Saturday, July 18, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

New to Me Dollshouse

I've bought a second-hand dollshouse from TradeMe.  It's a Classical Dollshouse and Basement from Dollshouse Emporium. Some of the interior was completed but not to my taste so I have spent the last couple of days stripping wallpaper and carpet ready to start the makeover.

I thought the dollshouse seemed quite large until I started putting my Mackintosh furniture in it.  The furniture is from a range the Dollshouse Emporium used to sell, there was a house as well but it wasn't ever in my price range.  It is a lovely house though, so if anyone wanted to give me one I wouldn't say no.
Next step, undercoating the interior and exterior, getting rid of that dark blue, and deciding whether I want to try wiring the house.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sparkly Bracelet

I have had the book Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting for several years but haven't got any further than looking and dreaming.  Then burda easy Spring/Summer 2015 mentioned the 21st Century Fashion Kit from and I thought that looks interesting, checked out the website and ended up looking at LilyPad sewable electronics.  I found the sparkly bracelet tutorial on the sew electric website which looked nice and easy and found a New Zealand supplier for the components. And here is the result.
The Front

The back - very boring
 Here it is in action:

  • Conductive thread
  • 4 x LilyPad LED Yellow
  • LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder - Switched
  • LilyTiny
  • Coin Cell battery CR2032
I ordered them from  It is easy to use these components, the hardest part was deciding on a design and fitting all the connections in. I still have some components left to use in another bracelet and then I'm coming to try something more complicated.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Chinese Thread Book

 My first try at making a Chinese Thread Book using the tutorial from Paper Kawaii.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Paper Tape

Having fun making paper tape.  Basically you just stick double-sided tape on the back of any paper you want to use and then cut into strips, however you can find more detailed instructions here: diy-printed-paper-tape

Monday, May 4, 2015

Spinning group today and we had a visitor who showed us how to do hairpin crochet.  So this is my first attempt.  This part is fairly easy, but then you have to join strips together and make something.  I think it is a good way to show off some of the multicoloured yarns that just get all muddled up and blurgh when you knit or crochet them.  Will have to investigate further.