Yesterday I finished off making these cute little Japanese Lanterns. They really were so quick to make. I found the pattern on Etsy in a shop called ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider‘. You can find the listing here.
On the white lantern is a kanji character meaning ‘strength’ but you could add a different kanji or even flowers if you wanted to. I love the little cherry blossoms on the red lantern – perfect symbol of Japan I think.
Whilst making these little lanterns, a news story came on the TV and I suddenly became aware that it had been a year since the Japan Tsunami! So I definitely thought that these were a fitting project to do – plus I thought they looked rather cute 🙂
And don’t they look great next to my little Kokeshi Doll:
Having a very small break from my granny square project as I started a very much needed but very quick project last night – details and photo’s to follow very soon! 🙂
Miss C xx
This is the finished design for my mum’s Mother’s Day Card. Think she will really like it as it is quite simple but still has her favourite things – butterflies and flowers. I’ve attached some plain white paper to the back of the stitched design so that no stitching can be seen through the aida but also because I’m mounting it on some backing paper and do not want that to show through either. I love double sided sticky tape – much less mess than glue – although I do sometimes have trouble getting the backing off, that’s the trouble having no nails 😦
This is the backing paper I have used. Got quite a large pack of these for only 99p in a local craft shop – wish I had brought some other designs as well but we are on a tight budget (what with buying a house, getting married, honeymoon etc 🙂 ). I’ve again used double sided tape to stick the paper to the front side of the card. Looks pretty doesn’t it?!
And here’s the finished card! I was going to have a look through my ribbon stash but I have now decided that it does not need any embellishments etc. Think it would look too busy. It looks great for the upcoming spring time don’t you think? I’ve decided I might do the heart design as well – either as an actual heart hanging or maybe just a card for Mum’s Birthday in June – not sure yet.
Oh and during my crafty time, Lillie decided to sit on some of my stuff (good job it wasn’t on any stitched work!). Bless her, she likes to lie down on random pieces of paper, even if the whole table is free from stuff she will still sit on something! She can sit on our gas bill any day of the week 🙂
Having a lazy Sunday today which is perfect – will do so more crochet later – have a mini project on the go at the moment then it is on to a bigger project soon. Seriously need to use up some of my wool – PR isn’t too impressed that it’s overtaken the living room – however the cats love it. Yet again Lillie picked up some of my wool and trailed it all the way through the house – can’t help but laugh at her xxxxxx
Hope you are all having a lovely lazy Sunday too
Miss C xx
Started this Mother’s Day design yesterday afternoon. It’s from Cross Stitch Crazy March 2012, Issue 161. Its not a big design and will not take me much longer – have a few more cross stitches to do then the rest is just backstitch.
I’ve decided to make it into a card and have got some lovely backing paper for it – ooh might raid my ribbon stash too.
I do like the hanging heart design too – might stitch that as well if I get time.
I’m thinking about purchasing cross stitch design software but not entirely sure which to get. Will have to do a bit more research I think. Have any of you used design software? If so, any recommendations? 🙂
Must go, have my hippy cushion to finish now that cushion pad has turned up! Yay!
Miss C xx