Plastic Spoon Mirror – Devil in the Details

I stumbled across some photos of the plastic spoon mirror making. These photos show the process in a lot more detail thankfully, so hopefully you find them helpful.

Feel free to leave me a comment if you’d like specific information about any of these steps .. I’d love to help!

 

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Beginner Embroidery – Update #1

Just a quick update regarding my embroidery progress so far.

Tracing the Pattern

I chose a paisley print to trace my pattern onto, as I want a featured white pattern fabric for my first attempt. It’s some leftover I used for a quilt I made a few months ago, and I had it in my mind when I was planning this for my first embroidery attempt.

Silly me decided it would be a fabulous idea to start my project at night. Given that I hadn’t traced my pattern onto my fabric yet, this posed a slight problem as I don’t have a light box. Ordinarily, I would’ve taped my pattern and the fabric onto a window, and gone nuts with my water soluble pen to get started, but given that there’s no light at night time (duh!) I had to think of a different way.

Yep .. I could’ve just waited, but I’ve been eargerly anticipating starting this project and I didn’t want to stop at the first speedhump. SO I thought to myself .. What could I use?

crosstitchery's "light box"

crosstitchery’s “light box”

I ended up taping my pattern and my fabric to our clear shower screen door, and shone a light through the back of it. The light was just the one from my iPhone, so nothing too specky.

This was a bit tricky having to hold my arm on the other side of the door whilst tracing .. Particularly given our shower door swings! So on that note, here’s a great tutorial on how to make your own light box. I’ve looked up a few on eBay and what not, and they’re quite expensive! There’s a lot of tutorials out there, but I want something simple, without construction, and that is mobile .. So Jackie’s idea is perfect.

Here’s the final tracing of the pattern.

Start of Embroidering 

Progress Shot 1

Progress Shot 1

I’ve started on the words first, using an orange DMC thread. I really want the colours to pop off my white paisley fabric, so I’m going for bold and bright.

This is quite a small pattern, so I’ve used short back stitches to effectively trace the words .. Definitely a lot of polishing to do, but so far so good!

You can slightly see the paisley white fabric I’ve used here .. and on a side note, I’m LOVING being able to choose whatever fabric I like for these works! I mean, coloured aida is exciting, but any kind of fabric is awesome!

Wedding DIY #4 – Pallet Arrows

Mr A & I used pallets to create some directional arrows for our venue. Our ceremony and reception were held at the same venue, so we wanted to navigate our guests easily around.

These were fantastic, because they were free! We sourced the arrows from around our neighbourhood, and Mr A cut and sanded them to create a simple arrow.

I then painted them with a simple font, and ensured they were pointed in the correct directions.

We had 1 arrow for the ceremony (‘I Do’s!), 1 arrow for the reception (‘Dancing’), 1 arrow for our photobooth (‘Oh SNAP!), and 1 for our lawn games (Games).

 

Wedding DIY #3 – Hessian & Lace Mason Jars

Mr A & I did a lot of our wedding ourselves, including sourcing, and styling the flowers.

Mason jars are very popular, which makes sense because they can be styled to suit any event. They’re simple, inexpensive, and can be tarted up or down for any requirement.

I decorated mason jars with hessian, lace and ribbon and used these jars to hold our table centrepieces which were a mix match of all different types of flowers; different textures, colours and heights from local wholesalers in Perth, Western Australia. Some of the jars I left plain, because we literally had mason jars everywhere. Whether they held flowers, or simply had tea light candles in them for later on in the night, they all looked fantastic.

Here’s a few photos which might give you some inspiration for your own wedding or event. These worked perfectly for our wedding theme and style wise, as they were relaxed, casual, with touches of DIY which is a great reflection of our day.

Wedding DIY #2 – Bunting!

Bunting is everywhere, which is fantastic .. Because it’s so easy to make!

I made some hessian bunting, and fabric bunting for our wedding. Originally we were going to have a bride and groom chair, and we were going to have ‘Mr,’ and ‘Mrs,’ on the back of the chair, but we actually ended up having a bride and groom couch (which was awesome!), so we used this bunting elsewhere.

If you’re a sewer, cut out whatever size triangles you’d like, and sewing them onto a thin piece of fabric. In my eyes, that’s really all there is to it. I’m not sure it would be much help to give step by step instructions, because there are so many sizes / types of bunting out there .. It’s really up to what you fancy!

For the Mr and Mrs bunting, I stenciled my letters on with a straight edge font. I’d seen some curvy fonts, but I found them quite hard to read, so I stuck with something simple. I then painted in my stencil lines .. and voila!

One learning to share is to create a template if you want uniform triangles. I just used a piece of cardboard to do this, and then all my triangles were the same size.

Another learning is to use the pinking shears you might have bought if you made a hessian aisle runner, as you get a really funky edge to your bunting that way.

I love personal touches to events, and I think bunting is a great way to achieve this. You can print or paint letters on, or symbols, and really personalise it for the occasion.

Mr & Mrs Hessian Bunting