Paper ball decorations

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Is there any better way to spend dark rainy days than with paper, glue, scissors and numerous cups of tea? I think not.

Lately I’ve been making these paper decorations. The first two were trial runs for a friend’s wedding. They’re made from tissue paper so are slightly more delicate than the third, for which I cut up a junk mail magazine that came unwanted through my letter box. I quite like the magazine version, especially as it’s re-using material that would otherwise we going straight into the recycle bin, and might be making a lot more for Christmas.

I used the instructions on Mr P’s blog, which you can find here: http://blog.mrprintables.com/how-to-make-honeycomb-pom-poms/

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Fun with beads

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It was great to have good enough weather this summer to spend most of it outside: gardening, running, cycling, at music festivals and in pub gardens. But now it’s getting darker and colder it’s been great to spend cosy evenings indoors with a mug of tea and my latest craft project. Last night I pushed some blue and silver beads around, trying different combinations until I became inspired enough to thread some on a piece of nylon and tie them to some hooks to make earrings.

After months of working on the crochet blanket, it was nice to just play around without an end product in mind. This is my favourite method of being creative: setting out on a journey and just seeing where I end up. Actually, that’s my preferred approach to anything: travel, shopping, cooking and life. I like to try things out, to explore, to not worry if things turn out badly but learn from it when they do.

Yesterday I learnt that tying bits of nylon together was not an adequate way of finishing earrings when one of them came undone while I was queuing for the cinema. The beads all disappeared down the neck of my sweater and I spend the film picking bits out of my bra. I’ll re-do them with wire once I’ve been to the shop and replenished my supplies.

Birthday Card

I’ve made a resolution not to send any shop bought cards – they’re always overpriced and I think it’s nicer to be given a card made for you.  I also have a lot of used wrapping paper that’s too pretty to be thrown away, but too crumpled to be used again as wrapping paper.  And I seem to have quite a lot of blank card from somewhere as well, all waiting to be decorated.  So here’s a card I made for my friend Laura’s birthday, using a mix of old wrapping paper and some Peter Rabbit patterned paper that came free with a craft magazine.