargains, and always a good variety. i knew that Piper would love having a book of craftiness – i know i had many when i was little, and i loved them all.

We have made quite a few things from this book – most are typical kiddy crafts, but Piper thinks its the best thing since sliced bread.

Tonight’s project was the fudge- and they are pretty darn tasty – they would make a great gift for neighbours, friends or even teachers.

HHC xmas fudge 2

Here’s the recipe if you want to try for yourself

350g icing sugar
75g butter
4 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
75g pink and white marshmallows
a shallow pan

- grease the pan with cooking oil and line the bottom with a square of greaseproof paper
– sift the icing sugar into a bowl and create a well in the middle
– put butter, vanilla, and milk into a pan and add the marshmallows – heat gently until melted.
– At this point we added a little pink food colouring, just because!
– pour the mix into the icing sugar and quickly combine- then put into the pan. Add sprinkles
– pop in the fridge for 2 hours before cutting into bite sized chunks

HHC Piper with fudge

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When the Great British Sewing Bee started showing again in the Springtime, i was so excited – i love that program! I hardly watch TV at all, but this is always a MUST! And as always, it can be so inspiring! It wasn’t long before my trusty machine came out for a little play!

I picked up some super cute apple print fabric a while back, and so i decided i wanted to use this for the dress – along with some grey fabric. (Don’t tell anyone, but the grey fabric is actually offcuts from our bedroom curtains….sshhhh!)

As I am an idiot and have never followed a pattern before, i decided to wing it. I drew around one of piper’s tops to get a rough guide for the size of a 3 year old torso.  Here’s the first stage of the project-  can you see i lined the inside with plain red fabric?

I hadn’t ever really tried pleating, so i though, what the heck- lets give this a go! It was lots of fun! For the back i put in a white zip- i was so in love with the project i had to hand sew the zip – i wasn’t prepared to chance a whoopsie at that stage – but i made sure it fit into a pleat so when it is zipped you cannot see the white zip at all!

I wanted to line the skirt with red and give it a little peek-a-boo tulle lining, but i didn’t have enough red fabric. Instead i cut a long length of red fabric about 3.5inches wide, sewed some tulle to it, and the stitched it to the underneath of the dress. Once again for this bit i actually hand sewed it – the grey fabric would show every pin hole otherwise.

Here it is! the final piece – i even put together a little headband made from scraps. One thing i am particularly pleased about is the top stitching on the apple print section – it makes the dress so pretty and keeps all the pieces in shape.  Happy Mummy!

The best thing about this dress?….the best thing EVER is that Piper wore it for her Birthday Photo shoot, by the enormously talented Elizabeth Boyle. Boy do i love her work! There were so many photos to choose from but here are a few of my favs! Take a look!




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