Thursday, 22 March 2012
A rose would smell (nearly) as sweet.....
These items are the result of a crafty night in with three of my girl friends - a small bottle of perfume each (bottles courtesy of eBay - what would I do without it?) and a brooch.
I recently saw an easy recipe for perfume, and this quantity is about right for the 6ml bottles that I bought: 12ish drops of essential oils (choose your favourites or create an exciting new blend) and a teaspoon of vodka (or in my case water - who knew that ME would have so many odd side effects? intolerance of alcohol is just another one of mine).
Next we made a simple 'friendly plastic' brooch. I love felt and hand sewing in concept, although I still don't like the 'squeaky' feel of felt! I don't use it often enough to stop me from using it when I think that it's the best material for the job, though. The brooches were quite easy to make. Friendly plastic cut to length, heated (we used a heat gun, I'm told that you can use hot water), and then a wooden block pressed into it. When it had cooled slightly we peeled it off the block, punched holes into the corners and sewed it onto a double mount of felt. Difficult to show the lovely metallic turquoise colour on a photo.....
My other sewing (on the machine this time) was this pair of bags. Very simple and fast to make, they are ideal for 'changing kits' - you know, baby wipes, bags, nappies or pants - but also jolly useful for keeping other bits and bobs together neatly. I do like the button and 'hair bobble' closure too - more chance to stuff a bag and keep it closed than when I use Velcro!
Hope that you are enjoying your crafting this week too.