Tuesday, 17 August 2010


Abracadabra.....I made this cuddly soft pouffe out of my stash of old jumpers. Before my magic, it looked like this:

The night of my last post, one of my neighbours knocked on my door to offer me this leather atrocity, on his way to the local dump. Im not sure that he knows im a creative maniac, or that i cant say no to 'free furniture'. I think he just thought, 'she's poor, she might be grateful'.....and indeed i was. Though i shall now be hiding it just in case he wants it back!

I have been wanting to make a pouffe for ages now but never had a wooden base, on which to start. I hacked away at this one, added wheels, a lot of extra stuffing and covered it in cashmere and lambswool jumpers. Ready for the winter, its nice and cosy and the perfect height for a toddler to climb on. For now its in my daughters room, no room left at the inn! (well i say that but its not going to stop me crafting)

Friday, 13 August 2010

Style magician

My next few posts will be mostly about transformations. Being me; someone who has a deep loathing for all things unaesthetic; can be such a pain sometimes. As im constantly trying to make things nicer, newer and fresher, I seem to spend half my life improving things and then the other half, improving them a few months later! So here I am, in my role of 'Style Magician' again. I shall be mostly transforming one thing into another. I have a few of these feats. to achieve. One being to turn this folded up quilt into a more comfy, toddler friendly sofa.

I have four bin bags of sheeps fleece stuffing, donated to me by an old flat mate (removed from our old 50's sofa) and i am in the middle of making a thick mattress which i shall button stud and use here as a sofa. After much deliberation a mattress seemed the best shape as it could then be used by guests to sleep on and become a general pull out seat in the future. I didnt want to make something that would be outgrown and become useless in a couple of years.

Its going to take ages as the wool had previously been felted due to age and is taking hours to pull apart and card to fluffy lightness! Why do i torture myself...? recycling is labourious.

a couple more things

Another owl cushion and a silk crepe, style shopper. Made a few weeks ago but forgot to post. I have over six projects on the go at the moment and as always have overwhelmed myself that ive gone into meltdown again. Not to mention, am now broke. Productivity will resume when i get my sence back.

Sunday, 1 August 2010


As a birthday present for a friend, Rosie and I decided to make a pinata. 

We gathered lots of sweets

Made papier mache covered balloons

Constructed a fabulously exotic bird, around the hollow body filled with sweets

We stitched a headdress for the birthday girl

I made a blindfold like one of my old sleep masks.
When the celebrations started, the pinata went down well. All round, a success.......