Monday, November 28, 2011

DIY Ribbon Bow Tutorial ...

I found this on Pinterest and had to share.

The images below belong to Stitched By Janay. Her blog with the original tutorial is here.

Janay remembered an awesome tutorial she had found via Pinterest

It utilizes a fork to tie a tiny bow (for wedding invitations and the like). 

Janay was using wider ribbon and needed a bigger bow, so she went hunting for something larger with four prongs, and found her potato masher. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tutorial: Christmas Feather Wreath

Christmas Feather Wreath

  •  Small embroidery hoop 
  • Cream grosgrain ribbon
  •  Satin ribbon 25cm – 50cm wide 
  • Pearl buttons 
  • Cream Turkey Feathers 
  • Hot-glue gun and hot  glue sticks

1.     Wrap the embroidery hoop with the grosgrain ribbon leaving a tail at the top to form a loop to hang the wreath.

2.     Using the hot glue attach the feathers to the ribbon wrapped hoop

3.     Cut the ribbon into strips and using a running stitch gather them into small flower shapes


4.    Hot-glue the flower shapes to the feathers and attach the pearl the middle of the flowers

Monday, November 21, 2011

Calling Owl Lovers everywhere ...

Owl Lover 2012 Calendar
Click Here to Download your own Owl Lover Calendar 2012

Shivani is the author of the blog My Owl Barn.

Owl Lover 2012 calendar project is the encore of our last year's "Owl Lover" calendar project - a collaborative project between My Owl Barn and 30 international artists.

Again, "My Owl Barn", and this time 45 artists (likes of Suzy Ultman, Jo James, Juliette Crane and Night Owl Paper Goods) from all over the world are proud to present you our "Owl Lover 2012 calendar".

Like before, you can select the images you love the most and create your own free calendar or you can simply download the pre-made version.


Monday, November 14, 2011

TUTORIAL: Recycled Paper Christmas Tree Decoration

Hi! Welcome to the beginning of "Christmas with Kitty Boo Boo". I love a handmade Christmas with all the making and creating and I love sharing the joy of making and creating too. From  now through to Christmas I will be sharing some of my Christmas decoration ideas. I hope you find something you like to make and I'd love to hear your feedback and see your versions! Please feel free to link back to my blog!

Note: All instructions and photographs are my own and copyrighted. If you choose to use them please credit them back to me. Thanks

Recycled Christmas Trees with Glitter


* Small magazine or book
* Gold Spray Paint
* Glitter
* Scissors
    1.    Fold the spine of the magazine so that it is broken

    2.    Fold the pages of the magazine in towards the spine one at a time. Then fold them all in again so the fold is smaller.


     3.    Use scissors to cut the irregular shape from the bottom of the pages. You could leave this attached but if the paper of the magazine is soft or thin the tree will be unstable
    4.    Spray the small tree with the gold paint and dust with glitter

     Now you have a gorgeous table centerpiece.
    Other ideas:

    Spray with adhesive glue (so you can still see the text) and then sprinkle with glitter

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Halloween at the House of Boo

    I choose to recognise Halloween today. (31 Oct 2011)
    I know that it is an American tradition.
    I know that I am not American.
    I know that it is the wrong season for my hemisphere.
    I choose to relish my kids having fun dressing up. 
    I choose to treat my neighbourhood's kids if they go to the trouble to dress up because their little faces are so happy to get a measly piece of chocolate. 
    I choose it because I love an excuse to dress up and have FUN.
    Traditionally the feast or holiday of Halloween (a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly holiday observed on October 31, the night before All Saints' Day. Much like Day of the Dead celebrations, the Christian feast of All Hallows' Eve, according to some scholars, incorporates traditions from pagan harvest festivals and festivals honouring the dead, particularly the Celtic Samhain; other scholars maintain that the feast originated entirely independently of Samhain.