Archive for the ‘Gifts’ Category

Swallows Cake Topper

June 21, 2010

A few weeks ago I blogged about one of the gifts that I’d made for my sister’s wedding and I mentioned then that I had also made a cake topper as a surprise… This is what it looked like!

My sister loves tattoos and has so many that we now lovingly refer to her as Doodle bear! Because of her love of tattoos, the swallows (which are a traditional tattoo) were used in a few places for the wedding, such as on the invitations.

So when our Mum mentioned that Jess had run out of time to sort out a cake topper I thought I’d have a go at making some swallows for her. I made them from clay and then painted them with acrylic paints in the same colours that were used in the wedding stationary. I later heard that my sister had mentioned wanting a swallow cake topper but didn’t think you’d be able to get one… Then make one!


Wedding Photo Booth/Board Thingummy

May 15, 2010

On May day my little sister got married. The wedding was 50’s inspired and as a gift to her and the new brother-in-law, Joe and I made them a photo booth/board thingummy. I have no idea of the actual name for these, but as the wedding was to be in a hotel opposite Brighton’s Palace Pier, the original idea had been to make one of those seaside board things with the holes cut out for your face to go in while you have your photo taken. (If anyone knows the name for these then PLEASE tell me! It has been driving me crazy!) After seeing a link to this tutorial on CRAFT though, I decided to make my own version of this and to introduce some 50’s touches.

This was the view from my Mum and Dad's hotel room where we all got ready!

As is often the case, in my mind this was nice and easy to make and wouldn’t take too long, in reality it wasn’t so easy and it took much longer than planned! Even shopping for the materials to make it was a little more difficult than expected. We merrily assumed that the large piece of plywood would nicely fit into the boot of our new, old estate car Howard… Unfortunately this wasn’t the case and some creative thinking was called for. Thankfully the two, very helpful guys that served us at Travis Perkins came up with the genius idea of binding it to the roof rack with the plastic stuff that pallets of bricks and things are usually tied up with. Driving back to my parents house in the middle of rush hour was scary and slow but luckily we made it without the wood moving even an inch!

The next challenge was getting the wallpaper onto the board. Wallpapering seems to be a talent I don’t have so thankfully my Dad came to the rescue and re-papered the board for me. He also cut the board to a more sensible size for me and cut out the ‘face hole’.

Other than the vaguely 50’s style wallpaper, the main 50’s touches that were added were in the form of some Photoshops of the bride and groom in a few different 50’s situations! If you want to see what they looked like though, you will have to head over to Joe’s blog.

Thankfully the photo booth/board thingummy was finished in time and now fitted into the boot of the car so getting down to Brighton was much easier! It was great fun watching people enjoying using it and hopefully my sister and brother-in-law will have some great photos. Here’s one of them!

I also made a cake topper as a surprise and I will be blogging about that in a few days time so make sure you come back to have a look!

Birthday Gifts

September 27, 2009

I got some great presents for my birthday the other day and so I decided to blog about a few of them 🙂


This voucher was one of the gifts from my wonderful husband. Soon it will become a pile of new clothes!

Next gift is a bag made by my sister. It isn’t actually this bag… Mine has a picture of candyfloss on it, but it’s as awesome as this one, if not more so! Her Ebay shop is empty at the moment but keep an eye on it to see some more of her tote bags. She is also a photographer so go and have a look at her site to see what else she does 🙂

I also got this brilliant book which is full of patterns for everything I need for my own knitted farm! I can’t wait to get started on knitting this!

This print from Leelu is amazing and was a complete surprise. In case it’s too small to read here, the text says “She floated asleep through the darkening skies weaving in between stars to the moon she flies…” All her work is brilliant so go and check out her site!

Trogdor the Burninator

July 26, 2009

For christmas I made a patch for my husbands bag as one of his gifts. Yesterday, I finally got round to actually sewing it onto his bag!


If any of you are fans of Homestar Runner and the Strongbad emails then you may recognise Trogdor the Burninator. If he’s new to you, then you really should go and check out the site because it’s hilarious 😀


Fairy door

April 14, 2009


My Mum (my best customer!) commisioned me to make this salt dough fairy door as an easter gift for a friends little girl. Unfortunately this is the best picture I have of it, as I never got round to taking one of it in the light box. It really is better in real life!